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Alexander Friedman, wealth management CIO, to deliver the 2014 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at BSC

4/17/2014
Mountain Climbing. Boats. Jets. Computers. Government. Foundations. Investment banking. Entrepreneurship can take many forms. Alexander Friedman will talk about how his career has evolved from starting off as a White House Fellow and an assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense for special projects in the Clinton Administration to now Global Chief Investment Officer of UBS Wealth Management and UBS Wealth Management Americas. He will present the 2014 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at...

Annual Conference prayer team open to all

4/8/2014
Last year, when Bishop Wallace-Padgett requested prayer to be a focused, planned and integral part of Annual Conference, a team was assembled and a new era begun. Of course prayers have always gone up for Annual Conference, but this group was tasked with assuring that for every minute of activity, prayer was being offered. As one who spent most of these minutes in the chapel…wow! For another pray-er’s experience from last year, click here to read the blog posted on the...

Bishop announces full-time appointment changes

4/6/2014
North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following full-time appointment changes to take effect in June 2014.   Central District Cullman First Associate Leslie Hand Fairview/Holly Pond Scott Hagood Hueytown First Dean Bowers Mt. Olive Sco...

Bishop announces new District Superintendent and Executive Director of the Board of Ordained Ministry

4/5/2014
North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet have announced full-time appointment changes to take effect in June 2014. Among these newly-announced appointments are a new District Superintendent and the continuation of service of the Executive Director of the Board of Ordained Ministry. Rev. Kelly Clem will join the Cabinet as the District Superintendent for the Northwest District. Rev. Clem currently serves as pastor of Holmes Street UMC in Huntsville. Bishop...

Pell City FUMC announces ministry partnership with Jeff State and Head Start

4/2/2014
Pell City First UMC has begun an exciting new ministry partnership with Jefferson State Community College and Head Start. In late February, classes began for Pharmacy Technician at the Pell City campus of Jeff State. The program is an effort to minister to St. Clair County area single mothers with children enrolled in Head Start or Day Care and is funded by grants. Pell City First provides hot lunches to these students during their classes, and works in partnership with Northside...

Applications available for Knabe Scholarships through UMCH

4/1/2014
Applications are now available online for United Methodist Children’s Home’s 2014-2015 Knabe Scholarship Program. This unique scholarship program, begun last year, provides higher education for college-aged foster youth. UMCH partners with as the University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama to make these scholarships available. This scholarship program was made possible through the generosity of Mary Whetstone Knabe, who left a restricted endowment for youth...

Huffman UMC shows love with Little Brown Bags

3/31/2014
Members of Huffman United Methodist Church used one of their most successful programs to minister to the children of the Huffman community during Lent. Mission team members were moved to love, care for—and feed them. One of the Mission Team's specialties is the project known as Little Brown Snack Bags. They usually choose one local school to support each time they make the snack bags, but during the Lent season, through prayer and discernment, they were moved to double the...

March 30 is an opportunity to join with many other United Methodists in the One Great Hour of Sharing

3/27/2014
Dear Friends, During my 18 months as your bishop, I have been impressed by the spirit of connectionalism and generosity of United Methodists in North Alabama.  For instance, when disaster strikes in various places around the world, North Alabama United Methodists consistently send response teams and give financial gifts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Thank you for your past, current and future generosity of service and finances. Today I particularly...

Talladega First UMC offertory music features old hymns in new ways

3/25/2014
You can hear it in the hall following the traditional service most every Sunday. “I could have just listened to Rhonda play all afternoon. Sometimes, just her playing is a sermon in itself.” The joyful voices refer to pianist Rhonda Beverly Jackson and the pieces she plays during the offertory each week at Talladega First UMC. Jackson has been playing the piano since she was three years old. She began taking lessons at age six until age 16, and has played in churches ever...

Ethnic Ministries Congregational Growth Grant applications being accepted through April 1

3/10/2014
The Ethnic Ministries Team of North Alabama Conferences is receiving applications for 2014 April grants. The application for the "North Alabama Conference Ethnic Ministries Congregational Growth Grant" will be received until April 1, 2014. The Ethnic Ministries Team is seeking to partner with local churches on projects that will lead to increase in average attendance, professions of faith and membership of local United Methodist congregations and lead to an...

Nominations now open for Wheeler Award for Church History and Archives

3/6/2014
Each year at Annual Conference, the North Alabama Conference Commission on Archives  presents the Wheeler Award for Church History and Archives. The award was established in 2011 to recognize and thank Glynn and Annie Ford Wheeler for their years of service and accomplishments in the area of Church History. Their work included local church, conference and the jurisdiction. The Commission on Archives once again, is inviting conference-wide nominations of United Methodist...

COSROW Spotlight: Rev. Suzanne Katschke

3/3/2014
In 1972, the General Conference launched the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women to help the denomination to identify and address gender inequity at all levels of church life. Many changes have taken place in the forty-two years since. We have come to acknowledge that we are all a part of God’s Creation and that each has a role to play in kingdom building. Today, we acknowledge that God calls women to advocacy and to making disciples. To that end, women play a vital role...

“Pursuit of Happyness” hero Chris Gardner is 2014 Stirling Lecturer at BSC

2/25/2014
Chris Gardner, subject of the published autobiography and blockbuster movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will deliver the 2014 Alex P. Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College.  His talk will take place on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Norton Center Bruno Great Hall on campus. The event is free and the public is invited.  Gardner’s first book, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” chronicling his hard times and eventual comeback, was...

Methodist Homes Fountain of Love Offering Materials now ready for ordering

2/19/2014
It’s time for local churches to order free Fountain of Love Offering materials. The Fountain of Love Offering provides immediate financial relief to elder residents of the Methodist Homes who have exhausted their own resources. The gifts of the North Alabama Conference churches benefit the residents of Fair Haven Retirement Community (Birmingham).  Without this program, needy residents of Fair Haven would have to leave the place that they call “home.” ...

Henry-Crowe to be installed as General Secretary of General Board of Church & Society on Feb. 27

2/16/2014
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe will formally be installed as General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) during a worship service Thursday, Feb. 27. The installation service will take place at 7 p.m. at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church here. The installation of Henry-Crowe as chief executive of GBCS, one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church, will occur during the Feb. 26-March 1 spring meeting of its...

Saint Mark UMC in Vestavia serves community as impromptu shelter

2/13/2014
Timing of the January 28 paralyzing snow and a Vestavia Hills church's location were providential for those stranded by the winter storm. Food bought ahead of time for an upcoming fellowship meal at Saint Mark UMC (2901 Columbiana Road) and to serve the homeless at a downtown church was already on hand when the snowfall became more than forecasters had expected. By late morning, motorists began abandoning their cars on Columbiana Road and asking if they could rest and warm up at...

The new UMC.org is here! Official United Methodist website redesigned

2/12/2014
The people of The United Methodist Church have a newly redesigned digital home, UMC.org. The denomination’s website not only has a fresh look, it’s also more functional. United Methodist Communications partnered with Paramore the digital agency to design and implement a site focused on ease of use. With improved search capabilities and better organization, finding information and staying informed is simpler than ever. It’s also more visual, mobile-friendly and easier to...

2014 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations deadline is April 15

2/10/2014
Dear Friends in Christ, It is now time for the 2014 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations to be submitted. Please submit your nominations for the award by April 15, 2014. You will find instructions for submitting your nomination below. The Harry Denman Evangelism award was begun by The Foundation for Evangelism in 1981 as a way to honor United Methodist clergy and laity in each Annual Conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for their work in Christian evangelism. The...

Conference Historical Society Spring meeting will be March 15

2/7/2014
The North Alabama Conference Historical Society will hold its Spring meeting on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Camp Sumatanga in the basement of Hutto Auditorium. Registration starts at 9 a.m and the program begins at 9:45 a.m. Two interesting presentations will highlight the event. First, Dr. Ralph Bates will give a paper on Dr. George Stuart. Dr. Stuart was a pastor at First Methodist Church in Birmingham, a prominent preacher, and a mover and shaker in the founding of our Jurisdictional...

BSC offers invitation to youth groups to attend basketball game and to help end malaria

2/3/2014
Birmingham-Southern College and Veto the ‘Squito invite student groups, Sunday School classes, and confirmation groups to special celebrations at halftimes of the basketball games on Friday, February 14, 2014.  The Panthers will meet Centre on the court and will also celebrate the end of the college’s Imagine No Malaria project with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett. Each year, the BSC Panthers invite youth groups from across the area to attend a basketball double-header,...
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