Nominations now open for Wheeler Award for Church History and Archives
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,...
Bishop Wallace-Padgett shares principles and timeline for 2014 North Alabama appointment-making process
This past week I had the privilege of attending the North Alabama Conference Annual Pastors’ Prayer Summit at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. When several participants requested prayer for the 2014 appointment-making season, I was reminded of how anxiety often accompanies this time of the year for United Methodists. This is understandable - because appointments have a deep and far-reaching impact upon all involved.
How good and right it is for us...
United Methodists serve as the hands and feet of Christ during winter weather emergency
A winter storm brought much of central and south Alabama to a halt this week. However, many North Alabama Conference congregations were quickly in motion as the body of Christ reaching out to people in need. From feeding and sheltering those where were stranded, to organizing volunteers who could provide transportation to help reunite families, to caring for preschool and daycare children overnight, United Methodist pastors and laity selflessly served.
Below are a few of the stories...
Cheaha District to host Worship and Practicing Spiritual Disciplines Workshop on Feb. 9, 2014
The Cheaha District invites you to join us in a time of inspiring worship led by gifted speaker and presenter Mary Lou Redding and musician Rev. Steve West on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. in The Beacon at Pell City United Methodist Church. Mary Lou Redding will also present a free workshop entitled “Enriching Your Practice of Spiritual Disciplines” on Monday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Pell City U.M.C. Fellowship Hall. Continuing...
Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Power of teamwork is moving us toward "Deep Change"
As we approach the close of January 2014, much of what happened during Christmas 2013 is a fading memory. However, I remember well a very special Christmas gift given to me by the District Lay Leaders.
I received it at the District Lay Leaders’ Christmas meeting. Following a delicious lunch, Conference Lay Leader Steve Lyles invited the group to present me with a Christmas gift - which consisted of a statement from each of them. One by one they described how the...
SBC21 Event: Churches Challenged to Reach Beyond Doors and Dismantle Bars
Although some people yield to evil and others commit crime for their selfish aim, there is such a mass incarceration of people that one has to wonder why so many people are in prisons all over the nation. "Why are so many non-violent offenders behind bars? Do prisons exist for the benefit of the victims, to reform perpetrators or to provide profit and jobs to certain groups in society? What about reconciliation and restoration? Is the church able to participate in building an...
Southeast Jurisdiction Lay Leaders and Bishops hold annual meeting
Frigid temperatures did not stop fifty-five people from gathering in Pensacola FL to kick off the New Year by strategically planning for the Southeast Jurisdiction. Three groups met during Jan 7-9, 2014, to handle various Southeast Jurisdiction business. Among these groups were the Southeast Jurisdiction Conference Lay Leaders and SEJ active and retired Bishops.
During this annual meeting, the Southeast Jurisdiction Bishops & Conference Lay Leaders focused on...
February 1 is deadline for written Reports, Petitions and Resolutions for Annual Conference 2014
The North Alabama Annual Conference will be June 1-4, 2014, on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. The theme this year will be "Plant: Grounded in Christ."
Although the meeting will not take place until June, the Annual Conference planning team is already months into its planning of this time of Christian Conferencing.
In an effort to help the process of creating a meaningful Annual Conference experience, the Annual Conference planning team, working with...
Northeast District United Methodist Women to host Human Trafficking Seminar on January 25
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug trade. According the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, the number of adults and children currently in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution is 12.3 million.
Susie Johnson, Women’s Division Washington Office of Public Policy says, “ Human trafficking is a crime. United Methodist Women from across the nation have joined...
Scholarship Opportunities for United Methodist Students at Birmingham-Southern College
Christian Vocation Scholarships
Birmingham-Southern College invites graduating high school seniors discerning the call to Christian vocation in The United Methodist Church to interview for tuition scholarships supporting vocation and ministry. All scholarship recipients participate in the Programs for Ministry through the Office of Church Relations which includes internships in a variety of church experiences and covenant relationships for continued discernment.
SBC21 Annual Training Event will encourage churches to reach outside their walls
Local church leaders and members are invited to participate in the North Alabama Conference Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Annual Training event on January 24-25, 2014, at Central Park United Methodist Church, 1833 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, AL 35208. Theme is “Love without Walls: Churches Transforming Their Communities and the World.”
The event will begin with an opening worship service on Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor of...