eVoice 10.19.2011

October 19, 2011  


Small church issues challenge for school kits

Holland's Chapel UMC in Scottsboro is a very small church with an average attendance of 24. As North Alabama Annual Conference 2011 was planned, our church was invited to send hand towels for health kits. We did this, remembering that in the past our UMW had assembled health kits. But we never really understood the meaning of the project. Our conference delegate returned home and shared with us the need for mission work at a warehouse in Decatur and the term UMCOR came up. We made a road... MORE > > 



Forest Lake UMC to premiere anthem inspired by April 27 tornado

Six months before the April 27 tornado, composer K. Lee Scott was commissioned to write an anthem for Forest Lake United Methodist Church. However, his inspiration failed to ignite the right composition until the April storms wreaked havoc on the community surrounding the church. Almost immediately, Scott began penning “God Is Our Refuge and Strength,” a piece based on Psalm 46. Forest Lake UMC will premiere the commissioned piece to commemorate the six-month anniversary... MORE > >



Local girl raises money for UMCOR

Last April, as devastating tornadoes ripped through Alabama with heartbreaking loss of lives and property, many were left agonizing over what we could do to help our neighbors. Among that number was 10-year-old Anna Kate Simmons of Helena. While many were still wondering, however, Anna Kate was busy doing. "She kept saying, 'How can I help, how can I help those people who lost so much?' On her own, she came up with the idea to hold a bake sale," according to her... MORE > >



Significant UMCOR grant will help North Alabama Disaster Recovery make a difference in many lives

Immediately following the work of early response teams, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church installed a Disaster Recovery Team to enable families with financial difficulties to rebuild their homes to a safe and secure status from the disaster of the April 27 tornadoes. In order to assist the work already in motion, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Board of Directors approved a two-year $1 million recovery grant for the Conference’s efforts. The $1... MORE > >



UMCOR gives $1 million for Alabama tornadoes

At the end of April, Alabama residents were stunned by a record 62 tornadoes that killed 250 people and left homes, businesses and municipalities in tatters. All but two of those tornados touched down somewhere in the United Methodist North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference. This week, directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief approved a $1 million grant to that conference to assist in the state’s recovery.funds had been low earlier in the year, particularly for U.S.... MORE > >



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Conference Calendar

see more details about each of the events listed below on the online Conference calendar


Children's ConneXion Meeting
10/20/2011 -
North Alabama Conference Office

Lay Speaker Training - Southwest District
10/22/2011 -
Fayette UMC

Safe Sanctuary Training Northwest District
10/23/2011 -
Central UMC - Decatur

Mountain Lakes Charge Conference
10/23/2011 -
Camp Sumatanga

Roanoke Circuit Charge Conference
10/23/2011 -
Roanoke First UMC

Candler - McDonald Lectures: Jesus Against Himself
10/24/2011 -
Candler School of Theology

Advent to Epiphany - Year B (Preaching workshop/retreat)
10/24/2011 - 10/26/2011
Hinton Rural Life Center

Superannuate Homes Board Meeting
10/25/2011 -
United Methodist Center

Reformation Day - Luther and the Translation of the Bible
10/27/2011 -
Candler School of Theology

Captured by a Compelling Narrative: A Christian Story for a New Generation Conference
10/27/2011 - 10/28/2011
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

United Methodist Children's Home White Christmas Event
10/27/2011 -
Madison First UMC

Christian Educators' Fellowship Regional Conference
10/28/2011 - 10/29/2011
Calvary UMC - Annapolis, MD

Discernment Event for Deaconesses and Home Missioners
10/28/2011 - 10/30/2011
Ashville, North Carolina

Working & Worshiping Together: Ministry with the Poor
10/29/2011 - 11/1/2011
UM Church for All People


The Academy for Ministries with Children
11/4/2011 - 11/5/2011
Birmingham, AL

Wedowee Circuit Charge Conference
11/6/2011 -
Wedowee First UMC

Safe Sanctuary Training Cheaha District
11/6/2011 -
Anniston First UMC

Cheaha District Charge Conference & Leadership Training
11/6/2011 -
Anniston First UMC

Woodlawn UMC Sanctuary Dedication
11/6/2011 -
Woodlawn UMC

South Central District - dCOM Interviews
11/7/2011 -
Pleasant Hill UMC

Growing Healthy Churches Church Planting Discovery Center
11/8/2011 - 11/11/2011
Cove UMC

Laity Board Meeting
11/10/2011 -
United Methodist Center

Relational Mentor Training
11/10/2011 -
NE District Office Upper Chapel

Exploration 2011
11/11/2011 - 11/13/2011
St. Louis, MO

Sylacauga Circuit Charge Conference
11/13/2011 -
Sylacauga First UMC

Safe Sanctuary Training Northwest District
11/13/2011 -
St. James UMC

Candler - McDonald Lectures: Jesus Against Himself
11/14/2011 -
Candler School of Theology

Northeast District Preacher's Meeting
11/14/2011 -
Aldersgate on the Parkway

Assignments due for Associate, Provisional and Full Connection Membership
11/15/2011 -
Office of Ordained Ministry

SE Dist. Prog. & Planning Mtg.
11/15/2011 -
SE District Office

Cabinet Meeting
11/15/2011 -
Conference Center

National Youth Workers Convention 2011
11/18/2011 - 11/20/2011
Atlanta, GA

Central & South Central Districts - Charge Conference & Leadership Training
11/19/2011 -
Camp Sumatanga

Alexander City Circuit Charge Conference
11/20/2011 -
Dadeville First UMC

United Methodist Center Closed
11/23/2011 - 11/24/2011

see more details about each of the events
listed above on the online Conference calendar

Featured Events

Lay Speaker Training - Southwest District

October 22, 2011
Start Time 8:00 am
End Time 3:00 pm
Fayette UMC
412 Temple Avenue North
Lafayete, AL 35555


Registration 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. (Coffee and doughnuts will be served)

Classes 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost $30.00 (includes lunch and materials)

Classes offered:

  • Basic class taught by Rev. John Hassell
  • Advanced class - Methodist Heritage taught by Rev. Carol Lambert
  • Advanced class - Spiritual Gifts (emphasis of class will be on worship)




ERT Training Class

November 5, 2011
Start Time 9:00 am
End Time 5:00 pm
United Methodist Center
898 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham,AL 35204
Coordinator: Matt Lacey
Coordinator Email: mlacey@northalabamaumc.org
(205) 226-7962

Early Response Team Training Class - November 5, 2011. Class is free, includes lunch, manual, badge and shirt, plus $12 for background check if not on file.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Register online.




Growing Healthy Churches Church Planting Discovery Center

November 8-11, 2011
Start Time 11/08 at 10:30 am
End Time 11/11 at 12:00 noon
Cove UMC
366 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads,AL 35763
Contact: Lynne Paden
Coordinator Email: 
(256) 382-6935

Attending a Growing Healthy Churches Discovery Center is the first step Congregational Development takes in the process of considering a pastor to be a candidate for planting a church.

Primarily, Discovery Centers strive to help leaders discover if the lead position in a church plant is a good fit for their next step of ministry. While some training is included, it is not a conference or seminar. The Discovery Center is designed to help leaders discern the best fit for their next step in ministry. Wade Langer, Tuscaloosa church planter and recent attendee of the Discovery Center said, "Aside from initially hearing God's call, there has been no greater process for discerning God's plan in my life than the Discovery Center. Uniquely blending an assessment of my personality with a testing of my abilities in real-world scenarios allowed me to realize who God had always known me to be. This one week at the Discovery Center changed the entire course of my ministry. As a result, I couldn't be more confident that God truly has called me to plant a new congregation."

Discovery Centers are also designed for the campus pastor. "The Discovery Center helped me and my wife discern my calling as a campus pastor. It was challenging, refreshing and very affirming. I would highly recommend the Discovery Center to anybody who is considering planting a church or serving as a campus pastor of a new satellite campus." Stephen Hampton, Campus Pastor of Cove Church at Chase.

If you have ever felt the call to plant a church, please consider attending this center. Please contact Lynne Paden, lpaden@northalabamaumc.org, for more information.




Exploration 2011

Nov. 11-13, 2011
St. Louis, Mo

Exploration 2011, an event for young adults who feel God’s call to ordained ministry as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church, will take place Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis, Mo.

The event provides a chance to explore the call to ordained ministry through worship, prayer, workshops, networking, and small groups.

Sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Exploration 2011 is open to young adults age 18 to 26. The registration fee will cover a two-night stay at the Millennium Hotel, meals, and program fees. Updates and registration information will be posted on the event Web site atwww.gbhem.org/exploration .




National Youth Workers Convention 2011

Nov. 18-20, 2011
Atlanta, GA

For nearly 40 years Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers from just about every denomination and youth-serving organization around the world. Each year we serve more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through our training seminars and conventions, resources and curriculum, and online content. The scope of the ministry has grown to three national conventions for training youth workers, citywide discipleship events for students, and a national network of youth pastors training parents on a grassroots level. 

Once again we will receive a special discounted rate just for United Methodists in the North Alabama Conference. When you register at www.nywc.com just enter in this special promotional code: NDUMCY1




Encounter: RESURRECTED 2012

February 17 - 19, 2012
Gatlinburg Convention Center
234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg,TN 37738
Coordinator: North Alabama Conference Youth Ministry
Coordinator Email:
(205) 226-7963

Featured Speaker: Mike Satterfield

Featured Music: On Fire

More information and registration available at www.northalabamaumc.org/encounter.


Local Church Events and Celebrations

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