Hurricane Sandy Response: Update, 11/8/2012

published 11/8/2012

Thank you for your continued prayers for the people affected by the storm Sandy, and now the "nor'easter" that hit much of the same area over the last day or so.

This is a reminder of how you and your church can respond:

You can download bulletin inserts here.

Hurricane Sandy Response: Update, 11/1/2012

published 11/1/2012

Thank you for your continued prayers for the people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy - including those all the way from the Carribean to the northeast.

After your prayers, the next best way you and your churches can respond is through your financial donations to UMCOR. You can donate online by clicking here. Or send your donations to the conference fiscal office, Advance #3021787. 100 Interstate Park Drive, Suite 106, Montgomery, AL 36106. We know that UMCOR will be a caring and Christian presence in the affected areas for years to come.

All response efforts in the northeast remain in the emergency and rescue stage so we are not yet deploying any ERT Teams. As that need arises, we will continue to communicate through email and the conference Facebook page. We are in contact with other conferences and UMCOR about their needs and how we can be of assistance, and will deploy teams when invited.

The Northeastern Jurisdiction is requesting cleaning buckets and school kits; your church may assemble those as another helpful way to respond at this time. Instructions can be found at or by clicking here: Cleaning Buckets or School kits. Additional communication will be sent in the next few days regarding collections sites around the conference where you can take assembled kits.

Our conference has on hand some cleaning buckets ready for just such emergencies. We are currently working on finding transportation for those cleaning buckets and any additional kits your churches assemble. If your church can assist with this transportation (with trucks, trailers, and/or drivers), please contact Amelia Fletcher, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at 251-978-8384 or

Thank you again for your continued prayers and concern for those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Response

published 10/30/2012

The response to Hurricane Sandy is still in the emergency/rescue stage, but UMCOR is already a caring presence in the area and hard at work preparing for the next stages of recovery and relief. Click here to see how UMCOR is responding.

You can immediately give $10 to UMCOR's disaster response fund by texting the word RESPONSE to 80888. Or click here to donate online. You can also mail a check to the fiscal office, made payable to Alabama-West Florida Conference, marked "Hurricane Sandy Relief, Advance #3021787".

We will send more details in the days and weeks to come about additional response efforts and how your church can assist.

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Two Service Opportunities

published 10/1/2012

Alabama Rural Ministries Summer Opportunity
Are you looking for a meaningful summer opportunity where you can experience and share Christ’s love in service to others? Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is seeking young adult Christians with a heart to serve the “least of these” and to work with youth groups coming to do home repair or work with our summer day camps. Be forewarned, the work is demanding. The hours are long. Time off is rare. Where’s the reward? God will move in your life like never before! You will meet incredible people who are ON FIRE for Christ and youth who are really excited to hear the news you have to share. You’ll experience diversity and love by joining a new community of peers, youth, families and children. God will test you and sustain you as you learn to see and serve others through the eyes and love of Christ! If this sparks a desire for you serve in this way, to be a missionary in Alabama for two months, then we ask you to prayerfully consider joining our team. Each staff member receives a $1,700.00 base scholarship, and is given the opportunity to raise their salary to $4,000.00 through individual fundraising. Compensation also includes a $20/week stipend, housing, travel reimbursements and most meals. Check out ARM’s website at where you will find Summer Staff Applications, pictures and more details about our ministry. Summer Staff Applications are due by December 15th. Please contact Kim Dixon if you have any questions,
To download a staff application, click here

Mission Camps
Alabama Rural Ministry’s (ARM) mission camps are filling up FAST!!! Don’t miss your chance to serve with our home repair and day camp ministries. ARM offers camps and opportunities for groups to do missions in rural communities of Alabama. We host junior high, high school, college, and adult groups from all over the United States for week long, extended weekend trips, and weekend retreats. ARM has three objectives: 1) Extending Christ’s love to underserved families through home repair. We feel all homes should be safe, warm, and dry. 2) Building relationships that cross cultural, racial, and age barriers. We work closely with the homeowners to learn their stories and build relationships. 3) Providing Christian education, academic education, and a Christian witness to children at our day camp. ARM can only meet these objectives with the help of groups, like yours, that are willing to show Christ’s love with their actions. If you are interested in serving with us please check out our website Here you will find information, registration forms and a breakdown of our costs. If you have any questions contact Kim Dixon at or at 334-501-4ARM.
To download a brochure, click here.

United Methodist Children's Home Opens Birmingham Office

published 9/27/2012

Birmingham, AL--The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH), a 120-year-old child care agency based in Montgomery, Alabama, announces the addition of Rebecca Morris and Lara Wheeler to its newly organized Birmingham Office of Marketing and Development located in the UMC North Alabama Conference Center on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College.

Dr. Blake Horne, CEO of the United Methodist Children’s Home is pleased to announce the new staff and office, “We are thrilled to have Rebecca and Lara join our team here at UMCH. They bring a wealth of experience, creativity, and resources to the table as we seek to advance our most important mission, caring for all God’s children in Alabama and Northwest Florida.”

Rebecca Morris joins as Director of Marketing and External affairs. Most recently she worked in a trade association as the Community Liaison for the membership where she focused on community and federal relations. Rebecca says “The United Methodist Children’s Home does so much good for the children it serves, and I am thrilled to help bring awareness to the organization. The Children’s Home has a long, storied history. I want my children, along with the next generation to understand and know how the organization has served those in need.” Rebecca Morris has called Birmingham home for the last twelve years. She is married to Ben Morris, and they have three elementary school age boys. They attend Canterbury regularly and look forward to joining the membership in the fall.

Lara Wheeler joins the Birmingham office as Director of Development. Lara, who most recently served in nonprofit as the Development Director of Pathways in Birmingham, has a true passion for serving those in the community whose needs are often overlooked. “I feel blessed to have this opportunity to combine my heart for serving those in need with my skills in fundraising and development,” says Lara. She is looking forward to connecting with and serving church members and Children’s Home supporters across the North Alabama Conference and the Alabama West-Florida Conference. Lara lives in Columbiana with her husband, Taylor Steele where they are members of Columbiana United Methodist Church.

Rebecca and Lara join staff members Cherry Johnson and Robert Powell who have both served the United Methodist Children’s Home for several years. Cherry has been named Communications Manager and will continue to provide public relations and outreach services for the Children’s Home from the Birmingham office. Robert Powell, lifelong advocate for the United Methodist Church and the Children’s Home, will continue serving as Development Associate in the Alabama/West Florida Conference.

About the United Methodist Children’s Home

The United Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama and Northwest Florida has been assisting children and families in crisis since its founding in 1890. Based in Montgomery, UMCH’s ministries include residential group homes for children and Babies First, which provides young mothers and their babies with a safe place to live and grow. Additionally, UMCH administers foster care and adoption home services, as well as family preservation and support services designed to keep families united whenever possible. These ministries are available to all in need regardless of religious affiliation. Each year UMCH transforms the lives of hundreds of children and families through its faith-based programming. For more information visit the UMCH website at or call 800-239-3575.


{Pictured left to right: Rebecca Morris and Lara Wheeler}

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