Glory Sightings for September 1, 2016
The Alabama chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presented the Tuskegee chapter of NAMI with their Silver Star Affiliate Award on August 26, 2016.
Glory Sighting for August 16, 2016
On August 28, 2016, Dr. Charles McCartha will step down as Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church Tallassee. Not only has Dr. McCartha blessed his congregation with 28 years of devoted service, but he has also been a blessing to thousands through the choral music he has composed.
Although a dentist by profession, music has been a passion and a theme running through Charles’ life, since even before he began taking piano lessons in the third grade. As a teen, he sang in the Youth Choir at FUMC Tallassee, played trumpet in the high school band, and supplemented his piano playing with college-level instruction in music performance and theory. While attending dental school in Birmingham and later on faculty there, Dr. McCartha played accompaniment to the Youth Choir he helped assemble at St. Mark UMC in Vestavia Hills. It was for this Youth Choir that Dr. McCartha wrote his first sacred choral piece: an anthem based on Scripture that is still sung by the youth there.
Charles and his wife Ida returned to their hometown in 1998, feeling strongly called by God to serve Tallassee and especially to serve their home church of FUMC Tallassee, where Dr. McCartha first took on the position of Youth Choir Director and later became Director of Music Ministries.
Although he had been working on his own compositions ever since his return to Tallassee, Charles feels he only really became serious about his craft following the publication of his first piece in 2010. He has since had twenty-nine pieces published, has received several awards, and has been asked to write two commissioned pieces. Charles’ current favorites are “O Gentle Savior” and “What Feast Will You Bring?”, both published by Shawnee Press, Inc.
Asked about his talent for composing, Dr. McCartha says: “I feel like that is a gift from God; it’s no glory to me, other than—I will admit—I work hard at it. If it were not for God and His inspiration, then I would not be able to do it.” Much of his inspiration comes from Scripture and beloved hymns, and much of his support comes from his loving wife, Ida, whom he describes as “my anchor and my wings. […] She’s an integral part of my music life.”
Charles’ greatest hope is that he is able to reach people through his music: that his music can become a witness for Christ and a ministry to further God’s Kingdom on Earth. Indeed, Dr. McCartha’s music has not only reached people all over the United States, but is also being sung as far away as Taiwan!
Now, after 28 years in Dr. McCartha’s capable hands, the role of Director of Music Ministries at FUMC Tallassee will be taken up by pianist and organist Leslye Ames, and Jerry Cunningham will join the music ministry as Chancel Choir Director. Charles says he feels “very at ease and good about the transition and the future” and he will continue attending FUMC Tallassee. He looks forward to singing in the choir, attending Sunday School, devoting more time to his three grandchildren, and to composing more music.
In honor of Dr. Charles McCartha and his years of service, FUMC Tallassee is hosting a Celebration Concert on August 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., which will include in its repertoire several beautiful choral pieces written by Dr. McCartha. We invite all to come and share in the blessings of music and of Charles’ musical talents!
FUMC Tallassee is located at 1 Jordan Avenue, Tallassee, AL.
For more information, please contact: Leslye Ames, FUMCmusic@aol.com, (334) 283-2195
Glory Sightings for July 28, 2016
Woodland UMC recently held their 11th annual Back to School Blast. Participants enjoyed games and snacks while getting new haircuts, vision screenings, backpacks, and more!
Glory Sightings for June 23, 2016
Frazer Memorial UMC's Children's Ministry recently sponsored a trip to Camp Chandler.
Glory Sightings for March 31, 2016
Easter celebrations around the district
Glory Sightings for March 17, 2016
Churches from around the district worked together for this year's Great Day of Service.
Glory Sightings for January 14, 2016
Over two hundred people attended the chartering worship service and church conference for the Embrace United Methodist Church last Sunday in Auburn. This newest church in the Alabama West-Florida Conference is a plant of the Cornerstone UMC in Auburn. Members of Cornerstone’s executive team and its pastor Rusty Hutson were there to bless and send Embrace forth. After one hundred ninety-six people signed the constituting roll of the church, District Superintendent Robbins Sims declared the church chartered and presented pastor Josh Aggerton and Lay Leader John Sweatman with a certificate of charter. The congregation then celebrated with a great pot-luck lunch! Embrace will continue to meet at the Lee Scott School in Auburn, but will working toward the acquisition of property and construction of a permanent facility in the near future. All of us give thanks for the Lord’s new work in Lee County!
See more photos HERE.
Glory Sightings for December 17, 2015
Bradford's Chapel UMC is ready for the season!
Small groups at Troy FUMC enjoyed their recent Christmas party.
Glory Sightings for December 10, 2015
Churches all around the district are celebrating Advent with special services and decorations.
Glory Sightings for December 3, 2015
On Sunday, November 22nd, Trinity United Methodist Church of Phenix City, Alabama, hosted a Community Thanksgiving Service with First Baptist Church of Phenix City, First United Methodist Church of Phenix City, Mount Zion United Methodist Church of Smiths Station, and Summerville United Methodist Church of Phenix City. Highlights of the service were the Community Choir led by Sydney L. Caldwell of Trinity UMC and accompanied by Greg Waldrop of Mount Zion UMC, a homily on being thankful in all times by Rev. Olivia L. Poole from Mount Zion UMC, special readings and prayers by Rev. Brady Baird of Summerville UMC, Rev. Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters and Rev. Bubba Copeland of First Baptist Church, and Rev. R. Steven Reneau and LeighAnn DiCesaris of Trinity UMC, and the celebration of Holy Communion with Rev. Dr. J. Ralph Wooten Jr. from First UMC presiding.
Following the worship service, a large Fellowship Supper was held. The winner was announced of the Iron Bowl Food Drive between the Alabama and Auburn fans of Trinity UMC and Mount Zion UMC. This year the combined churches raised over 12,000 ounces of food for their communities with Alabama donating the most which meant the Auburn Captain Olivia L. Poole had to sing the Alabama Fight Song.
Glory Sightings for November 12, 2015
Amber Shirley was recently named the recipient of the 2015 Pike County Female Youth of the Year award. Amber is the daughter of Rev. Ed and Sharon Shirley of Brundidge UMC. The following article was shared by Sharon Shirley.
Our family moves often, but Amber has not let that stop her from jumping in and contributing to her community. Our family's motto is "Bloom where you are planted"; she has sought to accomplish that wherever she resides.
Amber has been heavily involved in 4-H for a number of years, winning numerous awards at the club, county, and district levels; she currently serves on the Pike County Youth Advisory Council as Reporter/Media Relations and is president of the 4-H Explorers Club. She is a member of National Beta Club, National Society of High School Scholars, and Epsilon Tau Alpha High School Honor Society.
Being homeschooled gave Amber time to pursue her passion--music. She is currently serving as church pianist along with accompanying the children's choir for their musical presentations.
She volunteers at a local assisted living in their Memory Care unit and can be seen as a re-enactor at the Pike Pioneer Museum of Alabama during their special events. Amber also volunteers with her church in their various mission activities.
Amber's hobbies, along with her passion for musical performance, include serving in her church & community, sewing, crocheting, and knitting.
Amber's future plans include attending Huntingdon College, majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Music Education. Her ultimate goal is to attend medical school with an emphasis in rural health care. She wishes to serve as a physician in one of Alabama's rural areas.
Glory Sightings for November 5, 2015
Photos from Tuskegee FUMC's building dedication on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
Many churches in our district held events to celebrate fall. Enjoy a few of the photos!
Glory Sightings for October 29, 2015
Alabama Rural Ministries hosted 13 volunteer teams, including students from the Tuskegee Wesley Foundation, and served with 11 families on Saturday, October 24, 2015, for Make a Difference Day. What a great day celebrating the love God has for His children!
Glory Sightings for October 22, 2015
Frazer UMC's Children's Ministries had a great time bowling on October 17.
Glory Sightings for October 15, 2015
Woodland UMC hosted the Pike Road School Football team for dinner.
Glory Sightings for October 8, 2015
Epworth UMC students attended at prayer breakfast this week led by Mason Redmond.
Glory Sightings for September 24, 2015
Glory Sightings for September 14, 2015
(The Montgomery Advertiser) - The generosity and giving spirit of the people of Pike Road is evident in the different outreach programs that many of the area churches have to offer. Stacy Dickinson, a committee member at Woodland United Methodist Church in Pike Road, is excited to share the church’s newest endeavor. Woodland UMC has opened up a brand new food pantry. It is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every third Saturday of the month. The food bank is filled with donated items. Additionally, a committee which includes church members Ashley Davis, Stacy Dickinson, Cam Stanton, Elvin Stanton and Gail Cotney, shop at the Montgomery Area Food Bank and stock up on food so that it can be a shopper’s choice pantry. They offer fresh produce, poultry and whatever is available at that time. Full article here.
Glory Sightings September 3, 2015
Aubie had time for one quick visit to the Auburn UMC Youth Ministry before football season starts!
Glory Sightings August 13, 2015
Before the annual celebration dinner for the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, Dr. Karl Stegall posed with 15 of the 46 seminary students who are being supported during the 2015-2016 school year.
Glory Sightings July 30, 2015
As part of Auburn UMC's Youth #Sweatweek2015, the group worked at the Food Bank of East Alabama.
Glory Sightings July 23, 2015
Mt. Zion UMC celebrated VBS with a "Hometown Nazareth" theme.
Glory Sightings for July 16, 2015
Frazer UMC VBS is Journeying Off the Map!
Glory Sightings July 9, 2015
The kids attending Vacation Bible School at Williams Chapel UMC are having a blast!
July 2, 2015
Saint James UMC 's Food Pantry is serving the community this summer. You can help stock the pantry by purchasing items listed in the shopping list and drop off your donations at the "Filling Station" in the lobby. Thank you to Linda Pearson for all you do for this ministry!
The students at The Tuskegee Wesley Foundation have been mentoring a group of young ladies (ages 6-13) and a few young boys from Safe Haven (Howard Road Public Housing). They had a Spring Fling for the young ladies to celebrate the end of the semester. Rev. Shelia Bates preached a message entitled "You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God." Three Disciple Groups from "The Wes" were active in this endeavor. The Bloodbrothers escorted the young ladies without fathers present, the Sisterhood planned the event, and the Heavenly Heels served the food. It was an awesome night for the girls and everyone has been blessed that God opened this door to make young Disciples in the community. There were families from the community and about 75 in attendance.
Rev. Bates received the following letter of thanks from the site manager of the Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven thanking them for their ministry.
Again, thank you so much for all that you do and all that you are contributing to the children in Safe Haven! Whatever you need from us, don't hesitate to ask!We should be able to get more of the boys involved. Also, April is the month we issue our new registration forms.. We have already been approached by several new families to sign-up, so the numbers will be increasing again.Concerning the Blood Brothers outreach, we have been hampered this semester with a lack of transportation, and health problems have limited our staff volunteers at Safe Haven. We now have our van back and we have a volunteer staff on loan from the T.E.A.R.S. program out of Phenix City to help. We will be able to get many of the boys that did not have transportation to participate.I thank you, along with the Sisterhood and the Blood Brothers for all that you do and all that you have become to the children. May God's grace expand your ministry and bring more of Christ into the lives of the families we serve.The beauty of the environment Saturday night and the warm atmosphere presented by you and the Wesley Foundation was so very special also. I know that Christ is the One that made the evening special, but I am truly thankful for your availability for Him to use you in such a significant way. The message of encouragement you gave in uplifting the children, as "fearfully and wonderfully made" was so appropriate at this stage in their lives. The world is ready to rip them apart, but this message of hope and the mentoring that the students do, can only fortify them to face each of their tomorrows.In the short time that our Executive Director, Stanley Horn has seen them in action (in addition to the reports I gave him each week), he was very much impressed with their dedication and full engagement.Hello Pastor Bates,Saturday was simply fantastic! The girls were still discussing it Monday afternoon! The Sisterhood and Blood Brothers have been wonderful this semester and really worked hard and with such dedication and enthusiasm in serving the children. They have been a true blessing in the lives of the youth!
Guy Trammell, Site Manager