Glory Sightings

Glory Sightings for April 25, 2019

Watoola UMC Easter Sunday Morning Service 
Pastor Gary Perry leads Watoola’s 6:00 a.m. Easter Sun Rise Service. We normally have this service outside. This will be the last Easter Service that we will have on the steps of this chapel. It was constructed in 1905. After structural damage from the March 3 tornado, the Chapel will be demolished soon. We will rebuild the church. We are moving forward with Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. Watoola UMC wants to thank you for your continued prayers and help with the families of our community. 

In the photo above, the gable vent was blown out by the tornado. (This was noticed after the photo was taken.) The morning sun is casting light on the attic rafter timbers inside. 


Glory Sightings for May 24, 2018

Graduation time is near! Opelika FUMC celebrated graduates in their congregation.


Glory Sightings for May 17, 2018

Trinity UMC in Phenix City had a wonderful celebration of Mother's Day and Ascension Sunday!

Trinity UMC in Opelika celebrated confirmation!


Glory Sightings for May 10. 2018

Epworth UMC hosted a gathering for the National Day of Prayer held last Thursday, May 3, 2018. Click on the link to watch a video about the event.


Glory Sightings for April 5, 2018

Troy First UMC recently participated in a community service project called “Team Up to Clean Up Troy.” The project was a huge success!  Members of the Youth, Momentum Ministry, and Momentum kids participated, with 29 volunteers helping pick up trash all over Troy.  


Glory Sightings for March 29, 2018

Epworth UMC  in Phenix City just concluded a series of four Lenten Luncheons. The luncheons were very well attended, the fellowship was fabulous, the food was fantastic, and a good time was had by all! The season’s series featured superlative speakers from a variety of backgrounds and styles of presentation, hopefully affording those in attendance with an opportunity to hear the “good news” in a fashion they could relate to! The all-star lineup in this year’s ministry team included Rev. Cindy Garrard of St. Luke UMC in Columbus, Georgia, Rev. Dr. George Mathison, retired former pastor of Auburn UMC, Rev. Dr. Ralph Wooten of  Phenix City First UMC, and Rev. Gregory Scott (pictured), pastor of the Phillips Temple CME Church in Phenix City.


Glory Sightings for March 8, 2018

Members of Epworth UMC in Phenix City have partnered with the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) to work on vehicles for Mobility Worldwide. The Epworth men are constructing PET vehicles on site several hours per week.  PET is an acronym for Personal Energy Transportation.  The vehicles are distributed to those in developing countries who are unable to walk.


Glory Sightings for March 1, 2018

The Children's Day Out program at Trinity UMC Opelika had special guest readers this week. A big thanks to Opelika High School football players for coming and reading to the 3- and 4-year-old classes!


Glory Sightings for February 22, 2018

Summerville UMC faithfully serves children in Phenix City through the food ministry of Backpack Buddies. Thanks for all you do!


Glory Sightings for February 15, 2018

Friends from all over Montgomery gathered for a pancake breakfast benefiting Communities of Transformation. Pastors from local churches were joined by Bishop David Graves to serve. Communities of Transformation volunteers and participants acted as hosts for the event. Thanks to all who participated!  


Glory Sightings for February 1, 2018

Members of Alexandria UMC and Phenix City First UMC gathered up gently used clothing and new to assist the Children and Family Connection of Russell County and their clothes closet for their clients. We are proud to be mission partners with Children and Family Connection.


Glory Sightings for January 18, 2018

Clergy from around Montgomery-Opelika District gathered for worship, fellowship, business, and study last week at Auburn UMC. The morning began with coffee and fellowship, followed by a service of Word and Table led by District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. Following a business session and lunch, clergy spent the afternoon hearing from Dr. Brent Strawn, Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology. He lectured on his most recent book, The Old Testament is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment.  The day apart was a great way for our district clergy to begin the year together. 


Churches all over the district took advantage of the long weekend and held winter retreats and community service days. 

Trinity UMC Opelika

Alabama Rural Ministry


Glory Sightings for January 4, 2018

Robin Wilson, pastor at Opelika First UMC, was featured in the winter issue of East Alabama Living magazine. Click HERE to read the article.   


Glory Sightings for December 14, 2017

The Children and Student Ministries at Frazer Memorial UMCpartnered up to visit Frazer folks all over the city. How much fun it was to spread Christmas Cheer to some sweet residents at Wesley Gardens!  They returned to the church for hot chocolate and a great devotional!


Glory Sightings for December 7, 2017

Watoola UMC is getting ready for Christmas!


Glory Sightings for November 21, 2017

Shout out to the Central High Red Devils for contributing over 70 school kits to UMCOR.  Students and children who were affected by the hurricanes and other tragedies will benefit from these relief kits. The FBLA, along with volunteers from the NJROTC helped gather materials and fill the handmade bags. Central High teacher and FUMC Phenix City member Loretta Baber coordinated with Lisa Crouch Faulkner Moore who handmade the bags from fabric she received from her mother who recently passed away. Four generations were part of this wonderful project. Thank you FBLA of Central High School for helping students like yourselves. Go Red Devils! 


Glory Sightings for November 16, 2017

Community Thanksgiving Service was held in Phenix City.  Phenix City First UMC hosted Cedar Hill Baptist, First Baptist Church Phenix City, Phillips Temple CME, First Presbyterian Phenix City, and Summerville UMC.  As a bonus, they collected over $300 for Communities of Transformation! Thanks be to God.


Glory Sightings for November 9, 2017

The Men of the Church Ministry at St. James UMC took nine people to assist Cypress UMC  in Houston, Texas. They worked two days repairing the flooded the home of Marla and Bruce Perkins.  Additionally, the team fed over 600 people in two days as the community gathered each evening for free food and events sponsored by Cypress UMC.  The team, lead by associate pastor Browning Wood, spent four days loving and serving in Cypress two months after the floods. There is still much to be done! Contact pastor Scooter Buck at Cypress UMC for more opportunities. 


Glory Sightings for November 2, 2017 

Troy First UMC celebrated fall with a canned food drive and  Fall Festival!

Glory Sightings for October 26, 2017

Future carvers and sculptors of Brantley UMC are ready for Halloween! They learned that through Jesus, we can clean out the sin within and become glorious works of art that light the way.


Glory Sightings for October 12, 2017

Clergy families from around the district had such a good time at our Pumpkin Patch gathering!

Glory Sightings for October 5, 2017

Auburn UMC recently packed and sent over 200 Cleaning Buckets for hurricane relief.  Thanks to all who helped!

Glory Sightings for September 21, 2017

Campground UMC's long history has been documented in a new video. Click below to view it.

Glory Sightings for September 14, 2017

Churches around the district have been collecting money and supplies for disaster relief, even as we were faced with storms in our area. Union Springs UMC worked with  local churches, and community members to receive donations and to pack cleaning buckets to aid in the relief of Hurricane Harvey victims.  More than thirty buckets were packed, and nearly $5,000 was donated. Praise God for servant hearts and answered prayers!  

Glory Sightings for September 7, 2017

Frazer Memorial UMC had fun as they kicked off their Wednesday night kids program - SPLASH! Kids ages 4 thru 5th grade are invited to come and join in the fun on Wednesday nights from 5:45-7:15 as we Sing, Play, Learn, And Serve Him!!

Glory Sightings for August 31, 2017 

FUMC Opelika hosted the Opelika High School football team and coaches for dinner before the season kicked off.  

Glory Sightings for August 24, 2017

St. James UMC's Student Ministries celebrated Back to School in style!


Glory Sightings for August 17, 2017

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation held its Dinner of Celebration on Thursday, August 10, 2017. As part of the night's events, Rev. Tony McCullough presented the first-ever Church Appreciation Award, which seeks to recognize a congregation who faithfully supports the mission of the foundation,  to Fort Davis (Ala.) United Methodist Church.  Present to receive the award on behalf of the church was Rev. Keith Turner, accompanied by a delegation of members from the church. “In our church we have decided to reach out and to give, and we’re going to continue to give,” said Turner. “The United Methodist Church means so much to us and we try to always remember that ‘giving is living.'” Click here for the full story.


Glory Sightings for August 10, 2017

Trinity UMC- Opelika celebrated the new school year with their annual "Blessing of the Backpacks" and Bibles presentation to rising 3rd graders. They ended the day with a huge celebration on the playground.

Glory Sightings for July 27, 2017

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is wrapping up summer ministry, and what a great time we have had hosting youth teams coming to serve through home repair and our children's day camps! Teams from the our area include Woodland UMCand FUMC Montgomery. Woodland served in Tuskegee, and Montgomery served at our West Alabama site. This week, youth from Auburn UMC are serving three of our families in their annual Sweat Week. ARM hosted a total of  nineteen church youth groups this summer. We are looking forward to continuing our ministry this fall with local groups and college teams. Our vision is to Make Sweet Homes for Alabama and end substandard housing.  We need you to help us accomplish this as we extend the love of Christ!


Glory Sightings for July 19, 2017

Vacation Bible Schools have started all over the district.  Featured this week are photos from Aldersgate UMC.




Glory Sightings for July 13, 2017

Vacation Bible Schools have started all over the district.  Featured this week are photos from  Frazer Memorial UMC and Mt. Zion UMC.





Mt. Zion

Glory Sightings for June 28, 2017

Vacation Bible Schools have started all over the district.  Featured this week are photos from St. James UMC and Trinity UMC in Opelika. 


St. James UMC

Trinity UMC Opelika


Glory Sighting for October 14, 2016

Thank you Boy Scouts Troop & Pack 8 from Saint James UMC for the Presentation of Colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance for the Town of Pike Road, Alabama, Town Council meeting.


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,, (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

Brantley UMC


Fitzpatrick UMC


Mt. Zion UMC Smiths Station


Summerville UMC


Trinity UMC Phenix City


Watoola UMC 

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.

Fitzpatrick UMC


Mt, Zion UMC
Trinity UMC Phenix City


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 CityMount 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!

Aldersgate UMC




Auburn UMC



Cornerstone UMC



Fitzpatrick UMC



Mt. Zion UMC 



St. James UMC


Summerville UMC


Trinity UMC Phenix City 


Troy First UMC


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



Rev. Dunford Cole and Camp Ground UMC are making a difference in the lives of young people. They fed fifty-nine people at their Wesley Foundation event last week!  


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 FoundationDr. 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!




June 25, 2015
Children at Aldersgate UMC enjoyed Vacation Bible School as they traveled back in time to learn that God's plan has always been God plus You plus Me!  





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. 

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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Guy Trammell, Site Manager
Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven
2908 Foster Street, Tuskegee Inst., AL 36088
(334) 727-7107 voice / fax