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Area-Wide Update - October, Disaster Relief, Marketplace, GHIMF ...
John Buhler, Mission Huntsville

October 2, 2005

Mission: Huntsville
Mis·sion: noun: 1.) a specific objective or task with which a person is charged or assigned; 2.) a personal or collaborative effort that includes a definite military or evangelistic objective; 3.) a divine assignment to the people and place within a specific geographic area;

Hunts·ville: noun: 1.) proper name identifying a city and surrounding geographic area of North Alabama in the Tennessee River Valley; 2.) historical capital of Alabama and birthplace of the state constitution 3.) a city of birth and new beginnings; 4.) a city of nations;

Mission: Huntsville
A City-Impact Initiative

Please be aware of several of the following opportunities for prayer, support, or community involvement, and pass this information along to others who may be interested as well.

Compassion and Disaster Relief
Church Disaster Relief Task Force - Hurricane Relief Resource Fair (HRRF)
Special Evacuee Worship Service - Counseling for Families
Manna House Disaster Relief - Ramada Inn Opens for Next Phase Housing!
"The FLOW" - a ministry arts event dedicated to victims of Hurricane Katrina

Market Place and Christian Business Community
Marketplace Leadership Luncheon - Blessing the Business Community!
Huntsville Christian Business Expo - Von Braun Center

Area-Wide Gatherings
GHIMF City-Wide Revival - October 24th - 27th
Awaken My Heart - Special Regional Women's Conference

Pastors and Ministry Leaders
October - Pastor Appreciation Month
GHIMF Monthly Meeting
GHPPS Monthly Mini-Summit
In Honor and Memory of Pastor Bob Guay (1943-2005)


"GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause Your face to shine upon us ... that Thy way may be known upon earth, and Thy salvation among all the people!" (Ps 67:1-2)

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Contact Information

Tennessee Valley Church Disaster Relief
Church Hurricane Relief Mobilization - Churches of the Valley Uniting in Disaster Relief!

Church Disaster Relief Task Force Update

Central Resource Database for Churches of the Valley!
PLEASE update this central database with your congregation/organization ministries, resources, or needs in relation to Disaster Relief efforts! PLEASE also use this central database to assist your efforts in your areas of focus.
Content Link Brief Description
Update from Area-Wide Church Task Force Chairman  
Tennessee Valley Hurricane Relief Central Resource Database for Churches of the Valley!
    Instructions for Use     Instructions for Use of this Central Resource
    Central Resource Site     Central Resource Web Site and Links
    Critical Information for Evacuees     General Information Needed by EVERY Evacuee

Hurricane Relief Resource Fair (HRRF) - Von Braun Center, Thursday, Oct 20th, 1pm-4pm!
The Church Disaster Relief Task Force is hosting a Hurricane Relief Resource Fair with the support of The Red Cross and The Volunteer Center of Madison County to help connect continually changing needs of evacuees with resources available through community agencies and the Churches of the Valley!

Details are included below ...

Hurricane Relief Resource Fair

The Church Disaster Relief Task Force
Local churches of the Tennessee Valley working cooperatively as the Body of Christ bringing relief to disaster victims


Hurricane Relief Resource Fair - Von Braun Center (Thursday, Oct 20th, 1pm-4pm)
The Church Disaster Relief Task Force is hosting a Hurricane Relief Resource Fair with the support of The Red Cross and The Volunteer Center of Madison County to help connect continually changing needs of evacuees with resources available through community agencies and the Churches of the Valley!
 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
 Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005
 Location: VBC East Hall (directly across from the Ticket Office, Monroe Street entrance - Map)

If you would be willing to help or would like to represent a ministry, church, community organization, or area business to communicate free resources available to evacuees, please RSVP though the online form at the following link (or phone below) by Monday October 17th. Note: The purpose is to connect available resources with needs, and not to distribute resources at the VBC. Space to exhibit at the Resource Fair is FREE!

Hurricane Relief Resource Fair (HRRF) -

Contact Information:
Hurricane Relief Resource Fair (HRRF) - Printable Flyer (PDF)
Web: (Churches/Organizations please RSVP for Resource Fair here!)
Email: - Asbury United Methodist Church
Phone: 256.837.2665 - Mt. Zion Baptist Church
FAX: 256.837.2802 (if prefer to fax RSVP form, please use this number)

Special Evacuee Worship Service - Counseling for Families

Area Counseling Center Offers Worship and Sharing for Those Touched by Katrina…

Grieving Katrina and Seeking God Together

Contact: Amanda Ragland, D. Min.
The Vine Pastoral Counseling Center
(256) 461-8580 w; (256) 426-0199 c

[Huntsville, AL] [September 28, 2005] The Vine Pastoral Counseling Center is coordinating a Service of Worship and Grief Sharing Support Groups on Thursday, October 6, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive in Huntsville. Victims and refugees from Hurricane Katrina as well as community care-givers and relief workers are encouraged to attend this unique non-denominational service.

Drs. Amanda and Jack Ragland and the Rev. Jim Norris, pastoral counselors and marriage and family therapists from The Vine Pastoral Counseling Center, are volunteering time to coordinate the community wide effort. The Vine is an ecumenical pastoral counseling center supported by 18 local churches. According to Amanda Ragland, D. Min., the Vine chose to coordinate this service because so many people have been affected by this devastating tragedy. “There are more than 400 Katrina evacuees in the area, countless people in the city who have offered relief and many, many more people from local churches who have traveled to the Gulf area on mission trips. We feel that the overwhelming grief in all three groups calls for a coordinated community wide effort to offer and to spur further support,” stated Ragland. “We feel that we need to worship and to seek God together and experience some healing,” she added.

At 8 p.m., Katrina evacuees will have the opportunity to meet in small grief support groups facilitated by local therapists and pastors. “They have had some of their physical needs met, and now they are beginning to ask “what is next?” and “why?” They need to talk and find support,” commented Ragland. There are 15 therapists and 20 area pastors that have offered their assistance for this effort.

The Vine is also reaching out to care givers who have either returned from mission efforts in the gulf area or who have worked to provide relief in the Huntsville area. The work load is overwhelming. Many people who are providing care have been so touched by this tragedy that they also need their own kind of care. These care givers will also have their own opportunity for grief support at 8 p.m.

The Vine is partnering with pastors from area congregations and counselors and therapists who will be available both to participate in leadership of the worship service and to facilitate the support sharing groups. Their goal is to seek and to experience God’s healing presence through worship and through Christian support. The Vine also hopes that this effort might spur ongoing support situations if the participating pastors or counselors feel led to meet with their group again within the context of their own church or practice. “We want to bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the laws of Christ,” concluded Ragland.

Child care will be available that evening. Those planning to attend and would like to make a reservation for child care, are asked to call (256) 428-9411 by Monday, October 3. However, no child or family will be turned away that evening if they do not have a reservation.

The Vine Worship Service Event Flyer (PDF)

Manna House Disaster Relief
Manna House Disaster Relief - Ramada Inn Opens for Next Phase Housing!

Yes, there's room at inn

Friday, September 30, 2005
Times Staff Writer

Katrina evacuees awed by freshly renovated Ramada

First evacuated to a university campus and then to the New Orleans airport, Dorothy Romana eventually had to fend for herself in San Antonio. There, her purse was stolen in a shelter. She then was hospitalized with pneumonia, before finally joining her daughter in Huntsville.

Thursday marked a new, kinder reception for hurricane evacuees like Romana.

"I love it! I love it! I love it!" exclaimed Romana as she examined her new home on the first-floor of the old Ramada Inn on South Memorial Parkway.

Here, in a cluster of buildings abandoned five years ago, Huntsville has converted idle space into a warm, but temporary, haven.

Romana was among 76 evacuees scheduled to move in Thursday. While others may not have faced Romana's trials in fleeing Katrina, there was no mistaking a similar surprised gratitude among the new tenants when confronted with the unblemished corridors, the brand new comforters, the aseptic scent of new carpet.

"My interior decorator is awesome," said 22-year-old Damany Cormier, moments after wandering into Room 262. "I'm thinking to myself, 'These are VIP rooms.' They said to me, 'You are the VIP.'

"This is actually a blessing."

Scores of churches, led by The Rock Family Worship Center, pulled together with dozens of local businesses to patch windows, replace carpet and ceiling tiles, install fire alarm systems, erase the graffiti, repair the plumbing and restore a forgotten facility.

And once the major renovations ceased, local families adopted individual rooms, stocking them with everything from toiletries and bedding to TV sets and chocolate chip cookies. Some rooms had lollipops awaiting children, others welcomed with fresh bouquets. Most had plates, dishes and stacks of clean towels. Some had a chess board, a candy dish or a Bible set out.

One suite waited with four bunkbeds and a new stereo.

Cormier, who fled New Orleans with his cousin before Katrina hit, found everything from an umbrella in the closet caddy to playing cards on the dresser to shaving cream in the bathroom.

"If the room at the Country Inn was a 10. I give this a 50. This feels more like a home," Cormier said.

His room was furnished by Belinda Talley, her sister, Escoe Beatty, and Nancy Haley.

At the ribbon-cutting Thursday, Talley asked Cormier to pose for a photo with her family. "This is my new son. Come on over here," she said.

Pastor Scott Jones of The Rock said the Volunteer Center helped find folks like Cormier in temporary homes at La Quinta or the Holiday Inn, sleeping in churches or squeezing into the nearby homes of relatives in town.

For several weeks, Cormier and his cousin, Daniel Francis, also 22, had been staying at the Country Inn and Suites courtesy of the Red Cross. Now Francis is staying downstairs at the Ramada.

"Right now, this is a two months thing," said Francis of his new room, eager to see the rest of his family who evacuated to Baton Rouge. Cormier's family evacuated to Texas and tried to return to their home near New Orleans, but didn't find the basic services to survive.

On Thursday the cousins, both students at the University of New Orleans, were wondering about attending college here.

Outside, before cutting the ribbon on the first 40 rooms, Jones announced that work continues. This is just phase one. As dozens of other churches, such as First Baptist and Trinity United Methodist and Asbury United Methodist, complete the renovations on the other two buildings in the complex, then hundreds more will be able to move in.

Jones said the finished campus could hold 300 to 500 evacuees, depending on the size of each family.

"It's one of those projects where you wish you had more money to do more," said children's pastor David Smith of The Rock. "But we're blessed to do this much."

"The FLOW" - a ministry arts event dedicated to victims of Hurricane Katrina

"The Flow," a special ministry arts event dedicated to victims of Hurricane Katrina, will occur following the 2005 Holy Convocation being hosted by Eagles' Nest Ministries this week.

Marketplace Leadership Luncheon
Marketplace Leadership Luncheon - Blessing the Business Community!

Marketplace Leadership Luncheon (Greater Huntsville)

A vision has been growing in the heart of a number of area businessmen and pastors regarding an Area-Wide Marketplace Leadership Luncheon (MLL) to empower the business community through a special time of encouragement and specific focus, including consideration of greater purpose and unique opportunity in the workplace. Please join us for this special time!

Area-Wide Marketplace Leadership Luncheon

 Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
 Date: Thursdays - weekly through Thanksgiving
 Location: The Huntsville Country Club OR The Heritage Club
(dependant on date - see schedule here)

Additional Notes:

  • Luncheon will conclude promptly within an hour.

  • Lunch will be served, cost may vary (sub $14), 100% covers meal cost

  • Please RSVP here due to limited seating if you have not already confirmed your attendance!

  • This will be a special luncheon occurring every Thursday through Thanksgiving as a gift to bless and encourage and inspire the Marketplace and Business community (no cost other than your lunch). The first several weeks will be at the Huntsville Country Club and the last several at the Heritage Club.

Huntsville Christian Business Expo - VBC!

Christian Business EXPO

Christian Business EXPO

Uniting Christians in Business and in Life

The North-Central Alabama
Christian Business EXPO

October 29, 2005
Von Braun Center
Huntsville, Alabama
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event is free to the public.
Over 7,000 expected to attend.

Kingdom Associates

Huntsville Christian Business Expo
Saturday, October 29th, Von Braun Center

We are scheduling business expositions across the US. These expos are designed to bring together Christian owned/operated businesses and the Christian consumer.

2 out of 3 (67%) of consumers surveyed indicate they would prefer to do business with Christian owned/operated businesses BUT ... they don't know which businesses are and are not Christian based!!!

We intend to change this troubling paradigm and unite the Christian consumer with Christian businesses.

For more info contact:

R. Shane Casebolt
Kingdom Associates, LLC
(256) 829-9043 toll-free 1-877-267-9876

"Let your light shine before men ..." Matt 5:16

Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship
GHIMF City-Wide Revival - October 24th - 27th

The annual city-wide revival sponsored by the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (GHIMF) is the last week of October.

Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (GHIMF)
P.O. Box 296
Normal, AL 35762
Dr. Oscar Montgomery, President

Sponsored by The Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (GHIMF)


October 24-27, 2004

First Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. Julius Scruggs, Pastor
3509 Blue Springs Road, NW
Huntsville, Alabama


7:00 p.m.

The Reverend Dr. Kevin Cosby, Pastor
St. Stephen Baptist Church
Louisville, Kentucky

Music by various choirs

Awaken My Heart - Special Regional Women's Conference

October 22nd

Host Location:
Chase Valley Church
1635 Winchester Road
Huntsville, AL 35811
(256) 859-1853

This is not an event, itís an invitation.

Click below for more information

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October - Pastor Appreciation Month

The following information is courtesy of CSR Ministries. CSR led by Jim Bevis and based out of Florence in Northwest Alabama recently launched a new national ministry of encouragement to mobilize widespread encouragement and blessing for pastors and ministry leaders. The statistics below are quite sobering, and give a powerful glimpse of why we each of us should be sensitive to how we might under gird and encourage our pastoral leaders. With October being Pastor Appreciation month consider the possibilities ...

More on CSR or the Ministry of Encouragement may be seen online at

The Ministry of Encouragement

Pastors today are faced with more work, more problems, and more stress than any other time in the history of the church. This is taking a frightening toll on the ministry, shown by the following statistics:

  • Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
  • Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over seven thousand churches close.
  • Fifty percent of pastors' marriages end in divorce.
  • Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
  • Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
  • Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years. Ninety percent of pastors said their seminary or Bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry.
  • Eighty-five percent of pastors said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors. Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.
  • Seventy percent of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
  • Ninety percent said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be before they entered the ministry.
  • Seventy percent felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only fifty percent still felt called.

  • Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship - GHIMF!

    Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship
    Monthly Meeting!

    Greater Huntsville
    Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship

    Monthly Meeting
    October 2005
    Meeting Time

    GHIMF Monthly Meetings occur the Saturday before the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    October Meeting

    Saturday October 8th

    Please note that the GHIMF meeting for the month of October will be hosted by Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend Dr. Wayne Snodgrass. The location and directions are included.

    Meeting: 10:00am
    Spiritual Feast: Rev. Dr. Frances Chunn
    Meeting Location

    Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church
    4201 Oakwood Ave Nw
    Huntsville, AL 35810
    Phone: (256) 539-1070

    Map and Directions

    Executive Board

    Please note there will also be a GHIMF Executive Board Meeting Tuesday, October 4th at 11:30am at Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church (Multipurpose Room), 2115 Winchester Rd NW.

    Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit - GHPPS!

    Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit
    Monthly Mini-Summit!

    Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit

    Monthly Mini-Summit
    October 2005
    Mini-Summit Time

    Mini-Summits occur the 2nd Thursday of each month.

    October Mini-Summit

    Thursday October 13th

    Please note that the mini-summit for the month of October will be hosted by the Valley Fellowship and Pastor Greg Simon. The location and directions are included.

    Meet and Greet: 10:00am
    Prayer: 10:30am
    Lunch: 12:00pm
    Mini-Summit Location

    Valley Fellowship
    3616 Holmes Avenue
    Huntsville, Alabama 35816
    Phone: (256)533-5117

    Map and Directions
    (located off Holmes just east of Jordan Ln.)

    Steering Team

    Please note there will also be a meeting of the Servant Leadership Team at 8:30am in the same location.
    Host Possibilities? If your church or ministry would be willing to host a mini-summit one month, or you would like to recommend a location that may be a strategic site for a future month, please let us know! Email: Host Possibility

    Host Ministry Highlight
    Valley Fellowship


    Valley Fellowship
    3616 Holmes Avenue
    Huntsville, Alabama 35816
    Phone: (256) 533-5117

    Church Staff - Core Values

    Valley Fellowship Christian Academy (VFCA)

    VFCA was founded in the fall of 1987 offering students a sheltered, caring environment that causes them to flourish in Christian character, to know God, and to develop academically and socially. We have taken missions trips to Russia and Jamaica, as well as numerous trips to Washington, D.C. The school often participates in a national high school competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prayerfully consider the school environment that is best for your child. VFCA may be the school that is right for you. The faculty and staff of VFCA are honored to be used by God in training the next generation. Come be a part of pursuing excellence at VFCA. An education is important. A Christian, quality education is priceless.

    Visit Academy Online - VFCA

    Visit Church Online - Valley Fellowship

    Valley Fellowship Church

    We are an independent, charismatic, interdenominational fellowship, and our vision is to be a New Testament "lighthouse" that will herald the return of Christ. All of the ministries of our church emphasize praise and worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship and outreach.

    Valley Fellowship was founded in 1980 as a vibrant, powerful Full Gospel church that exalts Jesus Christ and the integrity of His Word. From a small group of people meeting in various rented facilities, we have grown into a large church family with our own property on Holmes Avenue.

    When the founding pastor left, Jerry Simon was called here from Louisiana in 1984 to assume the leadership of the church. He continued to pastor until 1993, when he was martyred for his strong righteous stand he had taken here in the Tennessee Valley.

    Instead of quitting, the church has gone forward in power and anointing. As we look to the future with our co-pastors, Pastor Carol Simon and Greg Simon, we anticipate expanding onto our recently purchased land beside Butler High School.

    If you would like to know more about, or become involved with, any of our ministries, activities, or departments, please feel free to call the church office at (256) 533-5117, e-mail us at

    In Honor and Memory of Pastor Bob Guay (1943-2005)

    Bob Guay, Senior Pastor of Restoration Church (Madison), served on the Servant Leadership Team of the Greater Huntsville Pastors Prayer Summit, and also the Steering Team for Mission Huntsville.

    Pastor Bob was a man of fervent prayer, a true leader in our city and community, and an extremely "spiritual" and "discerning" man of God. He served as Senior Pastor of Restoration Church as well as provided oversight as District Supervisor in the Southeast for the Foursquare Churches of the Gulf Coast Atlantic District.

    We honor the life and ministry of Pastor Robert (Bob) Guay ...

    In Memory of the Life and Ministry of ...

    Robert (Bob) Guay
    Pastor, Restoration Foursquare Church, Madison, AL
    District Supervisor, Gulf Coast Atlantic District, Foursquare Churches

    August 28, 1943 - September 21, 2005

    "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (2 Tim 4:7-8)