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1. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. Romans 15:2 (NLT)

2. Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)


Male actors needed for locally produced play

For the past two years we have put on a play to great reviews at Woodlawn UMC and we are excited about our third stint. I was informed today that we don't yet have enough males to fill out all the roles needed. The dates for play are July 18,19, and 20th. The play is entitled You Can 't Take It With You. I am told it can be easily looked up online if you want to get a feel for it. Generally speaking they do broad comedy type of plays. These plays are directed by a well known figure in the local theater Sandra Taylor, so you would be in the best of hands I can promise you that! 

Per Sandra: We need men for the role of Kolenkov, a really fun comic lead. A big, heavy set loud Russian. The other role is a good role also! The character spends his days in the basement with another character making fireworks! He should be middle age and warm, love able, father figure. 

If you are interested please contact 

Email: emily@woodlawnbham.com


Greater Bham Area Summer Camps

Birmingham Park & Recreation Board Summer Camp Listing


Date: June 9 - August 1, 2014
Time: 8am - 3pm

$25 Registration Fee
$100 for month of June
$100 for month of July

Additional Summer Camps throughout Greater Birmingham Area



Central Park United Methodist Church Summer Camp

Summer Camp begins June 9 and ends Aug 1.  Cost: $300 plus $25 registration fee per child.  
Contact: Mrs. Judith Hatch @ 2059237222 or email us at thelearningvillage@yahoo.com
We only have 50 slots. We are also participating in the SAIL program with Better Basics...the first 20 raising 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders will be apart of the program. 
For more information, please contact Rev. Deborah Epley @ 205-451-3891.
Sonia Gallimore
Church Secretary
Central Park United Methodist Church


Scholarship opportunities

The 2014 application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year is March 1, 2014.


Individual Development Account (IDA)

Opening an Individual Development Account is easy. Once you complete the Application Formand Intake Survey and submit on-line, you will be contacted by an Individual Development Account representative to guide you through the process. They will work closely with you, answer all of your questions and help you learn financial responsibility so that you can watch your assets grow!

Get up to $4,000 towards a home, college or small business!
1. Find out how to qualify by contacting the Alabama Asset Building Coalition
2. Open a free Individual Development Account (a no-fee savings account) and make monthly deposits of at least $25 which will be matched by a federal grant program
3. Begin the free financial education classes
4. Use your earned income savings and match funds for a home purchase, towards college expenses or to start or expand a small business
Contact the Alabama Asset Building Coalition at 2-1-1, 1-866-869-4921 or 205-458-8970

It’s easy… A special U.S. government savings program allows you to have up to $2,000 of earned income savings matched with $4,000 for a total of $6,000 that can be used to help achieve your financial goals – towards the purchase of a home, for college related expenses or to start or expand a small business.

By enrolling in the Individual Development Account program, you will learn the benefits of saving, receive financial education and credit counseling, become eligible for free income tax preparation assistance and have the opportunity to develop smart financial habits that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How to triple your savings and make your dreams come true

What is an Individual Development Account?
Assets for Independence is a federal grant program administered by the Office of Community Services of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The program assists qualifying individuals who open an Individual Development Account (IDA) by matching earned income with local and federal funds. The IDA promotes savings and financial stability, and enables participants to acquire a lasting asset—a first-time home, your college education or start or expand a small business!

How do I qualify for an IDA?

Qualified IDA investors qualify based on annual adjusted gross income. Please refer to the income eligibility chart below. In addition, IDA investors must have no more than $10,000 in total net worth excluding an automobile and home. To confirm eligibility and to open and IDA, please call 2-1-1 or 1-866-869-4921 or (205) 458-8970.

IDA Income Eligibility

Persons in Family 
Annual Income
Up to $22,980
Up to $31,020
Up to $39,060
Up to $47,100
Up to $55,140
Up to $63,180
Up to $71,220
Up to $79,260

For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,020 for each additional person.

What do I do once I qualify?
Representatives will guide you through the process and serve as your personal contact throughout the program. You will begin making monthly deposits (minimum of $25 per month) into an IDA – a free savings account with no fees--and participate in financial training classes – offered at no cost. As your savings grow and are matched, you get closer to your dream and can withdraw up to a total of $6,000 to apply towards your goal.

Alabama Crime Victims Compensation

Alabama's compensation law covers a variety of 
expenses for which compensation is paid. The Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission provides the only substantial financial compensation to victims for expenses for personal injuries including medical, funeral and counseling bills. This assistance lessens the financial burden on innocent victims of violent crime and serves as a vehicle of hope for the rights of crime victims.

Domestic violence prevention


Free tax preparation

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Application

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Application

This is a secure application. An application must be completed for each person in the household that qualifies for SFMNP benefits. Applicants must reapply every year. You can apply for next year’s program any time after January 1st. To qualify, individuals must meet the following criteria:
  1. Age - person must be 60 years of age or older the day of issuance.
  2. Income level - – to be eligible on the basis of income, recipients’ gross household income must not exceed the following limits:
$1,580.00 monthly……for a household of ------1
$2,133.00 monthly……for a household of ------2
$2,685.00 monthly……for a household of ------3
$3,238.00 monthly……for a household of ------4
$3,816.00 monthly……for a household of ------5
$4,344.00 monthly……for a household of ------6
(Household: a group of related or non-related individuals living together as one economic unit. These amounts are at 165% of 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines.)
No person is “entitled” to Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, i.e. the budget does not allow enough checks to satisfy everyone who wants them and is eligible.
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Scholarship opportunities for Birmingham students

New Rising Star: Keys 2 Homeownership Workshop

New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
Christian Family Life Center
7400 London Avenue South    Birmingham, Alabama 35206

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30- 8:00pm


 1st HABITAT for Humanity House on London Avenue 
Rehab Homes for Low to Moderate Income Families
Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham
United Way Financial Stability Partnership
Urban League

Receive information to:
Remove the barriers to home ownership
Qualify for Habitat or Newly Rehabbed Homes

New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Community Support Corporation
Rev. F. F. Thomas Beavers, Pastor
Founder: Rev. Dr. Tommy C. Chappell, Pastor Emeritus
For more information call Cheryl (10am to 5pm) at(205) 703-3952