February 2017




This month we are highlighting some of the ways COT models community. Next month we'll take a look at transformation.



Learning and Growing in Community



Communities of Transformation staff members work throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference and their "together time" is usually through digital video conferencing. When they gathered in Phenix City for three days of professional development last November, they took advantage of time together before and after work hours to strengthen their sense of community.

Above, Rev. Alecia Glaize, left, and Rev. Reba Wiley presided over a communion service after the COT professional development. Below, Katy Wrona, left, serves communion to Suzann Tibbs.

Leading the group in singing before the workday started are l-r: Darlene McGaw; Laurel Blackwell; Reba Wiley; Anita Watson



Serving Our Communities


Each year the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) encourages Americans to volunteer in their communities in recognition of two special days-- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. CNCS is the parent organization of AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America.

Several Communities of Transformation sites participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this year. Working together, volunteers, participants and staff strengthen the bonds of their COT community while serving their larger communities.


 Phenix City

In photos above and below: Phenix City COT helped serve lunch at Franchise Baptist Church to the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir and Morehouse College Glee Club prior to their Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert at the Columbus, Georgia Convention Center on January 15.



Selma COT partnered with AARP to serve lunch to law enforcement officers at Memorial United Methodist Church.

Pictured above are l-r: Selma COT Coordinator VISTA Dorothy Fitts; volunteer Sidney Fitts; Montgomery-Prattville District Supt. Rev. John Brooks; Memorial UMC pastor and COT volunteer Rev. Steve Kopp.


In Eufaula, COT participated in cleaning up and beautifying Twelve Stones, a community garden in Eufaula. Pictured are l-r:  COT Coordinator Union Springs VISTA Darlene McGaw; volunteer Brad Moore; Eufaula COT Coordinator VISTA Beverly Brown; volunteer Betty Griffin; COT Program Development VISTA Suzann Tibbs.


In Dothan it was a family affair when COT volunteers and participants painted a room at The Harbor in downtown Dothan. The Harbor is a "refuge from life’s storms,” a ministry, a mission, and a church.

See more photos on our Facebook page


March Events

All meetings 5:30-8:00 p.m. Central time unless otherwise noted. Please check the website Events page for locations.


March  7 Meeting
March  8 Book Signing 1:00 p.m.
March 14 Meeting
March 21 Meeting
March 28 Meeting


March   7 Meeting
March 14 No Meeting
March 21 Meeting
March 28 Meeting


March   6 Meeting
March 13 Meeting
March 20 No Meeting
March 27 Meeting


March 16 Planning Meeting at 5:30 p.m. @ Evergreen United Methodist Church

March   2 Meeting
March   9 Meeting
March  16 Meeting
March 23 Meeting
March 30 Meeting


March   5 Community Book Study 5:00-6:00 p.m.
March 12 Community Book Study 5:00-6:00 p.m.
March 14 Taste & See
March 19 Community Book Study 5:00-6:00 p.m.
March 26 Community Book Study 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Phenix City (all times Eastern)

March   7 Meeting
March 14 Meeting
March 21 Meeting
March 28 Meeting


March   6 Meeting
March 13 Meeting
March 20 Meeting
March 27 Meeting
Union Springs

March   6 Meeting: A Call to Action, a Change of Direction 5:00 pm




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Contact us

Laurel Akin
Communications Coordinator
Phone: 334.300.2098
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Laurel and Fred Blackwell
COT Coordinators
Phone: 334.524.3652
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