Mississippi Annual Conference Healthy Church Award
Survey and Guidelines
2011 Annual Conference Year (June 2011 - May 2012)
The MS Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by individuals, churches, or districts, and selected by the Annual Conference, live their call to “Offer Them Christ” daily as modeled by Dr. Harry Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism that sponsors these awards.
To learn more about the award, call 601-354-0515.
Nominations must be received no later than April 27th to be considered for the 2012 awards.
For Outstanding Achievement in Race Relations
The Conference Commission on Religion and Race is currently receiving nominations for the Emma K. Elzy Award. The Elzy Award encourages reconciliation by honoring an individual, group, or institution that has shown outstanding achievement in race relations in the state of Mississippi. The Award will be presented at the 2012 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference.
This award is given on honor of Emma Elzy, an outstanding laywoman. A descendant of slaves, Emma Kimp Elzy was born on May 23, 1886. She married Charlie Elzy in Pontotoc in 1907. They had four children: Ruby, Amanda Belle, Robert Isaac, and Beatrice Wayne.
Emma Elzy was a woman of great faith and built her life’s foundation on the teaching of the Methodist Church. She was a woman unafraid of hard work. In the mornings she taught five grades at the Pontotoc Colored School until noon and then worked in the cotton fields until sunset. While her husband and children slept at night, she did the laundry for several white families in the community. She was a woman of prayer, when her husband left her and the four children; she relied even more on her faith in God and the church.
Emma moved to Corinth to teach after she lost her job in Pontotoc. It was there that she joined Mouth Moriah Methodist Church. She would remain in Corinth nearly all the rest of her life. Emma died in 1985 age 98, just shy of her 99th birthday. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for about 70 years and attended Methodist Conferences of 50 years.
Emma K. Elzy went beyond the norm to bring unity and inclusiveness to the body of Christ. She gave liberally of her time, talent, money, and ingenuity to promote better race relations, human relations, church relations, and family relations. Any United Methodist in the Mississippi Conference may submit a nomination for the award named in Emma K. Elzy’s honor. Nominees must have shown outstanding achievements in race relations through the building of interracial relationships, the establishment or operation of a program emphasizing race relations, work beyond the “call of duty” or any other significant activity that promotes reconciliation. Although United Methodists may receive preference, the selection process does not exclude persons or agencies from other denominations or faith traditions.
Neither members of Conference Commission on Religion and Race nor directly related conference staff is eligible for the award.
To nominate an individual, group, or institution, please submit in writing the biographical/historical information and a letter of endorsement stating why this person should be considered for this award. Send nomination material by April 27, 2012 to Conference Commission on Religion and Race, (Attention) Juanita Franklin, P. O. Box 1147, Jackson, MS 39215.
Conference Mission Grants awarded to 18 mission ministries
Eighteen mission ministries related to or in partnership with Mississippi Annual Conference have been named recipients of the 2011 Conference Advent Grants.
These annual Mission Grants support efforts that encourage church members to get out into the world and make a difference. The grants work toward the Conference vision of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
This week we are highlighting the following churches and agencies that were awarded mission grants for 2011:
|Project||Church & District|
|1. Meals on Wheels||Saltillo First UM, Tupelo|
|2. Stephens’s Ministry||Biloxi First UMC, Seashore|
|3. New Hope, New Vision||Cornerstone UMC, Meridian|
|4. Creating Healthy Lifestyle||Wesley UMC, Greenwood|
|5. Mobile Day Camp||Camp Lake Stephens, New Albany|
The current grant monies are available from the generous support of local churches through apportioned giving to the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and Connectional Ministries budget.