Minor Memorial Offers Warm Welcome

12/4/2013

Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator

 

On a recent visit to Minor Memorial UMC, I was made to feel

Rev. Amanda Gordon greets one member following service at Minor Memorial UMC in Walls.
welcome before I ever entered the church building. Nathan and Chelsea Hickerson smiled and waved from across the parking lot. When I walked through the door, Rev. Amanda Gordon and several others greeted me. Bill Greenslade gave me a bulletin and asked if I would like a copy of "The Upper Room." Next, Randy and Karla Lance met me, and David Guyer offered Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers and cinnamon hard candy. Then I was embraced by my friend, Patsy Vick, who teaches classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and is an active supporter of Romanian missions through her work with the orphanage, Mia's Children. I truly experienced firsthand the extravagant hospitality of a church whose mission statement is "To grow disciples of Jesus Christ through worship, study, fellowship and service." 

 

Minor Memorial had a humble beginning in 1889 when a group of women cleaned an old unused saloon on the southwest corner of Poplar Corner Road, and moved in homemade benches for a Sunday school. Over time, the church grew and the present church building is now located at 6120 Goodman Road West in Walls, Mississippi. Their vision statement is "Every member in ministry." Minor Memorial assists people in the local community through a food pantry, the Minor Memorial Golden Cross Fund, Feed My Lambs (weekend meals for elementary students), TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), ESL classes and their Thanksgiving/Christmas outreach in partnership with Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Walls. They will have a compassionate friends candle lighting service on December 8 at 5:00 p.m. for friends and family members to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.

 

Gordon and others at Minor Memorial are involved in local and international mission causes. She wants to see more people in worship and more professions of faith with every person at Minor Memorial growing in their spiritual walk with Christ. She has hopes to see "every member of Minor Memorial living out the five parts of the mission statement: focus on growing disciples, faithful participation in worship, being involved in at least one study/small group, coming to fellowship opportunities and serving locally and globally."

 

Gordon's sermon the day of my visit was based on Mark 6: 34-44 about Jesus feeding the multitudes with two fish and five loaves of bread. Gordon stated that "God will make a way when it seems there is no way!"

 

During my visit to Minor Memorial, I felt the welcome of a congregation that values inclusion--a congregation that wants others to be a part of their worship and service experience with God. They not only have "open hearts, open minds and open doors," but they are also reaching out to those who have not yet come through those doors. May the Lord continue to bless this vital and fruitful ministry.