Mississippi Conference Communications
Photo right: The Rev. Connie Shelton, East Jackson District superintendent joined in song with children at Greenwood First United Methodist.
Photo below right: It was youth Sunday at Grenada First United Methodist Church where Starkville District superintendent Rev. Embra Jackson preached.
Photo bottom right: Bishop Swanson looks on as Rev. Andy Ray, Senatobia District superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet makes repairs.
A combination of little skill and willing hearts produced what some members of the Mississippi Annual Conference might call a Glory Sighting -- God at work.
On Tuesday, October 20, Mississippi Conference leaders including the bishop and district superintendents joined in mission projects for Delta Grace, a United Methodist program housed on the campus of Sunflower United Methodist Church, in Sunflower, Miss. Delta Grace, matches teams with those in need of home repairs within the poverty stricken Mississippi Delta. The area is in the conference's Greenwood District, led by district superintendent Rev. Mattie Gipson.
Sunflower's pastor, Rev. Veronica Pritchard said Gipson has been at her side for several presentations to the Cabinet about Delta Grace. Both of them felt having a mission experience would give the leadership an even greater understanding of the ministry, so they planned the mission trip.
For four hours, leaders made restorations to a couple of homes on the same street in the city of Moorehead. Cameras captured them working on ceilings, floors, painting, and operating electric saws. They even spoke with families they were helping. Some of the local pastors in the Greenwood District had a chance to step away from the pulpit to welcome a district superintendent as the guest preacher.
Click here to see pictures of Cabinet's hands and feet project for Delta Grace. For more information about Delta Grace, go to http://deltagrace.org/.
The Cabinet provides oversight and direction for the work of the annual conference, districts, and local churches. The Cabinet works as a unit on developing the appointments for the ministerial members, which are made or fixed by the bishop.