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Commission on a Way Forward Optimistic of Future, Delves into Tough Task

4/12/2017

By United Methodist Communications Press Center         "I ask that you join with me and The Bishop's Prayer Team in continuing to lift these Commission members up in prayer unto the Lord Jesus asking that The Holy Spirit will give them wisdom, guidance and a true openness to hearing God's voice. I believe prayer shapes our future. Let our prayers be strong."    - Bishop James Swanson Sr.,  Mississippi Conference   Members of the Commission on a Way Forward have expressed optimism at reaching ...


New Scholarship Restores Wood College Legacy

4/12/2017

Award Offerings Begin Summer 2017  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   Photo right: Meet some of the Wood College board members. From left to right: Phillip K. Williams, David Stotts, Andy Ray, Connie Marion, John Moore, Bobby Sacus, and Carl Grubbs. The full board is not pictured.    A move to restore the legacy of Wood College through scholarships has Bobby Sacus reliving his Wood story.  Sacus a lifelong United Methodist, received a scholarship to the ...


Picture Reminder of Carr's Love for Africa University

3/29/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo below right: The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Carr pictured far right stood in a vast field of brush more than 25 years ago in Zimbabwe. The location was the site Africa University. When the time came for members of the Mississippi Conference to make the trip to Africa University where they would present its first installment of a $1.3 million endowment to the university, one of the biggest cheerleaders leading the fundraiser ...


Two UMAC Awards Go to MS Conference

3/29/2017

Photo right: Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Rev. Kevin Carter and Jasmine Haynes attended the conference. United Methodist communicators from around the world gathered in New Orleans to "Embrace the Story" at the United Methodist Association of Communicators Conference, March 22-24, 2017. The annual Awards Celebration Dinner was held one evening where the work of 160 communicators were recognized. Their entries, across 10 classes of communication, bore witness to the shining of Christ's Light from ...


Confirming Our Faith

3/15/2017

       By Ashley Hewitt Roger, Children's Ministry Director, Wells UMC    Photo right:  Wells UMC youth display their stoles at Camp Lake Stephens during the Confirmation Retreat. Each youth decorated his or her stole with scripture, images, and words to remember that God has called each of us individually into a relationship. Photo credit Wells United Methodist Church.   "Her father told her, 'What you promise when you are confirmed is not that you will believe this forever. What you promise ...


Message from the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Lay Delegation

3/15/2017

To clergy and laity of the Mississippi Conference: "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  - Philippians 4:6-7 Due to the fretful time that some Mississippi Conference congregations are having concerning The United Methodist Church, the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation ...


Methodist Le Bonheur Named Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For"

3/15/2017

Submitted to The Circuit Rider   Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare made Fortune Magazine's prestigious list of "100 Best Companies to Work For"® in America, coming in at 92.   The announcement was released in a joint letter signed by Le Bonheur's President and CEO, Michael Ugwueke and Chief Human Resources Office, Carol Ross-Spang. The facility is in Memphis, Tenn.   "We all know that MLH is a special place, and to earn a spot on this list alongside companies that are admired throughout the world,...


Vicksburg UMM Paint House for Homeless Men

3/15/2017

Photo courtesy MS Conference United Methodist Men Facebook.     A house in Vicksburg is being renovated to provide temporary housing for homeless men. United Methodist Men in the area helped paint what will soon become the South Street Safe Place. The Vicksburg Post published an article that explains more about the Methodist connection to the home. Read the story below.   Partnership Brings Ministry to the Homeless By John Surratt, Vicksburg Post   Photo bottom right: Good Shepherd ...


Keith Tonkel Obituary

3/9/2017

Submitted By Wells Memorial United Methodist Church  Keith Tonkel, who preached and lived a message of reconciliation, died Wednesday of complications from throat cancer.  He was 81. For 63 years, 48 of them at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church on Bailey Avenue in Jackson, Miss., Keith Tonkel talked and lived an active ministry of reconciliation — with God and among humans. His message and dedicated service led countless alienated persons back to a belief in God and reaffirmed the faith ...


2017 Pre-conference Briefing for Dates and Locations

3/7/2017

Tuesday, April 18 Hattiesburg and Meridian Districts at Quitman First UMC, 7 p.m.   Saturday, April 22 Tupelo and New Albany Districts at Tupelo First UMC, 10 a.m.   Sunday, April 23 Senatobia District at Sardis UMC, 2 p.m. Greenwood District at Indianola First, 5 p.m.   Monday, April 24 Starkville District at Starkville First UMC, 6 p.m.   Tuesday, April 25 Brookhaven District at Brookhaven First UMC Ministry Center, 6 p.m.     Thursday, April 27 Seashore District at...


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