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From the Swansons: God Always Provides "New Birth"

1/4/2017

  From the Swansons: God Always Provides "New Birth"             Photo right: Bishop and Mrs. James Swanson, Sr. submitted this photo of their granddaughter, Laila Brown.   I'm sure that 2016 was a year in which you-like our family-experienced great disappointments, frustrations, some losses, and even shed many tears of sadness. And yet God was faithful and not only brought us through those hard times but blessed us with many "Glory Sightings," as well. I invite you to journey through 2017...


Strong Winds Move Church Building, Not the Church

1/4/2017

           By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photos right: The wind force separated the sanctuary walls at Sweetwater UMC. Church members living near Sweetwater discovered the damage. All pictures courtesy Sweetwater UMC.   The sanctuary at Sweetwater United Methodist Church in Wesson, Mississippi, is a total loss after strong winds shifted the structure about two feet from its foundation on Jan. 2, 2017. According to the pastor, Rev. Mark Allen, the ...


Disaster Case Managers Present Generosity after Christmas

12/21/2016

  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist      Photo right: LaTia Penn and Santarious Curb during the Mississippi Conference office Christmas party. Photo below right: Case managers from across Mississippi were in Jackson for the annual Mississippi Conference Christmas party. Plans for Christmas Day are set for a couple of Mississippi Conference disaster response case managers. Santarious Curb will surprise his nine-year-old daughter with some of the items ...


Prayers and Donations for Barton UMC after Fire

12/21/2016

    Photo right and below right: On Dec. 15, 2016, a fire destroyed Barton United Methodist Church in Byhalia, Mississippi. Photo from Barton UMC Facebook page. The Barton United Methodist Church family is grateful for the overwhelming support from fellow United Methodists and their community after a fire that destroyed their facility on Dec. 15.  Everything inside burned according to the pastor, Rev. Michael John Pope.  He said fire investigators suspect the furnace may have triggered the ...


Bibles Lost and Found at Camp

12/7/2016

Camp Wesley Pines Returning Lost Bibles  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Rebecca Teasley lost two Bibles roughly 20 years ago at Camp Wesley Pines but has them back thanks to a worker at the camp and Facebook. Photo courtesy Rebecca Teasley. Photo below right: A paper slip with details that may identify the owner is in each Bible. Photo courtesy Camp Wesley Pines. Photo below left: This is the Bible from Teasley's grandmother. Photo ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

12/7/2016

Growing in Grace at Asbury UMC, Holly Springs By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff Photo right: Members of Asbury UMC are pictured making food baskets through Growing in Grace. Photo courtesy Asbury UMC. When Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, attracted 34 new members in less than four months, they knew they needed help to grow them spiritually. After talking to their new members, the leaders of Asbury realized that about 60 percent of them were ...


Conference Lay Leader Truly Inspires

12/7/2016

By Verna Wilson, President - Samuel Chapel UMW             Photo right: Mississippi Conference Lay Leader, LaToya Redd-Thompson and Rev. Paula Milo-Moultrie, pastor of Samuel Chapel UMW. Photo submitted to The Circuit Rider.     When the Samuel Chapel UMW planned their 2016 Women's Day celebration this past summer, they knew they wanted a very special guest -- the new Mississippi Conference Lay Leader, LaToya Redd-Thompson. Lucky for the UMW, she accepted the invitation. On the rainy Sunday ...


Rising Above the Ashes

12/7/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference             Photo right: A scorched cherub from the fellowship hall at Corinth First United Methodist Church was used to secure caution tape. All Photos by Tamica Smith Jeuitt. Photo below right: Paige Snyder worked at the weighing station in the Stop Hunger Now assembly line. She said her church has always been a happy place. Photo below left: Pastor Roger Shock gives a high-five to the children enrolled in the church ...


'Smashing' Good Time at Fall Festival

11/9/2016

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District Communications    Photo right: Elizabeth Swartz and the Rev. Raigan Miskelly of Columbus First UMC let out their frustrations against the deadly malaria disease by smashing an old car to raise money. Photo submitted to 'The Circuit Rider.' In just two hours last Sunday, Columbus residents got out a little frustration while helping raise money for a good cause.    Elizabeth Swartz of First UMC Columbus said at the Annual Fall Festival, held Sunday, Oct. 30, ...


Children Lead Huge Malaria Campaign: Tupelo First UMC Raises Almost $12,000

11/9/2016

By Charity Gordon, Mississippi Conference Field Coordinator, Imagine No Malaria         Photo right: A young person, far left in the second row, holds up a jumbo check written for nearly $12,000 for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Photo submitted to 'The Circuit Rider.' The children led the way in raising almost $12,000 for Imagine No Malaria at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. During a two-month giving campaign, the church that averages 550 worshippers each Sunday raised over ...


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