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'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 ...


Conference Students Thankful for UM Scholarships

11/9/2016

United Methodist Student Day Special Offering, Nov. 27 By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference        Photo right: Chelsey Overstreet of the Mississippi Conference received multiple scholarships from The United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo courtesy Chelsey Overstreet.  Twenty-nine students from the Mississippi Conference received United Methodist scholarships in 2016 through the General Board of Higher Education and ...


Methodist Ministers Respond to Greenville Church Burning

11/9/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo courtesy Angie Quezada, Delta Daily News.   The Rev. Johnny Davis of Revels Memorial United Methodist Church offers a message of forgiveness to whoever is responsible for burning and spraying the words "Vote Trump" on Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (an African-American congregation) in Greenville, Mississippi. It happened Tuesday night on Nov. 1. Davis is the pastor of a primarily African-American ...


Post-election Healing Communion Service

11/9/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications           Photo right: Jimmy and Judy Norris of St. Marks UMC locked hands during the prayer. Picture by Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications. Photo below right:  Three lines of people receiving post-election day communion swiftly moved at the Mississippi State Capitol Building. Picture by Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications. The Mississippi Conference Advocacy Committee led a ...


'50s Youth Return to Bethlehem Center

10/28/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: From left to right, Willie Watts, Paul Hemphill, Mattie Johnson, and Arthur Brown in a classroom at Bethlehem Center in Jackson. Photo courtesy Bethlehem Center Inc.   Three men who attended the United Methodist mission, Bethlehem Center Inc., from 1950 through 1960, recently returned to the center, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Arthur Brown, Willie Watts, and Paul Hemphill were welcomed by the center's...


Barksdale to Serve on National Women's Mission Agency Advisory Group

10/28/2016

By United Methodist Women Communications Photo courtesy of United Methodist Women   Kay Barksdale of Jackson, Mississippi, has begun serving a four-year term on the Program Advisory Group of the National United Methodist Women, the women's mission agency in The United Methodist Church. Barksdale is one of 63 named to the Program Advisory Group, which counsels the national organization on its work with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world and serves as a ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Serving Beyond Physical Health

10/28/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff   Photo right: A few of the attendants of the Vincent Chapel HEC ministry's Free Community Health Advocate Training. Photo courtesy Vincent Chapel UMC.   Physical health is something in the back of many people's minds. From debating whether or not to take a sick day when the first sign of a cold arises to wondering if your joints used to pop that much, people think about their physical health. What people tend to neglect, however, is their ...


Liaison Switch, Hillman to Ray

10/28/2016

Submitted by Mississippi Conference Treasurer           Photo right: Byrd and Sara Hillman Photo credit: Mississippi Conference Communications. Photo below right: Katherine and Rev. Andy Ray during the 2012 annual conference session. Ray is the former Senatobia District Superintendent. Photo courtesy Senatobia District Facebook page.     The Board of Pension and the Board of Medical Benefits met and announced changes coming to the Retiree Benefits Liaison office. Byrd and Sara Hillman have ...


Message on Justice for VCC

10/28/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Rev. Joe Landrum is the pastor of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church, in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Photo below right:  The Mississippi Conference Lay Leader, LaToya Red Thompson, was invited to attend the vital congregations committee meeting.   The lyrics from the hit song "For What It's Worth," continue to assert their relevance since its debut 50 years ago by the American-Canadian rock band, ...


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