While most people were just waking up on Nov.13 to another ordinary Sunday, Don Johnson was preparing for a record-breaking morning. When he stepped into the sanctuary of
Johnson and his wife, Billie, are among the handful of people who helped start Getwell Road UMC in September 1986. But being a founding member is one thing. Never missing a single Sunday since then is another.
“I challenged myself back then to go a whole year without missing church,” Johnson says. But after that year the challenge kept going … and going, and going, and going.
In all the time since, Johnson has attended Getwell Road UMC every Sunday. He never even visited another church. Vacations didn’t even keep him away.
“Mr. Don,” as Johnson is known, said he once came close to missing a Sunday service. “We were with extended family on a trip to
Besides being one of Getwell’s newest claims to fame, Mr. Don is also going on nearly as many Sundays serving as Sunday school superintendent. “I don’t really remember when they asked me to serve, but it was right in the beginning,” he says.
Johnson’s isn’t the only one in the family whose smiling face is an icon at
Clergy event gets new name, date
The Mississippi Conference’s annual ministerial continuing education event held in January has new dates and a new name.
The 2006 Clergy Leadership Conference, formerly known as Ministers’ Week, is scheduled for Feb. 6-8 at
The theme for this year’s event is “A Time to Heal…”
A team of faculty from
Registration fee if received by Jan. 13 is $75 and $90 after Jan. 13.
Registration will be available on-line at www.centerforministry.com after Dec. 11. A brochure with full information will be mailed in mid-December.
Clergy in communities impacted by Katrina may contact their district superintendent for special registration arrangements.
Picayune Trinity UMW holds end-of-the-year celebration
Trinity United Methodist Women of Picayune ended their year “Through The Eyes of a Child” with the announcement of the 2006-07 officers and unit recognitions.
Donna Cooper, vice president, congratulated members and study leaders for earning Award of Excellence of all three studies:
Cooper announced that the Trinity unit had received a certificate for Mission Today Unit.
Trinity has a four generations of involvement (Beulah Walker, Sandra Barker, Angela Gjertsen and Laura Frances Gjertsen). In recognition, Baker was presented a pearl pin.
For their leadership, Donna and Lorraine Sower were each presented a sapphire pin.
Sower, treasurer and chair of Program Resources, said that the unit had received the Five-Star Giving Certificate. She presented certificates to those who earned the Plan 1 Reading certificate and stated that memorial gifts had been made in names of Lillian Bechtel, Dorothy Blackstone, Helen Corken,
Mission Minute recognitions were presented to Abigail Cooper, William Farrar, Anders Gjertsen and Amanda Moseley. Tod Smith was recognized upon graduation as a Mission Minute student. Circle recognitions included Carmen Probst by the
United Methodist Women at
An overflow crowd took part in the Oct. 23 event.
In only three weeks more than 50 active UMW members from four circles worked to plan and execute the benefit. Members sold luncheon tickets, collected children’s books, New Testaments, designed and printed a UMW brochure, secured musicians, decorated the
Two cooks, Warner Creekmore and Anita Alef, prepared the food. A menu of chicken and rice casserole, flavored green beans, tossed green salad, rolls and chocolate and lemon bars were served to each guest by a UMW member.
Upon entering Wesley Hall and the
Amid the fellowship, talented gospel singers provided uplifting entertainment. Alan and Shirley Cousar, Pat Hancock and Sandra Durrett of
The event raised $3,200 raised for the project. The books that were donated by area bookstores, author Charlsie Parks and the UMW will be presented to the Moore Community House.
Kevin Foley, M.D., neurosurgeon at
Foley was the guest of honor for the opening ceremony of the minimally invasive surgical skills centre (MIS Centre) at the
The department of surgery at the
Methodist Healthcare joins study examining brain tumor treatment
A new brain tumor study is under way at Methodist Healthcare in
Sills is assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a neurosurgeon with Semmes-Murphey Clinic.
The study focuses on a new way to treat newly diagnosed cases of a particular type of brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant brain tumor that is often difficult to treat.
“What’s different about this study is that we will be giving a higher dose of radiation than in previous studies and temozolomide, a chemotherapy drug, will be administered at particular intervals,” said Sills.
During the study, Sills will try to determine radiation directly to the surrounding brain tissue after surgical placement any treatment related toxicity associated with the treatment, which will involve a combination of drug and radiation therapy. Gliasite is a device that delivers in the brain.
Once a tumor has been removed, a Gliasite balloon catheter is inserted into the remaining cavity. The catheter stays in the cavity for several days until the patient has recovered from surgery. It is then slowly filled with a solution of liquid radiation called Iotrex.
The headquarters building of the Mississippi Conference will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2. The office will re-open at Jan. 3. In addition, Treasurer David Stotts has designated Jan. 11 as the date 2005 apportionment payment must be in his office.