Chris Cumbest has been named coordinator of church recovery for the Mississippi Conference.
The appointment will be effective Feb. 1,
The appointment will make possible focused guidance, resourcing and assistance as local churches impacted by Hurricane Katrina move forward in visioning, repair and recovery. Cumbest will work closely with the leadership of the
Church recovery is distinct from the ongoing local church and conference work in the communities devastated by Katrina, from the work on destroyed and damaged homes, and from
Cumbest has served as pastor at
Special service of remem
Friends and supporters of Gulfside Assembly are invited to attend a special service of remem
The event is scheduled for Jan. 7.
Gulfside has a long history as place of worship and refuge to African-Americans, particularly in the Southeast. During the turbulent 1960s, Gulfside was one of the few places African-Americans could gather without harassment. The retreat and camping facility has offered summer camp, retreat and other worship experiences for decades. The facility is owned by the Southeast Jurisdiction.
However, the facility was destroyed Aug. 29 by Hurricane Katrina. Not a single building survived the storm. The Board of Trustees has vowed to rebuild Gulfside.
Care Teams helps churches meet emotional needs of survivors
As churches and individuals continue rebuilding their lives following Hurricane Katrina, not all of the needs are physical. Just as important are the emotional and spiritual needs of survivors.
The Mississippi Conference has trained teams to help. United Methodist Disaster Response Care Teams are faith-based, on-going teams that are trained to provide spiritual and emotional care following disasters. Care Teams stand solidly in a belief that the church is the body of Christ in the world. Reaching out from the faith community, Care Teams help disaster survivors connect with their personal and community spiritual, emotional, and basic life resources.
For more information or help, call 601-354-0515, ext. 32.
Ministers’ Week gets new name
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
A team of faculty from
Registration fee if received by Jan. 13 is $75 and $90 after Jan. 13.
Registration online at www.centerforministry.com.
Clergy in communities impacted by Katrina may contact their district superintendent for special registration arrangements.
Peggy Troy, president of Le Bonheur Children’s
Formerly president of Cook Children’s
Le Bonheur recently announced a $100 million fund-raising campaign to add on to its current location and move its inpatient care to a larger, new $235 million facility by 2010.
This announcement follows the recent announcement by Cameron Welton, Methodist’s current chief operating officer that he will retire at the end of March.
Siblings to perform at
The event is scheduled for Dec. 26 at
The Barhams, children of the Rev. Ron and Carrol Barham, are professional musicians and graduates of
Winston Barham has done graduate study in Latin and works in the music li
The music will be a combination of sacred, operatic, art songs and international pieces, both organ and vocal. There is no admission charge and dress is casual.
First Smoke-Free Sabbath set
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi encourages churches and other faith-based organizations to highlight the importance of tobacco education and prevention during the first Smoke-Free Sabbath organized statewide. Smoke-Free Sabbath, scheduled for Jan. 6-8, is an opportunity for people of faith to jointly express their concern for the health and well-being of the people of
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi provides free worship resources for a Smoke-Free Sabbath observance. Local Community/Youth Partnership program directors are available to assist churches and other organizations that wish to take part in this inaugural event. Organizations can contact the Partnership 800-746-5437, or visit its Web site at www.healthy-miss.org to obtain the faith-based materials and to find the local project director.
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