Nominations may now be made for the Emma K. Elzy Award, presented each year by the Mississippi Conference Commission on Religion and Race.
The Elzy Award encourages reconciliation by honoring an individual, group or institution that has shown outstanding achievement in race relations in
Emma Elzy was a woman of faith and built her life’s foundation on the teaching of the Methodist church. Elzy taught five grades at the
Any United Methodist in the Mississippi Conference may submit a nomination for the award. Nominees must have shown outstanding achievement in race relations through the building of interracial relationships, the establishment or operation of a program emphasizing race relations, work beyond the “call of duty” or any other significant activity that promotes reconciliation. Although United Methodists may receive preference, the selection process does not exclude persons or agencies from other denominations or faith traditions. Members of the conference Commission on Religion and Race or directly related conference staff are not eligible for the award.
To nominate an individual, group or institution, submit in writing the biographical/historical information and a letter of endorsement stating why this person should be considered for this award. Send nomination materials by April 15 to Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Attention Lindsey Robinson,
Brookhaven sets speakers event
Newcomers and experienced lay speakers are invited to attend the Brookhaven District 2006
The event offers the basic course for those seeking to become lay speakers and offers two new advanced courses.
The event is scheduled for March 10-11 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman. While designed for the Brookhaven District, anyone interested is invited to participate.
“Don’t Shoot the Horse” is a new advanced course on stewardship that will be taught by the Rev. Phillip Heidelberg, superintendent of the Brookhaven District, while Mary Ford will lead “Accountable Discipleship.” Ford is the conference director of Lay Speaking Ministries. The Rev. Ron Barham, executive director of Wood Institute, will teach the basic course.
Cost of the event for those staying over night is $75, while commuters pay $55. Make checks payable to Mississippi Conference 2006
Bonnie Dillon of
Booneville First UMC honors Box for years of membership, service
Mickey Box, long-time member of both the
She had been president of the Booneville First UMC unit for 21 years. New Albany District President Carolyn Jackson made the announcement before the church service.
“It gives me great pleasure to give this plaque to Mickey Box. I didn’t know for a year or so if we were related to each other. But after being here and getting to know this lovely woman, I just know we have to be. I am honored to be able to be a part of this, Mickey,” said the Rev. Phillip Box.
UMW Group President Eudora Kemp read a poem, dedicated to the honoree:
“Her worth it would be impossible to tell,
For she has served lovingly and well;
Never a harsh or least critical word
From Mickey’s lips are ever heard.
Her work she does with quiet and loving care,
Doing the Lord’s work with a worshipful air.
Dutifully and devotedly she meets each duty,
Serving the Lord with quietness and beauty.
There’s one thing she does firmly believe:
That it’s more blessed to give than to receive,
And from her resources she donates unstintingly –
To Mickey we offer our admiration and laud
And for her many qualities we sincerely applaud.”
Hawkins offers something for all
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25.
Kicking off the event on Feb. 23 will be a concert for youth. Two time Dove award-winning artists By The Tree will perform. The Rev. John Hugh Tate of Christ UMC in
Friday night is designed for families. Kids will enjoy the Great Cookie Carnival where they will learn “it’s sweet to follow Jesus,” with a special message by Amy Jackson of Crawford St. UMC in
Southern gospel trio Paid In Full will end the weekend with a concert on Saturday night. The night’s message will be given by the Rev. Richard Robbins from Parkway Hills UMC in
No attendance fee will be charged, but a love offering will be taken each night. Church groups are encouraged to attend. Contact Hawkins at 601-636-2242, for reserved seating.
Marvin plans divorce workshop
Those dealing with divorce are invited to take part in New Beginnings: A Divorce Recovery Workshop at
New Beginnings is for persons, regardless of church affiliation, who are separated, divorced, divorcing or who have ended a love relationship. Participants will explore issues of divorce, learn daily survival and coping skills, grow in recovery from divorce and learn how to help others. The confidential workshop will include lecture, study and small group discussion.
The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for eight weeks beginning Feb. 14.
Childcare will be provided for children under age 12. The total cost for the workshop is $25. Interested persons may call the church office at 601-845-7524.
Patricia Battle of
The event was held Jan. 14 at
Sixty-one women from across the Seashore District took part in the event which focused on the purpose of UMW and to worship under the theme of “Through the Eyes Of a Child.” The Meeting began with inspirational music by the Weems Chapel Children’s Choir under the direction of Sheena Antoine.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Gloria McKinney, minister at Weems Chapel. The group was welcomed by Rev. David Lowery, host minister; Betty Perkins, local unit president; and Peggy Hubert, district president.
The Candle Burning ceremony in memory of deceased UMW members was led by Patricia Jones, district Membership, Nurture and Outreach coordinator, and Margo Porter, exiting Education and Interpretation coordinator.
Retiring officers were presented pins by Vice President Linda Hyland in appreciation of mission service. Rosalyn Folks, Nominations chair, installed the incoming officers.
After lunch the mission studies were led by Denise Pickett, Spiritual Growth coordinator; Gabrielle Barnes, conference historian; and Mary Carter, conference coordinator of Membership, Nurture and Outreach.
Women’s Division group to lead Spiritual Life Retreat in March
A core planning group from the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries is scheduled to provide leadership for the 2006 Mississippi Conference United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat.
Leading the event will be Jeanette Clifton of
The event is scheduled for March 10-11 at Camp Lake Stephens near
Cost of the retreat is $40 for accommodations and meals, $20 for commuters who also eat meals at
Ranager gets top chaplain honor
The Rev. Joe Ranager, a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference, has been named Chaplain of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Health & Welfare Ministries (UMA), a national network of United Methodist related organizations.
Ranager is lead chaplain for the Department of Pastoral Care for Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in
Recipients of this award are selected based on their sense of Christian ministry by demonstrating leadership within the appointed organization, the local church and at local, state, regional and national levels of professional associations and societies.
Recognition of Ranager’s achievements will take place March 18 in
Are you interested in going to
A conference-wide trip is scheduled for Aug. 1-11 or later in the fall. All interested folks from the Mississippi Annual Conference are invited to pray about their involvement in this trip.
This year’s trip will focus on
The approximate cost is $3,000 per person.
If you are interested, contact Becky Trask at the conference office at 601-354-0515 extension 13 or email email@example.com.