Tupelo First UMC event to focus on baptism


Tupelo First United Methodist Church will provide an opportunity for laity and clergy to rediscover and revitalize their understanding of baptism by offering a seminar entitled “Come to the Water.”

The event is scheduled for Oct. 7-9.

Dr. Gayle Carlton Felton will be the featured speaker. A United Methodist writer, consultant and lecturer, Felton was previously on the faculty of Duke Divinity School and is a clergy member of the North Carolina Annual Conference. She served on the United Methodist Church Committee to Study Baptism from 1989-1996 and was the author of the final version of “By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism,” which was adopted by the 1996 General Conference as the church’s official interpretative statement on the sacrament of baptism. 

Felton will provide the sermon at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services on Oct. 8, will speak during the Sunday school hour and from 4-5:15 p.m. and 6-7:15 p.m. on Sunday evening. On Oct. 9, she will speak at noon and at 6 p.m.

On Oct. 10, Felton will conduct a one day study on baptism designed primarily for clergy although lay members may attend. The cost for the Oct. 10 study is $35 with pre-registration required. Course credit of one-half continuing education unit may be earned by clergy members.

For information or to obtain brochures on both events, contact Tupelo First UMC at 662-690-8100.