Pearl church begins Spanish-language service


Those attending a special worship service at McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church in Pearl on Jan. 7 heard some notable differences from the morning service.

McLaurin Heights held its first Spanish-language service.

Some Spanish-speaking members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Forest who live in Pearl and Jackson were driving about 100 miles round trip to attend Sunday school and worship every Sunday. Having Trinity’s pastor, the Rev. Goyo De La Cruz, make the commute seemed more efficient. So began a 3 p.m. worship service in Pearl. An adult Sunday school class has also been started at McLaurin Heights at the regular time. 

At the initial service, Holy Communion was celebrated with four pastors — De La Cruz, McLaurin Heights’ Marshall Jenkins, East Jackson District Superintendent Giles Lindley and Rayford Woodrick, who preached in Spanish and English interpreted by Jorge Navarrete — issuing the elements.  

After the communion service, those attending gathered in the Fellowship Hall and ate homemade tamales, pozole, assorted desserts and hot punch brought by the new Hispanic members and desserts, tea and soft drinks furnished by McLaurin Heights.