Ministry spurs growth at Glendale UMC

3/6/2007

Special to the Advocate 

Every Tuesday and Thursday D. J. and Quadauirs Harts receive hot prepared lunches at Glendale United Methodist Church. The two teenage boys live in the community and assist with the caring of their family members. 

Joanne Richards recently joined the church as a result of receiving meals from the church.  She was looking for a church home and says she found the fellowship of the church to be helpful and meaningful. Richards rides a three-wheeled bike three miles to church every Sunday for services.  

In April 2006 Glendale United Methodist Church partnered with Christian Services Inc. in Hattiesburg to provide 120 meals each week for the shut-ins and needy in the Glendale community, located just north of Hattiesburg. Since then, more than 1,600 meals have been distributed in the area. In the past several years Glendale has developed mission and vision statements to help focus their outreach ministry. The church is in the process of developing a five-year plan to meet the needs of the anticipated growth in the community.  

Recently the Evelyn Gandy Parkway opened a corridor from Petal through Glendale to I-59.  New subdivisions, apartments and businesses are expected in the next several years.  

“The church is in a very good location and has the opportunity to grow in attendance and service to the people of Glendale,” said Erskine Pou, a member at Glendale.

“The church has a new invigorating attitude,” said Tom Snider, chair of the Administrative Council. “People are excited about the growth we have experienced in the past year and the number of visitors in our service.”   

Glendale UMC has experienced a 20 percent growth in the last 14 months.