Upcoming events of note:

This Week

The Seashore District has scheduled a Lay Speaking School for Friday and Saturday at Leggett Memorial UMC. Three courses will be offered: Basic Lay Speaking with Anne Steinaway; Advanced-Leading Small Groups with Zach Beasley, and Advanced-Designing an Older Adult Ministry with John McCay. For information, call 228-864-5025. 

Next Week

United Methodists are urged to give up lunch and save lives by using that money to buy an insecticide-treated bed net. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie is asking United Methodists and others to skip lunch on April 25, Africa Malaria Day, and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net. The people of The United Methodist Church are a founding partner in the Nothing But Nets campaign, which is taking aim at one of Africa’s biggest killers of children by protecting families from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Other founding partners include the United Nations Foundation, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares and Sports Illustrated. For each $10 donation, a bed net is purchased and distributed to Africa. Local churches are encouraged to join the effort by holding a lunchtime worship service focusing on malaria on April 25. Downloadable resources, including suggestions about how churches can get involved, graphics, and worship materials, are available at 

Restoring the Methodist Movement Seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 28. Led by James B. Scott and Molly Davis Scott, authors of Restoring Methodism: 10 Decisions for United Methodist Churches in America, the event is for district A2 teams, the conference health ministry team and others. The event is free for the first 20 registrants. Others are encouraged to attend the seminar in the New Albany District on April 29. The event is sponsored by the Office of Congregational Development, Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, and New Albany District. For information, contact Embra Jackson at 60-1354-0515. 

This Month

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 29. The Native American International Caucus proposed Native American Awareness Sunday in a petition to the 1988 General Conference. Delegates subsequently approved the new churchwide Special Sunday with offering. The 2000 General Conference changed the name of the observance. 

Next Month

Deadline to apply for scholarships granted by the Mississippi Conference is May 15. The conference awards scholarships each year to deserving students pursuing higher education. Cooper Fund grants support students who plan to enter the full-time professional ministry of The United Methodist Church. Applicants should be juniors or seniors in an accredited college, university  or seminary. Merit Awards are for United Methodist students attending United Methodist colleges or universities.