Conference Calendar Highlights
Two special Sundays are scheduled for Nov. 11. The United Methodist Hour Sunday special offering benefits the conference’s award-winning radio and television ministry. This weekend is also Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday.
The clergy compensation refresher course is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison. The course is designed for treasurers, Finance Committee chairs, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee chairs and clergy members.
United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 25. Offerings provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students in college and seminary. It is one of six Special Sundays approved by General Conference for churchwide emphasis. Dozens of Mississippi college students receive scholarships and loans from this fund.
The Mississippi Conference will recognize World AIDS Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Jackson Medical Mall. Speakers at the event will include Bishop Fritz Mutti (right) of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, Dr. Craig Thompson of the Mississippi Department of Health, Rev. Gary Henderson of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative and Rev. Shane Stanford of Hattiesburg, an HIV-positive pastor and advocate. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward will lead worship. “There are so many myths that abound around HIV/AIDS issues. We hope to expose some myths and educate ourselves with useful facts in the area of prevention and advocacy,” said the Rev. Timothy Thompson, leader of the event planning team.
Living Our Promise training will be held Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Brandon. Anyone interested in growing a more welcoming lifestyle should attend. Co-sponsored by United Methodist Communications and the Mississippi Conference, the event offers three different learning options (called “tracks”) held at the same time but in different rooms. Registration fee is $40 for each local church, plus $10 per person for lunch and snacks. There’s one registration price per church to encourage churches to bring as many people as they wish.