Conference Calendar highlights
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 on Dec. 1. Bishop Fritz Mutti, coordinator of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, will be one of the featured speakers. Also speaking will be Dr. Craig Thompson, who deals with infectious diseases for the Mississippi Department of Health. Activities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall. The theme for the event is “8K Every Day…Each Day.”
A “Conversation on Gaming” is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the United Methodist Building in Jackson. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward invites anyone interested to participate in a conversation on the role of the church in addressing gambling in our state. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.
Living Our Promise training will be held Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Brandon. Anyone interested in growing a more welcoming lifestyle – inside and outside the church – 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. Every church that registers receives an updated Igniting Ministry Planning Handbook and a DVD of all the “open hearts” television spots. Register online at www.IgnitingMinistry.org or by calling toll-free 877-281-6535 or e-mailing IMtraining@umcom.org.