Photo right: Deaconess Erie Stuckett hands over a check to Rev. Giles Linley as his district superintendent Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson (nearby) applauds.
During the fall meeting of the United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network, Hunger and Poverty, grants were awarded, with one going to First United Methodist Church of Starkville, Mississippi, in the amount of $1,500. The Rev. Giles Linley, pastor of First UMC and Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District superintendent, were present to accept the check from Deaconess Erie Stuckett at the recent leadership conference for laity and clergy members of the Mississippi Conference.
The mission of United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network is to partner with annual conferences, districts, local churches and general agencies to develop and support leaders within the United Methodist Church in Appalachia. This region is a geographical area covering 13 states that stretch along the Appalachian mountain range from north eastern Mississippi to southern New York. More than 9,500 local United Methodist congregations are located within the region. Over 25 million people call the region home. The region is diverse with one major commonality, poverty. Hunger and poverty grants are awarded to help organizations working in the region to overcome the systemic causes of poverty.
"The Backpack Ministry at First UMC of Starkville is a wonderful example of the faith community seeing a need and taking action to improve the lives of children," according to Stuckett.
You can help alleviate hunger and poverty in this region by supporting the United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network Hunger and Poverty Advance #982039. For more information, please visitwww.umamn.org