By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist
From Memphis, Tennessee to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina,
|Choctaw Children's Choir
of Philadelphia, Mississippi
"They have sung traditional music in Choctaw as well as contemporary praise and worship pieces. The children and families of Great Spirit UMC are a beautiful reminder that God is the master of cultural fluency. Within the context of the Choctaw culture, they refresh the worship experience in delightful terms," explained Nelson.
Under the direction of the Rev. Daniel and Sybil Tubby and Norman and Kathy Sam, the children ages six to 13, rehearse every Wednesday evening atGreat Spirit United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A six-year-old member of the choir named Emery said that she looks forward to the practices, but even more so performing in front of audiences.
"I like singing in the choir because I enjoy singing to Jesus and have lots of fun singing to a whole bunch of people," she said.
November is Native American Heritage Month for The United Methodist Church. This year, the directors of the Choctaw Children's Choir are hoping churches will observe this period by inviting the choir to sing for their congregations.
"It is very rewarding for me to continue having the opportunity to work with these children by helping them use their gifts and talents through singing (both in English and Choctaw language) as well as seeing them develop their spiritual growth. It's amazing how God is able to use our Choctaw children for His Glory," said Rev. Tubby.
Churches and organizations who are interested in scheduling theChoctaw Children's Choir can contact Rev. Tubby at 601-416-3217or contact the Rev. Al Styron, executive director of the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission, at 601-927-6532 or emailDra.firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, April 14, 2013, United Methodists from across the nation engaged in a special offering to support the works of Native American Ministries like the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission. Annual conferences kept 50 percent of their offering for local Native American outreach. The remainder of the offering went to the General Council on Finance and Administration for distribution to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for scholarships and to the Native American Urban Initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries.
There are approximately 10,000 Choctaw Indians who reside in Mississippi. Year around, the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission serves the Choctaw people through programs that address feeding, homelessness, domestic abuse and drug and alcohol abuse. People can donate or volunteer anytime to support these services by contacting Rev. Styron at 601-927-6532.
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