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AU Grad Thanks Miss. Conference for Extravagant Generosity


Tsungai Shalom Kaseke, a member of the 2017 graduating class of Africa University, is also a recipient of a Mississippi Conference endowed scholarship and wrote a letter to the conference expressing her gratitude. Read how your extravagant generosity has not only aided Kaseke’s financial need and educational goals, but also how your giving will help her impact the lives of children in Africa.  Greetings, My name is Tsungai Shalom Kaseke, I was a recipient of the endowed scholarship from ...

Crafting A Legacy


By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Ray also carved the medallions for the altar table.  The Alpha and Omega will go on the face of the altar columns. The Agnus Dei will be on the strut between the columns. Photo courtesy Rev. Andy Ray. Photo bottom right: The altar table tier is removable. The columns are open in the back with two shelves for storage. The columns have casters for portability and each has a locking stop to keep stationery ...

Bishop Swanson Presents Son with Master of Divinity


    By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Bishop James Swanson Sr. shared the platform with Joshua Swanson. Photo credit JaNae Swanson-Brown. Photo bottom right: Quick thinking on Joshua Swanson's part made this selfie with his father, Bishop James Swanson Sr., possible. Photo credit Joshua Swanson.   The heartwarming moment between father and son captured Mississippi Conference Bishop James Swanson Sr. presenting a Master of ...

Delta State Wesley Director on Her First Year


By Julia Sheets, Director of DSU Wesley Foundation   Photo right: Wesley Foundation students served a barbecue lunch at Delta State University. The campus is in Cleveland, Mississippi.    It has been an incredible year at the Delta State Wesley Foundation. I can't believe my first school year here is almost over! One student described our Wesley as what "the Kingdom of Heaven will look like." There are students of every race and socio-economic status, and we have had students from over 15 ...

MS UMCOR Disaster Response: Delta Force Team Needs


MS UMCOR Disaster Response: Delta Force Team Needs Volunteers         Photo right: Flooding in Washington County, Mississippi. Photo Courtesy Community Foundation of Washington County.       One of the groups working to help homeowners rebuild and reinforce following last spring's flooding is Delta Force of Washington County. This group made up of local clergy, contractors, social service collaborators, and other community members meet to identify Washington County citizens who have suffered ...

The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost


Message from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward We live in the great fifty days, after the church has witnessed the presence of the risen Christ and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of being together in community, discerning the future and depending on God. The Commission on a Way Forward recently gathered for its third meeting. We studied the scriptures, shared meals, reflected honestly about our convictions and listened intently to each other's hopes. We also...

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019


  Photo right: Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist News Service.    The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. ...

UMCOR Awards Mississippi Grant for Disaster Recovery


  Photo right: This home was severely damaged in a tornado that touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in January 2017.       The Mississippi Conference is one of five United Methodist conferences handling disaster response projects and four church-related health boards in Africa receiving new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Mississippi Conference is assisting with recovery from tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in January. The conference has been asked ...

Commission on a Way Forward Optimistic of Future, Delves into Tough Task


By United Methodist Communications Press Center         "I ask that you join with me and The Bishop's Prayer Team in continuing to lift these Commission members up in prayer unto the Lord Jesus asking that The Holy Spirit will give them wisdom, guidance and a true openness to hearing God's voice. I believe prayer shapes our future. Let our prayers be strong."    - Bishop James Swanson Sr.,  Mississippi Conference   Members of the Commission on a Way Forward have expressed optimism at reaching ...

New Scholarship Restores Wood College Legacy


Award Offerings Begin Summer 2017  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   Photo right: Meet some of the Wood College board members. From left to right: Phillip K. Williams, David Stotts, Andy Ray, Connie Marion, John Moore, Bobby Sacus, and Carl Grubbs. The full board is not pictured.    A move to restore the legacy of Wood College through scholarships has Bobby Sacus reliving his Wood story.  Sacus a lifelong United Methodist, received a scholarship to the ...

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