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Starkville First UMC Member Featured on National TV Show

10/12/2016

Submitted to The Circuit Rider   Photo right: Kayla Marie Gilmore talks with Bobby Jones about her dance ministry on national TV.       Kayla Marie Gilmore was blessed and given the privilege to share her ministry of dance on the nationally acclaimed television program, The Bobby Jones Gospel Presents Show. The segment with Gilmore aired on ...


Takeaways and Reflections from SMI 2016

10/12/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: Brandon Jones was a smiling participant at the Student Ministry Initiative Conference for youth leaders. Photo below right: Mark DeVries breaks away from his presentation to show his funny-side. Photo bottom right: The total number of participants joining ...


A Mission-Minded Congregation

9/28/2016

   By Allyson Mosley, Cooper's Chapel UMC   Photo right: Pastor Wesley Pepper lead a prayer with the youth.    Cooper's Chapel Church: A United Methodist Congregation of Quitman has had an eventful summer, beginning with Vacation Bible School kicking off July 10 with Cave Quest. Averaging 75-100 kids every night, there were 25 professions of faith ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

9/28/2016

Prodigious Pantry       By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff             Photo right: Terry Wiggins, pictured left, and Archie Holland, pictured right, unload monthly provisions from 12 Baskets for the Prodigious Pantry. The members of Mississippi City United Methodist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi,  have been extending the ...


Clergy Domestic Violence Training "Eye-opener"

9/28/2016

Photo right: Wendy Mahoney with the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence was seen at the head of the room.  She spoke to nearly 50 Mississippi United Methodist clergy about domestic violence. The first of three opportunities for Mississippi United Methodist clergy to receive training on addressing domestic violence was Tuesday, ...


Gleaning Takes Passion and Commitment to Stop Hunger

9/28/2016

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District      Photo right: Several truckloads of watermelons gleaned from the Delta, headed to Columbus to be distributed by St. James UMC to neighbors in need.     Photo below right: Members of the Starkville, Senatobia and Greenwood Districts of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church joined forces ...


Key Celebrations Ahead for Gulfside Assembly

9/28/2016

    Photo right: A ribbon-cutting service for Gulfside Assembly's first structure since Hurricane Katrina (the Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly Open Air Chapel) was in February 2016. Click here to view more for the program.  Planning is underway for special events to celebrate the United Methodist retreat, Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Mississippi. ...


Living Out The POWER of We

9/28/2016

Loving, Learning, and Leading Together at We Are One              By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: This summer Pastor Tim Howard of We Are One United Methodist Church (seated front right) attended a retreat where small membership churches were coached on loving, learning, and leading. ...


Reminder: Open Enrollment

9/28/2016

Reminder: Open Enrollment   Beginning the 1st of October, eligible members will have an opportunity to enroll in the Mississippi Conference insurance plan(s) with an effective date of January 1, 2017. To be eligible to participate in the conference sponsored insurance plan(s), you must be under appointment Episcopal appointment serving at least ¾ ...


Tupelo District Issues Imagine No Malaria Challenge to Districts

9/28/2016

  The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Barnes, pictured right, the Tupelo District Superintendent, is calling for Mississippi Conference districts to meet or beat the Tupelo District's goal of providing 10,000 nets for Imagine No Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. In Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria kills a child every two minutes. The ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Saving Sabbath

9/12/2016

      By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff               Spiritual leaders sometimes get worn down, stressed, and exhausted when the Sabbath comes around. Jackson, Mississippi churches Galloway Memorial United Methodist and Alta Woods United Methodist work together to help save the Sabbath. Saving Sabbath: Reconnecting Children ...


Historic Pearl River Designated UMC Landmark

9/12/2016

From Millsaps College Archives    Photo right: The United Methodist Church Heritage Landmark Designation for Pearl River Methodist Church in Madison County, Mississippi is on Lambuth Day, Oct. 6, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. The public invited to attend. Madison County's historic Pearl River Methodist Church designation as a new Heritage Landmark of The ...


Living Out The POWER of We

9/12/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Cynthia Graham, a lifelong member of Hopewell UMC, enjoys serving on a team that is leading the congregation to fruitfulness.   Photo below right: Neighbors and members of Hopewell UMC grouped for a photo following a community breakfast in a local park near ...


Glory Sighting at Lone Star UMC

8/31/2016

  Glory Sighting at Lone Star UMC By Rev. Dewayne Mayo   Photo right: Skarlett Boleware helped increase attendance at her church by bringing in children from the community. Photo below left: The pews are filled with people at Lone Star UMC for the annual Christmas program.   Four years ago, in the summer of 2012, some members of the congregation ...


Living Out The POWER of We

8/31/2016

Heritage UMC Loving, Learning, Leading                Photo right:  The Ladies Only Sunday school class at Heritage wanted to do a project together and filled over 200 backpacks with school supplies.   A way of discipleship-making is becoming more desirable to Mississippi United Methodists.  It involves three components: loving, learning and ...


AC 2017 Speaker Greets Conference Clergy

8/17/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of Global Ministries and Bishop James Swanson Sr. of the Mississippi Conference, at the break of clergy training hosted by the conference treasurer on Aug. 15.      Mississippi Conference clergy, who were present for the recent ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Read to Achieve at Lynch Chapel UMC

8/17/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff           Photo right: One of the many smiling faces attending the Read to Achieve program at Lynch Chapel UMC.   School might be officially back in session now, but for some active and retired teachers in Clinton, Mississippi, classes continued like normal. Those teachers and some volunteers ...


Join Mission Mississippi in Prayer Time Aug. 18 (Tomorrow)

8/17/2016

          Photo right: Photo courtesy Mission Mississippi.    The City of Tupelo will be the first "host" city for a 12-month prayer journey.     On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m. Mission Mississippi is inviting everyone to join Tupelo in a collective time of focused prayer.  Wherever you are on that day, take a few moments to pray during...


Living Out The POWER of We

8/17/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: Far right dressed in red, the Rev. Trey Harper led the prayer over students from around the community seen kneeling at the altar. Photo below right: The annual Blessing of the Bearcats is a back-to-school event at Forest UMC for students and the community.  ...


Methodists Committed to Delta Long Term Recovery

8/17/2016

United Methodists are still at the side of those in the Mississippi Delta who were devastated by flooding six month ago in early March. An article featuring one worker from the Mississippi Conference was published in The Bolivar Commercial. The Circuit Rider has permission to share the story below written by Courtney Warren.    Good ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: We Care Ministry Care Packages

8/3/2016

By Jessica Love, Mississippi Conference Intern     Photo right: Hopewell UMC youth and their leaders took this photo during their Christmas delivery to the elderly. Photo below left: These baskets full of snacks were packed by the We Care Ministry for clients during Mother's Day.   "We're a small congregation, but we try to extend our ministry ...


Donor Encourages Imagine No Malaria

8/3/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   "I think this person has a heart of encouragement...This person wanted to encourage me."   Those were Charity Gordon's comments about a hand written note that included a monetary gift for Imagine No Malaria (INM).  The author mailed the message to the Mississippi Conference ...


Farr to Lead Wesley House Communications

8/3/2016

              Photo right: Deaconess Cheryl Farr is the new communications and public relations manager for Wesley House Community Center in Meridian, Mississippi.    Wesley House Community Center is pleased to announce the return of Cheryl Farr to the Center. She used to serve as the Wesley House Coordinator of Connectional Ministries. She was ...


From the Office of the Mississippi Conference Treasurer

8/3/2016

Are you prepared for the Salary Changes based on the Department of Labor's Final Rule and Exempt Classifications?   The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new rules and guidelines for employers regarding who can be paid a salary (white collar workers) and who must be compensated for overtime (over 40 hours per week). On May 18, 2016 the final ...


Mission u Lifts Past, Present and Future

8/3/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   Photo right: Barbara Stauss and London McAlpine, the oldest and the youngest participants, pose for a photo at the 2016 Mission u.   At age 94, Barbara Stauss was the oldest attendee at the recent United Methodist Women (UMW) Mission u retreat in Jackson, Mississippi. ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Bonus Nourishment via Meals on Wheels

7/22/2016

By Jessica Love, Mississippi Conference Intern   Photo right: This woman received meals from the Saltillo First UMC meals on wheels program because she is not able to cook safely. "My mother has been a widow since December, 2009. After the loss of her husband, her health began to decline and she became less and less able to solely provide for ...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Seniors Lead at Liberty UMC

7/20/2016

By Jessica Love, Mississippi Conference Intern     Photo right: One of the senior volunteers at Liberty UMC was seen helping a young girl with her homework. How did the senior citizens of Liberty United Methodist Church bring fellow seniors, youth and Bible study under one roof? They did it through the Senior Lead Tutoring Program. The church is...


Deadline Approaches -- Register Now for Day of Discovery 2016

7/20/2016

Deadline Approaches -- Register Now for Day of Discovery 2016  Do you feel called to plant a new church or to revitalize an existing church?   Join the movement -- register now to join the Faith Community Formation Office for a day of discovery and discernment on Thursday, August 11 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in ...


From Africa University to Imagine No Malaria

7/20/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   Photo right: The Rev. Ella DeDeaux of the Mississippi Conference, took this picture while attending Africa University. As Mississippi United Methodists celebrate the end of a fruitful partnership to benefit Africa University, they also unite to resource a new initiative, ...


New Safe Sanctuaries Videos Starting Point for Discussion

7/20/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist   Photo right: Image from Discipleship Ministries website.   According to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, every local church is required to have a Safe Sanctuaries policy. The church states Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where ...


Youth Sought for New Student Cohort

7/20/2016

          By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist       Photo right: This is Mike Howington around age 17, a young leader who led prayer during school lunch.          Growing up the son of a Methodist preacher, Mike Howington said he prayed often in front his church family and indeed before every meal, with the ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

6/22/2016

Anderson's Food Pantry Thrives from Conference Support        By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: A volunteer in the Anderson UMC food pantry gives a bag to a visitor. Anderson UMC has proven that it is so much more than a spiritual oasis, but a vital asset to the community at large. For 28 ...


Conference Welcomes Summer Interns

6/22/2016

Photo right: Marquice Hobbs and Bishop James Swanson, Sr. posed backstage during the 2016 Mississippi Annual Conference session.    Photo below right: Jessica Love pictured backstage during 2016 annual conference session. Marquice Hobbs and Jessica Love have several common experiences. Both of them accepted Christ at a young age as members of ...


Daughter Moved by Youths Generosity

6/22/2016

By Jessica Love, Mississippi Conference Intern   Photo right: Pictured are youth members of First United Methodist Church in Grenada, Mississippi, visiting Grenada Living Center.     Sometimes, the best gifts are free. Sometimes, there is no price tag, no gift box, or confetti. Perhaps then it is true, the small things, intangible gifts, are most ...


Join a Movement of the Holy Spirit at Day of Discovery 2016

6/22/2016

        Photo right: Faith Community Formation committee members from left to right: Corey Truett (The Well), Wayne Hill (Crossroads UMC), Raigan Miskelly (First UMC, Columbus), Jimmy Criddle (First UMC, Amory) and Leanne Burris (The Bridge). Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is at the heart of everything the ...


Seashore District Nicaragua Update

6/22/2016

A Message from David Newton, Dantzler Memorial First UMC Photo right: This image captured a labor of love carried out by men from the Seashore District and the Nicaraguan Methodist Church in Masetepe, Nicaragua.   The Seashore District has been in covenant with the Nicaraguan Methodist Church for 10 years. In December of 2016, persons from the ...


Bishop Swanson Offers Clarity Following Council of Bishops Post-GC Meeting

5/25/2016

The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church. The Saturday meeting was planned prior to presenting "An Offering for a Way Forward" to the 2016 General Conference, but recognizing the importance of moving forward with the ...


Bishop Swanson's Word--"God is in Control"

5/11/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist  Photo right: Bishop James Swanson Sr. shared this picture of the Council of Bishops (COB) praying for Bishop Warner Brown, the President of the COB, before the General Conference began. Photo below left: Communion service during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, ...


Follow General Conference 2016

5/11/2016

         Photo credit Maidstone Mulenga   United Methodists from around the world are gathered at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20 for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.  As the top policymaking body of the worldwide 12.3 million-member United Methodist Church, the General Conference meets every ...


Ministry Thrives in the Midst of Tragedy

5/11/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communication Specialist   Photo right: The First Corinth United Methodist Church children's message on Easter Sunday was held in Fillmore Chapel due to the fire that destroyed the church. Photo below left: Photos capture the damage caused by the fire in the fellowship hall at First Corinth UMC.  ...


Pre-Conference Workshops Offer Something for All

5/11/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff Photo right: Participants in a 2015 pre-conference workshop.      United Methodists, beyond members of the Mississippi Annual Conference, may participate in workshops Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Jackson Convention Complex.  These pre-conference workshops will begin at 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor ...


The Bridge: Open for Worship

5/11/2016

From the Seashore District Office Photo right: The Rev. Leanne Burris is the pastor of The Bridge, a United Methodist new church start in Gulfport, Mississippi.   The Bridge is a new faith community starting in the Seashore District this year. Pastored by Rev. Leanne Burris, and led by a strong core team of laity, The Bridge's vision is to be ...


A Motorcycle Ministry for Mississippi

4/27/2016

By Rev. David L. Lowery, Canton First UMC, Mississippi        Photo right: Eddie Gill and his wife Patty are the founders of the United Methodist Motorcycle Association.   In July of 2015, I was searching the internet to see if I could find any other United Methodist motorcycle riders. I ran across a newly organized group in Tulsa, Oklahoma called ...


Serving as a Bright Spot

4/27/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Rev. Michelle Shrader    Photo below left: Rev. Michelle Shrader is pictured with Rev. Vickie White, director of connectional ministries and communications for the Mississippi Conference.    As an itinerate, the Rev. Michelle Shrader is back home in ...


Special Needs Priority for Annual Conference Session

4/27/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff      Photo right: As a member of the Mississippi Annual Conference session planning committee, Dr. Scott Crawford serves to make sure there is equal opportunity for those with disabilities to take part in the session.      The sessions of annual conference is a time for worship, fellowship, and ...


Conference Hires Assistant for Disaster Response

4/13/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Mellie Jordan is the daughter of Rev. Mike Childs, Louisville First UMC in Louisville, Mississippi.  Mellie Jordan believes that for the last decade, the Lord has been preparing her for her new job with the Mississippi Conference as the disaster ...


Feedback on The Next Phase Retreat

4/13/2016

Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Ashley Lander talks to Rev. Larry Hilliard, director of spiritual leadership for the Mississippi Conference about his is call to ministry. Photo below right: Participants were given a check list outlining the phases of candidacy in The United Methodist ...


Maben Methodist Piano Still Has Special Meaning and History, after 33 Years

4/13/2016

By Rev. Terry Harpole, Maben United Methodist Church Photo right: This is the baby grand piano at Maben United Methodist. Photo below right: Tiny Little with Lawrence Welk in 1955. Photo credit YouTube. Unless there should come any bad luck or any happenings, the piano at Maben United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Scarlet Shepperd, ...


Mississippi Conference Seeks Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria Campaign

4/13/2016

Malaria--such an exotic sounding disease--a disease, that some are old enough to remember from past movies.  Exotic to most people because they do not know anyone with malaria. It was eradicated from the United States in the 1950s.  But, every two minutes, a child in Sub-Sahara Africa dies from this preventable, treatable disease.   In fact, 90 ...


Two United Methodists from New Albany District Honored

4/13/2016

Photo right: United Methodist members Barbara Worthman and Anne-Marie Herod were recently honored for their community service. Two members of the Mississippi Conference New Albany District received the highest honors for public service at the University of Mississippi awards. On Wednesday, April 6, the University of Mississippi honored ...


3rd Annual Day of Hope - Bringing Hope to Hurting Children in Mississippi

3/30/2016

By Robyn Burchfield, Methodist Children's Homes   The Methodist Children's Homes invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Day of Hope, a community day on campus. Join them on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. as they celebrate the hope that has been restored in the children through the faithful members of the Methodist churches across ...


Childcare Options for Annual Conference Session

3/30/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff  Photo right: Christy McNair (left) play with the children in the day care during the 2014 annual conference session. For parents attending the Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, childcare can be an issue. That is why conference leaders are happy to offer options for parents during ...


Comfort in Disaster

3/30/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right and below right: Melanie Henry Schnadelbach shared these photos on her facebook page. They were taken by her son who wants people to  pray for his parents and their neighbors. These days Melanie Henry Schnadelbach is finding comfort in what she calls her...


Disaster Response News Update

3/30/2016

Bishop Swanson Message on March Flooding Several Mississippi Conference disaster relief coordinators continue to be on-site assessing damage following flash flooding on March 10 and 11. In a video message to the conference, Bishop James Swanson Sr. offers some ways that you can consider aiding these efforts as teams partake in this important ...


Miss. Lawmakers Honor Rust College for 150 years of Service and Excellence

3/30/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Rust College President David Beckley (left) received the joint-resolution from state leaders in the Senate chamber on March 17.   Photo below right: The Rust College A' Cappella received a standing ovation. The choir has existed more than 80 years. ...


'The Gathering' Up to the Challenge

3/16/2016

   By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Young people during worship service at The Gathering 2016. Photo below right: The Beale Street Flippers and Chris Ruggiero performed balancing acts. "Let's do it!" That was Cat Foster's response to the challenge from Bishop James Swanson Sr. to the ...


An Easter Tradition Continues

3/16/2016

Local Pastor Portrays Jesus in Kosciusko Passion Play Starkville District News Photo right: Rev. Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and Lebanon UMC portrays Jesus in the upcoming production of 'His Last Days' (photo by Gwen Sisson).     Rev. Matt Tucker said portraying Jesus in the play, "His Last Days" at Kosciusko First ...


The Next Phase for Confidence, Clarity, and Certainty

3/16/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Members of the Mississippi Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and staff from the Mississippi Conference Office of Spiritual Leadership met in February to discuss the agenda for The Next Phase Retreat. Photo below right: The Rev. Robbie Murden was ...


Yoga at Galloway Memorial UMC

3/16/2016

  Photo right: Rev. Elizabeth Henry practicing yoga poses at Galloway UMC.   Have you ever thought of yoga as a Christian spiritual practice? At Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, students gather twice a week to enjoy classes together with scripture, a short devotion, and inspirational hymns and music incorporated into the ...


Emma Elzy Award Recipient Recalls Honor as 2016 Nominations Sought

3/2/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff Photo right: The Rev. Peggy Gibson was the 2015 recipient of the Emma Elzy Award. The Emma K. Elzy Award is presented to an individual, group, or institution for their outstanding achievement in race relations; this award is given by the Mississippi Conference in honor of Emma Elzy, an ...


Gulfside Assembly Dedicates First Establishment Since Katrina Honoring Bishop Leotine Kelly

3/2/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Barbara Ihne of Decatur, Ark., who led the procession, was the first person to give $1,000 towards the vision for the Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly Open Air Chapel. Photo below right: Gloster Current, Jr. is Bishop Leontine Kelly's son. Photo left: The ...


Statewide Wesley Retreat Fruitful

3/2/2016

By Allyson Willis, Mississippi Conference Campus Ministry Consultant   Photo right: College students from across Mississippi gathered for the annual Statewide Wesley Retreat on Feb. 19-21, 2016.   We had a beautiful weekend at Timber Creek Camp in Pulaski, Miss., for our annual Statewide Wesley Retreat.  We gathered as 265 students, campus ...


Volunteers Preparing New Pads for Batson Patients

3/2/2016

Photo right: Analiese Cook, four-year-old cancer patient, enjoying her I.V. lily pad.   Crawford Street United Methodist Church, located in Vicksburg, Miss., is reaching out to the children at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital by creating lily pads for pediatric patients to ride. The following story is shared courtesy of 'The Vicksburg Post,' by...


Denman Award Recipient Speaks As 2016 Nominations Are Sought

2/17/2016

  By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff Henry Denman    The Harry Denman Evangelism Award is a prestigious recognition presented to youth, laity, and clergy who make a difference within the lives of those in their congregation and their community. This award has been presented annually for over 30 years and is given in honor ...


Gulfside Assembly to Dedicate Open-air Chapel

2/17/2016

Photo right: The sidewalks at the open-air chapel leads to the gravesite of Gulfside founder, Robert E. Jones. At the end of February, the board of directors of the Gulfside Association of The United Methodist Church, Inc. will dedicate the new open-air chapel at Gulfside Assembly located in Waveland, Miss. The chapel is named after Bishop ...


Marshall County Recovery Committee Kicks Off Fundraiser for 'Unmet Needs'

2/17/2016

By Zack Osborn, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal   The efforts of United Methodist Committee on Relief in Mississippi after the Dec. 23 tornado, are mentioned in a recent report that is being shared courtesy of the 'Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.' HOLLY SPRINGS - After FEMA and MEMA left the disaster-ridden Holly Springs following the ...


Lost MS Methodism History Captured

2/3/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference     Photo right: Rosemary Scott Ainsworth and Henry Scott are the donors of the lost manuscripts. A total of 635 pages were created from the raw files. Photo below right:  Bishop James Swanson, Sr. accepts John G. Jones' 'Complete History of Methodism as Connected to...


Case Management Training Underway

1/20/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Meet the Mississippi Conference case management trainees: Amanda Dollar, Tracy Luna, Jessie Cambell, Liz Johnson, Glossie Richards, Mary Sharkey, Teresa Anthony, Brackin Dawson, Jo Elliott, Mellie Jordan (coordinator) and Sue Rowland. (Not pictured: ...


Local UMC Church Fires Being Investigated, One Ruled Arson

1/20/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Investigators believe the fire was set in the pulpit at Tabernacle UMC in Meridian, Miss. The church is approximately 130 years old. Photo by Rev. Sidney Luvene. Photo below right: Firefighters worked to put out the fire at Enterprise UMC in Enterprise,...


2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference - Lasting Impression on Mississippians

12/9/2015

By Rev. Bruce Case, Mississippi Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator   Photo right: Representing the Mississippi Conference from left to right, Sarah King, Rev. Bruce Case, Rev. Susannah Grubbs-Carr, Rev. Kenny McGill, Rev. Kathy Price and Rev. Timothy Thompson.    Six people from the Mississippi Annual Conference recently joined others from ...


7 Tips to Planning an Awesome Youth Retreat

12/9/2015

  Photo courtesy of Lake Junalusk A youth retreat is a powerful opportunity for students to experience spiritual growth and focus on friendship and community. But how do you find that perfect balance of fun, worship, and making sure your basic needs like food and lodging are met? Here are some tips to planning a retreat your youth group ...


Conference Welcomes Visitor from Discipleship Ministries

12/9/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: Van Ross is the director of annual conference relationships at Discipleship Ministries. The Mississippi Conference is one 23 annual conferences assigned to him.   Photo bottom right: Pictured left to right, Rev. Timothy Thompson, Van Ross (center) and ...


Unlock the Secrets to Your Community

12/9/2015

Mississippi Conference Faith Community Formation Office   Imagine knowing which projects are most needed ahead of time, what is needed in your neighborhood and what may be changing in your community before those changes happen, enabling you to adapt your future missions accordingly.   Reaching your community begins with knowing your community and ...


Support Mission Priorities, Ministries on #GivingTuesday - Dec. 1

11/24/2015

Discipleship Ministries The United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries is urging people to open their hearts and make donations to their favorite mission priority or ministry on Dec. 1, or #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated globally to giving back.   Charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come ...


Commentary: A Call to Ministry through the Northeast Wesley Foundation

11/11/2015

   Photo right: Kimberly Weeks (front far left) aspires to be a pastor since attending Wesley Foundation meetings at Northeast Community College in Booneville, Miss.     When I was 18 years old and entering college, I didn't have Jesus. I wasn't really looking for him. Not to say that he wasn't trying his hardest -- I was just stubborn. One day,...


Edwards Street Founder Left Lasting Impact on the Area

11/11/2015

         By Bud Kirkpatrick, Member of Parkway Heights UMC, Hattiesburg, Miss.      Photo right: Edwards Street founder, Warren Pittman stands outside the building named in his honor.   Warren Pittman died on Nov. 4, 2015 at age 94. He was at Silver Creek Retirement Community in Olive Branch, MS. But for many people in the south Mississippi area he...


Methodist Children's Homes Opens New Home for Girls

11/11/2015

  By Robyn Burchfield, Methodist Children's Homes   Photo right: This dining table will soon be used young girls who desperately need the Methodist Children's Homes family. The table is in the new Waits Home set to open for girls Nov. 12 in Jackson, Miss.   "I like being able to sleep at night knowing that no one will come in and hurt me." Jessica...


MS Conference Leaders Advocate for Hurricane Sandy Relief

11/11/2015

  Photo right: Don Howald (left) gives instructions to a United Methodist volunteer team from the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference as the group prepares to work on a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., a part of Long Island. UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.     Three Mississippi Conference leaders are reminding ...


Mississippi Conference Cabinet: Hands and Feet Project

10/28/2015

    Mississippi Conference Communications Photo right: The Rev. Connie Shelton, East Jackson District superintendent joined in song with children at Greenwood First United Methodist. Photo below right: It was youth Sunday at Grenada First United Methodist Church where Starkville District superintendent Rev. Embra Jackson preached.   Photo ...


Senatobia District Methodist Women Gather Together

10/28/2015

By Cynthia Laird, Certified Lay Servant, Senatobia District   Photo right: These ladies received 5 Star Mission Giving certificates on behalf of their UMW units. From left to right: Mickey Sealy, Edna Cave, Nell Inman, Laura Grubbs, Frances Curry, and Pauline Scales.   On Oct. 24, 2015, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church hosted the annual ...


Vital Signs Reporting: Why is it important?

10/28/2015

      From the Mississippi Conference Office of Faith Community Formation    Just as it's important for a doctor to know and understand a person's vital signs -- blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level -- it's also important for a local church to know and understand their vital signs.   Making disciples, growing vital congregations and ...


RIM: Walking Together

10/14/2015

RIM: Walking Together        By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Clergy couple, Rev. Bess Perrier and Rev. Austin Hoyle has three small children and serving at different churches. Photo below right: Residency in Ministry participants during a discussion on balancing family and church. ...


Nearly 500 Clergy Laity Introduced to SLI

9/30/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Bishop James Swanson Sr. gripped his arm to describe pruning during his message to laity and clergy on becoming fruit-bearing churches.     Photo below right: All four members of the SLI team seated on the front row.    There is a real hunger in the ...


The Lowdown on Lo - Christian Spoken-word Artist and Youth Leader

9/30/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Christian spoken-word artist Lo will be leading a Christian spoken-word workshop for youth at The Gathering 2016 in February. More details will be shared later. Photo courtesy Greg Campbell was taken during the 2015 annual conference session. Photo ...


Bishop Swanson Inspires Fallen Attorney's Second Chance

9/16/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Richard "Dickie" Scruggs (right) grew up in the Methodist church and became Presbyterian after marriage. Bishop James Swanson Sr. (right) has teased him for making the change. Photo below right: Richard "Dickie" Scruggs (fourth from the right) pictured...


Blog: Finding Strength to Move Forward

9/16/2015

By Moses Kumar, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration Moses Kumar   Recently I have been part of several conversations with local church leaders about the situations in their congregations. When talking with seasoned or new leaders in the church, the underlying tone is often "...we could do it, but..." That...


Commentary: Disability Ministry

9/16/2015

By Rev. Allison Parvin Dr. Scott Crawford, lay delegate and disability rights activist, prepares for the beginning of the Laity Executive Session at the 2015 Annual Conference session.   Here in the south, your worth seems to be given to you by what you can offer society. People with certain kinds of jobs have more worth than people with...


Festival on the Field

9/16/2015

By Kristen Partin, Director of Older Children's Ministries at First UMC Tupelo   Photo right: A hot air balloon towered over the crowd that came out for the joint festival. A joint venture during the 2012 Trunk-or-Treat Festival has grown into an ecumenical partnership between four downtown churches in Tupelo, Mississippi, that continues to ...


MS Wesley Foundation Leaders Meet

9/16/2015

By Allyson Willis, Mississippi Conference Campus Ministry Consultant   Photo right: Here are some of the faces of those serving at Mississippi Wesley Foundations.  There are 23 sites in the state, nine full-time leaders and 13 part-time campus ministers.   Three college campus ministry trainings recently occurred to help Mississippi Conference ...


Stepping Out In Faith

9/16/2015

By Cynthia Laird, Certified Lay Servant Senatobia District Photo right: Ellen Cummings poses with children in South Sudan. On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, Ellen Wicker Cummings shared her mission experiences in South Sudan with Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  Ellen is a native of Pontotoc, Mississippi. She now ...


Tupelo District Gatherings

9/16/2015

From Tupelo District Communications   Photo right: The Mini-Mission u event was one of several happenings in August that brought people from the Tupelo District together.    On Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, St. Paul UMC in Tupelo hosted the Tupelo District United Methodist Women Mini-Mission u. The two speakers were Barbara Adams, UMW president for New ...


Bishop Ward Returns for 10 Year Katrina Observance

9/2/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Bishop Hope Morgan Ward (front row center) was appointed to the Mississippi Conference one year before Hurricane Katrina, late August 2005. She currently serves as the North Carolina Annual Conference episcopal leader.   Photo below right: Testimonies of...


Choir Performing for Congressional Black Caucus

9/2/2015

By Sharon Pepper and Tammy Brown, Mt. Pleasant UMC Choir Photo right: Mt. Pleasant UMC choir will perform two songs for the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference Gospel Extravaganza in Washington, D.C. next month. The Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church choir has been invited by Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson to represent ...


Day of Discernment Good 'Tension'

9/2/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Several clergy and laity described the meeting space at Hal and Mal's as fitting and comfortable. Photo below right: The Rev. Rick Williams, seen far right, led a prayer circle with Rev. Bowen Bridges nearby. Photo at the very bottom, right: Maudie ...


"Redeemed" Leads Mother to Triumph

8/19/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: At the age of six, Sheila Malone was inspired by her grandfather to become an artist. Photo below right: This is an image of Tamar.   Photo left: The image on the far right is of Ruth.   The year 2012 was a period of soul searching and healing for ...


2015 Young People's Delegation to South Korea Report

8/19/2015

By Rev. Bruce Case, Mississippi Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator    Photo right: Sara Altman of Mississippi City UMC spoke to her church about being a delegate to South Korea. Click here to read what she said impacted her most.   Photo below right: Young people from Mississippi and South Carolina annual conferences took this picture ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

8/19/2015

Christmas Day Meal at St. John's United Methodist Church By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: Debbie Bryant scooped soup from a large pot that was purchased with a grant from the Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries. Photo below right: Members of the Beacon Harbor Residential ...


Katrina 10 Years Later - Think Readiness

8/19/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Volunteers are invited to St. Paul UMC in Ocean Springs, Miss., Aug. 22-23, 2015 for a service of thanks, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Rev. Steve Casteel holds on to the signature bright green t-shirt that he and other ...


United Methodist Women Hold 2015 Mission u

8/19/2015

By Kay Barksdale, President, Mississippi Conference United Methodist Women   Photo right: The annual Mission u allows United Methodist Women from across the Mississippi Conference of all ages to fellowship. Photo below right: A few ladies from the Greenwood District posed near a display about the annual meeting topics.   United Methodist Women ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

8/5/2015

Free Community Supper Columbia Valley United Methodist Church By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist    Photo right: Families lined up to enter the fellowship hall at Columbia Valley United Methodist Church for the third Thursday supper.      Since September 2011, Columbia Valley United Methodist Church in Columbia, Mississippi ...


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