Blogs & Newsletters


Presenting The Gathering Tour

8/5/2015

 Organizers of the popular Mississippi Conference youth event, The Gathering, is taking the show on the road. The Gathering Fallout Tour gives youth from across Mississippi a chance to experience high-energy worship. Mike Howington, the youth and families coordinator for the Mississippi Conference said the tour will be packed with excitement, ...


The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation Awards 74 Scholarships

8/5/2015

From the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation  The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation celebrates the awarding of 74 undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling over $63,000 for the 2015-16 academic year.  These scholarships are made possible by generous donors, who established endowments with the Foundation.   Awards for ...


20 Faith Communities by 2020

7/22/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: The Rev. Timothy Thompson examines a power point as he discusses clergy and laity collaboration for church planting and revitalization. Photo by Tamica Smith Jeuitt.        In his ministry, the Rev. Timothy Thompson often refers to lighthearted sayings ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

7/22/2015

Central United Methodist Church Adopt-A-School    Photo right: Two excited students from Brown Elementary School select their eye glass frames, which was a gift to them from the congregation of Central United Methodist Church.   The latest witness report celebrating the Mississippi Conference Mission Grants was written by Virginia Sue Wilson, a ...


AFLAC Policies Now Available

7/8/2015

Appointed Clergy and Local Church Paid Staff in the Mississippi Conference Message from David Stotts, Mississippi Conference Treasurer and Benefits Officer   I am pleased to announce that we have teamed up with AFLAC to offer every appointed clergy and local church paid staff, in the Mississippi Conference, the same policies for the same rates as...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Wells UMC Tuesday Morning Ministries, Assisting Newly Released Prisoners

7/8/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference  Photo right: Several people are loading the Wells UMC van for a ride to state offices for vital records.   According to a witness report submitted to the Mississippi Conference Missions Grant Committee, the congregation at Wells United Methodist Church has a history ...


CONVO Begins This Weekend

7/8/2015

  Photo right: A picture taken by Jackson Roberts shows a participant from CONVO 2014 capturing the fun on his iPhone. Photo below right: The Saturday night beach worship happens on the last day of CONVO.   In a few days, youth from across the Mississippi Conference will gather for CONVO 2015 at Seashore Assembly in Biloxi, Mississippi.  For the ...


Administry Going Forward at the Direction of the 2015 Annual Conference

6/24/2015

  The 2015 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference is now a part of history and the financial direction of the annual conference is in the book! The body voted significant changes in the Mission Share /Direct Invoicing Funding Plan.   Beginning January 1, 2016 the conference treasurer has been directed by the annual conference to begin direct...


Humbled by Prayer

6/24/2015

By Cynthia Laird, Member of the Senatobia District Mission Team   Photo right: Rev. Amanda Gordon, with her back to camera, addresses members of the Senatobia Mission Team during a prayer service. On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Southaven First United Methodist Church hosted the Senatobia District United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) 2015 ...


Local Wesley Student Lives Near AME Church Targeted by Shooter

6/24/2015

    By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Anna Outten, a member of the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation leadership team, captured this photo during a prayer vigil she attended following the shooting at Emanuel AME Church. The shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in ...


Retiree Insurance Program

6/24/2015

Mississippi Conference Benefits Office      There is exciting news for the clergy who are 65 and over and who are not serving in an appointment that qualifies for health coverage in the conference plan. Many had requested ways to lower their premiums for the Medicare Supplement. David Stotts, Conference Benefits Officer made the following ...


Student Ministry Partners with Bahamas Methodist Habitat

6/24/2015

    Photo right: A member of the student ministry stabilizes another member while they do work on a home.   On May 30, 2015, the student ministry at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, traveled to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. They went to partner with Bahamas Methodist Habitat in order to serve the people of the ...


Youth Mission Trip Ignites Congregation

6/24/2015

By Rev. Bruce Taylor, Decatur United Methodist Church   Photo right: Two buses donated by Decatur UMC will be used to transport the children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.          In the summer of 2013, a youth mission trip of Decatur United Methodist Church formed the initial bonds between the church, the Chanku Waste (wash-tay) ...


Africa University Choir Making the Connection

5/27/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt and Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Mississippi Conference Communications Photo right: Two male members of the Africa University Choir browse through clothing at the Edwards Street Fellowship Center Thrift Store in Hattiesburg, Miss.        Photo below right: The Africa University Choir performs June 4, 2015 during the Mission ...


Celebrating Mission Grants, Wisdom Ministry

5/27/2015

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: On this day, Wisdom Ministry participants packed a room at Providence UMC to play bingo.    Since 2008, the Wisdom Ministry at Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville, Mississippi, has been offering activities for its senior members and non-members from the community....


Children Receive First Bibles and Lifelong Lessons

5/27/2015

Interpreter Magazine    Photo right: Fourth-grader Colyn Chris regularly brings his new Bible to Sunday school at Faith United Methodist Church in Goshen, Ind. Photo courtesy of Faith UMC   If you attended church as a child, you may have received your first Bible from your church family. How old were you? Do you still have that Bible? The ...


The Hour Magazine Set to Debut

5/27/2015

      Photo right: The cover page photo of The Hour Magazine was sketched by Anthony Thaxton, director of production for "The Hour" television program.   The long-awaited The Hour Magazine is making its debut at the 2015 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference! There will be three to four issues of the magazine produced annually, ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

5/13/2015

Trinity Mission Center, Thrift Store Expansion By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right:This 12x20 portable building serves as extra storage space for the Trinity Mission Center in Forest, Mississippi.     Photo below right: The money collected from thrift store purchases is used for the ministries of Trinity Mission ...


JSU Wesley Foundation Hosts First Awards Banquet

5/13/2015

By Rev. Vera Hall and Rev. Maxine Bolden   Photo right: Pictured from left to right: Lemuel Barney IV, Senator Hillman Frazier, Senator John Horhn; and Elder Vera Hall.   Photo below right: Members of the JSU Wesley Foundation   The Jackson State University Wesley Foundation under the leadership of Rev. Vera Hall, campus minister/director and board...


Methodist Rehabilitation Center

5/13/2015

"Methodist Rehab promised me a new life and they came through." As hospital celebrates 40 years, 58th patient recalls MRC's impact on the life of a 20-year-old quadriplegic By Susan Christensen, Health and Research News Service   Lamar Myers When Methodist Rehabilitation Center opened four decades ago, no one was more ready for the moment ...


Pickenpaugh Sculpting for AC Session 2015

5/13/2015

Robert Pickenpaugh Those attending the 2015 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference in June will witness Mississippi clay sculptor, Robert Pickenpaugh, shape an image. His presentation will take place during the opening worship service. Writer Robin C. Dietrick, introduces Pickenpaugh in the article below from the book, I am a ...


What Does God Expect of Us?

5/13/2015

By Izzie Zimmerman, Tupelo District Director of Communications Around 40-50 people gathered each night of the Tupelo District Revival at First UMC in Tupelo, Mississippi to hear from Bishop Clay Lee. On May 1, the Itawamba Community College Wesley Foundation Praise Team participated in the special music with Jo Orr and Rev. Dr. Rick Brooks (St. ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

4/29/2015

Toiletries for Tots and Teens, Methodist Children's Home By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: The Mississippi Children's Home is currently providing for 30 children. Thanks to Mississippi United Methodists toiletries are available for them.     Toiletries are simple items to many people but for some of the youth ...


General Conference Sites Chosen for 2024 and 2028

4/29/2015

Legislative Body to Meet in Philippines and Zimbabwe  United Methodist Communications (UMCOM)     Meeting in Portland, Oregon this week for their final meeting before General Conference 2016, the Commission on the General Conference voted to take the quadrennial legislative gathering out of the U.S. for the first time in 2024 -- and again in 2028. ...


Getwell Road UMC Opens New Sensory Rooms for Kids and Young Adults

4/29/2015

Customized Church Experience for Special Needs Community in Desoto County By Jessi Wallace, Communications Director, Getwell Road UMC Photo right: Laney Hamilton explores the Nursery Sensory Room and enjoys the lighted bubble tube feature with her brother Clark.   Photo bottom right: The Young Adult Sensory Room features comfortable furniture, ...


New Albany District Celebrates Moore

4/29/2015

By Rev. Chris McAlilly   Photo right:The Rev. John Moore (center wearing a green tie) is retiring after 45 years of service in the Mississippi Conference. Photo by Rev. Chris McAlilly      On Sunday, April 26, 2015, family, friends and colleagues gathered at New Albany First United Methodist Church to honor and celebrate Rev. John Moore, district ...


SLI -- An Experience For All

4/29/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist Photo right:  The Rev. Johniel Henry Jr. expressed his desire for information about SLI just before the lunch break.  The three-letter acronym, SLI, was recently introduced to Mississippi United Methodist clergy under the age of 40. Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI), focuses on developing ...


UM Publishing House Celebrating Ministry

4/29/2015

The New Room auditorium at the United Methodist Publishing House headquarters building recently was packed with current and former UMPH staff members and many friends. They gathered to celebrate the ministry of United Methodist publishing and the work and friendships forged at the current headquarters location.   Bishop Bob Spain reminded everyone ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

4/15/2015

Creating Healthy Lifestyles By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist Photo right:  Wesley UMC estimates that one program can draw as many as 50 people.  This woman had a question during the health and wellness event that the local fire department helped facilitate. Photo below right: Wesley UMCs back to school event was well ...


Nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award Requested

4/15/2015

Harry Denman   The Mississippi Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award which will be presented at the Glory Sightings Banquet on June 3, 2015.   Each year the Harry Denman Evangelism Award honors United Methodist clergy, youth, and lay persons who have made a difference in the lives of people, ...


Statewide Radiothon for Columbia Strong

4/15/2015

SuperTalk Mississippi led a 12-hour radiothon on April 14, 2015 to benefit Columbia Strong, an organization led by community leaders who volunteered to help the Columbia community recover from the devastating tornado of December 23, 2014. Its mission is to restore community and rebuild lives. The Rev. Selber McShepard, pastor of New Zion United...


Wesley House Community Center Events for April 2015

4/15/2015

Wesley House Community Center is a unique organization and contains six agencies -- health care, education, victim's services, connectional, Christian relief and community -- all under one roof located in Meridian, Mississippi. Wesley House joins other service providers around the globe in observing the month of April as National Child Abuse ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

4/1/2015

Craft House Ministries, Caring for the Uninsured By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist Photo right:  Craft House Ministries has existed since 2006 for people without medical insurance.   Letters expressing gratitude for a United Methodist led mission that provides uninsured adults with medical care are being shared with the ...


Clergy Spouses Unite

4/1/2015

By Cynthia Laird, Lay Servant, Senatobia District There is a connection so vital that no clergy spouse should be without it -- the support of other clergy spouses who unite through faith in God, love of family and dedication to church. No one else but another clergy spouse can understand the challenges you face as you support your spouse and ...


Day of Hope

4/1/2015

Bringing Hope to Hurting Children in Mississippi   By Robyn Burchfield, Methodist Children's Homes The Methodist Children's Homes is encouraging churches to attend the Day of Hope, a community day on campus on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MCH is celebrating the hope that has been restored in their children through the faithful ...


Funds Mishandled

4/1/2015

From Discipleship Ministries      Grants from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) that were destined for various ministry projects among the United Methodist Church's Korean, Asian American and Pacific Islander Ministries were mishandled by a former staffer during 2006-2010 and some of the funds were used for purposes other than stated in the...


MS Conference Hits One Million Meals Goal

4/1/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist      Photo right: Mississippi Conference youth packed about 25,000 meals towards the goal during The Gathering.   Delphine Swanson's heart is dancing these days after receiving word that Mississippi United Methodists have exceeded a goal to pack one million meals for the hunger relief ...


A Night to Remember

3/18/2015

The Baddour Center:  Dancing for Our Stars  Photo right: Scott and Jordan brought the audience to its feet after a performance to Nat King Cole's "Love" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy." Media stars, a mayor and other prominent community leaders came together, lacing up their dancing shoes and taking to the floor for The Baddour Center's first-ever...


AU Choir to Perform at MS Annual Conference Session

3/18/2015

Video Release of the Africa University Story       Prayers are requested as the Mississippi Annual Conference welcomes the Africa University Choir. The group that consists of eight males and eight females from six countries will perform during the session of annual conference on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson,...


Celebrating Mission Grants

3/18/2015

Mentorship Ministry at New Zion UMC  By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Mentoring Ministry and Moving Toward Maturity painting a senior members home. Colorful button-shaped chocolates may not quickly come to mind when youth at New Zion United Methodist Church in Crystal Springs, MS, ...


A Clearer Vision of Jesus

3/4/2015

By Cynthia Laird, Lay Servant in Training, Senatobia District UMC    Photo right: (left to right) Shelby Dorr of Hernando UMC and Joshua-Charles Sykes of Trinity UMC having fun clowning around at King's Kids Bible Day Camp.   On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Hernando UMC hosted the Senatobia District Lay Servant Training event, which was sponsored by ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

3/4/2015

Hot Dog Ministry, St. James UMC By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Jeffery McCaskill, the spouse of St. James UMCs Rev. Brenda McCaskill, is grilling hot dogs for the community.     Since 2008, the hot dog ministry at St. James UMC in Columbus, MS, continues to be a thriving program. The ...


SEJ Disaster Academy Inspirational

3/4/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Devotion time at the SEJ Disaster Academy. Photo below right: Bishop Swanson led the worship around reflections of Katrina. Photo bottom right: Barbra Tripp, a member of the UMCOR staff leads a disaster response course. As a former member of the ...


The Gathering Draws 25K Meals for Stop Hunger Now

3/4/2015

Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Greg Molen (right) assists with securing a box of filled with meals.     In partnership with the hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now, youth of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church recently came together to package 25,000 meals that ...


UM Delivers Awareness Speech at MS State Capitol

3/4/2015

Scott Crawford (photo right) of Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS gave remarks during disAbility Awareness Day at the Mississippi State Capitol on February 11, 2015. Crawford is a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities. He is also the government relations chair for the ...


900-Thousand Plus Meals for Stop Hunger Now

2/18/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Picture taken during the Tupelo District packing event in September 2014 where 15,120 meals were packaged. Drumroll please. The Mississippi Annual Conference has packaged roughly 933,616 meals for the hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now!  The goal is ...


Bishop Swanson Announces 2015 AC Mission Offering: Mississippi -- Africa University Partnership

2/18/2015

    In a message titled "Helping Others Pursue Their Dream," Bishop James E. Swanson Sr., extends an invitation to the Mississippi Conference to support the Mississippi Africa University Partnership. He recently began circulating the following article to the members of the conference.   The statistics are sobering at best and downright terrifying ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

2/18/2015

Bethlehem Center's Toddler Room By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: With plenty of room to play, a few children in the toddler room at Bethlehem Center sit together.   It has been almost a year since renovations to the Bethlehem Center in Jackson, MS made it possible for the center to ...


Giving Back to God Through Missions

2/18/2015

  Giving Back to God Through Missions     By Cynthia Laird, Member of Pleasant Hill UMC Photo right: Willie Nelson (Rev. Andy Ray) and Elvis (Rev. Hal Hall) perform at Getwell UMC. On Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, Getwell Road United Methodist Church hosted the DeSoto County Cluster Talent Show to raise mission funds for Stop Hunger Now and Camp Lake...


May and Lucas Co-chair Mississippi-Africa University Partnership

2/18/2015

 The following message to Mississippi United Methodists is from the co-chairs of the Mississippi-Africa University Partnership, Dr. Joe May, and Dr. Aubrey Lucas. Dr. Joe May, right, and Dr Aubrey Lucas   Dear Mississippi United Methodists,   This letter brings good news about Africa University! In 1992 The United Methodist Church ...


Tupelo District Event Includes General Church Guest

2/18/2015

By Izzie Zimmerman, Tupelo District, Director of Communications   Photo right: Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton, associate general secretary of Leadership Ministries, spoke to laity and clergy about baptism and confirmation. On Saturday, Feb. 7 about 60 folks from all over the Tupelo District gathered at St. Mark UMC for the annual Tupelo District ...


A Clergy Couple's Story at Valentine's Day

2/4/2015

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist    Photo right: Larry and Terry Hilliard on their wedding day back in 1999. Photo below right: A recent photo of the Hilliard family.  Did you know there are roughly 27 clergy couples in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church?   With Valentine's Day around the corner, two...


Africana Hymnal Project Film Documentary Wins Emmy

2/4/2015

  From Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church   Photo right: This is an image of the documentary DVD cover.   A documentary film tracing the history of black sacred music, produced by Discipleship Ministries as part of The Africana Hymnal Project, has received a regional Emmy for best documentary.   The film, Reflect, Reclaim, ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

2/4/2015

Hazlehurst UMC Community Outreach  By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: Members of the Hazlehurst Outreach Committee delivered baby care items to the local health department. A $1,000 matching grant from the Mississippi Conference helped increase the positive impact that Hazlehurst United ...


Bishop's Personal Promise on Domestic Violence

1/21/2015

3/27/2013    By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist   In 1968, Bishop James Swanson, Sr. was 18 years-old when his mother's life tragically ended.  According to Swanson, his stepfather--an alcoholic--killed her when she refused to give him money for booze.  Wayne Burns films Bishop Swanson  for show about domestic violence. ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

1/21/2015

Belmont UMC Backpack Snack Pack Ministry   By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: Mallory Gordon, a teacher at Belmont Elementary School places a snack pack in a child's backpack. Photo below right: Volunteers usually gather in the church fellowship hall, after a designated Wednesday night Bible study, to make the...


Celebrating Mission Grants

1/7/2015

Sewing Grace Ministry, Magee First UMC     By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Photo right: One Honduran girl is seen with a dress that was made by a member of the Sewing Grace Ministry. Photo below right: Suzy Thames is making a girls dress while Cash sits nearby to keep her company. "The little dresses were a hit.  In ...


Human Trafficking Awareness Day January 11

1/7/2015

  Wesley House Planning Crisis Hotline   Ginger Grissom, photo right, executive director of Wesley House Community Center Inc., in Meridian, Mississippi, gives a compelling account on where they are in the fight against human trafficking. She writes about why revealing some of their service numbers can do harm, the impact of TV programming on ...


Mississippi UM Tornado Relief Underway

1/7/2015

    Register to Attend Disaster Academy Photo right: The Missouri Annual Conference disaster team pictured in Columbia, Mississippi. Photo below right: Columbia First UMC members prepared meals to go out to survivors.  Over 200 meals have been prepared since the day of the storm.   Mississippi United Methodists are working closely with ...


St. James UMC Receives Grant

1/7/2015

From the Starkville District Newsletter   Photo right: Starkville District superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson presents Rev. Brenda McCaskill with a grant for continuing ministry.     St. James United Methodist Church recently received a grant from the Mississippi Revitalization Committee to assist this historic church in continuing its ministry in ...


Galloway UMC Hosts Turn the Tables on Hunger

12/23/2014

  Awareness and Funds for Stop Hunger Now Photo right:  Lauren Wallace accepts a rice meal in her hands from Rev. Joey Shelton. Photo bottom right: Delphine Swanson participates as lead of the conference's one million meals goal for Stop Hunger Now.   As guests arrived at Galloway UMC for the Turn the Tables on Hunger Banquet given November ...


Methodist Build Dedicates Latest Home

12/23/2014

By Peggy Hampton, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area Photo right: David Coon (left) and Ric Stanfield of Madison UMC complete work on the exterior of the home.   Photo below right: Homeowner Shirley Williams is immediately right of the sign with representatives of several of the churches, her family members and friends, plus several ...


Pop Can Angel

12/23/2014

By Cristen Craven Barnard, First Senatobia UMC   Photo right: This ornament made from an aluminum can reminds one woman of God's ability to create new life.   The United Methodist Women circles in my church made little angel ornaments out of pop cans for a fundraising project. The UMW is asking for a small suggested donation for each angel.     ...


Bishop Creates Open Space for Clergy Under 40

12/10/2014

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   The Rev. Brad Sartor (photo right) sat at a front table during a meeting with his peers -- clergy under the age of 40 -- just a few weeks before his 40th birthday.  He was enthusiastic, often jotting down notes with a serious facial expression and even cracking a big smile following ...


Hedgepeth Scholarship Endowment Created in Honor of Parents

12/10/2014

        Photo right: A memorial scholarship honoring the Rev. H.J Hedgepeth and his wife Orell will support a Mississippi college student.   The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Rev. H. J. Hedgepeth and Mrs. Orell Hedgepeth Memorial Scholarship Endowment established by the Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth ...


Special Needs Ministry

12/10/2014

By Rev. Leanne Burris, Trinity UMC Photo right: Little Joel Burris shows off his big smile.   Seven years ago, Joel entered our lives and changed our world forever. That makes him like most babies. But one of the things that makes Joel unique, including his infectious laugh, is his ability to extend compassion when it is needed most, and his ...


UMCOR Working to Help Rebuild Winston County

12/10/2014

 By Rev. Mike Dowd, Disaster Response Coordinator for Louisville and Winston County Photo right: This UMCOR work team from Matthews UMC in Matthews, North Carolina is helping in Winston County.   Quietly, behind the scenes, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been working hand in hand with Winston Strong to rebuild our community ...


Millsaps College Hosts Faces of Grace Exhibit

11/26/2014

By Nell Floyd, Millsaps College Publications Manager   Photo right: Chris Donald, chaplain at Millsaps College, looks at the Faces of Grace exhibit that was on display on campus.   Faces of Grace, a photo exhibit highlighting the work of Grace Place, a ministry at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church for men and women who call the streets of ...


New Parsonage Purchased Following April Tornadoes

11/26/2014

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District Communicator    Photo right: Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson with the Rev. and Mrs. Larry Haggard before the commissioning service for the new parsonage.   The EF4 tornado that ripped through Winston County on April 28, 2014 brought with it change, sadness and uncertainty.   For the South Louisville United Methodist ...


Plan to Give This Sunday November 30 --

11/26/2014

United Methodist Student Day           When you support United Methodist Student Day, you make it possible for people like Abby Herrington, a recent Millsaps College graduate, to serve the world God loves.  Herrington (photo right) is the youth and children's ministries director at Alta Woods United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.  She ...


Starkville District Launches TEAM HOPE

11/26/2014

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District Communicator       Photo right: Team HOPE members released their first group photo with Starkville District superintendent Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson (far back center with tie).         One-third of Jesus' earthly ministry dealt with health and wellness, the holistic healing of mind, body, spirit, relationships, etc....


The Hour Gallery and Gifts Open for Business

11/26/2014

By Alexa Jenkins, Copy Editor The Mississippi Collegian  The following article appears with permission of The Mississippi Collegian.             Photo right: Affordable print t-shirts, wood crosses and Christian books can be purchased at The Hour. Photo courtesy of The Hour.     Photo below, right: The host of The Hour, Rev. Steve Casteel cut the ...


Alabama State Wesley Foundation Visits Jackson State Wesley Foundation

11/13/2014

 Photo right: Members of the JSU Wesley Foundation took this picture with students from the Alabama State Wesley Foundation.   The Alabama State University (ASU) Wesley Foundation visited the Jackson State University (JSU) Wesley Foundation during homecoming week at JSU last month. The ASU Wesley trip theme was "Freedom Ride Service Project." ...


Tupelo District Open House

11/12/2014

By Izzie Zimmerman, Tupelo District Director Communicator          Photo right: There are 105 churches within the Tupelo District and pictures of half of them were displayed on a wall during the district office open house.   This past summer, the Tupelo District office made the move into their new home on West Jackson Street in Tupelo, Mississippi...


The Church Has Left the Building

10/15/2014

There was a great deal of work done when Marvin United Methodist Church in Florence, Mississippi left the building. Marvin experienced opportunities for a wonderful ministry as they reached outside their walls to share God’s love.  Some of the opportunities for work were in Florence’s local schools, communities of need, nursing and retirement ...


Decatur UMC Raises Money for Racing Wheelchair

10/10/2014

The youth group at Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur, Mississippi hosted a spaghetti supper and 'talent-less' show fundraiser on September 28, 2014 to raise money to purchase a racing wheelchair for Ainsley's Angels. Ainsley's Angels is an organization that provides disabled athletes of all ages the opportunity to participate in endurance...


Giving Tuesday Is Coming

9/30/2014

By Mike Hicks, executive director of the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation   You may remember Giving Tuesday last year. Giving Tuesday was created to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. These two days are all about spending for Christmas. So some...


A Morning in the Upper Room

9/7/2014

From the Senatobia District Photo right: The Rev.Tom Albin (center), dean of the Upper Room joins participants during the prayer time.    Over 200 Methodists packed the sanctuary of Hernando United Methodist Church recently on a Saturday morning as the Senatobia District clergy and lay leadership responded to an invitation to spend "A Morning in...


Methodist Build: An Answer to Prayer for Many Jackson Families

9/7/2014

Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area   Photo right: At the dedication, new homeowner Maricha Roberts and her daughter thanked the many volunteers and donors of Methodist Build who made home ownership a dream come true -- and an answer to prayer for her family.   Photo below, right: Earnest Hart presents Maricha Roberts with a Bible for her...


Plan a Great Mission Trip to Nicaragua - February 2015

9/7/2014

Message from Pastor Clint Ware, Eastlawn UMC in Pascagoula, Mississippi   I want to invite all my friends to join in partnering with our Methodist brothers and sisters in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is safe, close, relatively inexpensive and easy to get to. It is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is roughly the same size as ...


Though Still Wary of Gaming, Churches Embrace Casino Workers

8/27/2014

The Rev. David McGettigan of St. Andrew by the Sea Lutheran Church in Atlantic City at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer) By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer ATLANTIC CITY - When gambling was being proposed for Atlantic City 38 years ago, most religious denominations opposed casinos. They ...


Church's Flock Includes Four-footed Kind

8/20/2014

By Robert Lee Long, Community Editor for The DeSoto Times Tribune EUDORA — Sharon Clark believes the Bible says a great deal about caring for God's creatures, great and small. That's why she and other members of tiny Eudora United Methodist Church banded together to stage a month-long benefit for the DeSoto County Animal Shelter during July. This ...


Delisle Mount Zion UMC Donate Soles for Souls

8/20/2014

By Carol Van Bommel-Smith Delisle Mount Zion United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Women will soon wrap up the 'Soles to Souls' shoe drive and donate boxes full of new and gently used shoes to a local charity to benefit women and children. According to Ruby Cook, the outreach mission’s coordinator; “this mission grew out of a children’s sermon...


Wesley UMC Greenwood Sponsors Community Health and Wellness Day

8/20/2014

  Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenwood recently sponsored its annual Community Health and Wellness Day. Over 200 flyers were passed out in the neighborhood and at the Snowden Jones Apartment Complex during the week before the event. The day of the event the area was canvassed as a reminder about the event and to personally invite the ...


Faith for the Future: Church Reaches Out to Neighborhood

8/5/2014

By Malcolm Morehead Remember the time when riding bikes in the neighborhood, or even beyond, was totally safe? Many lament the fact that local youth might not ever know the peace and safety in their current surroundings that the older generation knew. If the members of St. Paul United Methodist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Street succeed, they ...


UMM Cook Team at Manhood Camp

8/4/2014

By Andy Tentoni, Mississippi Conference President of United Methodist Men The United Methodist Men (UMM) cook team of First United Methodist Church Columbus stay in high demand! During the weekend of Friday, June 27, 2014 we served up a feast of slow smoked ribs and chicken, while on Saturday, we offered up fried chicken tenders to the campers and ...


Asbury Holds 15th Annual Summer Camp

8/4/2014

 2014 Harambee Camp Theme: “Discovering God’s Purpose for Me” The Harambee Summer Camp at Asbury United Methodist Church July 7-11, 2014, has been held annually since 1999 and was at capacity with 51 children ages six to 14 representing 13 churches in three counties (Desoto, Marshall and Union). Participants learned about crafts, creative writing ...


Preparing To Say Yes to God Senatobia District Mission Team in El Salvador Days 1 and 2

7/24/2014

By Cynthia Laird, Mission Team Member As the Senatobia District Mission Team gathered at the Memphis International Airport on July 12, 2014, we understood we were leaving a life of luxury to seek God's will in our service in El Salvador. The mission trip is just for one week, but God can do so much in one week, as we know from Genesis. Although ...


Thirty Mission Trips to Africa in 12 Years

7/16/2014

 By Lou Ann Staggs, Mississippi Conference Secretary of Global Ministries Hollis Crowder  Hollis Crowder, a member of the St. Andrews UMC in Oxford, will be leading his 30th mission trip to Africa in late August of 2015.  He recently returned from a fact finding and planning trip for the team he will lead in 2015.  Crowder has led ...


Appalachian Ministry Network Grant Deadline Nearing - August 1

7/10/2014

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Operation 206- Home Repair Ministry/Missions Camp

7/7/2014

By Jason Anding During the third week of June, 46 students from First United Methodist Church in Houston, Mississippi and First United Methodist Church in Grenada, Mississippi came together in Grenada to be the hands and feet of Christ at Operation 206. Operation 206 came from a vision of seeing a need in the community five years ago. The number ...


Mt. Salem UMC PEARL Girls Reaching Out

4/3/2014

By Betty G. Spencer, Mt. Salem UMC in Terry, Mississippi    Bingo!  I'm a winner!  A winning attitude was shared by both the residents of Chadwick Nursing Home in v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" ...


A Greater Calling

2/20/2014

 By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator Many of us in the Senatobia District have been privileged to hear Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. preach, whether at annual conference, the Festival de Verano or at another time and place. The blessings that we encounter often go beyond a particular time of worship and touch our lives in...


Ministry, Partners Serve Meals to the Homeless

2/19/2014

  By Kristen B. Reed, The Clarion Ledger Children dressed in their Sunday best played in Smith Park in downtown Jackson on Sunday, enjoying the warm, springlike weather as their Sunday school class partnered with an area nonprofit to serve lunch to Jackson’s homeless. Every Sunday, just after noon, Why Not Now of Mississippi joins area civic ...


Central Host First Father Daughter Dance

2/18/2014

By Michelle Henry, Central United Methodist Church in Jackson                     Saturday, February 8, princesses from all over Jackson dressed in their Sunday best to attend “A King and His Princess,” the first annual father-daughter dance hosted by Central United Methodist Church and The Ladybug Club. Daughters and dads enjoyed dancing, door ...


Morton UMC Gives to Local Food Pantry

2/18/2014

                                 Volunteers shown from left to right are: Rev. Gary Glazier, Ricky Lott, Billy Miles, Cooper Beard, Tony Hollingsworth, Garry Mitchell, Jerry Harris, Chester Sawyer, Charles Risher, Kenny Massey, William Fairchild and Greg Sessum.   By Rev. Gary Glazier, pastor of Morton First United Methodist Church in Morton, ...


A Hokey Pokey Faith

2/5/2014

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Reaching Out to the Veterans

2/5/2014

By Bill Duckworth, Wells Church – Lay Servant Ministry For over 20 years, Wells UMC has provided Sunday morning worship services to the residents of the Mississippi State Veterans Home on Lindbergh Drive in Jackson. A laity driven ministry sanctioned by the church’s council on ministries, the outreach provides a one hour worship service at 10:00 ...


Labor of Love: Hattiesburg Girl Raises Money to Help Orphans

2/5/2014

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Charge Conference: A Spirit-filled Process

1/9/2014

By Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries for the Mississippi Annual Conference   How is the power of the Holy Spirit moving in your The Revs. Keith Gaughf and Tony Proctor are credited with creating the new system for receiving charge conference forms. congregation and what are your next steps ...


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