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Windborn Chapel's UMVIM Leader Reports on Nicaraguan Project

1/9/2014

 A member of the Mississippi United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team is sharing a praise report following his part in a project to convert a building behind a church in Condega, Nicaragua into a parsonage for a pastoral family. Danny Box, of Windborn Chapel UMC in Lucedale gives his account for a labor of love and the fellowship.    I ...


Children Inspire Growth at Lone Star United Methodist Church

1/9/2014

By Dewayne Mayo, pastor of Lone Star UMC     Lone Star UMC near Collins, Mississippi is experiencing growth More than a dozen children gathered at Lone Star UMC during the Christmas holiday. in church attendance. As Lone Star UMC's pastor, Dewayne Mayo writes, members reaching out to children in the community are making the ...


Faces for Our Prayers

1/9/2014

 By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District  Communications Coordinator    Cynthia Laird, the communications coordinator for the Cynthia Laird, Senatobia district communications coordinator  Senatobia District of the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, joins several United Methodists making pleas for prayer to see ...


Churches Offer Inspiration for Mission Share Giving

1/8/2014

Mississippi Conference Communications   Time is winding down to the last day for Mississippi United Methodist churches to report their mission share giving in 2013.  The date is January 10.  Mission shares--formally known as apportionments--refers to a goal of benevolence giving set by the Mississippi United Methodist Conference in order to fund ...


MS Methodist On Human Trafficking

1/8/2014

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   As executive director of Wesley House Community Center in Ginger Grissom, executive director of Wesley House Community Center Meridian, Ginger Grissom stays involved and available around the clock to address matters on human trafficking.  The center, which is supported by the ...


Rust College Hosts "Read Around the Christmas Tree" Extravaganza

12/19/2013

Students, faculty and staff from Rust College traveled to Holy Holly Springs Primary School's First "Read Around the Christmas Tree" Extravaganza led by Rust College.  Family School on December 3 and Holly Springs Primary School on December 6for the "Read Around the Christmas Tree" extravaganza. Community volunteers, students from Rust ...


Choctaw Mission Calls for Prayer in Tragedy and Children Items

12/19/2013

Mississippi Annual Conference Communications Friends of the Mississippi Choctaw Mission are asked to consider donating towards the needs of the Choctaw children. According to the Choctaw Mission's executive director, Dr. Al Styron, "Our children love to play basketball. If you could help provide some, we would be so appreciative. The sport's ...


The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution

12/19/2013

The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution  By Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries   With each new year comes a time of reflection and intentionality. The communications staff wants to be faithful stewards of your time and resources. In a culture of information overload, we want to live differently...


The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution

12/19/2013

The Circuit Rider New Year, New Distribution  By Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries   With each new year comes a time of reflection and intentionality. The communications staff wants to be faithful stewards of your time and resources. In a culture of information overload, we want to live differently...


Former MS Conf. Member Leads Philippines Communication Relief

12/19/2013

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Mississippi United Methodists may find it fascinating to know  Rev. Neelley Hicks (center) is pictured with Mississippi Conference communicators Jasmine Haynes (L) and Tamica Smith-Jeuitt (R) in Nashville last March.  that a former member of the conference is part of the United...


Mathiston UMC Women Partner in Sewing Ministry

12/11/2013

  Mike Duggar standing behind, left to right is Jo Avent, Ivy Joy Earley, Bonnie Burton, Jean Bingham, Ann Cole, Ruth Perkins, Hazel Avent. In a burst of inter-church cooperation, the Mathiston United Methodist Women enlisted the aid of the Clarkson Baptist Church sewing ministry to help the Methodist Children's Homes in Jackson, ...


Mississippi UM Presence at EXPLORATION 2013

12/11/2013

By Rev. Ever Burt, Meridian District, Dekalb Parish Exploration is a three-day event for young adults ages 18-26 to hear, discern and respond to God's call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as deacons or elders in The United Methodist Church. The event washeld in Denver, Colorado on November 15-17 at the Marriott Denver ...


MS Conference Russian UM Liaison Sends Newsletter

12/11/2013

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist   David Newton from the Mississippi Annual Conference chats via Skype with UM partner Sarah Rakhmankulova who is 5,600 miles away in Russia. Good communication is often attributed to successful partnerships. For this purpose, Sarah Rakhmankulova, the liaison for the Russian United ...


Rust College Recognized in President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

12/11/2013

 Rust College has received recognition from President Barack Obama for its participation in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. For its involvement, the college received a signed letter from President Obama, a certificate of recognition and a profile in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge...


South African Methodist Pastor with MS Conf. Ties Reflects on Mandela Passing

12/11/2013

  Rev. Cecil Rhodes  For six years, the Rev. Cecil Rhodes served in the Mississippi Annual Conference leading congregations at Leland UMC in Leland and Grace UMC in Greenville. He would eventually return to his home conference in South Africa with a promise to stay in touch with his Mississippi friends.  Rhodes recently sent them a lively...


Thankful for Where We Are

12/11/2013

By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator The children gathered around as Santa told the story written by Charles Tazewell about "The Littlest Angel." The Gathering Place in Batesville,Mississippi, aglow withthe ligh from candles and Christmas decorations, was especially warm and inviting for Senatobia District ...


Minor Memorial Offers Warm Welcome

12/4/2013

Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator   On a recent visit to Minor Memorial UMC, I was made to feel Rev. Amanda Gordon greets one member following service at Minor Memorial UMC in Walls. welcome before I ever entered the church building. Nathan and Chelsea Hickerson smiled and waved from across the parking lot. ...


Gunter Endowment Announcement

12/4/2013

 Rev. Mike Hicks, Associate Director  of the Mississippi Methodist Foundation The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation announces the Anita Gunter  creation of the Anita Gunter Memorial Endowment for the Wesley Foundation of Itawamba Community College. Dr. Doyce Gunter, Anita's widower, desired to honor his wife and her life-long ...


Historic UMC #GivingTuesday is Record-Breaking Day for Mission

12/4/2013

A Response on Mississippi Giving   Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million ...


Broadway Inspires McCormick's Message

11/20/2013

Dr. Jim McCormick preached at Tupelo First United MethodistChurch on November 17, introducing his fifth book, "The Gospel Goes to Broadway--Inspiration in Songs from Broadway Musicals."  Following each worship service there was a time for book signing. Each chapter in this unique book is based on one of 26 familiar songs from 11 Broadway musicals,...


Sunday November 24 Give to Help UM Students

11/20/2013

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist   "It is a way to keep our church alive." -- Abigail Herrington, a UM scholarship recipient from Mississippi   As Mississippi United Methodists are planning to celebrate Abigail Herrington  Student Day Special Offering Sunday, Abigail Herrington, will be counting her blessings for ...


A Celebration of God's Generosity

11/20/2013

By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator   The Rev. Mike Hicks, associate director of the Mississippi United L to r:  Rev. David Laird, Rev. Mike Hicks, Lisa Hicks--Hicks delivered the Consecration Sunday message. Methodist Foundation, recently read from Matthew 6:19-21 as he spoke to Pleasant Hill United ...


District Youth Rallies: Key to Conference Connection With Youth

11/20/2013

Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference Communications   Youth engaged in praise at East/West Jackson District Youth Rally. Over 269 young people and youth coordinators attended the East and West Jackson District Youth Rally held at Madison United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 17.  Youth enjoyed praise and worship lead by the ...


Minneapolis Chosen as General Conference 2020 Site

11/20/2013

Minneapolis Chosen as  General Conference 2020 Site                         United Methodist Communications   The Commission on the General Conference recently announced that Minneapolis, Minn. will be the site of the 2020 General Conference, tentatively scheduled for May 5-15, 2020. Minneapolis is part of the Minnesota Annual Conference, which ...


Mississippi's 'Team Vital' Starts 10-Year Track to Move Ministries Forward

11/20/2013

Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries   Team Vital, the newest phase of the Vital Congregations Mississippi's Team Vital collaborating with North Georgia's DCM, Mike Selleck at recent gathering in Chicago. Pictured left to right are Rev. Vickie White, Mike Selleck, Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Rev. Tim...


Grants Helps Prevent Malaria in South Sudan

11/13/2013

United Methodists Fund Education, Training and Medicine   Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Imagine No Malaria recently awarded a grant for nearly $50,000 to the South Sudan District of UMC health board, as well as a $325,059 ...


UMC #GivingTuesday - December 3 Promises to Multiply Impact

11/13/2013

Mississippi Annual Conference Supported Missions Listed United Methodists are inviting all Mississippians and beyond to join them in sustaining the spirit of Thanksgiving into the Advent season.The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries announced that for one day only, on December 3, 2013, as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, gifts made ...


On A Mission to Serve God

11/13/2013

By Rev. Amanda Gordon, Minor Memorial UMC   As we prepare for the Senatobia District mission trip to El Rev. Amanda Gordon Salvador on July 12 - 19, 2014, Nathan Hickerson, the Senatobia District United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) coordinator and I have been asked to share why missions are so important. We plan mission trips ...


Methodists Prepare For Emergencies

11/6/2013

By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Olive Branch, Terry and Debra Luna put out a grease fire. Mississippi hosted a community emergency response team (CERT) training October 25 - 27, 2013, which was led by the DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Tim Curtis,...


Convocation on the Black Church: A POWER Message

11/6/2013

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist for the Mississippi Annual Conference   Prayers for a successful gathering were well in the works before  L to R: Presenters the Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson, Dr. Cathy Grace (red dress) were presented with a gift from the Rev. Kathy Price with the MS Conference. ...


Free Advent Resources Urge Simplifying Christmas

11/6/2013

United Methodist News Service (UMNS)   United Methodist Communications has created Advent resources to help United Methodist churches convey a welcoming message during the Christmas season to those who may not have a church home.   This year's resources complement United Methodist Communications' broader campaign, "That's Church," and share a ...


Stop Hunger Now and Millsaps College to Package Meals on Nov. 10

10/31/2013

Millsaps College students and volunteers from the Jackson  metro area are scheduled to partner with Stop Hunger Now and package dehydrated meals on November 10 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Maurice H. Hall Activities Center at Millsaps College.   Three hundred volunteers are needed to reach the goal of packaging 100,000 dehydrated meals comprised...


Rust College Welcomes Grammy-Nominated Alumnae as Convocation Speaker for Founders' Celebration 2013

10/31/2013

Rust College will welcome alumnus and Grammy-nominated artist Anita Ward Richardson, '78, as keynote speaker during the 147th Founders' Convocation. The convocation will be held Sunday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Morehouse Auditorium of the Doxey Alumni Fine Arts-Communication Building.   Richardson skyrocketed to the top of the charts at age 22 ...


Seniors at St. James UMC Featured in Local Newspaper

10/31/2013

The goodwill of a group of seniors at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory, Mississippi is the reason the church was recently featured in the Monroe Journal. Reporter Alice Ortiz, has the story on how the seniors are connecting with the community through a soup kitchen (see below).  We Care: St. James United Methodist Reaches Out to ...


Mississippi UMC Participates in Conference Call on Proposed SNAP Cuts

10/31/2013

To listen to a recording of the media briefing conference call that includes a statement from the Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, the director of communications and connectional ministries for the Mississippi Annual Conference, dial (605) 475-4099 using access code 1044250#. Then press # again to listen to the most recent recording. The message below was ...


MS United Methodists Needed for Community Advocate Health Training Program

10/31/2013

The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church is working with the University of Mississippi's Community Health Advocate training program (CHA) to train lay community health advocates for each Methodist church in the state. The lay community health advocates will become certified health screeners in their communities trained to ...


Together We Serve

10/31/2013

 By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator   United Methodist Women (UMW) received a warm welcome Back row l to r:  Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Rev. Jeff Dalton, and Rev. Andy Ray; front row l to r:  Edna Cave and Cheryl Denley from the Reverend Andy Ray, Senatobia District Superintendent during the Senatobia ...


ASU Wesley 2013 Gospel Extravaganza Inspire Youth

10/23/2013

Mount Pleasant UMC in Fayette Hosts Event By Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob    Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Fayette, ASU Wesley students were seen playing instruments during their gospel extravaganza to inspire youth. Mississippi transformed into a vibrant arena of prayers, gospel music and delicious food, when they hosted ASU ...


Just Save One Child During 'Season of Hope' Kicked Off by World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

10/23/2013

The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) Committee asks local congregations to observe the 15th anniversary of World AIDS Day, December 1, by raising awareness of the HIV & AIDS crisis and committing to Just Save One child from contracting the disease. This year, December 1 lands on the first Sunday of Advent.   According to UNAIDS, every day ...


Executive Committee Statement on Same Gender Ceremony Planned by Bishop Talbert

10/23/2013

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has Bishop Melvin G. Talbert  announced plans to conduct a same gender marriage ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops has issued the following statement. "The mission of the church is to make ...


East Lauderdale Covenant Churches Fall Praise Includes Bishop Swanson

10/23/2013

By Renelda Owen  Mississippi Conference Communications Commission   East Lauderdale Covenant Churches celebrated with their Bishop Swanson is surrounded by food donations as he preaches missions and community. annual Fall Praise and Worship Service and kicked off their joint revival Sunday evening, October 20 at Lauderdale United ...


MS United Methodist Urged to Participate in Flood Bucket Drive

10/23/2013

  Rev. Wayne Napier    MS Conference UMC Disaster Response Coordinator   The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church isundertaking a flood bucket (cleaning bucket) drive to replenish the supply at United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depots. The conference is providing 1,200 empty buckets with lids to facilitate this ...


Society of St. Andrew Alternative Christmas Card

10/23/2013

Honor Friends and Family While  Helping to Feed the Hungry this Christmas   The Society of St. Andrew is accepting orders for their   Texas artist Jerry Malzahn, created the Christmas card for Society of St. Andrew. alternative Christmas cards. The special cards are sent to those you choose; each is a gift to the SoSA program and helps ...


Bonding for Missions

10/16/2013

By Cynthia Laird  Senatobia District Communications Coordinator   Mission teams from Pleasant Hill UMC in Olive Branch and Members of the mission teams along with the home owner of the newly constructed home prepare for the dedication service. Glide UMC in San Francisco, California joined in Gulfport, Mississippi, September 29 ...


Charleston United Methodist Church Celebrates One of Their Own

10/16/2013

The Charleston United Methodist Church is happy to announce Maura McIntosh, Courtesy "Metro Christian Living Magazine" that Maura McIntosh Field, daughter of the Rev. David and Rosemary McIntosh of Madison, will present a concert at the church on Sunday, October, 27 at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited and welcomed to attend.   McIntosh...


Clergy Spouse A Family Affair

10/16/2013

Mississippi Annual Conference Communications    The Reverend Doctors, Joey and Connie Shelton agree that a Left to Right: Suzette May, Joey Shelton, Connie Shelton and Rosia Jackson stop to take a picture during the clergy spouse retreat. recent gathering of the Mississippi United Methodist clergy spouses was filled with anticipation...


Homecoming

10/16/2013

From the Starkville District Newsletter   On Friday October 4, at approximately 8:00 p.m., our daughter, Starkville district superintendent the Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson is pictured with his daughter Katelyn. Katelyn and I stepped onto the Starkville High School football field as a part of the 2013 homecoming celebration. As I looked at...


St. Matthew's UMC Raises $6,700 for Kids in Mississippi and Honduras

10/16/2013

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Madison raised more The Rev. Matthew Hall recently presented a check for roughly $3,381 to Vernon King for the Methodist Children's Homes. than $6,700 for kids in need at its recent charity golf tournament.   The proceeds from the second annual tournament held in early September at the Canton...


Giving to Edwards Street Helps

10/9/2013

By Bud Kirkpatrick, member of Parkway Heights  UMC in Hattiesburg Photos courtesy of Cyndi Pittman   A program has been established to honor long-time United Edwards Street founder, Warren Pittman stands outside the building named in his honor. Methodist minister, the Rev. Warren Pittman and to commemorate the recent rededication of ...


Hurricane Season: A Testament to Prepare

10/9/2013

 By Jasmine Haynes, Web and Social Media Specialist    The recent threat of Tropical Storm Karen reminded me of my Photo of a house blocks away from Dillard University's campus damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Photo courtesy of Jasmine Haynes most memorable lesson in disaster preparedness on August 27, 2005, when I raced to ...


Lake Junaluska Rep Visits Mississippi to Thank Supporters

10/9/2013

 Mississippi Annual Conference Communications   Ken Howle, the director of advancement for the Christian retreat Ken Howle (wearing the tie) visited with the Mississippi Conference Annual ministerial services staff. center, Lake Junaluska, recently made a 20-hour round trip drive from Lake Junaluska, North Carolina to Mississippi where ...


United Methodist HBCUs Working to Recruit Minorities in STEM

10/2/2013

United Methodist Communications, Public Information   United Methodist historically black colleges and universities(HBCUs), supported by The United Methodist Church's Black College Fund, are working to recruit more women and minorities in the academic areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Females make up only ten percent of ...


Vickers Says Mississippi Conference "A Gift to the Church"

10/2/2013

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist   Thoughts of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church will stick with Dr. Jason Vickers for a long time. He recently made his first visit to the Magnolia state where nearly 200 United Methodist clergy gathered to hear him speak over a  Dr. Jason Vickers addresses ...


Ski Lake Junaluska 2014

9/25/2013

 December 30- January 1                Lake Junaluska Youth Events is proud to present Ski Lake Junaluska's New Year's Celebration, December 30 through January 1. This weekend includes worship on Monday and Tuesday evening followed by a late night pizza party to ring in the New Year, and of course skiing or snowboarding.     This year's theme is "...


First UMC's Circle 7 Garage Sale Benefits Those In Need

9/25/2013

 October 4-5, 2013  Members of the First UMC Greenwood are preparing for a garage sale. According to a combined message from Martha Floyd and Fran Miller proceeds from the October 4-5 event will go a long way.   Circle 7 of First United Methodist Church in Greenwood is a women's group always on the move doing good wherever possible. First ...


Large Turnout for Lay Leadership Conference

9/18/2013

 Mississippi Conference Communications  Amazing things did happen as predicted by organizers of the The Lay Leadership Conference drew 300 people to Christ UMC.  Leading with REAL POWER Lay Leadership Conference that was held on Saturday, September, 14 at Christ UMC in Jackson.  More than 300 lay people attended the day of learning ...


2013 Clergy Age Trends Report Shows Older Clergy Bubble Growing Larger

9/11/2013

 By Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary   The number of older clergy continues to grow according to the "Clergy Age Trends in The United Methodist Church" report released recently by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The annual report is prepared with assistance from the General ...


Choctaw Children's Choir Seeks Invitations to Perform

9/11/2013

By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist     From Memphis, Tennessee to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, Choctaw Children's Choir  of Philadelphia, Mississippi  the Choctaw Children's Choir of the Mississippi Annual Conference has made a delightful impression on those who have been blessed to see them perform, like Catherine ...


Festival on the Field

9/11/2013

By Kristen Partin, First UMC Tupelo  Director of Older Children Ministries   "When First Methodist, All Saints' Episcopal and First Presbyterian churches talk about being ecumenical, they aren't just blowing hot air." These words by Riley Manning, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal religion writer, summed up the attitude of the three churches...


Pastors: Preach on Children's Health Day October 6

9/4/2013

 A Message from Jack Conrad, Chaplain of Faith and Health at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Dearest Pastor:   I have been richly blessed to serve the Lord through my ministry at church as well as being a chaplain here at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. When I have a church member here, I am reminded how thankful I am that in Memphis we have such a...


The Clergy Spouse

9/4/2013

 By Erin Hicks, Special to The Circuit Rider Erin Hicks and her mother, Lisa  Thirty-eight years ago, my mother Lisa was a nursing student at Emory in Atlanta when she was assigned a maternity patient named Nancy Creel. Nancy was the wife of a Candler Seminary student and at Emory they had their first child. Soon after, Nancy and her ...


The Little Church That Could

9/4/2013

 By Bud Kirkpatrick, Member of Parkway Heights UMC, Hattiesburg  Warren Pittman could not stand to see a church closed. When he became superintendent of the Hattiesburg District of The United Methodist Church in 1975, Edwards Street Building will be rededicated in honor of Warren Pittman. United Methodist Church had six members. ...


Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: Mississippi UM Disaster Recovery Continues

8/28/2013

By Beth Dean, Mississippi United Methodist  Disaster Recovery Inc.  Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 as a category five hurricane, reportedly making it the fourth most powerful hurricane of all time. Most people were not prepared for a Beth Dean (green shirt) is seen making a delivery of supplies.  storm of this ...


My UMW Experience

8/28/2013

By Kacie Reeves, "The Beacon," Mississippi UMW Newsletter   It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Hannah and I went to the Limitless Conference (for women) in Durham, North Carolina. Since then, I've learned a lot about the United Methodist Women (UMW) organization and have had the opportunity to participate in a couple of conference ...


An Amazing Winning Team

8/21/2013

 By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications   A very large enthusiastic crowd came to Asbury United Methodist Church on August 19, 2013 for the Blessing of the Backpacks, and to hear God's word spoken by Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. The crowd first gathered in the fellowship hall and later in the sanctuary. The scene looked very much like ...


Book Review On Jason Vickers: Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal

8/21/2013

By Chris McAlilly, Pastor of Shannon and Brewer United Methodist Church and Chair, MS Conference Board of Discipleship      Rev. Chris McAlilly How will the church be renewed in our day? It is an all too familiar question for us in United Methodism. You are likely weary as I am of the yearly and quadrennial reports of the declining ...


Anderson UMC Sewing Love Success

8/14/2013

 By Dr. Sarah Smith, Anderson United UMC Bangkok child seen in a dress from Anderson UMW. Anderson United Methodist Women (AUMW) have successfully completed another year of "sewing love through mission" and living the true meaning of mission, which is love in action. This year AUMW shipped 110 dresses to the Little Dresses for Africa ...


Plan Now for Children's Sabbath

8/14/2013

 By Carol Burnett, Congregations for Children Coordinator   Congregations for Children invites people of faith from all across Mississippi to become champions for children by working together to improve children's health, education and family economic security.     One step congregations can take to demonstrate their commitment to improving ...


Senatobia District Challenge

8/14/2013

 By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications   Senatobia DS Rev. Andy Ray addresses clergy and lay. August is a busy time as the Senatobia District leaders challenge the clergy and laity of each cluster to make "decisions to make a difference."  These cluster rallies, led by the Rev. Andy Ray, district superintendent; Blair ...


Answering the "Call"

8/7/2013

  By Jeffery L. Virgil, II, Ph.D   On Sunday, August 4, 2013 during the 11:45 a.m. service at Anderson United Methodist Church, I had the pleasure of Dr. Jeff Virgil, II delivers his first sermon at Anderson UMC. presenting my initial sermon to the congregation. This was a moment that God had in the making many years ago. However, it ...


Embracing the Charge Conference Process

8/7/2013

By Connie Shelton, Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries   Charge conference. Two simple words that evoke sighs from pastors, frustration from church secretaries, dread from parishioners, exhaustion from district superintendents and fatigue from district secretaries. Connie Shelton     Perhaps, we can reclaim charge ...


Meridian District Find-A Church Page Winners

8/7/2013

From the Meridian District Newsletter   At the annual clergy picnic on July 23, the winners of the district-wide Find-A-Church Page competition for the highest quality, most engaging and informative church page on the site were announced. The larger Rev. Jonathan Tullos, Oak Grove UMC church winner was Poplar Springs Drive UMC, Meridian....


7/31/2013

 Saturday, August 24, 2013 Team Leader Training is strongly encouraged for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) team leaders (lay or clergy), but all interested persons are welcome to attend whether leading a team or not.  If you have a group from your church (or individuals from several churches) planning a mission trip (nationally or ...


Trinity UMC Prepares for Baghdad Pastor's Compelling Story

7/31/2013

 By Regina Stewart, Trinity UMC   Canon Andrew White works almost exclusively in Iraq, earning him the nickname -- the Vicar of Baghdad.  His work is  supported by his Foundation -- The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.  He pastors one of thelargest churches in Iraq, St. George's Baghdad.  His church ministers to over ...


Leading with REAL POWER: Lay Leadership Conference

7/31/2013

  Amazing things happen when you lead with the Holy Spirit in Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving ways. Join with Laity from across the conference at this year's Lay Leadership Conference and discover things about yourself and the Holy Spirit that will make your ministry in the world more POWER-filled.  Leadership is less about position ...


Newton UMC Mental Health Training for Pastors

7/31/2013

  Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) is proud to be piloting the first Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program in Newton. CMRC has trained two qualified staff members to improve mental health literacy in the community -- helping others to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Many things cause trauma in one's life....


Trinity UMC Prepares for Baghdad Pastor's Compelling Story

7/31/2013

By Regina Stewart, Trinity UMC   Canon Andrew White works almost exclusively in Iraq, earning him the nickname -- the Vicar of Baghdad.  His work is  supported by his Foundation -- The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.  He pastors one of thelargest churches in Iraq, St. George's Baghdad.  His church ministers to over ...


Upcoming UMVIM Team Leader Training in Southaven

7/31/2013

Team Leader Training is strongly encouraged for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) team leaders (lay or clergy), but all interested persons are welcome to attend whether leading a team or not.  If you have a group from your church (or individuals from several churches) planning a mission trip (nationally or internationally) or if you're...


Central UMC Youth Inspired to Serve

7/18/2013

 By Jeremiah Henry, Youth Writer It's the summertime, but I was wide awake at 6:00 a.m. because my mother said we were going to Harambee, an annual youth event sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodist for Church Renewal (SEJ BMCR). You are probably like me and didn't know what that meant, but it is Swahili for "let's pull ...


GBGM Missionary Visiting Mississippi Conference

9/18/2012

Alex and Brenda Awad, United Methodist Missionaries will be visiting with some of the churches in the Mississippi Conference that support them in a covenant relationship the week of September 17 through the 23rd. The Rev. Alex Awad is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in Israel/Palestine...


Isaac Recovery

9/18/2012

By Susanne Gill Storms, trials and struggles in life are often defining moments. They are the times when we find what we are made of and we discover how God has prepared us and those around us in advance for the tasks at hand. This has been evidenced in the activation of the church in the two weeks after Hurricane Isaac impacted South Mississippi. ...


Men's Ministry Agency Elects Officers, Plans National Gathering

9/18/2012

Article courtesy of United Methodist Men Photo, right: Gil Hanke (left), top staff executive of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, joins Bishop James Swanson (center), president, and Bishop Thomas Bickerton, vice president, following the election of officers. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The United Methodist agency responsible for ministry to ...


Rust College Builds a Better Community

9/18/2012

By Lladale Carey Looking for a house? You might see what local colleges are offering. About a decade ago, Rust College saw a need for housing revitalization in its city of Holly Springs, Miss. Leaders at Rust, the oldest of United Methodism's 11 historically black colleges and universities, wanted to transform the area into a vibrant, ...


St. Matthew's UMC in Madison to Host Rethinking Sunday School Worship

9/18/2012

Area Sunday School Leaders Will Gather to Sharpen Skills and Share Ideas St. Matthew's UMC in Madison will host a workshop for current and potential adult Sunday School teachers from area churches of all denominations who want to gain skills in leadership, message delivery and curriculum selection. The workshop features three well-known Sunday ...


Children's Sabbaths Celebration

9/11/2012

Join thousands of churches across the country in this celebration by holding special worship services, education programs, and advocacyactivities to engage people of faith in the lives of children and their families. Sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund, the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Celebration is a way for faith communities ...


Laity Sunday 2012: Disciples Transforming the World Through Service and Witness

9/11/2012

By Sandy Jackson Courtesy of General Board of Discipleship "Disciples Transforming the World through Service and Witness" to be held on October 21, 2012 (Third Sunday in October) is the final Laity Sunday theme for this quadrennium (2009-2012). It has a double focus: service and witness. (In 2008, the word "witness" was added to the membership ...


Methodist Healthcare Foundation Honors Chaplain Jesse W. Moore

9/5/2012

By Cynthia Laird On Thursday, August 16, 2012, the Methodist Healthcare Foundation presented Chaplain Jesse W. Moore with the Living Award -- Inspiration in Faith and Health. The reception was held in the Continental Ballroom of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and the dinner and awards ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom. ...


Mississipp Leadership Ready to Respond: Hitting the Ground Running

9/5/2012

By Susanne Gill Mississippi's new Bishop, James Swanson, started his Quadrennian as Hurricane Isaac was coming ashore. On Sunday September 2nd, his second day on the job, Swanson and a team of Conference, UMCOR and Seashore District Representatives began the process of surveying the Seashore District. The team; consisting of Bishop Swanson, Rev. ...


Pray for Methodist Leaders

9/5/2012

By Cynthia Laird On Saturday, August 18, 2012, approximately two hundred elected leaders from around the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church gathered at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi for the Fall Leadership Training entitled “The Power of WE.” Leadership training is held twice a year and allows conference ...


Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

9/1/2012

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Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

8/2/2012

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Methodist Healthcare - Employee Assistance Program

7/3/2012

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Choctaw Mission Tells Their Story

6/27/2012

Steve & Robin Claris and several young Choctaw traveled to Clarke County Sunday, June 24, to share of the work God is doing among our Choctaw brothers and sisters through the Choctaw UM Mission of the Mississippi Conference. Hearing "Amazing Grace" sung in the native Choctaw gave new meaning to the celebration of Native American Ministry at ...


Mississippi Committee On Relief

6/27/2012

The United Methodist Church has a strong history in disaster relief with UMCOR as the primary relief agency leading long-term recovery and rebuilding. The Mississippi Annual Conference has established the Mississippi Committee on Relief (MSCOR). The mission of the Mississippi Committee on Relief is to act as the oversight umbrella of Disaster ...


New House of Worship in the Senatobia District

6/27/2012

Sunday (June 24) was the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, but it was that and much more to one of the churches of the Senatobia District. Fifty two weeks to the day, a group of the faithful family of faith stood together with their pastor and District Superintendent, Andy Ray, underneath a tent, to break the ground for their new house of worship. That ...


New House of Worship in the Senatobia District

6/27/2012

Sunday (June 24) was the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, but it was that and much more to one of the churches of the Senatobia District. Fifty two weeks to the day, a group of the faithful family of faith stood together with their pastor and District Superintendent, Andy Ray, underneath a tent, to break the ground for their new house of worship. That ...


"Small" Churches Make "Mighty" Impact

6/19/2012

By Neville Vanderburg WOW! Guests at Thursday evening’s Small Membership Church awards banquet heard powerful testimony about God’s successes across the Mississippi Annual Conference. As in years past, each district’s small membership church of the year was recognized with an award. This year saw something new, however, as Rev. Lauren Porter, chair...


Conference Delegates Approve Conference Headquarters Move

6/19/2012

By David Hampton The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church headquarters will soon have a new home. Delegates to the 2012 annual conference voted to move the conference administrative offices from the current location at 321 Mississippi St., across from the state Capitol and next to Galloway United Methodist Church, to a new home in ...


Homecoming Service with Bishop James Swanson

6/19/2012

By Kindalin Moses The Mississippi Annual Conference wrapped up its Friday session with a special Homecoming Service at the Jackson Convention Center followed by an old-time fish-fry with all the fixin’s, music by Galloway UMC, and a remembrance of Hurricane Katrina. The celebration began with an electric worship service led by the evening’s guest ...


Leading Beyond the Walls

6/19/2012

By Paige Swaim-Presley In 1990, Adam Hamilton started the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection with four people. Today, the church averages over 8,500 in worship. Two-thirds of those attenders were previously non-religious or nominally religious. Reaching the unchurched is an important part of Adam’s ministry. “I find great joy in seeing ...


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