Reflections: Self-reflection on Discipleship


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2021 Friends, It is ever so important as we face the ever-increasing frequency of wars and rumors of wars, economic collapses, extreme flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters—all in the middle of a global pandemic, that we remember to focus our gifts and time on the task at hand, and that ...

Boy Scouts of America Update


I send to you blessings and greetings as we approach this 18th Sunday after the celebration of Pentecost –The Coming of the Gift of The Holy Spirit. The gospel text for this Sunday is Mark 9:38-50. It is this verse—Mark 9:42 that catches my attention: “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better ...

Celebrate Children's Sabbath


By Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Children’s Sabbath, observed world-wide the second Sunday in October, allows churches to recognize children’s contributions in the body of Christ and the challenges children face around the world. The day is capped off with a special offering benefiting mission agencies that ...

Conference Treasurer’s Notes


Greetings Friends! I have a lot to share with you as we enter the last quarter of 2021. The Mississippi Conference Administry Department (Ministry of Administration) has been busy over the summer getting ready to close out one year and move into another one. I hope the following information is helpful to you. Board of Medical Benefits Active Clergy...

Connecting Communities to Abundant Health: Seashore District Spotlight


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist   Two Seashore District churches make sure that ‘The Mission Continues’ with outreach and ministry by hosting vaccination sites in their communities. H.A. Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Wiggins, Miss. and Vancleave United Methodist Church in Vancleave, Miss. both recently partnered with ...

Disaster Update from New Conference Coordinator Brandon Halford


By Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Supplies collected for Louisiana storm victims Photo courtesy Brandon Halford  Now that the threat of another category 4 hurricane has passed, Mississippians along the Gulf Coast are breathing a sigh of relief. Hurricane Ida landed August 29 leaving significant damage to ...

The Circuit Rider: September 2021


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2021   In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month and Children’s Sabbath, Advent outreach resources and how two churches connected their communities to vaccination opportunities.   Also, mark your calendars for upcoming deadlines, events and giving opportunities. Read ...

Mission Grants Available Through Oct.31


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2021 Apply now for the 2021 Connectional Ministries Mission Grants. These matching grants are available to United Methodist churches. Grants typically range from $250 to $2,500 per project. Extraordinary applications for up to $5,000 will be considered. The purpose of the grants is to help form spiritual ...

2022 AC Session Announcement


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2021   The 2022 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference will begin Wednesday, July 13 and conclude Friday, July 15, and will be held at the BancorpSouth Arena located at 375 E. Main Street in Tupelo. Saturday, July 16 will include a worship service and a recognition of Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. and the ...

Reflections A Member vs. A Christian


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2021   Grace and peace,   Do you know the difference between a member and a Christian that has committed to a life of discipleship? A disciple is continuously committing to growing in Christ and leaving elements of their life that do not support their walk with Christ behind.   It is great to be a member of a ...

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