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Church Insurance Renewal

11/29/2022

We are pleased to announce that the renewal for the 2023 Property and Casualty Trust (PACT) insurance renewal has been completed. It seems every year gets harder and harder to renew our insurance coverage given loss situations that we have no control over. Our risk manager, A J Gallagher, has done a yeoman’s job for us again this year. Below are ...


Is The UMC Really...?

11/17/2022

At Ask The UMC, we have been answering an increasing number of questions from congregations wondering about the future of The United Methodist Church and whether they should consider disaffiliating from it. Among these have been some recurrent questions that reflect misperceptions or misinformation that some congregations are receiving as they are...


Student Day Scholarships Build Future of Church

11/17/2022

By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant   Jaci Murden. Finances are a major hurdle for many college students. As the cost of a college education rises, many students are looking for opportunities to garner additional funds to offset rising higher education costs. Through the United Methodist Student Day ...


The Circuit Rider: November/December 2022

11/17/2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2022   In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about Mississippi's new episcopal leader-Bishop Sharma Lewis, Thanksgiving memories with the Swansons, highlights from the SEJ Conference, local church resources, registration for the 2023 Gathering and ways to support Mississippi students with the UM Student Day ...


Unique Christian Ministries Celebrates New Beginning

11/17/2022

By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant   Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. delivers the sermon during Unique Ministries chartering. New life has been breathed into the former St. Mary United Methodist Church in New Albany. On Sunday, November 13, at the former St. Mary’s building, Unique Christian Ministries ...


Laity Sunday Celebrations Across the Conference

11/16/2022

By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant   Galloway pastor, Rev. Cary Stockett during their Laity Sunday celebration at Smith Park in Jackson. Laity Sunday 2022 was observed on October 16, with the theme Rise Up and Reveal God’s Grace. The theme scripture was taken from II Timothy 1:8-12. Conference lay ...


Register now for The Gathering 2023

11/16/2022

Hey everybody it's Mike, the youth guy!  Get ready to blast off to the biggest Jesus party of the year. The Gathering 2023 is February 24-25 at Christ UMC in Jackson. This year’s theme is “Out Of This World."  We have Newsboys United and Phil Joel is back leading worship. Big Al and DJ Blaha will be back for another year. We are thrilled to ...


Announcing Mississippi’s New Episcopal Leader

11/4/2022

By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist   Please join with the Mississippi Delegation in welcoming Bishop Sharma Lewis as the next episcopal leader of the Mississippi Area. Bishop Lewis’ tenure will begin January 1, 2023.   Bishop Sharma D. Lewis currently serves as the resident bishop of the Richmond Episcopal area, and became the first ...


Mississippi’s Connie Shelton Elected Bishop

11/3/2022

By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton gives post-election remarks. Photo courtesy of Ben Smith. Rev. Dr. Connie Mitchell Shelton, district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern ...


Swanson’s Sermon Uplifts SEJ Conference

11/2/2022

By: Matthew Johnson. Connectional and Communications Assistant Episcopal leader of the Mississippi Area, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. preaches opening worship.  On Wednesday, November 2, the 2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional, SEJ, Conference convened at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. As the elder bishop ...


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