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Re-engaging Young Families During the Pandemic

11/23/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted various aspects of how parishioners participate in their congregations ranging from worship to small groups. Some young adults and their children have returned to other in-person activities but not yet to faith communities. Click here or on the image below to watch Rev. Trey Skaggs, pastor at Indianola First ...


November 20 Pandemic Task Team Update

11/20/2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ, Unfortunately, we have passed the milestone of a quarter of a million deaths caused by the coronavirus nationally, and over 3,600 of those deaths are Mississippians. Not only have we not flattened the curve, but also the number of new cases, deaths and long-term care outbreaks continue to rise. This pandemic has ...


Mississippi Conference Benevolence Directory

11/19/2020

“The Mission Continues” has been the theme for The Mississippi Annual Conference for this year and will continue to be the theme as we move into 2021. It is a powerful message for all of us as we are living in times of the coronavirus pandemic and divisions among us that seem to grow daily. But we serve a God of hope and on-going possibilities for ...


The Swansons' Thanksgiving Reimagined

11/18/2020

Thanksgiving, for many of us, will look very different this year, but that doesn't mean we don't have an abundance of reasons to give God thanks. Watch (or download) this Thanksgiving message from my family to the Mississippi Conference here.  "Like" Bishop Swanson on Facebook at Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.   Get quick tips and information to ...


Dec. 1 Bishop Speaks at Gammon 137th Founders' Day

11/16/2020

FROM GAMMON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: Atlanta, GA - Gammon Theological Seminary is the United Methodist constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), a consortium of six historically African American theological schools. On December 1, 2020, Gammon will celebrate its 137th year of service to the Church and community. This ...


The Circuit Rider: Winter 2020

11/15/2020

In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about ways you can help Mississippi Conference Disaster Response and view the November Pandemic Task Team Update. Also, mark you calendars for upcoming deadlines, events and giving opportunities. Read about these happenings and more by clicking on the image below. You can also download the PDF of this ...


Don’t Stop – Embrace the “New” Normal

11/13/2020

By Jane Horstman, Regional Director and Database Manager The coronavirus may be the greatest technological accelerator in recent history. Now that we’re over the initial shock, it’s time to reevaluate and make plans for permanently sustaining online ministries – even when our doors are open.   Every church is vital in our mission to make disciples...


Generosity and The United Methodist Church

11/13/2020

I ask that you ponder my personal responses to these four questions about generous giving in The United Methodist Church. Please develop your own responses and follow it up by generous actions. Why do we give? God loved. God gave. We love. We give. We give because God’s abundance is the source of our joy. We cannot out give God. Do you know the ...


Looking at Leadership with New Eyes

11/13/2020

By Jane Horstman, Regional Director and Database Manager The office of faith community formation is helping to reframe the way in which leadership is viewed and taught within the Mississippi Conference.   In an effort to help equip both clergy and laity to do whatever God is calling them to do, faith community formation has brought together new ...


November Pandemic Task Team Update

11/13/2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ, We have now entered our eighth month on this coronavirus pandemic journey together, and the road has been long. We have all given up so much of what we are accustomed to in order to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors. We are people of faith and of hope and we give thanks for progress with ...


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