BSA Bankruptcy Affects United Methodist Congregations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2021 Nashville, Tenn.: The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations have a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which dates back more than 100 years. In February 2020, the BSA announced the national organization would file for bankruptcy to allow it to continue carrying on its ...

Methodist Children’s Homes celebrates 125 years of service in Miss.


By Tichina Wilson, MCH Communications Coordinator   Methodist Children’s Homes’ Water Valley location in 1897, housing up to 125 children - photo courtesy MCH Methodist Children’s Homes is celebrating 125 years of bringing hope and healing to hurting children in Mississippi. It all began in 1871 when the Methodist Conference appointed ...

Pastor Singing His Trouble Away Goes Viral


Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant With more than eight thousand views on YouTube, Rev. Haywood Hannah, senior pastor at Greer Chapel United Methodist Church, is a hot new viral Gospel sensation. All due to his fun and catchy new video. “I Can Sing My Troubles Away.” Rev Haywood Hannah  Hannah’s passion for ...

UM Pastor Appointed to Governor’s Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force


By Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Rev. Eddie Spencer, senior pastor at Alta Woods United Methodist Church and Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, has been appointed to the Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force by Governor Tate Reeves. The nonpartisan group is charged with developing policies to improve ...

Reflections: Seasons Part 2


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2021 Grace and peace, Picking up on our last conversation in Seasons Part 1, nature goes through physical seasons. Additionally, God places us in spiritual seasons to grow us. As we look at Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in the English Standard Version (ESV), in all these "times," or seasons, we need to remind ourselves of God...

Pandemic Task Team Update: August 18, 2021


Brothers and sisters in Christ,   When this pandemic began, there were so many unknown variables, so many questions of how do we keep ourselves and each other safe—looking out especially for our most vulnerable neighbors—and still heed the call to go make disciples. We wanted to stop the spread of the virus and we soon knew that our most effective ...

ICE Raids Aftermath: Two Years Later


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents –more commonly known as ICE, raided several work sites in Mississippi in August 2019. Not even a year later, children and families were hit with another destabilizing blow with a global pandemic. It’s been two years since ICE agents arrested approximately 680 people in the largest single-state immigration...

Reflections: Seasons Part 1


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2021 Grace and peace, We are all transitioning into a new season. Some are entering a new season of work. Some are beginning school. Some are experiencing new chapters in life, while others are working through the challenges of bringing certain stages and phases to an end. In this webisode of Reflections, we'll look...

Pandemic Task Team Update: July 28, 2021


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2021   Grace and peace to you, We are in constant prayer for the health of our members and the healing of our nation. The rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant is causing great strain on hospitals and healthcare facilities. We must also keep in consideration the health of children, who haven’t reached vaccination age, ...

Resources Available from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2021 There are two resources that we want to be sure each of you are aware of and hope you will take advantage of offered by and through Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH): Methodist Healthcare Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a designated provider of counseling support for all Mississippi Annual ...

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