Director Looks Forward to First Camp Season


By: Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford has changed the lives of many youths for the better. New executive director Russ Polsgrove was once a youth attending summer camp there. Now as the leader at Camp Lake Stephens, Polsgrove is working to make sure the camp continues to be a peaceful...

Easter 2022: Celebrating the Post Covid Church


By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant For the church, Easter has always been a time of celebrating new beginnings. The hope of a risen Savior combined with the renewal and rebirth brought on by the blossoming of spring provides optimism for better days ahead for many believers. This year is significant, as it ...

National Guardsman chooses amputation to save his life and independence after traumatic car crash


By Lee Catherine Hodges Health and Research News Service   Kendarious Greenwood had been hospitalized for a month. Thirty long days in the hospital were taking a toll on the Canton native. Greenwood felt like the walls of his hospital room were starting to close in on him. The 24-year-old National Guardsman’s body was broken, weak and struggling to...

Reflections: In The Meantime - Esther


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2022 Friends, We're continuing in the series, "In the Meantime," but we're taking a bit of a different turn in this webisode. We've been looking at how to respond "In the Meantime" between hearing a promise from God and the promise coming to fruition. In the Book of Esther, you find that God is not referenced in the...

Bishops Discern paths Forward


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways forward in these changing times.   The bishops affirmed by an overwhelming ...

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Women Answering the Call


By: Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Rev. Ruth Wood, first woman ordained by the Methodist Church in Miss., gives a stole to first women ordained—Rev. Paulette Buford-James during ordination at the 2016 Session of The Mississippi Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Greg Campbell Photography In 1958, ...

Conference Treasurer's Notes: March 2022


Conference Statistics Special thanks to our district statisticians and the pastors for their great job in getting the annual statistics reported. Mitchel Hedgepeth is taking the lead responsibility for the statistics in my office. As of this writing, three districts are 100 percent complete (East Jackson, Meridian and West Jackson). Ninety-three ...

Flowood Clinic Joins Global Launch of Powerful Prosthetic Knee


By Susan Christensen, Health and Research News Service   Ever since he lost his right leg at hip level, Michael Savage has embraced every breakthrough in the field of prosthetic limbs.   So he welcomed the chance to receive the first Ossur Next Generation Power Knee to be fitted and delivered in Mississippi. Michael Savage   As part of a ...

Rust Hosts Youth Faith/Life Balance Summer Program


By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant This summer, on the campus of Rust College in Holly Springs, youth will be learning to keep God at the center of their life and all their future endeavors. Rust will be hosting the Youth Theology Institute. This free summer program, funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., ...

The Circuit Rider: March 2022


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2022   In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Celebrate Women's History Month and read how women clergy are answering the call, find out how you can give to Ukraine through an UMCOR Advance and find Easter worship and outreach resources for your faith community.  Also, mark your calendars for upcoming deadlines, ...

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