Writer seeks help with Born of Conviction project


Special to the Advocate More than 40 years after a group of Mississippi Methodist pastors took a stand against racial discrimination, a book is being written about the event. Joseph T. Reiff, a religion professor at Emory & Henry College and clergy member of the Holston Annual Conference, is working on a book on the “Born of Conviction” statement ...

Anybody can do anything by help of God


By Lavelle Woodrick   Jan. 1, 2006 Finding Strength to Serve Purpose: To encourage us to give thanks for God’s ability to transform us into servants. Scripture: 1 Timothy, Chapter 1 Key Verse:  “I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He judged me faithful and appointed me to his service.” — 1 Timothy 1:12 New Year...

Bridging Katrina recovery gaps


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor GULFPORT – Many United Methodist churches along the Gulf Coast are engaged in effective recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Ed Blakeslee hopes to work with those churches by providing additional resources and support. Blakeslee is the conference coordinator for the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina ...

Christmas people, greatly blessed


“All who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.”  — Isaiah 61:9 The scriptural theme is clear and continual:  We are blessed to be a blessing. From the moments when Abraham and Sarah heard this good word from God, God’s people have continued to live into this gracious reality. We are blessed that we may bless ...

Group home residents blossom by growing poinsettias


By John Gordon United Methodist News Service SENATOBIA — Bright poinsettia plants, a favorite symbol of Christmas, are not all that grow inside the greenhouses at the Baddour Center. Residents of the group home for mentally challenged adults find growth within themselves as they carefully cultivate thousands of plants, which are sold to churches, ...

Hurricane dominates 2005 events


Analysis by Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Scripture tells us that challenges and difficulties should be seen as opportunities to experience God’s love and strength. As 2005 draws to a close, the Mississippi Conference has seen during the year how true those scriptures are. In fact, that truth will continue to be manifested for years to come as ...

Loving God means we love others


The Storyteller By the Rev. Huey Wood I heard about a fellow who had been stranded on an island for 40 years. Finally, a seaman found him. They were talking and the seaman noticed three small buildings side by side up on top of the hill. The seaman asked what they were. The fellow said, “Well, that one on the top is where I live. And the next one ...

Majestic fairy tale teaches life lessons to children, families


By Phil Boatwright The Movie Reporter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Stars: Tilda  Swinton, Rupert Everett, William Moseley, Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes. Director: Andrew Adamson Rating: PG Some films, such as the Harry Potter, series require you to study the novels in order to comprehend the ...

Michigan child's compassion sparks Christmas toy drive for coast


"And a little child will lead them.." — Isaiah 11:6b By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Madelyn Galbraith might not understand what she has done, nor might children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But rest assured, their parents and friends know. Little Madelyn's concern for children affected by Hurricane Katrina led to a toy drive that will make ...

Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response staff


•  Ed Blakeslee Position: Conference coordinator Contact information: 228-234-7333; Office location: Gulfport Primary responsibilities: Overall responsibility for recovery, working closely with the bishop, Cabinet and director of connectional ministries Background: Retired vice president of Mississippi Power; member of Gulfport ...

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