Member establishes impressive attendance mark at Getwell Road


While most people were just waking up on Nov.13 to another ordinary Sunday, Don Johnson was preparing for a record-breaking morning. When he stepped into the sanctuary of Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven that morning, it was for the 1,000th consecutive time. Johnson and his wife, Billie, are among the handful of people who helped ...

Mississippi, churches chock full of unsung heroes


The problem with unsung heroes is inherent in the name. They mostly go unsung. The high-profile types get a lot of credit — all deserved — for helping others. There are tens of thousands of unrewarded heroes out there who fall between the cracks. Not as long as I can help it. There are also many unsung heroes in the culinary world. Hattiesburg’s ...

Obituaries 12/7/05


Rev. Truman D. Brooks retired pastor OLIVE BRANCH – The Rev. Truman Darnell Brooks, 84, a retired United Methodist minister, died Nov. 21, 2005, at Methodist University Hospital. Services were held Nov. 25 at Senatobia First United Methodist Church. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch handled arrangements. Rev. Brooks served churches in West ...

Pianist finds place to serve God following storm


By Lucy Weber Madison County Herald MADISON — Jonathan Szymanski found refuge from Hurricane Katrina at a piano in Madison. The temporary Madison resident is making the best of a bad situation by offering his musical talents at local weddings, in recitals around town and every week at Madison United Methodist Church. The rest of his family has ...

Picture affirms volunteer efforts in Katrina cleanup


 A Devotion By Murrie Lee Picture affirms volunteer efforts in Katrina cleanup   Scripture: Psalm 90:17 After responding to gentle nudges from God and hearing my pastor say, “God is not interested in our ability but in our availability,” I recently participated in a mission work team that spent a week in Biloxi, Miss. Upon our safe arrival at the ...

Prayer quilts illustrate concern of Calif. church


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Folks along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast are covered in prayer as they work to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The covering is both spiritual and, to a degree, literal. Among the many gifts of aid sent to the Mississippi Conference since the storm slammed into the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 is a prayer quilt...

UMCOR assists hurricane recovery in 13 states; donations top $24 million


New York, NY (GBGM) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is assisting recovery in 13 states either directly affected by 2005 hurricanes or hosting hurricane evacuees. Some $24 million has so far been contributed by church members and friends for Advance #982523, Hurricanes 2005. Still more effort and more funds will be required to ...

Youth take Christmas spirit to Coast


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor   WAVELAND – Brightly wrapped packages are just part of the Christmas scene. United Methodist Youth made sure some victims of Hurricane Katrina don’t miss out on at least that part of Christmas this year.   About 40 youth from around the Mississippi Conference on Dec. 3 delivered nearly 200 “Christmas boxes” to ...

Small United Methodist clinic serves large population with AIDS


By Kathy L. Gilbert* HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - Roberta Hupprich arrives at Epworth HIV/AIDS clinic to find the building already full and people waiting for her. Before she can make it to the door, a man stops her and pulls up his pant leg to reveal a seeping sore. She tells him she will try to get him some medicine. Coming from the building is the ...

Millsaps offers more aid to UM students


Millsaps College as established 30 new Methodist Youth Scholarships.   The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each, are for United Methodist students who demonstrate church leadership, community service and financial need. These scholarships are in addition to the Bishops Scholarship, ministerial scholarships and grants given to dependents...

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