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 ...

Obituaries 12/21/05


Stanley Barnett Landrum, retired pastor PEARL — The Rev. Stanley Barnett Landrum, 80, died Dec. 4, 2005, at  Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Services were held Dec. 7 at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church. Burial was in Lakewood Cemetery in Jackson. Rev. Landrum was born on Jan. 30, 1925 in Walnut Grove. He served in the Mississippi...

Recalling a bittersweet Christmas


As I See It…. By Billy McCord   It was December 1989, and I was assistant superintendent of a large school system in Mississippi. I also had a new Santa suit that my wife had made, and it really looked good. I had played Santa for some Christmas parties in churches and schools and enjoyed doing it. I was invited by the principal of one of the ...

Cumbest to lead church storm recovery


Chris Cumbest has been named coordinator of church recovery for the Mississippi Conference. The appointment will be effective Feb. 1, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward said . The appointment will make possible focused guidance, resourcing and assistance as local churches impacted by Hurricane Katrina move forward in visioning, repair and recovery. Cumbest ...

A year later, tsunami relief efforts are just beginning


By Linda Bloom (UMNS) It began with an undersea earthquake near the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. As news began filtering out Dec. 26, 2004, of the impossibly huge wave that swept shore after shore in that section of the ocean, as video pictures emerged and surviving residents and tourists shakily told their stories, as international news crews ...

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