United Methodists find spiritual riches, tools in 'Narnia'


By Josh Tinley (UMNS) When C.S. Lewis published his first children's book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, in 1950, friends and critics alike feared that the popular theologian had made a poor career move. More than 50 years later, Lion and the six other novels known collectively as "The Chronicles of Narnia" are Lewis' best-known and most ...

Celebrate the Light: Gulfside, January 7, 2006


“John was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.” — John 1:8  On Jan. 7, we will bear testimony to the light of Christ shining in darkness. You are invited to gather at 1 p.m. on the site of Gulfside Assembly in Waveland. I will be present along with representative bishops from across The United Methodist Church, Gulfside leaders,  the...

Evacuees find refuge at church home in Houlka


By Pat Burgess Chickasaw Journal HOULKA - On Aug. 20 when Rod Scheidel realized that Hurricane Katrina was heading to the area, he sent his family consisting of great nephew Donald, Kira, and 7-month-old great-great niece Anayah to Wiggins to safety. He decided he would stay in Bay St. Louis in their townhouse and ride out the storm to protect ...

Fritchey eager to begin battle against hunger


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Efforts to feed the hungry in Mississippi received a boost this month with the hiring of a regional director for the Society of St. Andrew to work in the state. Bob Fritchey was scheduled to spend this week at SoSA’s offices in Big Island, Va., and then arrive in Mississippi by Dec. 12. The Society of St. Andrew is...

Letters to the Editor: Not everyone who cares can travel to assist victims


  Editor, The letter by Rev Van Carpenter in the Nov. 2 Advocate was a thoughtful word describing both the anguish of hurricane victims and the quality caring by individuals and church groups following Hurricane Katrina. The morning-after folks’ loving presence and their open hearts seem to have been just the right prescription for the despair and ...

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 ...

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