Disaster Response Update: Easter Severe Weather


  Our prayers are with all those impacted by the Easter Sunday storms. The Mississippi Disaster Response Team is working alongside local churches and agencies in the affected areas to plan our response to the Easter severe weather events of April 12. The COVID-19 restrictions add an additional layer of complexity as we seek to safely serve these ...

2020 AC Session POSTPONED


Grace and peace, In this time of the coronavirus pandemic that brings great uncertainty and great health risks, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. has decided to postpone the 2020 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference. Correspondingly, expect dates, deadlines, special meals and all happenings and publications connected to annual conference to be ...

UM Disaster Response Teams Supply PPE to Hospitals in Need


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, when health care facilities across the country are low on personal protective equipment (PPE), Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response Teams take a multi-regional approach to collecting and distributing needed supplies to hospital staff on the front ...

No Tech--Low Tech


by: Susan Arnold - Missional Hubs     Connect & Care   Hello, friends and partners in ministry,   Connections were an important part of Jesus’ ministry.  Jesus connected with each of the disciples in a unique way, and was always connected with God.  Can you think of ways that Jesus connected with others in ministry?  If we take time to think ...

Still Called to be The Church


Brothers and sisters in Christ, Click on the image below and watch this video as I share my thoughts on how we continue to be the church, even though we cannot gather in person. I dive into matters related to worship, finances, small groups and seeing our current climate as an opportunity for innovation in this season.   Here's some additional ...

Funds Available to Churches Through CARES Act


Greetings, I write to inform you of monies that are now available to your church due to the recent passing of the stimulus package known as the CARES Act. While we do not like to encourage you to borrow funds for normal operating expenses, it appears that this loan can most likely become a grant to you, if you follow all the guidelines. As I ...

Louisville First UMC Update March 2020


Greetings Mississippi Conference, As an update, I would like to share with you the latest development surrounding the United Methodist Church in Louisville, Mississippi. All parties have agreed to a property and financial settlement including a non-disclosure agreement. Therefore, we are all legally bound to keep the details of the settlement ...

Urgent Request from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


Dear Friends of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities have been asking how they can help.  The most important thing you can do right now is to remain safely in your homes and continue to practice social distancing on the occasions that you have to venture out.  While you are home, however, ...

A Personal Note to Mississippi United Methodists


To the people called United Methodists that dwell in the state of Mississippi, I cannot think of a better greeting than the one used by Paul to speak to the church in Phillippi:   “May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you ...

Bishops mourn Rev. Lowery, beloved pastor and Dean of Civil Rights Movement


Rev. Lowery's book, a collection of his speeches and sermons, was published by Abingdon Press in 2011   Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, a retired minister in The United Methodist Church and an activist in the American civil rights movement, died Friday, March 27, 2020. He served as the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ...

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