Foundation Short-Term Rate Rise, Effective Dec. 1


The Investment and Finance Committee of the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation voted November 7, 2017 to raise the interest rate paid on the Short-term Fund from two percent to two and a half percent effective December 1, 2017. The committee made the decision in order to return as much money as possible to your church or ministry. The new ...

Treasurer's Notes: Looking Ahead


From the desk of David Stotts, CPA Treasurer/Director of Finance and Administration and Conference Benefits Officer With Christmas and the New Year comes much Administry work to be done.  I would like to share a few notes with you that I think will help you in the close out of the 2017 year. The renewal of the property and casualty insurance ...

Lake Junaluska Assembly's Statement on Racism


Statement on Racism Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. Board of Trustees Lake Junaluska was established by people of the Christian faith more than 100 years ago and has continued to be led by followers of Jesus Christ throughout its history. People of the Christian faith believe in a God of love. Not only do Christians believe that we are loved by God ...

Joint Statement of Bishops Kopacz, Seage and Swanson


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, We are honored to join with the good people of our state in the celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial, 200 years of statehood. This milestone has already been celebrated in numerous ways across the state, and these celebrations will culminate with the opening of the Museum ...

Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced


Nashville, Tenn.: The Secretary of the General Conference announced today the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The ...

GBHEM Offers UM Students Options for Funding Education


NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 29, 2017 – Student loan debt is not always avoidable for those pursuing higher education. Interest rates for educational loans can vary from lender to lender, and federal student loan interest rates have been increasing year-over-year. Thankfully, United Methodist students do not have to worry about increasing interest ...

Council of Bishops Meeting Update


The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward; elect new officers; and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference among other things. From the president’s address to giving feedback on the interim report of the Commission, the bishops ...

Bishop Discusses Future Security Task Force


Once again, we grieve with our sisters and brothers in Christ who have become victims of evil behavior in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  The kind of grief we feel is the same grief expressed in God’s words to Cain after Cain murdered his brother Abel,    “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ...

Bishop Shares Interim Report from Commission on a Way Forwward


To my sisters and brothers of the Mississippi Episcopal Area, I am currently attending an Active Bishops Learning Retreat that began at the conclusion of our Council of Bishops (COB) Fall Meeting. The majority of our time together during the COB was spent receiving a preliminary report from the Commission on A Way Forward. The official report of ...

Pastoral Letter from the Africa Bishops


To all God’s children called United Methodists in Africa, Grace, peace and love from God our Father and from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who was, who is and who ever shall be. AMEN As we converge here at Lake Junaluska together with our colleague United Methodist Bishops from around the connection for our 2017 November Council of Bishops ...

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