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...

Youth prepare Christmas boxes for coast


Mississippi Conference youth are filling boxes of with wrapping paper, cards, ornaments and other Christmas items to deliver to coast families in need. Youth will deliver the boxes door-to-door Dec. 3. Each Christmas box assembled will also include a home-made Christmas card from the youth group or church that assembled the box.Items included in a ...

Christmas time of righteousness, justice


By Lavelle Woodrick   Dec. 4   Serving Others   Purpose: To help us embody the vision of justice God announced through the servant.   Scripture: Isaiah, chapters 41 and 42   Key Verse:  “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you b the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.”...

Despite hardships, Katrina's victims express Thanksgiving


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor   After stuffing down a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, many Americans fall asleep.   That might be just what Mississippians along the Gulf Coast need most as they hold the first Thanksgiving after Hurricane Katrina, said the Rev. Jim Genesse.   “Sometimes the most spiritual...

Drawing a bead on storm relief


By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor A Madison woman stands as a living example of how a small gesture of giving can grow into a big ministry.   Working almost by herself, Mid Purvis has raised about $2,400 for the disaster relief fund at Madison United Methodist Church. Purvis sells crosses she makes from Mardi Gras style beads. All proceeds from the...

Fix own sin, not others


The Storyteller Rev. Huey Wood   A man walked into a psychiatrist’s office with two fried eggs and a strip of bacon on top of his head. The doctor asked what he could do for him. “Oh, I don’t need anything myself but I have come to talk with you about my neighbor,” the patient said.   First, let me confess that computers were made with zero ...

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