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 of United Methodist ministers.


“We have established these new scholarships to emphasize just how much we want our Mississippi Methodist students at Millsaps,” President Frances Lucas said. “As a United Methodist college, we know that our United Methodist students will receive the best education possible plus the added value of a campus community committed to Wesleyan principles.


“Three commitments of Wesleyan theology are evident at Millsaps. First is the commitment to intellectual growth and academic freedom; second, the connection of the life of the mind with the habits of the heart, and third, Wesley’s commitment to serve the least, the lost and the last.


“At Millsaps, we are committed to helping our students not only master specific discipline areas but also to find their own spiritual voice,” Lucas said. 


She emphasized the value of a small, church-related college where United Methodist students are encouraged to ask “Who am I?” and “Whose am I?” and where their relationship with The United Methodist Church will enrich their lives as servant leaders in their communities.


Applications for the new scholarships, as well as other United Methodist scholarships available from general agencies of the church, are available in the Office of Admissions and can be found at the Millsaps website,


Hurricane Katrina recovery team to get new leader; 2 join staff


Leadership of the Mississippi Conference’s long-term response to Hurricane Katrina continues to take shape.


Col. Buddy Scott of Meridian has resigned as executive director of disaster recovery ministries, expressing his conviction that the effort is best led by someone living on the gulf coast. “We are grateful to Col. Scott for his leadership in the early phase of the disaster response,” Ward said.


Ed Blakesley, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Gulfport, will convene a group of lay and clergy leaders as the conference takes the next steps forward. Blakesley is a retired executive of Mississippi Power and an active leader in the disaster recovery effort through Trinity UMC.


Also, two regional directors have been named. Terry Hilliard will serve as regional director for western coastal counties for disaster relief. Dena Parker will serve as Laurel/Hattiesburg regional director. They join Elijah Mitchell, middle coastal counties director.


Lee Burdine of Columbus has been elected chair of the Disaster Recovery Advisory Board. The board will help manage the long-term recovery effort. Burdine has been active in disaster response in the Starkville District.


Miss. Conference begins walk toward wellness with workshop


The Mississippi Conference began taking steps to become more healthy when it held its first Health and Wellness Conference.


The event was held Oct. 29 at Alta Woods United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Some 65 people attended the conference, including Neils French of Methodist Health Systems in Memphis. Health screening was provided by Community Outreach for Health Awareness (COHA, INC).


The conference was a result of the 2005 Annual Conference adopting five foci, with health and wellness as one target area. The conference gave persons an opportunity to answer a call to health and wellness ministries.


Presenters and their topics included:

  • Mary Gauderau, field staff consultant for United Methodist Committee on Relief, Calming after the Storm
  • Catherine Cheney, RN, of Jackson, Baptist Healthy System Congregational/Parish Nurse Program
  • The Rev. Todd Watson of Jackson, Baptist Healthy System Congregational/Parish Nurse Program
  • The Rev. Chris Cumbest of Alta Woods, health clinics
  • Dr. Barry Click of Samaritan Counseling Center, “Co-Creating a Healthier Church”
  • Ruth A. Williams of Mississippi Access benefits coordinator, “The Medicare Modernization Act”
  • Holly Stoddard, MS, RD, LD, “Appropriate Nutrition and Exercise”
  • The Rev. John Moore, Mississippi Conference director of Connectional Ministries, case management related to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

“I believe that this was an excellent opportunity for our conference to respond to the foci of health and wellness. This will help our annual conference fulfill God’s call of being holistic (body, mind, spirit and relational),” said the Rev. Embra K. Jackson, administrative assistant to the bishop, who coordinated and facilitated the workshop.


The conference concluded with participants invited to volunteer to serve on an annual conference, district or local church health and wellness task force. Organizational meetings of these groups will be held in the near future.


Camping Ministries offering vital to helping restore 4 facilities


Scheduled for two weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the 2005 Camping Ministries Offering received little attention as our Mississippi Conference scrambled to get storm relief efforts underway, addressing the basic survival needs of God’s children in coastal and other affected areas.


Katrina’s destructive forces caused extensive damage to all four United Methodist-related camping institutions within the bounds of the Mississippi Conference. While both Camp Lake Stephens and Wesley Pines received some damage to cabins and administrative buildings, each was able to house and feed evacuees for the next several weeks. However, Gulfside Assembly in Waveland took the brunt of the storm, and Seashore Assembly in Biloxi also endured massive storm surge. Gulfside was flattened with all buildings destroyed; Seashore (and related ministries at Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church and Arlean Hall) received major damage to three buildings, but quickly became a feeding center offering meals to storm-ravaged victims when no other help could reach the coast. These last two facilities in particular need help if they are to make a comeback.


What can you do?

  • Receive the Camping Ministries Offering some time before the end of the year and forward it to the conference treasurer. Make participation in this annual offering a habit each year – next year on Sept. 10.
  • Watch for forthcoming plans on the rebuilding efforts at Gulfside and Seashore assemblies and plan to participate through capital gifts and volunteer opportunities.
  • Support special efforts by the jurisdiction and general church, including the appeal from the Council of Bishops, to regenerate the fine work of these institutions.
  • Come to camp! Information about camping opportunities within the bounds of the annual conference will be coming in the early spring.

Cards offer way to share thoughts at Christmas, help ‘least of these’


The first gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ, was given with love. God asks us to share that love with everyone – not just our family and friends, but with the poor, the hungry, the unlovable.  Each Christmas we take great pains to find just the right gift for each person on our list. But what do we do for “the least of these” that Jesus spoke of?


One way to share the love God gave us that first Christmas is to feed the hungry by taking part in alternative Christmas card program offered by the Society of St. Andrew.

When you make a donation to the Society of St. Andrew to feed the hungry in the name of special people in your life, that national nonprofit hunger-relief organization will send your honorees an exclusively designed Christmas card announcing your “gift.”


Every year the United States wastes enough food to feed every one of the more than 36 million Americans, including 13 million children, who do not get enough to eat.  The Society of St. Andrew strives every day to keep pace with the need for food by the poor and unemployed.  You can help meet that need through the society’s Christmas Card Gift Donation program. With each $10 gift donation, you honor a special person in your life and help feed 1,000 hungry people.


The Christmas card was designed specifically for the Society of St. Andrew by Annis McCabe, a prominent Virginia artist. 


Orders can be placed by phone 800-333-4597, fax 434-299-5949 or online via email ( or secure web site ( Send mail orders with donation to the Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island, VA  24526. Orders should be received by Dec. 1 to ensure delivery by Christmas.


Minimum gift donation for each card is $10. Be sure to provide: Names and addresses of your recipients and how you want each card signed; your name, address, daytime phone number and email; if charging to your VISA, MasterCard or American Express, provide your account number and expiration date. Checks should be made payable to the Society of St. Andrew.


Pianist to perform at Millsaps as part of Bell Concert Series


Pianist Melvin Chen will bring his noted technique and musicianship to Millsaps College in this season’s third installment of the distinguished Bell Concert Series.


The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Recital Hall of the Ford Academic Complex. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students with valid ID.


Chen’s performance will include Beethoven’s Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3, Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, Three Preludes by Gershwin and Shostakovich’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 61.


Chen completed a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University, and also holds a double master’s degree from the Juilliard School in piano and violin, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin and Glenn Dicterow, respectively. At Juilliard, he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Jacob Javits Fellowship, as well as the William Petschek Piano Scholarship and the Ruth D. Rosenman Memorial Scholarship.


Previously, he attended Yale University, receiving a bachelors in chemistry and physics. Upon graduation, he was awarded the New Prize by the fellows of Jonathan Edwards College. During his tenure at Yale, he studied with Boris Berman, Paul Kantor and Ida Kavafian.


A native of Tennessee, Chen is recognized as an important young artist, having received acclaim for performances throughout the United States and abroad. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at major venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.


For information on the Bell Concert Series, contact Linda Nix at 601-947-1422 or 


General agency offers grants to support older adult ministries


The United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries has limited funding for grants available in older adult ministry. The grants are to assist United Methodist congregations, districts, and annual conferences (including UM-related institutions such as nursing homes, etc.) in developing and implementing older adult ministries. 


Grant applications must be submitted on or before Jan. 15 for grant year 2006. The maximum amount of any single grant awarded is up to $2,500. For additional information and a grant application, contact: Teri Kline Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries General Board of Discipleship PO Box 340003 Nashville, TN 37203-0003; call toll-free 1-877-899-2780 extension 7177; fax 615-340-7071 or e-mail


To download a copy of the Older Adult Ministry Grant application visit


Conference to ask state’s high court to remove judge from suit


An attorney for the Mississippi Conference plans to ask the state Supreme Court to remove Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green from hearing a Maryland woman’s $10 million lawsuit against the former pastor of Anderson United Methodist Church and the conference.


The court ruled in September it was premature for the conference to seek Green’s removal since she had not ruled on a motion for her recusal. Green late last month rejected the conference’s request.


Statements in Green’s order show she’s favoring the plaintiff, attorney Joseph Lotterhos told The Clarion-Ledger.


The woman accused Jeffrey Stallworth, former pastor of Anderson UMC, of sexually assaulting her during an August 2001 stay at her Maryland home. In a plea bargain agreement, Stallworth pleaded guilty in 2002 to a fourth-degree misdemeanor sexual offense. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.


The conference, Anderson United Methodist Church and Stallworth are defendants in the woman’s lawsuit. Stallworth filed a counter lawsuit against the woman, and both cases were combined.


Stallworth is no longer affiliated with Anderson UMC, nor is he affiliated with the Mississippi Conference.

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