Co-Lin enjoys busy spring semester


Special to the Advocate

The month of May brings the winding down of a full spring semester for the students at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesley Foundation and the culmination of the first year as director for the Rev. Ann Kaufman. 

In addition to their weekly Bible studies and special worship services, the Wesley Foundation also had some extra events.

Among the highlights of the spring semester was the Fourth Annual Clergy Cook-off fund raising event in February. With 13 local United Methodist ministers participating and more than 125 people in attendance, the Wesley Foundation raised $2,383 – the largest amount ever! 

Winning the Golden Spatula Award for the most money given for her entrée was the Rev. Lynn Mote, pastor of Sweetwater/New Hope UMCs with $524 in her pledge jar. The second place winner was the Rev. Carl Smith, Beauregard UMC, and third place went to the combined entry of the Rev. John Branning and Stephen Bishop of Crystal Springs UMC.

The main guest speaker for the semester was the Rev. Hong-Sik Yoo, pastor of Liberty UMC in Liberty. As an extension of discussions that began in the fall about taking Christianity for granted in our culture,  Yoo spoke to us about his personal journey to becoming a Christian in a mostly Buddhist family and the personal sacrifices that ensued once he answered the call from God into Christian ministry. The group was also intrigued with Yoo’s assimilation into not only American culture but especially Mississippi culture and was amused by his anecdotes.

The Wesley Foundation continues to search for it’s niche on campus and dreams of a day when the group may have a building to call home where the students would have a place to hang out.  Any Co-Lin alumni who may be interested in helping with this dream is encouraged to contact the treasurer, Pat Lowry, 215 South Railroad Avenue, Brookhaven, MS  39601; 601-833-1456 or e-mail