Buskirk to highlight 2 events at Jackson Briarwood


 On Sept. 29, Jackson Briarwood United Methodist Church plans to host a “Community of Neighbors” outdoor celebration.

Activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with games and activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the inflatable space jump. Seniors will be able to compete at washer toss, and other activities will be available for all of those in between. Those who are so inclined may just sit under the trees and visit with friends. At 5:30 free hamburgers will be served to all. 

At 6:30 everyone will gather for special music, some introductions of neighbors along Briarwood Drive and a challenge to community living from Dr. James Buskirk of Tulsa, Okla.

All of the nine churches that are within a block of this mile-long stretch of Briarwood Drive are being invited to participate. Also invited are all of the businesses in that same area, all residents and any others in the greater Jackson who want to support a neighborhood that is trying to come together in a positive way.T

he next day, Sept. 30, and continuing through Oct., 3, Briarwood UMC will have its fall revival with Buskirk preaching. Buskirk, a pastor for 17 years in Mississippi and Georgia, preached as an evangelist during the three years he was earning his doctorate at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He then served as the first Author J. Moore Chair of Evangelism at Candler. He left Atlanta to become the founding dean of the School of Theology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

He then served for 16 years as the senior minister of Tulsa First UMC, the denomination’s sixth largest church, and the largest in Oklahoma with nearly 9,000 members. Buskirk is retired from the pastorate, teaching evangelism and preaching at Asbury Theology School in Wilmore, Ky., and preaching by invitation in multiple places.

Briarwood UMC welcomes all who would like to attend. The Sunday morning service is at 10:55, and other services are at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Additional information is available at 601-956-4035.