Conference Calendar Highlights


This Month

The Orchard, a United Methodist congregation, is hosting its 2008 Women’s Conference featuring Sara Berry teaching her latest study “Stones from the River Jordan.” The event is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 1 at the church in Tupelo. Merissa Rambo and Jenny Hinkle will appear as musical guests. Cost of the event is $15. To reserve tickets or get information, contact Lynnie Walker at the church at or 662-844-3310. Childcare is also available by reservations only by either calling the church. Cost is $5 per child for the entire conference and will include their study material, snacks and lunch on Saturday. Deadline for all childcare reservations is Feb. 27.


Next Month

Seven Springs United Methodist Church in Raymond has scheduled a benefit and blood drive for March 1. Proceed from the event will go to help Christine McAllister-Wardell who has acture myelogenous leukemia (AML). The blood drive runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and the benefit begins at 3 p.m. The church is located at 4668 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154. Donations may be sent to that address. The Rev. James E. Griffin is pastor. For information, call 601-842-2022. 


Mike Wiley will present his one-man play Dar He: The Emmett Till Story about the 1955 murder of 14-year old Emmet Till in Mississippi in three performances in March. The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 2 at Jobe Auditorium on the campus of Delta State University. That will be followed by a 10 a.m. performance at the Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi and a 6 p.m. showing at The Barn, home of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. The performance at Delta State is sponsored by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Year of Delta Heritage at DSU. Wiley performed the play twice in Mississippi last year to rave reviews.


The 2008 One Great Hour of Sharing offering is scheduled for March 2. Gifts from this churchwide special offering underwrite the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s “costs of doing business.” That helps keep its promise that 100 percent of every other gift made to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project-not on home office costs. Offering gifts over and above those used to cover administrative costs are channeled where they’re most needed. UMCOR’s specialized ministries — responding in disaster, fighting hunger, alleviating poverty, providing relief supplies around the world, and offering hospitality to immigrants and refugees-all assist the most vulnerable people whose need is greatest. UMCOR receives no World Service funds or any other apportionments. Your gifts mean it’s right there with hardworking families, people who are affected by storms or war, disaster or disease.