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Confirming Our Faith

3/15/2017

       By Ashley Hewitt Roger, Children's Ministry Director, Wells UMC    Photo right:  Wells UMC youth display their stoles at Camp Lake Stephens during the Confirmation Retreat. Each youth decorated his or her stole with scripture, images, and words to remember that God has called each of us individually into a relationship. Photo credit Wells United Methodist Church.   "Her father told her, 'What you promise when you are confirmed is not that you will believe this forever. What you promise ...


Message from the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Lay Delegation

3/15/2017

To clergy and laity of the Mississippi Conference: "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  - Philippians 4:6-7 Due to the fretful time that some Mississippi Conference congregations are having concerning The United Methodist Church, the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation ...


Methodist Le Bonheur Named Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For"

3/15/2017

Submitted to The Circuit Rider   Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare made Fortune Magazine's prestigious list of "100 Best Companies to Work For"® in America, coming in at 92.   The announcement was released in a joint letter signed by Le Bonheur's President and CEO, Michael Ugwueke and Chief Human Resources Office, Carol Ross-Spang. The facility is in Memphis, Tenn.   "We all know that MLH is a special place, and to earn a spot on this list alongside companies that are admired throughout the world,...


Vicksburg UMM Paint House for Homeless Men

3/15/2017

Photo courtesy MS Conference United Methodist Men Facebook.     A house in Vicksburg is being renovated to provide temporary housing for homeless men. United Methodist Men in the area helped paint what will soon become the South Street Safe Place. The Vicksburg Post published an article that explains more about the Methodist connection to the home. Read the story below.   Partnership Brings Ministry to the Homeless By John Surratt, Vicksburg Post   Photo bottom right: Good Shepherd ...


Keith Tonkel Obituary

3/9/2017

Submitted By Wells Memorial United Methodist Church  Keith Tonkel, who preached and lived a message of reconciliation, died Wednesday of complications from throat cancer.  He was 81. For 63 years, 48 of them at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church on Bailey Avenue in Jackson, Miss., Keith Tonkel talked and lived an active ministry of reconciliation — with God and among humans. His message and dedicated service led countless alienated persons back to a belief in God and reaffirmed the faith ...


2017 Pre-conference Briefing for Dates and Locations

3/7/2017

Tuesday, April 18 Hattiesburg and Meridian Districts at Quitman First UMC, 7 p.m.   Saturday, April 22 Tupelo and New Albany Districts at Tupelo First UMC, 10 a.m.   Sunday, April 23 Senatobia District at Sardis UMC, 2 p.m. Greenwood District at Indianola First, 5 p.m.   Monday, April 24 Starkville District at Starkville First UMC, 6 p.m.   Tuesday, April 25 Brookhaven District at Brookhaven First UMC Ministry Center, 6 p.m.     Thursday, April 27 Seashore District at...


'Imagine' for the Weekend

3/1/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right:  Spoken word artist Lo and Big Al the rapper entertain the youth. Photo by Jasmine Haynes. Photo below right: There was no shortage of students willing to assist presenters at The Gathering. Photo by Jasmine Haynes. Photo bottom right: Illusionist Harris "the Third," shocked attendees when he made a table float. Photo by Mark Melvin. A-list presenters used their unique ministry styles to encourage youth ...


Commission on a Way Forward Convenes in Atlanta

3/1/2017

Submitted by United Methodist Communications     The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball led the Commission in discussions of accountability and their covenant, the complexity of the work ahead, and building relationships of trust by going deeper in conversation and understanding. These three values-accountability, complexity, trust-are...


Duggar Leaving Methodist Children's Homes and New CEO Named

3/1/2017

Duggar Leaving Methodist Children's Homes and New CEO Named  Mike Duggar     After four years as CEO of Methodist Children's Homes in Mississippi, Mike Duggar is saying goodbye. In a letter to the MCH family, Duggar talked about his plans and his replacement. Dear MCH Family,       It is with much sadness that I announcement my resignation as your President and CEO. I have recently accepted a position at Lutheran Family and Children Services in Missouri. It has been my greatest joy ...


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

3/1/2017

Submitted by Peter Infanger - Director of Music at First UMC Starkville and Director of the Men of State at Mississippi State University Photo right: Starkville District Superintendent Embra Jackson (left) served as narrator for the Mississippi State University Male Chorus Black History presentation. Photo from Starkville District office. On Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, the Men of State -- the all-male chorus at Mississippi State University -- presented the choral department's annual "Reflect and ...


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