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Despite hardships, Katrina's victims express Thanksgiving

11/16/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor   After stuffing down a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, many Americans fall asleep.   That might be just what Mississippians along the Gulf Coast need most as they hold the first Thanksgiving after Hurricane Katrina, said the Rev. Jim Genesse.   “Sometimes the most spiritual...


Drawing a bead on storm relief

11/16/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor A Madison woman stands as a living example of how a small gesture of giving can grow into a big ministry.   Working almost by herself, Mid Purvis has raised about $2,400 for the disaster relief fund at Madison United Methodist Church. Purvis sells crosses she makes from Mardi Gras style beads. All proceeds from the...


Fix own sin, not others

11/16/2005

The Storyteller Rev. Huey Wood   A man walked into a psychiatrist’s office with two fried eggs and a strip of bacon on top of his head. The doctor asked what he could do for him. “Oh, I don’t need anything myself but I have come to talk with you about my neighbor,” the patient said.   First, let me confess that computers were made with zero ...


Like civil rights icon Parks, Mary broke traditions of her time, place

11/16/2005

By Rev. Lamar Massingill   More than 40 years ago, Rosa Parks claimed her human right to sit where she wanted on a bus, and when she sat down, the entire country stood up. Why?   To begin with, she was seated in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Second, most white Southerners who couldn’t let the Civil War go (and some still can’t) lived under ...


Messy mercy and grace

11/16/2005

“Everything feels crazy.  But on small patches of earth, I can see just as much messy mercy and grace as ever. . .”  — Anne Lamott, “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith”   The chaos is lessening a bit, but just a bit.  We continue to live through a remarkable time – a time of challenge, a time of grief, a time of serendipity, a time of rich learning....


Mississippi pastor gives unique view in Unplugged

11/16/2005

By Julie Whitehead Madison County Herald   The Rev. Bert Gary admits that his new book, Jesus Unplugged: Provocative, Raw and Fully Exposed, was a difficult one to write — even though he completed the bulk of the manuscript in a four-week period while serving as a pastor in Flora.   “I’d look up at the clock and it would be 4 in the morning,” Gary ...


Obituaries Nov. 16, 2005

11/16/2005

Rev. Dr. Daniel T. Jackson retired pastor   AMORY — The Rev. Dr. Daniel Timothy Jackson, 97, a retired United Methodist pastor, died Oct. 9, 2005.   Services were held Oct. 17 at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Nelson and the Rev. Steven Owens officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Brown, Cornell Brown, Kenneth Brown, ...


Stand against war as we did racism

11/16/2005

Editor, Remember how The United Methodist Church stood with Rosa Parks and kindred spirits in opposition to the Klan and other like-minded spirits and how proud we were to be part of a church that stood for justice? The almost total silence from the church on the evil of war has had some of us thinking that “the cat must have gotten its tongue,” ...


UM bishops issue appeal for rebuilding after Katrina

11/16/2005

By Tim Tanton United Methodist News Service   LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The United Methodist Church’s bishops are launching an appeal aimed at helping the denomination’s congregations in Louisiana and Mississippi recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.   The Council of Bishops approved the Katrina Church Recovery Appeal during its ...


Woman finds room for victims' pet

11/16/2005

By Alexis Williams Vital Signs   GAUTIER — After Hurricane Katrina, many people stepped up to fill roles they wouldn’t normally hold.   For Singing River Hospital Auxilian Frances Gardner that role included becoming caregiver and adopted grandmother to a displaced patient’s displaced dog, Rusty. When Gardner heard Annie Culota, an evacuee from St. ...


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