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Draw on ancestors' strength in hard times

1/18/2006

By Charles Westbrook Editor’s Note: The “International Bible Lesson Commentary” was used as a primary source for these lessons. Feb. 5 Be True To Your Christian Heritage Purpose: To exhort us to thank God for our legacy of faith by embracing his holy call on our lives. Bible Lesson:  2 Timothy 1 Key Verse:  “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a ...


Good news, radiant possibility

1/18/2006

“We have never before seen anything like this!”                                                                 – Mark 2:12 In January and February, I am embarking on a journey, gathering with clergy in each district to learn together from the gospel of Mark. In my ministry experience, the lectionary is a continual means of grace, carrying us ...


Hoosiers to build center in D'Iberville

1/18/2006

By Daniel R. Gangler Special to the Advocate INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Michael J. Coyner and the North and South Indiana Conferences of The United Methodist Church announce a volunteer-in-mission project to build a volunteer center in D’Iberville, Miss. The project is being organized with both Indiana conferences, the Seashore District of the ...


Moments spent in God's kingdom

1/18/2006

Some imprints on one’s life are indelible. Two indelible imprints on my life are the Civil rights movement of the 1960s and my service as an Army chaplain in Vietnam. Many experiences deemed by me as very crucial in times of crisis, are seeing those who offered their lives for causes larger and nobler than themselves. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ...


Obituaries, 1/18/06

1/18/2006

Ina Merle Gaskin Beatty homemaker PULASKI — Ina Merle Gaskin Beatty, 84, a homemaker died Jan. 9, 2006, at home. Services were held Jan. 11 at New Goodhope Baptist Church in Pulaski with burial in the church cemetery. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest handled arrangements. Mrs. Beatty was the mother of the Rev. Leo Beatty, pastor of Louin and Read...


On holy ground: Friends remember Gulfside

1/18/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor WAVELAND — A refuge. A place of inspiration. A place for fellowship. Holy ground. All those descriptions were applied to Gulfside United Methodist Assembly when an estimated 150 people gathered Jan. 7 for a service of remembrance for the facility that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. “When the Mississippi ...


Revival to focus on facing life's storms

1/18/2006

The Rev. Guss Shelly knows a thing or two about storms. Pastor of Gulfport First United Methodist, Shelly had been scheduled to preach in a revival at Madison United Methodist before Hurricane Katrina derailed plans. He is currently living in a camper parked in his driveway while home repairs are under way. About 122 families — a third of the ...


Search resumes for conference youth leader

1/18/2006

Special to the Advocate Efforts to fill a conference staff position relating to youth ministries are back on track after being delayed by Hurricane Katrina. John Moore, director of Connectional Ministries, met with the Conference Council on Youth Ministries the weekend of Jan. 6-7 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman. He said that the application ...


SoSA leader says thanks for welcome

1/18/2006

Editor, I would like to thank, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church for their prayers, suggestions, help and financial support in opening a regional office for The Society of St. Andrew in Mississippi. I would also like to thank all you who have so warmly welcomed me to my new position as the ...


Mississippi Conference to work on innovative ministries in '06

1/4/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Christian ministry will take many forms in 2006, but one factor will continue to shadow the Mississippi Conference during the next year — Hurricane Katrina. Five focus areas were introduced to the conference during 2005, and many ministries have been geared toward emphasizing those areas: health and wellness; ...


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