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Fritchey eager to begin battle against hunger

12/7/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Efforts to feed the hungry in Mississippi received a boost this month with the hiring of a regional director for the Society of St. Andrew to work in the state. Bob Fritchey was scheduled to spend this week at SoSA’s offices in Big Island, Va., and then arrive in Mississippi by Dec. 12. The Society of St. Andrew is...


Letters to the Editor: Not everyone who cares can travel to assist victims

12/7/2005

  Editor, The letter by Rev Van Carpenter in the Nov. 2 Advocate was a thoughtful word describing both the anguish of hurricane victims and the quality caring by individuals and church groups following Hurricane Katrina. The morning-after folks’ loving presence and their open hearts seem to have been just the right prescription for the despair and ...


Member establishes impressive attendance mark at Getwell Road

12/7/2005

While most people were just waking up on Nov.13 to another ordinary Sunday, Don Johnson was preparing for a record-breaking morning. When he stepped into the sanctuary of Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven that morning, it was for the 1,000th consecutive time. Johnson and his wife, Billie, are among the handful of people who helped ...


Mississippi, churches chock full of unsung heroes

12/7/2005

The problem with unsung heroes is inherent in the name. They mostly go unsung. The high-profile types get a lot of credit — all deserved — for helping others. There are tens of thousands of unrewarded heroes out there who fall between the cracks. Not as long as I can help it. There are also many unsung heroes in the culinary world. Hattiesburg’s ...


Obituaries 12/7/05

12/7/2005

Rev. Truman D. Brooks retired pastor OLIVE BRANCH – The Rev. Truman Darnell Brooks, 84, a retired United Methodist minister, died Nov. 21, 2005, at Methodist University Hospital. Services were held Nov. 25 at Senatobia First United Methodist Church. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch handled arrangements. Rev. Brooks served churches in West ...


Pianist finds place to serve God following storm

12/7/2005

By Lucy Weber Madison County Herald MADISON — Jonathan Szymanski found refuge from Hurricane Katrina at a piano in Madison. The temporary Madison resident is making the best of a bad situation by offering his musical talents at local weddings, in recitals around town and every week at Madison United Methodist Church. The rest of his family has ...


Picture affirms volunteer efforts in Katrina cleanup

12/7/2005

 A Devotion By Murrie Lee Picture affirms volunteer efforts in Katrina cleanup   Scripture: Psalm 90:17 After responding to gentle nudges from God and hearing my pastor say, “God is not interested in our ability but in our availability,” I recently participated in a mission work team that spent a week in Biloxi, Miss. Upon our safe arrival at the ...


Prayer quilts illustrate concern of Calif. church

12/7/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Folks along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast are covered in prayer as they work to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The covering is both spiritual and, to a degree, literal. Among the many gifts of aid sent to the Mississippi Conference since the storm slammed into the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 is a prayer quilt...


UMCOR assists hurricane recovery in 13 states; donations top $24 million

12/7/2005

New York, NY (GBGM) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is assisting recovery in 13 states either directly affected by 2005 hurricanes or hosting hurricane evacuees. Some $24 million has so far been contributed by church members and friends for Advance #982523, Hurricanes 2005. Still more effort and more funds will be required to ...


Youth take Christmas spirit to Coast

12/7/2005

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor   WAVELAND – Brightly wrapped packages are just part of the Christmas scene. United Methodist Youth made sure some victims of Hurricane Katrina don’t miss out on at least that part of Christmas this year.   About 40 youth from around the Mississippi Conference on Dec. 3 delivered nearly 200 “Christmas boxes” to ...


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