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Easter Sunday - Pauses for Lent

4/21/2019

UNDEFEATED   “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, "Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?" When they ...


Day 40 - Pauses for Lent - Die

4/20/2019

“DIE”   “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,  it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  John 12:24   These springtime days in Mississippi are constant reminders of life that comes after death.  Looking around our gardens we see blooming redbud, dogwood, spirea, iris, spring ...


Day 39 - Pauses for Lent - Gethsemane

4/19/2019

My first year at Duke Divinity School, my husband and I did what every good southerner does, we went to the first home football game of the season.  When we got there we soon learned that Duke had not won a football game in the past 3 years and unlike the basketball games where you have to camp out for even a chance at a ticket, all you really ...


Day 38 - Pauses for Lent - Prune

4/18/2019

 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes that it may bear more fruit.  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it ...


Day 36 - Pauses for Lent - Stranger

4/16/2019

Stranger “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35 It was sometime between 1983 and 1986 and I was sitting in the choir loft of the church I attended in Nashville, TN while attending Vanderbilt Divinity School.  It was a “normal” Sunday service, until he walked in.  “He” was a person who, by the looks of him, lived on the streets.  He ...


Day 35 - Pauses for Lent - Judge

4/15/2019

Pauses for Lent –Day 35 –Judge “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7: 1-2 I have three teenagers in my house, and a nine year old who acts like he is sixteen.  If I had to say my children had a favorite scripture it would be ...


Palm Sunday - Pauses for Lent

4/14/2019

Mark 11:1-11   Palm Sunday: today marks the beginning of the biggest week of the year in Christiandom. It certainly is an exciting time when you reflect on all the events that transpired in Christian history this week - the triumphal entry, the last Supper, the prayer and betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, the questioning, the beating, the ...


Day 34 - Pauses for Lent - Light

4/13/2019

I Saw the Light "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  John 8:12   I recently returned from an amazing experience in Israel! It was my first trip there.  Thirty two of us, many of that number from our church, spent a little over a week exploring this sacred land.   I was ...


Day 33 - Pauses for Lent - Pray

4/12/2019

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 NIV   As a youth, I attended Vaiden High School in Vaiden, Mississippi. One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Van Simpson.  Mr. Simpson gave us a Geometry exam ...


Day 32 - Pauses for Lent - Temptation

4/11/2019

Temptations …..  --Yet he did not sin.   When we think of temptation, we may think of David’s weakness when he sees Bathsheba for the first time. Another thought would possibly be of Adam and Eve’s failure in the garden, when they decided to believe the serpent rather than God himself. We may even think of Esau’s moment of weakness, when Jacob his ...


Day 31 - Pauses for Lent - Body

4/10/2019

BODY Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NRSV)   “The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy soul and body unto everlasting ...


Day 30 - Pauses for Lent - Money

4/9/2019

Money “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”  1 Timothy 6:10 NRSV   “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21 NRSV   “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one ...


Day 29 - Pauses for Lent - Serve

4/8/2019

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.   My favorite memories of Asbury UMC in rural Prentiss County Mississippi is rising at 5:00 AM on...


Day 28 - Pauses for Lent - Enemies

4/6/2019

Matthew 5:44 – 45 – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”   Wow.  Love your enemies?  Pray for those who persecute you?  Sounds outrageous, doesn’t it? But that is what Jesus said to do.  Moreover, that is what Jesus modeled for his disciples and for us. I ...


Day 27 - Pauses for Lent - Sin

4/5/2019

SIN   “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8   Businesses seduce us into buying their products by affirming that “the customer is always right.”  This sales tactic appeals to the shadow side of us that believes that we are first above everything and everyone else.     Unfortunately, this “me first” ...


Day 26 - Pauses for Lent - Free

4/4/2019

Free “The truth will make you free.” John 8:32   We all teach our children that we should always tell the truth, but then we teach them things that just aren’t true.  Ever tell a child; “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?”  We all know that’s just not true.  Words hurt.  We know that but are trying to convince the ...


Day 25 - Pauses for Lent - Way

4/3/2019

Way “I am the way…” John 14:6   If you ask me how to get to the nearest McDonalds in the area where I live, I can show you the way to get there. If you ask me how to start a vehicle I can show you the way to start it. But all I can do is show you the way. Jesus did not come just to show us a way into the Kingdom. Jesus came and said “I am the way.”...


Day 24 - Pauses for Lent - But

4/2/2019

Pauses for Lent: but “Everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16   but….a tiny word really, useful primarily as a conjunction. I’m wondering how many of you remember Schoolhouse Rock and the segment called “Conjunction Junction.” It was a cute cartoon series on Saturday mornings aimed at teaching children ...


Day 23 - Pauses for Lent - Wept

4/1/2019

W E P T   My first thought when I saw these letters was what radio or television station is this.  Then I read that this is in reference to the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.”  John 11:35.  Interpretation is a matter of “sizt en leben” or situation in life.  We all interpret from our present perspective.   Psalm 14:1 “Fools say in their ...


Day 22 - Pauses for Lent - Rest

3/30/2019

“…and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11.28 I asked Grace Bennett what she might draw based on this passage and the word “rest.”  The drawing above and the one at the end of this post are her artistic expressions of the good news of rest in Jesus.     Fatigue ambushes us when we work too hard, when we get up too early and go to bed too late, when...


Day 21 - Pauses for Lent - Peace

3/29/2019

PEACE   "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”  John 14:27   Have you ever been shaken with fear, anxiety or disappointment? Have you ever received bad news? A discouraging word? Maybe missed a possibility you were hoping?   We have all had marvelous opportunities to fret and worry.   But the one who walks with the Lord and keeps his trust ...


Day 20 - Pauses for Lent - Forgiven

3/28/2019

The “F” word--Forgiven That’s a scary thought for a title; the “F” word. It’s really a scary word too. It’s a word that’s easy for us to say but a bit more difficult word for us to practice. It’s a word we all pray for, if not every day, at least every week; “…forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” The ironic thing is, we pray it...


Day 19 - Pauses for Lent - Poor

3/27/2019

“Poor”   Jesus didn’t own a home. He stayed at his friend’s wife’s mom’s house.    He did not have a grave plot to be buried in. He had to borrow one!   He walked everywhere he went, except one time on that donkey.    Jesus was poor?    Was he impoverished? Underprivileged? Low-income? Itinerant?    Do you know anyone who has to walk everywhere? ...


Day 18 - Pauses for Lent - Listen

3/26/2019

“Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak…”  James 1:19   To “listen” seems like a simple proposition doesn’t it? In principle it is, however; in practice, well…most of us could use some improvement.  The word listen is both a verb and a noun, with the verb meaning to “give ear”.  As a noun it means, “an act of listening”.  In my humble ...


Day 17 - Pauses for Lent - Treasure

3/25/2019

Today's video reflection on "Treasure" is from Rev. Andy Stoddard, Senior Pastor of Saint Matthew's UMC in Madison.  


Day 16 - Pauses for Lent - World

3/23/2019

World The world is smaller than it has ever been. In an instant, we can know what’s happening on the far side of the globe. You can maintain close connections with friends 2 blocks or 2 continents away. Our kids can follow every move of their favorite celebrity’s life on Instagram.   And that means we can see the darkness and violence of the world ...


Day 15 - Pauses for Lent - Peacemaker

3/22/2019

Peacemaker A guided meditation using a Lenten devotion from Henri J.M. Nouwen’s From Fear to Love   “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Matthew 5:44   One of the core messages of the Gospels is "Love your enemies." When we're dealing with our own needs, anxieties and fears, we tend to divide the world into enemies and ...


Day 14 - Pauses for Lent - Time

3/21/2019

TIME FOR GOD Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.                                             We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20 “In my life right now, it is God’s time for…” me to… Take Time to Be Holy Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him ...


Day 13 - Pauses for Lent - Water

3/20/2019

WATER    “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14   We recently traveled to the mountains. The high altitude and low humidity threw my body into a ...


Day 12 - Pauses for Lent - Bread

3/19/2019

BREAD   “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11   It never ceases to amaze me how often Jesus talks and teaches us using analogies and stories related to bread and water.  He talks about our natural needs and how hunger and thirst are affected by our condition—both physical and spiritual.   Depending upon the source, experts estimate that...


Day 11 - Pauses for Lent - ABBA

3/18/2019

A B B A   “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You.” Mark 14:36   As Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemene located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, He separated His disciples by leaving some behind and carrying Peter, James, and John deeper into the garden. Soon He told these three (the members of His inner circle) to stay at a certain ...


Day 10 - Pauses for Lent - Words

3/16/2019

Today’s Scripture:  Matthew 12:36 Words do matter.  We will be held to account for our words.  The words that we use to others, about others and to and about ourselves have such power.  The right or wrong word at the right or wrong time can have lasting effects.  Choose your words carefully.  The book of James reminds us:  My dear friends, you ...


Day 9 - Pauses for Lent - Ask

3/15/2019

"ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN YOU"   WE WHO HAVE HIS SPIRIT WILL RECEIVE THIS TEACHING AS A DISCIPLINE FOR THIS SEASON OF LENT AS WELL AS FOR LIFE'S JOURNEY. WE COME WITH HUMILITY AS WE APPROACH GOD WHO IS ABLE TO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, PURPOSE AND PLAN. APPROACHING GOD WITH UTMOST RESPECT, ASKING HIS WILL BE DONE. GOD'S TIMING IS ...


Day 8 - Pauses for Lent - See

3/14/2019

Read John 3: 1-17 CEB   “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17 CEB   Most of us would agree, at our best, a Christian is a follower of Jesus. Sometimes, however, the two identifiers (Christian or follower of Jesus) seem to be in direct conflict with each other. ...


Day 7 - Pauses for Lent - Light

3/13/2019

As I gaze out my window this afternoon, what do I see? I see seven deer, grazing in my back yard. A thing of beauty! A gift from God! I was reminded of a slogan from a conference I attended a few years ago--- SEE ME! It makes me mindful to not just scan people as I shop in Walmart but really look into their faces and maybe even say 'HELLO'. It ...


Day 6 - Pauses for Lent - Love

3/12/2019

“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” — 1 John 3:18. Practice loving. That’s an interesting thought for people who profess to love. There was a time that I had a personal encounter with the reality of practicing it “in truth and action.”    I worked with a woman who was like family. I had known her all of my life. When I ...


Day 5 - Pauses for Lent - Still

3/11/2019

Day 4 Still "Be still and Know I am God."  Psalm 46:10 It is very difficult to find quiet in this world today full of 24 hours news, and technology at our fingertips.  We have learned not to be quiet, and be busy all the time. So how are we to find quiet with God? We intentionally carve out time. A few years ago, I was listening to a preacher on a ...


Day 4 - Pauses for Lent - Fast

3/9/2019

Matthew 6:17-18 The Message (MSG)   16-18 “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your ...


Day 3 - Pauses for Lent - Choose

3/8/2019

Day 3 - CHOOSE Today’s scripture:  “Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him”  [Deuteronomy 30: 19-20].   Famous author John C. Maxwell once stated:  “life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”   All of life is about making choices.  Each morning we...


Day 2 - Pauses for Lent - Return

3/7/2019

“Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful” Joel 2:13   I read Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son, just a few weeks before my first mission trip to Russia. Some of the inspiration for his work came from Rembrandt’s painting of the prodigal son’s return to his father. The author reported that he was tempted to ...


Day 1 - Pauses for Lent - Dust

3/6/2019

DUST… A Ritual for Preparing Holy Ashes   Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:  we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith.   *Opening Prayer Gracious God, out of your love and mercy                 you breathed into dust the breath of ...


The UMC Upholds Traditional Stance on Human Sexuality

2/27/2019

February 26, 2019 ST. LOUIS-- Right at the cusp of 5:00 p.m. central time, the 864 delegates of the 2019 Called Session of General Conference voted to affirm The United Methodist Church’s current ban on the ordination of self-avowed practicing homosexuals, having United Methodist ministers conduct ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions and ...


AU Grad Thanks Miss. Conference for Extravagant Generosity

7/10/2017

Tsungai Shalom Kaseke, a member of the 2017 graduating class of Africa University, is also a recipient of a Mississippi Conference endowed scholarship and wrote a letter to the conference expressing her gratitude. Read how your extravagant generosity has not only aided Kaseke’s financial need and educational goals, but also how your giving will ...


Crafting A Legacy

5/24/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Ray also carved the medallions for the altar table.  The Alpha and Omega will go on the face of the altar columns. The Agnus Dei will be on the strut between the columns. Photo courtesy Rev. Andy Ray. Photo bottom right: The altar table tier is removable. ...


Bishop Swanson Presents Son with Master of Divinity

5/10/2017

    By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Bishop James Swanson Sr. shared the platform with Joshua Swanson. Photo credit JaNae Swanson-Brown. Photo bottom right: Quick thinking on Joshua Swanson's part made this selfie with his father, Bishop James Swanson Sr., possible. Photo credit ...


Delta State Wesley Director on Her First Year

4/26/2017

By Julia Sheets, Director of DSU Wesley Foundation   Photo right: Wesley Foundation students served a barbecue lunch at Delta State University. The campus is in Cleveland, Mississippi.    It has been an incredible year at the Delta State Wesley Foundation. I can't believe my first school year here is almost over! One student described our ...


MS UMCOR Disaster Response: Delta Force Team Needs

4/26/2017

MS UMCOR Disaster Response: Delta Force Team Needs Volunteers         Photo right: Flooding in Washington County, Mississippi. Photo Courtesy Community Foundation of Washington County.       One of the groups working to help homeowners rebuild and reinforce following last spring's flooding is Delta Force of Washington County. This group made up of ...


The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost

4/26/2017

Message from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward We live in the great fifty days, after the church has witnessed the presence of the risen Christ and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of being together in community, discerning the future and depending on God. The Commission on a Way Forward recently gathered for its...


UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

4/26/2017

  Photo right: Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist News Service.    The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of ...


UMCOR Awards Mississippi Grant for Disaster Recovery

4/26/2017

  Photo right: This home was severely damaged in a tornado that touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in January 2017.       The Mississippi Conference is one of five United Methodist conferences handling disaster response projects and four church-related health boards in Africa receiving new grants from the United Methodist Committee on ...


Commission on a Way Forward Optimistic of Future, Delves into Tough Task

4/12/2017

By United Methodist Communications Press Center         "I ask that you join with me and The Bishop's Prayer Team in continuing to lift these Commission members up in prayer unto the Lord Jesus asking that The Holy Spirit will give them wisdom, guidance and a true openness to hearing God's voice. I believe prayer shapes our future. Let our prayers ...


New Scholarship Restores Wood College Legacy

4/12/2017

Award Offerings Begin Summer 2017  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist   Photo right: Meet some of the Wood College board members. From left to right: Phillip K. Williams, David Stotts, Andy Ray, Connie Marion, John Moore, Bobby Sacus, and Carl Grubbs. The full board is not pictured.    A move to restore the ...


Picture Reminder of Carr's Love for Africa University

3/29/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo below right: The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Carr pictured far right stood in a vast field of brush more than 25 years ago in Zimbabwe. The location was the site Africa University. When the time came for members of the Mississippi Conference to make the trip to Africa University ...


Two UMAC Awards Go to MS Conference

3/29/2017

Photo right: Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Rev. Kevin Carter and Jasmine Haynes attended the conference. United Methodist communicators from around the world gathered in New Orleans to "Embrace the Story" at the United Methodist Association of Communicators Conference, March 22-24, 2017. The annual Awards Celebration Dinner was held one evening where the...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


'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 "...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Lake Junaluska Announces "Love Your #Selfie" Theme for Summer Youth Events

3/1/2017

Submitted to The Circuit Rider Photo by Lake Juanluska staff.    Lake Junaluska has announced the theme for its 2017 Summer Youth Events: "Love Your #Selfie: Appreciating God's Masterpiece in the Mirror." The theme was created to inspire youth groups over the course of six events taking place at Lake Junaluska from June 11-July 2. All ...


Nearly 200 Attend Clergy Leadership Conference

2/15/2017

     By Paige Swaim-Presley, Director of the Center for Ministry, Millsaps College   Photo right:  The 2017 Clergy Leadership Conference was at St. Mark's UMC in Brandon, Mississippi,  Feb. 6-8.  Photo bottom right: Guest speaker, Rev.Dr. Graham Standish, addressed Mississippi United Methodist clergy. At the 2017 Clergy Leadership Conference, ...


The Healing Team Available to the Local Congregations

2/15/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Members of the Mississippi Conference Healing Team have common attributes. They are good listeners and sense a call to serve on the team, according to the Rev. Larry Hilliard, who is the director of spiritual leadership for the conference and supervises the Healing Team. ...


Climate Justice Event for UMW and Clergy Feb.18

2/1/2017

Photo right: Abby Bassie will be leading a social action event on climate justice Feb. 18 at First UMC in Grenda, Miss. United Methodist Women calls for sound stewardship of the earth and environmentally friendly lifestyles that preserve creation for the benefit of present and future generations.   For these reasons, Greenwood District United ...


Intern for The Gathering Shares Glory Sighting

2/1/2017

Intern for The Gathering Shares Glory Sighting    By Kayla Mattox, Mississippi State University Wesley Foundation    Photo right: The Rev. Corey Truett, front corner of the picture, captured a selfie with student interns for The Gathering 2017 in Jackson, Miss. at Christ United Methodist Church.   On Feb. 20 - 21, a group of 13 ragtag individuals...


Lake Junaluska Hires New Director of Programming

2/1/2017

Submitted by Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Marketing Mitzi Johnson  Photo courtesy Lake Junaluska    Lake Junaluska has announced a new hire to oversee programs, events, and ministries. Mitzi Johnson will begin as director of programming on March 1. In this position, Johnson will oversee the Summer Worship Series, Choir ...


Notice From the Mississippi Conference Treasurer, David Stotts

2/1/2017

  Greetings Fellow "Administry" Friends!     I am so happy to share with you about an upcoming event that I think will benefit your church whether you are a small congregation or a large church. The Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Association of Church Business Administrators (SEJUMACBA)  is having their  education/fellowship event at ...


Shelton to Join Millsaps College as Chaplain and Director of Student Religious Life

2/1/2017

Millsaps College announced that Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, photo right,  will assume the role of chaplain and director of church relations, effective July 1, 2017. Shelton is currently serving as the senior pastor of Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, a position he has held since January 2008. "This is such an exciting opportunity for ...


United Methodists Called Angels in Disaster Response

2/1/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: From left to right, United Methodist volunteers Kristyn Edmonds, Cindy Ivey with tornado survivor Cathy Roberts, also a United Methodist. Photo below right: Bishop James Swanson Sr. and Daniel Short, a tornado victim, discussed the United Methodist disaster ...


Come to The Well

1/18/2017

By Cynthia Laird, Certified Lay Servant Senatobia District, Mississippi Conference  Photo right: The Rev. Corey Truett sharing God's word.     Photo below right: From left to right, Paul Cline, Sean Gilliam, Elizabeth Bellipanni, and Nelson Coile. In this photo, they were on the countdown to worship. Photo credit Cynthia Laird.     On Sunday, Jan....


Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches Open to All

1/18/2017

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: The Rev. Sarah Windham (centered) during a dinner with fellow clergy of the Mississippi Conference at the Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches. Photo below right: Mississippi Conference District Superintendents joined their pastors at for the ...


From the Swansons: God Always Provides "New Birth"

1/4/2017

  From the Swansons: God Always Provides "New Birth"             Photo right: Bishop and Mrs. James Swanson, Sr. submitted this photo of their granddaughter, Laila Brown.   I'm sure that 2016 was a year in which you-like our family-experienced great disappointments, frustrations, some losses, and even shed many tears of sadness. And yet God ...


Strong Winds Move Church Building, Not the Church

1/4/2017

           By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photos right: The wind force separated the sanctuary walls at Sweetwater UMC. Church members living near Sweetwater discovered the damage. All pictures courtesy Sweetwater UMC.   The sanctuary at Sweetwater United Methodist Church in Wesson, Mississippi, is a ...


Disaster Case Managers Present Generosity after Christmas

12/21/2016

  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications Specialist      Photo right: LaTia Penn and Santarious Curb during the Mississippi Conference office Christmas party. Photo below right: Case managers from across Mississippi were in Jackson for the annual Mississippi Conference Christmas party. Plans for Christmas Day are set ...


Prayers and Donations for Barton UMC after Fire

12/21/2016

    Photo right and below right: On Dec. 15, 2016, a fire destroyed Barton United Methodist Church in Byhalia, Mississippi. Photo from Barton UMC Facebook page. The Barton United Methodist Church family is grateful for the overwhelming support from fellow United Methodists and their community after a fire that destroyed their facility on Dec. 15....


Bibles Lost and Found at Camp

12/7/2016

Camp Wesley Pines Returning Lost Bibles  By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo right: Rebecca Teasley lost two Bibles roughly 20 years ago at Camp Wesley Pines but has them back thanks to a worker at the camp and Facebook. Photo courtesy Rebecca Teasley. Photo below right: A paper slip with details that ...


Celebrating Mission Grants

12/7/2016

Growing in Grace at Asbury UMC, Holly Springs By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff Photo right: Members of Asbury UMC are pictured making food baskets through Growing in Grace. Photo courtesy Asbury UMC. When Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, attracted 34 new members in less than four months, they knew ...


Conference Lay Leader Truly Inspires

12/7/2016

By Verna Wilson, President - Samuel Chapel UMW             Photo right: Mississippi Conference Lay Leader, LaToya Redd-Thompson and Rev. Paula Milo-Moultrie, pastor of Samuel Chapel UMW. Photo submitted to The Circuit Rider.     When the Samuel Chapel UMW planned their 2016 Women's Day celebration this past summer, they knew they wanted a very ...


Rising Above the Ashes

12/7/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference             Photo right: A scorched cherub from the fellowship hall at Corinth First United Methodist Church was used to secure caution tape. All Photos by Tamica Smith Jeuitt. Photo below right: Paige Snyder worked at the weighing station in the Stop Hunger Now assembly ...


'Smashing' Good Time at Fall Festival

11/9/2016

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District Communications    Photo right: Elizabeth Swartz and the Rev. Raigan Miskelly of Columbus First UMC let out their frustrations against the deadly malaria disease by smashing an old car to raise money. Photo submitted to 'The Circuit Rider.' In just two hours last Sunday, Columbus residents got out a little ...


Children Lead Huge Malaria Campaign: Tupelo First UMC Raises Almost $12,000

11/9/2016

By Charity Gordon, Mississippi Conference Field Coordinator, Imagine No Malaria         Photo right: A young person, far left in the second row, holds up a jumbo check written for nearly $12,000 for the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Photo submitted to 'The Circuit Rider.' The children led the way in raising almost $12,000 for Imagine No Malaria at ...


Conference Students Thankful for UM Scholarships

11/9/2016

United Methodist Student Day Special Offering, Nov. 27 By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference        Photo right: Chelsey Overstreet of the Mississippi Conference received multiple scholarships from The United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo courtesy Chelsey Overstreet.  ...


Methodist Ministers Respond to Greenville Church Burning

11/9/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference Photo courtesy Angie Quezada, Delta Daily News.   The Rev. Johnny Davis of Revels Memorial United Methodist Church offers a message of forgiveness to whoever is responsible for burning and spraying the words "Vote Trump" on Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (an ...


Post-election Healing Communion Service

11/9/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications           Photo right: Jimmy and Judy Norris of St. Marks UMC locked hands during the prayer. Picture by Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Mississippi Conference Communications. Photo below right:  Three lines of people receiving post-election day communion swiftly moved at the Mississippi State ...


'50s Youth Return to Bethlehem Center

10/28/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference    Photo right: From left to right, Willie Watts, Paul Hemphill, Mattie Johnson, and Arthur Brown in a classroom at Bethlehem Center in Jackson. Photo courtesy Bethlehem Center Inc.   Three men who attended the United Methodist mission, Bethlehem Center Inc., from 1950 ...


Barksdale to Serve on National Women's Mission Agency Advisory Group

10/28/2016

By United Methodist Women Communications Photo courtesy of United Methodist Women   Kay Barksdale of Jackson, Mississippi, has begun serving a four-year term on the Program Advisory Group of the National United Methodist Women, the women's mission agency in The United Methodist Church. Barksdale is one of 63 named to the Program Advisory...


Celebrating Mission Grants: Serving Beyond Physical Health

10/28/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff   Photo right: A few of the attendants of the Vincent Chapel HEC ministry's Free Community Health Advocate Training. Photo courtesy Vincent Chapel UMC.   Physical health is something in the back of many people's minds. From debating whether or not to take a sick day when the first sign of a cold ...


Liaison Switch, Hillman to Ray

10/28/2016

Submitted by Mississippi Conference Treasurer           Photo right: Byrd and Sara Hillman Photo credit: Mississippi Conference Communications. Photo below right: Katherine and Rev. Andy Ray during the 2012 annual conference session. Ray is the former Senatobia District Superintendent. Photo courtesy Senatobia District Facebook page.     The Board ...


Message on Justice for VCC

10/28/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: Rev. Joe Landrum is the pastor of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church, in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Photo below right:  The Mississippi Conference Lay Leader, LaToya Red Thompson, was invited to attend the vital congregations committee meeting.   The ...


Observing Children's Sabbath at Haven Chapel UMC

10/28/2016

Submitted by Anita Betts, Communications Coordinator     Photo courtesy of Haven Chapel UMC   Every third Sunday at Haven Chapel UMC, under the leadership of Rev. Marjorie Walker, the children and youth lead the service, except for the message.  But on October 16th, the congregation observed Children's Sabbath, and the children and youth...


Rust College Sesquicentennial Celebration 1866-2016

10/28/2016

Submitted to The Circuit Rider   Photo right: The Rust College A' Cappella choir was present when Mississippi lawmakers presented a joint resolution to Rust for its 150 years of service in March 2016. Photo courtesy Mississippi Conference Communications.   There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities, better known as HBCUs;...


Wesley Foundations

10/28/2016

By Gwen Sisson, Starkville District News       Photo right: A group posed for the camera during a Wesley Foundation gathering at Mississippi State University. Photo courtesy MSU Wesley Foundation. Photo below right: MUW Wesley: Mississippi University for Women Wesley Foundation hosted a Stop Hunger Now Packing event. Photo courtesy MUW Wesley ...


Celebrating Mission Grants, UMM Offers Safe Place

10/12/2016

         By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff             Photo right: Just a few of the youths enjoying the programs offered by the Delisle Mt. Zion United Methodist Men. All children deserve a safe place to learn about the love of Jesus and the wonders of God. Unfortunately, there are some children who aren't given that. The ...


Church Supports Guatemalan School with Steaks

10/12/2016

Submitted to The Circuit Rider      Photo right: Winborn Chapel United Methodist Church Lay Leader Danny Box discusses the church's 2016 mission to Jardin de Amor Elementary School in Guatemala.      The Winborn Chapel United Methodist Church is telling the story about their 2016 mission to Jardin de Amor Elementary School in Santa Maria de Jesus...


MS Methodism Celebrated

10/12/2016

              Photo right: The Lambuth family is called one of the great missionary families in World Methodism.  Photo below right: Several people attending the Lambuth Day service had ties to the Pearl River Methodist Church. The annual Lambuth Day observance held in Madison, Mississippi involved another celebration this year.  The site for ...


Pridmore's Candler Visit a Check Off "Bucket List"

10/12/2016

By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Specialist, Mississippi Conference   Photo right: The Rev. Eric Pridmore of the Mississippi Conference during chapel service at Candler. A dream comes true for Rev. Eric Pridmore of the Mississippi Conference. On September 29, 2016, he delivered a sermon in the distinguished Cannon Chapel located at Emory ...


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