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Find unity amid diversity, White says

2/1/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor Certain characteristics make each person or group of people unique. However, everyone shares certain characteristics, and finding those common traits is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would encourage Americans to do today, a retired United Methodist bishop said Jan. 16. Bishop Woodie White spoke at a service ...


God won't hear our excuses

2/1/2006

The Storyteller Rev. Huey Wood There was this fellow who sold a mule to another man. The buyer took the mule home and put him in the barn stable. The next morning he went out to check on the mule and found the mule dead. He called the man who had sold the mule and said, “Sir, that mule you sold me last night died in the night.” The fellow ...


Major efforts get under way to recruit young clergy

2/1/2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Rocio Del Carmen Ramirez sported green hair and a punk look when she played piano at her inner-city Chicago church - a style that rubbed many older church members the wrong way. "The pastor always said God wanted her to give me time. I'm grateful for the compassion of that pastor," says the 26-year-old student at Pfeiffer ...


Nominations sought for 2006 Elzy Award

2/1/2006

Nominations may now be made for the Emma K. Elzy Award, presented each year by the Mississippi Conference Commission on Religion and Race. The Elzy Award encourages reconciliation by honoring an individual, group or institution that has shown outstanding achievement in race relations in Mississippi. The award will be presented at the 2006 session ...


Obituaries 2/1/06

2/1/2006

Frank Harvey pastor, actor CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — The Rev. Frank Harvey, 75, a United Methodist pastor who was co-founder of the Living Word Outdoor Drama, died Jan. 1, 2006, in a Lexington, Ky., hospital, following an extended illness. A memorial service was held Jan. 7 at Sandersville United Methodist Church Sandersville, Ga. Rev. Harvey, along with ...


Pearson's fast pace carries into recovery phase

2/1/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor LAUREL — A day or two after Hurricane Katrina hit, Roy Pearson made it to his office at West Laurel United Methodist Church and began working to bring aid to his community. He’s hardly slowed since. Pearson now chairs Pine Belt Restoration, Inc. (PBR), a group formed to facilitate long-term recovery for a ...


Reputation means more work for McComb mission

2/1/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor MCCOMB — Soon after Hurricane Katrina’s winds blew through Southwest Mississippi, St. Andrew’s Mission built a reputation for getting things done. The United Methodist–related organization helped people get trees off roofs, find shelter, find food and met other needs. All that work has led to the mission getting ...


Scattering the gloom in holiness

2/1/2006

“The dancing air shall glow with light,  And sun and moon give up their place,  Where love shines out of every face,  Our good, our glory, and delight.”— Brian Wren, United Methodist Hymnal, 725   It’s the season of possible gloom — the dark days of the year. One health physichologist has devised a formula that combines personal and seasonal ...


Students put faith into practice

2/1/2006

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor OXFORD — Thousands of hungry Mississippians will have something to eat thanks to the efforts of about 150 college students. Students attending the annual statewide Wesley Foundation retreat Jan. 27-29 at Camp Lake Stephens also took part in a food drop. The students transferred canned soup from an 18-wheeler to ...


Treasurer expresses thanks for churches' giving in 2005

2/1/2006

In August, David Stotts was worried about apportionments – even before Hurricane Katrina roared through Mississippi. Six months later, the grateful conference treasurer has two words for Mississippi United Methodists: thank you.     “I give my thanks to our churches, and I give all the glory to God for the things he has done for us,” said Stotts. ...


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