The Gathering 2016

thegatheringThe Gathering is coming to a city near you! Youth will get a glimpse ofThe Gathering 2016. Don’t miss all the excitement at three tour stops: Meridian– September 20, Oxford– October 18 and Ocean Springs– November 15. Come see Big Al in concert, along with DJ Blaha and spoken word artist, Lo. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and worship begins at 6:00 p.m. This will be an awesome time and admission is FREE. Whileregistration for this event is requested for planning, we welcome additional guests.

Student Ministry Initiative

smiRegister now for the Student Ministry Initiative (SMI) Conference. Here’s a reminder to all adult workers in ministries for youth, children or family: the SMI conference is just around the corner, happening October 2-3 at Clinton First United Methodist Church in Clinton, Mississippi. Guest speaker, Dr. Kara Powel, is the co-author of best-selling “Sticky Faith” and will walk participants through the idea of creating a faith that sticks in the next generation. There will be workshop opportunities throughout the event as well as time for fellowship. Clergy attending the entire conference will receive .5 CEUs. For more information or registration go to the conference website.

Collaborative Leadership Conference

clcCome learn about a new model for ministry fruitfulness that is being used in many different churches, districts and conferences-including the Mississippi Conference- and how your church can engage in this process.

A general session will provide an explanation of Spiritual Leadership Incorporated (SLI)’s model of fruitfulness and help you determine which of the three breakout sessions you want to attend.

THEME: “Abiding in Faith, Abounding in Fruit: Loving, Learning and Leading Together”

SCRIPTURE: John 15:5

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: clergy, laity and leadership of church (including young adults 18 and up)

WHEN: September 26, 2015: 10:00 a.m. closing worship begins at 3:30 p.m. led by Bishop Swanson. On-site registration: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

WHERE:   Christ United Methodist Church
6000 Old Canton Road
Jackson, MS 39211

COST:       $15 per layperson
$25 per clergy person (.5 CEUs for clergy)
A boxed lunch will be provided

CONTACT: Angela Griffin, agriffin@mississippi-umc.org769.243.7033

The deadline to register online is September 18, 2015. Click here to register. For more information on this event visit the official Collaborative Leadership Conference website.

UMCOR Christmas Boxes

UMCOR now has a Shoebox Ministry, similar to “Operation Christmas Child”, and it is through our Committee on Relief agency.  It sounds really good to me.  Here are the particulars:

UMCOR provides the shoe boxes

Four dollars per box instead of seven.  Two is for container and shipping and 2 is for the UM Missionary to distribute them.  This may be by truck, car, cart . . . . . as they go to remote places.

The items are easily and very economically found right now. (I will enclose an attachment with list of items)

Boxes go to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Dominican Republic . . . .

There is a coloring book attached too that is in Spanish.  It tells the Christmas story so each box will also have the story of Christ’s birth besides goodies.   If you cannot print copies of the coloring book, let me know and I will print for you.


This is a United Methodist project.  I will ask for the boxes and will distribute from the dist. office.  You can bring them back to me when completed or we can set up other sites for drop off.

Here’s the kicker:  The Huntsville, Ala. UMCOR warehouse needs these back by first weekend of Oct.  I know this sound soon but I think we can do this.  It will take Oct. and Nov. to get these where they need to be for distribution by Dec.

This is August 20 and if we put this before our wonderful folks who love to fill shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse, I think we can accomplish great things for Christ before the December rush season.

Cheryl Denley, District Secretary

Phone: (662) 612-4148

Upcoming Events at Courtland UMC

What’s going on at Courtland UMC? September 14, 2015 at 2:00 – Symposium on “Scams and the elderly” November 8, 2015 at 6:00 – Bishop James Swanson to preach! Contact Rev. Dwayne Scoggins ( for more details or the district office…

Reminder of Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events!  call if you have any questions! September 21-Desoto Cluster at Bakers Chapel October 1-District children’s Coordinators Gathering October 17-THIS HOLY MYSTERY at District Office-registration required October 24-District UMW Annual Meeting November 23-26 …
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