Flood Recovery

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from the desk of
Rev. Vickie White
Director of Connectional Ministries & Communications 601.354.0515
vwhite@mississippi-umc.org

Dear sisters and brothers of the Mississippi Conference,

Thank you for your continued response to this spring’s devastating floods. Long-term recovery continues.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency for Adams, Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties which were affected by the heavy rainfall and severe flooding over the last few days.

Mellie Jordan, disaster response project manager for the Mississippi Annual Conference attended today’s Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meeting. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) damage assessment is ongoing. Please do not self-deploy as the communities are not prepared to receive volunteers at this time.

However, you can help those affected in the following ways:

1. Continue to pray for those who suffered loss and/or damage in Mississippi and Louisiana.

2. Donate money. You can give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670, or send checks to the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, 320-A Briarwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39206.

3. Create cleaning “flood” buckets.

4. Assemble health kits.

Watch for updates on the conference website, social media, additional emails for drop-off sites and training opportunities as details are finalized.

Blessings,

Vickie

 

Charge Conference and Clergy Consultation Schedules

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Clergy Christmas Party

Clergy,

Please hold the date of December 1, 2016, for the Senatobia District Clergy Family Christmas Party…..this year it will be hosted by Maples Memorial UMC in Olive Branch….you will receive an invitation that will require your response later in the year……

Hunger Acton Month

SOSA HeaderSeptember is Hunger Action Month
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sosacalNearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure.

Plan now to make September a time for your congregation to stand together against hunger, joining with the Society of St. Andrew to see that each person in this country has healthy, nourishing food to eat.

The Daily Calendar for Prayer and Action
includes a scripture reading and related activity for each day of September.

Using this calendar, your congregants will take direct action against hunger and give money that, through the Society of St. Andrew, will be used to put nourishing fruits and vegetables on the tables of our hungry brothers and sisters right here in the U.S.

sosadonatebuttonThe Society of St. Andrew is a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry that rescues 25-30 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year that would otherwise go to waste for various marketing reasons. This food is then distributed to critical feeding agencies across the country at no cost to the agencies or the hungry people they serve. More information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger-relief programs – Gleaning Network, Potato & Produce Project, and Harvest of Hope – is available online at EndHunger.org.

Baptism Study at the District Office

By Water and the Spirit

“Baptism is at the heart of the gospel of grace and at the core of the church’s mission.  Through the work of the Holy Spirit–the continuing presence of Christ on earth–the church is instituted to be the community of the new covenant.  Within this community, baptism is by water and the Spirit.  Baptism brings us into union with Christ, with each other and with the church in every time and place.”

from ‘By Water and the Spirit’

Based on the document “By Water and the Spirit” and on the study book by Gayle Carlton Felton, this study describes the United Methodist understanding of the sacrament of Baptism.  It is designed to help us as United Methodists make the connection between the baptismal covenant and discipleship in everyday life. As United Methodists so many times we learn about Communion and Baptism in confirmation class but never ‘revisit’ our understanding of the sacraments.  This study gives participants an explanation of the how’s and why’s of the sacrament of Baptism.

The goal of the study is to help United Methodists live more faithfully as God’s baptized people.  Written in a United Methodist idea, it breaks things down to include reasons why we do what we do, and why they are some things we do not do, in accordance with the Book of Discipline.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Senatobia District Office (551 N Robinson St)

9:00 – 3:00

Lunch Provided

Teacher/Preacher/Facilitator:  Rev. Mary Hutson

Deadline to register is October 1, 2016

Call Cheryl at 662/562/5865

ERT Training at Meridian District Office

When: October 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Meridian District Office, 6210 MS-39, Meridian, MS 39305, USA

Early Response Team (E.R.T.) Training scheduled for 10/8 at the Meridian District Office! Led by CJ Caufield Kenny McGill, the new Conference Disaster Response Coordinator will be on site. Online registration closes 10/7 at noon. Registration and more information can …
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Imagine No Malaria Information Meeting

When: August 31, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Senatobia District Office, 551 Robinson St, Senatobia, MS 38668, USA

Please join us in the District Office (551 N Robinson Street, Senatobia, MS), at noon on August 31, 2016 for an informal gathering/luncheon. Our special guest will be Charity Gordon, “Imagine No Malaria Field Coordinator”. You may remember Charity from …
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Meet Our New District Superintendent, Rev. Jim Genessee

Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. has appointed Rev. James P. Genesse to serve as the District Superintendent of the Senatobia District. Before coming to our District he served as Senior Pastor at Madison United Methodist Church. Rev. Genesse’s previous ministry …
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Pleasant Hill UMC Fundraiser

Click to Download: Pleasant Hill Fundraiser Order Form …
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Children’s Ministry in the Senatobia District

When: August 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Senatobia District Office, 551 Robinson St, Senatobia, MS 38668, USA

Join us to make Children’s Ministry the best it can be in YOUR church We would like to invite you to be a part of a group of people involved in Children’s Ministry in the Senatobia District.  If there are …
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