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OCTOBER 30, 2016 @4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

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2017 Pre-Conference Briefing

Additional information will be added soon.

April 23, 2017-SAVE THE DATE !-Preconference Briefing

We Are All Missionaries

By Cristen Barnard, District Lay Leader

The UMC designates a Sunday in October for a laity celebration. Services might include the church’s lay leaders or a certified lay servant speaking to the congregation. There may also be a time of recognition of laity.

Laity are Christians who are not pastors, deacons or bishops.  Laity are Christ’s missionaries to others.   From every church in this district come Christ’s missionaries…His ministers to others.  That’s right…laity, all of us are His ministers!  We are the hands and feet of Christ to others.

In preparing to write this I kept thinking about Mary and Martha. God gives us so many lessons that we can draw from and there is a lesson in the account of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus listening and Martha busy doing things that she believed needed to be done. But what did Jesus say about Mary?  Mary chose the one true need.

There are so many things to be done and so many who are lost and hurting that it can become overwhelming to us. It is easy to think…What can I do?   But that is the wrong question…. the question should be, what can God do?  The answer changes our perspective.

 In Ministry we sit at His feet and listen, we pray, study and meditate on His Word.  When we fail to do this, we become like Martha.  Serving becomes too hard, too frustrating and we start telling Jesus what to do instead of listening and being aware of the leading of the Holy Spirit. God has ministries for each of us to do. None of us are too young, too old, too sick are too busy for what God can do.  We don’t have to worry about what seems impossible; we are to minster to others and He has all the details covered and supplies what is needed!  We plant seeds, we go to the fish, we give water to the thirsty, and we pray and worship with others. We are all vessels ‘cracked and leaky’ leaving a wonderful trail of His love and care everywhere we go!

The power of Christ working in the lives of others, working through the lives of others encourages me and God increases my faith.  The same is true as I get to experience His laity missionaries being His hands and feet to others.

Several years ago my husband and I lived in the Delta and attended a small church there. It was about a thirty-minute drive to the church from our home.

One of the members of that church was dying from cancer.  He was extremely thin, sick and fragile yet he continued to be present for worship on Sunday.  At the end of his life he came. He came tethered to an IV.
He was Christ’s missionary to me and to many others.  His presence was an inspiration of faith. There were many Sundays I didn’t want to make the drive to the church and then home. I would think of this man who, despite the pain, managed to make it to church and join with others in worship.  God used him, a vessel so severely cracked, that the Light that shined through him was glorious to behold. His ‘being there’ ministry has had a ripple effect.  Those closest to him were affected and also those who observed from a distance.  I remember him when I don’t want to do something or think I can’t do something. God used him and so many of us have been blessed beyond measure.  It brings to mind Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.

We are Christ’s missionaries to those closest to us, to those who may be far away and even to strangers.
We are Christ’s missionaries visiting and calling on those who are now ‘shut-ins’, faithfully and lovingly caring for a spouse or family member,  writing notes to those who need a touch of care, taking flowers or books to one in need of encouragement, caring for the strays among us, letting a child know that they have a special worth to God, listening when no one has before, inviting others to join in worship, stopping everything to pray with another, making a quilt for a child in the Methodist Children’s home, teaching and yes, sometimes just being there in spite of difficulties… the list of ministries goes on and on. Ministries that testify, JESUS IS My LORD, HE LOVES ME AND HE LOVES YOU!
We celebrate what The Lord is doing, His plans, His Mercy, His grace and that He invites us to join in.  We are His own…missionaries to others!  Where is your mission field today?

Lord God Almighty, thank you for strength from above, for love flowing, for your ways and your plans, thank you for providing and equipping your missionaries for the ministries all around us, but thank you most of all that we can sit at your feet and be with you! Amen

Link for additional information about Laity Sunday.

Winter Retreat for Clergy: Rest & Relax

See the links below for information about the Winter Retreat: Rest & Relax – God Has Showered You With Blessings

Held at the Jubilee Center and led by Rev. Veronica Pritchard at Heritage UMC-D’Iberville. The retreat is January 13-14, 2017 and offers pastors a time to “refresh in God’s presence” after the busy Advent and Christmas seasons. Participants will earn 1 CEU.

Also attached is information on the Jubilee Center, a ministry of Heritage UMC. It is our hope that you will consider using our facility for your meetings, reunions, retreats.

For more information, please contact us at 228-392-4288.

Peace and Joy,
Lisa Michiels
Jubilee Center


Rest and Relax Brochure


Jubilee Center Brochure

A Conversation With Bishop Swanson

Many of us have asked about the possibility of meeting with our bishop, James Swanson, to discuss issues related to General Conference and subsequent actions across the United Methodist Church, including the election of Karen Olivetto as Bishop in the Western Jurisdiction.  We have arranged for Bishop Swanson to be with us in the Senatobia District on Thursday, November 10th.  We will meet at First United Methodist Church in Senatobia (102 West Gilmore Street) at 6:30 p.m. 
This opportunity is for both lay leadership and clergy.  If you have a question you would like to see addressed you can email it to us at the District Office and we will compile them for our time together.  The Bishop would like to hear from you and your congregations and will be able to share with us the latest developments as he knows them at the General Church level.
If you have any thoughts feel free to give me a call.  Hope to see you there.
In Christ,
Rev. Jim Genesse
District Superintendent

Monday Update 10-10-2016

YOUR MONDAY UPDATE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE!  Mike Duggar, executive director of the children’s home will be in the district on December 18th for an 11 o’clock service and lunch at Independence UMC, he could probably do an early service …
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Children’s Ministry in the Senatobia District

When: October 25, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Cracker Barrel, 225 Lakewood Dr, Batesville, MS 38606, 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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A Conversation with Bishop Swanson Regarding General Conference

When: November 10, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Many of us have asked about the possibility of meeting with our Bishop James Swanson to discuss issues related to General Conference and subsequent actions across the United Methodist Church, including the election of Karen Olivetto as Bishop in the …
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Cheryl Needs Your Help

From Cheryl Denley, Senatobia District Secretary: By the end of next week, I should have approximately 10 to 12 boxes of UMCOR shoeboxes that I would like to get in the first shipment leaving the warehouse in Decatur, Alabama….The director …
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The Advent Christmas Worship Planning Webinar can help!   Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm the Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries will present tools which will help you and your church plan worship services that will inspire and help …
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