Elizabeth Ranager Family

Praying HandsElizabeth Ranager, mother of Rev. Joe Ranager, died on February 27th. She was 94 years old.

She was the surviving spouse of Rev. Walter Ranager, who at the time of his death was a member of the North Mississippi Conference serving the Lyon church. They also served in the New York East Conference and the South Carolina Conference.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Church in Jackson.

The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Memorial Service arrangements are pending.

Lead Like Jesus Workshop

LLJ Flyer

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Training at St John’s UMC (Houston)

Rev. Rudy & Rev. Juanita Rasmus
Come to learn from St John’s UMC Story


Pastors Rudy Rasmus and Juanita Rasmus, as well as other leaders will share about:

  • How the church grew from 9 members in 1992 to over 9,000 (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years;
  • What they did to become one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew.

St John’s UMC is sharing their story!!

Of how a compassionate group of people have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. Click to learn about St John’s Story


During this event you will learn about:

  • Operating under the principle of “unconditional love”
  • Creative ways to reach and engage urban communities
  • Designing innovative worship experiences
  • Forming partnerships
  • Housing development
  • Food distribution programs

: April 23-25, 2015.

Place: St John’s Downtown UMC – 2019 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002.

Cost: $100

Registration: under Events

Airport: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) or William P. Hobby (HOU)

Lodging: Crown Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith St., Houston, TX 77002

$90 per day + tax. To make a reservation, call 713-739-8800 ext. 44. Group: “Ministry With”

Desoto County Cluster Talent Show Supports Missions


By Cynthia Laird
Member of Pleasant Hill UMC

On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Getwell Road United Methodist Church hosted the DeSoto County Cluster Talent Show to raise mission funds for Stop Hunger Now and Camp Lake Stephens. It was amazing and inspiring to see and hear the talent in our DeSoto County churches that was given as an offering to the Lord’s work!

As a special feature, “Willie Nelson” (a/k/a Rev. Andy Ray, District Superintendent of the Senatobia District) and “Elvis” (a/k/a Rev. Hal Hall of Southaven First UMC) appeared onstage together for the first time. They were not contestants, but simply provided their music to give back to the Lord a portion of what He has done for them. These leaders who faithfully witness of the goodness of the Lord through their sermons and their service to others, chose to do even more by sharing a powerful message in music! Often, music can reach into lives and hearts when nothing else can. Many of us who witnessed this awe-inspiring duo hope that they will team up together in the future.

Because of an incredible outpouring of love and support for the talent show competitors, we were all declared winners! Funds raised exceeded $3,000. There was such a warmth and welcome as we gathered for fellowship and friendly competition for the cause of missions. Donations for dessert items were still being made after the close of the program, and these additional funds will make it possible to accomplish even more through mission work.

The talent show was a success in so many ways, but we must continue to support missions by giving back to the Lord. We will have opportunities to help pack meals through the Stop Hunger Now events, and we also must continue to support the vital ministry of Camp Lake Stephens. Let us prayerfully seek out God’s mission for our lives.

Youth Group Mixer and River Kings Game



For more information, contact Renee Hall ( / Southaven First UMC.

Saving Sabbath


We hope this finds you doing well. This spring Children and Family ministry leaders are invited to attend Saving Sabbath: Reconnecting Children and Family Ministry to the Practice of Sacred Rest. Saving Sabbath is a interactive one-day workshop for children and family ministry leaders where we will explore various areas of relaxation, reflection, and spiritual arts. Practicing sabbath can be challenging, and ministry leaders often find themselves sacrificing spiritual rest in favor of high energy events. However, in a culture consumed by extracurricular activities and fully-book agendas, it is essential for us to remember the value of sacred rest. A question arises- how do we meet the challenge of modeling sabbath for and with our children and families?

Saving Sabbath is funded through a generous grant of the Mississippi Annual Conference Connectional Ministries and hosted by Galloway UMC and Alta Woods UMC. Please forward this information onto your district’s church leaders as together we seek to enhance teachings on spiritual rest for children and families. Attached is a flier with the workshop information.

Save the Date for Saving Sabbath 

Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 am Registration 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Location: Alta Woods United Methodist Church
109 Alta Woods Boulevard Jackson, MS 39204
Cost:   Free- register online at

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Questions? E-mail

If you would like more information about this event please contact Megan Snider at  601 326 3449, Abigail Herrington at (601) 372-6016 or email 

Download the event flier: Saving Sabbath Flier


Grace and Peace,

Megan Snider
Minister to Children and Families 
Galloway UMC  

Abigail Herrington
Director of Children and Youth Ministries 
Alta Woods UMC 

Rev. Dr. Wayne Webster

Praying HandsWe are sad to report that Rev. Dr. H Wayne Webster, District Superintendent of the Brookhaven District, passed away on Thursday, February 19th.
Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be held at Brookhaven: First UMC Monday, February 23, 2015 from 10 am until 11 am, with a funeral service to follow at 11 am at Brookhaven: First UMC in Brookhaven, MS. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, February 24, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory, MS from 1 pm until 2:30 pm, followed by a memorial service at 3 pm with burial to follow at Durrett Memorial Cemetery in Quincy, MS.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be made to the United Methodist Hour’s Preaching Academy at P.O. BOX 1393 Clinton, Mississippi 39060.

Please continue to keep the Websters and the Casteels in your prayers during this time of mourning.