2014 Clergy Spouse Retreat

2014-07-01 11_47_33-2014 Retreat BrochureAs Clergy Spouses, we know change. Expected or unexpected, change takes a toll on our soul. Learn powerful choices in powerless places during our Retreat with Jane Rubietta.

Jane is a UM Clergy Spouse. She speaks internationally and is an acclaimed author of twelve books, including How to Keep the Pastor You Love. Her book, Grace Points invites us on a joyful, practical and transformative journey through change and its challenges.

Expect a grace-filled time. “Jane’s been reading my journal,” audiences say.      “Profound.” “Hilarious!” “Mesmerizing.” “This changed my life.” “Today, God delivered me from the desert.”

Join this life-changing journey as we navigate our life changes, both in and out of the church.  You owe it to yourself!

October 10th -11th

Download the brochure here: 2014 Retreat Brochure

For Details and Updates about the Retreat, go to our website

For Retreat Registration Questions
Contact: Jackie McGough
(601)259-5334 – cell

Staying the extra night?
Contact: Mechelle Stockett
(601) 832-3177

2014 Fall Festival at Minor Memorial UMC

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Download  flyer: 2014 Fall Festival at Minor Memorial

Young Peoples’ Delegation to South Korea

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Wanted: Mississippi and South Carolina United Methodist College Students 

Applications are being accepted now for 2015 Young Peoples’ Delegation to South Korea: Parallels of Justice; Pathways of Peace. College students who have a growing faith, a sense of adventure and a desire to engage the world are wanted. This opportunity will span over a year.

Participants will retreat together on December 14, 2014 in Madison, Mississippi, gather with South Carolina college students in Atlanta, Georgia on Martin Luther King Jr. observance weekend (January 16-18), embark on an 11-day journey to South Korea in the summer of 2015 (June 30-July 10) and will share stories with local churches in the fall of 2015. This experience will stretch participants in areas of faith, justice and leadership. They will make new friendships across the state, across the country and across the globe. They will get to encounter South Korea in churches, monasteries and places where South Korean college students are.

The young people will hear stories of joy, pain and hope, and get to share their stories with them. Students get to work together as a team all year long. Since it is being supported by the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Peace with Justice Fund and others, student cost will be minimal ($250). So, fill out the application and submit it soon.

Help spread the word to as many Mississippi United Methodist college students as possible! This is a one-of-a-kind, dual project with college students from South Carolina. If you have any questions, email Bruce Case at jbrucecase@gmail.com.



from the desk of
Rev. Dr. Connie M. Shelton
Director of Connectional Ministries & Communications


13 Annual Faith & Health: Making The Connection Clergy and Congregational Leaders Conference


You are invited to attend the 13 Annual Faith & Health: Making The Connection Clergy and Congregational Leaders Conference on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Church Health Center Wellness facility, 1115 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee; 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

This year’s focus is Pastors and Congregations on the Front Line of Mental Health. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Michael Torres. Dr. Michael Torres is the founder and President of the Center for the Integration of Spirituality and Mental Health, Inc. He serves as Chief Psychiatrist for the Baltimore region of correctional facilities managed by MHM Services, Inc. He is also engaged in private practice in Baltimore, MD.

Register for this free Conference at: www.churchhealthcenter.org

Hope to see you on October 16th.

Chaplain John A. Wilcher, M. Div., BCC
Director, Clergy and Conference Ministries
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
1211 Union Avenue, Suite 746
Memphis, TN 38104
Office: (901) 516-0864
Fax: (901) 516-0595
Email: john.wilcher@mlh.org

Mission Testimony

Featuring Cristen from the Senatobia District

The Calling Retreat at Camp Wesley Pines

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CPR Education in the District

Senatobia District is Pro-active!

Dr. Grady Marlow is a retired physician in the Senatobia District who attends Coldwater UMC. He was recently trained to be a certified CPR/AED instructor by the American Heart Association. Dr. Marlow is also the District Health Coordinator on the Connectional Leadership Team. On Sunday afternoon, September 21, a class was offered in the District Office. Participants were trained in administering CPR to adults, youth, children and infants, and also on operating an AED device.

Plans are for Dr. Marlow to conduct future classes in the office and in churches.
Pictured are Lillian Varadi, John Varadi, and Neil Treadway practicing CPR on an infant.


Lift Chair Needed

URGENT NEED: A WWII Veteran(in his nineties) is in desperate need of a lift chair. If you know of anyone who has one he can borrow, contact Mrs. Shackleford at (662)902-9005, for more details.