Understanding The Prophets: CEU Event with Dr. John Oswalt

Dr. John Oswalt of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky will be at Hernando UMC, on Friday, February 17, 2017, for a continuing education event.

8:30-2:00 p.m.-Lunch provided on site.

Please register by calling or emailing the district office by February 15th if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity. (5 CEU’s.)

Many pastors are reluctant to preach from the Old Testament prophets because there seems to be such a distance between the message of those books and the modern congregation. The goal of this seminar is to help bridge that gap. Attention will be given to the message of the prophets and its continuing relevance to the human predicament. Suggestions for sermons will be a significant part of the discussion.


UMCOR Relief-Supply Network Needs Tornado Buckets

There is an immediate need for “Tornado Buckets?”

The following is from Ray Crump, director of the United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, AL:

“We cannot keep a supply of them. The average stay in the warehouse is about two weeks and they go out to a disaster. We shipped to Gatlinburg, TN, then Hattiesburg, MS, where we only had 20 for them. We have issued an EMERGENCY request to our churches in North Alabama and we have two skids that have come in and these are all headed to New Orleans this morning.”

Contact info for Ray Crump:

3220 Highway 31 S., Building F
Decatur, AL 35603
P.O. Box 1133
Decatur, AL 35602

Weekly District Update from Cheryl (2/13/2017)

I have been asked to remind you that your churches received a letter from David Stotts about your property insurance. VERY IMPORTANT….look it over and RESPOND!  If you have questions, please bring them to the Finance/Trustee Training this Thursday night (Feb. 16) at Batesville 1st UMC.  Very important that your churches respond to this letter.

The UMCOR warehouse in Decatur, AL is begging for cleaning buckets, if you can help or need more information, let me know and I will forward the email from the director.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be attending the CEU event this Friday at Hernando UMC with Dr. John Oswalt.

Have a great week!

DATES TO SAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Feb 16 2017-Batesville 1st UMC-6:30 p.m.-David Stotts and Ed Jones will present training for Financial Secretaries, Treasurers, Trustees, Church Administrators, and Finance Committees
  2. Feb 17, 2017-CEU opportunity at Hernando UMC- Dr. John Oswalt
  3. Feb 20, 2017-Wesley Foundation(NWCC) meeting at district office at 6
  4. Feb 25, 2017-District Lay Servant Training at Hernando UMC-sponsored by the Desoto Cluster..
  5. February 28, 2017-Childrens Ministry Meeting at District Office at 6 p.m.-Cheryl will report on the Children’s Conference she attended in St Louis!

Statement from Bishop Swanson Concerning the Connection Discernment of Two Local Churches

Dear Mississippi Conference,

I send you holy greetings during this season of Epiphany. It is with a heavy heart I announce to you that it has come to my attention that two of our congregations are seeking to discern whether to continue their historic relationships and connections with The United Methodist Church. These two congregations are Getwell Road UMC of the Senatobia District and The Orchard UMC of the Tupelo District.
Jim Genesse, Senatobia District Superintendent; Jimmy Barnes, Tupelo District Superintendent and I met last evening with the two senior pastors of the churches. Bill Beavers of Getwell Road and Bryan Collier of The Orchard, explained to us that they and their congregations have separately been in a “period of discernment” since about October 2016.

The rationale given for this discernment is that within both congregations, there is a deep concern that any legislative or judicial solution to the denomination’s current impasse on human sexuality will sow seeds of deeper division within our Church. They see this division as something that continues and will continue to damage the witness of The United Methodist Church of which they are currently connected. This “period of discernment” will help them discover if they are to remain connected to The United Methodist Church or seek to depart.

Last night marked the beginning of an additional round of discernment between me, the district superintendents and the conference treasurer/administrator officially being a part of their discernment process. 

I covet your prayers for Getwell Road, The Orchard, Bill Beavers, Bryan Collier, Jim Genesse, Jimmy Barnes, David Stotts and myself as we seek to hear God’s voice and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


Living Out The POWER of We,

Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. 

Missions Fundraiser at Pleasant Hill UMC

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Dates to Save

Feb 11, 2017-Pleasant Hill Valentines Celebration(Missions Fund raiser) Feb 16 2017-Batesville 1st UMC-6:30 p.m.-David Stotts and Ed Jones will present training for Financial Secretaries, Treasurers, Trustees, Church Administrators, and Finance Committees Feb 17, 2017-CEU opportunity at Hernando UMC- Dr. John …
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Children’s event is coming! Save the date!

A family event, especially for children Kindergarten through 6th grade Featuring Kidz Blitz and Yancy! Saturday, August 12th, 2017 1:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. At Christ UMC, Jackson Doors Open at 12:30 p.m. $10 per child, parents free, $30 family …
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Church Administration Training

When: February 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Batesville First UMC, 119 Panola Ave, Batesville, MS 38606, USA

February 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Batesville First UMC   David Stotts (Conference Treasurer) and Ed Jones (Conference Auditor) will present training for Financial Secretaries, Treasurers, Trustees, Church Administrators, and Finance Committees.

Weekly District Update from Cheryl (1/30/2017)

Many thanks to all of you for working so hard to get the statistical reports in on time! Byhalia UMC has a LD127 Lanier Copier they would like to donate to a church that is in need… DEADLINE for lay …
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United Methodist Association of Church Business Administrators Event at Lake Junaluska

Greetings Fellow “Administry” Friends! I am so happy to share with you about an upcoming event that I think will benefit your church whether you are a small congregation or a large church. The Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Association of …
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