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Heartache and Hope

Sunday-is-Comingby Rev. Andy Ray, Senatobia District Superintendent

(Romans 8:6-11) To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit* is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit,* since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit* is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ* from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through* his Spirit that dwells in you. NRSV

How can we say we are Easter people when we live like it is Good Friday? These words of Lent and Easter have been on my heart recently. Twenty-seven (27) congregations in the Senatobia District have less than twenty (20) in average worship attendance. Three (3) of these have decided to close this year and two (2) have voted to become Preaching Stations. Of the twenty-two (22) remaining congregations, nine (9) have chosen to covenant with Proactive Ministries to work to turn around their decline. That leaves thirteen (13) who, in essence, have made the choice to die. I know that sounds harsh, but the history of similar churches leads us to this conclusion. I am tempted to mark those churches as DNR – Do Not Resuscitate.

The tragic part of this is, I believe, something can be done. It is sinful not to try something, as it indicates not only we don’t have enough faith to turn to God for help, but God cannot help if we ask. If we do try and it does not help, then we have been faithful in giving it our best effort.

It reminds me of the Chair of the church board who opened the meeting with the prayer: “We praise you, O God, for your omnipotence. There is nothing you cannot do. You alone are God.” He gaveled the meeting to order stating, “Friends, I have reviewed the attendance, the attitude of members, the needs we face and the giving in response. We are in a hopeless situation.” We say one thing and live another.

We are Easter people. Neither the cross nor the tomb has the last word. S. M. Lockridge preached a sermon Tony Compolo made famous, “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming’” This emotional sermon speaks of Friday’s defeat, but then announces the hope that “Sunday is coming!” Easter. Life. Victory! We talk about Easter but live as though it’s Friday. Too many in this world are satisfied to say, “Thank God it’s Friday” and deny the power of God! The best witness we can make in the world is to live like Easter people. Not even death has power over God—that nothing—not death, not angels or spirit, not the present or the future…nothing. This is the God we believe, worship and serve! Are you stuck on Friday or are you living like it is Sunday?

Click to watch a video of Tony Campolo’s story, “It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming

Click to hear S.M. Lockridge, “It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming

Passover/Seder at Southaven First UMC

On Maundy Thursday, April 17, beginning at 6:00 PM, Southaven First United Methodist Church will be having a Passover/Seder Supper. The theme of the event will be “Christ in the Passover.” This will be a time of worship, teaching, good food, as well as broadening your understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Communion during the most holy week of the year.

There is no cost for the event but there will be a special offering taken in order to cover the cost of the meal.

Reservations must be made no later than The Tuesday of Holy Week. You may make reservations by calling the church office at (662)429-8248.



Rev. Harold B “Hal” Hall, Jr.
Pastor, Southaven First United Methodist Church
723 Star Landing Road East
Nesbit, MS 38651
Office: (662)429-8248 Cell: (601)955-7170

Lay Servant Training (Spanish Speaking)

Lay Servant MinistriesBy Rev. Goyo De la Cruz

The Lay Servant training for Spanish speakers, took place on Saturday, March 29th, at the Iglesia Metodista Unida “El Redentor” in Memphis TN. The workshop was attended by members of the McKendree district of the Memphis Annual Conference and the East Jackson and Senatobia districts of the Mississippi Annual Conference.

The workshop , organized by the Senatobia District (MS) and the Mckendree District (TN), was attended by 19 students: 13 in the Basic Course taught by the Rev. Luz Campos, and 6 in the Advanced Course taught by the Rev. Goyo De la Cruz.

This was the second time that the workshop was taught in Spanish in this area. The first workshop was held in Hernando, MS, in 2012.

We pray for the continued training of more Hispanic leaders, in order to forge a strong Hispanic leadership in Mississippi and the city of Memphis, TN.

Walk The Cross – Sponsored by Bakers Chapel UMC

Location:  NE corner of Northview St. and Commerce St. in Hernando, MS

We will walk the Cross 0.3 miles to Clock Tower on Courthouse Square then back to starting point (on sidewalk).

All are welcome to participate!

For more information, please contact Rev. Greg Hazelrig (901) 652-6400 or by email at:


Outdoor Movie Night at Bakers Chapel UMC

movie-reelLocation:  Baker’s Chapel United Methodist Church
1965 Johnston Road
Hernando, MS  38632

Featuring: The Passion of the Christ

Date:  Friday, April 11, 2014

Time:  Supper 6:30 p.m. / Movie 7:30 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets

For more information, please contact Rev. Greg Hazelrig (901) 652-6400 or by email at:

2014 Rust College Annual Conference Luncheon

Join us at the Rust College Annual Conference Luncheon, Friday, June 6, 2014, 12 noon at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS. The tickets for the luncheon are $30 per person.

Please post the attached flyer on your websites and/or forward to members inviting them to register and pay for the luncheon on the Rust College website –

Our goal is to complete registration by April 30, 2014.

For more information, I may be reached at 662-252-8094 (office) or 601-506-7022 (cell). Thank you for your support and your cooperation.

In the service of Jesus Christ

Rev. Annie Travis

2014 Rust College Luncheon

School of Congregational Development Racial/Ethnic Scholarships

For the 2014 School of Congregational Development there will be a limited number of racial ethnic scholarships available for participants from racial/ethnic groups. Rev. Nora Colmenares, Assistant General Secretary through the office of Mission and Evangelism announced this opportunity several weeks ago.   We have gotten the word out, but there are still a few scholarships available.  Please don’t miss this opportunity.  A $50 registration fee is required to receive a scholarship.  Application deadline June 30, 2014

The School of Congregational Development will be on Thursday, August 14, 2014 – Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Matthews United Methodist Church, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Click here for detailed information to apply or go to and follow the instructions.
Scholarships Categories:
Regular Racial Ethnic Scholarships (must live outside the Charlotte metropolitan area). Covers $325 of the ($375) registration fee, one night’s lodging at an authorized SCD hotel.
Local Resident Racial Ethnic Scholarships (for persons living within the Charlotte metropolitan area.  Covers $325 of the ($375) registration fee.
M/Div Seminarian Ethnic Scholarships (for persons living outside of the metropolitan Charlotte area). Covers $325 of the ($375) registration fee, two nights lodging at an authorized SCD hotel, $400 travel reimbursement.
If you are approved for a scholarship, you will receive a notification beginning April 1 through June 30th, along with instructions to register as a scholarship recipient. To claim the scholarship you must register; pay $50 by June 30th and reserve a hotel room by July 13, 2014, at one of the authorized SCD hotels.
It is expected that those who receive scholarships will actively participate in all components of this event.