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

From the Treasurer/Director of Finance & Administration

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From:   David Stotts, CPA

Treasurer/Director of Finance & Administration

Conference Benefits Officer

September 3, 2014


THANK YOU for each gracious gift that your church gives to our conference’s connected ministry as indicated on the enclosed Mission Share Report.  I know the recipients of those funds are also thankful.

I would remind you that as United Methodist, we are able to do great big ministries that are larger than the sum of us-all because we are connected.  That is what makes the UM Connection different from all other denominations.  Even better is that there is no withholding of an administrative fee from your gifts to our connected ministry. That is what makes us different from all charitable organizations.  Give freely as God has given to you.  Become a good steward of God’s gifts to you.

As you know in your local church, systematic giving funds ministry on a consistent basis.  If your mission share paid in rate is 66.67% on the enclosed form, then your church is a systematic giver.  If your rate is above 46.58%, your church giving to mission shares is above the conference average.

Take a moment to look at your 8-31-2013 giving rate.  Has your church stretched to increase this year’s rate over that of last year?  Or has your church fallen behind of its rate for last year?  We must confess together that our conference giving rate for 2014 is 1.5% behind last year.  We must all stretch to make the 2014 rate exceed the 2013 rate so that we will be financially able to do more ministry in the coming days.  Thank you for what you have already done and thank you for what you will do in the coming days.

In October we will meet in Districts to explain to you the proposed plan of direct invoice that will be coming to 2015 Annual Conference.  It is also the time we will have open enrollment for the Conference Medical Insurance plan for the clergy in the active or Medicare supplement plan.  Dental and vision insurance will also have an open enrollment.  If your total clergy compensation for 2015 is $20,453 and you are not in the plan, you may enroll in the plan effective January 1, 2015.  Please look at the plans to determine which one is right for you and your family.  You must enroll by October 31, 2014 to participate in the plan beginning 1/1/2015.

 On the back of this page is the schedule of district meetings for the medical benefits explanation of direct invoice, open enrollment and some specific information that has changed on your compensation form for 2015.  At minimum, the pastor and lay delegate to annual conference must attend to review the plan and have input into the plan.  Treasurers’, Pastor Parish Chairs, Admin Council Chairs, and Finance chairs are also welcome.


Date of Listening Session Time District Location
Thursday, October 02, 2014 6:30 East West Jackson Madison UMC
Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 Brookhaven Brookhaven First
Monday, October 06, 2014 6:30 Senatobia Senatobia First
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 6:30 Starkville Starkville First
Thursday, October 09, 2014 6:30 Greenwood St John’s Greenwood
Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30 Hattiesburg Parkway Heights UMC Hattiesburg
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:30 Meridian Meridian District Office
Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:30 Seashore Gateway UMC
Monday, October 13, 2014 6:30 New Albany New Albany First
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:30 Tupelo Tupelo First


Administry Training will be in Gulfport at Gateway UMC on Highway 49 on October 4, 2014 beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm.  I hope you will encourage your Treasurer and other administrative officers to attend.  Information and registration for the one day event is on the conference web site.

As you begin to look toward year end, please remind your treasurer of the following information:

  1. Pastors appointed to the local church MUST receive a W-2 Form as well as all lay employees.
  2. The church must issue 1099’s to subcontractors who were paid $600 or more in total for the year.  If you don’t have their social security or federal identification number, now is the time to contact the sub-contractor to fill in the W-9.
  3. Contributors who gave more than $250 in any one donation must receive written confirmation and it must state that “no goods or services were received in exchange for the donation”.  The IRS is disallowing contributions on taxpayer’s tax returns that do not have this documentation.  It must be in their hand no later than January 31 of the year following the contribution.  Don’t jeopardize your gracious giver’s tax deduction by not issuing this notice or being late in issuing this notice. Remember this is a great opportunity to teach stewardship as well as say thank you.
  4. January 9, 2015 is the last day we will receive 2014 mission shares.  To be recognized at 2015 Annual Conference as a 100% Mission Share church, you must have paid every apportioned line item in full by that date.
  5. To be recognized at 2015 Annual Conference as a 100% Clergy Pension Benefit church, you must have a zero balance for 2014.  We will count the payments through January 9, 2015 to determine the 100% Clergy Pension Benefit Churches.

If there is anyway that my office can resource you, please feel free to contact me.

Blessing as you and your church remains faithful in the work that God has not only called you to, but also has equipped you to do.

District Children’s Ministry Meeting

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Youth Night at Independence UMC

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Transforming Communities Through Health Care Ministry Training

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Transforming Communities 

through Health Care Ministry Training

The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church

Dear Senatobia,

Registration is now open for the Mississippi Conference Health Ministries training event to be held at Camp Wesley Pines on October 5th- 7th, 2014.  We invite you to attend and to help us recruit local, district and conference wide teams to attend this important training together.

During this training you will learn how to “Transform Communities through Health Care Ministry”. Join Bishop James Swanson, training staff from the General Board of Church and Society, health professionals from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Conference UMC staff. Join other Mississippi Conference UMC lay members and clergy as we gather together and participate towards reaching the goal of “transforming” your community.

This is  an important program that has the ability of making a life changing difference in your home church, your home town, your county and throughout Mississippi.

Thank you for your continuing efforts in making our Mississippi Conference United Methodist Churches a healthy place to be!

To get started:  please click here and fill out the online information form.


 “Transforming Communities through Health Care Ministry Training” Mississippi Annual Conference Organizing Training

When: October 5-7, 2014

Where: Camp Wesley Pines in Hazlehurst, Mississippi

What: Transforming Communities through Health Care Ministry will equip faith-based advocate teams for the incarnational work of health care justice in the community. Participants will gain skills in health advocacy and community organizing that prepares them for motivating community leadership in building transformative health care ministries. During the training teams will complete an action plan that addresses a local community need. Implementing the plan is hard work.  GBCS staff will be available to provide technical assistance to teams as they implement their action plans.

Sign up Today! Click here to sign up.

Please fill out the sign up sheet to let us know you are interested in registering for the event. Once you have signed up you will receive an email/phone call from one of the training leaders to discuss the screening and registration process.

Once you have had a conversation with the training leaders you will receive the registration link via email so that you and your team can finish the registration process for the event.

 The training will begin on Sunday afternoon, October 5th and will end in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 7th.

All teams are expected to take part in 100% of the training schedule.

 *Registration is limited to members of the Mississippi Annual Conference.

After registration is confirmed, pre-training preparatory materials will be emailed and will include biblical/theological, ecclesiology resources that we will use in the training.

Registration Fee & Cancellations

$50 per person

Scholarship funds have been offered by the Mississippi Conference.

Please contact Lee Burdine at (662) 328-0444 or

lee@lifebux.com to discuss scholarship needs for this event.

If you sign up and then register and find that you cannot attend this training session, please contact us for refund arrangements no later than September 29, 2014.

No refunds will be given after 12:00pm on September 29, 2014.

Questions?  Please contact Detra Bishop at dbishop@umc-gbcs.org

 LOCATION: Camp Wesley Pines. 1095 Camp Wesley Pines Rd, Hazlehurst, MS 39083


Training Staff:  http://umc-gbcs.org/ 

The Mississippi Conference staff will make reservations for your stay at Camp Wesley Pines.

Rooms and roommates will be assigned upon arrival.

With a complete registration there will automatically be a room reserved for you.

What You Need to Bring: 

Bible, note pad, pen/pencil, twin size bedding or sleeping bag, pillow, towels, washcloths, soap, toiletries, flashlight, sunscreen.  Camp Wesley Pines is a camping environment and casual clothes are recommended. Tennis shoes are recommended if interested in light group exercises or walking trails.


Healthy meals and snacks will be provided. Participants are not required to bring food. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration form.


Coming from Jackson

Take I-55 south approximately 35 miles to the Gallman exit # 65. Turn left back under the interstate and continue bearing left until you see the Gallman United Methodist Church on your right. Turn left on Cleveland Street (almost directly in front of the church) and follow signs on to the camp. We are approximately 2 miles off I-55.

Coming from Hattiesburg

Come North on Highway 49 to Magee. Turn West on Highway 28 to Hazlehurst. Go through red light to I-55 and turn North on I-55 about 5 miles to the Gallman exit # 65. Turn right and continue on bearing left until you get to the Gallman United Methodist Church. Turn left on Cleveland Street (almost directly in front of the church) and follow signs on to the camp. We are approximately 2 miles off I-55.

Event Location

Camp Wesley Pines

1095 Camp Wesley Pines Rd.

Hazlehurst, MS 39083

Thank you for your service to your local church and community.  We look forward to being together October 5th and 7th.


Lee Burdine

The Mississippi Conference Health Ministries Health Coordinator

Fall Decorating Workshop

Come join Cristen Barnard at the District Office (551 North Robinson St, Senatobia) and learn fun and easy ways to decorate your home and your church for the upcoming seasons. Projects will include making flowers from paper, up-cycling unusual materials, and using found objects……..

Workshop is October 4th at 9:00 a.m.

Space is limited to 12 people-sign up now by contacting Cheryl Denley at 662-562-5865 or emailing her at cheryl@senatobiadistrictumc.com

Rev Jerry Wages

PrayingHandsTemplateRev. Jerry Wages(PL), who serves Webb Sumner UMC, will undergo a procedure at Baptist-Oxford Hospital, today (Sept 3rd). Please lift up Rev. Wages in prayer.

Info on Holy Conferencing

Thursdays Holy Conferencing event starts at 9:30 a.m.(fellowship and coffee at 9:00), will conclude by 3:30 p.m.……..