With our time in the beautiful El Salvador coming to an end, we are all taking time to reflect on the blessings the Lord has shown us in our time here.
“I am so thankful to have brought my daughter on this trip to see what life is like outside of the states. Even though the people live here in what we would consider poverty, you would never know that in the smiles of the children. I truly enjoyed meeting the people in their homes and hearing their stories. While I was hesitant about making this trip, it truly has been a blessing.” -Dave Kirchhoff, Maples Memorial United Methodist
“What an amazing week! Once again my heart is filled with love for this country and the amazing people we have encountered. The love and joy radiates from their faces- their faith is stronger than I. They have so little, as we measure, but so much! As a group we have bonded in ways that warm our hearts- open and honest.” -Nancy Hall, Minor Memorial United Methodist
“The country of El Salvador radiates beauty-the landscapes, the hospitality, and especially the hearts of the people. What an honor to join the work of the Lord in this place, and experience His blessings abundantly flow in so many beautiful moments. We have seen the Lord at work as we worked to construct a church for people to worship our God in, we’ve seen the love and joy of Jesus in the smiles and laughs of the children at Vacation Bible School, and the Lord has lead us to houses for food and evangelism ministry opportunities that have shown the faithfulness of the people in this country. Thanks be to God for these days of blessings and the mission team that has made this trip an unforgettable journey.” -Madii Sowell, Maples Memorial United Methodist
“One of my favorite things about this week is seeing team members step out of their comfort zones. We have had people pray in public and lead devotions for the first time and multiple times people have said, “I’ll go wherever you need me.” Once again it was a joy to spend time with the Pastor Angel, the people of La Providencia, and the staff of Salvadorian Mission Projects; they serve Jesus year round in their community and I was blessed to serve alongside them!” -Amanda Gordon, Minor Memorial United Methodist
A few months ago we started offering a free hot drink to anyone who wanted to stop on Monday mornings on their way to work. We are expanding the time frame and the invitation to include anyone who wants to stop by. We are hoping to bring a smile and some friendly chat to the community on Monday mornings. We still will hand out a free drink to anyone who comes by without pressuring them to stay and talk, but we are opening up our community room for a longer period of time for those that want to stay whether the chatter leads us to canning tips or a to prayer and a devotional.
The Senatobia District congratulates Minor Memorial UMC for being named our “Vital Congregation” for 2017. They were awarded their certificate on June 4th during the morning worship and were lifted up during annual conference in Jackson.
Blessings upon Rev. Gordon and all the good folks at Minor Memorial!
At the 2017 Annual Conference Session, you learned that the Board of Medical Benefits will be conducting listening sessions for important legislation coming to the 2018 Annual Conference. The subject will be the study of the Post-Retirement Health Benefit available to clergy and lay employees who participate in the conference health plan and the related cost that is included in the Mission Shares and in the Board of Medical Benefits Budget.
Following are other concepts that will be shared:
- If the benefit is terminated, what future date should this occur? By setting a date in the future, participants who are nearing retirement and have planned on this credit being a part of their retirement package can make necessary decisions.
- How much additional funding will have to be collected so that the decreasing credit going forward can be funded out of the reserves on hand, if any?
- How can we help the participants who actually lose the benefit make provisions for the loss of this amount in their future retirement?
Following are the dates, times and locations for the listening sessions. The session should last one hour. All lay and clergy members of the 2018 annual conference should attend.
||Parkway Heights UMC
||Ripley First UMC
||Starkville First UMC
David Stotts, CPA
Treasurer/Director of Finance & Administration
Conference Benefits Officer
Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church
320-A Briarwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39206
601-354-0515 (main office)
769-243-7020 (direct line)
601-955-3912 (cell phone)
DATES TO SAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- June 20-District Mission Trip Returns from El Salvador…pray for a safe return!!!
- June 25, 2017-175th Anniversary Celebration @ Byhalia UMC
- June 30-July 4, 2017-Independence Day Holidays
- July 7-9, 2017-Beach Camp
- July 17, 2107-Desoto Cluster at Love UMC
- July 20, 2017-Board of Medical Benefits Listening Sessions at Como UMC@ 6:30 p.m., All clergy and lay members to the annual conference are urged to attend… click here for more info
- August 12, 2017-FAM JAM at Christ UMC/Jackson-go to Mississippi-umc.org for more details
- August 14-15- “3-L Academy”
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