UMVIM Training

UMVIM Team Leader Training
Saturday, August 22 from 10 am-3 pm
Minor Memorial UMC (6120 Goodman Rd, Walls, MS 38680)
Led by Rev. Amanda Gordon
Pre-Register by 8/17:  662-781-1333 or
Cost: $25, includes manual and lunch (pay at door)
At the training, participants will receive a wealth of information on preparing an UMVIM team for service, including such topics as effective project selection, spiritual development, cultural sensitivity for teams, logistics, and finance.  This training will help you understand the fundamentals of team leadership and will enrich any future mission experiences you have.
UMVIM TRAIN THE TRAINER (also counts as Team Leader Training)
Saturday, August 29 from 10 am-4 pm
McLaurin Heights UMC (325 Mary Ann Dr, Pearl, MS 39208)
Pre-Register by 8/24 by contacting either Rev. David  Newton (228-216-6567 or or Rev. Amanda Gordon (662-781-1333 or
Cost: $25, includes manual and lunch (pay at door)
Train the Trainer will be led by Paulette West, Executive Director of UMVIM SEJ.  By attending this training, you will be qualified to lead Team Leader Trainings in your area.  We need more trainers in Mississippi—please consider attending!
(You may also attend for Team Leader Training credit even if you don’t want to be a trainer in the future.)

Upcoming Events in the Senatobia District

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

  1. July 3-6-Office closed for Independence Day, Cheryl on vacation July 7-8, office will reopen on July 9th-cheryl will be checking emails and messages while away from the office
  2. July 3-Walter Platt and fireworks at Wesley Meadows, sponsored by the churches of the Desoto County Cluster
  3. July 4-11 District Mission Team to El Salvador
  4. July 20-Desoto Cluster at Love UMC
  5. July 26-Eudora UMC Benefit for Animal Shelter
  6. August 1-Clergy Summer Gathering and Fellowship
  7. August 8-District UMW School of Mission
  8. September 21-Desoto Cluster at Bakers Chapel
  9. October 24-District UMW Annual Meeting
  10. November 23-26 Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays!
  11. December 3-Clergy Christmas Party
  12. December 18-January 4-Office Christmas Holidays
  13. January 16, 2016-District Training at Batesville 1st
  14. May 1, 2016-Celebration of the Rays 45 Years in Faithful Ministry!

2015 District Mission Team Prepares for Departure


By Cynthia Laird
Member of the 2015 Senatobia District Mission Team

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Southaven First United Methodist Church hosted the Senatobia District UMVIM Mission Team 2015 Prayer Service. For months, prayer partners have been diligently praying for God’s grace and power for the mission. First we gathered for a potluck meal as some of us met our prayer partners for the first time. What a blessing to see those smiling enthusiastic faces, and to know the deep Christian love that they feel for the Lord and His work.

After the meal, we joined for the prayer service in the sanctuary. Cheryl Denley led the service, Joann Freeman offered a prayer for the mission, and Rev. Amanda Gordon, our mission team leader, shared a message about mission experiences from last year, and some new opportunities awaiting us this year. Then the team members joined with their prayer partners for individual prayers. Finally, we shared in a covenant prayer at the altar while our prayer partners laid hands on our shoulders. It is very humbling to know that someone values your service to God so much that they continually offer up prayers for you.

Our mission trip will take place on July 4 through July 11. There are fifteen members of the team this year, just like last year, and about half of the members from the team last year are returning to El Salvador. We look forward to seeing El Salvador with a fresh vision through the eyes of the new team members. We also look forward to experiencing God as we work with and learn more about the people of El Salvador. Please pray for the safety for our team as we travel, and that our team and the people we encounter in El Salvador will together experience God’s grace, power, and love in a miraculous way.

Como UMC Seeks Administrative Assistant

Como United Methodist Church has begun the process of hiring an administrative assistant. After 5 years the current administrative assistant has resigned in order to become a grandmother. Hours are from 8:30-1:30 Monday through Thursday. Resumes should be mailed to Como UMC P.O Box 277, Como, MS, 38619. If there are any questions please call Rev. Phillip Dearman, at 662-836-8768.

Family of Louise Lewis

Praying HandsPlease be in prayer for Michelle Hazelrig (wife of Rev.Greg Hazelrig) and her family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Michelle’s mother, Louise Lewis. Mrs Lewis was a resident at Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 24, 5-7, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, with the funeral service on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the same location.