Please share with the congregations. There is a critical need to get the word out to our congregations/individuals who could benefit from having health insurance coverage.
I encourage you to make this information available through Sunday morning Church School announcements, Sunday worship service announcements, newsletter inserts, and personal contacts – especially to members of their congregations that the pastors know who do not have health insurance. Share this information in all ways to ensure that those who want/need health insurance coverage have the opportunity to enroll by March 31st.
Chaplain John A. Wilcher, M. Div., BCC
Director, Clergy and Conference Ministries
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
1211 Union Avenue, Suite 746
Memphis, TN 38104
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is proud to once again be named among the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks in the country.
“Be Treated Well.”
Jack Eli Hankins is the newborn grandson of Rev. James & Tricia Salter (Gautier FUMC). Jack isn’t doing well and has been going through outpatient testing at Providence Hospital lab and Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Mobile. Some of his lab results have been sent to Mayo Clinic. He and Tricia have been making several trips to Mobile to assist with his care. Please keep Jack and family and the Salter family in your thoughts and prayers.
March 3, 2014
Dear Hernando UMC,
I write to let you know how much I appreciate being given the opportunity to be a part of this past weekend’s prayer retreat. My heart was blessed and my spirit renewed.
Thank you for your efforts in making this retreat a possibility. God has and will continue to bless you for your hard work and sharing of your resources.
I pray for the mission and ministry of Hernando UMC. The fruits of your vision are very apparent.
When: March 29, 2014
Where: Hinds Chapel UMC (5105 Church Road, Lake Cormorant, MS 38641)
Registration and fellowship 9:30-10:00, meeting starts at 10
Our keynote speaker will be:
Mike Duggar, President and CEO of Methodist Children’s Home
Mike Duggar comes to the home with over twenty years of experience working with traumatized and abused children in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, and now Mississippi. Mike believes that God has called him to minister to broken children and to help them understand how much God loves them. His vision is to make the home most known for changing how Mississippi cares for traumatized children and troubled families. Mike came to us from the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, Georgia. He received his Bachelors’ in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee and his Masters in Community Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.
The ladies of Hinds Chapel will serve a light lunch following our meeting…….
By Iris Holloway, Lay Servant and Senatobia District Communication Team Member
A lay servant is a member of a local church who is ready to serve, and desires to serve the church. They are well informed on the scriptures, doctrine, heritage, organization and life of the United Methodist Church. These individuals have received training to develop skills in witnessing the Christian Faith through communication, church and community leadership and care giving ministries. They are active in supporting the local church.
How does one get this training? You just missed it!! Classes were held by the Senatobia District on Saturday, Feb 22, at the Hernando United Methodist Church. Three courses offered were: Basic Lay Servants, Basic Youth Lay Speaking, and an advanced course, Lay Pastoral Care Giving.
The goal of teaching the course is to teach the basic skills of a Basic Lay Servant in 3 primary aspects of Lay Servant Ministries, leading, caring and communicating. The course was taught by Mary Hutson. Mary received her Masters of Divinity Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary and currently serves at Ruleville 1st United Methodist Church. Attendees numbered 17 for the Basic Lay servant course.
The Basic Youth Lay Speaking course consisted of the same content as the Basic Lay Servant course. The course was taught by Ryan McGough. Ryan is seeking ordination as an elder of the United Methodist Church, and is a certified candidate in this process. He serves as the youth director at Minor Memorial United Methodist Church. There were 14 Youth attendees learning to lead, to care and communicate as a Lay Servant.
The Advanced Course, “Lay Pastoral Care Giving”, was taught by the vivacious Cheryl Denley. Cheryl serves as the Senatobia District Secretary. This is just one of the many ways that Cheryl serves the Lord. The group ranked the highest in attendance with 37 lay servants attending. Lay Pastoral Caregiving is a term used to describe a program of providing pastoral care to the members of the congregation using Laity that have gone through a training program and are assigned and supervised by the church pastor.
At the end of the day all groups joined together. A special offering was taken to assist with the Lay Servant Training in Germany. The day ended with communion to thank God for the opportunity to serve him.
Perhaps you would like to join in the next time classes are held. Various classes are held through the year. Be on the lookout for “Lay Servant Training”. You will not be disappointed!
By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator
Pleasant Hill UMC, Olive Branch hosted a Lay Servant Banquet on Friday, February 21, to honor the many lay servants who serve so faithfully and well in the Senatobia District. Speakers and presenters included Billie Wilhite, Blair Jernigan, Richard Sadler, and Rev. Andy Ray, the Senatobia District Superintendent. There was also a special music presentation by Rev. Hal Hall of Southaven First UMC.
Hall had the undivided attention of the gathered with his songs, moves, and appearance so reminiscent of Elvis Presley. He captured our hearts with favorites such as Peace in the Valley, Teddy Bear, Don’t Be Cruel, and I Can’t Stop Loving You. Some very lucky ladies had the privilege of a hug and the gift of a scarf from Hall. Each scarf contained a scripture passage. He spoke about how we sometimes hold on to something when we come to worship. What we are holding onto is often anger, hurt feelings, guilt, worry, and other feelings or thoughts that keep us from being ready to receive the blessings of being in the presence of the Lord. Hall said that we need to just “let it go”. We need to let go of anything that is keeping us from worshipping the Lord. Then Hall sang How Great Thou Art to a standing ovation by the crowd.
After the presentations, door prizes were awarded. The very best gift, an evening of fellowship, worship, spiritual reflection, and celebration, was enjoyed by all. We look forward to another year of service and blessings in the Senatobia District.