Fall Festival at Love UMC @ Love United Methodist Church
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2017 Mississippi Convocation on the Black Church
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Register Now for the 2017 MS Convocation on the Black Church
Be informed! Be inspired! Be intentional! Be transformed!
Register now to attend the 2017 Mississippi Convocation on the Black Church on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 am – 4pm at Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss RD, Jackson, MS, 39206.

Cost is $30 per person.
Don’t wait! REGISTER HERE to save a seat. Registration is required. The deadline to register is Monday, October 23, 2017.

The theme of this year’s Convocation Intentional Discipleship through the Lens of the Black Church Experience embraces the Mississippi Conference’s overarching goal – that by 2020, 75% of ALL local churches will have an intentional disciple-making system in place.

  • Be informed with the tools and resources needed for transforming your communities…
  • Be inspired to lead fearlessly and strategically to make disciples for the transformation of their communities and the world…
  • Be intentional in creating, planning and implementing a course of action for building relationships and disciplining your communities…
  • Be transformed! Be what God has intended you to be!

All clergy and laity are welcome to participate and attend. Come! Experience exceptional preaching and teaching, innovative and thought-provoking workshops, and soul-stirring music.
The Rev. Telley Lynnette Gadson, senior pastor and spiritual coach at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Taylors, South Carolina and president of the National Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church (BCWUMC), will be this year’s keynote preacher.
Rev. Gadson has been blessed by God with an anointing that has enabled her to share on a local, state-wide, regional, and national platforms. In February 2007, Rev. Gadson lifted the Morning Meditation at the South Carolina Prayer Breakfast in honor of then Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama. In December 2010 and in April 2011, Rev. Gadson was a special guest at the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama. In November 2011, she served as one of three worship preachers at the inaugural joint-conference of the NAACP and the National Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
Rev. Gadson brings a wealth of F.I.R.E – Faith, Inspiration, Redemption, and Excellence! During her tenure and under her leadership, St. Mark UMC has experienced spiritual growth, more than tripled its membership and more than quadrupled its financial stewardship – and in April 2010, St Mark UMC celebrated the Consecration of a new church building designed for worship, study and fellowship.
The Rev. Junius Boyd Dotson, a recognized visionary leader in church revitalization, is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, and international agency of The United Methodist Church.
Prior to his present position, Rev. Dotson, was pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, where he was instrumental in transforming the 3,500 member church into a multi-campus congregation. The church is also the host to the E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic that provides affordable care to thousands of patients annually. 
As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
Rev. Dotson’s unique innovations have generated a great deal of interest. His ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, The Wichita Eagle, religious journals and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File” as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, San Jose and Wichita.
Rori Francis Blakeney serves on the staff of the General Board of Discipleship as the young people’s ministries’ regional staff for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. In this capacity, he works to nurture, empower and equip youth, young adults, and adult workers to lead in the life of the church.
In addition to his work with Young People’s Ministries, he serves on staff at East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church, a multi-cultural congregation. Prior to joining EPFM1’s staff, he served at Winters Chapel and Hoosier Memorial UMCs. He believes that developing healthy partnerships is a key to effective ministry and has a passion for equipping and empowering small membership churches to be fruitful and effective congregations. Rori has a successful track record of designing and teaching confirmation classes, organizing mission trips and growing youth groups.
JaNae` Swanson-Brown is an Executive Assistant at Kennesaw United Methodist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia.  JaNae` attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Pellissippi State Community College, where she studied Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

JaNae` has been employed with the United Methodist Church since 2006, serving in different capacities:  a Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Registrar, and Event Planner in the Holston Annual Conference and a Youth Director at Middlesettlements UMC. During her tenure at Holston Annual Conference she planned events, hosted UM Secretaries Conferences and led workshops on Cyber & Electronic Device Safety, Technology, Event Planning, Church & Office Safety, and Church Secretary Record Keeping. JaNae` served as Vice-President and Treasurer for Holston Conference Secretaries Association. JaNae` is a certified UMC Church Secretary.

JaNae` is the wife of Vernon Brown. They have a daughter (Laila), a dog, and a bird. They reside in Acworth, Georgia.
A special offering will be lifted in support of the Clay-Conoway Scholarship. This scholarship, in memory of Dr. Henry Clay and Rev. Dr. Merlin Conoway, is for Mississippi students attending Gammon Seminary in Atlanta.
Cost is $30 per person.
Don’t wait! REGISTER HERE to save a seat. Registration is required. The deadline to register is Monday, October 23, 2017.
Find more information at www.mississippi-umc.org/blackchurchlens. For questions, contact Jane Horstman at jhorstman@mississippi-umc.org or 769-243-7072.

Trunk or Treat at Independence UMC @ Independence UMC
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2018 Basic Lay Servant Class @ Senatobia District Office
Mar 3 all-day

Basic Lay Servant Class to be Offered at the Senatobia District Office on

March 3, 2018

Email senatobia@mississippi-umc.org to register

Cost is $35.00 and that includes lunch and your book. There will be a pre-course and a post-course assignment.