CHURCH OF THE WEEK: Bellefontaine UMC

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ABOUT THE PASTOR

NAME: Roger Miller1009161721-00

CHURCH: Bellefontaine United Methodist (Miller also serves Lebanon UMC)

CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: P.O. Box 7013, or 9855 MS Hwy. 9, Bellefontaine, MS

PASTOR’S BIRTHDAY: September 19

PASTOR’S HOMETOWN: Eupora

FAMILY NAMES & CHILDREN’S AGES: Spouse: Ann Miller

Children: Amy Copley of Mathiston, Miss. &  Leigh Ann Grass of Carlsbad, Calif.

Grandchildren: 5 &  Greatgrandchildren: 3

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Local pastor portrays Jesus in Kosciusko passion play

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Rev Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and Lebanon UMC portrays Jesus in the upcoming production of HIS LAST DAYS: The Passion Play at First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko. The play is set for March 24, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the church. There is no cost for admission, no tickets are required, and no reservations are necessary to attend the performance. A nursery is provided.

Rev. Matt Tucker said portraying Jesus in the play, “His Last Days” at Kosciusko First United Methodist Church for the past several years, has been impactful.

“Try carrying a cross, literally, while some high school kids whip you,” Tucker said. “It will make you realize this was nothing compared to what Jesus actually went through for loving us. He is compassion, which means ‘that which you will suffer for,’ because studying about the crucifixion, I realized there I no more painful of a way to die than that and Jesus endured as an obedient servant of God’s will for our lives. That is awesome!”

For Tucker, it has been difficult as an actor thinking about Jesus’ reactions to different situations in the play, such as his facial expression when Judas betrays him, or when Peter denies him three times, or how to portray his suffering on the cross.

“I struggle with these parts every year but I also ask God to allow me to be His vessel before every show so He takes care of me,” Tucker said.

Tucker is the pastor at Bellefontaine UMC and Lebanon UMC in Webster County, but grew up in Kosciusko and recently served as their youth pastor for many years.

The 31st annual “His Last Days: The Passion Play” will be presented by Kosciusko First United Methodist Church in Kosciusko, the three nights prior to Easter, March 24, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the church. There is no cost for admission, no tickets are required, and no reservations are necessary to attend the performance.  A nursery is provided. Parking for vehicles, including vans and buses, is conveniently located near the church grounds. Continue reading

Tucker asks ‘what are you not ENOUGH of?’

 

2015-03-18 12.31.26Rev. Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and Lebanon UMC asks the Eupora UMC Lenten Lunch crowd “What are you not ENOUGH of?””What keeps you from doing God’s will? What are you not ENOUGH of?–Some say they are not smart ENOUGH, skinny ENOUGH, strong ENOUGH…What keeps you from ministry?” Tucker asked those attended the Lenten Lunch Series at Eupora’s First United Methodist Church to take three squares of toilet tissue and write the word ENOUGH on it. When they had the answer to the question “What are you not ENOUGH of?” — they were to throw that reason –that excuse– in the toilet. Rev. Tucker also discussed his role as Jesus in “The Last Days of Christ” program at Kosciusko UMC, that will be held April 2-4 at the church. Each year, he conducts a personal Bible study to examine the role of Christ during Holy Week and how the disciples and the crowds reacted to the message of the Gospel unfolding before their eyes.  The Lenten Lunch Series continues next Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. March 25, in the Eupora FUMC fellowship hall with Rev. Hugh Bland of Walthall Baptist Church serving as the guest speaker. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend.

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See one of these photos in the March 25, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/03/25/tucker-speaks-at-lenten-lunch/

Packing up OCC Shoeboxes…

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Pepper Sisson is packing up the shoeboxes collected from Bellefontaine United Methodist Church this weekend to take to the Webster County Collection Center during National Collection Week, Nov. 17-23. The Webster County Collection Center is located at the church office building of First Baptist Church of Mathiston. The Webster County Collection Center will be open:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 3-6 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m.;
  • Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. until noon;
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9-11 a.m.;
  • Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 p.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

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Fall picnic @ Little Mountain

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Every year, Bellefontaine UMC & friends gather for a Fall Picnic at Little Mountain…we have fantastic food such as Aunt Joyce’s grilled chicken or Sandra’s baked beans. After we are so full we can hardly stand ourselves, we walk the trails. It was a beautiful day to enjoy great friends, great food and God’s creation together. Continue reading