Swanson visits Columbus FUMC Easter Sunday

IMG_4442_2It was a powerful way to celebrate the risen Savior.

Mississippi Resident Bishop James Swanson served as the guest speaker at both the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services at First United Methodist Church of Columbus on Easter Sunday.

Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent, said the text for the Bishop’s message was Luke 24:36-49 and the title of it was, “Too Good to Be True.”

“In his message, the Bishop reminded us that some of the first persons to see Jesus after he was resurrected were so awe-struck that they had a difficult time believing their
eyes,” Jackson said. “The bishop went on to compare these earlier followers of Jesus with us today. Sometimes in life we are so blessed that we have a difficult time believing how blessed we truly are. The Easter message reminds us that we are all blessed by the resurrection of Jesus.” Continue reading

Bishop visits MSU Wesley to discuss Africa University

IMG_0273 As part of his recent visit to the Golden Triangle area, Bishop James Swanson stopped by the Mississippi State University Wesley Foundation to discuss education.

But the educational opportunities the Bishop discussed, was not concerning MSU students. His focus was to encourage local leaders to help support the Mississippi-Africa University Partnership, a college formed in Zimbabwe in 1992 by the United Methodist Church.

Under Swanson’s leadership, the Mississippi Conference has pledged to provide Africa University with 10 endowed scholarships in the amount of $130,000 each. Every local church in the Mississippi Conference is challenged to participate.

Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. has extended an invitation to Mississippi United Methodists asking them to support the 2015 Mission Offering that is designated to Africa University. This offering will be received during the 2015 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference in June. Continue reading

Forest First UMC welcomes the Harper family

cropped_7L2A0458With a passion for seeing all the amazing ways God will be at work at First United Methodist Church of Forest, the church welcomes Rev. Trey Harper and his family on June 22.

“Everyone who has met Bro. Trey has fallen in love with him,” said Mary Jones, chair of the pastor-parish relations committee for Forest’s First United Methodist Church. “We are really excited about him and his whole family being part of our church family.” Continue reading