Miss. UMC Bishop to preach in the Golden Triangle for Holy Week


bishop-publicity-photoHoly Week will begin and end with two opportunities for people throughout the Golden Triangle area to hear the preaching of  Bishop James Swanson of the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Beginning with Palm Sunday, Bishop Swanson will speak at the 11 a.m. worship services March 29 at First Unity United Methodist Church in Weir. And on Easter Sunday, the Bishop will be speaking at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services at Columbus’ First United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend services at both churches. Continue reading

10 Things that make Christmas special in Mississippi…


 

2014-12-16 13.43.15In a completely unscientific poll, I asked Facebook friends to share what makes Christmas special and unique in Mississippi…and here are the top answers… (#10 is all me & Pepper!)

1. Decorating with Magnolia leaves. Continue reading

First UMC is Columbus’ oldest church family


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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally ran in the HISTORY OF FAITH column in the November 2006 edition of North Mississippi Christian Family. I love the photos and wanted to share again…

They started out at the historic Franklin Academy in 1823 and First United Methodist Church of Columbus has been making a positive impact for Christ on the city of Columbus throughout the years. Columbus FUMC is on record as the oldest church organization in Columbus and they hope to continue that tradition of faith for many years in the future.

The exterior of the current building exhibits an imposing facade of old handmade brick with a towering spire. The building, located at 602 Main Street in Columbus, is considered a local landmark. Continue reading

Starkville District UMC launches TEAM HOPE


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   One-third of Jesus’ earthly ministry dealt with health and wellness, the holistic healing of mind, body, spirit, relationships, etc.
    With a Biblical mandate to follow Christ, healthcare has always been a major emphasis in missions worldwide. And while missionaries around the world deal with health crisis, few churches are working to deal with the health crisis in the United States.
   The United Methodist Church is working to change that on a state and local level.
   Starkville District Superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson said health and wellness has always played an important role, but is now developing into a major emphasis with the creation of the new TEAM HOPE, a healthcare advocacy team designed to promote health and wellness within the eight counties comprising the Starkville District.
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