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

Two Columbus churches kick off Holy Week in a special way


IMG_3498 It has become a tradition–First United Methodist Church of Columbus and St. James UMC of Columbus working together to make Holy Week special for the community.

Lee Burdine of Columbus FUMC said it is the fifth year the two churches have joined forces to create a special Palm Sunday event, that includes a community Easter Egg Hunt and picnic.

“We always enjoy working together with our friends at St. James,” Burdine said. Continue reading

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