Latimer named Starkville District Chancellor


Chris Latimer of Columbus First United Methodist Church, said he was “honored and humbled” to be selected for the position of Starkville District Chancellor.

“Every day I try to pray that I make the best use of any skill or talent with which the Lord has provided me,” Latimer said. “I hope to live up to that prayer in serving as District Chancellor. I really appreciate the opportunity to serve the District and look forward to it!”

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First UMC Columbus has ‘Best Youth Ministry’ in Columbus, according to readers


Rev. Raigan Miskelly, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Columbus, said their Director of Student Ministries is “a vessel that God is using to help transform one life at a time.”

That is one of the many reasons Rev. Trey Skaggs and his team were named “2016 Best Youth Ministry” by the readers of The Columbus Dispatch in 2016.

“Trey has helped youth and parents discover the joy of knowing and serving Christ,” Miskelly said. “He has helped many realize their purpose and their passion as a believer in Jesus Christ. Trey is an excellent youth minister with a heart for young people and for partnering with Christ in transforming souls. He has surrounded himself with intentional leadership.”

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Gift enhances worship at Mathiston UMC

ChurchGift08-17It was a “gracious gift” that will enhance the worship experience for members of Mathiston United Methodist Church for years to come.

The late Mary Edith Gore Hancock loved her church and upon her death, left money to help fund “needed projects.” The money was left in the trust of her brother, the Rev. Albert Gore.

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Grant awarded to help students with their homework


Jean Shepard of Liberty UMC tutoring Ariel Robinson, daughter of Chris and Tara Robinson of Eupora, as part of the tutoring program at the church. (Photo submitted)


“Reach One, Teach One” is the mission of the tutoring program at Liberty United Methodist Church in Eupora.

Lead by retired volunteers and older church members, the program brings together students from kindergarten through 12th grade each Wednesday night to help tutor students and help with homework. Program organizers said Liberty UMC is dedicated to help reduce the drop out rate in local schools. The tutoring program is held each Wednesday night one hour before the congregation’s Wednesday Night Bible Study. Each tutoring session also incorporates a Bible lesson and a snack. The program has been on a break for the summer and will resume Aug. 17.

Liberty UMC’s tutoring program recently received a special grant totaling $1,000 from the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, helping to fund a computer and purchase snacks for the weekly program. The mission grant is made possible by the Mississippi Conference Office of Connectional Ministries. Continue reading

Dowd to head local disaster relief team

mike dowd  Mike Dowd has found that disaster relief can be “a bit addictive.”

“Helping people in need is such a blessing,” Dowd said. “This new position gives me the opportunity to pay forward what I have learned during the past two years as I served in Winston County.   Being able to develop and train more people and teams to respond to future disasters is a blessing. Passing along what it takes for a community to recover and how to put those pieces together is what I feel called to do at this point in my life.”

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Crump family receives the Order of Dickson Award


Starkville District Superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson (left) and Executive Director for the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, Inc., Rev. Mike Hicks present Alveria Crump with the Order of Dickson Award on behalf of her late husband, Rev. Bernard Crump. One of their daughters, Nerma Crump McCrary, was also on hand for the award ceremony. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)

The Order of Dickson award was given out of love for a man who served as a pastor in the Starkville area for over 20 years.

The family of the late Rev. Bernard Crump was presented with flowers and a plaque that replicates the plaque with Rev. Crump’s photo that will be placed on permanent display in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church offices. Continue reading

Bishop Swanson to preach at Louisville FUMC

bishop-publicity-photo Bishop James Swanson Sr. will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service at Louisville First United Methodist Church on April 3.

“It is an honor for us to host the outstanding Bishop of the Mississippi Conference, and we hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to hear this man preach God’s Word,” said Rev. Mike Childs of Louisville FUMC.

Swanson will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service, set for 11 a.m. in the Christian Life Center (CLC) building at Louisville FUMC. There is a ground floor entrance from the parking lot behind the church. The public is invited to attend. Continue reading