#Thanksgiving Giving internationals a sense of family and belonging on a very American holiday

5796_resized_1Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, to eat and show gratitude for another year of living and being together.  But for many international students in a college town, the holiday can be lonely.

The International Thanksgiving Dinner in Starkville began in the 70s in the home of Armando and Ruth de la Cruz. The couple moved to the United States from the Philippines and knows first hand how it feels to celebrate holidays and special occasions a long way from home.

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Men of the Master perform at Lenten Lunch

2015-03-11 12.34.56Men of the Master from First United Methodist Church of Starkville perform gospel favorites at today’s Lenten Lunch at Eupora’s First United Methodist Church. The Lenten Lunch Series continues at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 in the Eupora FUMC fellowship hall. Continue reading

The 2014 Starkville UMC District Clergy Christmas Dinner

The 2014 Starkville UMC District Clergy Christmas Dinner was held last night at First United Methodist Church of Starkville. Entertainment was provided by the Starkville High School Singers and the Gospel Nightcrawlers of First UMC Columbus.

 

See some of these photos in the December 5, 2014 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter at 12-5-14 newsletter.

Starkville’s First UMC Backpack Buddies Ministry receives $1,500 grant

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Starkville FUMC member Karen Brown packs for the Backpack Buddies Ministry. (Submitted photo)

The ministry began to meet the most basic needs of many local children.

Members of First United Methodist Church of Starkville – both adults and students – began noticing children in the Starkville School District who were coming to school very hungry on Monday mornings.

“It became obvious that they were not getting enough to eat over the weekend,” said Rev. Giles Lindley, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Starkville. “We heard about the Backpack Buddy concept where packages of easy-to-prepare food items were discretely placed into backpacks on Friday afternoons. The schools help us identify the children and the placement is done very carefully.” Continue reading

Rev. Lindley to speak at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer

Giles LindleyRev. Giles Lindley, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Starkville, will be one of eight speakers at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer observance.

Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon, May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend.

Rev. Lindley has been a frequent speaker at the Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer. This year, he will speak about the importance of praying for the church and all churches within each community. Continue reading

Starkville’s National Day of Prayer set for May 1

NDP-2014-facebook-TLImage-1.00CBTaking time as a community to come together to pray for one another is the basis for the Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend for this special time of prayer. Prayer for the eight core areas of national, state and local government, education, churches, families, media, military, healthcare and business will be an important part of the event.

Rev. Giles Lindley, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Starkville will be one of eight speakers at this year’s event. Lindley will speak on the topic of prayer for the church. Continue reading