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

Minor says ‘it’s not how you start, but how you finish’

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Rev. Rochelle Ashford-Minor of Liberty United Methodist Church said it is not how you start but how you finish, and Jesus finished well. Ashford-Minor served as the guest speaker for the final Lenten Lunch event at Eupora’s First United Methodist Church. Finishing up the series on Jesus’ last words from the cross, Ashford-Minor spoke on the “It is Finished” statement of Jesus. Join Eupora FUMC for Good Friday Service for holy communion and prayer on Friday, April 3 from 6-7 p.m. in the sanctuary. This will be a ‘come and go’ opportunity to pray and receive the Sacrament in remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross, and to prepare for the glory of His resurrection on Easter Sunday!


See this photo in the April 8, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at

Bland discusses Christ’s human side on the cross at today’s Lenten Lunch

IMG_0164Rev. Hugh Bland of Walthall Baptist Church was the guest speaker at today’s Lenten Lunch  at Eupora’s First United Methodist Church. Rev. Bland discussed Christ’s human side as the Last Words of Christ on the Cross Series continues with the words, “I Thirst!” Bland asked the audience to consider the most thirsty you have ever been and magnify that with the pain and agony Christ was in. He also suggested Christ’s thirst was not only a physical thirst, but a spiritual thirst. Gail Dorroh of Walthall Baptist Church performed two songs at today’s event.

Join us next week as Lenten Lunch continues at 11:45 a.m. April 1 with Rev. Rochelle Ashford-Minor of Liberty UMC as the guest speaker. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend.



See these photos in the April 1, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at

Dumas named Starkville District President of UM Men

imageLamar Dumas said it is very important for United Methodist Men to take a leadership role in the community and make a difference where they can.

“I think it is important to be creative in our approach to leadership within the church and community,” Dumas said. “We don’t want to get stagnate. As a United Methodist Men’s organization, we want to be wherever the church asks and serve wherever the community needs.” Continue reading

Liberty UMC receives grant for tutoring program

imagePam Simmons described the program as “a creative opportunity for senior adults to stay active while helping the children and youth who are struggling in school to stay focused.”

And to help launch the new Wednesday night tutoring program at Liberty United Methodist Church in Eupora , Simmons wrote and the church received a grant for $1,000 from the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

According to the grant proposal, the Wednesday Night Bible Study classes will provide a tutoring program for students K-12 grades and social time for senior adults (ages 60 +). Continue reading