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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A symbol of faith finds a new home

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Former pastor Franklin Lowe (left) and Roger Miller showcasing the cross from Wood College at its new location at Mathiston UMC. Volunteers said the cross has been repainted and benches added. They hope to add flowers to the area soon. (Photo submitted)

It has been a landmark in Webster County for many years, and now, the cross from Wood College has a new home at Mathiston United Methodist Church.

Church members say the move was a perfect fit, marking the landmark’s continued representation for the work God in Webster County.

According to members of Mathiston UMC, the cross and flame were a gift for Wood from the class of 1942 and 1992, marking 50 years of service to students and God.  Because Mathiston Methodist became church home to so many students, the church requested its placement on church grounds after Wood College was sold to the Golden Triangle Regional Planning and Development District.

“Wood College has been a United Methodist Institution in Webster County for years,” said Rudy Johnson, director for the Golden Triangle Regional Planning and Development District. “It was only fitting that the cross and flame go to Mathiston UMC for the Mathiston community, where it all started.” Continue reading

Top posts for the month of March

2015-03-06 16.42.131. The top blog post for the month of March was the March 10 post titled, BRIDAL TIPS & TRENDS SERIES: Teacups and Tulips in Downtown Eupora… see this story at https://gwenwsisson.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/bridal-tips-trends-series-teacups-and-tulips-in-downtown-eupora/ Continue reading

What makes a good United Methodist ‘lay leader’?

1924493_573583752748146_6244127900933588499_nAs we look to the Lay Servant Leadership Training event for the Starkville District of the Mississippi UMC, it seemed the perfect time to discuss who makes a good “lay leader.”

Lay Servant Training is set for April 11 at Starkville First United Methodist Church.

Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent for the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church said a “good” lay leader is a person who understands that while their major role is to represent the lay persons (the laity–regular attendees of the church congregation) in their church.   Continue reading

Mathiston UMC speaker to discuss overcoming tragedy and hard times

246843_1696978273035_4661658_nEveryone experiences difficult circumstances at various times in life. Many experience tragedy on some level. Some of these circumstances can shake a person to their very core.

James Cruise believes “God chooses what we go through. We choose how we go through it.” Cruise will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service at Mathiston United Methodist Church on March 29. James Cruise Ministries, based in Clinton, is a ministry dedicated to showing people  “life is about ‘getting back up’ when the tragedies and bad times of life come visiting you.” Continue reading

Local churches are passionate about the Operation Christmas Child ministry

operation_christmas_childWith National Collection Week going on this week, Nov. 17-23, local churches are holding shoebox dedication services and getting all of their boxes ready for shipping. A few local pastors and church members shared why this is an important ministry for their church: Continue reading