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

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

Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect

It is a time to remember and reflect. It is celebrated all over the world, and today, people will remember the passion and the purpose of Jesus Christ as they participate in a variety of services for Ash WednesEVGW_DayofDust_1day.

Rev. Trey Harper, pastor of Forrest First United Methodist Church in Forest, Miss. said, the Season of Lent is the time in which the church “slows down to prepare our hearts for the Passion of Christ and the Glories of Resurrection Sunday.” Harper said in Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of, the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter, not including Sundays, because every Sunday is to be treated as a Celebration of the Resurrected Christ. Continue reading