ABOUT THE PASTORS
SENIOR PASTOR: Curtis Bray
STANDING WITH THE CONFERENCE: Elder in Full Connection
FAMILY: Pam Bray is his wife and they have two adult sons
ASSOCIATE PASTOR & MINISTER OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Sandra Brown
STANDING WITH THE CONFERENCE: Commissioned Deacon
FAMILY: Dr. Brad Brown is her husband, and they have one adult daughter Continue reading
ABOUT THE PASTOR
NAME: Jamie Bailey
CHURCH: Aldersgate UMC in Starkville
CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: 820 Evergreen Street, Starkville Continue reading
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.”
Mike Dowd was recently named the Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church. Continue reading
It was a powerful way to celebrate the risen Savior.
Mississippi Resident Bishop James Swanson served as the guest speaker at both the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services at First United Methodist Church of Columbus on Easter Sunday.
Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent, said the text for the Bishop’s message was Luke 24:36-49 and the title of it was, “Too Good to Be True.”
“In his message, the Bishop reminded us that some of the first persons to see Jesus after he was resurrected were so awe-struck that they had a difficult time believing their
eyes,” Jackson said. “The bishop went on to compare these earlier followers of Jesus with us today. Sometimes in life we are so blessed that we have a difficult time believing how blessed we truly are. The Easter message reminds us that we are all blessed by the resurrection of Jesus.” Continue reading
As 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