#COTW Shaeffer’s Chapel

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

Dowd to head local disaster relief team

mike dowd  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

Swanson visits Columbus FUMC Easter Sunday

IMG_4442_2It 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

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

Southern Remedies host to help at Community Health Fair set for Feb. 28

DeShazo, Richard .jpg__320x448_q85You’ve heard his great advice on Mississippi Public Radio’s Southern Remedies, but on Feb. 28, Dr. Rick deShazo will be in Columbus for the Team HOPE Community Health Fair.

DeShazo and his team of University of Mississippi Medical Center staff and medical students will be on hand for the Community Health Fair, set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Columbus’ First United Methodist Church Family Life Center (located at 502 Main Street in Columbus – enter at the 6th Street North entrance).

The free event will have screenings for glucose, blood pressure and body mass index, along with other informative health topics. Informational tables for churches interested in starting a health-related ministry will also be part of the event. The community and area churches are invited to attend.

DeShazo said he hopes that people who attend this free health fair screening will come to understand that “the majority of chronic illnesses that have led to Mississippi’s health crisis are preventable.”

“Knowing your health numbers and having access to health care improves the length and quality of life,” deShazo said. Continue reading

Benton named Starkville District UM Women President

Maudie BentonMaudie Benton said being a member of United Methodist Women has been a rewarding experience.

“It has made me grow stronger in my faith in how I not only can help people in my church, community, and state, but throughout the world,” Benton said. “An organization of such will strengthen the church because women are persistent in getting things done.”

Benton has recently been named the President of United Methodist Women for the Starkville District of the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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