#Thanksgiving Giving internationals a sense of family and belonging on a very American holiday


5796_resized_1Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, to eat and show gratitude for another year of living and being together.  But for many international students in a college town, the holiday can be lonely.

The International Thanksgiving Dinner in Starkville began in the 70s in the home of Armando and Ruth de la Cruz. The couple moved to the United States from the Philippines and knows first hand how it feels to celebrate holidays and special occasions a long way from home.

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CHURCH OF THE WEEK: First UMC Starkville


img_1203ABOUT THE PASTOR
NAME: Giles Lindley
CHURCH: Starkville FUMC
CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: 200 W Lampkin St, Starkville MS
PASTOR’S BIRTHDAY: 06/17/1957
PASTOR’S HOMETOWN: Jackson, MS
FAMILY NAMES & CHILDREN’S AGES:
Spouse: Lisa, Children: Charla Lindley Howard (30), Dr. Chelsea Lindley Ragland (28)
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CHURCH YOUR ARE SERVING? Starkville FUMC is in a college town with all the resources of a college community. Any instrument we need for our music ministry, any skill we need for a mission team, any language we need translated, we can find someone who can help us. Continue reading

Starkville’s Men of the Master perform at Lenten Lunch


Men of the Master from Starkville First United Methodist Church perform a variety of gospel favorites at today’s Lenten Luncheon at Eupora First UMC. Join us next week at noon March 23 when Rev. Brian Carubba, formerly of Bellefontaine UMC, will serve as the guest speaker.IMG_1073

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Lindley to serve as prayer panelist for Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer 2015


Giles LindleyRev. Giles Lindley of Starkville’s First United Methodist Church will be one of eight speakers at Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The public is invited to join us at noon May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex for a discussion on the importance of prayer in eight vital areas of the community. For more information and prayer guides for the National Day of Prayer, go to http://nationaldayofprayer.org/how-to-pray-for-america/.

Join us Nov. 13 for the Christmas Handworks Bazaar at Starkville FUMC


10655301_849066515123630_8889691076983885915_oIt is a great way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, while helping out a worthy local charity.
Starkville First United Methodist Church will be hosting the 9th Annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar, set for Thursday, Nov. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. with extended evening hours to 7 p.m. in the Christian Life Center.
Vendors from throughout the state will be on hand to provide unique artistic options for your Christmas gift-giving this year.

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Starkville First UMC packs over 34,700 meals for Stop Hunger Now


10655231_827158420647773_2260759247460573541_oIt was a big goal…packing 34,500 meals in two hours for the Stop Hunger Now program, but First United Methodist Church was up for the challenge.

They also raised $10,000 during the month of October to feed hungry people around the world. It is an important mission for Starkville FUMC, and a project the whole church family can be part of.

“Preschool children are helping their parents pour rice into the bags and people who can not stand for a long time are sitting and sealing the bags,” said Dr. Giles Lindley, senior pastor at Starkville FUMC. “We can put will over 100 people to work all at the same time.” Continue reading