#MarchisColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth

Me and Pepper at one of the last chemo treatments in Round 3.

Even now, to say or write down the words “colorectal cancer” seems unreal. On one hand, there is an incredible disconnect between me and those words. On the other hand, those words have completely changed my life.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015, but I had been sick long before that day. Continue reading

Talking Farm Toys

untitledCome to the Starkville Farm Toy Show at the National Guard Armory on Hwy. 12 in Starkville this weekend, then join Mitch Sisson and Pepper Sisson at JOY Club.

The Sissons will discuss their history with toy tractors and share their projects and collections at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. “I have really gotten to know some characters, and some mighty fine people playing with these toys,” said Mitch Sisson. “I have made some really good friends though the hobby.  One old man told me ‘Toy tractors collect the nicest people.’  Well, they do…and those nice people have put up with the Sisson Brothers for nearly 20 years!”

The Starkville Farm Toy Show is open to anyone with any type of farm related toys —tractors, trucks, implements, animals, buildings, logging equipment—that would like to come set their stuff up to sell, trade, or just display. Sisson said there will be a few tables set up with display only pieces. Then, there will be vendors set up selling new farm toys, used farm toys, broken farm toys. Continue reading

Starkville Farm Toy Show set for Feb. 24-25

15698175_10154825234632270_5986372278117525490_nJoin Mitch and Pepper at the Starkville National Guard Armory Feb. 24-25 for the annual Starkville Farm Toy Show! They will be displaying their collections, along with many, many others farm toy enthusiasts! There will also be vendors on hand to sell farm toys to start your own collection. It is a NEW LOCATION this year, so be sure to come see the show at the National Guard Armory in Starkville.

And on the Tuesday after the show, Mitch and Pepper will be the guest speakers at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon as they share their farm toy collections. They will also have their display from the Starkville Farm Toy Show for viewing. Bring a dish and join the fun at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Eupora. For more information, call the church office at (662) 258-3491.

 

Giving in memory of Sarah Hillman to the Africa University Scholarship

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The late Sarah Hillman with Rosia Jackson at a special event last summer.

Members of First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko believe, if a project is important to Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, it should be important to them.

“Byrd and Sarah have been a part of this body of Christ for some time and this church family loves them dearly,” said Rev. Scott Wright, pastor of Kosciusko FUMC. “They are an amazing couple and love the Lord and His Methodist church through and through.  This church family knows that and reciprocates that love.  It is because of their example early on in our conference relationship with Africa University that we know and understand the importance of the work they does.  I think we believe that if it is important to Byrd and Sarah, it’s important to us!”

Over a year ago, the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church established an Africa University endowment in honor of Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, with the goal of raising $130,000 over a three-year period. On Dec. 28, 2016, Sarah Hillman passed away, and churches throughout the district are sending memorials for the Africa University Scholarship program in remembrance of the passion this lady had for this mission.

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Rev. Byrd Hillman with Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, Superintendent of the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church

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#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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