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BENEVOLENCE Organizations Directory

Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church

INTRODUCTION “The Mission Continues” has been the theme for The Mississippi Annual Conference for this year and will continue to be the theme as we move into 2021. It is a powerful message for all of us as we are living in times of a 100-year Pandemic and divisions among us that seem to grow daily. But we serve a God of hope and on-going possibilities for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ! We must not forget the teaching from Mark 16:15 which tells us “As you go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to everyone.” This message is as essential today as it has always been. These missions have been and continue to be the “hands and feet” of Christ in a hurting world. Included in this directory are 21 of our Mississippi Conference benevolences. These mission entities have been an important area of mission in our conference for generations. Some of these are in our Mission Shares giving and some are not. Some may be very familiar to you and others not so much. We are asking that you prayerfully review the videos and information provided. If you need more information their contact information is also included, and they would love to hear from you and talk with you further about the work of their ministry. In the months of this Pandemic many of the missions have struggled to make ends meet financially but have continued in the work of providing a space for lives to be transformed. I know that as you look at this directory you will be reminded of times in which your life or the life of someone you love has been affected by one or more of these ministries. I want to thank the Conference Finance and Administration Committee (CFA) for their affirmation for this directory during these trying times. As the United Methodist congregations in Mississippi continue to wrestle with next faithful steps in ministry, I am reminded of the POWER of We that has not and will not ever forsake us. The POWER of the Holy Spirit empowers and challenges us daily to be the people God has called us to be. And there is nothing we cannot do if we work together as the people of God. Blessings, Rev. Vickie White, Director Connectional Ministries and Communications The Mississippi Annual Conference of the UMC

Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church

The Baddour Center

626 Baddour Boulevard | Senatobia, MS 38668 Phone: 662.562.2417 | Email: ppepper@baddour.org Parke Pepper, Executive Director

Online Donations: https://the-baddour-center.snwbll.com/

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Baddour Center provides community for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. It is place where residents live, learn, work, worship, and play. Baddour helps residents achieve greater independence and reach their God-given potential through individualized supports and services. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/J3v77ux0J1Y

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Bethlehem Center, Inc.

Bethlehem Center, Inc. A guiding light from within 920 N. Blair Street | Jackson, MS 39202 Phone: 601.355.0224 | Email: mjoh344036@aol.com Mattie Johnson, Executive Director

Online Donations: Bethlehem Center, Inc. Facebook

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Bethlehem Center is a United Methodist National Mission Institution serving the Jackson, MS metropolitan area. Bethlehem Center opened its door March 1937. Our mission is to provide educational, health and community programs and services for children and families within a spiritual environment. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/l-er4cRytuE

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Camp Lake Stephens

117 Camp Lake Stephens Drive | Oxford, MS 38655 Phone: 662.832.0124 | Email: rich.swartwood96@gmail.com Rich Swartwood, Executive Director

Online Donations: www.camplakestephens.com/support

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Camp Lake Stephens is a place where children, youth, and adults encounter God and respond in faith to God’s call to transform the world. We celebrated our 75th year of ministry in 2020 with the actual “75th Summer Celebration” being planned for 2021. Our strategic plan that is being wrapped up this year will focus our ministry on: • Intentionally increasing diversity and inclusion; this is a critical part of its history and its mission. • Helping local churches and the conference to fulfill their missions as an essential part of the life of the church. • Growing in the ways it reflects its commitment to Creation/nature. This commitment is especially important in working with groups and partners. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/81UX5Yl0f20

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Delta Grace

P.O. Box 218 | Sunflower, MS 38778 Phone: 662.569.3444 | Email: deltagrace@deltaland.net Veronica Prichard, Executive Director

Online Donations: The Advance - https://advance.umcmission.org/p-508-delta-grace.aspx PayPal - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/deltagraceinc United Way of Leflore County - http://www.uwoflc.org/

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION We are a year-round mission that provides housing, projects, materials, supervision and worship for teams wanting to reach out to families in need. Teams work on homes to provide safe, sanitary, and secure housing for the elderly, disabled and others who do not have the means to have adequate living conditions. Our mission teams work on homes of many who have lost hope and do not know what tomorrow brings. As participants in Delta Grace, volunteers become that hope as they spend time with those in need and walk with them on their journey to experience God’s Grace. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/CgHQjNW6G70

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Edwards Street Fellowship Center

P.O. Box 17532 | Hattiesburg, MS 39404 Phone: 601.544.6149 | Email: info@edwardsstreetfellowship.org Ann McCullen, Executive Director

Online Donations: http://edwardsstreetfellowship.org/give-now.html

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Since 1979, Edwards Street Fellowship Center has provided a helping hand to the poor, the under-served, the suffering in the greater Hattiesburg area. Ministries include a food pantry that serves more than 1,600 households (representing 5,000+ individuals) every month; a free medical clinic offering high quality medical, dental and pharmaceutical care for uninsured adults; a thriving thrift store that provides help, hope, and second chances; and several more programs. With volunteer, financial, and prayer support from faithful United Methodists throughout the Hattiesburg District, Edwards Street Fellowship Center lives into its mission to Shine the Light of God’s Love! Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/KFd0LUuBPDk

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Good Shepherd Community Center, Inc.

Good Shepherd Community Center 629 Cherry Street | Vicksburg, MS 39183 Phone: 601.636.7687 | Email: cindy.mccarley@goodshepherdvicksburg.org Cindy McCarley, Executive Director

Online Donations: MightyCause - donation accepted through our website: www.goodshepherdvicksburg.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Our mission at Good Shepherd is to educate, inspire and empower individuals, children, and families to live their best lives. We offer preschool services, after school care, virtual learning,Windows to God (computer literacy), Social Graces (online etiquette for young people and a free medical clinic for uninsured adults. Seasonally, we are honored to provide a Christmas Experience for families including presents for their children and the presentation of the gospel. At Thanksgiving, we provide St. Fatima’s Thanksgiving baskets to the elderly in need. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/7t9uBUmHQ8c

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Gulfside Assembly Association

P.O. Box 27 | Waveland, MS 39576 Phone: 228.206.1750 | Email: gulfsideassociation@gmail.com Cheryl Thompson, Interim Executive Director

Online Donations: gulfsideassembly.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Gulfside Assembly’s ministry is to advocate and provide opportunities for the underserved, excluded and discriminated against people and communities. For nearly 100 years we continue to engage in this ministry of advocacy by: • Inspiring people, churches and organizations to positively impact under-served communities. • Training the next generation of multicultural advocates. “Partners in Advocacy” Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/bDF5nZMwDW8

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Methodist Children’s Home


Children’s Homes of mississippi

805 N. Flag Chapel Road | Jackson, MS 39209 Phone: 601.853.5000 | Email: mchms@mchms.org Devon Loggins, Executive Director

Online Donations: www.mchms.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Through Jesus Christ, Methodist Children’s Homes brings hope and healing to hurting children in Mississippi. We provide therapeutic foster care, residential care, and mental health services to children and families. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/WR2VJke_dQM

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

1265 Union Avenue | Memphis, TN 38104 Phone: 1.901.516.0791 | Email: webservices@mlh.org Michael Ugwueke, President and Chief Executive Officer

Online Donations: https://www.methodisthealth.org/ways-to-help/

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Our Mission Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, in partnership with its medical staffs, will collaborate with patients and their families to be the leader in providing high quality, cost-effective patient-and family-centered care. Services will be provided in a manner which supports the health ministries and Social Principles of The United Methodist Church to benefit the communities we serve. Our Vision Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be nationally recognized for excellence in clinical quality, patient safety, and compassionate care to improve every life we touch. Our Values: Service, Quality, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/EHaT2yMUmE4

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Methodist Rehabilitation Center

1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Avenue | Jackson, MS 39216 Phone: 1.800.223.6672 | Email: admin@mmrcrehab.org Mark A. Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer

Online Donations: https://www.methodistonline.org/donate-now

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Our mission, in response to the love of God, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the lives of those we serve. We are committed to excellence and leadership in the delivery of comprehensive services. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/OB4vQf9GqF0

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Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission

10971 Road 2606 | Choctaw, MS 39350 Phone: 601.527.3734 | Email: choctawummission@gmail.com Patricia Battle, Administrator

Online Donations: https://sites.google.com/site/unitedmethodistchoctawmission/contact

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION The Choctaw Mission is a caring ministry working with the Choctaw people to enrich the lives of children, young people and families through community outreach, spiritual enrichment and leadership development. Because children make up the majority of the 11,000 Tribal Member’s population, our intent for the young people are to provide spiritual and emotional wellbeing to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and nurture life skills for a brighter future. We encourage families to take an active role in the programs and events. Ministry Profile Video to be added at a later date.

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Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, Inc.

109 South Broadway | Post Office Box 1567 | Tupelo, MS 38802-1567 Phone: 662.844.8977 | Email: info@mss.org Steve McAlilly, President and Chief Executive Officer

Online Donations: https://www.mss.org/giving

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Respect for aging is central to the Bible’s teaching. Concern for elders is found in the stories of both the Old and New Testaments, and we recognize the contribution elders have made to family and community throughout the ages. This is the theological base upon which Methodist Senior Services has built our ministry. We share this rich heritage with the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, whose dreams led to our birth more than forty years ago. Decades later, we still share this commitment to hold the wisdom and experience of God’s older children in high esteem. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv_WAX3p48c&t=83s

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The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 2415 | Ridgeland, MS 39158 Phone: 601.467.9857 | Email: mike@ms-umf.org Rev. Mike Hicks, Executive Director

Online Donations: https://www.ms-umf.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION The Foundation equips lay and clergy to be faithful stewards. The Foundation provides a variety of financial service to churches and other ministries. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/4kgRkDE88TE

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Moore Community House, Inc.

P.O. Box 204 | Biloxi, MS 39533 Phone: 228.669.4827 | Email: cburnett@moorecommunityhouse.org Carol Burnett, Executive Director

Online Donations: https://www.moorecommunityhouse.org/donate

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Moore Community House, Inc. (MCH) is a national mission institution of United Methodist Women. MCH is committed to the development of its neighborhood and operates on the belief that a neighborhood organized around its own interest can do much to enhance personal dignity of the individual and promote self-sufficiency. MCH’s programs are designed and planned to provide for community development, community solutions to neighborhood problems, and opportunities for growth and development of all persons. Founded in 1924, MCH serves poor and low income families in east Biloxi, a neighborhood with rich cultural diversity and significant wealth inequity. As a UMW mission agency, MCH works to build economic security for low-income women and young children in east Biloxi. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/5qNkQev74cU

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Seashore United Methodist Assembly

132 Chalmers Drive | Biloxi, MS 39530 Phone: 228.436.6767 | Email: michaelhedge.suma@gmail.com Michael Hedgepeth, Executive Director

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Seashore United Methodist Assembly (SUMA), located on the beach in Biloxi, MS, is a retreat and camping ministry of the MS United Methodist Annual Conference. The Mission of SUMA is to provide a Christian Center for learning, growth, and renewal. We envision individuals, families, and groups who, because they have been touched by the redeeming love of Christ, are at peace with God, themselves, others, and all of God’s creation, and are thus empowered to live in God’s will. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/KvUWQ--KdMs

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Seashore Mission

Seashore Mission 856 Division Street | Biloxi, MS 39530 Phone: 228.331.1477 | Email: seashoremission856@outlook.com Rev. Elijah Mitchell, Executive Director

Online Donations: Call: 228-331-1477 or give through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seashoremission/

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION Since 1991, the Seashore Mission Homeless Day Center has been a United Methodist community of hospitality and healing here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We strive to offer God’s hope, peace and refuge through all that we do. We share the Gospel in words and actions. We offer food for the body and food for the soul. Our program ministries make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals each year. We reach out to individuals experiencing homelessness, families in need of food, women and children victimized by intimate violence. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/Ujs-ctT1u7Y

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St. Andrew’s Mission

P.O. Box 1407 | McComb, MS 39649 Phone: 601.684.4678, ext. 2 | Email: office@standrewsmission.org Ed Codding, Executive Director

Online Donations: www.standrewsmission.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION St. Andrew’s Mission ministers to a diverse community. We understand that each individual has his/her very own needs. We will continue to address this diversity in order to accommodate the needs of those who need our assistance. We service the community’s neediest citizens, the homeless, seniors, disabled, displaced, disaster victims, victims of violence, and the sick with services such as nutrition, health needs, clothing, counseling, utility assistance, employment assistance, assistance for new small businesses, fellowship, and personal hygiene needs. Ministry Profile Video to be added at a later date.

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The United Methodist Hour, Inc.

P.O. Box 1393 | Clinton, MS 39060 Phone: 601.467.2038 | Email: mail@thehour.org Rev. Steve Casteel, Executive Director

Online Donations: Simply go to www.thehour.org and click GIVE ONLINE!

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION The Hour began as a radio program in 1971. We went to television in 1980 with an ecumenical program of hope and encouragement. Following the national trend, The Hour recently moved from expensive television broadcasting to an online streaming model. We are putting our 50 years of wonderful content available on demand, streaming for free! It is our Netflix, our future. It is HourStream. And we’re excited to share this content to a whole new generation. And we hope you continue to help us share the unchanging Good News message. It will feature classic and new content. Visit thehour.org and watch HourStream! Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/laNGI28GgLQ

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Wesley House Community Center, Inc.

1520 8th Avenue | Meridian, MS 39301 Phone: 601.485.4736 | Email: david.schultz@wesleyhousemeridian.org David Schultz, Executive Director

Online Donations: www.wesleyhousemeridian.org

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION The Wesley House Community Center, Inc. serves east Mississippi through four ways. Our Christian Relief program provides family food bags, a clothes closet, and bill pay assistance. Our educational programs assist families with 2-4 year old children in preschool through those in need of adult education (i.e. GED, parenting). We also serve as a Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/2B1Zo0IgaU4

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Wesley Pines Conference, Camping and Retreat Center

1095 Camp Wesley Pines Road | Hazlehurst, MS 39083 Phone: 601.892.2341 | Email: chap@wesleypines.com Chap Fenwick, Executive Director

Online Donations: Go to www.wesleypines.com/give, scroll down to the “Give Now” graphic. You will then have the option of selecting which fund to contribute to, how much, and how often (one-time or recurring).

MINISTRY DESCRIPTION The Camp Wesley Pines mission statement proclaims that we are “committed to continuing the ministry of Christ by serving the United Methodist Church and by providing a Christian environment for people of all ages amidst the beauty and grandeur of God’s creation.” Open year-round to guests of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, Camp Wesley Pines has been a place of refuge and renewal for over 60 years to all those who enter its gates. Our camp slogan—“Get Outdoors, Get Into Christ”—is a great summation of our mission and the platform that we use to accomplish that mission. Simply put, like the church, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As an outdoor ministry, we have the incredible opportunity to be immersed in the natural world while we share the good news of Jesus Christ! Ministry Profile Video Link: https://youtu.be/wdvE4BrySWg

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