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Sunday School Lesson 2 Commentary 3 Around the Conference 4-5 Ministry Connection 7 Mission & Ministry 8

Vol. 62 / Issue 10

February 18, 2009

Agreement seeks to build ‘common life’

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hristians talk about being one body, yet often their organizations work independently of one another. This can lead to duplication of effort and less effective ministry. Bishops of the United Methodist and Episcopal churches in Mississippi hope a special service scheduled for March 3 will be a big step toward more unity among believers. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Mississippi Conference and Bishop Duncan Gray III of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi plan to sign “A Covenant for Common Life.” The goal is to develop more cooperation among their churches. “It is a next step folWard lowing the service of shared communion at Annual Conference in 2007. It is our hope to strengthen the connection between the Episcopal and United Methodist churches in Mississippi,” Ward said.

In 2007, Gray and other Episcopal clergy came to the UM Annual Conference in Jackson and took part in a joint communion service. It is part of a larger effort to find common ground and ministry between the denominations. Gray Gray and Ward already have a close working relationship, particularly through Congregations for Children, which advocates in the state Legislature for children. Congregations for Children is supported by the United Methodist, Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches in Mississippi. “What we’re doing is asking the churches that co-exist in different towns and cities to establish partnerships in things they see as common mission,” said the Rev. Joey Shelton, senior pastor of Galloway Memorial UMC in Jackson. “The agreement sets out certain articles, and churches are asked to see which ones pertain to your situation and to be in intentional dialogue with sister congregations.”

Legislative session keeps staff busy at Galloway By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor

Lee Smith has Feb. 26 circled on his calendar. It will be a big day at work. Smith, building and facilities manager at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson, must coordinate two large meetings starting an hour apart. One is the Mississippi Poultry Association, the other the Mississippi Arts Commission. Both are large groups, and the Art Commission will be honoring author John Grisham, among other recipients of Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Gov. Haley Barbour is expected to attend. While that day will be particularly hectic for Smith and his staff, they are used to having groups meet at the church. Each year during the 90-day legislative session, Galloway serves as a meeting place for a variety of groups and organizations doing busi-

ness at the Capitol. The groups range from a statewide 4-H gathering to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce to the American Association of Retired Persons. “Galloway wants to be a place open to the community,” said Galloway senior pastor the Rev. Joey Shelton. “We try to meet those needs. With legislative functions, we’re not promoting anything. We’re simply offering space.” Lee Smith, building and facilities manager at Galloway, estimated about two dozen groups hold meals or receptions at the church during the legislative session. Galloway is located just across the street from the Capitol. “We have quite a few nonprofit organizations that meet over here,” Shelton said. “A nonprofit group might have a day at the Legislature and then come over here to have a meal and debrief and reflect.” Groups vary in size from fewer than 20 to

Make Reservations To make reservations for the meal preceding the Covenant for Common Life service March 3, visit www.mississippi-umc. org/celebration. Cost of the 6 p.m. meal, to be served at Galloway Memorial UMC, is $7.Deadline for reservations is Feb. 23. Shelton is helping plan the worship service, which is set for 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in downtown Jackson. Shelton said the covenant brings to mind two verses from Ecclesiastes. The first comes from chapter 4, verse 9: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” The second is Ecclesiastes 4:12,

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” “The idea is that we are joined in the triune God, so in that sense we are part of the same cord, but have distinctive characteristics,” he said. “Our commons purpose is the salvation for humanity.” Galloway UMC and St. Andrew’s Cathedral are only about two blocks apart, separated by Smith Park and the Governor’ Mansion. Shelton pointed to the potential of the two churches becoming partners as one of the goals of the covenant. “With our Grace Place ministry to the homeless, our primary strength is the ability See Common, page 

Thinking outside the box

Peter Larson, 14, sleeps inside a cardboard box on the deck of his Plymouth, Minn., home. For the past eight to nine years, Peter, a member of Messiah United Methodist Church, has slept outside for 40 to 45 consecutive winter nights to raise funds for the area’s homeless. This year, he raised $85,000 for Interfaith Outreach Community Partners, a community organization that provides shelter, food and social services for people in need.

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General Church: The centerpieces for ministry in The United Methodist Church over the next four years are: • Developing principled leaders for the church and the world • Creating new places for new people by starting congregations and renewing existing ones • Engaging in ministry with the poor • Stamping out killer diseases by improving health globally

Mississippi Conference: The ministry focus of the Mississippi Annual Conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by connecting to More People, More Younger People and More Diverse People (MP3).

UMNS photo by Sumiko Moots

By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor




Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/Feb. 18, 2009

Commentary Gleanings Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

Who is staying? n “Here I am!” — I Samuel 3:4

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t is that time of the year when clergy talk turns to moving. “Who is moving?” “Are you moving?” “I am trying to decide whether to stay or to move.” For the past four appointive seasons, approximately 1 out of every 7 clergy moved. Six out of every 7 clergy stayed. Itineracy is fundamental to our connection. Clergy are appointed to a location of ministry for a season of ministry. Studies of pastoral tenure and church vitality show a high correlation between longer pastoral tenure and church health and growth. Do clergy stay because churches grow? Do churches grow because pastors stay? Both, I’m sure. It is my hope that your place of mission and ministry is a fulfilling place for you. Where this is the case, it is my commitment to work with you for longer stays and fewer moves so that our number of longer tenures and stronger churches will increase year by year. Let us pray for one another during this season of discernment, and let us recognize the work of God through us accomplished over time.

Christ picks us up when we stumble n “Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.” — Proverbs 3:23

A Stream of Faith

ave you ever stumbled and almost fallen? I’m sure that everyone does from time to time. When it happens to me, I just get up and start over again. It takes only a small stumble to go on into a fall that can cause a serious problem. Most of the time you catch yourself before you fall. Most of the time, we stumble because we don’t watch what we are doing. Often it happens when we have load in our arms. I’m bad at that trying to get something done too quickly and stumbling. People stumble a lot in their Christian walk with the Lord. Most often we wouldn’t fall into sin if we just stayed in step with him. Jesus Christ made a way for us if we stumble and fall into sin. He loves so much that he died on the cross for our sins. In

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the scripture, we see that if we follow Jesus Christ and stumble, he will be there to help us. He is always there to help get back on our feet. We need to stay with him as we follow him. You might ask, how can one keep from stumbling and falling. First, and most important, is having a steady walk with Jesus. We need to talk to him on a regular base. Then we to get in his word and keep it in your mind. If you listen to him, your footsteps will stay in line and help you stay in his fellowship. We can really enjoy having

a steady walk with him and learn from him as we trust him not to let us fall. How is your Christian walk with the Lord? Do you ever find yourself looking the other way instead of following the Lord? We need his guidance to show us which way to go. All we need to do allow him into our lives and really let him have full control. He always helps us if we give him the chance to show us how much we need Him. I wouldn’t know what to do without him in my life. Jesus wants so much to be a part of our lives. He will give us a straight path and guide us so we won’t stumble. I think we all have fallen at times, but we have Jesus to help us. If you stumble, just give Jesus Christ a chance to help you up and wash you and make you his child. n Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”

Excuse me, you have a little dirt on you n “Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.” — Proverbs 3:23

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am the mother of three wonderful boys, two of whom are grown but still that one precious late-in-life child still home. I am reminded daily when house cleaning that we humans are by nature – let’s face it – dirty. My youngest, Ryne, often has friends around the house and they are a lively bunch, much to my delight. Then to my despair, there’s the dirt; easy to see on the floors, on the carpet, on the table, on the boys themselves. They are going about their business and the dirt seems to jump on them like a pin to a magnet. The dirt is easy to see in these instances, but what about our “dirt”? Can you walk down the street and see a person’s sin? Not usually. Often we misjudge and only God

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Carla C. Stanford Guest Columnist knows the heart of every human; yet another reason for humans not needing to judge others in the first place. “There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). If we would remember not to judge others, that we would not be judged (Matthew 7:1), it would be a kinder, more Christ-like world. Unfortunately, that’s just not the way it is. When I really think upon it, I don’t see how God puts up with us. We all have our earthly downfalls and hard as we may try, we cannot loose ourselves from the trappings

of sin. We tell ourselves and God we will do better, but it is a tough row to hoe. For some, the dirt might be on the surface and easier to see, like the Mississippi dirt on the boys who frequent my home. For others, the dirt is way down deep and only God can see it. The best we can do is lean upon our Heavenly Father for grace, wisdom, and strength to grow closer to Him daily. The word “sin” (or a form of the word) appears in the Bible 561 times, while the word “love” (or a form of the word) appears 610 times, which tells me that while God does acknowledge sin, love is far more important to Him. I am so thankful that such a perfect and merciful God loves me, even though I am covered with earthly “dirt.” Glory to God! n Stanford is a nationally certified family life educator and a member of New Albany First United Methodist Church.

It’s basic to biblical concept: People need a savior Editor’s note: Second in a series.

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n the first article in this series we focused on scripture as our authority and source book for Christian preaching and teaching. It is God’s way of giving us His written word through Moses and the prophets and ultimately through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It is our authority for living and serving God. Any reference to Methodist heritage must recognize our origin as in the

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New Testament church and by means of the Wesleys and their Bible. This source book clearly defines our need for and God’s gift of a perfect savior. In recent years terms like “diversity” and “inclusiveness” and “all God’s children” have emerged and become of frequent use, especially by many church leaders. I may be slow to learn, but we need definitions which help us relate to the language of our leaders. When we hear our goals suggesting we reach more people, more diverse people and more young people, several questions emerge: n Do we seek people of certain ages and lifestyles? n Why do we want to reach more people? n Is it to support a church bureaucracy, to pay those apportionments? n Do we really believe that there are lost souls who are both diverse and young? n What is our real motive? n How do we reach these people? n What do we mean by reach? n What did Jesus mean by, “I have come to seek and to save the lost?” n What did John Wesley have in mind when he told his preachers, “You have nothing to do but save souls”? There are multitudes of people living in neighborhoods near churches who are laden

Rev. Glenn Martin Advocate Columnist with guilt, fear, addictions, loneliness, anger and in desperate need of a savior who can forgive and save and abide within on a daily and permanent basis. Jesus came “to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus’ mother said, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” An angel said to Joseph, “Do not fear to take Mary your wife ... she shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” This whole concept of sin and salvation and savior is the most basic doctrine of the Bible. God’s love is supremely expressed on a cross where a savior died for us. He is the Lamb of God who takes our sin upon Himself and offers us forgiveness and a life in the spirit that frees us from our bondage of sin and separation from God. This is not a universal declaration of salvation for everyone. While offered to “whosoever will,” there is a well defined event and

process that must take place between the sinner and the savior. Jesus said, “You must be born again.” “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.” When Peter preached at Pentecost, the hearers were “cut to the heart and said, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’” Peter answered “Repent, and be baptized every one of you for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This action is affirmed many times by many witnesses in the New Testament. Neither Peter nor any other biblical writer said, “God loves you and that assures you are His child.” Jesus did not die for a show. He died for a cause. He made a clear distinction between sheep and goats. About 3000 souls were added to the church on the day of Pentecost. “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” “To all who received Him, He gave power to become the children of God.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” How many of our great hymns proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Read the first verse of There Is a Fountain, the third See martin, page 




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Sunday School Lesson

Even as we worship idols, God stands with us By Ken Turner

March 1 A New Spirit Purpose: To show that God promises to give us a fresh start by providing a new heart and spirit when we make mistakes.

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 11:14-21 Key Verse: “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them.” — Ezekiel 11:19 Have you ever felt “too far gone?” Perhaps you’ve been aware of a situation or a problem that, seemingly, had gotten so far out of hand that a positive result just seemed to be too much for which to hope. Do you have a friend or loved one whose life choices appear to have put him or her in a place where there’s no turning back? In two separate eras, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon subdued Judah and took thousands of Jews away in captivity. Imagine being uprooted from your home, perhaps separated from your family, and taken to a foreign land to serve as a slave. And then consider that this upheaval is a result of your poor choices and disobedience to God. Things would seem pretty bleak, wouldn’t they? But even though the Jewish people had been carted off to a foreign country, God wanted them to know He had not abandoned them, so He spoke to the Jews through His prophet Ezekiel. Many times in the Book of Ezekiel we see that the Lord speaks to Ezekiel and directs him to deliver the Lord’s message to his displaced flock. In the Bible verses for today’s lesson, God instructs Ezekiel to tell His people that He will gather them from the foreign countries where they’ve been scattered and will give them back the land of Israel again. However, when they return to their homeland, they are not to return to their old bad habits, such as worshiping idols. They are instructed to follow God’s decrees and keep His laws. God promises to “remove their heart of stone” and to “put a new spirit in them” to enable them to make the changes they need to make in their lives and then makes the wonderful promise that “(t)hey will be my people, and I will be their God.” It’s unlikely in this day and age that you

or I will literally become involved in idol worship or ever be physically carried away to a foreign land to serve as slaves; however, there are other forms of slavery and idolatry. Has substance abuse, workaholism; materialism or some other idol left you feeling estranged from God? You may feel far away from God, but He’s actually right beside you. Ask Him to remove your heart of stone and put His Holy Spirit in you.

March 8 New Leadership Purpose: To show that God will provide new servant-leaders who care tenderly for their flock.

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 34:23-31 Key Verse: “You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the sovereign Lord.” — Ezekiel 34:31 You may recall the old hymn Showers of Blessing: “There shall be showers of blessing: “This is the promise of love; “There shall be seasons refreshing, “Sent from the Savior above.” The words to this hymn were written by Daniel W. Whittle, who lost his right arm in the Civil War and also spent time in a prisoner of war camp. It was there that Whittle found a New Testament and came to know Christ personally. After the war, Whittle moved to Chicago and later became a part of a team of musical evangelists who worked with Dwight L. Moody. James McGranahan had been on his way to a promising career in opera when his friend Phillip Bliss, a member of Whittle’s evangelism team, wrote to him urging him to use his voice for the Lord rather than pursuing his operatic career. Shortly after receiving Bliss’ letter, McGranahan received the terrible news that his friend had died in a train wreck. He went to the site of the wreck to identify the body and help recover Bliss’ belongings, and it was there that he met Daniel Whittle. On the ride home from that tragic scene, McGranahan gave his talents to the Lord and began to serve as a singing evangelist on “Major Whittle’s” evangelism team. It was McGranahan who penned the

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melody to Showers of Blessing. Our God is an amazing God and can bring forth showers of blessing out of the most unusual or darkest of circumstances. Having been displaced from their homeland and forced to labor as slaves, the Hebrews’ future must have seemed quite bleak. However, speaking through Ezekiel, God promised His people in exile in Babylon that a new day was coming when He would free them from their captivity. “I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” (vs. 26) Further, He promised to place over them one Shepherd and to make a covenant of peace with them. As we know, when God makes a promise, He keeps it. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be that Shepherd and made a new covenant with us all that whoever accepts Christ as Savior will have eternal life with God.

March 15 God’s People Restored Again Purpose: To show that God’s promise to restore Israel is not motivated by Israel itself, but rather for the sake of God’s holy name.

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 36:22-32 Key Verse: “Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.” — Ezekiel 36:23 Does God treat you better than you deserve? If salvation were “works-based,” would there be any cause for alarm? Sometimes when things are going our way, do we have an “attitude of gratitude,” or are we like the boy of whom it was said, “He was born on third base and acts like he hit a triple?” In today’s lesson, we see that God’s promises of redemption to the people of Israel were not the result of anything they had done to deserve them. To the contrary, God says: “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. (vs. 22). Even though they had been disobedient, God tells His people, through Ezekiel, that He is going to cleanse them from their impurities, remove their heart of stone and put His Spirit in them, allow them to live in the land He gave their forefathers, and make their crops plentiful. “Then, you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel. (vs. 31-32). Notice two things: First, God didn’t wait for the people of Israel to “do better” before He helped them. He told them about all the blessings they would receive on the front end. Once they had received these blessings, only then would the people realize how far they had strayed and be ashamed of their behavior. Our God is a real practi-

tioner of prevenient grace. He doesn’t wait to bless us until we’ve somehow earned it. He is the father of the prodigal son who runs to meet us and wrap his arms around us. Second, God is not mocked. (Gal. 6:7). He expects us to repent of our sins, i.e., change directions and walk in His way rather than cling to our sinful behavior. Think about how good God is to us. He doesn’t hold back, does He? In fact, He loves you and me so much that He even sent His only begotten Son to take on our sins and bear them on the cross for us. We could never begin to “earn” that unspeakable gift, and we’re not expected to. But shouldn’t each of us strive to say “thank You” by doing our best to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? And while we’re at it, why don’t we try to love our neighbor?

March 22 Prophesying New Life Purpose: To show how God enlivens people and fills them with the breath of life and hope.

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Key Verse: “I will … put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” — Ezekiel 37:6 Ezekiel was a man of vision. In fact, he was a man of many visions. The Book of Ezekiel is a colorful prophecy, and one of the most memorable images of Ezekiel is the valley of the dry bones. The bones represented Israel, with no hope. God breathed life into the bones to show Ezekiel that there was hope for Israel and that they would one day return to their land. Do you recognize that story? You might recall it from the old spiritual: “Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones, “Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones, “Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones, “Now hear the word of the Lord.” Ezekiel was a prophet to whom God showed some pretty spectacular things, and Ezekiel was trying to describe his visions of heavenly things in human terms. In the end, we’ll all have to wait until we see God to really understand what Ezekiel saw. As to the valley of the dry bones, however, it’s hard to conceive of an image which could more powerfully portray total, final, stone-cold death. The end. Except, not the end because God is a God of the impossible. God can breathe life into a person, or a situation, which is far beyond man’s ability to save. And that’s the message Ezekiel brings to the people of Israel and to us. Israel thought its bones were dried up and all hope was lost. But with God, there is always hope. Just as God breathed life into the dry bones, He can breathe eternal life into all who come to Him. Here’s another hymn you may remember: “Breathe on me, breath of God, “Fill me with life anew, “That I may love what Thou dost love, “And do what Thou wouldst do. “Breathe on me, breath of God, “Until my heart is pure, “Until with Thee I will one will, “To do and to endure. “Breathe on me, breath of God, “Blend all my soul with Thine, “Until this earthly part of me See lesson, page 




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Around the Conference

Online 2009 to help churches onto Web

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nline 2009 is a new ministry of the Mississippi Conference that is helping churches move to the next level of service. Online 2009 is designed to give Mississippi churches a way to reach out to their local and world communities for Christ by establishing a presence on the worldwide web and assisting pastors who have been reticent of the technological advances around them to establish e-mail accounts. The pilot phase of Online 2009 recently sent out solicitations for churches to complete an application requesting assistance in establishing a web site. The web development service is free for the selected churches. The only cost for the selected congregations is the web hosting fee, i.e., the cost to have their web site on the worldwide web. Three churches were selected as pilot churches. They are Asbury UMC in Holly Springs, Haven UMC in Winona and Mount Pleasant UMC in Gulfport. After the launch of the pilot web sites at Annual Conference, other churches will be selected on a rolling basis. The goal of the program is for every African-American church in the Mississippi Conference to have a web site. For additional information on these ministries, contact the Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett, the conference representative for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st at fitzgerald@ mississippi-umc.org, or Sandra Randall, Online 2009 program coordinator, at sandra@sbc21ms.com.

Eupora First UMC schedules 2nd Mardi Gras pancake supper

Eupora First United Methodist Church is “letting the good times roll” and the syrup flow with its 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Reservations to this family friendly event are recommended through the church office. Suggested donations and love offerings will be accepted and will go toward the international mission work supported by the church. The menu includes pancakes, a variety of breakfast meats, coffee, juice and, of course, king cake.

Lifetime ‘Man’

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward receives a plaque and certificate honoring her as a lifetime member of United Methodist Men from former East Jackson

For most folks Mardi Gras is a most associated with the crazy antics and gaudy beads that create the season of fun in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. But Mardi Gras has a much more important history and place in the life of the Christian church. “Like with so many of our holidays, it is important for the church to reclaim its ownership of these special days, and to put them into a context that helps lead our congregations and families into more faithful Christian living and celebrating,” says the Rev. Trey Harper, pastor. Mardi Gras, also known as “fat Tuesday,” or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated as the last of the three days of Shrovetide and is a time of preparation immediately before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent, which is a time of fasting and prayer that leads up to the remembrance and celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, or Easter. Mardi Gras is the last opportunity for merrymaking and indulgence in food and drink before believers are called to 40 days of more serious prayer, sacrifice and faith practice. At 6 p.m. the next night (Feb. 25), First United Methodist Church will join the congregation of St. John Neumann Catholic Church for Ash Wednesday service.

Ward presides over first meeting of task force on church systems Allen Murphy and Martha Lou Ballard strut their stuff at the Mardi Gras Pancake Supper in 2008.

District President Ira Kynerd while East Jackson District Superintendent the Rev. Giles Lindley looks on. Lindley received a similar honor at the 2008 Annual Conference.

Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). The task force began its General Conference 2008 charge to study the impact of UMC employment systems and culture on clergy health. Ward serves as chair of the initiative, which focuses on health as wholeness across the denomination. General Conference 2008 directed the denomination to study the effects church systems have on the health of clergy by reviewing the employment systems and structures of the church and their impact on clergy health, and to bring recommendations if needed to General Conference 2012. The task force will employ a rigorous research approach to examine: n Itineracy and appointment-making systems; n Supervisory systems; n Processes for entering and exiting ordained and licensed ministry; n Transitioning clergy into ministry (acclimation process); n Prevalence of health risk factors, health conditions and disability as they relate to employment situational variables n Key vocational factors influencing clergy health.

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Mississippi Conference presided over the first meeting of the 17-member Church Systems Task Force held recently in Jacksonville, Fla. The task force was jointly convened by the United

Methodist Tested Recipes 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 4 cups coarsely shredded cabbage 1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, undrained and chopped 2 teaspoons beef-flavored bouillon granules 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon white pepper

Creole Cabbage Saute green pepper, celery and onion in butter in a large skillet. Add remaining ingredients; cover and cook over medium heat 10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings. — By Gaye Cordon in Reflections Recipes and Remembrances published by Carthage United Methodist Church

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Members of the Church Systems Task Force meets in Jacksonville, Fla. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward chairs the group.

Disaster response begins drive for flood buckets and health kits

Flooding is one of the most common disasters faced by Mississippians. In 2008, more than 600 flood buckets were distributed to flood victims in Mississippi. These buckets, containing cleaning supplies and tools, become a symbol of hope to those facing a home coated in mud. The health kits provide supplies for personal hygiene during the cleaning process. As spring flood season approaches, preparations are under-




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Around the Conference Barbara Creekmore, president of the New Albany District United Methodist Women, (seated) recently hosted a 2009 planning meeting at her New Albany home. Executive board members taking part include (from left) Carolyn Jackson, Sharon King, Harriett Outlaw, Juanita Thomas, Dories Thompson, Frankie Boyd and Joan Smith. Children at Chunky United Methodist Church collected stuffed animals for the Newton County Sheriff’s office to give out as they make calls to help other children from being scared. Taking part are (front row, from left) Carley, Kenlie and Dru Clark; Cooper Lafferty with Sheriff Jackie Knight; (second row) Shamus and Ayden Anderson; Anna Russell; Ashytn McMillan; Kiresten and Kendal Mabry, Paxton Russell; Jackson Lafferty; (back row) Kashly Mabry; LeAnn Anderson; Katie Sprinkle, Penny Rainer, and Kim Rainer.

The choir from Raymond United Methodist Church recently sang on two occasions in England. They sang for a worship service at Wesley Chapel in London and at Canterbury Cathedral. This was a part of a Christmas Heritage tour.

way to ensure that adequate supplies of flood buckets and health kits are available throughout the state. The Annual Flood BucketHealth Kit Campaign is Feb. 15 through March 15. Each district collecting at least 100 flood buckets and-or 150 health kits will receive special recognition. Once Mississippi supplies have been replenished, excess buckets and kits will be sent to the Sager Brown warehouse in Louisiana to assist flood victims worldwide. A list of the contents for the flood buckets and health kits may be obtained on the UMCOR web site or by contacting Kit Ministry Coordinators Brenda and Rex Hiatt at bhiatt@ comcast.net. It is important that the content list be followed exactly. All buckets and kits should be taken to the district collection point by March 15. Collection points include: n Brookhaven District — Brookhaven First UMC, 215 W. Cherokee n East Jackson District — Jackson Christ UMC, 6000 Old Canton Road n Greenwood District — Indianola Christ UMC, 221 Elaine St.; Greenville Trinity UMC, 850 McAllister, Greenville n Hattiesburg District — Williamsburg UMC, 222 Yates Road, Collins n Meridian District — Meridian College Park UMC, 1103 Highway 19 N. n New Albany District — Booneville Christ UMC, 138 Co. Rd. 7200 n Seashore District — Diamondhead UMC, 5305 Noma Dr., Diamondhead n Senatobia District — Hernando UMC, 1890 Mt. Pleasant, Hernando; Batesville First UMC, 119 Panola Ave., Batesville n Starkville District — Columbus Central UMC, 1201 College Street n Tupelo District — Tupelo First UMC, 412 W. Main St.; Lewis Memorial UMC, 111 W. Taylor St., Calhoun City n West Jackson District — Clinton First UMC, 100 Mt. Salus Dr., Clinton

Maples Memorial UMC schedules service featuring Millsaps choir The Millsaps Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Tim Coker, will sing during both morning services March 8 at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive

Branch. Service times are 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. A love offering will be taken. For information, contact Joey Lott at joey@mapleschurch.org or the church office 662-895-2279.

Harrisville UMC joins with lodge to help fight child abductions

Concern over the rising number of child abductions across the nation, Harrisville United Methodist Church in the East Jackson District, has joined with the Harrisville Masonic Lodge to present a public safety event – the MS CHIP program. The Mississippi Child Identification Program (MS CHIP) is a comprehensive child recovery, identification and abduction awareness program. The mission of the MS CHIP program is to raise public awareness concerning the risk of abduction or exploitation that our children now face in today’s society. This program offers parents, grandparents and legal guardians the ability to have a full set of color photographs, fingerprints, a tooth print dental impression wafer, a DNA sample and other identifying features of the child put into a digital format and provided to the parents. The information taken at the event is compatible with the Amber Alert program. All of the identifying information collected at the event is given to the child’s family. No information is stored or kept by the church, the lodge or the MS CHIP program. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 21 in the Family Life Center of the church located at the intersection of Mississippi 469 and Mississippi 540 in Harrisville. The event is free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. The process will take about 10 to 15 minutes for each child. For information, contact the Rev. Larry Sappington at 601-847-2289 or visit www.harrisvilleumc.com.

Rust College A’Cappella Choir schedules concert at East Central

Rust College’s A’Cappella Choir is scheduled to sing in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Decatur. Sponsored by the Newton County Cluster of The United Methodist Church, the concert will be held in Huff Auditorium on the campus of East Central Community College. The A’Cappella Choir features a broad repertoire of classical, semi-classical, spirituals, opera, contemporary and traditional gospel. Tickets for this event are free; however, tickets should be obtained in advance because of limited seating. For information call or e-mail Christie Rainer at 601-917-8557 or crain42@aol.com.

Capt. Theresa Milar of the Picayune Police Department presents a program about the summer camp that the Picayune Police Department runs each year to the Serenity Circle of Trinity United Methodist Church in Picayune following a Sunday night supper.

Millsaps Players present four-day run of musical ‘Sound of Music’

The Millsaps Players are scheduled to bring to life the family-friendly musical, The Sound of Music, Feb. 19-22 in the Christian Center Auditorium. Members of the Millsaps Players will be joined on stage by faculty, alumni and young actors from the metro area to tell the story of the singing Von Trapp family. JeannieMarie Brown, assistant professor of theatre is director, and Tim Coker, chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Millsaps, is music director. Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Plenty of parking is available in front of the Christian Center. To park in front of the Christian Center, take the Webster Street entrance to Millsaps. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets are available in the Christian Center box office one hour before each show. A group rate is offered for schools or church groups. The group rate is $5 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 601-974-1422. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. For information, call 601-974-1422.

Seminar set to provide training as pastoral care specialist

Pastors, lay leaders and other church officers are encouraged to take part in a pastoral care specialist program. The training begins at 6 p.m. March 16 at Samaritan Counseling Center at 745 Carlisle St. in Jackson. The seminar will cover brief and supportive counseling topics for individuals, couples and families. For information, contact the Rev. Elbrist Mason at 601-813-5597 or masontime321@yahoo.com.

Wesley Foundation groups join forces to offer Sampling Supper

The Wesley Foundations at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jeff Davis and University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast set the date for their annual Sampling Supper and silent auction. The supper begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Long Beach First United Methodist Church. Participants will be served samples of many dishes by pastors in chefs’ hats and aprons. The dishes will be prepared by the participating churches and everyone can vote for their favorite dish. The two churches collecting the most See people, page 




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People, from page  money will win the Silver Spatula for being one of the Seashore District churches with the best cooks. All proceeds will be used for student scholarships and mission projects. Donations are appreciated and may be sent to JD Wesley or USM-GC Wesley, P. O. Box 7794, Gulfport, MS 39506. Donors will receive a receipt. For details contact Janis Slade at 228-8634296, 228-209-5268 or e-mail wesley4jd@ aol.com or wesley4usmgc@aol.com.

Deadline near to send Elzy award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Emma K. Elzy Award presented by the Mississippi Conference Commission on Religion and Race. The Elzy Award encourages reconciliation by honoring an individual, group or institution that has shown outstanding achievement in race relations in the state of Mississippi. The award will be presented at the 2009 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference.

Any United Methodist in the Mississippi Conference may submit a nomination for the award. Nominees must have shown outstanding achievement in race relations through the building of interracial relationships, the establishment or operation of a program emphasizing race relations, work beyond the “call of duty” or any other significant activity that promotes reconciliation. Although United Methodists may receive preference, the selection process does not exclude persons or agencies from other denominations or faith traditions. Neither members of the Commission on Religion and Race nor directly related conference staff is eligible for the award. To nominate an individual, group or institution, submit in writing the biographical or historical information and a letter of endorsement stating why this person should be considered for this award. Send nomination materials by Feb. 26 to Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Attention Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett, P. O. Box 1147, Jackson, MS 39215 or to fitzgerald@mississippi-umc.org.

Brookhaven District sets school for lay speakers

Training for Lay Speaking Ministries will be offered by the Brookhaven District in March. The event is scheduled for March 5-6 at Wesley Pines Conference, Retreat and Camping Center in Gallman. Two advanced courses and the basic lay speaking course will be offered. Richard Henley, director of Lay Speaking Ministries for the East Jackson District will teach the basic course. Cheryl Denley, conference director of Lay Speaking Ministries, will teach an advanced course on United Methodist heritage, and the Rev. Elbrist Mason, pastor of Brandon Trinity UMC, will teach an advanced course on discovering spiritual gifts. Registration deadline is Feb. 23. Cost for overnight participants is $80 and includes three meals and a textbook. Commuters pay $60. Participants should bring a Bible, writing materials, linens (including pillow), snacks to share, towels and toiletries.

Send tuition (made payable to the Brookhaven District) and course selection to Jennifer Allen, P.O. Box 629, Brookhaven, MS 39602. Bonnie Dillon is director of Lay Speaking Ministries for the district.

Ethics events near end

Two ethics training events remain for clergy under appointment or planning to be appointed in 2009. The sessions are sponsored by the Department of Ministerial Services and the Board of Ordained Ministry. These meetings are mandatory for clergy. No pastor can be appointed without having completed one of these workshops. For information, contact the Rev. Lisa Garvin, director of Ministerial Services at 601-354-0515. Remaining workshop dates include: n Feb. 28 —Jackson Alta Woods UMC, 10 a.m. n March 1 —Louisville First UMC, 2 p.m.

Navarrete, from page  Mississippi has been recognized nationally as being the most generous state, and last week I heard on the radio that it has been recognized also as the most religious. Well, we already knew or suspected as much, but what does it say about us as people? It demonstrates that we have Christian hearts that care about our neighbors across the world and our neighbors close to home! While we should feel good about being faithful to our Christian mandate to do good and our Methodist tradition of personal piety and social action, we need to acknowledge that in the midst of a lost and hurting world we can-

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not afford to become complacent. We must continue on our journey to draw closer to God and our neighbor. As we traverse through the current economic recession in this the poorest state we cannot forget that many more of our neighbors are in need now and that the organizations that help them need more than ever our prayers and financial support. Thank you friends for continuing to give, pray and serve. n Naverrete serves in the Connectional Ministries in the area of missions.

“People make the Georgetown area seem like it’s all bad and what not but it’s not as bad as you actually think it is because where I live it’s very quite nothing really happens,” he said. “They say the same thing about Lanier High School but once you enter the doors you find a lot of smart people including me. It’s all good. “If you do the smallest thing it could be a big thing for the community. Like cleaning up that’s something big and visiting other people. Wells does a good job with the food pantry. Wells does take part in the community and they are a part of the Georgetown community. I am glad to say that Wells United Methodist Church is my church.”

Lesson, from page  “Glows with Thy fire divine. “Breathe on me, breath of God, “So shall I never die, “But live with Thee the perfect life “Of Thine eternity.” How would you describe your life currently? Dry bones? No backbone? Into the flesh? Full of hot air? Why not ask God to breathe His breath of life into you? It’s the perfect cure for what ails you!

March 29 Envisioning New Life Purpose: To show that a sacred river flows freely from God’s throne, sustaining life.

Bible Lesson: Ezekiel 47:1-12 Key Verse: “… so where the river flows everything will live.” — Ezekiel 47:9 We all know that water is essential to life. Crops need water in order to grow. Humans and animals need water to survive. Without water, living things just wouldn’t last long. In today’s lesson, Ezekiel describes a vision wherein he sees water flowing from a temple. As he is led eastward, the water becomes deeper and deeper until he comes to the banks of a river with many trees on either side. He is told that many fish will inhabit the river and trees of all kinds will grow alongside the river whose fruits will serve for food and whose leaves will serve

for healing. This vision evokes a sense of life, vitality and peace. How many stories from the Bible can you recall in which water plays a major role? There’s Noah’s ark and the great flood, of course. The parting of the waters as the Hebrew people cross over to the Promised Land, the healing of Naaman’s leprosy upon washing in the Jordan River seven times, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus, the turning of water into wine by Jesus, Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on water with Jesus, and many, many others. Perhaps one of the most powerful images of water comes from Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well when Jesus tells her that whoever drinks the water that He gives them

will never thirst, but that water which Jesus gives will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14). Our bodies need water to sustain our earthly life; but infinitely more importantly, our spirits need the water Jesus speaks of in order for us to have eternal life. Back to the image in Ezekiel: Picture the spiritual life as a river that keeps getting deeper and deeper. Are you “testing the waters?” Ankle deep? Up to your waist? Unlike earthly water, there’s no danger in getting deeper and deeper in the water of which Jesus spoke. In fact, our eternal life depends on it! n Turner is an attorney in Jackson. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

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Legislature, from page  a few hundred. Smith said the church has two large reception rooms, a gymnasium and a parlor that can all be used by groups. In addition, Sunday school classrooms can be arranged for meetings. Smith estimated the church can accommodate up to about 350 for a meal. The food service needs of the groups run the gamut, literally, from breakfast to dinner. For example, the Mississippi Conference bishops have been hosting a Legislative breakfast at Galloway for several years. Other groups serve lunch, some simply have snacks at a reception and others want a sit down dinner. Smith estimated that 75 percent of the

groups that meet at the church use the church’s food services, led by Chef Michael Moore. However, a few have catered meals. The Mississippi Catfish Farmers fry their own catfish. Smith said the church board of trustees sets the fees for usages, which cover the room costs and staffing. While the church primarily offers convenient meeting space, Smith said holding these events is an effective evangelism tool. Smith said he knows of several members at Galloway whose first contact with the church was through a special event. “You get people coming here who may not have a church home,” Smith said. “You never know who you’re about to minister

to. They might see something here that attracts them. There’s always an opportunity to make a connection.” Sometimes the connection might not be what guests expect. Galloway sponsors a ministry called Grace Place that provides meals, clothing and toiletries to the homeless in downtown Jackson. Sometimes folks taking part in Grace Place encounter those attending a special function. “One of the things we think about regularly what it means to be God’s house, a place of hospitality sitting between the Capitol and Smith Park and what those two places represent,” Shelton said. “We try to be faithful to what that means on both ends.”

Smith Park is a small park located next door to the church where the homeless often gather. While taking no stance on issues proposed by groups that use their buildings, those at Galloway like to think making the facility available has a positive impact on those working in the legislature. “Especially when people who are not members here come, they bring a sense of reverence through the doors,” Shelton said. “Perhaps that helps with the conversation. For members, there is a reason they’re here. People are drawn to this place, and perhaps it is holy ground and that does make a difference.”

Foster, from page  Weems and Ann Michel — I knew fewer and fewer younger clergy were choosing to serve in the local church but I never understood why. These authors offer insight into the vocational choices of our young clergy, the crisis it is presenting in our local congregations and some of the ways that we might reverse the trend. This book is very thought-provoking and insightful into the state of the church today. I was reminded again of the richness of devotional materials published by UpperRoom Ministries. Its bi-monthly periodicals, Pockets for children, DevoZine for youth Weavings

and Alive Now! for adults are all great resources for personal reflection and spiritual growth. Now, as good as these resources sound, you and I both know they won’t do us any good if we don’t use them as they are intended. Here’s a challenge for you: Use one of these resources during the season of Lent for your individual or family devotional time. At the end of the study evaluate its import in your own life. Consider these questions in your evaluation: n Where did it leave you challenged?

Martin, from page  verse of How Great Thou Art, the fourth verse of O, For a Thousand Tongues and all of O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done. Repent, believe and join with Mary “my soul doth magnify the Lord “ and “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” People need a savior, and God has provided one at great cost to Himself. We are invited to repent, believe, receive, and live

n Where did you sense the gracious presence of God? n What difference did the use of this resource make in your own life? My hunch is that if we give our best effort and are open to the spirit of God we might experience God in a new and fresh way. We have the potential to discover a “treasure” that is waiting to be unearthed. Are we willing to do a little work to find that which awaits discovery? n Foster serves on the conference staff working with children’s ministry and ministries to families.

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forever. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in...”(Rev. 3:20) It is our mission to invite, encourage and even compel people to open the door and let the savior in! Souls will then be added to the church as at Pentecost and thereafter. n Martin is a retired clergy member of the Mississippi Conference.

to offer respite,” Shelton said. “But we can’t do everything that the people of Smith Park need. So, let’s be in dialogue with St. Andrew’s about what is their passion for the homeless in Smith Park. “We have the opportunity to see how we can all engage this common problem and not duplicate services but strengthen them together.”

The covenant event begins at 5 p.m. March 3 with rehearsal for clergy from both denominations at the cathedral. A meal at Galloway follows at 6 p.m. All United Methodist clergy are encouraged to attend and take part in the service. The clergy will process, in their vestments, from Galloway to St. Andrew’s for a 7:30 p.m. worship service.

Ministry Connection The Ministry Connection provides an opportunity for United Methodist churches in Mississippi seeking to fill staff positions and persons in Mississippi seeking staff positions to give notice of availability. Cost of the ads is 25 cents per word with a $5 minimum. ASSOCIATE MINISTER — Jefferson Street United Methodist Church in Natchez seeks a deacon to serve as associate minister to direct Christian education and implement Christian education programming. Jefferson Street UMC is vibrant and dynamic church in need of an enthusiastic person to maintain

programming and develop new programs to meet the needs of its diverse membership. Jefferson Street UMC provides unique opportunity to minister to people of all ages from a growing children’s ministry, young adults and older adults. Jefferson Street UMC recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. Beautiful and historic Natchez is also a wonderful place to live and minister. Please visit our web site at www.jeffersonstreetumc.org. Salary is commensurate with experience. Send resumes to Jefferson Street UMC, P.O. Box 862, Natchez, MS 39121. Telephone 601-442-3795. E-mail jef-

fersonstreet@bellsouth.net. MUSIC DIRECTOR — Trinity UMC in Gulfport seeks a music director. You must be a Christian who has a passion for leading worship. Experience in both liturgical and contemporary worship is preferred, but not required. Also, at least a B.A. in music and training in church work is preferred, but not required. An important part of this job will be to encourage others to use their gifts in ministry. We are looking for an energetic team player who can help us envision new possibilities for worship. Send resume to: Trinity UMC, 5007 Lawson

Ave., Gulfport, MS 39507; call 228-863-2717 or e-mail dlarosa@trinityumc.com. PIANIST/ORGANIST — Pianist/organist needed for Sunday morning service. Decell United Methodist Church, Wesson. Salary negotiable based on experience. Resume required. Contact Rev. Mary Stewart, pastor at 601 643-2749 or email us at DecellMemorialUN@bellsouth.net. PIANIST — First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland seeks a pianist. Send resume to 234 West Jackson St., Ridgeland, MS 39157; phone 601-856-6456.

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Mission and Ministry Wells helps celebrate King’s memory

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Thinking about generosity n “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galatians 6:9

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t has already been reported, in the Advocate, but it bears repeating that last year the people of the Mississippi Annual Conference gave more money to apportionments than ever before. Part of this generosity, $1.1 million, was shared with the general church World Service Funds. In addition, Mississippi churches sent in an additional $228,692 in “second mile giving” in support of missionaries and missionary projects throughout the world. Add to that the fact that more than 30 Mississippi churches led volunteer mission trips went to Africa, Latin America, Russia and other overseas locations. Part of this generosity was also shared with our Mississippi Methodist community centers, Children’s Home, Choctaw Mission, United Methodist Hour, Baddour Center and so many other missions and programs throughout the state. Add to this the contributions made directly by the specially designated special Sunday offerings and the many generous individuals and church donations in response to local and national emergencies and disasters (plus the large number of volunteers going to serve in these areas). See Navarrete, page 

As long as there has been a Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Jackson, the Rev. Keith Tonkel and Jim Young, his pastoral assistant, have served in the ministry of presence. Tonkel, pastor of Wells United Methodist Church on Bailey Avenue in Jackson, and Young have lived the dream. “We decided that it would be a good thing for us to be a part of the MLK parade since we are a part of the community,” Tonkel said. “Historically, we were a white congregation and we want everybody to know that Dr. King speaks for all of us and to all of us and that it was important for there to be some people present and taking part who believe in his way of changing things. Peaceful, committed compassionate way of getting change done.” Said Young: “It’s just we need to make a statement that Dr. King was for all the people not just a black thing. We need a white presence in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. He was talking about a better world for all people and a better life for all people. That is why I am in this parade.” Wells Associate Pastor the Rev. Michelle Shrader said, “I think the parade is a great way to show God’s love to all people and it’s

Mario Nichols helps Wells Memorial UMC celebrate Martin Luther King Day in Jackson.

great to see all these kids out here because they are the hope of our world. That is why I love being a part of this being able to connect with these children who one day are going to lead us in a new direction.” Mario Nichols, a part of the Wells Youth Group who lives in the Georgetown area, also took part in the parade. See MLK, page 

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henever I have an opportunity to attend a conference, I always try to make time to check out the bookstore and display tables. I am curious to see what is being highlighted as the “new and best” thing. I continue to be surprised by the number of “treasures” that I stumble upon when I allow myself the time to browse and explore. While in Jacksonville, Fla., at a national connectional ministries quadrennial training event, I discovered several resources I would consider “treasures” that I want to share with you. n Three Simple Rules for Following Jesus by Linda Robinson Whited — This is a sixweek study for children based on the Three Simple Rules book that many of us have recently studied. Whited is a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference working in Nashville. n Three Simple Rules for Christian Living by Jeanne Torrence Finley — This is a sixweek personal reflection workbook that examines the ways we incorporate the Three

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Michelle Foster Connectional Ministries Simple Rules into our daily living. n Safe Sanctuaries: The New Edition by Joy Thornburg Melton — This updated workbook looks at ways we can protect children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuse in our places of ministry. It also offers suggestions for getting started, how to respond when an allegation occurs and why it is imperative that we engage in the work of Safe Sanctuaries. n The Wesley Study Bible — Wow! What a great resource. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward recently described it in this way: “The Wesley Study Bible marks the first time that the writings of John Wesley have been

compiled with the New Revised Standard Version. More than 50 leading scholars contributed to the study notes, most of which reference the writings of John Wesley. An equal number of pastors penned motivational thoughts on who to live out the scriptures. More than 60 Wesleyan theologians added “key-concept” writings that help us live deeper into the overarching themes and the specific topics throughout the Bible.” n The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase — Along with the five individual workbooks that invite congregations to more deeply look at each of the practices through prayer, self-reflection, devotions and scripture readings. These books look at the central ministries important to congregational life and vitality. The areas of focus include radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. n The Crisis of Younger Clergy by Lovett See foster, page 

Annual Conference Lodging Looking for a place to stay while you attend the 2009 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference? The Conference office has partnered with key hotels in the area to offer special discounts from June 11-14. Downtown • Hampton Inn & Suites-Coliseum 320 Greymont Ave Jackson, MS 39202 601-352-1700 Reservation Code: UMC Rate: $89 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 310 Greymont Ave. Jackson, MS 39202 601-948-4466 Reservation Code: UMC Rate: $89 + Tax Free hot breakfast included

North Jackson • Hampton Inn 465 Briarwood Dr Jackson, MS 39206 601-956-3611 Reservation Code: MET Rate: $89 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Cabot Lodge Jackson North Hotel 120 Dyess Rd Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-957-0757 Reservation Code: UM Conference Rate: $89 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Hilton Jackson 1001 E County Line Rd Jackson, MS 39211 601-957-2800 Reservation Code: UMC Rate: $119 + Tax • Marriott Residence Inn 855 Centre St. Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-948-0671

Reservation Code: MS AC Rate: $109- 139 + Tax Free Hot Breakfast Included

Clinton • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 495 Springridge Rd Clinton, MS 39056 601-708-0400 Reservation Code: MSAC Rate: $89 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Hampton Inn 493 Springridge Rd Clinton, MS 39056 601-925-9393 Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $95 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Comfort Inn & Suites 5010 Hampstead Blvd Clinton, MS 39056 601-924-2500 Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $89 + Tax Continental Breakfast Included

Pearl: • Hilton Garden Inn LLC 438 Riverwind Dr. Pearl, MS 39208 601-933-1163 Reservation Code: MS UMC Rate: $85 + Tax Breakfast $5 additional • Holiday Inn Select 110 Bass Pro Dr. Pearl MS 39208 601-939-5238 Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $101 + Tax

Madison/Ridgeland • Hilton Garden Inn Madison 320 New Mannsdale Rd Madison, MS 39110 601-420-0442 Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $99 + Tax Breakfast Included • Hyatt Place Hotel 1016 Highland Colony Parkway Madison MS 39110 601-898-8815

Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $109 + Tax • Red Roof Inn 810 Adcock Dr. Ridgeland MS 39157 601-956-7707 Reservation Code: MS UMC Rate: $44.99 + Tax • Days Inn 150 Centre St Ridgeland MS 39157 601-956-7466 Reservation Code: MS UMC Rate: $74.99 + Tax Continental Breakfast Included • Ramada Limited Airport Hotel 341 Airport Rd S Pearl, MS 39208 601-933-1122 Rate: 64.99 + Tax Free hot breakfast included • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 1004 Treetop Blvd Flowood, MS 39232 601-939-2676 Rate: $79 +Tax

• Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 115 Sunny Dr Canton, MS 39046-5129 601-859-8355 Rate: $55 + Tax • Comfort Inn Airport 235 S Pearson Rd. Pearl, MS 39208 601-932-6009 Rate: $62 + Tax • Candlewood Suites 241 S Pearson Rd. Pearl, MS 39208 601-709-2670 Rate: $59 + Tax

Byram • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Byram 5569 I 55 S Byram, MS 39272 877-865-6581 Reservation Code: MAC Rate: $85.00 Hot breakfast included

Mississippi United Methodist Advocate  

Advocate Feb 18, 2009