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3 weeks ago
Weekly prayer list:
Marietta Goodloe’s father Raymond (praise for improvement!)
All who are ill
Healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel
Our nation, soldiers and leaders
Our church and clergy, Rev. Ann and Rev. Pullin
Wanda, Michael and Lindsey Bobinger
Aletha Huffman’s mother
Jan Bailey - death of sister in California ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Breaking News! Join us every Sunday during May for "tag team" preaching! Get to know Wesley's new incoming pastor, Rev. Brian Pullin! Submit questions! Hear Rev. Ann and Rev. Pullin discuss the scripture! ... See MoreSee Less
This email was received this morning from our Bishop:
Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior,
I am aware that several of you desire to gather in-person for corporate worship. Other faith communities may feel a need to protect the flock—especially the most vulnerable members—by continuing to not gather physically a little longer. My hope is to give you guidance, not commandments, on preparing a tentative schedule to resuming some elements of in-person worship and other congregational activities. I am asking churches to continue their shelter-in-place on congregational activities through Sunday, May 31, 2020. This date is more of an evaluation point than a target to resume physical, corporate worship. Know that I—in collaboration with our conference leadership—have considered and will continue to examine medical precautions and healthcare data, as well as discern the best path forward for our Mississippi United Methodist churches. If for whatever reason, this date becomes too soon of a projection, we can and will adapt.
This gives all of us several more weeks to deep clean, acquire supplies and effectively communicate with all leadership, members, guests and community partnerships our plans to incrementally resume in-person gatherings. Know that my capacity and desire to enforce this and micromanage churches is not at the top of my list of priorities. What is my priority is to aid you in being a non-anxious presence in your faith-based and surrounding communities, and to expand your abilities to be light in a dark and troubled world. I’m not only requesting that you begin planning for reopening, I’m also asking that when you reopen, you continue the creative and transformative work you are doing in your newly found or better-than-ever media ministries. Word of your fruitfulness in online worship, small groups and other ministries helps us see God’s hand moving and growing us even in a global pandemic. Glory!
As you mark your calendars to prepare for possibly beginning to reopen the doors of your sanctuary, know that before next week’s end you will receive guidelines to aid church leadership in planning to return to in-person elements of our mission and ministry. In a crucial time such as this, it is essential that you check your emails, the conference website and social media regularly, and read messages in their entirety so that you will be up-to-date on the latest news.
Praying for your daily,
Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Devotional by Phil Huffman (from the perspective of a financial advisor)
It has been said that of all forms of capital, CONFIDENCE is the most valuable. We are blessed as Christians that we can have CONFIDENCE in the love of God, knowing that He cares for us, and will be with us to, and through, the end of life on earth, then through eternity. May we all be able to live CONFIDENTLY through this pandemic and all of life's challenges. ... See MoreSee Less
We have been invited by St. Paul UMC to join with them and First Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. John's Episcopal, St. Alphonsus and Mosaic churches to participate in a virtual Community Prayer Meeting on May 1st at 5:00pm. To participate, please pray from your home on that day and time for God's protection and guidance for our families and for our churches and businesses. ... See MoreSee Less
Sadly, the summer camping ministries across our Annual Conference will not be happening this year due to COVID-19. Please keep Camp Wesley Pines, Seashore Assembly, and Camp Lake Stephens in your prayers as this greatly impacts their ability to reach young people in addition to financial functionality. ... See MoreSee Less
This is one session of an ongoing study of the Bible. Our Sunday School class is currently studying Luke and today's session focuses on parts of Luke 11 and 12, aided by a Bible Study guide written by the teacher, Tom McKenney. ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday Prayer List (on Friday)
Wanda, Michael, and Lindsey Bobinger
Our church and its leaders
Our state and country and all leaders
Those suffering from COVID-19
Rev. Ann and Rev. Pullin
Madeline Capers (new grandbaby)
Communities struck by recent tornados
Praise: Wallace Goodloe's cousin and wife and their recovery from COVID-19 ... See MoreSee Less
Here is our introductory sharing of devotions or scripture! This first week our devotion is by Marietta Goodloe; next week will be available to anyone who has something they would like to share! Please let Marietta know if you are interested in participating and much thanks to her leadership!
April 22, 2020 - Jesus Calling
Listen to Me continually. I have much to communicate to you, so many people and situations in need of prayer. I am training you to set your mind on Me more and more, tuning out distractions through the help of My Spirit.
Walk with Me in holy trust, responding to My initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to Me and live abundantly!
John 8:36; Proverbs 19:21; John 10:27 ... See MoreSee Less
This is one session of an ongoing study of the Bible. Our Sunday School class is currently studying Luke and today's session focuses on parts of Luke 11 and 12, aided by a Bible Study guide written by the teacher, Tom McKenney ... See MoreSee Less
Prayer concerns from our prayer team, Thursday, April 17, 2020:
Wanda, Michael, and Lindsey Bobinger
Joyce Chamberlain, mother of Aletha Huffman
Father of Marietta Goodloe
Our church and its leaders
Our healthcare workers and first responders
All essential personnel
Sufferers of the Coronavirus
All who are in financial crisis
Our incoming pastor, Rev. Pullin
Blessings on Rev. Ann and her family ... See MoreSee Less