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Counting it down Not the same Mixed reviews Check for last minute God of Christianity Some news about the details about Annual quite different from conference budget is Conference, page 2 Islamic deity, page 8 good, some not, page 8 Vol. 60 / Issue 16 May 16, 2007 Youth eager Southern for mission to Zimbabwe to Sumrall By Woody Woodrick Advocate Editor L That was the route along a former rail line about 60 aKeadra Coffey has never flown in bicyclists took May 12 during the second annual Circuit an airplane. She’s picked a doosey Ride sponsored by the Mississippi Conference. The of a trip for her first air travel. event on the Longleaf Trace started at Gateway Coffey will be among 26 people, most- Southern Miss in Hattiesburg and made its way 15 ly youth, from the Mississippi Con- miles to the Sumrall Station. Cyclists traveled at their ference traveling to Zimbabwe on a mis- own pace, enjoying a solitary ride along the peaceful sion trip. The trip is part of the Chabadza trace or moving along with a group of friends. The Covenant signed last year at Annual event began in 2006 as a way to recall circuit riding Conference creating a preachers of yesteryear and to pro- relationship between Related story, mote health. The first event drew the Mississippi Confer- page 8 about 30 people to the Natchez ence and the United Trace. Participants came from as Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe. far as Greenville and the Gulf Bishop Hope Morgan Ward is traveling Coast this year, including several with the group, which leaves May 27. children and teenagers from the “I’m excited and anxious,” Coffey said. Trinity Mission in Forest. The “This is my first time flying and it’s a bluegrass band Kudzu Station of pretty long flight.” Yazoo City provided music prior to It’s actually about 20 hours flying time the start. to Harare, Zimbabwe. Once there, the group will be involved in service, worship and other activities with youth, children and adults. The group will also visit some tourist sites. “Our purpose is to live out the See TRIP, page 10 How firm a foundation Learning to ask for gifts helps support ministries By Woody Woodrick The man wrote a check on the spot. Advocate Editor “I learned that Jesus said, ‘Ask and you RIDGELAND – Jerry Mitchell recalls will receive,’” Mitchell said. “We often clearly an event that he says changed his think about asking the Father in heaven life and would later impact United for spiritual things. I think the Father in heaven wanted me to ask (the business- Methodist churches in Mississippi. man). God used him to turn my life “I had been (pastor) at Gautier (First around.” United Methodist Church) and been The businessman, Mitchell said, appointed to Hazlehurst,” Mitchell said. became not only more active in the “We had a budget deficit, and I just did- MITCHELL the deficit. Although he didn’t feel com- church but continues as a leader. n’t feel right leaving that for the next Mitchell took that lesson and used it preacher.” fortable doing it, Mitchell asked the to turn the United Methodist Foun- Photo by Gwen Green Mitchell said he reluctantly approach- man, who attended church occasional- dation of Mississippi, Inc., into a vital The spray from Victoria Falls creates a rainbow ed a church member who was a suc- ly, if he would make a contribution to in the afternoon sun. The youth mission team cessful businessman. He told him about balance the church budget. See FOUNDATION, page 7 will visit the falls while in Africa. In this issue Subscribe today! Go online Annual Conference 2 Around the Conference 6-7 Obituaries 10 If you borrowed this copy of the Visit the Mississippi Mission and Ministry 3 Commentary 8-9 Ministry Connection 11 Advocate, call 601-354-0515 to get a Conference Web site at Sunday School 4-5 Bishop’s Column 8 Classifieds 11 subscription of your own. www.mississippi-umc.org. 2 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALENDAR Countdown to should keep in mind: ■ As in 2006, per diem will be paid at Annual Conference. No payments This Week Annual will be issued prior to confer- As Annual Conference draws closer, the sched- ence. ule of district meetings to prepare delegates ■ Eligible members will Conference grows. Five districts have meetings planned this receive a signed per diem authorization form from week. They include: one of the following: dis- May 17 — Tupelo District, 5:30 p.m. at Wesley trict superintendent (dis- UMC in Tupelo trict officers, equalizing May 20 — East Jackson and West Jackson dis- tricts; 2 p.m.; Christ UMC in Jackson; Senatobia 2007 Mississippi members and seminary stu- dents), conference liaison officer District, 3 p.m., First UMC, Senatobia; Meridian District, 3 p.m., District Office, Meridian Annual Conference (retirees and surviving spouses), or director of Connectional Ministries (conference Next Week Arise! Shine! Rejoice! officers). ■ Per diem recipients shall bring their completed Pre-conference meetings continue. Note that forms to conference and turn them in at the on-site the Starkville District will hold two briefings: June 10-13, Christ UMC, treasurer’s office by noon, June 11. Do not mail May 21 — Brookhaven District, 6 p.m., New Hope UMC on Mississippi 550 in Wesson; Jackson forms to the confer- ence office; they will Starkville District, 7 p.m., First UMC, Louisville be returned. May 22 — Seashore District, 6:30 p.m., Heritage UMC, D’Iberville; Starkville District, 7 p.m., First UMC, West Point May 27 — New Albany District, 2:30 p.m., First A attend. nnual Conference is just around the cor- ner. Here’s some useful information to keep in mind while making plans to ■ Checks may be picked up the evening of June 12, after worship or any time June 13. Per diem Briefings recipients who must leave UMC, Booneville The district pre-conference briefings are under- conference early may make arrangements with the treasurer’s office Next Month way. Clergy and lay members can get a preview of Annual Conference, register, pick up materials and to get their checks early. Across The United Methodist Church, compas- ask questions at the briefings. All members are ■ No checks will be mailed. sionate people respond to God’s call to be peace- encouraged to attend. See the schedule at left. Childcare makers. They advocate for human rights, buy Childcare will be provided by the staff of Christ fair-trade products, care for the environment, Online Download the pre-conference workbook and get UMC for conference members’ children ages 6 demonstrate for a cause, eradicate poverty, feed months to 6 years. Evening care is available this hungry people, mediate conflict, provide health forms and other information about Annual Conference on the conference Web site, www.mis- year in addition to daytime care. Registration forms care, seek affordable housing and model nonvio- are due May 21. Forms are available on the confer- lence. sissippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then “2007 Annual Conference.” ence Web site. Because of the special offering received June 3 on Peace with Justice Sunday, God’s people learn Come and worship Health check to coexist lovingly and peacefully. Global out- Worship is an important part of Annual Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare personnel will reach through the General Board of Church and Conference. Built around Isaiah 61, the worship offer free blood pressure, blood sugar and choles- Society and annual conference-related peace services will be full of rejoicing and celebration. All terol screenings at Annual Conference. with justice ministries transform lives. services will be held in the Christ UMC sanctuary. Special meals ■ Come and bring a friend to any of the services: Many groups are having special breakfasts, Annual Conference is scheduled for June 10-13 ■ Service of Ordination, 6:30 p.m. June 10 luncheons, or dinners during Annual Conference. at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson. ■ Interim Shared Communion with Bishop The special meals schedule is available on the con- This year’s event will feature some changes in the Duncan Gray III of the Mississippi Episcopal ference Web site. agenda, highlighted by holding the ordination Diocese, 8:30 a.m. June 11 service on the opening night and the commis- ■ Memorial Service with Bishop Spouses luncheon Ivan Abrahams of the Methodist Clergy Spouses will hold its annual luncheon on sioning service on the closing afternoon. In addi- Church of Southern Africa preach- Monday in the fellowship hall at Christ tion, the conference will feature a service honor- ing, 2 p.m. June 11 UMC. Tickets are $12 ($6 for retirees) and ing the Charles Wesley’s 300th birthday. ■ Mission Service with confer- must be purchased by May 29. No tickets ence mission offering and will be sold at the door. Make checks Bishop Abrahams preaching, payable to Mississippi Conference Clergy 7:30 p.m. June 11 Spouses and mail to Robin Smith, 1070 ■ Celebration of Charles Beech St., Wesson, MS 39191. ? Wesley’s Life and Music, 7:30 Mission offering Do You p.m. June 12 ■ Morning Worship with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has designated the Know Bishop Abrahams preach- ing, 8:30 a.m. June 13 2007 Annual Conference Mission Offering to support ministries with children and youth in Someone ■ Service of Commissioning and Sending Forth, 4 p.m. June 13 Zimbabwe and Mississippi. In the spirit of chabadza, 50 percent of the offering for youth and Who children’s ministry in Zimbabwe and 50 percent for Young voices youth and children’s ministry in Mississippi. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are A bulletin insert and flyer are available on the Will be ordained, commissioned, retire or invited to sing in a mass children’s choir during evening conference Web site. worship on June 11. The choir will lead two songs to represent your church at 2007 Annual Hospitality Conference? open the service. Contact the Rev. Chuck Hallford at Youth 16 and older are needed to serve as pages for Show your support by purchasing an ad in 601- 914-7110 for more information. the Annual Conference staff, and United Methodists the Daily Advocate newspaper! Per diem from the East and West Jackson districts are invited For more information call 1-866-647-7486 Members who may receive per diem from the to serve on the hospitality team. To volunteer, con- or 601-354-0515 ext. 16. conference are listed on page 259 of the 2006 tact the Connectional Ministries office at 601-354- Don’t wait! Deadline is June 1! Journal, Volume 1. Members eligible for per diem 0515. Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 3 MISSION AND MINISTRY Statue of Wesley Couple gives restoration tips near completion Special to the Advocate Drs. James and Molly Scott made quite an impres- Albany gathering included persons from the Senatobia and Tupelo districts, also. New Albany District Superintendent Jerry Beam and the district sion on the Mississippi Conference. Special to the Advocate A29 coordinated this event. The clergy couple spoke at two seminars for A-29 Some in attendance were so impressed that they M illsaps College is close to bringing a statue of district teams on April 28 and 29. At the second John Wesley to the campus. event, held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church purchased Restoring Methodism and ordered the CD Challenged by alumnus Lee McCormick in New Albany, those attending said the couples’ that may be used to help lead a church in exploring and with the help of Alumni Association President comment drew frequent “amens” from the more this text. Local church leaders plan on using these Ward Van Skiver and Church and Parent Relations than 250 in attendance. resources to help transform their churches. Director Kay Barksdale, friends and graduates of The Scotts, both clergy members of the Arkansas “This large gathering of our people proves that Millsaps are helping make the statue a reality. Conference of The United Methodist Church, wrote people are hungry for a word of hope and restora- A fund raising effort, began with members of the the book Restoring Methodism. The events were tion,” said Dr. Embra Jackson, administrative assis- classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Additional efforts to sponsored by the Mississippi United Methodist tant to the bishop. fully fund the cost of the statue were recently extend- Foundation, the New Albany District and the confer- Jackson termed the gatherings a success not just ed to all alumni, especially United Methodists, and ence Office of Congregational Development. because of the attendance, but because of “the pres- will total more than $45,000. The life-size bronze In their book, the Scotts call for United Methodists ence of God’s spirit and the possibility that ‘these dry sculpture, depicting Wesley in his circuit-riding to return to their early heritage by making and bones can and will live again.’” clothes with sad- implementing 10 decisions. These are thought by Two more gatherings are planned in response to dle bags at his the Scotts to be essential to Methodist churches’ the A2 assessments and efforts to transform church- feet, was created efforts in moving from decline to transformation es. The two events are part of the first conference by Millsaps alum- and vitality. The Scotts also ask that United Transformational Leaders’ School for teams of lay nus Ben Watts Methodists focus on three essentials as set forth by and clergy. Sponsored by the Office of Con- and is expected to founder John Wesley: repentance, faith and holiness. gregational Development, the sessions are sched- be ready for The Scotts also call for a renewal of the role of the uled for Aug. 25 and Nov. 3. installation by laity as leaders in the denominations as local elders “The Discovery Church Journey” on Aug. 25 will be late summer. and local deacons with positions as they held in led by Dr. Doug W. Ruffle, congregational develop- “Millsaps is early Methodism. ment coordinator for the Greater New Jersey proud to be a The first event was held April 28 at the conference Conference. The November event will examine the United Methodist office in Jackson and was attended by 20 A29 district L3 Incubator. college, and we team members from various districts. The Scotts led Both events are free if participants register before want everyone to the teams in discerning how they could use May 30. District A29 teams will receive priority. The know about our Restoring Methodism to help lead churches in the sessions are set for 9 a.m. at the Mississippi United Wesleyan her- process of responding to A2 Indicator assessments. Methodist Foundation building in Ridgeland. itage,” said Presi- At New Albany, extra chairs and tables had to be Contact Jackson at 601-354-0515 or 1-866-647- dent Frances provided to accommodate the large crowd. The New 7486 for more information. Millsaps College alumnus Ben Watts has Lucas. “As we been charged with creating a statue of enhance the beauty of our John Wesley for the college campus. campus with stat- ues and sculptures, John Wesley deserves a place of prominence. We look forward to dedicating this beau- Growth begins with core values ■ Editors Note: Third in a series storms of life come their way. tiful sculpture, done by one of our own Millsaps alum- By Embra Jackson Foundational for a local church is discerning the ni.” Administrative Assistant to the Bishop call of God upon the congregation. Faith Com- There is still time for alumni and friends of the col- munities Today states that “More important then the- lege to participate in this project. Send donations to Core values, perhaps the most significant of the A2 ological orientation (for churches) is the religious Wesley Statue, Millsaps College, Box 151191, Jackson, Indicators, are sometimes difficult to describe and to character of the congregation and the clarity of mis- MS 39210-1191. Donors to date include: define. sion and purpose. Growing churches are clear about Larry Adams, Pauline Dickerson Akers, Will Austin, The A2 definition states that core values are “non- why they exist and about what they are to be doing.” Carol Lowry Baird, Kay Barret Barksdale, Rod and negotiable principles that define the meaning and Here are some suggestions to help lead churches in Beverly Featherston Bartlett, Jerry Beam, Bradley practice of a congregation within a particular frame- the process of discerning core values: Bennett, Julia Dawson Bishop, Judge and Mrs. William work for ministry, i.e. your congregation and the sur- ■ Develop leadership partnerships. Leadership is Bizzell, Janet Clogston Cavalier, Sammy Clark, Harry rounding community.” How do we translate this paramount in churches developing a sense of identi- Dinham, Nat and Pat Ellis, Delores Kirkfield Feldman, description into action within our local churches and ty. A church’s leaders must have a shared sense of call- Tom and Donna Fowlkes, William and Gale communities? ing and purpose. It is only when the McDonnell Fuller, Mike and Elaine Lord Gemmell, Drs. James and Molly Scott in A2 clergy and laity are on the same page James K. Gentry, Doug and Mabel Mullins Greene, their book Kingdom People con- – God’s page – that churches will be Lewis Hatten, Rosemary Hillman Hopkins, Francis tend that core values are derived transformed. Jacobs, Barbara Tate Jepsen, Warren and Beverly from our behavior that derives One of the best resources to assist Humphries Jones, Frank Jones, Nelda Jordan, Paul from our beliefs. Core values are the church in forming such partner- Keller, Boyd and Janice Ray Kynard, John South Lewis, the deepest, most important and ships and thus discerning their core Robert E. Lewis, Lee and Linda Banes Lewis, Frances most cherished values that we Lucas. have. INDICATORS values is GBOD’s L3 Leadership Incubator. L3 stands for “Loving, Also, Barbara Lefeve McCleese, Judy Shaw “One might say that he (she) val- Learning and Leading.” Visit www.L3incubator.com McCormick, Lee McCormick, J. Rhett Mitchell, Jerry ues his (her) children, but the calendar of the past to learn more. and Frankie Mitchell, Monterey United Methodist month shows so little time spent with them that their The conference’s 2007 Transformational Leaders’ Church, Robert Morrison Jr., Paul Cooper Morrison, behavior reveals it is not a core value, not one of the School will focus on L3 at its November session. For Max B. Ostner Jr., Dell Fleming Palazzolo, Burt most important values,” the Scotts write. “Another registration information, contact my office at (601) Patterson, George and Lynne Krutz Pickett, Bonnie way to think of this is to look at each of your core 948-4561, ext. 23. There is no charge to participate in James Powell, Fred and Kay Nelson Rendfrey, Newt beliefs (What we believe to be true about God, life, the school, but registration by May 30 is required. and Ann Reynolds, Susan Wright Roberts, Wilson ourselves and others) and what kind of behavior and ■ Use retreats to revisit your mission. Many con- Ragan Rodgers, Vence and Kathy Alexander Smith, action would be logically expected from that belief gregations develop vision and mission statements Susanne Lamb Stevens, Earl and Ann Cathy and ask if your behavior matches that answer.” only a few times in the entire life to the church. I Williamson Stubblefield, Mike and Ygondine One of the major determinants to a church becom- believe that because every congregation, regardless of Sturdivant, Ward and Kay Van Skiver, Mack and Penny ing a disciple center is its DNA, its foundation. its size or location, is called by God to ministry, Sanders Varner, Carolyn Allen Wolfe, Willis C. Woody Without a strong foundation a building is easily Jr., Joseph W. Carroll, Bill Carroll and David Carroll. destroyed. Likewise, churches that lack a firm foun- dation are not very stable and easily fall when the See A2, page 10 4 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON Policies often ignore plight of downtrodden By Dr. Talmage B. Skinner Ahab. Around 786 BCE Jeroboam II righteous life.” If people did justice Israel. After a time, the people of Israel June 3 became king in Israel. He ruled suc- and lived righteous lives, then all that went whoring after false gods and God cessfully in a time of resurgence and public display would be wonderful. punished Israel and cast her out. Then Committed to Justice prosperity for most of the people. We live in a materialistic society. after a time of punishment, God takes Purpose: To identify how authentic There was a great deal of religious fer- Many of our churches just see who can her back as his people and restores worship develops a mature faith that is vor, public worship and confidence put on the best show. We judge success Israel. The punishment is to heal, to expressed in a social conscience. that they were God’s chosen people with the accumulation of wealth and cure, to refine the people of God. The Bible Lesson: Amos 5:10-15, 21-24 and that God would bless and protect its being spent on lavish lifestyles. We redemption of Israel is an expression Key Verses: “Let justice roll down like them. They longed for an expected honor people who are rich and seem to of pure grace. waters, and righteousness like an ever- event called the Day of the Lord when praise them for ruthless and uncon- In 9:1 and following, Hosea lists the flowing stream.” — Amos 5:24 God would drive out all the enemies of cerned attitudes toward the poor. indictment against Israel as unfaithful- Israel and bless them. Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, told ness; a lack of loyalty to the God who A bit of background will help to Into this apparent good time came Amos to go home to Judah and proph- brought the people out of Egypt. Israel understand Amos. After Solomon, the Amos from Tekoa in Judah. He was a esy there and never again speak at is also charged with having no knowl- United Monarchy of Israel split into layperson, not a priest or prophet or a Bethel for it is the king’s sanctuary and edge of God. There is a big difference the Northern Kingdom (Israel with 10 prophet’s son. Amos dressed sycamore a temple of the kingdom. Does this between knowing about God and tribes) and the Southern Kingdom trees. God called him to go to Israel sound familiar? knowing God. Because they do not (Judan with two tribes – Judah and and prophesy. His message was You do not dare disagree with the know God, there follows swearing, Benjamin). The split was along a fault straightforward: “The expected Day of president because you will be called a lying, murder, stealing and adultery. line that been there a long time. Israel the Lord is not light, but darkness. traitor, but it goes much deeper than Chapter 12:8-9 speaks of a false confi- was stronger but less stable. Israel was Israel is doomed because God is very that. We get our worship and enter- dence that is kin to the Greek concept more interested in the Moses displeased with Israel and the way tainment all mixed up. We pray that of “hubris,” which is an inappropriate Covenant tradition, while Judah was people are living. All the public display God’s will be done on earth, but then self-love and confidence. more concerned with the covenant of religion and piety cannot cover up we choose policies in business and The sin of Israel is always expressed between God and David. Judah, of the way they treat the poor and help- government that neglect not only the as separation from God that is brought course, had the temple in Jerusalem less. There is in place an unfair system needy of the country, but all the miser- on by lack of loyalty (Hesed) and one and the promise that they believed a of justice and the rich get rich on the able, trampled-on people of the world. type of rebellion or another against descendant of David would be on the backs of the poor. It is a materialistic The older I get, the more aware I am God. Examples are eating the forbid- throne forever. This made for a stable society.” of the simple truth that none of our den fruit, because it would make Adam change of leadership. Amos said that God was tired of their material stuff will leave this life with and Eve know as much as God, or the In the north, kings changed very “solemn assemblies and their music us. The longer I am a Christian and Tower of Babel – climbing up to heav- much like judges changed in the days and sacrifice.” For Amos, it seemed study both the Old and New en on our own. There is the ongoing of the Tribal Confederacy before Saul that right living is more important Testaments, the more I see a lack of struggle with the Canaanite religion became the first king. The kings of than right worship. He is not saying concern – a deep concern for the poor that manipulates their gods for their Israel did not send the people back to that worship does not matter but that and downtrodden of the world. I see a own benefit. That focus of the Baal reli- Jerusalem to worship in the temple; religious palaver without deeds and a “lifeboat” mentality, which is “as long gion is active today. Just watch TV and therefore the writers of the scripture reformed system is empty and evil. as we and our own are OK, do not listen to the emphasis on getting bless- label all of them bad. Many were bad The Hebrews, north and south, never worry about others.” We used to sing a ings, gifts and wealth from God. Listen for other reasons as well. Israel built dealt with the questions, “Does God hymn from the Cokesbury Hymnal to all the preaching about using God Samaria as their capital with places of exist?” God is Yahweh who brought called Others. We need to dust it off for our own success. worship such as Dan and Bethel to them out of Egypt. The question is, and not only sing it, but practice what All of this shows they do not know compete with Jerusalem. “What does God require?” Well, Amos it teaches. God. They know a magical being who As the years passed, interesting and answered that question with a trumpet grants their wishes. The God of Israel is powerful people ruled Israel. The most call in 5:21-24, “Take away the noise of June 10 not a fairy godmother. Some scholars exciting period was the time of Elijah all your assemblies, offerings, sacri- think Gomer was a part of that who stood up to Jezebel and King fices, songs – and do justice and live a God’s Indictment of Israel Canaanite culture and the worship of Purpose: To examine how divine judg- Baal. Over and over again Israel tried to ment is neither punishment nor worship Yahweh and Baal at the same vengeance bout an expression of God’s time. Because of this God is going to faithfulness and truth. punish Israel. However, Hosea does P. O. Box 16657 Bible Lesson: Hosea 4:1-4; 7:12; 12:8- not see everlasting doom. He takes Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6657 9 Gomer back. A remnant will return, Phone: (601) 296-1676 Key Verses: “There is no faithfulness and Israel will be restored. Prayer Line: (800) 280-4040 or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in Perhaps we must endure some hard Website: www.thehour.org the land.” — Hosea 4:1 times to be purified and return to the E-Mail: email@example.com fold as people who know God and his Hosea probably overlaps with Amos just a bit. He is from Israel and has a ways. I do not believe that God makes longer career than the brief one of bad things happen to people. I do Amos. Hosea also preached doom for believe God uses everything that hap- Israel because of the same attitudes pens to us to instruct, strengthen and May 20 Finding Ways to Feed and wrongs lifted up by Amos. He purify if we are paying attention. Music: Go Light Your World, Sarah Davis tends to see the faulty living as the Lesson: Keith Tonkel result of impure worship. Couple these June 17 Lesson Scripture: Revelation 21: 9-10, 21:22-22:5 two prophets with attention to wor- True Worship! Sermon: Rev. Eddie Rester ship and moral living and you get a Scripture: John 21: 15-19 strong message for their day and ours. Purpose: To show that acts of worship we choose to offer cannot substitute The message of Hosea is more in his May 27 Set Free to Speak for God’s demand for righteousness. life than in his words. God tells him to Music: Lifesong, Allanda Small marry an unfaithful woman whose Bible Lesson: Isaiah 1:10-11, 14-20 Lesson: Keith Tonkel name is Gomer. They have several chil- Key Verses: “Seek justice rescue the Lesson Scripture: Revelation 22:6-10, 12-13, 16-21 oppressed.” — Isaiah 1:17 dren who are given symbolic/prophet- Sermon: Rev. Eddie Rester ic names. Gomer is indeed unfaithful Yes! This scripture does sound a lot Sermon Text: Acts 2: 1-6 to Hosea, and he divorces her and like Amos and Hosea. All of the great casts her out. Later on, he buys her and prophets are own the same page. At restores her to her position as his wife. the heart of our religion is how we treat This is a parable of the relationship other people. Sometimes it is how you between God and Israel. God chose treat other Hebrews; but little by little Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 5 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON until we get right in the middle of the to the king about trusting in God rather new covenant written on the heart. developmental process of lifetimes message of Jesus, it is how we treat than alliances with big or small coun- All of the great prophets preached and ages. Life is a teacher who illus- everyone, not just our own kind. The tries for defense. As he looked at the doom and punishment for Israel’s trates our lessons through our experi- proof of worship is in the living and world situation, he believed that God unfaithfulness and neglect of justice ences. Isaiah teaches us that God con- doing. would use Assyria to purify Israel (it and mercy. Those who survived the fall stantly makes all things new, that he For a long time everything centered turned out to be Babylon), but at the of Judah started preaching renewal has established an everlasting around offering sacrifice to God, heart of his message was that Israel (in and hope and the return of a remnant covenant, not just with David, but with sometimes even going so far as to offer his case Judah) was called to be good that would be God’s people (Second all humankind. Our part should be human sacrifice, which was done to not powerful. They were called not for Isaiah and Ezekiel). The emphasis of gratitude and thanksgiving and hope please God and gain his favor. All God special privilege but to be a “nation of this lesson is on how God provides so for the future. wanted was for the people to “ … learn priests, a light unto the Gentiles.” We many things for us. There is danger Seek first and always the kingdom of to do good, seek justice, rescue the hear so much about “national interest” here in reading this just for today and God. The good things that God wants oppressed, defend the orphan, plead and being No. 1 in the world. Perhaps it thinking of what God wants to do for to give us are the lasting gifts of deep for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). Without a is time to “learn to do good.” Recently I us. In must be read in the context of a joy and love that are present in all of good understanding of the sacrificial read that a presidential candidate said message to people who have seen their life situations. system, the death of Jesus on the cross that it is important that other nations country and religion destroyed and ■ Skinner is a retired member of the makes no sense. be afraid of us. I would rather they who have lived in a strange and foreign South Carolina Annual Conference Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice, and respect us and want to emulate our land. In modern terms, the message is and served as the chaplain at Wofford guess what? The sacrifice comes from character. Making tons of money in comfort after the Holocaust or after the College for many years. God. Instead of sitting back and our personal lives does not make up death of innocent students or any of smelling all that burning meat, God for wickedness and neglect. Power and life’s troubles. wealth often keep individuals and STARKVILLE TOURS offers the sacrifice that reconciles us to Often overlooked in the Old • Alaska • New England • Nova Scotia • SW God. He replaces our attempts to bribe nations from being good. Testament is how many times God for- • NW • Branson • Myrtle Beach • KY • GA • Niagara Falls • Williamsburg God with an atoning deed that ends all gave Israel. It makes ones think of June 24 • New York • Smokies attempts to get God to save us, give us Jesus’ instruction to forgive “seventy E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 1-800-286-2366 victory and all that our heart desires. Finding Satisfaction times seven,” or an infinite number of The one we seek to honor graciously times. This is the grace of God. It would shows his love/forgiveness to us. What Purpose: To discover how we can live be a big mistake to believe that our CHOIR ROBES faithful lives in the midst of a secular God wants is for us to respond to his culture. actions have no consequences of that Made in Mississippi by theexperience. Direct factory South’s oldest and largest action with action of our own; not God is a forgetful old grandparent who manufacturer. Over 50 years action directed toward him, but toward Bible Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-3b, 6-11 indulges and allows all things. prices. 2 to 3 weeks delivery on most orders. others. Key Verses: “Seek the Lord while he The Deuteronomistic writers in the Latest styles and materials. You cannot get to the meaning of may be found; call upon him while he Old Testament had a simple formula: GRADUATE SUPPLY HOUSE is near.” — Isaiah 55:6 Box 1034-1620 N. Mill St. / Jackson, MS 39205 Isaiah without chapter 6 and the story obey God and you will succeed and be 601-354-5323 of Isaiah’s call and temple experience The Isaiah we see and hear about in blessed; disobey and you will be pun- at the time of the death of King Uzziah. chapter 55 is not the same person we ished by bad things happening. We The heart of the chapter is his experi- met last week. Scholars believe that know that is too simple. Bad things ence of the holiness of God and his own impurity. Also of importance is chapter 5 and the “Song of the this material was written after the fall of Jerusalem perhaps during the Exile or near to the time of the return. Isaiah happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. They do make a point with this over- Custom Stained Vineyard” telling of God’s displeasure with Israel and her infidelity and shal- low faith. I am fearful that many today of Jerusalem in last week’s lesson was pointing toward a harsh punishment for Judah. Second Isaiah (we have no ly simplified formula. The ultimate good does come by seeking to do God’s will. To ignore it trivializes it in the long Glass Windows have mixed up their worship with idea of his real name) is writing after run and leads to destruction. Even entertainment. In attempts to be casu- the fall and is writing about God’s then God is seeking our redemption. 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Appleby MISSISSIPPI METHODIST SENIOR SERVICES, INC. P. O. Box 1567 • Tupelo, MS 38802-1567 • Phone: 662-844-8977 • www.mississippimethodist.org 6 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 AROUND THE CONFERENCE Choctaw Mission leader earns commission D iane V. Wood, a new United Methodist Church and Community Worker, has become the director of programs and projects with the Choctaw Mission in Mississippi. Church and commu- nity workers are missionaries of The United Methodist Church. Deaconess Diane The Choctaw Mission serves the Native American Wood receives the communities of Pearl River, Red Water and Bogue laying on of hands Chitto. One priority of Wood’s work will be to organize during her com- the visits by United Methodist Volunteer In Mission missioning as a teams. The teams will build dormitories and a sanctu- church and com- ary and expand a fellowship hall. munity worker at Wood is one of nine missionaries commissioned for Global Ministries’ service in the United States on April 24 at the semi- 2007 Spring Board annual meeting of the General Board of Global of Directors Ministries in Stamford, Conn. Meeting. Bishop Joel N. Martinez of San Antonio, president of the mission agency, presided at the service of worship that also included the commissioning of 10 deaconess- es and a home missioner. Wood was born in Connecticut. She is a deaconess and a member of Green Hill United Methodist Church The event, arranged by the Moffats’ children, is ful,” Carder said. “To be chosen to occupy a distin- in Philadelphia. scheduled for 2 p.m. June 24 at Raymond United guished professorship devoted to the practice of Methodist Church. Christian ministry is especially gratifying. Perhaps the Jackson Central plans event Send regrets or comments to email@example.com. greatest honor is following the two previous occupants Food, entertainment and spiritual renewal are on tap of the Williams Chair, Jack Carroll and Peter Storey, for those attending Family and Friends Day at Jackson SoSA plans senior high harvest both of whom are treasured friends, insightful men- Central United Methodist Church. The Society of St. Andrew has scheduled a “Harvest tors, and valued colleagues.” The event is scheduled for June 1-3. A gospelfest is of Hope” senior high week-long event in Mississippi Carder is the author of three set for 6 p.m. June 1. The next day at picnic and talent- for the first time. books, Sermons on United Methodist fashion show are planned for 11 a.m., and then wor- It will be held at the Wood Institute in Mathiston July Beliefs, A Bishop’s Reflections, Living ship is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 1-7. For more information about Society of St. Andrew Our Beliefs and a study guide for and Harvest of Hope in Mississippi, call 800-333-4597 “Who Are We? The Doctrine, West accepts new hospital post or see www.endhunger.org. Mission, and Ministry of the United Steve West has been named senior vice president of Harvest of Hope is SoSA’s mission retreat program Methodist Church.” He also has con- community benefits at Methodist Le Bonheur offering weekend and weeklong events of worship, tributed articles to several journals Healthcare. West had served as senior vice president learning and gleaning to feed the hungry. CARDER and magazines, including The and chief legal officer. Christian Century, Circuit Rider and West – who has served Methodist Duke appoints Carder to chair Christian Social Action. for 29 years – will focus on various Bishop Kenneth Carder, professor of the practice of He also is a member of the University Senate of the community benefit initiatives and pastoral formation and a senior fellow with Duke United Methodist Church and chair of the Senate’s special projects benefiting MLH, as Divinity School’s Pulpit & Pew program, has been Commission on Theological Education. well as supporting MLH’s relation- named the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Chair of the ship with the University of Memphis Practice of Christian Ministry. Help kids improve reading skills in its formation of the Health Law The purpose is to highlight the importance of parish Congregations for Children is partnering with the Institute at the Cecil C. Humphreys ministry and to help form students as effective practi- Barksdale Reading Institute to help children improve WEST School of Law. West will serve as the tioners who are ready to lead congregations, said Dean their reading skills over the summer. Institute’s first executive director. L. Gregory Jones. BRI will create reading camps in 12 locations around West will work closely with MH Foundation Carder came to the divinity school following 30 years Mississippi to provide extra instruction for kinder- President Paula Jacobson and Senior Vice President of in parish ministry and 12 years as a United Methodist garteners through third graders who need help with Health & Welfare Ministries Gary Gunderson. bishop. He retired from the Mississippi episcopacy in their reading. West will fully assume his new role after a successor 2004 and joined the Divinity School faculty later that The camps will be in Gulfport, Hattiesburg, is hired and on board. year. Raymond, Jackson, Canton, Durant, Tchula, In the chair, he succeeds Peter Storey, who retired in Columbus, Clarksdale, Quitman and Como. Reception to honor anniversary 2006 to return full-time to his native South Africa and The institute will place qualified teachers at each Friends of Curtis and Dell Moffat are invited to now is professor emeritus. camp, train volunteers and provide books, materials attend a reception to celebrate and honor their 50th “Being named to the Williams Chair is a distinct and transportation for the children. Congregations for wedding anniversary. honor for which I am humbled and profoundly grate- Children is seeking 10-12 volunteers for each site. The main role of volunteers will be to encourage children to read and support them in their efforts. A volunteer training event will be held May 19 in Hattiesburg and Oxford. Methodist Tested Recipes “The Barksdale Reading Institute works very hard over the course of the school year to get children read- ing at grade level before their departure from third grade. The greatest challenge is addressing the lapse 4 cups cold milk Creamy Strawberry Punch that occurs while the students are out of school in the summer,” said Cassandra Welchlin, Congregations for 1 pint strawberry ice cream, In a large container, combine milk, ice cream and lemonade Children liaison. 1 (6 oz.) can frozen Lemonade until smooth. Add ginger ale and serve. Yield: 12 to 14 serv- Contact Welchlin at 601-354-0515, ext. 13, for more concentrate, thawed ings. information about volunteering. 4 cups chilled ginger ale — by Wendell Stewart in The Fruits of Our Labour Congregations for Children is an interfaith effort published by the Prayer Warriors Sunday School Class launched by the Episcopal, Roman Catholic and at Hickory Flat UMC United Methodist churches in Mississippi, open to partnership with all others who sense a calling to love, celebrate and advocate for children. Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 7 Foundation, from page 1 part of the conference’s ministry. states that fewer than 5 percent of Mitchell plans to retire from the founda- United Methodists include tithing in tion in June after 23 years at the helm. their stewardship plans. The average “I took this ministry with one goal, and United Methodist is 60 years old, and it it has remained my golden vision as I takes four to six new members to make walk out the door: To build a strong up the giving of just one older member, financial base under the ministry of the according to the newsletter. local church,” Mitchell said. “Young couples are in debt and going The foundation does that, says Martha deeper,” Mitchell said. “You can put on Scarborough, who has been named all the campaigns you want, but they’ve Mitchell’s successor. already committed themselves to pay “I have to admit that before coming to more than they make. How can they do work with the Foundation, I was igno- more?” rant of all that was available,” she said. Mitchell said he believes the local “We have access to many resources and church is missing a great opportunity tools that help people give more by giv- for ministry by not helping young adults ing wisely. This is especially important with their finances. “If the local church for our conference ministries since they can’t help members get a handle on are so dependent on donations. To be their finances, they’ve missed a great able to show people how to maximize opportunity to minister to that family,” their gifts is a very important ministry. he said. “The growth of permanent funds has their wills to support a specific ministry. strong board of directors. He believes a been due to the efforts of Jerry Mitchell Those range from community centers to strong board makes the difference Staff changes and Willard Leggett over the last 40 Wesley Foundations to mission groups between a successful ministry and a From a one-man operation in the cor- years, through their work with many to the Mississippi United Methodist weak ministry, and a strong board takes ner of a conference room, the founda- faithful donors in Mississippi and the Advocate. The gifts range in size from a many tasks off the shoulders of an exec- tion has grown to include four full-time desire of those donors to use their few thousand dollars to millions. utive director so that person can focus employees. Mitchell’s retirement creates resources to support their local church Mitchell said gaining the assets often on the day-to-day operation of the min- two vacancies because Frankie Mitchell, and ministries they are interested in goes back to that lesson he learned in istry. Each ministry’s board should his wife, is also retiring as secretary and sustaining,” Scarborough said. Gautier – ask. include successful people because they receptionist. The foundation was founded in 1967. “There is enormous wealth in this don’t like failure and know how to suc- Scarborough has served as associate Mitchell became executive director in state being passed from one generation ceed, he said. director since April 2006. Prior to that, 1984. At that time, the foundation had to the next. There are more groups, such she served as director of development assets of $4.7 million. As of February, its as universities, knocking on doors say- New home, new future for five years. She spent 11 years as assets stood at $78 million and will like- ing ‘give.’ The church is silent. When Mitchell became executive treasurer of the Mississippi Conference ly exceed $80 million by the end of the “Preachers are reluctant to ask people director of the foundation, it was a part- and eight years as treasurer of the old year. The greatest growth came from to give,” Mitchell said. “People knock on time job. His office in the conference North Mississippi Conference. 1995 to 2003 when assets grew from $23 my door (at home) asking for all kinds of headquarters building was a desk in the Mitchell said Scarborough brings million to $55.6 million. funds. In the corner of a conference room. When the many assets to the director’s post. church it’s a hush- room was in use, Mitchell had to work “She loves the church and loves peo- hush matter. ‘I’m elsewhere. As the foundation grew, its ple,” Mitchell said. “She knows the not going to ask office requirements and locations preachers and knows the churches. people to give.’ changed but were still small. That’s fundamental. She knows the Jesus did.” Today, Mitchell’s office is in a one- leadership of the conference.” Mitchell points story building on one of the most desir- The Rev. LaRue Owen has joined the out, it takes money able streets in Mississippi – Highland foundation as director of development. to do ministry. Colony Parkway. The building features Owen had been on staff at Madison St. “I’ve committed several offices, a kitchen and a high-tech Matthew’s UMC. my life to Christ meeting room that can be divided into “We have a strong board of directors,” and his kingdom,” two sections. Scarborough said. “With LaRue Owen he said. “If I’ve The building opened in April 2006 and and (treasurer) Billie Spraberry already done that, I’m since has become a popular place for on staff, our first task will be to build a going to support it meetings ranging from the conference strong team to work with the board to financially, and I Cabinet to community groups. It has put legs to the goals they have identi- don’t mind asking hosted a meeting of youth and their par- fied. somebody else to ents preparing for a trip to Africa, a “We have an excellent opportunity to do the same.” chamber of commerce group and a gath- be involved in the amazing ministries Mitchell said ering of top executives of AmSouth Bank. that are happening in Mississippi. I look those who have Mitchell believes making the building forward to working with our churches, our boards and agencies, and the con- Frankie Mitchell speaks to at the UM Foundation of Mississippi Board of wealth and hoard it available to these groups is important. Directors luncheon while Jerry Mitchell (right) and Howard Boone become cynical “It’s a good reflection on the denomi- ference as we support Christ’s work in listen.The meeting was the Mitchells’ last before their retirement. and bitter. They nation to be able to offer and provide a Mississippi through the Foundation. look for faults and meeting place like this,” he said. Cheryl Webb will join the foundation Mitchell said it took from 1967 to 1992 reasons to justify not giving. With a strong financial base and state- in July as receptionist. Webb currently to reach the $10 million mark. Since “Giving changes your life. Givers are of-the-art building, the foundation is works as administrative assistant to the then growth has been much more rapid. not complainers, gripers or fault-find- looking to the future. The board has conference benefits officer at the con- “Reaching $10 million is sort of a bench- ers. They are supporters and people of established a visioning committee to ference headquarters. mark,” he said. “That shows people you vision,” he said. determine where it might go in aiding Over the years, building credibility for know what you’re doing and are a strong Mitchell tries to help potential donors ministry in the Mississippi Conference. the foundation has been hard work, organization.” develop a vision for their gifts, what the However, the foundation has already Mitchell said. Not all conference leaders After hitting the $10 million mark, it gift can do and how to make it happen. begun programs to reach out to more seemed to consider the foundation’s took just three years to reach $20 mil- He said it takes three things to get a people and help them learn how to be role important. He said Bishop Hope lion, another three to hit $30 million and donor to make a contribution: better stewards of their own funds in Morgan Ward is the first episcopal then another three to pass $40 million. ■ Knowledge of the ministry addition to teaching stewardship to leader of the Mississippi Conference to In May 2003, the foundation passed the ■ Interest in the ministry churches. attend a foundation business meeting, $50 million mark. ■ Ability to make a gift whether large One of those programs is the Good despite that position having a seat on The funds deposited with the founda- or small. Sense Workshop where the foundation the board. tion support a variety of ministries in a “First you have to promote what teaches personal finance. “We’ve come a long way,” Mitchell variety of ways. Some churches deposit you’re doing and that creates interest,” Mitchell points to a passage in the said. “We’ve been accepted by the con- funds with the foundation for long-term he said. Texas Methodist Foundation newsletter ference, and we can stand tall and say projects. Many of the assets are in Another reason the foundation has that states that more and more people we made a contribution.” endowments established by donors or grown, Mitchell said, is because it has a are going into debt at a young age. It 8 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 COMMENTARY GLEANINGS Giving report carries mixed results Bishop Hope Morgan Ward A pportioned giving is our way in budget increase from 2006 to 2007, this The United Methodist Church of shows no growth in giving. DAVID being in “big” ministry even Two trends in our giving are cause for STOTTS Chabadza though we are a conference of small alarm. First, giving is down from 2006 in local churches. six of our 11 districts. Second, 300 Conference Treasurer For example, none of our churches churches spread throughout all dis- ■ “For we are God’s servants,work- could singlehandedly provide camping tricts have paid nothing at all this year ing together.” – I Corinthians 3:9 facilities and staff like we on their apportionments, A youth team with adult men- tors will depart on May 27 for Zimbabwe to engage in listening, learning and chabadza – have available at Lake Stephens, Wesley Pines and more people met Jesus at B which Seashore Assembly. Yet, systematically, the total conference budg- together y not giving $2,043,670, or 11 percent of total et. At this time last year, 293 At Annual Con- ference, the Council on Finance and Administration will rec- ognize the churches that have given partnership in which workers in the our camps last year than in we are not allow- churches were at zero. The systematically in 2007. CFA encourages field are joined by others with com- 90 percent of our churches. ing the ministries total apportionments of churches to send in apportionments mon purpose. I look forward to Caring for the sick, wid- those churches represented each month. At the end of May, church- being a part of this grand mission owed and disadvantaged that we are sup- $1,938,938, or 10 percent of es that give systematically will be at experience. and educating our young The team totals 27 persons. We people are fundamental definite- porting to receive the budget. This ismust not ly a trend that we 5/12ths, or 41.67 percent, of their apportioned amount. will travel to Harare, Victoria Falls, parts of who we are as their “fuel.” continue. Wouldn’t it be great to recognize all Mutare and United Methodists, and we However, we do have rea- 1,142 churches for being at the 41.67 Great Zimbab- share in these ministries sons for great celebration. A percent level? Can we do it? Of course we, enjoying the together through our con- third of the way through the we can, with God’s help. hospitality of the nectional giving. year, 68 churches have I hope that each one of you will people of Of course, the apportion- already reached 100 per- encourage your church to catch up if Zimbabwe and ment system is not what cent, and 329 churches you are behind in connectional giving. seeing the beau- is important at the end have paid 33.3 percent Most every one of us, whether we are ty of the land- of the day, but this sys- or more! This means we lay or clergy, retired or active, receive scape, animals tem allows us all as have 397 churches giving our compensation on a systematic and natural United Methodists to to the apportionments basis. If we do not give systematically, wonders of the country. put fuel in the vehicle systematically. I give we are keeping the ministries we sup- We will be engaged in chabadza in that delivers mission and thanks for the good stew- port from receiving their “fuel” on a reg- a particular way for several days – ministry to all of God’s ardship and faithfulness ular, dependable basis. This, in turn, working with the United Methodist people. That is what is of these congregations. hampers our day-to-day mission and youth and adults to paint church important, because at the Churches can check ministry. Are we really doing unto oth- facilities, in study and prayer and end of the day, we must their level of apportion- ers as we would have them do unto us? from which they will go forth in be able to answer the ques- ment giving any time on the I look forward to seeing you at Annual mission to others. tion of what each one of us conference Web site, Conference as we have conversation on The team will return on June 7, did to make disciples of Jesus www.mississippi-umc.org. Click how God is moving among us and our just in time to share in the mission Christ. on the Finance and Administration churches. It will be a great time of wor- celebration at Annual Conference. I am happy to report that our giving as drop down, and go to Apportionment ship and a great time to look forward to The local churches and districts of April 30 is $3,204 ahead of last year. Records. You will need your GCFA num- how we will be serving our Risen Lord have supported the youth members This is good news – except with no ber and local church number to log in. together over the next year. of the team with great generosity. We have another opportunity to No other faith’s deity equal to God we serve help by providing the children of Zimbabwe with over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies. Items needed include topical anti- septic, adhesive bandages, pain relievers such as children’s Tylenol, children’s aspirin or children’s Advil, etc. Bring these items to the J oe Edd Morris’ comments in the April 4 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate (“Christianity, Islam: Faiths of compassion, forgive- KAY VERRALL Guest Columnist there are many writers and teachers who do read and understand one or all of these languages, and, because of their efforts, I have for most of my life conference office by May 24 . ness”) have percolated in my thoughts been taught, rebuked, corrected and for several weeks. I find that though I less complicated. I believe a statement They go forth as a result of your trained in righteousness by reading am unable to speak knowledgeably Bishop (Thomas J.) Bickerton (of the vision and partnership. Thank you various translations of the Bible as well about most of the content of his article, Pittsburgh Area) made in one of his for your prayers as the mission as commentaries and other study aids I am compelled to take issue with one devotionals at our (2006) Annual written by these scholars. Are we not adventure unfolds. Conference applies here: “When we sentence, which read: “And, yes, blessed in the Christian faith to have though by a different name, that is the sacrifice truth for unity, we end up with Scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit, same God we worship.” neither.” written by men of old, which can be I take issue, not out of fear or insecu- In his book, Jesus Among Other Gods, read and understood in as many lan- rity in my faith as he suggests in the the Absolute Claims of the Christian guages as it can be translated into! MISSISSIPPI UNITED article, but rather out of the very secure Message, Ravi Zacharias wrote: “All reli- As a result of my lack of training in METHODIST ADVOCATE position that the God of the Bible, gions are not the same. All religions do Arabic, I also depend upon others for (USPS 354-360) revealed to us in Jesus Christ, present in us as the Holy Spirit, is the one true not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same. At information regarding the Islamic 321 Mississippi Street / P.O. Box 1093 / Jackson, faith. Among the many books and arti- MS 39215-1093 / Telephone: 601-354-0515 God, like unto whom there is no other, the heart of every religion is an uncom- cles which compare and contrast Islam not by any name. promising commitment to a particular and Christianity, two by Ergun and Published twice a month, 24 times a year, on the I am well aware that Morris’ state- way of defining who God is or is not Emir Caner stand out in my mind first and third Wednesday of each month, by the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United ment is considered correct by many in and accordingly, of defining life’s pur- (Unveiling Islam and More Than A Methodist Church, 321 Mississippi Street, our society, and even in the church, pose... Every religion at its core is exclu- Prophet). Jackson, MS. Periodicals postage paid at Jackson, MS and additional mailing offices. and, if it were true, it would be a very sive.” These two are brothers raised in a ■ Gwen Green, Communications Coordinator comfortable and convenient belief, not (Morris) intimated that unless one strict Muslim family who were, with a ■ Woody Woodrick, Editor to mention less offensive than the reads Arabic it is impossible to under- third brother, disowned by their father ■ Cindy W. Clark, Graphic Designer belief that Christians worship a one-of- stand adequately the teachings of the when they became Christians. They Postmaster: Send address changes to a-kind God. If we could all just go along The Mississippi United Methodist Advocate, Koran. I do not read Arabic. Neither do P.O. Box 1093, Jackson, MS 39215-1093 to get along our world would be much I read Hebrew, Aramaic nor Greek, but See VERALL, page 9 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 9 COMMENTARY Verrall, from page 8 LETTER TO THE were fortunate. As they interpret unto life,” “we know that we are of the Muslims he has never heard one say EDITOR Hadith 9.57, they should have been truth,” we know that he abides in us, by that Allah is the same as the Christian killed. They state plainly that they did the Spirit whom he has given us,” “we God. He asks: “Is Allah triune? If not, not “switch religions” but were saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, and, they add, know the Spirit of God,” “we know that God hears us,” “we know that we have then we are not talking about the same God. Does Allah have a Son? If not, then Put thought “Christianity is not about religion; it is about a relationship with the Savior. It must be understood that orthodox, eternal life” (1 John) The Koran calls Jesus a prophet, and if that were all he was, he would be in we are not discussing the same God. Is Allah the vicarious Redeemer and aton- ing Lamb of God, taking away the sins into voting biblical Christianity assumes the exis- very good company. However, he of the world? If not, then we are not An open letter to the lay members tence of truth. Truth implies the exis- would not be God, nor would he be the talking about the same God” (p. 108). of the Annual Conference: tence of error, and mutually exclusive savior of all who come to him. The Just prior to his death Moses recalled Next month, you will elect persons to claims of truth cannot both be correct. Caner brothers borrow a motif from to the children of Israel the events of represent Mississippi Methodism at the Such is the case with Islam and Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis and their 40 years of desert wandering and General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Christianity. Either Islam is correct in state that if “Jesus claimed to be God, said, “You were shown these things so Conferences. Those who want to be the assumption that ‘there is only One He couldn’t have been a prophet. He that you might know that the Lord is considered for election will provide you God, Allah, and Muhammad is His could have been insane, like those who God; besides him there is no other.” with significant information about prophet,’ or Christianity is correct wander the streets assuming they are My desire is not to belittle the god of themselves. Please read that informa- when Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the divine. But if He were insane, He could- another faith nor to try to prove some- tion carefully and vote for the candi- truth, and the life. No one comes to the n’t have been one of Allah’s prophets. one right in order to prove someone dates whose positions are consistent Father except through me (John 14:6).’ He could have been a fraud, deceiving else wrong and certainly not to add fuel with those of Mississippi laity at large. They cannot both be correct” (p. 16). people, but, again, an impostor and to the fires of controversy that rage Don’t vote for people because you know The Muslim knows nothing of the charlatan couldn’t have been a prophet around the general discussion of them, because they are leaders in the love and acceptance of his god and of Allah” (p. 18). beliefs of different religions. Annual Conference, because they have hopes salvation is earned through good Among other things, Jesus claimed to But I have seen the incredible works been elected before, or because of their works, but is never sure outside of mar- be the bread of life, the light of the of God, I have experienced his pres- age, gender, race or home church. In the tyrdom. The God of Christianity loved world, living water, the way, the truth, ence, his love, his faithfulness, his sav- final analysis, all that matters is how our us so much that, even while we were the resurrection and the life. He said he ing grace. I felt if I did not speak, even the very representatives will vote on key issues at still sinners, he sent his son to die for was one with the father. John R.W. General Conference. Please do your part our salvation. Scripture says that “we Scott, in Basic Christianity, wrote: “We rocks would cry out, for I consider it an egregious offense to equate with any to ensure that the Mississippi Annual know that we know him,” “we know cannot any longer regard Jesus as sim- other deity the holy God we serve, the Conference elects delegates who will that he is righteous and that everyone ply a great teacher if he was completely one who said, “I am the Lord. That is represent the beliefs of Mississippi who does righteousness is born of mistaken in one of the chief subjects of my name, and my glory I will not give Methodists. him,” “we know that he was manifested his teaching — himself.” to take away the sins of the world,” “we It is instructive that Ergun Caner to another.” Garry Ruff know that we have passed from death states that in all his contacts with ■ Verrall lives in Starkville. Midway UMC, Moss Point Mississippi Fellowship of United Methodist Evangelicals 2007 Annual Banquet Featured Speaker: James Heidinger, president of Good News ■ Monday, June 11 - 6 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church Gym Dinner tickets $10 ■■■ To make reservations call Cindy Switzer at 601-416-8878. 10 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 OBITUARIES Bill Mills dist Church, P.O. Box 6513, Jackson, MS Women and the United Methodist Ministers retired pastor Marie Watts 39212-6513, or the Bishop’s Fund for aid to Wives as well as an attendee and delegate to LOUISVILLE — The Rev. William G. (Bill) pastor ministers, P.O. Box 931, Jackson, MS 39205- the Mississippi Annual Conference. Mills, 72, died April 26, 2007, at Baptist Marie A. Watts, a United Methodist pastor 0931. She worked for Maywebb Knitting Mills for Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in in the Mississippi Conference, died May 4, many years before retiring in 1989. Columbus. 2007, at St. Dominic/Jackson Memorial Annie M. Wright She was preceded in death by three chil- Funeral services were held April 28 at First Hospital. retired dren. United Methodist Church, with interment in Graveside services were be held May 7 at MERIDIAN — Annie M. Wright, 74, of Other survivors include: daughters, Annie Memorial Park Cemetery. Porter Funeral New Hope Cemetery in Covington County. Meridian, died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Cherry of Quintin, N.J.; Shirley Loper, Mamie Home was in charge of arrangements. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home handled University of Mississippi Medical Center in Walker and Evelyn King, all of Hickory; Rev. Mills was a graduate of Wood Junior arrangements. Jackson. Lillian Lee of Memphis, Sandra Casper of College and the summer program at Candler Mrs. Watts was a retired legal assistant for Services were held at Central United Augusta, Ga., Gloria Christian of Marion; School of Theology in Atlanta. He served Watkins & Eager Law Firm and co-pastor Methodist Church with the Rev. Douglas sons, Douglas Wright of Jasper, Texas, Clovis numerous Methodist churches in North with her husband, the Rev. Everette R. Watts, Wright Sr. officiating. Burial was in Forest Wright of Olive Branch, Christopher Wright of Mississippi and retired in 2005. He was serv- at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Lawn Cemetery. Clinton and Timothy Wright of Memphis; sis- ing the Weir/Salem charge in Choctaw Jackson. Clark’s Memorial Funeral Home is in ters, Daisy Johnson and Etoria Bester, both of County. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean She was preceded in death by a daughter, charge of arrangements. Newton, Hattie Snow and Mildred Kennedy of conflict. Betty Rachel Ladnier and parents, Olen M. Mrs. Wright was married to the Rev. Clovis Rose Hill, Cora Brown Byrd of Hattiesburg, Survivors include: wife of 53 years, Betty S. and Anita C. Black. Wright, a retired United Methodist pastor. Gladys Davis and Addie Bogan, both of Mills of Louisville; daughter, Bonnie Tippey Other survivors include: son, Wendell She traveled with and supported her hus- Chicago, Alma McMillan of Detroit; brothers, of Stanford, ll.; sons, David Mills of Watts of Jackson; daughter, Elaine M. band in life and ministry at various churches Ben Avery Chapman and his wife, Betty and Jacksonville, Ark., and Scott Mills of Thomas of Jackson; brother, Wayne Black of and pastorates of the United Methodist Clarence Chapman, all of Hattiesburg; and 38 Booneville; five grandchildren, and one Laurel; and six grandchildren. Church and others throughout Mississippi grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. grandson-in-law. Memorials may be made to the Watts for more than 40 years. Memorials may be made to the Gideons. Memorial Fund, Emmanuel United Metho- She was a part of the United Methodist A2, from page 3 churches should revisit their mission and calling from Bible reminds that we are a covenant people and that ciple making occurs.” time to time. A retreat every two or three years with the we are called to be in covenant with God and with each ■ Pray. It is also our obligation and duty to pray as pastor and lay leaders is a good opportunity to explore other. Local churches should develop a written we seek to discern what God is calling us as individu- the church’s sense of calling. covenant on a regular basis. Kingdom People includes als and as a community of believers to be and to do. Hinton Rural Life Center’s guide, “Visioning and sample church covenants. Failure to pray is one of the largest obstacles that we Planning for Effective Ministry” and “Creating a Vision, Likewise, a review of the function and purpose of a must overcome in our discernment of our core values. A Mission, and a Plan for Your Church” by Douglass W. local church should assist churches in becoming more Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your Johnson of the General Board of Global Ministries are aligned with their core values. The 2004 Book of heart; and lean not on your own understanding; in all excellent resources to assist with this process. Discipline in paragraphs 201-204 cites the definition, thy ways acknowledge God and God shall direct thy ■ Look to the Book and the Discipline. We should function, relationship and care of members of local path.” never forget that the Word of God is the record of God’s churches. The Discipline states that “the local church ■ Jackson serves as administrative assistant to the relationship with humanity throughout history. The provides the most significant arena through which dis- bishop. Trip, from page 1 Chabadza Covenant,” said the Rev. John “We’re going to be involved at Annual Richardson of New Albany, conference Conference in telling some of the sto- youth coordinator and one of the adults ries, particularly Monday night at wor- going on the trip. “This is not a one-time ship,” Richardson said. thing, but something that takes work “We’ll have a video and some mem- over time. bers of the team will be sharing. We “For us, it’s really about exploring what hope the same type of sharing will occur that means and finding ways (to work around the conference in churches. together) particularly with youth and “I’d like to see this become an annual young people in Zimbabwe.” event.” “Chabadza” is a Shona word meaning Others on the trip include Eddie a partnership in which workers in the Amelung, Cari Casteel, Callie field are joined by others with common Creekmore, Warren Creekmore, Cody purpose. Donald, Lorenzo Fletcher, Xzadrean Gladney, Tish Glover, Hilary Glover, Chiquita Hewlette, Jasmine Hodges, Marshall House, Matthew Moore, Perri Morgan, Chelsey Overstreet, C.C. Robertson, David Shrock, LaDaysha Photo by Timothy Thompson Smith, Callie Stewart, Robert Stroup, Sam Tyson, Emma Ward and Ashley Orphans at the Fairfield Children’s Home (above) at the Old Mutare Mission greet Williams. visitors from the Mississippi Conference. Tour Guide Leo points to the beauty of Victoria Falls to a group from Mississippi. “When I first heard “We’ve not only taken care of details, HELPING THE MISSION Bishop Ward talk about it we’ve worked to make sure the founda- at Annual Conference last tion is laid for a good trip,” he said. Churches throughout the Miss- year, I thought that “People who have traveled to Zimbabwe Photo by Gwen Green sounded neat,” Coffey issippi Conference can help the before have come and talked to us. A children of Zimbabwe by providing Coffey, a graduating senior at Weir said. “It became real when I received my Jackson State University professor from over-the-counter medicines and High School and a member of First acceptance letter in December. I Zimbabwe spoke to the group about the medical supplies for the youth mis- Unity UMC, said she became interested thought, ‘I’m going to Africa.’” historical and political situation.” sion May 27-June 7. Items needed in taking the trip when Ward brought up Coffey said she knows several of the Coffey said she’s also spent time pray- include topical antiseptic, adhesive the possibility at the 2006 Annual teens going on the trip from her involve- ing about the trip. bandages, pain relievers such as Conference. Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of ment with the conference Council on “I’ve been praying for a safe trip, that children’s Tylenol, children’s aspirin Zimbabwe preached at the conference Youth Ministries. everyone will be happy and that I will or children’s Advil, etc. Bring these and was guest speaker at the youth din- She’s eager to learn about the lives of bring something back that will be life items to the conference office by ner. folks her age in Zimbabwe and to visit an changing. I wan to learn something May 24 so they can be taken to chil- Ironically, Nhiwatiwa is currently in orphanage, an AIDS clinic and “see the from them.” dren in need in Africa. the U.S. and is scheduled to be on the little children.” The group is scheduled to return just same flight with the Mississippi group The mission team has met three prior to Annual Conference and will for part of the journey to Africa. times, Richardson said. take part in the Mission Service June 11. Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 11 MINISTRY CONNECTION The Ministry Connection provides an opportu- 523 N 14th AVE, Laurel, MS 39440. south.net. Application deadline is May 24. faith, sharing the live-changing love of Jesus nity for United Methodist churches in CHILDREN/YOUTH WORKER — Decatur YOUTH DIRECTOR — Crystal Springs United with others. This full time position implements Mississippi seeking to fill staff positions and United Methodist Church seeks a part-time Methodist Church seeks a full-time Youth all aspects of the church’s established youth persons in Mississippi seeking staff positions to summer children/youth worker. Anyone inter- Director to coordinate programs for youth, chil- ministry. The Youth Director would be working give notice of availability. The cost is 25 cents ested in applying for the position, please con- dren and young adults. Primary focus will be on alongside our Youth Associate and Youth per word with a $5 minimum. tact Rev. Johnny Crosby at 601-635-3219 or 601- youth ministries and activities. References Assistant, supervising and developing youth ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — Mississippi 635-2729. requested. Salary negotiable. Please send leaders, plus overseeing ministries for Senior Conference benefits office has an immediate SUMMER WORKER — Bethlehem Center in resumes to Crystal Springs United Methodist and Junior high: Sunday school, small groups, opening for an administrative assistant. This downtown Jackson seeks summer camp leaders Church, 306 W. Georgetown St., Crystal Springs, youth worship, retreats and mission trips. The position requires a working knowledge of to join our ministry team. Duties include plan- MS 39059, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Director would also be responsible for health insurance and Medicare. Customer serv- ning, leading and supervising activities (e.g. For more information, call 601-892-1357 or the college ministry and retreats during college ice, telephone skills and computer skills includ- reading, recreation, field trips, music, VBS) for 601-573-9597. breaks. Qualified candidates will need to have a ing Excel and Microsoft Office are required. groups of no more than 15 children between 5- YOUTH DIRECTOR — Madison St. Matthew’s college degree, youth director experience and Send your resume’ to David Stotts, P. O. Box and 12-years-old. Position requirements UMC (1,400 member congregation) seeks a be actively growing in their faith. Attractive 1201, Jackson, MS 39215 by May 22. include two years of college and previous expe- Youth Director with a passion for leading 7th- salary and possible relocation package offered CHOIR DIRECTOR — West Laurel UMC seeks rience in working with children. To apply, 12th grade youth and college students to live based on related training and experience. Send part-time choir director. Ideal candidate will please mail or email a letter of application to each day in the fullness of Christ. St. Matthew’s resume and references to: Staff Parish have music education background and-or Rev. Allison Carr Dickerson, Executive Director, is a church in a thriving community, located in Relations, St. Matthews UMC, 7427 Old Canton experience directing musical groups. Send Bethlehem Center, Inc., 920 Blair Street, the suburbs of Jackson. We are a mission orient- Road, Madison, MS 39110 or email: resume to West Laurel UMC, Attn. Gena Mixon, Jackson, MS 39202 or bethlehemjackson@bell- ed church that believes in being a family of Rodb@stm-umc.org. CLASSIFIED ADS COOKBOOKS — “The Fruits of Our Labour” by borhood. 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Do You Monday, June 11, 2007 • 12:30 Christ United Methodist Church, Jackson, MS Know The luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall We are having a Hawaiian Luau Someone Beautiful Decorations Delightful Entertainment Delicious Food Who Casual Dress Wear Your Jeans, Sundresses, Shades, Flip Flops, Or what every is comfortable for you YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET BY MAY 29, 2007. Will be ordained, commissioned, retire or represent your NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! church at Annual Conference? Show your support by purchasing an ad in the Daily Advocate Tickets may be picked up at the Clergy Spouse table newspaper! Sunday afternoon or Monday morning until 11:00 am. I have enclosed: Prices start at low as $30 for an ad in all three issues of the ________$12.00 FOR LUNCHEON TICKET Daily Advocate, which reports on each day’s events ________$6.00 FOR RETIREE/WIDOW/WIDOWER TICKET during Annual Conference. ________$5.00 FOR CLERGY SPOUSE DUES …. optional Show your church friends your love and support. Please make checks payable to MS Conference Clergy Spouses Don’t wait! Deadline is June 1! Mail your registration and payment to: Robin Smith / 1070 Beech Street / Call 1-866-647-7486 or 601-354-0515 ext. 16. Wesson, MS 39191 12 Mississippi United Methodist Advocate/May 16, 2007 Photo File Carrollton United Methodist Church recently recognized Bill Poole shot a 1-over-par 73 on May 1 to record the low round in the Mississippi Methodist Ministers’ Golf one of its saints. Leta B. Sanders, age 92, was recognized Association spring tournament. Poole’s round gave him the first flight championship at The Refuge in Flowood. Van by the church as its oldest active member. Sanders has Moore won the second flight with an 87 and Mitchell Hedgepeth the third flight with a 104. Herman Williams’ 74 won been a member of the Carrollton church for over 70 years the guest flight and had the longest drive of the day. Among those winning prizes were (from left) Ed Sanders, and is still active in church and in the community. Hedgepeth, Kelly Pope, Poole, Williams, Bud Gordon and Moore. Annah Herring, a faithful member of the Picayune Trinity United Methodist Church and a student at Picayune Memorial High School, has been cho- sen as Coast Electric’s representative to attend the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership workshop in Jackson. During Lent, Gitano United Methodist Church partici- pated in “Love On The Cross.” This program pro- motes spiritual growth and explores the love of God as revealed in Jesus. On the first Sunday of Lent, those who attended received individual cross- es with a red heart in the center. Each week there- Cooking is something for which the people of Carrollton and North Carrollton United after, a sticker or symbol Methodist churches are known, and this gift has become their ministry. Since Hurricane was added to the cross. A Katrina hit, this small, rural charge has sent four mission teams to the coast to help by weekly devotional also preparing meals for those who are doing the rebuilding. These volunteers, dubbed the was given. Sermons and “Methodist Missioners,” began serving meals to evacuees in Columbia following the storm. children’s sermons carried Since then, they have cooked for the volunteers based out of Camp Hope in Vancleave. They a theme about God’s love. are now planning their fourth trip to Camp Hope. “It’s like the story of the loaves and fish,” This cross, with the week- explained the Rev. Trey Harper. “We give the time and talents of a few and God feeds the mul- ly symbols, was placed titudes.” Among those on the team are (from left) Dot Carpenter, Anne Johnson, Harper, outside the Gitano build- Malcolm Dunn, Grace Dunn and Carole Mann. ing for passersby to see. The cross was built and decorated by Gitano mem- ber Allen Powell. United Methodists in Norway recently provided a car for use by the Projects and Communications office of Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. The vehicle, which arrived April 27, will When Rocky Springs United Methodist Church held homecoming on April 15, it marked be used primarily by the Rev. Lloyd Nyarota. It will be used for journeys such as delivering 170 years of ministry for the church, located just off the Natchez Trace between Clinton and new school uniforms to a primary school, one of the newest missions of the United Methodist Natchez. Services were followed by a dinner on the grounds, or in this case in the church Church in Zimbabwe. Groups served by the vehicle are being asked to contribute 35 cents per due to the chill in the air and gusty winds. kilometer for upkeep and fuel for the car.
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