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  • THE STARKVILLE DISTRICT NEWSLETTER

    Your Connection to the Starkville District of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church

    Friday I September 23, 2016

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    CONFERENCE MISSION SHARES We are so excited to announce that the following churches have made significant contributions to the work of the Mississippi Conference and the United Methodist Church around the world through their Mission Fair Shares offerings through August 31, 2016.

    100% PAID • Sturgis • St. Peter • Macedonia • Longview • Military • Bethel • South Union • Pleasant Hill (Louisville) • Cooksville • McAdams • Tabernacle • Ethel • Rocky Hill • Weir • Bellefontaine • Mt. Lebanon • Bevil Hill • Macon: St. Paul

    ON TARGET 66.6%+ • Mt. Hermon • Drake Hill • Crawford • Flint Hill • Siloam • Columbus: Shaeffers Chapel • Columbus: St. James

    • Columbus: St. Stephen • Piney Grove • Eupora: First • Eupora: Liberty • Marvin Chapel • Pierce Chapel • Kosciusko: First • Louisville: Hopewell • Salem • Middleton • Vernon • Noxapater • Mt. Pisgah • New Hope (Macon) • Jones Chapel • Plair • Palestine • Starkville: Aldersgate • New Zion • Big Creek • Dumas Chapel • Mathiston • LaGrange • Mt. Salem (Weir Circuit) • Salem (Weir-Salem) • West Point: Christ • West Point: First • Flower Ridge

    7 Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8

    It is a Glory Sighting to announce that 64.0 percent of the 103 churches of the Starkville District are “on target” of paying at least 66.6 percent of the District Mission shares through August 21, 2016. And, if that was not enough encouragement, I can share that 60.2 percent of the churches have paid 100 percent of the District Mission shares through the same day! Thank you for faithful work and ministry that allows us to continue to bear witness throughout the District, Mississippi, to our neighbors both near and around the world of the POWER of We!

    – Dr. Embra Jackson Starkville District Superintendent

    By Gwen Sisson

    Zac Cox, the new minister at Big Creek and Sturgis United Methodist Churches says he feels his ministry “is driven by a love for brothers and sisters in Christ.”

    “I am doing this because I love everyone so much I want to help them live a life for Christ,” Cox said “I find it a great success to help peo- ple along their spiritual journey. I feel it's our job to nurture youth and young adults to help equip them for the future. I preach and teach what God has me say or do. I believe it's a

    Starkville District welcomes Zac Cox

    Zac Cox and Melyndie McCreary

    Christian’s job to help minister to the saved and lost. We are all here to help each other along.”

    COX Continued on page 5...

    Kosciusko First United Methodist Church in Attala County has been a very active and prosper- ous church in this location since 1885.

    They have had many

    faithful and loving pastors over the years and are currently under the lead- ership of Dr. D. Scott Wright. The church facil- ities are large and they demand support though

    attendance and giving, even though both have been wavering. The church has faced the same problems as many sister

    Dr. Scott Wright of Kosciusko First UMC showing the “Mission Share Mountain.” (Photo submitted)

    #Glorysighting at Kosciusko First UMC

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    SEPTEMBER 24 • Women’s Conference set for 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at NewBellZion Outreach Center on Hwy. 12 in Starkvlle. The theme is “Holding On To Hope” and the scripture will be taken from Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” For more information, contact Charity Lawrence or Darlene Hinton at (662) 323-0979 or (662) 323-4871. SEPTEMBER 24-25 • Children’s Spiritual Life Retreat for grades 3-6 at Camp Lake Stephens. Cost is $80. For more information or to register for the retreat, contact Chap Fenwick at [email protected] Registration deadline is Sept. 19. SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1 • The Student Ministry Initiative (SMI) movement was developed to equip children, youth and family ministries to embrace a long-standing impactful plan for ministry in their local church. The Mississippi Conference welcomes Mark Devries, founder and president of Ministry Architects, along with the rest of his ministry team to the 2016 SMI Conference at Galloway Memorial UMC in Jackson. OCTOBER 2 • Crawford UMC will host their 37th Annual Homecoming Celebration at 11 a.m. Oct. 2. Rev. Prentiss “Bud” Gordon Jr., will be the guest speaker. After services, there will be “dinner on the ground,” so bring your favorite dish acome join the fun! OCTOBER 2-3 • St. Paul United Methodist Church of West Point will have a Two Night Revival, October 2-3. Rev. Gary Hampton, pas- tor of Spruell Chapel UMC in Smithville will be our evangel- ist. Sunday evening worship will begin at 6 p.m. and on Monday night, worship will begin at 7 p.m. OCTOBER 7-8 • Conference Annual UMW Meeting at Anderson UMC in Jackson OCT. 8 | NOV. 12 | DEC. 3 • The financial leadership training provides counsel and guidance to strengthen the administrative and financial abili- ties of the local church treasurer, financial secretary, finance committee members and church business administrators. Successful completion of the training session and assign- ments will result in a Mississippi Conference recognized church "administer." OCTOBER 22 • Starkville District Annual UMW Meeting will be held at Columbus First UMC at 9 a.m. NOVEMBER 5 • Starkville District UMW Officers’ Training/Update TBA NOVEMBER 11-13 • The annual Youth Spiritual Life Retreat is set for Nov. 11- 13 at Camp Lake Stephens. It is a chance for youth in grades 7-12 to come and encounter God in a beautiful camp setting. While in the midst of God's creation, youth will have the opportunity to attend worship sessions led by gift- ed speakers and musicians, participate in small groups, and play and fellowship with one another. Leading worship ses- sions for the weekend will be Trey Skaggs, along with Eddie Willis and the Narrow Path Band. For more information, contact Chap Fenwick at [email protected]

    CALENDAR

    CHURCH OF THE WEEK

    Starkville First UMC ABOUT THE PASTOR

    NAME: Giles Lindley CHURCH: Starkville FUMC CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: 200 W Lampkin St, Starkville MS PASTOR'S BIRTHDAY: 06/17/1957 PASTOR'S HOMETOWN: Jackson, MS FAMILY NAMES & CHILDREN'S AGES: Spouse: Lisa, Children: Charla Lindley Howard (30), Dr. Chelsea Lindley Ragland (28) WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CHURCH YOUR ARE SERVING? Starkville FUMC is in a college town with all the resources of a college community. Any instrument we need for our music ministry, any skill we need for a mission team, any lan- guage we need translated, we can find someone who can help us.

    ABOUT THE CHURCH: NAME OF THE CHURCH: Starkville FUMC ADDRESS/TOWN OF THE CHURCH: 200 W Lampkin St, Starkville 39759

    HOW MANY YEARS HAS THIS CHURCH BEEN WORSHIPING GOD TOGETHER IN THIS LOCATION? 181 years HOW MANY IN REGULAR ATTEN- DANCE? 700 WHAT MINISTRIES IS THIS CHURCH KNOWN FOR? Music and missions.

    Rev. Giles Lindley

    A volunteer at a recent Stop Hunger Now event at Starkville FUMC. (Photo Submitted)

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    CONNECTIONS RESIDENT BISHOP:

    Dr. James E. Swanson, Sr. [email protected]

    DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT: Rev. Embra Jackson

    [email protected]

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:

    Tammy Carroll [email protected]

    COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT: Gwen Sisson

    [email protected]

    DISTRICT HEALTH COORDINATOR: Carolyn Jackson

    [email protected]

    LAY ACADEMY DEAN: Rev. Sarah Windham [email protected]

    Find us on TWITTER @StarkvilleUMC

    Find the FACEBOOK group at www.facebook.com/Groups/

    StarkvilleDistrictUMC/

    The Starkville District goal for the Africa University endowment is to raise

    $130,000 over a three-year period. We have received pledges of $36,820, with

    $25,289.39 collected to date. Pledges from the Starkville District will go to create a scholarship in honor of

    Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman. Churches are encouraged to pledge a minimum of $1,200.

    Make your pledge TODAY! Contact the District Office for

    more information at (662) 323-0198.

    INAUGURAL SERVICE

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    Rev. Paul Luckett’s first service at St. James UMC in Columbus. (Photos submitted)

    churches in the Conference, with maintenance costs skyrocketing and other physical plant issues, so they have been forced to let their Mission Share Giving falter. In fact, it has been quite a few years since Kosciusko First UMC has paid 100 percent. However, God is not through with this church yet!

    As of

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