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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 November 4, 2016

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    DISTRICT MISSION SHARES We are so excited to announce that the following churches have made significant contributions to the work of the Starkville District through their Mission Fair Shares offerings through October 31, 2016.

    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! Thank you for faithful work and ministry that allows us to continue to bear witness throughout the District, Mississippi, to our neigh- bors both near and around the world of the POWER of We!

    – Dr. Embra Jackson Starkville District Superintendent

    By Gwen Sisson

    In just two hours last Sunday, Columbus reisidents got out a little frstration while helping raise money for a good cause.

    Elizabeth Swartz of First UMC Columbus said at the Annual Fall Festival, held Sunday, Oct. 30, enough money was raised in two hours to buy 16 mosquito nets for the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

    The “Smash Malaria” car was covered with pictures of mosquitoes. Participants were charged $1 for three “smashes” at the car. All proceeds will go to the No More Malaria Campaign. They also dis- tributed Imagine No Malaria offering

    boxes, information sheets and return labels for the offering.

    Each mosquito net costs $10 and can save one life, as part of the No More Malaria Campaign. Mississippi Bishop James Swanson has set a goal for the Mississippi Conference Mission Focus to provide 100,000 mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria by the 2017 annual conference.

    Research says that in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a child every two minutes. The campaign says, “by improving the ways people fight the disease using bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, drain-

    MALARIA Continued on page 4...

    Columbus FUMC had a ‘smashing’ good time

    100% PAID • S. Union • Mt. Hermon • Rockport • Artesia • Columbus: New Hope • Baldwin • Drake Hill • Bellefontaine • Brooksville • Crawford • Buffalo • Mt. Lebanon • Caledonia • Flint Hill • Columbus: Shaeffers Chapel • Columbus: St. James • Wrights Chapel • Columbus: St. Stephens • Piney Grove • Eupora: Liberty • Kosciusko: Wesley • Bevil Hill • Louisville: Hopewell • Maben • Mt. Moriah (Macon) • McAdams • Bethel • Liberty Hill • Middleton • Vernon • Noxapater • New Hope (Macon) • St. Michael • Plair • Palestine • Piney Grove (Louisville)

    • Shuqualak • Macedonia • Shuqualak: Asbury • Starkville: Aldersgate • New Zion • Starkville: First • Starkville: Griffin • Sturgis • Big Creek • Sturgis: Boyd Chapel • Pleasant Grove • Dumas Chapel • St. Stephen (Webster Cir.) • Eupora: Lebanon • Mathiston • LaGrange • Mt. Moriah (Mathiston) • Providence • Mt. Salem (Weir Cir.) • Weir • Salem (Weir-Salem) • West Point: St. Paul • Whitehall (Louisville) • Camp Ground • Flower Ridge • Rocky Hill • Center Ridge • Pleasant Hill (Louisville) • Rural Hill • Ethel • Tabernacle

    ON TARGET 83.33%+ • Military • Columbus: First • Lindsey Chapel

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    NOVEMBER 5 • Starkville District UMW Officers’ Training/Update TBA NOVEMBER 10 • CHILI SUPPER FUNDRAISER – From 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 10, there will be a Chili Supper Fundraiser at the MSU Wesley Foundation Worship Center on the MSU campus in Starkville. Tickets are available from Wesley Board members and from the Wesley Office for a donation of any amount. Dine in or carry out. NOVEMBER 12 | DEC. 3 • The financial leadership training provides counsel and guidance to strengthen the administrative and financial abilities of the local church treasurer, financial secretary, finance committee members and church business admin- istrators. 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 gifted speakers and musicians, participate in small groups, and play and fellowship with one another. Leading worship sessions for the weekend will be Trey Skaggs, along with Eddie Willis and the Narrow Path Band. For more infor- mation, contact Chap Fenwick at chap@cam- plakestephens.com. NOVEMBER 15 • Starkville District UMW Officers’ Training/Update TBA NOVEMBER 20 • St. James UMC in Columbus will host their annual Women’s Day Program at 3 p.m. Nov. 20. The guest speaker will be Rose Coffey Graham of Pleasant Hill UMC in Starkville. NOVEMBER 23-25 • District & Conference Offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving DECEMBER 6 • Starkville District UMC Christmas Party at 6 p.m. at the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church of Starkville. DECEMBER 23, 2016-JANUARY 2, 2017 • District & Conference Offices closed in observance of Christmas & New Year’s Day JANUARY 13-14, 2017 • Pastor’s Retreat at the Jubilee Center in D’Iberville. JANUARY 14-16, 2017 • CAMP LAKE STEPHENS OVERFLOW – Traditionally taking place over New Year's, Overflow has become a Camp Lake Stephens constant for now over 30 years! Now for the first time, Overflow will take place during the Martin Luther King., Jr. weekend. Youth in grades 7-12, either individually or with their youth groups, are invited to attend. Leading our worship sessions for the weekend will be Russ Polsgrove, along with Matt King and Austin Black. Additionally, we are excited to announce the return of Big Al to the Camp Lake Stephens stage. For additional infor- mation, please contact Chap Fenwick at chap@cam- plakestephens.com.

    CALENDAR

    CHURCH OF THE WEEK

    Aldersgate UMC ABOUT THE PASTOR

    NAME: Jamie Bailey

    CHURCH: Aldersgate UMC in Starkville

    CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: 820 Evergreen

    Street, Starkville

    PASTOR'S BIRTHDAY: December 21

    PASTOR'S HOMETOWN: Columbus, MS

    PASTOR'S EDUCATION: Millsaps College, BA;

    The University of Mississippi, M.Div.; Candler

    School of Theology at Emory University

    PASTOR'S STATUS WITH THE CONFERENCE:

    Elder in Full Connection

    WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CHURCH YOUR ARE SERVING?

    The people at Aldersgate are warm, caring individuals that care for one another and for all God’s people. We are very oriented toward the neighborhood, local missions and projects.

    ABOUT THE CHURCH: NAME OF THE CHURCH: Aldersgate UMC

    ADDRESS/TOWN OF THE CHURCH: 820 Evergreen Street, Starkville

    HOW MANY YEARS HAS THIS CHURCH BEEN WORSHIPING GOD

    TOGETHER? June 1960

    HOW MANY IN REGULAR ATTENDANCE? 35 on Sunday mornings

    and 20 on Wednesday at Date@THE GATE – our mid-week meal, fel-

    lowship, study, music and prayer program

    WHAT MINISTRIES IS THIS CHURCH KNOWN FOR? Aldersgate UMC

    is known for their generosity throughout the Starkville community.

    We recently partnered with CARE Ministries, a non-profit that pro-

    vides low-vision and blind clients taped devotional materials. CARE

    now occupies two downstairs rooms at Aldersgate. We are very

    excited to be involved in such an important ministry to individuals

    with visual impairments.

    Rev. Jamie Bailey

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    CONNECTIONS RESIDENT BISHOP:

    Dr. James E. Swanson, Sr. bishop@mississippi-umc.org

    DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT: Rev. Embra Jackson

    ejackson@mississippi-umc.org

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:

    Tammy Carroll Starkville@mississippi-umc.org

    COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT: Gwen Sisson

    gwenwoodssisson@yahoo.com

    DISTRICT HEALTH COORDINATOR: Carolyn Jackson

    andrewandcarolyn@bellsouth.net

    LAY ACADEMY DEAN: Rev. Sarah Windham eswindham@bellsouth.net

    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.

    ST. JAMES UMC GOLDEN WARRIORS

    St. James UMC in Columbus’s Health and Wellness Committee honors their Golden Warriors. (Photos submitted)

    Modeling discipleship

    throughout the District By Gwen Sisson

    There is a special group of people who are meeting together each month with every intention of spreading