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THE STARKVILLE DISTRICT NEWSLETTER Oct 10, 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

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

    Friday I October 21, 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 Sept. 30, 2016.

    100% PAID • Sturgis • St. Peter • Shuqualak • Macedonia • Longview • Military • Bethel • South Union • Mt. Hermon • Piney Grove • Cooksville • McAdams • Tabernacle • Ethel • Center Ridge • Rocky Hill • Weir • Bellefontaine • Mt. Lebanon • Bevil Hill • Macon: St. Paul • Vernon • Noxapater • Dumas Chapel • St. Stephen (Webster Cir) • LaGrange • Salem (Weir-Salem)

    ON TARGET 75.0%+ • Drake Hill • Crawford • Caledonia

    • Flint Hill • Cedar Bluff • Siloam • Columbus: Shaeffers Chapel • Columbus: St. James • Columbus: St. Stephen • Columbus: New Hope • Eupora: First • Eupora: Liberty • Marvin Chapel • Pierce Chapel • Kosciusko: First • Kosciusko: Wesley • Adaton • Louisville: Hopewell • Louisville: Maple Springs • Salem (Sallis) • Mt. Moriah (Macon) • Middleton • Mt. Pisgah • Jones Chapel • Plair • Rock Hill • Palestine • Starkville: Aldersgate • New Zion • Big Creek • Mathiston • Mt. Salem (Weir Circuit) • 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 per- cent 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 encourage- ment, I can share that 60.2 percent of the church- es have paid 100 percent of the District Mission shares through the same day! Thank you for faithful work and ministry that allows us to con- tinue 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

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    Students at Wesley Wednesday at the Mississippi University for Women’s Wesley Foundation. (Photo submitted)

    Wesley Foundations play an important role in college life By Gwen Sisson

    College is an incredibly formative time in the life of a student and Wesley Foundations play a vital role in campus life.

    Hugh Griffith, director of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi State University, said college students are going to grow and develop in some way -- positively or negatively -- during their college experience, so it is urgent and crucial that students grow and develop in good and godly ways.

    “College students are ‘good soil,’ to borrow the image from Jesus' parable in

    Matthew 13,” Griffith said. “There's urgency in the fact not only good seed grows in good soil, but whatever is planted in good soil will grow and bear fruit, whether the fruit is desirable or not. Wesley Foundation sows good seed--Kingdom seed--Gospel seed-- in the good soil of college students.”

    Gail Griffith, Wesley Foundation director at the Mississippi University for Women (and Hugh’s sister) said college students are making huge decisions that could and will effect the rest of their lives.

    WESLEY Continued on page 4...

    Make plans to

    attend organ

    clinic and recital Join First United Methodist Church of

    Starkville for a special two-day organ clinic and recital set for Oct. 29-30.

    "Sound Choices for the Organist" will be a clinic with internationally recog- nized church and theater organist, Dan Miller, for church organists and music

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    OCTOBER 22 • Starkville District Annual UMW Meeting will be held at Columbus First UMC at 9 a.m. • Calling all youth to a Youth Fall Fling on October 22 at St Stephen UMC at 800 Tuscaloosa Rd (across from Dollar General) in Columbus, from 4-8 p.m., with music by AWOL. An offering will be taken for the band. Food, drinks, and hay ride will be part of the fun! Youth of all ages are invited to come and enjoy good entertain- ment and music.

    NOVEMBER 5 • Starkville District UMW Officers’ Training/Update TBA 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 administrators.




    NAME: Raleigh Richter CHURCH: Cedar Bluff UMC (Rev. Richter also serves Siloam UMC in West Point) CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: Hwy. 50, Cedar Bluff PASTOR'S BIRTHDAY: May 8 PASTOR'S HOMETOWN: Maben, but original- ly from Kentucky SPOUSE’S NAME: Shirley WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CHURCH

    YOUR ARE SERVING? What I like about these churches is their willingness to try new things, their willingness to minister and be a witness, and their willingness to come together in various ways such as a monthly fellowship meal and bible study.


    TOGETHER? Established in 1860 HOW MANY IN REGULAR ATTENDANCE? 25 WHAT MINISTRIES IS THIS CHURCH KNOWN FOR? Cedar Bluff UMC is known for ministries of compassion, such as the Spring Fish Fry, Summer Vacation Bible School, Fall Harvest Festival, Christmas Fruit Baskets and Christmas Choir Musical.

    Rev. Raleigh Richter

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


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

    Find us on TWITTER @StarkvilleUMC

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    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.


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    St. James UMC in Columbus held a special BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGAN- ZA in August in support of school children and teachers. (Photos submitted)

    directors. Dan will cover a variety of topics including: • Explore creative organ stop and ensemble selections for any worship style; • Learn solutions for record/playback; • Discover useful repertoire including free internet downloads; • Make me sound good! • Free organ music by Dan Miller will be given to each participant.

    There is NO charge for this event, set for Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. until noon

    On Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m., the "Inaugural Organ Recital" will be presented by Dan Miller on the church's new Rodgers Infinity Series Model 361MV dig- ital organ. Dan Miller is an internationally recognized organist, clinician, composer and arranger, specializing in repertoire for classical and theater organ as well as organ music for the church. An offering will be received with all proceeds going to the organ fund of SFUMC.

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    4CHARGE CONFERENCE DATES APPOINTMENT COUNTY PASTOR DATE TIME CC ELDER Ackerman: Mt. Hermon Choctaw Ronald Jefferson 10/24/16 6 PM Jake Adams-Wilson Brooksville Circuit Noxubee Aubrey Mitchell 11/7/16 6 PM Embra Jackson Caladonia-Flint Hill: Lowndes Mark McNair 10/27/16 6 PM Mark McNair Columbus First Lowndes Raigan Miskelly 11/18/16 6 PM Raigan Miskelly Columbus: Covenant Lowndes Gene Bramlett 10/23/16 In Worship Embra Jackson Columbus: New Hope-Wesley Lowndes Sarah Windham 10/24/16 6 PM Embra Jackson Columbus: St. Stephen Lowndes James Black, Jr. 11/3/16 6 PM Curtis Bray Ethel/Tabernacle Attala Gene Bright 10/27/16 6 PM Embra Jackson Eupora: Bellefontaine Webster Roger Miller 11/6/16 In worship Embra Jackson Eupora: First Webster Ron McDougald, III11/20/16 After

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