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 Rev. Dr. Larry Hilliard

Rev. Dr. Larry Hilliard

(A message from your DS)

Mark 8:25 (ESV)
25 Then Jesus[a] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

When I was in 7th grade, a very important event happened to me. I was sitting in math class, on the back row, making jokes as I often did. The teacher asked me to answer a question she had written on the board. I laughed and said; “Nobody can read something that far away”. That began a conversation between her and my Mom which led to a visit to the Optometrist. Sure enough, not only was I in need of glasses, I was desperately in need of glasses. As we left the office with my glasses I was amazed at the new world I saw. Not to be too poetic but the world was a different place for me. Colors were brighter, words were focused, things begin to make sense in ways that I had not known they could.

Later that year I had another experience where my focus became clearer. This time was not at a Doctor’s office but it was at Camp Wesley Pines. I had never known a time in my life when I wasn’t aware of God. I had always gone to church and knew that God loved me and that Jesus died for me. That week at Camp Wesley Pines, I became aware that even though I knew those things, I had not focused my life on Christ. I made that commitment and it was again as if my eyes were opened to new things in the world. I began my discipleship in that little church in Pascagoula and my life has never been the same.

Since that day, God, Jesus and the UMC have been a constant in my life. I tell folks, “everything good in my life has come through God and the UMC”.

I hope I can join with you all as pastors, laity, and worshipping communities of the UMC to help people see what their lives can become if they will only allow their eyes to be opened to the wonderful love and grace of God through Jesus Christ. May our eyes be opened so we can see clearly.

Blessings, Larry


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Spotlight in Service

Students from the choir at the Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science made a visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on November 7 as part of their Sights & Sounds Tour.  The students stayed at Seashore United Methodist Assembly in Biloxi and were treated to a spaghetti dinner by members at Leggett Memorial UMC, Beauvoir UMC, St. Paul UMC (Biloxi) and the Seashore
District Office staff.  The choir performed several numbers before dinner for the guests .  The school is located on the Mississippi University for
Women's campus in Columbus, Mississippi.