What's Happening Now Around The District

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Seashore District Welcomes:

  • Rev. Neal Vick (FL) - Americus Parish: Crossroads/Refuge
  • Rev. Kordell Sims (FL) and DeNondrea Sims (SY) – Biloxi St. Paul/Gulfport Mt. Pleasant
  • Rev. Kevin Trantham (FE) – Caswell Springs UMC
  • Rev. Vivian Brown-Toussaint (FL) – Pascagoula/Gautier Charge: St. Mark/St. Stephen
  • Rev. Frank Newell (FE) – Nugent UMC
  • Rev. Hannah Hutchinson (PE); Rev. Nathan Hutchinson (PE) – Ocean Springs St. Paul
  • Rev. Katherine “Kathy Butler (FD) and Rev. Jarod Saucedo (PE) – Picayune First
  • Rev. Chuck Frost, III (FL) – Vancleave/ Mt. Pleasant

Seashore District 2019-2020 New Appointments

Below is a list of the 2019-2020 new appointments for the Seashore District UMC:

  • Rev. Martha June “MJ Kirby (FL) - Gautier First
  • Rev. Elijah Mitchell (RA) – Burton Memorial UMC
  • Rev. Harold Manning (RE) – Christ UMC Long Beach
  • Rev. Howard Lips, Jr (RP) – White Plains UMC

Change in Clergy Status/Conference Relationship Rev. Connor Bell – Provisional Elder Rev. Maureen Fields – Retired Local Pastor Rev. Harold Manning – Retired Elder Rev. Elijah Mitchell – Retired Associate Member Rev. Pat Oakes – Licensed Local Pastor Rev. Pat Thompson – Transitional Leave


District Wide Missions

On July 20 beginning 8am at Mt. Pleasant UMC, Lucedale District will be a Mission Day workday. You’re invited to help with the renewal of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and Campground in a continuation of the work begun for a Conference-wide Mission Day. Our goal as a District is to work once per quarter until this project is complete and the property is significantly improved by their October camp meeting. Six congregations (4 UMC and 2 Baptist) responded in May.

Projects include: additional safety rail installation Tearing down an old cabin/tent and cleaning two lots Yard work Please bring tools and work gloves.

For more information contact Rev. David Newton at 228-216-6567 or newtondavid93@icloud.com


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District-Wide Charge Conference

This year Charge Conference will be Saturday, November 16th. That’s right; we are having 1 charge conference for the whole district. Bishop Swanson will be with us to preach and preside. More details will follow as to where but we anticipate 2pm. Make plans now to attend. You may even start having Lay Leadership meetings to make nominations of new officers. The charge conference will be more of worship and fellowship than of business. This will be a great day!


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Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

THEME - KAIROS: YOUR MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY

Lake Junaluska is running a special promotion for its summer youth events—for every 12 youth you register for the June 30-July 3 event featuring Jeremy Steele and Zachariah Suggs, one youth leader may come absolutely FREE (including lodging, meals, and program).

That program features illusionist Joshua Lozoff, who performed last year on Penn and Teller.

This is a $299-$449 value. Youth sharing your room must pay the regular rates.

Other events are still open too! The full list is below.

Event 1: June 15-19

  • Rev. Andy Lambert with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show, outdoor movie and Sunday morning worship in Stuart Auditorium

Event 2: June 20-23

  • Rev. Juan Huertas with Abbye West Pates and a talent show

Event 3: June 23-27

  • Guest speaker Stephanie Caro with Abbye West Pates and a talent show and outdoor movie

Event 4: June 27-30

  • Rev. Janjay Innis with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff

Event 5: June 30 - July 3

  • Rev. Jeremy Steele with Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff

Event 6: July 10-14

  • Rev. Kevin Wright with Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show and comedian

Register today at www.lakejunaluska.com/summeryouth or call 828-454-6727.

Facebook: Lake Junaluska Youth Events
Instagram: @LakeJunaluska
Instagram: #ljyouth


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Greetings Seashore District! As announced in the May Newsletter, the Seashore District has arranged for “UMC Night” at the July 12th Shuckers game. You will find a flyer attached that you can share with your congregations and post for all to see. The District has reserved 100 tickets for the night at the discounted rate. You will need to have a point of contact who can keep up with the attendees and collect the money. We will be asking for a preliminary headcount June 15th.

Please contact the district office, if you have any questions. Blessings, Beth


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Need Help In Pearl River County
To all churches in the Seashore District: Due to the recent flooding in our district, we have an opportunity to serve our neighbors by helping to clean up homes in Pearl River County.

The need is for teams to remove carpet, take furniture out, remove ruined Sheetrock and other cleaning as needed. NO roof work since there was no wind damage and water did not get that high. Estimate is about 100 homes, so plenty to do.

Pearl River EMA informed us that they would be ready for teams this weekend, and, as you know, the sooner we can be there the better. Work will continue until complete, so certainly through next week and the following weekend.

Point of contact is district volunteer coordinator, George Duffee-Braun, 228.282.5511 for text and voice or email gduffeebraun@gmail.com.

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ALL THINGS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019

Here is the link to the Guidebook App that was first introduced in 2018. The link to the instructions is available if you have not already downloaded it onto your device. Please download the app as soon as possible. All the information regarding Annual Conference is on the app including hotels, meals, tentative agenda, etc. Pre-Conference Journals will be on the app around May 15th.

You must sign up for special meals ASAP!

Follow this link to register for the Memphis Theological Seminary Luncheon on Thursday, June 6th at 12:00 Noon at the Jackson Convention Center. https://mississippi-reg.brtapp.com/MemphisTheologicalLuncheon

Listed below are the items to bring for assembling Health Kits--also referred to as Hygiene kits-- during Mission Service Thursday evening, June 6 at the 2019 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference:

* One (1) hand towel (15 x 25 - 17 x 27 inches) no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels
* One (1) washcloth
* One (1) comb
* One (1) toenail/fingernail clipper
* Bath soap (3 oz. bar or larger) Do not remove from packaging
* One (1) adult toothbrush Do not remove from packaging
* Ten (10) adhesive bandages
* One (1) gallon-size resealable bag

We are asking each church to bring a minimum of enough items to complete 10 kits. Our overall goal is 10,000 kits.

Continue to check the app and watch for e-blasts from the Connectional Ministries Office that will update you on "all things annual conference".


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Camp Lake Stephens

  • Date: June 24-28
  • Ages: Completed Kindergarten through 4th grade
  • Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location: First UMC Gulfport
  • Cost: $50 lunch is included

Elementary Kids can enjoy Camp Lake Stevens Traveling Day Camp that's filled with activities that contribute to learning new skills and building Christian community. Their theme this year is Shine Bright!


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Take Me Out To The Ball Game!!

Save the date!

Friday, July 12th

Seashore District Night at the Shuckers.

Tickets will a the group rate of $8.50 each.

First pitch @ 6:35p.m.


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Tidings From The District

Methodist churches in the East Central community have joined together the past few weeks to create a community outreach program. On the 7th day of April at a local park, our churches joined together as one and hosted a community egg hunt called Easter Eggstavaganza. We experienced rich fellowship with over 500 attendees during this event. During this time, participants enjoyed a short devotional along with praise and worship. Eggs were hunted, and games and food were enjoyed! Holy Week was hosted by three of the four churches. Safe Harbor United Methodist hosted a Seder Meal Tasting on Wednesday night of Holy Week. Thursday evening, Caswell Springs hosted a Foot Washing service. On Good Friday, Hurley United Methodist portrayed Jesus’ last days with Stations of the Cross. The East Central Methodist Connection is doing great things within their community and more outreach events are in the works!

The East Central Methodist Connection is made of four churches: Big Point United Methodist, Safe Harbor United Methodist, Hurley United Methodist, and Caswell Springs United Methodist church.

“Many Churches, One Mission”


"Surf"ing the District


Seashore Mission is in need of the following items for our homeless community.

  • Men and Women:
  • Shorts
  • Women:
  • Bra sizes 3X, 34, 36
  • Underwear sizes 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Sleeping Bags

Reverend Elijah Mitchell Executive Director, Seashore Mission, Inc.