What's Happening Now Around The District


The Walk to Emmaus is a short course in Christianity. It is meant to strengthen those who are already disciples and active members of a Christian congregation.

The Walk to Emmaus weekend begins on Thursday evening at 7 P.M. and ends on Sunday evening. You will pray, sing, worship and study with other “Pilgrims” on the road to Emmaus. Because our world is full of distractions, cellular phones, watches, alarm clocks, pagers, electronic games, computers and radios need to be left at home during the weekend. Your sponsor will act as a point of contact in the event of an emergency. Please fill in all the blanks because all of the information is necessary for your proper placement in a Walk to Emmaus.

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We’re moving from an institutional culture to a missional culture. Join us! About our Mentor: Under Mike’s leadership, Ginghamsburg Church became known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church “media reformation” and cyberministry.

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Lake Junaluska To Begin Offering Marriage Enrichment Retreats

Beginning this fall, Lake Junaluska will offer three-day marriage enrichment retreats. The faith-based retreats will teach couples how to forge stronger relationships through meaningful conversation. Ned Martin, an expert in marriage counseling, will lead the retreats.

“There is real value in taking time, going on retreat, having no distractions and being able to focus solely on that person to whom you’ve committed your life,” said Martin, who has both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling. “You can open up to them and receive them in a way that’s so hard to do in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.” By using emotionally focused therapy for couples, Martin will explain the psychology of successful relationships and guide couples through a series of conversations designed to help them connect. According to Martin, not only will couples experiencing marital stress learn from the retreats, but couples who are stable but seeking to strengthen their bond will also benefit.

Currently, four different sessions are available, starting in September 2018 with the last scheduled retreat in September 2019. Couples will receive lodging, meals, counseling sessions and plenty of peace and quiet to reconnect with each, surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains at Lake Junaluska.

“Our setting provides a perfect place to step away from the busy-ness of life and focus on strengthening relationships with loved ones,” said Mitzi Johnson, Lake Junaluska director of programming. “Our staff take care of all the little things so that couples can spend their energy learning to communicate well.”

Pricing for each couple combined is $699, including two nights of lodging, access to Lake Junaluska recreation and five meals. Registration and more information is available at www.lakejunaluska.com/marriage or by calling 800-222-4930.

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.

Retreat Dates

  • September 30 - October 2, 2018
  • March 10-12, 2019
  • August 18-20, 2019
  • September 29 - October 1, 2019

Starting in October

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October 27

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"Surf"ing the District


Seashore Mission is in need of meal preparation and serving assistance (lunch) on the following dates:

  • September 27
  • October 7, 25, 28
  • November 4, 5, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • December 3, 23, 27, 30

The meal can either be prepared entirely in the Seashore Mission kitchen, or something on the order of 2 large aluminum pans of a meat casserole to feed 100 people can be prepared and delivered ahead of time and pulled from the freezer for reheating. The mission is always well stocked with vegetables, bread, and drink, so the meat dish should be the primary focus.

Additionally, the following items are always in short supply and any donations would be welcome:

  • Razors
  • Men’s small and medium underwear
  • Back packs
  • Sleeping bags
  • 2 man tents

Points of Contact:
Judy Long Cottrell, Director, Seashore Mission
Phone: ( 228) 436-3986
email: Judyofstonegait@prodigy.net Larry Brewster, Secretary, Seashore Mission Board of Directors. Phone (228)383-8887
email: lbrewster85@gmail.com


Dear SUMA Friends,

We are raising funds for our college internships for 2019. Click the link below to see our story. Please forward this email to your congregations, your friends, and your family. Your gifts will not go to light bills, or pavement, but the hearts, minds, and meaningful employment of young Christian leaders who are trying to pay for their college education while making a difference through camping ministry. Thank you!

-The Folks at Seashore UM Assembly

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Biloxi FUMC: Youth fundraiser “Chicken Dinner” will be held on Sunday, September 9th 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Methodist Men’s Group will meet on Monday, September 3rd at McElroy’s Harbor Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. for coffee, breakfast and devotion time. September 30th is the 5th Sunday Potluck and Education/Administration Building Dedication.

Dantzler Memorial UMC- Communion in September will support Mercy Ships. Operation Christmas Child information is now available with instructions on how to pack the shoeboxes. Contact Dian Cooksey for more details. Dot Circle met on August 13th for their annual Girls’ Night Out. 19 ladies met and enjoyed the meal along with fellowship time together.

Gautier FUMC: The UMM will be having a Low Country Boil on September 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. Donations welcomed! Acolyte training to being in October. Please let Suzie Trott know if your child is interested in becoming an acolyte. The Pie Ladies and UMC will be hosting their yard sale in the Family Life Center on October 6th. All your unwanted goods are someone else’s treasures, so please donate.

Leggett Memorial UMC has a position for a part-time administrative assistant. Persons interested should contact JoEllen Reid at (228) 235-7227. “Barbecue with Our Neighbors” will have an initial plan meeting on September 4th at 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested in participating. Back by popular demand, the Wednesday night “Scripture and Supper” will resume on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:30 pm. in the Fellowship Hall.

Long Beach FUMC has been invited to assume leadership of the UMC Campus ministry “Wesley Foundation” at UMC Gulf Park. Volunteers are needed to make this outreach ministry as success at this campus. Contact the church office at (228) 863-9619 if you God speaking to you be a volunteer. The Chancel Choir began cantata rehearsals with a potluck and listening session on Wednesday, August 29th. Rehearsals each Wednesday in the Choir Room at 7:00 p.m Come join and sing for Jesus! Fall Community Groups are meeting. Contact Hannah Haulsee at hannah.k.haulsee@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

Mississippi City UMC will host a “Grandparents Day Tea at church on Sunday, September 9th at 2:30p.m. Grandparents and grandchildren of all ages are invited. For a special conversation, bring a cup with a story. In September, MCUMC will be looking at some portions of wisdom literature in the Bible. Wisdom for the Wanting is a brief look at Some of the encouragement seen in these divinely inspired writings.

Mt. Pleasant/Gulfport held the Annual Harvest Church/Pastor Appreciation Banquet on November 19 at the Hospitality and Resort Management Center/MGCCC. Rev. Elijah Mitchell and his family were honored as the new Pastor and family. Ms. Christian Green (a faithful visitor) was honored as she is returning to her home in Jamaica. The Annual Christmas Program will be presented on Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 p.m. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the 24th. The Watch Night Service will be held on December 31st at 5:00 p.m.

Poplarville FUMC: Classes beginning September 10th for Beginning Guitar at 5:00 p.m. and Beginning Ukulele at 5:30 p.m. Both classes will meet in the Christian Life Building. Instructor will be Bill Nix. The Men’s & Boy’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 16th at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Out to Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 on September 19th

Red Hill UMC announces New Prospect Camp Meetings begin Saturday, October 13th thru October 21st. More information to come. Save the dates!!

Roberts Chapel UMC- Operation Christmas Child boxes will be distributed on October 14th. Now is a great time to grab school supplies. Bluegrass Pickin’ and Jam will be on September15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Big Creek Singing Convention will be on Saturday October 6th at 7:00 p.m. Special gospel music and congregational singing along with refreshments.

St. Stephen UMC will hold it’s Annual Revival on beginning Sunday, September 16th at 5:30 p.m. The theme will be “Bundles of Love” from the scripture John 3:16-17 and 1 John 3: 16-18. Service times Monday – Wednesday will be 7:00 p.m. each evening. Special guests will include: Rev. Charles Evans/Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Moss Point; Rev. O’Neil Wiley/Asbury AMEZ Church, Pascagoula; Rev. Elijah Mitchell/Mt. Pleasant UMC, Gulfport & St. Paul UMC, Biloxi; Rev. Kevin Carter/Canton UMC, Canton, MS. Please join them!

Vancleave UMC has an opening for a Youth Director. Please contact Rev. Mary Stewart for more information if you are interested. (228) 826-5968.

Wiggins UMC: “Son” Flower Fest will be on Sunday, September 9th from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. to kick off another year of missions, learning, and fun in Children’s Ministry. Bring a friend and a donation for Operation Christmas Child. Packing for Operation Christmas Child will be held on September 30th from 3:30 – 5:30 in the Family Life Center. Brown Bag Bible Study will be held on Thursdays at noon beginning on September 20th. This study will be on 1 Thessalonians. Come and bring a friend! Special Thanks to Pat Oakes for joining the UMW and presenting “S’Mores with Jesus”. Next meeting will be on September 24th with Joy Jennings, local artist for “Art and Spirituality”.