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Greetings early responders,

Meridian is in immediate need of ERT teams to help with tarping and debris removal from the recent weather. Teams will work for two to three days per rotation with an anticipated need for workers over the next two to three weeks. 

Housing is being provided by Central United Methodist Church in Meridian. If you and/or your team can help, contact Rev. Kenny McGill via his cell at 662.416.1981 or via email at for details.

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Beach Camp is an engaging spiritual weekend for youth grades six through 12 and their leaders. This event spans three days and will feature guest speakers, Phil and Heather Joel; and the band, Zealand Worship. This weekend includes recreation activities on the beach and late night youth activities.

When: July 6-8, 2018 Worship and Activities at: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531  Click here to register. Download scholarship application and guidelines here. Lodging options are available for your convenience. [Click here]3 for special rates offered to attendees of Beach Camp 2018. We encourage you to abide by safe sanctuary guidelines when making your room assignments. Registration includes worship, activities and t-shirts.

* $75—For each youth and adult, before June 19.
* $100—For each youth and adult, as of June 19.

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The goal of Harvest of Hope is to educate participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem; encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.


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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"Surf"ing the District

Poplarville FUMC was honored to have Samantha Crimm from our state department of Child Protective Services with us in worship this last Sunday. She shared with us an overview of a new partnership between the state of Mississippi CPS and local congregations in our state called Rescue 100. We have a critically low number of foster care homes in our state. Rescue 100 is designed to increase the number of foster homes through a streamlined process of orientation and certification. The name Rescue 100 comes from the need for 100 new foster homes in each of our counties across the state. In the New Testament, James reminds us that true devotion to Christ is the care of orphans and widows. In other words, caring for orphans, widows, and the most vulnerable is part of our DNA as the body of Christ. I invite you to pray about this issue, consider how you might help, and share this information with as many people in Mississippi as you can. Below I have pasted the link to the video Samantha shared with us as well as general numbers for the six coastal counties and specific numbers for our Pearl River County. I can give you contact information for Samantha Crimm if you would like to contact her directly.
I invite you to join me in praying for all of our Mississippi children who are in the custody of the state. May they know the love and grace of God and may they find a home filled with God’s love.

Coastal County Statistics 1,721 - # of Children in Foster Care 737 - # of Foster Homes 525 - # of Children w/Plan for Adoption

Pearl River County 196 - # of Children in Foster Care 25 - # of Foster Homes (8 of those licensed for relatives only) 62 - # of Children w/Plan for Adoption

In the service of Christ, Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore

April 28
There will be work day at Camp Faith on Saturday, April 28th beginning at 9:00a.m. Most of the work will be inside; however, you may want to bring gloves, caps and sunscreen. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Camp Faith Workday 9am Saturday April 28 22378 Turan Road Saucier MS 39574 David Newton Seashore District Disaster Response Coordinator 228-216-6567

Byrd’s Chapel will be celebrating Homecoming May 6 at 11 am. This year’s speaker will be Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton. Our music for the celebration will include our adult choir, the Songbyrds Band plus Connie with her beautiful gift of song. Afterward there is a pot luck meal that all will certainly enjoy along with great fellowship. Homecoming is always a big event so come and join in as we celebrate 198 years of following our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dantzler Memorial UMC will hold a “take out” fish fry on Saturday, May 5th. Tickets were sold in advance and all funds will be used to paint the outside of the Old Parsonage. Special thanks to Mike Smith for having rocks delivered and dispersing them in needed areas of the church. Also, thanks to Joe Brown for the beautiful blooming Kalanchoes in the Prayer Garden.

Gulfport FUMC will be having a UMM Plate Lunch Fundraiser on Sunday May 6th in the Fellowship Hall. Choices are smoked chicken or pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw, potato salad, chips and dessert. Advance tickets are $10.00/each. The FUMC Hiking Trip will be held May 26-29. Trip will cover the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Those interested need to be able to hike 6 ½ miles a day on mountainous terrain. Call the church office for more information. Camp Lake Stephens at FUMC June 4th-8th 8:30am to 4:30p.m. Lunch and snacks provided. Cost is $50.00 per camper, scholarships are available. Contact for more information.

Heritage UMC in D’Iberville is looking for a part time Youth Director. For more information please contact us at 228-392-4288 .It would require Wednesday nights, all day Sundays, many Saturday nights, and various activities in between that are planned in advance. It is a well-developed program supported by the church. Contact us for more details.

Long Beach FUMC has begun a new sermon series at the Main Campus and The Well entitled “Growing Disciples”. The UMW Spring Rummage/Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 8:00a.m – 1:00p.m in the Christian Life Center. A Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Sunday April 29th at the home of Rich and Carla Haney. Vacation Bible School is coming! VBS will be held on July 8th-12th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. This summer, in partnership with FUMC Vidor, TX, the youth ministry will be hosting a week long mission camp in Vidor, TX as this community was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The camp will take place the week of June 25th-June 30th.

Mississippi City UMC hosted a work day on April 7th. Thank you to all who participated. Upcoming study “ 3 Simple Rules (Simple, But Not Easy)” will begin on April 23rd and continue each Monday through May 21st. Do Good; Do No Harm; Stay in Love with God will be explored. New Sermon Series “Blooming” is underway and will continue through May 13th. The Sampling Supper for the JD/USM Wesley Foundations raised over $3,700.00

Mt. Pleasant UMC/Gulfport will host Family Week May 7-9, 2018 at 6:00pm each evening. Baccalaureate ceremony will be held during the 9:00 worship service on May 20th.

Pearlington UMC Outreach will host the 2018 Bike and Build ride, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia that organizes cross-country cycling trips for young adults. The purpose of these trips is to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. The team partnered with various Habitat for Humanity affiliates during their journey for volunteer build days. This year’s route brings the organization through Pearlington on Friday, May 25th. Pearlington UMC will offer the 27 youth and chaperones a place to sleep, hot showers and breakfast on Saturday morning. The church is enlisting the other local churches to provide dinner on Friday night. The Bike and Build group will explain their mission and methods during a service on Friday evening.

Poplarville FUMC- Back Pack Buddies packing Thursdays @ 12:30p.m. Men’s Roundtable with Dr. Pridmore at 6:30p.m. in the Christian Life Building each Wednesday.

At Red Hill UMC, they have been striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus to other people. Since January, they have collected food items and paper goods to be donated to the “Lord is My Help” for hot meals to people in need. They were also able to give to Back Pack Buddies at the local school for children who need meals on the weekends. During Holy Week, a Passover Meal was celebrated. The meal was prepared by one of the church members, Mrs. Jackie Taylor. Brother Kris held a Good Friday service and on Easter Sunday, a Living Cross service was held with each member of the congregation placing a live flower on the cross. The Book of Daniel has been the focus of the weekly Bible Study.

Robert’s Chapel UMC will be honoring it’s graduating high school seniors, Kase Kelley and Andrew Seward. Special Thanks to everyone who helped make the Annual Homecoming a wonderful day! Brother Pete and Carolyn will be taking their annual pilgrimage to the beach May 13-19.

Wiggins FUMC youth will hold their annual garage sale to raise funds for this year’s spiritual retreat at Lake Junaluska, NC. The sale will be held on May 5th in the Family Life Center from 8am – 2pm. Make plans to come and find your treasure!!