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Starkville, MS 39759
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Monday         8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday        8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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"New Thing Sunday"

June 05 2023

April 24, 2023 Hello Mississippi Conference,   This is Bishop Sharma D. Lewis. You have no idea how much I have enjoyed traveling around the state of Mississippi and meeting you at the Chat and ...


Office closure in observance of Juneteenth

June 05 2023

The Starkville District Office will be closed Monday, June 19, 2023 in observance of Juneteenth Holiday. Our office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. 


Youth and Family Events at Annual Conference (STA Dist)

June 05 2023

Attending the 2023 Mississippi Annual Conference? Then mark your calendars for these TWO NEW events for youth and families! Wednesday, June 28 beginning at 5 pm, area youth and youth leaders are ...



June 02 2023

AUDIT OF LOCAL CHURCH ​ FUND BALANCE REPORTS (Deadline June 30) Local Church Audit Guide 


Starkville District Newsletters

March 01 2023

Click Month to view newsletter:  February 2023 Newsletter       Archived Newsletters: February 28, 2020 February 14, 2020  February 7, 2020  January 31, 2020  January 24, 2020  January 17, 2020 ...


Starkville District: Chat and Chew with Bishop Lewis

January 19 2023

Clergy and laity are encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet and greet Bishop Sharma D. Lewis. Click here for more details of these gatherings.    Wednesday, March 29, 2023  at Griffin UMC 212 ...


2023 Starkville District Lay Servant Training

January 12 2023

  Starkville District 2023 Lay Servant Training    at Starkville First UMC  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM  Saturday, April 1, 2023 Registration deadline  March 23, 2023 Courses Offered:  Basis:        Adult Lay ...


Starkville District: Dates to Remember

January 12 2023

March 9–10, 2023 - Spiritual Wellness Retreat at Camp Lake Stephen, Oxford, MS  Cost $100 ​March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Early Response Team Training (ERT) at Crystal Springs United ...


A Celebration of the Assignment of Bishop Lewis

January 10 2023

Clergy have been asked to process and will be seated in a special reserved section in the sanctuary. If you desire to participate in the procession we ask that you wear your robe (any color) and red ...


Starkville District Clergy and Family Gathering Photos

December 13 2022

Starkville District Clergy and Family Christmas Gathering  Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6PM   at Starkville First's "The Connection "


MS Conference Cabinet visits the Starkville District

October 13 2022

District Leadership Teams welcomes Bishop Swanson and Cabinet to Starkville on September 11, 2022. The DLT shares Devotion and Holy Communion with Bishop and Cabinet at The Mill Conference Center. A...

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Rev. Paulette Buford-James and Ryan Stallcup (Wesley staff) welcome Bishoop Swanson and Cabinet to MSU. Surprise visitor stops by with gifts to welcome and thank the Bishop and Cabinet for their services, Dr Mark E. Keenan,  presdient of MSU.The Steel Drums Band from Starkville First enterains the Bishop and Cabinet at dinner on Tuesday night.

7 Simple But Effective Ways Church Members Can Appreciate Their Pastor

October 05 2022

Pastor Appreciation Month is a chance to thank our pastors for their ministry and all of the sacrifices they make to serve the church and lead us spiritually! Check out this blog post for 7 simple, ...


Collaborative Leadership Evangelism Summit

October 05 2022

The Collaborative Leadership Evangelism Summit, happening Saturday, October 15, 2022, is an opportunity to explore creative ways for faith communities to engage in evangelism and discipleship. This ...


Starkville District: 2022 Clergy Advisory and Evaluation Forms

October 03 2022

2022 Advisory and Evaluation Forms  for Clergy and SPRC   Due date: November 15, 2022   New Appointment Ministry Evaluation: for Elders, Associate Members, and Local Pastors serving a new ...


Starkville District: Local Church Lay Leaders Gathering

June 10 2022

Local Lay Leaders Gathering  June 18, 2022 at Aldersgate UMC, Starkville Registration Begins at 8:30 AM  Opening Session – 9:00 AM Lunch – Noon  To: All Starkville District Local Church Lay Leaders ...


District Leadership Training Videos

February 02 2022

     As newly elected church lay members (finance, trustees, S/PPRC, lay leaders, administrative/church council members, lay leadership/ nominations) begin their work, we have training videos for you....


Navigating Next

January 11 2022

Gammon Theological Seminary will host Navigating Next on-demand and for free from January 25 - February 25, 2022, and we hope you and your colleagues, friends or team will join us! We will offer free ...


Clergy Health and Wellness

January 05 2022

To say that the last few years have been complicated, difficult and draining is an understatement.  As clergy during this season of pandemic, we have been asked to enter into worlds and ...


Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Opportunity

December 01 2021

The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer, Air Force Auxiliary. Our three missions include: Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. We are proud of the Volunteer Chaplain Service ...


2021 Clergy Spouses Retreat

September 28 2021

Clergy Spouse 1 day Retreat Place: Millsaps College-Chapel- Jackson, MS Speaker- LaToya Redd Thompson Lunch will be provided Date: Saturday Nov 6, 2021 Registration Time 9:30-10:30 Pay at the ...


Laity Sunday 2021

September 19 2021

Laity Sunday is traditionally the 3rd Sunday in October.  I would like to encourage you all to celebrate this day, even if it needs to be on another Sunday.  The church has folks who are gifted by God...


Pastor's Appreciation Month

September 19 2021

October is Pastor Appreciation Month so this is another way to show the pastor that you appreciate her/him. I hope you will explore the many different ways that you can acknowledge your pastor's ...


Center for Ministry

September 13 2021

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Register Now for Online Basic Lay Ministry Course

September 08 2021

Greetings to the laity of the Mississippi Conference,   The Mississippi Conference Office of Spiritual Leadership is making available to you an online basic lay ministry course. This course is an ...


End Racism For Good

April 27 2021

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Rescue 100: A Child Needs You!

February 02 2021

You can make a difference. Find out how.  Rescue 100 is a MDCPS initiative to partner with churches across Mississippi to recruit, train and support foster parents in the state of Mississippi. Rescue...


A Note of Gratitude from Rev. Paulette Buford-James

December 18 2020

The Starkville District Staff and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful cards and gifts during the 2020 Christmas Holidays. It is our prayer for you : May the Lord bless you and keep you;  ...


Starkville District's Facebook Page

September 08 2020

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MS UMC Clergy Spouses

August 26 2020

We sure hope everyone is staying well and keeping safe in these pandemic days.  As you know, we have decided it would be in everyone's best interest if we cancelled this year's Fall Retreat.  Let us ...


Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Starkville District Announced

July 13 2020

      I am very pleased to announce that Rev. Tom Potter will join the Starkville District office as Assistant to the District Superintendent, along with his other duties as pastor of Louisville ...


Guidelines for Incremental Reopening of Congregational In-Person Gathering

May 15 2020

Suggested Policies and Guidelines to Return to In-person Worship    Dr. Stephen Shirley, medical director for multiple nursing homes in Mississippi, in consultation with his church leadership, has ...


2020 Clergy Session - Zoom Conferencing

May 14 2020

Greetings to my clergy family, I have been blessed by the faithful work that so many of you are doing during this time of pandemic. The creativity and commitment you have shown to your people, and to ...


Guidance on the Payroll Protection Program

April 07 2020

The GCFA website has resources for churches related to the Payroll Protection Program as offered by the Small Business Administration.  April 3rd is the first day churches can apply and there is a ...


COVID 19 related closings

March 20 2020

Dear Laity and Clergy, All District and Conference level "in person" events through April 30th have been cancelled or postponed until further notice due to the health risks involved in gathering at ...


Feast of John and Charles Wesley Photos

February 25 2020

The Feast of John and Charles Wesley was held February  23, 2020, at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville at 6 PM. Columbus Covenant co-celebrated the Feast with the Church of the ...

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Starkville District: 2020 Winter Leadership Training Photos

January 19 2020

Winter Leadership Training 2020 was held Saturday, January 18th  9 A.M. — 12:45 P.M. at Starkville First United Methodist Church  Over 200 clergy and lay attended our annual Leadership Training. We ...

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Reflections Webisodes Here

December 01 2019

In our increasingly fast-paced world, we don’t take time to slow down, leave behind the noise of news and social media and set apart quiet time to talk with God and hear His voice. It’s time to stop ...

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Photos from the Bishop Swanson's visit to Louisville

October 18 2019

    Bishop Swanson preaches to the crowd at Wesley UMC -  Sunday, September 29, 2019   Rev.  Tom Potter, host pastor   Louisville First hosted a Three-night Revival with Bishop James Swanson spoke ...

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Summer Gathering 2019

August 15 2019

2019 Clergy and Family Summer Gathering was held at Starkville First on July 18, 2019. Entertainment was provided by Katie Heckel (MSU Wesley Foundation). 

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