By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Author, speaker, and blogger Jen Hatmaker is set to headline Stepping Out, the Orchard’s first women’s conference, on Friday and Saturday. Anna Polsgrove, part of the Orchard’s team organizing the event, said the church hosts an event for women each year, but hosting a speaker was a new […]

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Priscilla Thompson heads to her reception after the completion of her Quinceañera ceremony on Nov. 23 at St. James Catholic Church. A party with friends and family followed the ceremony.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Last Saturday marked a pivotal moment in the life of Priscilla Thompson, as she commemorated her entrance into womanhood with a customary celebration: the Quinceañera. A girl’s Quinceanera is a traditional Hispanic ceremony marking her 15th birthday. It is often the girl’s first time to wear makeup, fine jewelry and […]

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The Rev. Jeffery Galdney, pastor of Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, gives the final blessing and dismissal to the congregation at the Tupelo Community Thanksgiving Service. At left is the host pastor at All Saints' Episcopal Church, the Rev. Paul Stephens.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – City officials and a diverse group of Tupelo residents took time Monday for a few moments of reflection, prayer, and gratitude at the city-sponsored annual Community Thanksgiving Service. “This is a time to thank God for the many ways God has blessed our lives,” said the Rev. Paul […]

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Larry Montgomery leads the First Baptist Church of Plantersville's choir Sunday evening during the Community Thanksgiving service at the Plantersville United Methodist Church.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal SHANNON – Giving thanks and giving back were themes of Thanksgiving services in Lee County on Sunday. Shannon hosted its annual Thanksgiving service at Shannon High School, followed with a meal, and Plantersville’s community service took place at Plantersville United Methodist Church. “If we really want to be thankful, let […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Religious and community leaders will take pause in their busy schedules at noon Monday to attend the annual Tupelo community Thanksgiving service. Hosted this year by All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the program will consist of a brief session of prayer and song. “If you ask me, I’d say […]

United Methodist pastor the Rev. Frank Schaefer was found guilty this week of violating church law in 2007, when he officiated the wedding ceremony of his gay son in Pennsylvania. (RNS)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The United Methodist Church is embroiled in heated discussion over the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage following the resolution of the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s trial for performing the 2007 wedding ceremony of his gay son. Schaefer’s resolution comes on the heels of retired bishop Melvin Talbert’s defiance of the […]

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Salvation Army social worker Susan Gilbert takes a short break after filling this year's Salvation Army Angel Tree with profiles at The Mall at Barnes Crossing on Monday.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree campaign kicked off Monday afternoon to the tune of “Silent Night,” sung by the Army’s CeeCee Jackson as she hung the tree with Christmas wish lists. The tree is set up at The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Susan Gilbert, director of social […]


By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Ghana-born missionary Akosua Frimpong grew up thinking her life was a curse, until she met a group of Nashville missionaries who introduced her to Christ. Many miles and many years later, Frimpong now calls America home, and follows her call peer counseling victims of abuse. Curses and blessings […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The sanctuaries of Brewer United Methodist Church and Shannon United Methodist Church were completely empty last Sunday as the two congregations ventured out into the community to complete over 20 service projects. The Rev. Chris McAlilly, pastor of both groups, said the effort was a show of support for the […]