In-Person Worship Has Resumed!

We are excited to be back in our building for in-person worship! Our worship service times have changed temporarily due to our continued season dealing with COVID-19. Traditional worship is held at 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary, and our Founders Hall service is at 10:30 a.m. You no longer need to RSVP for Sunday morning services.


Children's Time is held at 10 a.m. in the Youth Chapel. Space is limited, so parents should RSVP if they plan to attend Children's Time.


For safety reasons, we will NOT have Sunday School or nursery at this time. We will do all we can to make worship welcoming and engaging for all ages!


If you choose not to attend yet for any reason, please know that we will continue to offer online worship via our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m.


We are also offering a parking lot communion service every Sunday evening. This is a perfect worship opportunity for those who have health issues and cannot attend worship inside our building. 

Susan and Stewart Eaton's Self-Care Book Helping Many

A couple years ago, when a teenager and her mom approached Reverend Susan Eaton for counseling to ease their struggles with anxiety, Eaton wished she had a resource to give them to provide the peace they sought. This encounter planted a seed for Eaton, discipleship pastor at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. 


Months later, when her own son revealed his feelings of depression and anxiety, Eaton decided it was time to make the idea of a resource come to fruition. She joined forces with her husband, Stewart Eaton, a licensed professional counselor at Pine Grove Behavioral Health, to write You’re Gonna Be Okay.  


“I started writing my son notes and doing breathing practices and relaxation exercises with him among other things,” Rev. Eaton said. “Stewart and I pulled from our knowledge, gifts and resources to help him. This book was a product of the journey we’ve been on with our son. It’s also the resource I always wanted but didn’t have. Even though I saw the need for it awhile back, it took going through it ourselves to make it a reality.”


The book was written to serve as a loving guide and companion to help those navigating the darkness of depression and anxiety. You’re Gonna Be Okay provides readings, prayers, journaling prompts and online links to music, as well as other helpful online resources. Each entry was written to help readers gain a new perspective and better understand the emotions they're experiencing, all while restoring the belief that they're going to be okay.


The book was released July 25, 2020, and has been very successful so far. Several weeks after the book’s debut, it was the number one new release in multiple categories on Amazon, including the Christian Counseling section and the Teen and Young Adult Depression and Mental Health section.


Nicolet Bell, director of student ministries for St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison, MS, works closely with young people who face a struggle with anxiety and depression every day; and she highly recommended the book. 


Bell said, “The Eatons’ new book is so timely! In a world where anxiety and depression are so prevalent, especially in our young people, we need this truth. The book takes scripture and brings it to life for those struggling or for those who love someone who is struggling. It’s thoughtfully written and organized in a way that is easy to read (especially for young people).”


You’re Gonna Be Okay is currently available in e-book and paperback versions on Amazon. Learn more about the book and the authors at RevSusanEaton.com.


North of 70 Ministry Benefits Volunteers and Recipients

They say good help is hard to find -- well, not if you are a member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church!


Parkway Heights has always been mindful of its senior adults and their changing needs. Since more than 25% of members are 70 or older, staff and volunteers had been eager to add programming and support for this group. Beginning in late 2019, ideas such as recreational opportunities, exercise classes, small groups, phone call programs and support systems had emerged.


The North of 70 Ministry was in its infancy when COVID-19 made its unwelcome appearance. God’s spirit was leading as the first planning meeting was held in early March of this year, the same week Mississippi registered its first COVID-19 patients. Thanks to the leadership of several church members, lists of those who might benefit from phone calls and assistance were quickly compiled. Many North of 70 volunteers worked from home and began calling church members over the age of 70 to check on them and offer a listening ear.


As the economy was shut down and quarantine was implemented, additional younger volunteers, including members of the Young Adult Sunday School class, stepped forward to become shoppers for seniors. These generous people with full time jobs, young families and busy lives stepped up to the challenge of finding the elusive toilet paper and hand sanitizer, among other items.


One highlight of this ministry is that it allows members to engage with others with whom they might not normally interact. One thirty-something member made a grocery delivery to an older couple and said she walked away with two precious new friends!


Pam Breland is a volunteer who has also grown her friendships.


“In a time where connections are important, it has been my pleasure to connect with four senior households,” Breland said. “The conversations and visits at a distance have been wonderful. Strengthening friendships with those whom I have known for years and making new friends has been a blessing. I encourage all ages to participate, either as a team member or recipient.”


The appreciation and love are mutual among all volunteers and recipients. Recipient Anne Hutto recently expressed her gratitude.


“Kudos to the North of 70 committee! It has been so wonderful to have someone brave the virus to pick up my medicines, get groceries and run other errands. Because of my health vulnerability, my helper may have just saved my life! May God bless this committee! I am a very grateful 91-year-old.”


Senior adult Nova Corley echoed Hutto’s sentiments.


Corley added, “The many cards and phone calls of care, concern and news have been so welcome. The willingness to run errands of any kind has certainly been a boost to us who are not going anywhere. Thank you for your many blessings!”


Caller Ginger Smith pointed out that the volunteers benefit just at the recipients do. She admires her call partner, 94-year-old Evelyn Stone, and her amazing spirit.


Smith said, “If we miss talking to her, she calls to check on us!”


The connections have not only strengthened relationships with friends but relationships with Christ as well.


“These phone contact opportunities have helped me grow in my walk,” said Vicki Kibodeaux, who calls on two elderly members. “The Holy Spirit has definitely been a part of this journey. There have been several times I have felt a prompt to call one of my friends, and when I did so, it turned out to be what was needed. These ladies have blessed me far more than anything I have done for them. I love my ladies!”


Executive Pastor Julie Collins called the North of 70 Ministry a gift and a blessing.


“During this challenging time full of stress, anxiety and loneliness, people need Christian community. Our callers are providing that with each phone call, thoughtful note or errand,” Collins said. “Our calling to love our neighbors is not something new, but it is ever evolving as we understand the current situation in our church. Now more than ever, we need to give our love, support and care to each other.”


Pictured Above: Young Adult Sunday School class members Amye and Austin Lovitt have been delivering groceries for the North of 70 ministry.

Band Together

Connection is extremely important. Jesus changed the world by forming deep relationships with a few people who would then carry on His work beyond His earthly life. He even said that the very credibility of His life and message in the eyes of unbelievers would be dependent upon the way His followers relate to each other (see John 17).


Learn more about BANDing together

RightNow Media

Have you accessed our free online resource, RightNow Media?


RightNow Media is an online library that works much like Netflix, giving you access to thousands of Christian media resources. These resources are great for a small group, a Sunday School class or for personal study and reflection. Parents of young children will also enjoy the multitude of children's videos that are accessible through RightNow Media. 


If you have already set up your RightNow Media account, access it here from your phone, computer, tablet, Roku or other streaming device.


If you have never accessed RightNow Media account before, click here to set up a new user account.


Have fun browsing your new free resource! If you have any questions, please contact Susan Eaton.