By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
The regular meeting of the Webster Cluster of the United Methodist Churches was May 21 at Eupora First United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Trey Harper, host pastor, and members of Eupora Church welcomed all present. John Jones, president, who led the group in business, called the meeting to order. The Rev. Raleigh Richter, secretary-treasurer made his report of the group’s finances.
The Rev. Julie Stephenson, former pastor of Bellefontaine UMC and now attending Mississippi State, brought a most-interesting devotion about patience and discussed many things, including the tornadoes in Oklahoma and other happenings in the last few months.
Before being dismissed and having refreshments in the fellowship hall, Dan Burchfield, member of Eupora Church and of the committee that works with scholarships given to students, made his report. He reminded the group that this is the fifth year the cluster has been giving scholarships to a girl and a boy from one of the memberships of the churches represented in the cluster.
The cluster each year takes applications and gives $200 scholarships for students to attend any college of their choice. The scholarships are based not only on academics but also on what the students have contributed to their churches.
Burchfield said this year the lone applicant was Marla Simmons, a member of Liberty Methodist. She was present to receive the scholarship and spoke to the group. Simmons plans to go to Itawamba Community College and major in business. She later plans to go to cosmetology school and open her own beauty shop.
At the next meeting, which will be at Saint Stephens in Maben, all churches in the cluster will be bringing box fans to be stored and given to any family this summer who needs a fan.