Local church supports Choctaw ministry

From Church Reports


Children make up more than half of the 9,600 people in the Mississippi Choctaw community. When Anne Miller saw a bag of children’s clothing offered for resale online, she knew immediately where it could help.

“It was a lot of good items and will serve the Choctaw children well,” Miller said as she folded and sorted the clothing at Mathiston Methodist Church Friday. She was surrounded by stacks of canned goods, books and other items collected by the Rasmus Circle of the church.

The Mathiston United Methodist Women were responding to the Starkville District Mission Event, supporting the Choctaw ministry with an outpouring of care. For 183 years, Methodist churches have been involved in ministry with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. This year’s mission event day was Saturday.

“We are very pleased with the outstanding response of our members,” said Jessie Frye, president of the Rasmus Circle. She and Miller worked with the group to pack the truck of Frye’s car for the trip to Philadelphia.

“This is the first time in recent years that we’ve taken this much,” Frye said. The ministry supports a food pantry, clothes closet and distribution of children’s books on the reservation.

Roger Miller, who co-pastors the church with Franklin Lowe, echoed Frye’s sentiment: “We have a tremendous spirit of caring in this church and this project shows it.”

The circle will host its annual fall White Elephant and Bake Sale on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. til noon at the church. Proceeds will go to further missions giving.