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This Week – 5/15/2017

Dear Jubilee,

It may be Monday but you are in action for God, Jubilee; at the church, in your homes and at work and at school.  On Mondays Mr. Jack Wansley and his friend, Robert, receive and haul donations from Wal-Mart.  These boxes of groceries Jubilee’s two food pantries and are shared with Pine Lake Camp.

Wednesday evening is Jubilee’s annual Skating Party.  Please note the correct time – 6:00-8:00pmSuggested donation for skaters is $5.00.  Please invite your friends to Skate Odyssey.  Please contact Sharon Dufour if you have questions.

The Quilting Retreat at Pine Lake began today and lasts until Thursday.  Please join the quilting fun.  Contact Pine Lake for more information.

Beth Graybill leads Mom’s Group every Tuesday morning beginning at 9:00am.  If you know a mother with young children that would enjoy this group, talk to Beth Graybill.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets at Queen City Truck Stop at 6:15 every Friday morning.  Pastor Duane can tell you more.

Friday evening at 6:00pm we will Bag Groceries in the foyer of Jubilee.  Volunteers are needed to put grape juice, grits, applesauce or other items into bags.  Can you help?  Please let me know if you can come.

Friday evening through Saturday Gulf States Conference will gather at Pine Lake for the GSMC Retreat.  Please contact Jeff Landis for more info.

On Sunday Jeff Landis will continue our preaching series on NEWS; Nurture, Evangelism, Worship and Service, with a sermon on Worship.

Following the service we will gather for a Pot Luck in the gym.  The youth group will clean the kitchen and gym after the pot luck for donations to Jubilee’s Food Pantry.  Talk to Joel Diener for details.

God bless you tonight, Jubilee.

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This Week at Jubilee- 4/17/2017

Dear Jubilee,

Many thanks to the musicians and singers who made worship on Easter Sunday especially joyful and meaningful.

Tonight we will meet for the last Wednesday Night Bible Study of 2016-2017.  We will share a meal at 6:00pm and classes for all ages begin at 7:00pm.  Join us.

On Thursday evening the Community of Hope (COH) Board meets.  This is an exciting time for our volunteer scholars program.  You can meet the new COH director, Adrian Cross, on Sunday when she shares during our worship service.  Applications for the 2017-2018 year are available in the church office.

Jubilee men, join the early morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 6:15am at Queen City Truck Stop.  Talk to Wayne Gorrow for details.

The monthly Grocery Bagging Party begins on Friday evening at 6:00pm.  If you can help, please contact Kelsey Luke.

Spring Open House at Pine Lake Camp provides an opportunity to explore the camp and meet the staff.  Join the event from 10:00-2:00 on Saturday at the pavilion and bring someone with you.  Contact Suzanne Opel if you have questions.

Sunday School with classes for all ages begins at 9:30 on Sunday morning.  Meet us in the gym.

We will have a special treat on Sunday at 10:45Jubilee’s Youth Group will lead the entire service.  I expect to be encouraged by God’s Spirit, but also by the talent of our young people.

Jubilee, you are doing something significant for God simply by showing up together every Sunday and being exactly who you are.  The community you have created is alive with joy and a power for good in Meridian.  I thank God for your dynamic witness.

God Bless You,



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This Week at Jubilee- 4/10/2017

Dear Jubilee,

Many thanks to all who participated and led Jubilee’s 2017 Camp Out.  It was a delight to spend the weekend with you.

We worshiped at Pine Lake on Sunday and Pastor Duane shared a message about two of those closest to Jesus, Peter and Judas, and their responses to their betrayals of Jesus.

Tonight the Welcome Class meets at 6:30pm.  The Church Council meets at 7:15.  Contact Mike Clymer with Council questions.

Tomorrow is Maundy ThursdayWe will remember Jesus’ last evening before the cross in a simple service in the Sojourner’s Room at 6:30pm.  The service will include The Lord’s Supper and Footwashing, moving us with Jesus from the table to the garden.

A Community Good Friday Service will be held at 12:00 noon at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 2705 13th Street, Meridian.  This service will follow the last words of Jesus on the cross.  Contact Duane if you have questions.

On Sunday we will gather to worship and praise God, honoring Jesus who rose from the dead.  Join us Easter Sunday for Sunday School at 9:30am and Worship at 10:45.


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This Week at Jubilee 4/3/17

Dear Jubilee,

What a week at Jubilee!

Yesterday and today we are blessed by a team of 17 hardworking folks from 8th Street Mennonite in Goshen, Indiana.  Today they helped with the snack bag, memory box, food pantry and free store ministries as well as cleaned the kitchen cabinets inside and out and painted the upstairs hall and the gym.

Tonight at 6:00 we will gather in the gym to share a pot luck meal with 8th Street friends.  At 7:00 tomorrow evening we will worship in the sanctuary with songs, Scriptures and prayer.

Join us in the sanctuary on Thursday evening at 7:00 for the annual Community of Hope Celebration.  This inspiring evening is the year’s climax for our ten volunteer scholars who completed 100 hours of service in the community and will receive a scholarship upon college acceptance.  Check the bulletin board in the foyer for the long list of agencies they serve.

Attached please find a schedule for Jubilee’s Camp Out at Pine Lake which begins on Friday evening.  Our service on Sunday will be at Pine Lake.  Please help me think of anyone who might have missed this announcement and share this schedule and an invitation for them to join us at camp.  Here is a schedule for the weekend : Jubilee Camp Out 2017

God bless,


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This Week at Jubilee – 3/27/17

Dear Friends,


Special thanks to Jubilee’s Youth Group for the well done and captivating presentation of John 9 during Sunday’s worship service.  Thanks Lisa Shelly for helping them prepare!


Jubilee, you went above and beyond again during the March distribution of God’s Groceries on Tuesday.  218 persons from 102 households received about 25 pounds of groceries.   Eighteen volunteers served love, prayers and respect.  Today we had our 2017 Mississippi Food Pantry audit and your food pantry ministry fared very well.  Go team Jubilee!


The Youth Cajun Meal Fund Raiser scheduled for this Saturday is cancelled due to the death of Lindsay Diener’s maternal grandmother.  Thank you for praying for Lindsay’s family.


Please let Cheryl Landis know by Sunday about your lodging needs for Jubilee Camp Out, scheduled for April 7-9.  In order to provide adequately for meals, please also let her know what meals you plan to eat at the camp out and how many guests you are bringing.  Lodging and meal forms will be available again on Sunday or you can contact her directly this weekend.


Join us for worship on Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent.  Jeff Landis will preach and the Youth Band will lead our worship


God bless you all,

Elaine Maust

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This Week at Jubilee- 3/22/2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Sunday we gathered to worship our God.

  • Duane shared a sermon about Living Water from John 4.
  • Renee Nuefeld, from the Jackson, MS Service Adventure Unit, shared about changes in that ministry since the death of Hannah Hochstetler.
  • And, way to go Jubilee on a stunning pot luck you shared with the service group from Iowa.

Monday was an exciting day at Jubilee as 14 volunteers from Iowa joined several of us from Jubilee and the community to freshen the landscape and bag groceries.

Every Tuesday Jubilee shares Snack Bags with neighbors from 10-12.  Sandra Rush can give you more info about this ministry.

Mom’s Group meets in the gym on tuesdays at 9:00am. Contact Beth Graybill for more info.

Wednesday – We will gather in the gym for Bible Study at 6:00pm.  Thanks to Holly Garrett, we will eat lasagna.  The Service Team from Iowa Mennonite School will join us the meal and for classes that begin at 7:00.

Thursday – The most recent grocery delivery arrives at 12:00 (or whenever the truck decides to appear.)  If you would like to join the Gorrows to unload the truck, talk to Wayne.

  • Your Elders, Pastors and Staff meet for the monthly Elder Mtg at 6:30.  Duane can tell you more about what happens on these evenings.

Friday – Jubilee men meet for Prayer Breakfast at 6:15am at Queen City Truck Stop.  Talk to Pastor Duane for details.

Saturday – The Junior Youth Group will enjoy Service and San Marcos.  Please meet at the church gym at 4:00pm.  Parents can meet their Jr. Youth at San Marcos at 7:00pm.  Come ready to work and bring money for food.  Contact Jeff Landis, Suzanne Opel or Amy or Stephen Yoder for more info.

Sunday – Join us for Sunday School at 9:30am and Jubilee’s worship celebration at 10:45am.

  • Stephen Yoder will lead singing
  • I will share a message from John 9 – Restore us, O God! We See.

God bless you as you serve and love in the name of Christ this week.


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Holy Week Services – April 9-16

Palm Sunday – Jubilee will worship at Pine Lake Camp, no service at the church.

Maundy Thursday – Communion and footwashing in Sojourners Room – 6:30pm

Good Friday – Ecumenical service at St. Paul’s Methodist – 12:00 noon

Easter – Worship Celebration at 10:45am



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This Week at Jubilee- 3/13/17

Dear Friends,

Trusting that wherever you are and how ever you are, you are experiencing that God Restores.  For this week’s Lenten Devotional guide, on the theme, Restore us, Oh God! check out Jubilee’s web site:

Thanks to Lindsay Diener and Mary Grace Wansley for their exceptional co-preaching on Sunday.  They described the difference between wondering and doubt and invited us to trust our mysterious dynamic God.
Every Tuesday Mom’s Group meets in the gym at 9:00am.  If you know someone who has babies or toddlers, invite them!  Talk to Beth Graybill for more information on this important ministry of Jubilee.
Wayne Gorrow will lead Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Queen City Truck Stop at 6:15am Friday morning.  Contact Wayne if you need directions.
All Jubilee Youth are invited to the Spring Youth Rally at Pine Lake this Friday-Sunday.  Contact Joel Diener details.
Join us for worship at 10:45 on Sunday:
Duane Maust will preach on the theme: Restore us oh God, we thirst!
Welcome! Class meets during Sunday School.
In our continuing Across Street and Around the World feature, Renee Nuefeld, will update us about the Jackson, MS Service Adventure Team.
 A Service Team of 14 from Iowa Mennonite School, led by Joel Beachy, will join us for worship and the pot luck meal.
Please bring a little extra food to the Pot Luck so that we have plenty to share with our friends from Iowa.
Thanks to the Youth Group who will clean after the Pot Luck as part of their Convention Fund Raising efforts.
See you Sunday!

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2017 Lenten Guides

This year we will be posting a weekly Lenten guide to our website. To access the guide go to the Jubilee website and click on ‘Lenten Guides’.

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This Week at Jubilee- 2/27/17

Dear Jubilee,

We are grateful that Emily Key shared her moving testimony with us on SundayEmily’s message of pain and hope reminded us to wait in the difficult times.  I was especially encouraged that Emily discovered profound peace when she had a relationship with God.

Today Jubilee shared over a ton of God’s Groceries with 99 households.  What a joyful, capable and loving group of volunteers gathered to pray and serve today.

Mom’s Group is thriving.  This morning the happy sounds of children playing in the gym reached all the way to the foyer.  Mom’s Group meets every Tuesday morning.  If you know someone who would benefit, talk to Beth Graybill.

Tomorrow evening at 6:30pm join us in the Sojourners Room for the Ash Wednesday Service.  This simple service will remind us of our humility and need for God’s forgiveness.  The service will include prayers, songs, scriptures and the imposition of ashes, which means placing ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead.

On Friday morning Jubilee men are invited to Prayer Breakfast at 6:15am at Queen City Truck Stop.

Pine Lake will be bustling all day Saturday.  Join the fun at Work Day!  The day begins at 8:30.  There will be projects for every skill level.  Lunch will be provided at 1:00.  Talk to Lindsay Diener or Matt Graybill for more details.

All Youth are invited to the Youth Game Night on Saturday evening at 7:00.  Joel Diener has those details.

I hope you can join us for Worship on Sunday.  This Sunday you can expect to experience God and:

    – Anita Wansley preaching from Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 & Matthew 4:1-11
– Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
Welcome! Class beginning during Sunday School
– Worship Planning Team meeting at 1:30

Tonight I pray for the many of us who are sick or in pain.  And I give thanks to be part of a church that tries to do as Jesus taught, to love our neighbors.

In hope,