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A Welcoming Christian Church in Southaven, MS

Looks like a house...Feels like a home!

Welcome to Graceland Christian Church, where everyone is accepted with a smile and open arms. Although we may be a smaller congregation, we have the spirit of a group twice our size. You can hear our love for Jesus Christ in the songs sung by our choir, the words spoken by our pastors, and the lessons taught by our Christian educators. Come join us this Sunday and add your voice to our service.


Here at our Christian church in Southaven, MS, we are dedicated to sharing our adoration of Jesus Christ with all who walk through our doors. Regardless of your past, you’ll find a home among the friendly and compassionate people who worship with us every week. Our dynamic congregation consists of people of all ages and all backgrounds with one shared goal: to promote a lifelong passion for Christian education and devotion.


Feel free to reach out to us anytime with any questions or for more information about our religious and church services. And don’t forget to join one of our weekly classes or worship with us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. Our congregation and pastoral team look forward to meeting and getting to know you.


 Contact us today to learn more about our Christian church. We are proud to be located in Southaven, Mississippi.

About Us - Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS


The Graceland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS,) originated on the American Frontier during the early 19th Century. We are often referred to as the most “American” of Christian denominations because the ideals of the “Spirit of ’76” had a major impact on our beginnings. Our first leaders were Barton Stone, Thomas Campbell, and Alexander Campbell; Presbyterians who reacted against sectarian frontier religion and urged a union of all Christians founded upon the restoration of New Testament Christianity. They advocated believer’s baptism by immersion and weekly observance of The Lord’s Supper.

Worship service styles vary from congregation to congregation, but all Disciples congregations observe The Lord’s Supper each Sunday. The symbol of our denomination is a chalice bearing the X shaped cross of St. Andrew. The chalice represents the centrality of the Lord’s Supper and the St. Andrew’s cross symbolizes our Scottish Presbyterian heritage. 

Disciples live by the admonition, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things, love.” Creeds may be used in worship and Christian education, but they are not seen as tests of fellowship. We hold that the scriptures witness to all things necessary for salvation, and we encourage each person to study the scriptures and to seek God’s will for their life. The unity of all Christians continues to be held before us as our “polar star.” The Christian Church has always served as a “bridge church” or a common ground for people with diverse denominational backgrounds.

As Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS, we believe that all people are created by God and therefore entitled to respect and freedom. Freedom to think for ourselves, govern our own congregations, interpret the Bible in our contexts. “Unity with diversity” has long been a motto. We value open discussion, even disagreement, as we seek to interpret and express our understanding of God’s will for ourselves and our society. While we do not confuse unity with uniformity, “Unity for all Christians” is indeed a polar star. We believe God seeks the reconciliation of all divided peoples…whether by age, race, gender, nationality, or any other human division. As Disciples, we also believe in individual responsibility… that every member is a minister, responsible to use their spiritual gifts in the service of God’s mission.

For more information about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in Southaven MS, ) visit the Disciples.org website.



OUR MISSION

Find a family at Graceland Christian Church.  We are a small but mighty, multi-generational congregation.  Our friendly and welcoming faces tell the story of Graceland Christian Church.

OUR MISSION

To be and share the love of Christ to those we meet.

YOUR MISSION

Pastor Ken has been preaching lately about what would Jesus do … We need to consider what we would do...about poverty, about inclusion, about discrimination, about loneliness.  Join us for worship and begin becoming what you would like to be.

Bring Christ To Those Who Need Him in Southaven, MS

Graceland Christian Church was founded in October 1956 as a mission to the Whitehaven area of Memphis. The church began in the community room of the Whitehaven Plaza and moved from there to the home of Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, who had donated 5 acres of her property on which to build the new church. While plans were being developed for the church building to help bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS, Mrs. Moore sold the house to a rather famous Memphian. With renovations starting on the house the church became a bit nomadic, moving back to the community room and then to a pavilion which they transformed from a Saturday night dance hall to a sanctuary for Sunday worship. It was a welcome day when they could move into the new building. Oh, did we mention that Mrs. Moore’s home had a name which it retains today? That home is known worldwide as Graceland, home and last resting place of Elvis Presley. The home and the church bear the name Graceland to honor Miss Grace Toof, the daughter of the original owner.

 

For thirty-three years, Graceland Christian Church ministered to folks bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS. When Elvis Presley Enterprises began to expand their facilities, the church building was decommissioned and sold. The members of Whitehaven Presbyterian Church graciously offered their chapel as a meeting place while a new permanent home was sought.

 

In 1989 the church moved to its present location at 2126 Stateline Road East in Southaven, Mississippi and continued its ministry to those near and far. Two building programs took the church from meeting in the “front room” of the house to meeting in a building designed for multiple activities and then into a sanctuary for Sunday worship. The prayers and hard work of many people continue to sustain the congregation and its ministries. Our history includes stories too numerous to mention here, but just ask someone, and they will be pleased to tell you our stories.

 

We have been blessed with the talents of eleven gifted Senior Ministers and several very gifted Associate and Student Ministers in the course of our history. These ministers encouraged, and continue to encourage, our mission to bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS. Throughout the history of the church, people from all walks of life have worked together to further this mission.  Sixty-three years and counting, the history of Graceland Christian Church is still being written.

Meet the Team

Christian Church in Southaven, MS

Ken Sipley

It’s a blessing to be associated with a congregation so committed to serving Christ in this fellowship.  Graceland Christian Church is a caring community committed to following Jesus Christ wherever he may lead.

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Mary Sipley

Since I am the organist/choir director at Tunica United Methodist Church I do not get to attend Graceland Christian with you.  Becoming the church secretary at Graceland has given me the opportunity to get to know you all better.  I am grateful for this.

Zak Klinck

I have been the Director of Music since January, 2018. Prior to that I served as pianist for about 5 years. My family has belonged to Graceland since 2003. In that time I have served as a Deacon, Elder, Board Chair and various other capacities. Music has been a part of my life since beginning piano lessons in the 3rd grade. Professionally, I have worked for FedEx Express since April, 2001. My current position is running the fatigue risk management program for the pilots. 

 

Angie Rose

  • I accompany the choir and play on Sundays for the congregation.  I have been doing this at Graceland for two years. I had previously worked at a Catholic church of around 1500 families. Graceland’s comparably small congregation has produced a large, talented choir that approaches songs with joy and a big dose of goofiness. They are unconcerned by perfection while at the same time managing to get pretty darn close very often. They are a delight to play for! Previous musical knowledge is not required.  If you love singing, join us, things will soak in by musical osmosis. 

In addition to church work, I have been teaching piano from my home for nearly twenty years. Feel free to ask me about my brilliant, above-average piano students and my stunning grandchild. 

MONICA TURNMIRE

 I have been with the church since 1998. My current role is Children's Church Leader & Nursery attendant. I love children & I love teaching them about God's love for them, as well as the ways & teachings of Jesus. I consider Graceland my home and I love all of my church family... and our Potlucks are my FAVORITE! 

What We Do



Graceland Christian Church                     

                          2126 E Stateline Rd, Southaven, MS 38671 / 662-342-6098         

 

Greetings from Graceland Christian Church!

We hope this letter finds you well. We are reaching out to our community to say “Hello!” and to let you know who we are, and about our Community Outreach Ministries.

Graceland Christian Church has brought Christ to the Southaven, MS community for 33 years. Over these years, we have seen many changes in our community. We are responding to our community’s needs with outreach ministries.

1.     The 1st Saturday Clothes Closet – Lending a helping hand in our community by providing clothes for those in need. Open 9am until Noon on the 1st Saturday of every month. We have clothes for men, women & children.

2.       Graceland’s Superstar Tutoring Program – Free Tutoring sessions for children in grades K-5 held every Saturday from 10-11am. Specialized tutoring is based on the specific needs of each student.

3.    Monthly Collection Drive – Collections of food items, school supplies & Christmas gifts for charities like the Olive Branch Food Pantry, The Samaritans, & the Pregnancy Center.

4.    Community Garden– Providing fresh vegetables to the Olive Branch Food Pantry. Families are invited to plant & care for a portion of the garden to produce food for themselves.  All we ask for is a 10% donation of their reaping, which will go to the Olive Branch Food Pantry.

5.    Little House Art Project – The ARC Northwest Mississippi sponsors guided Art classes for ages 12 & up, on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am - Noon. Classes cater to special needs students, as well as non-special needs students. The cost is $20 & all supplies are included. For more information, please visit thearcnwms.org/little-house-art-project

6.    Prayer Box– Providing a Prayer Box in front of our marquee for our community. Prayers are collected & shared during Sunday service, then added to our prayer lists. Prayers may be left anonymously, if desired.

7.    Wednesday Night Bible Study/Choir Practice – Join us every Wednesday night for Bible Study from 6pm to 7pm, and Choir Practice from 7pm to 8pm.

8.    Meeting Facilities – Provided for non-profit organizations such as Girl Scouts, AA/Al-Anon, local dance groups, and a community choir.

Graceland Christian Church is dedicated to sharing our love for Christ with all who walk through our doors. Please reach out to us anytime with questions, or to request information about our ministries.

Graceland Christian Church

                              

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How We Govern Ourselves


We are self-governing.  Every month we have a Board Meeting with those who hold office in the congregation.  At any time, others may join us. Minutes of our Board meeting will be posted here.




Board Meeting Minutes

November 14, 2021

Present:  Jane Alred, Jainie Basford, Kathryn Purdy, Monica Turnmire, Barbara Lee, Carolyn and Mike Brower, Charlotte Howard, Don and Jan Harris, Ken Sipley, Andy Rushing

Meeting was opened by prayer by Kathryn.

Minutes were approved as posted.

Financial were presented with a balance of $4169.26.  October numbers look great.  Approved. 

Mission to Neighbor – Charlotte – Charlotte reported that the spices we gathered and gave to the OB Food Pantry were a big success.  For next month we are to bring boxes of powered or shelf stable milk.  Toys will be accepted for the next month. 

Tutoring has been successful. The numbers keep growing. We are now in need of more tutors. 

Ken would like to start ministry to our prisons and will start by offering our worship services online.

Mission to Family – Kathryn – it was reported that the children’s ministry has not been successful.  The teachers are in place but there have been no students.  There are two more weeks on the calendar and then we will suspend that ministry.

There will be a Christmas potluck on December 12.

Property – Andy – It was reported the fascia is coming loose on the Little House. 

Worship – Zak was not present – Advent starts soon.  The Chrismons will be colored gold this year.

Elders – Kathryn – It was reported that Monica will be next year’s Elder Chair.  The date for the installation for new officers will be January 16 with Epiphany being celebrated on January 9.  December 28 there will be a short Elder meeting.

Deacons – Andy reported he is updating the Deacon list and will soon hold a Deacon meeting soon.

Men – the BBQ was a success

Women – Jainie reported there will be a Women’s gathering to be held at Tammy’s house.  Date to follow.

Old Business – the letter Monica has been working on has been updated and is ready for distribution.  It will be put on the website and will be handed out to local businesses. 

New Business –

Board Officers –

Chair – Mike Brower

Secretary – Jan Harris

Financial Secretary – Jane Alred

Treasurer – not yet determined

Meeting closed with prayer by Charlotte

 

  


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WEEKLY COMM

Gracenotes November 8, 2021



Hello, Everyone,           

 I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving.  We had a good rest that day, ate a lot, and watched a lot of football.

We needed the rest to prepare for our Christmas helpers who worked very hard getting us mostly ready for the Christmas season.  Without their help, a lot of decorations just would not have been taken down from the attic and put in place.  Both Ken & I don't have very good knees for the many trips up and down the stairs.  We were very thankful for their help.       

There will be a Christmas Potluck luncheon at church on Sunday, December 12th followed by a board meeting.  In fact, that week will be very busy.  On Wednesday, December 15th both Bible study and choir practice will take place.  On Thursday, December 16th the Starlight Singers will be practicing for their Christmas concert to be held in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, December 23rd at 7:00 PM.  On Friday, December 17th Ken & I will have our Christmas Open House beginning at 5:00 PM.  Drop in anytime you can, just don't come early or you might get put to work. 

On Saturday, December 18th the Women's Group will have their Christmas Party at Tammy Klinck's house at 2:00 PM        

This Sunday's sermon title is "In the Garden of Good & Evil" and the scripture reading is Psalm 14.

Clothes Closet is this Saturday at 9:00 AM.  If you haven't already brought toys to donate, please do so soon.       The church is still collecting powdered milk for the Olive Branch Food Ministry.

I hope you all have a pleasant week.

Mary


A NOTE FROM KEN    

Advent has begun.  The first Sunday in Advent has been celebrated with the hanging of the greens and bringing the poinsettias into the sanctuary.  Thanks to so many hands the work decorating the sanctuary and fellowship hall went very quickly.  Thanks to all who stayed after lunch to help.      Tomorrow begins the Advent calendar countdown to Christmas, twenty-five days of preparing for the coming of the Christ child.  My father used to say at this time of year, that whenever we expected a special guest we would go all out to prepare.  We would clean the house from top to bottom, make sure there were fresh sheets on the beds and fresh towels in the bathrooms.  Decorate the house just so.  Prepare the foods our honored guest most enjoyed.  Make sure everything was perfect. 

This is how we should prepare for the coming of the Christ child.  If you're like us you're deeply engaged in decorating your houses.  While, as Mary said, most of the heavy duty stuff is done, we still have many finishing touches to add.  But how we prepare our hearts is even more important.  

We know how this story plays out.  There are no surprises.  Jesus is born, the shepherds come to pay homage, as do the magi.  Jesus grows, begins his ministry, is crucified, buried, and rises again.  It's the same story every year.      How do we make it new, make it fresh?  By making sure Jesus is already born in our hearts, minds, and lives.  The apostles never tired of the story.  Paul certainly didn't.  And we mustn't either.  Let's make a vow this year, that Jesus will continue to be our honored guest, and we will continue to make sure everything perfect for him.

    Blessings,

        Ken


WOMEN'S GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY


Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas        We will be having our annual Christmas party this year on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 2 p.m.

The event will be held at Tammy Klinck’s home this year.

Address is 2267Jaxon Drive

                    Hernando, MS 38632        

We will have a secret Santa gift exchange so please bring a $10 gift.  We will serve appetizers so please bring your favorite item.        Let me know if you will be able to attend and let those I did not email know. 

Can’t wait to see everyone. Janie


UPCOMING EVENTS AT GRACELAND


Monday, November 29                 

All Day Prayer Vigil                                                     

7:00 PM  Square Dancing

Tuesday, November 30               

 6:00 PM  Round Dancing                                                   

  7:00 PM  Line Dancing


Wednesday, December 1             

6:00 PM Bible Study                                                      

7:00 PM  Choir Practice                                                      

7:00 PM  AA/Alanon meeting


Thursday, December 2                 

6:30 PM  Starlight Singers Rehearsal

Saturday, December 4                   

9:00 AM - Noon  Clothes Closet                                                       

10:00 - 11:00 AM  Tutoring


Sunday, December 5                     

9:30 AM  Sunday School

2nd Sunday of Advent                  11:00 AM  Worship Service


  FUTURE EVENTS FOR DECEMBER


Sunday, December 12                     

9:30 AM  Sunday School


3rd Sunday of Advent                 

 11:00 AM  Worship Service                                                       

Christmas Potluck & Board meeting following Worship

Friday, December 17                       

Christmas Open House at Sipleys - 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday, December 18                 

Women's Group Christmas Party at Tammy Klinck's house

2:00PMSunday,


December 19                   

9:30 AM  Sunday School


4th Sunday of Advent                   

11:00 AM  Worship Service


Thursday, December 23               

7:00 PM  Starlight Singers Christmas Concert


Friday, December 24                       

7:00 PM  Christmas Eve Service


NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES                                         

 NO DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES


Chris & Michelle Bray                        11/10

Mike & Kelly Knight                            11/28


NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS  

Tammy Klinck                           11/6   

  Jan Harris                                 11/10   
  Kelly Knight                              11/6

Brianna Miranda                       11/20  

  Zak Klinck                                 11/22   
  Jeanine Penn                            11/30


                                             

 DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 Traci Lin Rabanes                        12/8                                   

Ashton Fisher                               12/16                                 

Mason Grisham                            12/16

 Omar Mercado                              12/17                                 

Bobby Neyman                             12/ 27                                 

Linda Wilson                                 12/27                                                                                           

Mike Knight                                    12/29

 Janie Basford                                 12/31


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PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISE                                                      

Mitchell Melton                                                                                  

 Catherine Yeager                                                                              

Terry Barrett (Joyce) – waiting for heart transplant                                  

Family of Kurt (Jeanine’s grandson)                              

Connie Russell                                                                                       

 Family of Fred Sluder (Vicky)                              

Capt. Jeromy & Kelsey Baird (Jan & Don’s granddaughter & husband stationed in South Korea – will be home in January                       

 Virginia Fisher (Danny’s mother) cancer has spread to bones                       

 Bobby Neyman – Alzheimer’s                                                                

Beverley Faverty – for endurance & peace                                              

George & Donna Mares – George needs liver transplant (Andy)                                                          

LeAnne & Dale Atkins – hoping to adopt a baby (niece & nephew of Carolyn & Mike)

Sharron Neff (Vicky’s sister-in-law) preparing for surgery                                  

For the health care community dealing with covid patients                     

 For those who are very ill & their families                                           

For the unvaccinated                                                                       

Sara McDonald has Barrett’s esophagus/no malignancy          

Tutoring program (Jane)                                                                                  

Danny Fisher                                                                                        

Makayla Noble – happy to be back home                                 

 Alex Espy’s father                                                                             

  Dino’s cousin                                                                                          

Joyce – mobility problems                                                                           

 Eric Harper  - on medication for chest pains                                           

 Jeremy Harper – continuing to try with new church plant                                      

Marion & Rita O’Mary                                                                                      

Thelma Cherry – congestive heart failure/chronic kidney disease (Phyllis) 

D’Arcy Griggs – more surgery needed for growths                                                        

Emily Rose’s boyfriends’ father – died                                                   

Hattie Lucille – 6 yr. old with brain cancer (Barbara Lee)                                                                 

Tara – financial trouble for family (Sophie)                                              

Ana – robbed; depression (Sophie)   

Victoria – her grandmother died & her father left (Sophie) 

Father & brother, Alonso, sick with covid (Omar)

Steven - MSU student - exams (Edison)

Milano - safe travel home to Michigan

Howard & Sarah Rushing - Howard has pneumonia

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PRAYER BOX:       

  Delena - anxiety                                                                                   


PRAISES

For those who decorated the church & those who donated poinsettias

For the worker that save the house from burning (Kathryn)

Adonis, his family, & Milano were able to join Vicky & Bobby for holidays





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Worship Services in Southaven, MS

Worship Service in Southaven, MS

At Graceland Christian Church our worship service in Southaven, MS, is a blended style. We use the piano for accompaniment, and our choir delivers more than its size might normally. Angie and Zak are gifted musicians, and many of our choir members are gifted singers. We offer communion every week, and all are welcome at the Lord's Table. Children stay in worship until after the children's Sermon when they leave and go to Children's Church. Pastor Ken preaches timely and thoughtful messages. All are welcome to attend our worship service in Southaven, MS, at 11:00 each Sunday.



Christian Education in Southhaven, MS

We believe christian education in Southaven, MS, does not end when a child is a teen. There are many adults who have left the church after they were baptized/confirmed, and that's where their education about faith, the Bible, God, and Jesus ends. As adults, we need opportunities to learn again or relearn those things we were taught at a young age. At Graceland Christian Church, we do not tell you what you MUST believe but encourage you to find your own belief system with the help of others. Our adult class meets each Sunday at 10:00 and another class meets each Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

Our elementary children meet at 10:15 on Sundays and our teens meet at 9:30.



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Church Services In Southaven, MS   

Choose Graceland Christian Church for church services in Southaven, MS. Contact us today for more information at (662) 342-6098.