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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.

Pastor Ken's Blog






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

                              

Looks like a house, feels like a home!

Join us for worship on Sundays at 11am, in-person, or live online, via Facebook.

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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

May 15, 2022

Present:  Charlotte Howard, Jane Alred, Ken Sipley, Don & Jan Harris, Mike & Carolyn Brower, Andy Rushing, Edison Rushing, Zak & Tammy Klinck, Monica Turnmire, Linda Wilson, Kathryn Purdy

Charlotte opened in prayer.

Minutes were approved as printed.

Financials were approved.  We have $2900.00 in the bank.

Mission to Neighbor – Charlotte reported the Clothes Closet is still going well with new people visiting each month and regulars returning.  The garden needs to be tilled soon.  Charlotte has plants ready to be planted.  Once the garden is tilled, people from Merge Memphis are ready to help.  Tutoring is still going well. Charlotte took fresh eggs to the Food Bank.  These were given by Christina and Danny.

Ken mentioned the van had been taken and canceled.

Mission to Family – Kathryn has ordered old copies of the One Room School House to use for Sunday School.  If/when children return, she will be ready.

The schedule for potluck lunches for the summer will be:  June-graduation and potluck celebrated.  July-hamburger and hotdog grill, August-ice cream social and sandwiches.  September-back to potlucks.

Property – Andy and Edison reported the A/C went out last week but was soon repaired suing only $51.oo in parts.  It was brought up that the walls in the dining room need to be painted.  No motion was required but it was agreed this would be done.  Also, the seats on the chairs need to be cleaned and the floor needs to be stripped and cleaned.

Worship – Ken will be gone from the pulpit on May 29 and June 5 and 12.  The bulletins need to be printed before Ken leaves. 

The last two Sundays in June we will have parking lot church.  Zak and Andy will work together to get the sound system up. 

Elder – Monica had nothing to report except there will be an Elder meeting on May 22 after worship.  Ken said the Elders need to be advised when to come forward to serve at table.  They are to go down during the singing of the last verse of the communion hymn.

Deacons – Edison reported there was a problem with the deacons not responding to his emails.  More will be done later to contact them.

No reports from the Women or Men

Old Business – Ken will write a letter to South Baldwin Church to get a relationship going between them and us. 

New Business - Prayer Garden – the playground will be dismantled and the wood used to mark out where the prayer garden will go.

A date will be set for September to honor Joyce. 

Monica will be taking over the responsibilities of Board Secretary.  Jan has resigned.

Charlotte would like to trade stoves between the one in the Little House and one that she has.  Agreed.

Jan closed in prayer.   





WEEKLY COMMUNICATION


Gracenotes for May 17, 2022


Hello, Everyone,           
A big thank you to Andy & Edison for getting the AC units in the fellowship hall in working order again.
Last Thursday night's rehearsal was a little warm.  It was nice to feel the cool air when I walked in for the potluck luncheon Sunday.            Next Sunday's sermon title is Holiness -- an Action Verb.  The scripture reading is Leviticus 11: 44-45.
That's very short, so I'm sure you'll be prepared for Sunday.         
The church is still collecting canned meats for the Olive Branch Food Ministry. 
 Remember the special event on June 12th to honor Graceland's graduates.  There will be a potluck luncheon that day followed by a board meeting.          I will be out of the office (actually, country) from 5/26 - June 13th.  There will be a Gracenotes before we leave.  I'll fill you in when I get back.
 I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Have a hot dog for me.  Ken always says I'm a cheap date because of my love for hot dogs.
Mary

A NOTE FROM KEN   
Sunday morning I announced a new program at Memphis Theological Seminary, open to both ordained ministers and laypeople.  The program is called Pulpit and Pew and is entirely online.  The best part?  it's free.  If you've ever thought about investigating seminary, here's your chance.  Once you register, you will have access to all the classes that have been offered.  Because the sessions are online, you can go at your own pace.  If you're interested, go to http://www.memphisseminary.edu/pulpitandpew     During the early days of Covid, when meeting for worship in our sanctuary was not a good idea, we held worship services in our parking lot.  People seemed to enjoy it.  I believe it also served as a witness to those driving by that Christ's body was worshipping.  For at least two Sundays in June we'll do it again.  Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, June 26, weather permitting, we will hold worship in our parking lot.  Dress casually, bring your lawn chairs or sit in your cars (with the windows down, of course) and enjoy an open-air experience.  If weather doesn't cooperate, we'll meet inside as usual.  If we deem these Sundays a success, and if the temperature doesn't go too high, we might continue into July.
    On Thursday, May 26, Mary and I will leave for vacation.  We'll return on June 13.  Meanwhile, church will continue.  Please gather as always for worship.  Continue to support Graceland Christian with your presence and your gifts.
    Blessings,
    Ken

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GRACELAND

Wednesday, May 18             
6:00 PM Bible Study                                              
7:00 PM  Choir Practice                                               
7:00 PM  AA/Alanon meeting

Thursday, May 19                 
6:30 PM  Starlight Singers Rehearsal

Saturday, May 21                 
10:00-11:00 AM  Tutoring

Sunday, May 22                   
10:00 AM  Sunday School                                             
11:00 AM  Worship Service
Elders meeting following Worship

Monday, May 23                   
7:00 PM  Square Dancing

Tuesday, May 24                   
6:00 PM  Round Dancing                                             
7:00 PM  Line Dancing

Wednesday, May 25             
6:00 PM  Bible Study                                             
7:00 PM  Choir Practice                                              
7:00 PM  AA/Alanon meeting

Saturday, May 28                  
10:00 - 11:00 AM  Tutoring 

Sunday, May 29                   
10:00 AM  Sunday School                                             
11:00 AM  Worship Service
                                               
MAY ANNIVERSARIES 

Al & Susan Hayes                   May 1

MAY BIRTHDAYS

Austin Tapia                             May 2
Christopher Villatoro                May 2 
Nicole Mercado                        May 12
Chastity Chandler                    May 13
Vicky Neyman                          May 15
Joyce Smith                             May 20
Noah Bray                                May 28
Cyndi Budacz                           May 31

JUNE ANNIVERSARY

Zak & Tammy Klinck                 June 17

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

Sarah McDonald                       June 3
Paul Neyman                            June 9
Chris Bray                                 June 18
*If your birthday is not posted here, please let me know.   

PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISES                                                                                                                             

Mitchell Melton
 Catherine Yeager – doing great                                                                           
Terry Barrett (Joyce) – waiting for heart transplant                                               
Virginia Fisher (Danny’s mother) 
Bobby Neyman – Alzheimer’s/Both Bobby & Vicky have covid                                                         
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)
Danny Fisher                                                                                        
Makayla Noble                                     
Joyce – mobility problems     
Thelma Cherry – congestive heart failure/chronic kidney disease (Phyllis)       
 Hattie Lucille –cancer free (Barbara Lee)                                   
Al Wesson (Linda’s brother) lymphoma.
South Baldwin Christian Church 
David Love – advanced colon cancer (Vicky’s friend)
Taylor – mental issues (Edison)
Mark Williams – internal bleeding (Linda)
For the people of Ukraine & Russia. 
For those countries helping refugees
Sam – bad choices at school (Jan & Don)
Dameron – had heart cath/preparing for surgery in summer
Debbie Wright – rejection of new lungs/ new drug (Linda)
Joe Ryan – in MS (Vicky’s son)
Tom Ryan – renal cyst – needs more tests (Vicky’s son)
Jean Reed – cancer in lungs & brain/chemo/tumor has shrunk (Janie)
9 yr. old, David & his family– doing better; still being bullied (Kathryn)
Mike B. – recovery going well
Michelle Abramson (Vicky)
Becky (Perry Payne’s granddaughter) in palliative care (Vicky)
Kristi Fitzgerald – Stage 4 kidney failure (Grandmother of Andy’s friend)
Family of Mike Lewis (Kathryn’s brother)
Family of 8 – father died in a motorcycle accident; mother is struggling 
House in Rushing’s area burned; memorial has been set up at house
Beth/Jacob – each have issues
Milano – major decisions coming up about job & relocation
River of Life Church - deciding future plans (Zak)
Gwen Luttrell - cancer relapse (Vicky)
Eric's great-grandparents & his aunt all have covid
Sandy Dalton continues to have health issues (Tammy’s father)
Becky Benton – breast cancer returned—to have surgery 5/9 (Tammy’s coworker)
Marsha Iles – passed away unexpectedly – member of Indiana church (Tammy)
Linda Coleman – back (Jan)
Joy Stewart – fell & broke her femur/in rehab (Barbara’s sister)
Bonnie’s mother
For all teachers & students

Praise: Jack received an $8000 scholarship to Iowa State/3rd yr. (Jan & Don’s grandson)  


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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   

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