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.
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.
To be and share the love of Christ to those we meet.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
September 12, 2021
Present – Don and Jan Harris, Charlotte Howard, Kathryn Purdy, Janie Basford, Andy and Edison Rushing, Mike Brower, Ken Sipley
Charlotte opened with prayer.
Minutes approved as printed.
Financials not printed but checking balance was listed as over $2146. We may need to move money to checking when bills start coming in.
Mission to Family – Kathryn reported that due to a resurgence of the Covid virus, Sunday School will need to be put off for a while.
Property - Andy reported he is trying to get an estimate for the broken glass in the entry to be replaced. Light replacement is complete in the main building but the little house still needs to be attended to. New towel dispensers will be purchased along with the proper toweling. Edison will install.
Worship – Though he was not present, Zak sent word of his thanks for those who covered the pulpit while Ken was gone in August. Choir practice will be started September 29.
Elders – no meeting
Deacons – nothing to report
Men’s group – Barbecue will be sponsored by the men in October.
Women’s group – Janie reported on the Women’s meeting held on August 28. It was well attended and another was planned for sometime this fall. Money collected was deposited into the Men’s account which they share.
Old Business – Nothing
New Business – a backup needs to be trained to take Mary’s place so the work of the church continues even though the Church Secretary is gone. Church and board officers will be selected and presented to the congregation next month.
Meeting closed in prayer by Andy.
Next meeting – October 20.
Respectfully submitted by Jan Harris, Board Secretary
Gracenotes for October 4, 2021
Graceland is collecting spices for the Olive Branch Food Pantry. They also need things like seasoned salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, and any other spice you can think of for this time of year.
Next Sunday's sermon title is Windshields and Rear View Mirrors. The scripture reading is from Philippians 3: 7-16.
Be sure to put the annual congregational meeting for October 17th on your calendars. There will also be a barbeque luncheon following the meeting.
A NOTE FROM KENOn Sunday, October 17th, Graceland Christian Church will hold its annual congregational meeting. It begins immediately after worship, and is followed by a fellowship dinner. The feature of the dinner is the barbecued pork butts prepared (overnight!) by Zak and Mike and anyone else crazy enough to stay up that long. As you can see, we place the meeting between two more interesting events to lure you into attending.
Seriously, this is your chance to be an active part of the governance of the church. As part of the Disciples of Christ, Graceland Christian is a democratic church. You elect the elders, deacons and trustees. They act as sort of a "town council" to run the day-to-day, week-to-week business of the church.
Once a year this governing body comes before the general congregation to present a list of nominees for elders, deacons and trustees. You get to vote. If you don't like who the board has chosen as candidates, you can nominate your own. If they get the most votes, they win.
So you see, the future of Graceland Christian Church is in your hands. Come and make your voice heard by casting your vote.
And you'll get free barbecue as a reward.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT GRACELANDWed., Oct. 6th 6:00 PM Bible Study
7:00 PM Choir Practice resumes
7:00 PM AA/Alanon Meeting
Thurs, Oct. 7th 6:30 PM Starlight Singers Rehearsal
Sat. Oct. 9th 9:00 AM - Noon LH Art Project
10:00 - 11:00 AM Tutoring (K-5th)
Sun. Oct. 10th 11:00 AM Worship Service
Board Meeting following Worship
Sun. Oct. 17th 11:00 AM Worship Service
Annual Congregational Meeting & Barbeque Luncheon
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OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIESLarry and Geneva Colburn 10/14
Hank and Janie Basford 10/24
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYSMatthew Klinck 10/4
Monica Turnmire 10/11
Bonnie Ellzey 10/13
Laci Chandler 10/14
V Budacz 10/19
Callie Vance 10/19
Don Harris 10/24
Andrew Klinck 10/28
Manny Lopez 10/28
Laniee Chandler 10/30
PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISES
Family of Derrill Argo
Mitchell Melton – not doing well/ trouble breathing
Catherine Yeager – doing well; memory care staff’s favorite
Terry Barrett (Joyce) waiting for heart transplant
Kurt (Jeanine’s grandson) – cancer
Connie Russell - had a fall, but recovering well
Fred Sluder – dementia; in home hospice (Vicky)
Capt. Jeromy & Kelsey Baird(Jan & Don’s granddaughter & husband) stationed in South Korea for two years
Virginia Fisher - cancer has spread to bones (Danny’s mother)
Bobby Neyman – Alzheimer’s
Beverley Faverty – for endurance and peace
George & Donna Mares - George needs liver transplant(Andy)
Bonnie’s mom (Alma)& stepdad (Clyde) He has leukemia
Katie Love (Bonnie’s sister) – at home
Cynthia (Bonnie’s friend) chemo
LeAnne & Dale Atkins – hoping to adopt a baby(niece & nephew of Carolyn)
Family of Larry Abramson (Vicky) wife, Michelle
Jessie West (Pat Gibson’s uncle; Mae’s brother) – stage 3 colon cancer
Larkin Carlisle – heart problems
Vicky’s sister-in-law needs urgent knee surgery
Tryston’s friend has stage 3 cancer
Tryston’s great-grandmother is on dialysis
Schools affected by covid outbreaks
For the health care community dealing with the covid surge
For those who are very ill & their families
Sara McDonald has Barrett’s esophagus/no malignancy
Family of woman, Olivia King, killed in Collierville shooting
For the unvaccinated
Katy – with foster parents; Haley – band member who passed out & was trampled; & a freshman - suicide (Sophie)
Barry Harris – deep cut on leg
Danny Fisher – immune system disorder
For our tutoring program
Makayla Noble – spinal cord injury in tumbling accident
Sandy Dalton (Tammy’s father) sinus infection/pneumonia
Dave & Angela Springer – Dave lost his dad to covid & his mom is very sick with covid
People dealing with mental health & life changes
Carolyn in Northwest on a job assignment
Jan and Don Harris- back to Iowa Saturday because of son, Joe's, foot surgery
Janie Basford in a boot because of broken foo
Prayer Box: Delena – anxiety
I hope you all have a good week. Be sure to get your flu shots.
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.
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.