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MC Joins Mission Mississippi Salute Feb. 10

January 30, 2009

Mississippi College leaders will be part of the annual Governor's Prayer Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to spotlight the work of Mission Mississippi.

The ninth annual event is expected to draw hundreds of people to pray for Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and other statewide elected officials at Jackson's new convention center. The two-hour program begins at 11:30 a.m. Individual tickets cost $35.

The delegation from the Christian university will include: Ron Howard, vice president for academic affairs, Bill Townsend, vice president for advancement and counsel to President Lee Royce, Eric Pratt, vice president for Christian Development, and Jim Rosenblatt, dean of the MC School of Law.

Mission Mississippi seeks to encourage and demonstrate unity in the body of Christ across racial and denominational lines so communities statewide better understand the Gospel message. The group seeks to promote unity among the 650 churches in metro Jackson and others beyond the capital city area.

The program's guest speaker is former Mississippi State University head football coach Sylvester Croom.

A former NFL coach with the Green Bay Packers, and ex-University of Alabama football star, Croom also served as the keynote speaker in December at MC's annual Wild Game dinner. The event on the Clinton campus raised more than $100,000 for the university's athletic programs.

Last year's Mississippi Governor's Prayer Luncheon attracted more than 650 guests. Mission Mississippi began more than 15 years ago as a prayer group. It started in downtown Jackson when its 15 to 20 members regularly gathered for prayer and fellowship. Led by President Dr. Dolphus Weary, the group seeks to change Mississippi "one relationship at a time.''

Mississippi College President Lee Royce and Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan serve as co-chairs of Mission Mississippi's annual Mississippi Mayors Prayer Breakfast. The event is set for May 1 at the Jackson convention complex. The guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Franklin, the 10th president at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta.

For more information on Mission Mississippi, call its Jackson headquarters 601.353.6477 or send an email to paige@missionmississippi.org

Photo: Former NFL coach with the Green Bay Packers, and ex-University of AL football star, Sylvester Croom

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