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Forrest General Chaplains to Host Monthly Clergy Prayer Breakfast

HATTIESBURG- Forrest General’s Pastoral Services staff will host their monthly clergy prayer breakfast on Thursday, February 17 in the Elm Room at the hospital from 7:45 until 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast for all officially registered members of the local clergy will be complimentary, courtesy of Forrest General. All members of the clergy should present their yellow clergy registration card to receive their breakfast. If you are a member of the clergy and do not have a card, please see the Information Hostess at the hospital front desk prior to breakfast to register.

This month, Dr. Clint White, Neonatologist, will attend to discuss the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit coming to Forrest General Hospital.  At the conclusion of each meeting, attendees will form small groups for prayer. The hospital’s Pastoral Services staff hopes that these meetings will assist area clergy in meeting the spiritual needs of congregations and the community.

All clergy members are asked to call or email to RSVP for the breakfast by contacting Brian Williamson, coordinator of Forrest General’s Pastoral Services, at 601-288-4227 or BAWilliamson@forrestgeneral.com.

Grant gets PAFF grandparents on the road to healthy living with Forrest General Wellness

HATTIESBURG- Thanks to a generous grant from Jarden Corporation and the direction of the Pinebelt Association for Families and Forrest General Wellness, several local grandparents are starting down the road to healthier living.

Forrest General Wellness staff members and PAFF and Jardin Corporation representatives gather with members of the new nutritional program during a check presentation at Forrest General’s LiveWell Center.

This fall, 12 local grandmothers began a nutrition education and water aerobics program designed to increase their flexibility and improve their cholesterol and blood pressure. These grandmothers are part of the Pinebelt Association for Families, which received the grant with the goal of improving wellness in the population they serve – low wealth, at-risk kinship families where grandparents ages 51-80 are raising grandchildren. In addition to their weekly hour-long water aerobics classes at Forrest General’s LiveWell Center, the grandmothers are participating in nutrition education classes and receiving access to fresh vegetables on a regular basis.

For more information on Forrest General Wellness or the LiveWell Center, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit forrestgeneral.com. For more information on the Pinebelt Association for Families, visit www.paffpetal.o

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Severe T’Storm Watch Expired for Tonight

Storm Prediction Center

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR  MUCH OF NORTHERN AND PART OF CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING UNTIL 800 PM. THIS WATCH INCLUDES LAMAR, FORREST, MARION AND JONES COUNTIES AMONG OTHERS.

HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

DISCUSSION…THUNDERSTORMS ARE INCREASING AND NUMBER AND INTENSITY ACROSS ERN AR AHEAD OF UPPER LOW. WITH CONTINUED HEATING…SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE AS OVERALL ACTIVITY SPREADS EWD ACROSS THE WATCH. PRIMARY THREA WILL BE LARGE HAIL AND LOCAL DAMAGING WINDS

"Perfect Storm" sets up Across Pine Belt; Fire Danger Critical; Any One Spark Could Land us on National News

Dan McKenna is worried about one spark. One spark from anywhere, a grill, an outdoor pit, a bonfire, even the heat from a cars exhaust system. McKenna thinks that one spark could put the Pine Belt in the national news with stories that could rival the raging out of control wild fires we see out West.

Most of the Pine Belt has been without significant rain for the last 4-6 weeks. McKenna says that has created a vast amount of fuel that will burn quickly when ignited. He calls it the “perfect storm.”

Burn bans have been declared by government officials in Lamar, Forrest, Marion and Jones counties. More than 20 other counties in Mississippi are also on that list. Also the National Weather Service has issued “Red Flag Warnings” for the area as well.

And when it comes to the general public McKenna said this:

McKenna is also worried that some people may think the burn ban is a good idea, but burn anyway.

Harvest Decor Featured in Third “Fearless Entertaining For The Holidays” Session

HATTIESBURG- On October 5, Forrest General’s Spirit of Women and local experts Catherine Strange and John David Williams wil

John David Williams

Catherine Strange

l present “Decorating Your Home For The Harvest!” offering helpful hints for harvest decorating, just in time for fall! This is the third event in the popular “Fearless Entertaining For The Holidays” – an exciting series providing tips on being fearless with holiday entertaining, as well as being fearless about your health by taking control before health issues arise.

Due to the overwhelming success of this series, Spirit of Women is offering an additional “Decorating Your Home For The Harvest” session at an earlier time on October 5, to accommodate those who have not yet registered for the sold out event.

This session will feature the same information as the regular 11:30 session, but will be held at 10 a.m. and a light breakfast will be served. This session represents Step 3 in the Fearless approach to the holidays, offering beautiful fall decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving that will transition easily from fall to the New Year.

Also, make plans to join Spirit of Women, Catherine Strange and John David Williams for other upcoming series events, including the November 2 session “Holiday Food, Friends and Fun for All Ages!” and the December 7 session “The Fearless Holiday Finale!” While both of the original session times for these events are also sold out, alternate sessions are also being held for these events on the same dates at earlier times. The events are based on the Fearless Entertaining books by Strange and Williams, who will offer informative sessions to help attendees avoid the stress that often comes with the holiday season!

Cost to attend the 10 a.m. session is $10 for Spirit of Women members and non-members. To register for one or more of these three remaining sessions, call FGH OnCall at 601-288-4968. For more information visit forrestgeneral.com.

Second Session Added for Oct. 5th

Forrest General Chaplains Host Monthly Clergy Prayer Breakfast

HATTIESBURG- Forrest General’s Pastoral Services staff will host their monthly clergy prayer breakfast on Thursday, September 16 at the hospital from 7:45 until 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast for all officially registered members of the local clergy will be complimentary, courtesy of Forrest General. All members of the clergy should present their yellow clergy registration card to receive their breakfast. If you are a member of the clergy and do not have a card, please see the Information Hostess at the hospital front desk prior to breakfast to register.

This month, Vascular Surgeon Lewis E. Hatten, M.D. will talk with attendees about issues facing people with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). At the conclusion of each meeting, attendees will form small groups for prayer. The hospital’s Pastoral Services staff hopes that these meetings will assist area clergy in meeting the spiritual needs of congregations and the community.

All clergy members are asked to call or email to RSVP for the breakfast by contacting Brian Williamson, coordinator of Forrest General’s Pastoral Services, at 601-288-4227 or BAWilliamson@forrestgeneral.com.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Forrest and Jones Counties

WeatherTap.com Severe Wx Radar Combo

… A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 615 PM CDT
for northern Forrest and Jones counties…

At 554 PM CDT… National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking
a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess
of 60 mph. This storm was located near Ellisville moving southeast
at 15 mph.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to
Ovett… Petal… Hattiesburg… Macedonia and sunrise

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Winds of 60 mph can bring down trees… possibly resulting in injury
and property damage. Roofs of Mobile homes and outbuildings could be
damaged… and minor roof damage to well built homes and structures
could occur…. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 615 PM CDT
for northern Forrest and Jones counties…

At 554 PM CDT… National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking
a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess
of 60 mph. This storm was located near Ellisville moving southeast
at 15 mph.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to
Ovett… Petal… Hattiesburg… Macedonia and sunrise

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Winds of 60 mph can bring down trees… possibly resulting in injury
and property damage. Roofs of Mobile homes and outbuildings could be
damaged… and minor roof damage to well built homes and structures
could occur.