Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 12/8/2016
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. <><><><><> DECEMBER  December 15: Deadline to register for 2017 Generative Leadership Academy (GLA) in West Tennessee | MORE INFO December 31: Deadline for churches to submit at least one campaign contact name for 2017 Lenten Hunger Offering | MORE INFO <><><><><> JANUARY January 6: Deadline for churches to pay 2016 conference apportionments | MORE INFO January 9: Deadline to submit materials for "favorable ...

'Little free library' book kiosk is gift from UMM of Henderson First & Trinity UMCs to their town

published 12/7/2016
The "Little Free Library" in Henderson, Tennessee, is receiving "brisk interest" after it opened in November, according to Dr. Paul Scheirer, pastor of the town's Henderson First and Trinity United Methodist Churches. The United Methodist Men (UMM) of the two churches worked together to design and construct the weather-proof, wooden box with a glass front door that allows for the free exchange of books by anyone in the community. After receiving approval from the Henderson Board of Mayor and ...

Bishop McAlilly names Harry D. Durbin interim superintendent of Metro District, beginning Jan. 1

published 12/6/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Rev. Dr. Harry D. Durbin has been named interim district superintendent for the Metro District of the Memphis Conference, according to an announcement today by Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly.   The Metro District includes Fayette, Shelby and Tipton Counties in southwest Tennessee. With more than 80 churches, it is one of four districts that make up the Memphis Conference that covers West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.   ...

Concord UMC in Paducah, KY, sends Christmas cheer to towboat crews with handmade cards

published 12/5/2016
Concord United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, spread Christmas joy this season, one towboat at a time.      Church members gathered Nov. 30 to craft handmade cards for local towboat crews, whose members often spend Christmas working on nearby rivers. “Christmas on the River 2016" was the name of the project Paducah is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers. Concord UMC’s "Praying in Color" and "Bible Journaling" classes coordinated the effort, but invited all ...

Feb. 6 is deadline for Memphis Conference churches to submit 2016 year-end statistical reports

published 12/5/2016
  Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 is the deadline for all Memphis Conference churches to submit their 2016 year-end statistical reports, according to Clare Wilson, assistant treasurer for the Memphis Conference.   Forms are located on the Ezra Data Management System Web site at http://ezra.gcfa.org. From this site, forms may be printed, completed, and submitted online or completed and mailed to the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office at 24 Corporate Boulevard, Jackson, TN 38305. Any local church ...

Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, announces search for new college president in 2017

published 12/5/2016
The Board of Trustees of Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, has announced a search for the United Methodist college's 31st president. The appointment will become effective on or about July 1, 2017. "As Martin Methodist moves into its next chapter of accomplishments, the college community is eager to welcome a president who will serve as a catalyst for strategic change that will be consistent with institutional mission and will serve the educational needs of future ...

Three from Memphis Conference attended 'Boomerstock' event about baby boomer generation

published 12/5/2016
Three representatives of the Memphis Conference challenged notions concerning older adult ministry at Boomerstock, a congregational vitality event aimed at the baby boomer generation.   The event, hosted by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries’ Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, offered attendees four days of fresh insight on a population that represents a major growth opportunity for the church.   According to the U.S. Census Bureau, baby boomers—born in the two decades following ...

Mississippi River District is offering lay servant classes for youth and adults in February

published 12/1/2016
The Mississippi River District is offering basic and advanced lay servant courses for United Methodist youth and adults in February.   Youth Lay Servant - Overnight Retreat Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5 Brownsville First UMC Brownsville, TN Basic, and Advanced classes led by teams of clergy and Lay Servants. Sessions begin with registration at 8:30 a.m.Saturday and will conclude after worship on Sunday. $10 participant fee   Advanced Lay Servant Class  Saturday, Feb. 25 Old Brownsville District...

Memphis Conference 'Volunteers in Mission' (VIM) team requests prayers for Dec/Jan trip to Mexico

published 11/30/2016
Prayers and funds for children's Spanish Bibles are among the remaining things a Memphis Conference mission team is requesting for its trip to Mexico during the last week of 2016. Dr. Joe Geary, Memphis Conference director of Connectional Ministries, and Elyse Bell, Tennessee River District resource leader, are leading the 14-member Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team that will travel south of the U.S. border Dec. 27 through Jan. 2. The team is headed to the state of Coahuila in Northeast ...

Bishop McAlilly receives honorary doctor of divinity degree from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS

published 11/29/2016
Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, presented Bishop Bill McAlilly with an honorary doctor of divinity degree at its 150th Founders’ Week Convocation on Nov. 13.   McAlilly, current bishop of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and assigned as the resident bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.  McAlilly earned his bachelor of arts degree in religion from Millsaps ...

Collection of Nativity sets is on display at Memphis Conference office in Jackson through Dec. 23

published 11/29/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference A collection of 20 Nativity scenes is on display at the Memphis Conference Center (office) in Jackson, Tennessee, through Friday, Dec. 23. The public is invited to view the collection at no charge during the building’s standard business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The address is 24 Corporate Blvd. off Ridgecrest Drive, near Interstate 40. The collection ...

Federal judge blocks new overtime rule, indefinitely pushing back December 1 effective date

published 11/28/2016
Below is an "explanation of the Nov. 22 injunction" that "pushes back" the Dec. 1 effective date for the overtime rule. This explanation is provided by the Legal Services department with United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration. Scroll down to last paragraph highlighted in yellow for most useful information for Memphis Conference churches. Any church in the Memphis Conference that needs additional assistance should contact the Memphis Conference Treasurer's Office.  -----...

Contact names needed (from each church) by Dec. 31 to help implement 2017 Lenten Hunger Offering

published 11/21/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference To increase the number of Memphis Conference churches that support the Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) in 2017, as well as the total amount given to the campaign, every church in the Memphis Conference is being asked to submit the name of at least one person in their church (clergy or laity), who will help drive the campaign in the local congregation. The 2017 LHO will run March 1, Ash Wednesday, through April 16, Easter ...

2016 'Project Christmas House' now recruiting volunteers for work in Mississippi in late December

published 11/18/2016
Click here for details posted on the Purchase District website.

Memphis Conference office announces schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

published 11/17/2016
The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church has announced its schedule for the 2016 Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.   Located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tennessee, the office serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.   THANKSGIVING Will close beginning Noon., Wednesday, Nov. 23 Will reopen 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28   CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR’S DAY Will close beginning Noon, Friday, Dec. 23 Will reopen 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, ...

Memphis Conference seeks 100% payment of 2016 apportionments by deadline of Jan. 6, 2017

published 11/17/2016
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 is the final date the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office will receive payments for credit on 2016 apportionments. An apportionment is the amount each local church pays its annual conference to support international, national and regional missions. HOW TO SUBMIT PAYMENTS There are three ways to submit payments: Mail to P.O. Box 10667, Jackson, TN  38308. Take to Bank of Jackson, 420 Oil Well Road, Jackson, TN. Wire to Treasurer’s Office at a cost to the church.  The ...

Grace UMC in LaCenter, KY, receives $2,000 'physical fitness' grant for community walking trail

published 11/15/2016
Grace United Methodist Church in LaCenter, Kentucky, is the recipient of a $2,000 grant for its community walking trail, according to a Nov. 1 Facebook post by Ballard County Wheels and Wings. Ballard county Wheels and Wings is an annual bike ride that raises money to fund projects, events and venues in Ballard County that improve physical fitness. Click here to read more. "A gift to the community" is how Rev. Jamie Lee, Grace UMC’s lead pastor, describes the community walking trail located ...

Tours & Teams

published 11/15/2016
Below is a current list of upcoming travel opportunities for mission service AND for personal education and spiritual enrichment. The travel opportunities listed under the first two headings below are coordinated by clergy and laity of the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of the United Methodist Church. They are listed by departure date. The quickest way to find this list is to visit this Memphis Conference website at www.memphis-umc.net and click on "Tours & Teams."  ...

Peace Tree UMC will present 'Carols & Candlelight' on Collierville's town square on Friday, Dec. 16

published 11/14/2016
by Lisa Junkins, Peace Tree UMC   Peace Tree UMC's 2nd Annual "Carols and Candlelight" will be on the Collierville, Tennessee, Town Square on Friday, Dec.16, at 6:30 p.m. The charm of the Square, already decorated for the holiday season, provides a wonderful backdrop for this family gathering.    Musicians will lead the crowd in singing well-known Christmas Carols, and Pastor Kristofer Roof will share a prayer for our town and families. "We love seeing friends and neighbors come together on ...

Broadway UMC members 'unplug' for one hour a day

published 11/9/2016
By John B. Vaught This past summer, eight adults and children at Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, accepted the challenge to go technology-free for one hour a day.             The challenge, dubbed Unplug, lasted from June 1 through Aug. 1.             Director of Student Ministries Rebecca O’Brien said she adapted the idea from a challenge she attempted in college to remove television from her routine.             “It was beyond amazing to me how much more creative I was ...

Pinkston is contributor to first issue of 'The Term'

published 11/9/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Rev. Rick Pinkston, executive director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Memphis, is a contributor to the inaugural Fall/Winter 2016 issue of The Term: A Word for the Campus by the Campus. Issued semiannually by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education's division on Collegiate Ministries, The Term is a new journal of preaching and worship for collegiate ministry that offers homiletical, liturgical ...

Gadsden UMC shares God's abundance from fall pumpkin and gourd harvest

published 11/7/2016
By Rev. Bill Tate, Gadsden UMC, Gadsden, TN Gadsden United Methodist Church (UMC) in Gadsden, Tennessee, has been sharing God’s abundance with its community. The church had an idea back in the spring to plant a pumpkin patch in June on the property owned by the Gadsden Cemetery.  It became a project that was treated with loving care by many of the men of the church. They watered the patch and watched as it grew.  This was an experiment. As the patch grew, the church began to think of ways to...

Help Memphis Conference mission team headed to Mexico in December by funding purchase of children's Spanish New Testament Bibles

published 11/7/2016
Churches, small groups and families in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church are invited to support a Memphis Conference Volunteers in Missions (VIM) team headed to Mexico in December by helping provide children's Spanish New Testament Bibles for distribution. The 14-member team from the Memphis Conference will depart for Allende, Mexico on Dec. 27 for one week to help with construction of Jesus the True Light of Life Methodist Church, according to Elyse Bell, one of the team ...

2016 Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog: Choose gifts that help people in need and change lives

published 10/25/2016
Offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world this Christmas by choosing one or more of the below gift-giving opportunities. Memphis Conference agencies and ministries were invited to submit 2016 gift-giving opportunities by Oct. 18 for this second annual Memphis Conference Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog. Click on one or more of the below links (listed in alphabetical order by sponsoring agency/ministry) for information about making direct gifts to remember Christ's birth. Consider making ...

Gary Shorb, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO, to retire Dec. 31; Michael Ugwueke is successor

published 10/24/2016
Gary Shorb, longtime CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis, Tennessee, will step down effective Dec. 31, according to an announcement by MLH in February. Current MLH President and COO Michael Ugwueke will assume the CEO position Jan. 1. Ugwueke was named successor to Shorb in May of 2015 and joined the organization in 2007. Shorb will continue with MLH through April 2017, serving as a senior advisor to Ugwueke.   Shorb was named CEO in 2001 and for nearly 15 years has ...

Ballot box, reconsidered: Lone Oak United Methodist Church in Paducah to offer Election Day Communion

published 10/21/2016
Lone Oak United Methodist Church (UMC) in Paducah, Kentucky, plans to bring unity to politics with Election Day Communion.   “The ballot booth is important,” says the  church’s Facebook event page, “(but) the Lord's Table is more important. At the ballot booth we divide; at the Lord's Table we unite. When we leave the polls, we'll leave our differences behind and remember what connects us. All are welcome.”   Communion will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov, 8, at the church, ...

'Shepherd's Watch' helps Memphis Conference churches and agencies conduct background checks

published 10/20/2016
Memphis Conference churches and agencies have an easy and effective way to conduct Safe Sanctuary background checks on employees and volunteers through Shepherd’s Watch. The Shepherd's Watch program offers online access to information and screening services for making responsible hiring decisions and for protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults. The service also enables those undergoing background checks to make sure churches and organizations do not have any incorrect information on ...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries now seeking toys, money, volunteers, prayer for 2016 Christmas Toy Store

published 10/19/2016
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tenn., is getting ready for its 2016 Christmas Toy Store and is now looking for prayer, as well as donations of toys, money and volunteer time. A ministry of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, RRM serves people in need within four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky.   RRM’s Christmas Toy Store allows parents of low-income families to shop for inexpensive Christmas presents for their ...

Help identify this historic Memphis Conference photo

published 10/18/2016
Memphis Conference archivist and historian Ann Phillips needs help identifying a photo that recently crossed her desk. Can you help? This photo is believed to be a group of United Methodist Men, some associated with Colonial Park United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, but also other churches. It’s believed to have been taken in the 1950s or early 1960s and that the hats many of the men are wearing say “Memphis Annual Conference.” The building itself has not been identified, which is ...

Lakeshore announces Fall 2016 'Legacy of Lakeshore' campaign, which has three components

published 10/17/2016
Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center has announced its Fall 2016 "Legacy of Lakeshore" campaign. Lakeshore is the camp and retreat ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. It is located in Eva, Tennessee. The campaign has three components: Upgrade cabins  Build hammock shelter  Bolster campership fund Click on links below for more information: Fall 2016 Campaign Brochure Lakeshore Blog Lakeshore Website  

Many gather Sept. 18 to consecrate new 'Christian Ministries Center' at Bolton UMC in Arlington, TN

published 10/17/2016
Submitted by Bolton United Methodist Church, Arlington, Tennessee Many generations of members of Bolton United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, gathered with neighbors on Sunday, Sept. 18, to celebrate the consecration of the church's new Christian Ministries Center. Rev. Tim Carpenter, Metro District Superintendent, preached    The multi-purpose building is a 5,000 square-foot metal building with a brick and plaster front façade that matches the original church building, built ...

Pastor, author Adam Hamilton uses 'crown of thorns' from Grace Place UMC to illustrate redemption

published 10/17/2016
On Palm Sunday 2016, Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Missouri, stood before his United Methodist congregation, holding a “crown of thorns” fashioned from biscuit boxes.   The thin, brown circlet was made by Janell, a member of Grace Place UMC and an inmate at the Mark Luttrell Correctional Center in Memphis, Tennessee.   “The women of the prison chose this as their gift they wanted to send to you—what Janell had made—this crown of thorns made of ...

The Finchers performed at St. Luke's UMC on Oct. 8

published 10/17/2016
"Praise the Spirit" was the name of a concert and barbecue event on Oct. 8 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 100 attended the meal (with more than 40 different desserts) and more than 150 attended the free concert by The Finchers, according to Steve Ragsdale, one of the event organizers. The event was sponsored by the church's United Methodist Men (UMM) with help from the church's United Methodist Women (UMW). Meal proceeds went to UMM ministries. "...

Young adults invited to apply by March 3 to become United Methodist 'Global Mission Fellow'

published 10/17/2016
  Are you a young adult or do you know a young adult who is ready to share God's love and commit to a two-year life-changing mission opportunity? Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellow applications are available online through March 3, 2017.  Global Mission Fellows are faith-filled young adults, 20 to 30-years-old, with a passion for service, who care about justice and are committed to serve for two years. Learn more.

Youth members of Jr. Leadership Team at UM Neighborhood Centers paint wall murals

published 10/13/2016
Youth members of the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) at United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC) are creating murals on retaining walls outside UMNC's Scott Center at 3000 Walnut Grove Road in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Mark Matheny, special missioner with UMNC, said the mural work includes depictions of the parable of The Good Samaritan and the Mark 12:31 scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself." "Supervising artist Eric Harris of Carpenter Art Garden and JLT Counselor Rochelle Lewis are ...

Now available: Oct. 2016 (quarterly) issue of 'News N Views' for & about Memphis Conference retirees

published 10/12/2016
The October 2016 issue of News N Views is now posted on this website. < Click on the words News N Views at left. News N Views is a quarterly newsletter by, for and about retirees of the Memphis Conference. Beverlyann Jetton is the editor of News N Views. She may be contacted at 731-431-0165,  rbjetton@yahoo.com or 511 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305.

'Little Lambs Room' is innovative solution for parents of small children at Alamo First UMC in Alamo, TN

published 10/11/2016
Members of Alamo First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Alamo, Tennessee, have found a new way to accommodate the parents of small children during worship services.   They have established a “Little Lambs Room” near the sanctuary.   Earlier this year, Alamo Pastor Rev. Justin Ramer said, members noticed a pattern—no one was using the nursery.   “It seemed that the people who have very young children wanted to keep them with them during worship,” he said. “Even though [children] are a welcome ...

Dilapidated satchel yields pastor's old sermons

published 10/11/2016
When you’re an archivist, historical revelation can come in many forms—even in a satchel.   Last March, Memphis Conference Historian and Archivist Ann Phillips discovered a brown leather-on-canvas satchel. It was wrapped in plastic and parked by her office door at the conference office building in Jackson, Tennessee. The item had been delivered from the Brownsville District office after it closed due to conference redistricting.   Phillips said the “dilapidated” bag contained the papers of Rev....

Here’s ‘how to help’ neighbors in Caribbean and on southeast coast of U.S. following Hurricane Matthew

published 10/11/2016
Prayer and financial contributions are the best way to help neighbors in the Caribbean and on the U.S. southeastern coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, according to Rev. Robert Craig, Memphis Conference disaster relief coordinator. Click here for the latest data from The Weather Channel about deaths and property damage caused by Hurricane Matthew that began Sept. 28. "In the United States alone, Hurricane Matthew has left approximately $6 billion in damage and 19 are dead," reported ...

Nov. 16 is deadline for young adults to apply for scholarships for 2017 mission team to East Congo

published 10/11/2016
Nov. 16 is the deadline for young adults (ages 18 to 30) in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church to apply for one of up to three scholarships worth up to $5,000 each to be part of a July 2017 mission team to the Democratic Republic of The Congo. Bishop Bill McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area and Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda of the Eastern Congo Episcopal Area will be part of the team that is being led by Rev. Randy Cooper of Martin First United Methodist Church in Martin, ...

Overtime rule set to take effect Dec. 1 means payroll changes for some Memphis Conference churches

published 10/10/2016
IMPORTANT Nov. 23 UPDATE:  A federal judge on Tuesday, Nov. 22, blocked this new rule, indefinitely pushing back the Dec. 1 effective date while he weighs a challenge to the requirement. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ************************************************************************************************* A new federal rule that increases the number of U.S. workers who are eligible for overtime pay could have an impact on the payrolls of some Memphis Conference United Methodist churches. ...

Memphis Conference 2016 'Lenten Hunger Offering' raised more than $33,800; each district received almost $4,500 for food pantries, feeding ministries

published 10/6/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Memphis Conference United Methodist churches gave $33,804.73 in 2016 to the annual Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO). The money has now been distributed to feeding ministries inside and outside the Memphis Conference that includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.   The LHO is unique to the Memphis Conference and has raised more than $2 million for hunger-relief ministries since its establishment in 1983. It is planned and ...

Metro District will offer basic, advanced lay servant courses in November at St. Paul UMC in Lakeland

published 10/3/2016
The Metro District of the Memphis Conference is offering two lay servant courses in November at St. Paul UMC at 2949 Davis Plantation Road in Lakeland, Tennessee.   Basic Lay Servant Course A Foundation for Students to Explore Lay Servant and Lay Speaking Ministries Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Facilitator: Rev. Larry Chitwood Text: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participants Book, by Sandy Jackson   Advanced Lay Servant Course Accountable ...

New Wesley campus ministry at Bethel University embodies conference investment in young people

published 9/30/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference “Invest in young people” is not just a catchphrase, but one of the four areas of focus for the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. That’s what happened in June when delegates to the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference offcially recognized the conference’s newest official Wesley campus ministry (Wesley Foundation) at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. Bethel University brings to six the number of Wesley ...

Memphis Conference received plaque from Eastern Mexico Conference in appreciation of pacto

published 9/28/2016
Upcoming Memphis Conference MISSION TRIP OPPORTUNITY Dec. 27, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017 Allende, Coahuila, Mexico CLICK HERE for information. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference In appreciation for its pacto (covenant) with the Eastern Mexico Conference of The Methodist Church of Mexico, the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church was presented with a plaque in June during the 2016 Eastern Mexico...

Response to August flood disaster in Louisiana included needed supplies AND more than $37,000

published 9/28/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications  In addition to relief supplies collected for Louisiana flood survivors in August, the Memphis Conference collected money for the same cause – more than $37,000 as of Sept. 26, according to the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office. Prolonged rainfall in early August resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses in southern Louisiana and resulted in some deaths. The Memphis Conference ...

Zika Virus resources are now available

published 9/28/2016
  The outbreak of Zika has been building and there are now more than 3,000 reported cases in the United States, particularly in Florida, according to a Sept. 28 communication from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. The Global Health unit of Global Ministries in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping to get important information out about Zika, including: how to prevent infection, especially for pregnant women precautions on travel...

Dr. Ted Brown, president of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, announces Jan. 31 retirement

published 9/27/2016
Dr. Ted Brown, president of Martin Methodist College since 1997, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2017, according to a Sept. 20 media release from the United Methodist-related school located in Pulaski, Tennessee.   “I love this institution and always will, but I feel like it is time for a change and fresh leadership,” Brown told board members in announcing his decision.   “This is truly a bittersweet moment. There have been many successes under Dr. Brown’s watch, and we ...

Volunteers urgently needed to help repair flood-damaged homes in Marshall County, Kentucky

published 9/27/2016
Volunteers are “urgently" needed to assist with flood-damaged home repairs in Marshall County, Kentucky, according to Rev. Robert Craig, Memphis Conference disaster relief coordinator, and Dr. Joe Geary, Memphis Conference director of Connectional Ministries. The homes were "severely damaged" by floods from July 3-9 storms, reports Rev. Bill Lawson, chair of Marshall County Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (MCVOAD), the organization that is coordinating the relief efforts. Lawson is ...

Kathryn Nation and Kirk Presley awarded 2016-17 Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate scholarship

published 9/26/2016
Two Memphis Conference college students were awarded the 2016-17 Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate scholarship, according to an August announcement from the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office and Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The scholarship awards are one example of how the Memphis Conference “Invests in young people,” one of its “four areas of focus,” according to Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference. Kathryn ...

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