'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 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 file.    The ...

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 ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINES

published 10/18/2016
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. <><><><><> OCTOBER October 20: Deadline to sign up for Oct. 23 Tennessee River District Fall Gathering at Jackson First UMC in Jackson, TN | MORE INFO October 24: Deadline for clergy to register for Nov. 7-8 Fall Clergy Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN | MORE INFO October 26: Deadline for Metro District United Methodist Men to respond that they will attend Oct. 29 Roundtable at Bolton UMC in ...

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 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 trip 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 three scholarships worth up to $5,000 each to be part of a July 2017 mission trip 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, Tennessee. ...

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

published 10/10/2016
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. Some church employees who are not clergy are among those affected by the new regulation — currently set to take effect Dec. 1.   For complete information and lots of resources, read this Oct. 5 story by the United Methodist News Service. Memphis Conference churches that need assistance or have additional ...

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 ...

Tours & Teams

published 10/4/2016
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."  ...

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 up over the past several months, 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 ...

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 ...

McAlilly elected BOD president of United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry

published 9/26/2016
Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area was elected president of the new board of directors of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) at its first board meeting of the 2017-2020 quadrennium.  McAlilly is the resident bishop for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences that make up the Nashville Episcopal Area. CLICK HERE to read more about the new board for the 2017-2020 quadrennium and and other news from the board's Sept. 14-16 ...

Oct. 15 is deadline for Mississippi River District churches to apply for 2017 Missional Initiative Grant

published 9/22/2016
The Mississippi River District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church will receive applications from churches through Oct. 15 for its 2017 Missional Initiative Grant program. One grant will be awarded in each county in the district and announced Nov. 13, according to a Sept. 22 communication from the district. Click Here for Application.  For more information, contact the Mississippi River District office.

Scouts build wheelchair ramp for cancer patient

published 9/22/2016
Boy Scout Troop 452, chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, served its community in four places on Sunday, Sept. 18, according to Teresa Pinkston-Rector, Arlington UMC chartered organization representative for the Boy Scouts. One of the projects (see photo at right) involved leaders, older scouts, a few Eagle Scouts and several Scout fathers designing and building a wheelchair ramp for a cancer patient, a registered leader of the troop. This is the second ...

Artist Jaime Winton of St. John's UMC in Memphis created commissioned art as gifts for retiring bishops

published 9/21/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference  The five retiring bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) of The United Methodist Church each received a gift of artwork this summer made by a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.   The art was commissioned by the jurisdiction’s active bishops and presented at a retirement banquet held by the SEJ College of Bishops during the 2016 SEJ Conference in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, in ...

Faith Health Center of Jackson receives $4,200 from barbecue event by members of Northside UMC

published 9/20/2016
$4,200 in proceeds from an Aug. 20 barbecue event at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, was recently presented to Faith Health Center, also in Jackson, for its community health care ministry. The men of the church barbecued over 750 lbs. of pork and chicken to help raise money for the center, founded by Northside UMC member Dr. Dave Larsen, who operates the center with his wife, Sara. Faith Health Center is a non-profit  medical clinic that provides medical care, wellness...

Lakeshore is recruiting churches to host DayShore, its camp-on-the road ministry, during Summer 2017

published 9/20/2016
By Jennie Dickerson Lakeshore Director of Communications and Development Lakeshore, the summer camp and retreat ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, is more than just a place. It’s a spirit of the love of God and a family that seeks to love and serve God and each other. At the end of every camp closing worship, Executive Director Gary Lawson reminds every camper that God loves us, that we are His children and, as such, we are called to “go and be about the family ...

Peace Tree UMC remembered 9-11 with 'Public Safety Appreciation Day' activities

published 9/20/2016
By Lisa Junkins, Peace Tree United Methodist Church   All five Collierville, Tennessee, firehouses, as well as the police station, were visited on Sept. 11 for Peace Tree United Methodist Church’s second annual Public Safety Appreciation Day. Teams of volunteers delivered homemade cookies as an expression of gratitude for the men and women who work year-round to keep our community safe. Peace Tree UMC’s house groups baked the cookies in the days leading up to the Appreciation Day. On Monday, ...

Memphis Conference agencies, ministries invited to participate in 'Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog'

published 9/19/2016
Plans are underway to set up the second annual online "Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog" on the Memphis Conference website. The online catalog will provide links to information about gift-giving opportunities offered during November and December 2016 by Memphis Conference agencies and ministries. "I am delighted to commend our United Methodist ministries for your giving this season. They serve the least, last and lost of our area. Each honors Christ in their ministry," said Rev. Dr. Joe ...

Memphis Conference is served by Nashville Area Office of Ministerial Concerns for licensing, commissioning, ordination and certification of clergy

published 9/19/2016
The Boards of Ordained Ministry for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences are both served and supported by the Nashville Episcopal Area Office of Ministerial Concerns (OMC), located in Nashville, Tennessee.   This joint office has been in place since the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference when it was announced by Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Jeffords, chair of the Memphis Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.   “The OMC "guides the educational, spiritual, physical and emotional preparation of persons who ...

Volunteers from two Memphis Conference United Methodist churches experienced first-hand, urgent relief-supply work at UMCOR depot in Louisiana

published 9/13/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference When members of two Memphis Conference United Methodist churches -- Collierville UMC and Bartlett UMC -- made plans to volunteer at the Sager Brown relief-supply depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, in late August, they had no idea they would be arriving and serving in the aftermath of historic, widespread flooding across the state. Operated by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Sager Brown Depot is one of two UMCOR ...

Carrigan, Hathcock and Gerle receive 2016 Denman Awards for Evangelism (for clergy, laity, youth)

published 9/12/2016
By Casey Northcutt Watson   During the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in June, three members of the Memphis Conference received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Evangelism. Sponsored by the Foundation for Evangelism, the award recognizes United Methodists in each annual conference who have consistently shared the Gospel message in their communities.   Dr. David Russell, the Memphis Conference chair of evangelism, presented awards for clergy, laity and youth to Rev. Mark Carrigan, Jim ...

Four Memphis Conference churches received 'One Matters Award' during Memphis Annual Conference

published 9/12/2016
Four Memphis Conference churches received One Matters Awards during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson, Tennessee, in June.   The honor went to Bemis United Methodist Church (UMC) in Jackson, Tennessee; Edith UMC in Ripley, Tennessee; El Redentor UMC in Memphis, Tennessee; and Trinity UMC in Paducah, Kentucky.   Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church AND the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office, the award honors one church from each of the ...

Scouts at Arlington UMC earn Bishop's Award of Excellence, presented during Memphis Annual Conference in June in Jackson, TN

published 9/12/2016
Cub Scout Pack 452 and Boy Scout Troop 452, both chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, received the Bishop’s Award of Excellence (for scouting) at the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in June.   Teresa Rector, chartered organization representative at Arlington UMC, says the award, given by the General Commission on United Methodist Men, honors churches and scouting groups that have developed programming for the young.   “This award was established for the ...

Worship art banners from 2016 Memphis Annual Conference are for sale with proceeds to benefit 'Churches Reaching Neighbors' grant program

published 9/12/2016
Oct. 18 UPDATE: One banner > (top left corner) is still for sale. By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications The banners that graced the sanctuary of Northside United Methodist Church (UMC) in Jackson, Tennessee, during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in June, are currently for sale, with proceeds to go to the Churches Reaching Neighbors grant program of the Memphis Conference.   The five original banners were painted by artist Alyssa Roof of Peace Tree United Methodist Church in ...

2017 'charge conference' forms for 2016 church 'charge conference' season are now available

published 9/9/2016
2017 CHARGE CONFERENCE FORMS for the 2016 charge conference season are now available for easy download. Each of the Memphis Conference's four districts has its own list of required forms. Churches are advised to contact their district office for its list of required forms. Below are links to forms. Charge Conference Report Clergy Budget Compensation Package Report Lay Leadership Committee Report (charge) Lay Leadership Committee Report (church) Lay Servant Annual Report Minutes of the Charge...

Team members sought for Memphis Conference mission trip to Mexico, December 27-January 2

published 9/9/2016
Spots are open for a 12-member Memphis Conference United Methodist "Volunteers in Mission" (VIM) team that will work in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, from Dec. 27, 2016, to Jan. 2, 2017.   Rev. Dr. Joe Geary, Memphis Conference director of Connectional Ministries, and Elyse Bell, Tennessee River District resource leader, will lead the trip. During the week, volunteers will: help construct a local church, Iglesia Metodista Jesus La Luz Verdadera (Jesus the True Light of Life Methodist Church) ...

'Exceptional Worship' is new, monthly ministry for special needs children & adults, presented by Miss. River District lay servants at different locations

published 9/7/2016
“Exceptional Worship” is the name of a new worship ministry that launches this month by a committee of ten lay servants of the Mississippi River District in the Memphis Conference.   “This new ministry is geared specifically toward special needs children and adults,” reports Kelly Greer, who serves on the committee.   Beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, and continuing the third Sunday of each month (April excluded) through May 2017, Mississippi River District lay servants will lead and participate in a...

Sept. 20 is deadline for 2016 lay/clergy delegates to submit photos (if not made at annual conference) for Nashville Area pictorial directory

published 9/7/2016
Sept. 14 UPDATE: The information in this story has been revised based on changed information from the photography company, Lifetouch.  Any lay or clergy member/delegate to the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference who did not have his or her photo made at annual conference (June 19-22 in Jackson, Tennessee), has until Tuesday, Sept. 20, to submit a photo for inclusion in a Nashville Episcopal Area pictorial directory of lay and clergy members of the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. The directory ...

Conference office parking lot is resurfaced, restriped

published 9/6/2016
The parking lot of the Memphis Conference office in Jackson, Tennessee, was resurfaced and restriped over the Labor Day Weekend. Memphis Conference Treasurer Larry Davis reports that good weather allowed the work to be completed for which the contract had been signed in April. In addition to a new, smooth surface and highly visible parking space lines, the work now provides for appropriate handicap parking near the building’s main front door on the east side of the building. The parking lot ...

FAST FACTS is graphic report about Memphis Conference attendance, membership and finances

published 9/6/2016
2015 Fast Facts: Memphis Annual Conference is the name of a graphic report recently provided to Memphis Conference Treasurer Larry Davis from the analytical team at the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). GCFA "has been looking for more useful ways to distribute data in a timely fashion back to the conferences." said Davis, and this report "gives a quick glimpse into the (Memphis Conference's) most recent data." The report presents data about attendance, ...

Load the Lounge: Colonial Park UMC summer project collected supplies for teacher lounge of neighborhood school, Sea Isle Elementary

published 9/6/2016
“Y'all are AWESOME!”   That’s the feedback Colonial Park United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis received from its neighborhood school in response to a project this summer to stock the school’s teacher lounge.   2016 marks the 25th year Sea Isle Elementary School has been the adopted school of Colonial Park UMC.   “As a friend and neighbor, we have opportunities throughout the school year to reach out to (the school),” wrote Mike McGee, who helped coordinate the church's donations to the ...

Free training to teach Disciple Bible study in prisons is Thursday, Sept. 29, at Bolton UMC, Arlington, TN

published 9/1/2016
Bolton United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, is one of four locations for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry (DBOM) training for prisons being offered in September. The FREE training at Bolton UMC will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church, located at 7237 Brunswick Road, Arlington, TN 38002. “This program is taking Disciple Bible Study into prisons. It's been a success so far and they are seeking to expand the ministry,” said Rev. Larry Chitwood, Bolton UMC’s...

Michael Blake requests prayers (& shares prayer liturgy) for current crisis in South Sudan where Memphis Conference mission teams have traveled

published 9/1/2016
By Rev. Michael Blake, Retired Memphis Conference Clergy Co-Leader South Sudan Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team   As of Aug. 31, the situation in South Sudan is in a crisis state. Peace talks have failed for the moment and the rampage of violence in various forms, plus hunger among peoples, has escalated. READ MORE HERE, but prepare for graphic content. Three different Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team trips from the Memphis Conference to South Sudan have taken place since 2010. We are ...

Peace Tree UMC in Collierville holds first Sunday morning worship service at local cinema

published 8/31/2016
CLICK HERE to read story as reported by Rev. Kristofer Roof on his blog.  Rev. Kristofer Roof (in photo at right) is lead pastor of Peace Tree United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee.

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