Memphis Conference DEADLINES

published 5/24/2016
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. <><><><><> MAY May 24: Deadline to order smoked pork shoulders (for May 28 pickup for Memorial Day) from United Methodist Men of Colonial Park UMC in Memphis, TN | MORE INFO May 25: Deadline to apply for 'Lipscomb Ministerial Scholarship' administered by Mullins UMC | MORE INFO May 30: Deadline to request language translation services for 2016 Memphis Annual Conference | MORE INFO May 31: Early bird deadline for July ...

Lakeshore still has 2016 summer camp openings

published 5/23/2016
A Message from Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee: Summer camp season begins in a week and we are so excited.There are a few camps for which we would love to get a few more campers registered: Wilderness Watersports #1 - June 5-11 (ages 12-15) Camp Agape (for special needs campers) - June 5-11 (ages 8-17) Rec Camp - July 10-16 (ages 14-18) If you register a camper in any of the sessions listed above (beginning May 22), your camper will receive a $30 canteen credit to use in ...

David R. Reed offers thoughts on last day of 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church

published 5/20/2016
By David R. Reed, First Lay Delegate to 2016 General Conference and Memphis Conference Lay Leader This is my 14th, and last, full day in Portland, Oregon, after ten days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church and four days of the annual meeting of conference lay leaders.   I will leave for Reed Farm Road in Martin, Tennessee, tomorrow. I am physically and mentally spent, but I carry with me a renewed spirit and a fresh awareness of the love, power and presence of the ...

See PHOTO GALLERY of delegates and others from Memphis Conference in attendance at 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon

published 5/19/2016
Click HERE for PHOTO GALLERY beginning May 16.                                   ~~~ Click HERE for news coverage and other information about 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, May 10-20, Portland, Oregon.

May 25 is deadline to apply for 'Lipscomb Ministerial Scholarship' administered by Mullins UMC

published 5/16/2016
May 25 is the deadline for students to apply for scholarships from "The John and Milly Lipscomb Ministerial Scholarship Fund" administered by Mullins UMC in Memphis, Tenn.   Molly Lipscomb created the fund in 1998, in conjunction with the wishes of her late husband, John, for the purpose of establishing scholarships for those entering ministry in The United Methodist Church. The fund is for those entering ordained ministry and full-time local pastorate programs, as well as for those ...

Read update on 'Project Transformation' coming to Memphis this summer (plus ways you can help)

published 5/16/2016
By Rev. Grace Phelps Project Transformation is coming to Memphis, Tennessee, this summer! The eight-week summer day camp for children which emphasizes literacy will be held June 6 through July 28 at Centenary and Longstreet United Methodist Churches.Their pastors and members are hard at work inviting children in their neighborhoosd to participate.The goal is 75-80 children enrolled at each location. In addition to the host sites, 18 churches in the Metro Asbury and Metro McKendree Districts ...

Here's how to help those affected by tornado damage in Purchase District

published 5/12/2016
Tornadoes caused damage this week in Graves and Marshall Counties in the Purchase District of the Memphis Conference. The Purchase District office today communicated the kind of help that is now needed : Volunteer for heavy clean-up with trailers, tractors, chain saws, etc. Volunteer for light clean-up of debris Donate food (that can be eaten without utensils) and bottled water - for displaced persons and work crews Loan equipment (trailers, chain saws, etc.) Donate money by sending checks to...

Smoked pork shoulders (for Memorial Day) being sold by United Methodist Men of Colonial Park UMC

published 5/12/2016
The United Methodist Men (UMM) of Colonial Park United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, want to help with your Memorial Day meals. They are selling smoked pork shoulders for $35 each. To order, call the church office at 901-683-5286 by Tuesday, May 24. Leave your name, telephone number and number of shoulders. Supplies are limited.  Pickup will be Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Payment may be made at time of pickup. Proceeds will benefit the UMM group's ...

Help Boy Scouts of Temple UMC in Millington celebrate 100-year anniv. of Chickasaw Council

published 5/11/2016
Help congratulate Boy Scout Troop 285 in Millington, Tennessee, on the centennial of its council by June 1. Boy Scout Troop 285, chartered by Temple UMC in Millington, is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its Boy Scout council, Chickasaw Council #558. The council serves as a governing body for Shelby and Crittenden counties in Tennessee and for 15 counties in the Mississippi Delta. Troop 285 Leader Curtis George says he hopes to teach the scouts about geography by reaching out to other ...

Two 'young clergy elders' reflect on time spent at recent leadership forum in Washington, D.C.

published 5/1/2016
Two young clergy elders represented the Memphis Conference at the 2016 Young Clergy Leadership Forum,that took place Jan. 25-27 and was sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church.    Rev. Dr. Angela Harris of Bolivar First UMC in Bolivar, Tennessee, and Rev. Jason W. Jones of McKenzie First UMC in McKenzie, Tennessee, joined young clergy elders from around the world on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for the event. (Jones is projected to move to ...

Memphis Conference OPEN HOUSE will feature tours and refreshments on Sun., June 19, at start of 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/30/2016
The offices of the Memphis Conference will be open for tours and refreshments during an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday afternoon, June 19, during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson, Tennessee. The Memphis Conference office building is located at 24 Corporate Boulevard in Jackson – less than a mile from Northside United Methodist Church where annual conference will take place. The event will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Attendees will have time to return to Northside United ...

Rust College A'Cappella Choir will perform concert during 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/30/2016
The Rust College A’Cappella Choir will perform a concert at the close of business on Tuesday, June 21, during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, which is taking place at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, June 19-22.   Rust College is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The choir has a repertoire of classical, semi-classical, spiritual, opera, contemporary and traditional gospel music.   The concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. Approximately ...

Pastors, leaders and life-long learners invited to register for classes at MTS this summer

published 4/27/2016
Memphis Theological Seminary is offering one- and two-week intensives (classes) this summer. CLICK HERE for a list of classes, professors, dates and times. The seminary's Admissions Department reports that classes will fill quickly and that "pastors, leaders and life-long learners are welcome." For more information or to register, contact the Admissions Department at. www.MemphisSeminary.edu/admissions or call (901) 458-8232.   

Christ UMC in Memphis uses 21st century tools to expand ministry reach

published 4/26/2016
Submitted by Joe Ellen Druelinger, Christ UMC More than 170 guests gathered at Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Memphis, Tennessee, to celebrate the work of Christ Church (CC) Global and a number of CUMC members serving in the church and community. CCGlobal was established two years ago with the mission to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and equip the body of Christ for service through the vehicles of leadership, media and technology. "For me, at its core, CCGlobal is God's gift...

Four sports camps are being offered this summer by Christ UMC in Memphis

published 4/26/2016
Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, is offering four sport camps this summer:     Outdoor Day Camp | May 31-June 3 Outdoor Challenge | July 23-29 Overnight Fishing Camp | August 12-14 Jimmy Chambers Basketball & Football Get details & register

Free 16-page booklet will improve understanding of apportionment system of United Methodist Church

published 4/26/2016
  God loved. God gave. We love. We give. Use this 16-page booklet to help individuals and groups understand the apportionment system of The United Methodist Church. It is available free at shop.umc.org or by calling 888-346-3862.   Free booklet

Mississippi River District announces fall internship program for students and churches

published 4/26/2016
The Mississippi River District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has announced a 2016 internship program. Internship Overview Internship Fall Student Application Internship Fall Church Application June 15 is the deadline for applications from students and churches for fall internships.  

Now available: April 2016 (quarterly) issue of 'News N Views' for and about Memphis Conference retirees

published 4/25/2016
The April 2016 issue of News N Views is now posted on this website. Click here or 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.

Reservations now being received for 'clergy spouse lunch' during 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/25/2016
A Clergy Spouse Luncheon is scheduled to take place during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson, Tennessee. Spouses from throughout the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) will gather on Tuesday, June 21, during lunchtime in Clayton Hall at Jackson First United Methodist Church at 200 S. Church Street in downtown Jackson. (Note that the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference is at Northside United Methodist Church, but this luncheon is at Jackson First United Methodist ...

Middleton UMC is selling 'cross and flame' car magnets to raise money to send kids to camp

published 4/21/2016
Middleton United Methodist Church in Middleton, Tennessee, is selling car magnets that feature the United Methodist cross and flame logo. Proceeds from the sale of the car magnets will be used to help send kids to summer camp at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee. The magnets are designed to adhere to a car and are 5"x7" in size. The cost for one magnet is $10, including shipping and handling. To order, email Mary Cumberland at middletonumc@yahoo.com  

Prayer room and prayer services with communion are part of 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/21/2016
A prayer room and three morning prayer services with communion are part of the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, June 19-22, at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. Prayer Room   A prayer room for the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference will be located in the Chapel at the church. Rev. Tricia Trull of Puryear and Buchanan United Methodist Churches in Paris, Tennessee, who is organizing prayer initiatives for the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, said, “We will have stations set up ...

Register now for 'Early Reponse Team' (ERT) basic disaster training class May 14 in Jackson

published 4/20/2016
A Memphis Conference "Early Response Team" (ERT) basic disaster training class will be taught Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. The class is for people interested in being involved in "early response" in their local communities, in the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) and sometimes in other conferences (if invited), according to Rev. Robert Craig, Memphis Conference disaster response coordinator. “The ...

Offering for 'Jerusalem Fund' will be received during two events at 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/15/2016
Offerings for The Jerusalem Fund will be received during two events at the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, June 19-22.   The Jerusalem Fund is a confidential ministry of the Memphis Conference that provides assistance to Memphis Conference clergy facing short-term financial hardships.    The Fund is administered out of the Bishop’s Office. District Superintendents receive requests or may make recommendations for grants. It originated in...

Tours & Teams

published 4/13/2016
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."  ...

'Compassion Experience' at Collierville UMC attracts more than 2,600 for interactive tour of life in developing world

published 4/12/2016
More than 2,600 people participated in the Compassion Experience hosted at Collierville UMC in Collierville, Tenn., with help from Peace Tree UMC, Feb. 19-22.   The Compassion Experience is an interactive tour organized by Compassion International, a nonprofit organization trying to break the poverty cycle by ministering to the needs of underprivileged children. According to the Compassion website, the Compassion Experience guides participants through the stories of two or three children who ...

'Downton Abbey' was theme of 'Wednesday Night Fellowship' at Aldersgate UMC in Jackson, Tenn.

published 4/12/2016
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS. Aldersgate UMC in Jackson, Tennessee, brought a British flair to its March 9 Wednesday Night Fellowship (WNF) event using a “Downton Abbey” theme.  The church established its monthly Wednesday Night Fellowship (WNF) program in 1998, according to Aldersgate Communications Coordinator Brittany Crockett. It is a way for congregation members to connect through catered meals, conversation and fun. The program developed into a platform for entertainment and ...

'Nature of God' was theme for first session of 2016 'Generative Leadership Academy,' Feb. 26-27

published 4/12/2016
The third annual Generative Leadership Academy (GLA) is underway with the first quarterly session having taken place in February with 61 in attendance.   GLA is an annual series of four quarterly workshops designed to empower laity and clergy and develop spiritual leadership. The first 2016 GLA session took place Feb. 26-27 at Kenlake Resort in Hardin, Kentucky.   Kim Morrison, Purchase District lay resource leader, said the GLA meeting carried the theme, “Nature of God,” and included messages ...

'New Generations Ministries Empowerment Center' gets 'new church start' grant from 'Rethink Church'

published 4/12/2016
Rethink Church is helping the New Generation Ministries Empowerment Center (NGMEC) reach its surrounding community through a New Church Start Grant.   An initiative of United Methodist Communications, Rethink Church helps congregations find new ways to operate and connect with the general public. It offers three types of grants: Digital Advertising, Event and New Church Start.   NGMEC, a new faith community in southwest Memphis, Tennessee, in the Metro McKendree District of the Memphis ...

Exercise program at El Redentor UMC targets women of Hispanic community it serves in Memphis

published 4/12/2016
El Redentor UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, is now offering its congregation worship opportunities, fellowship -- and workout routines. The church, one of three that make up the Southeast Memphis Cooperative parish in the Metro McKendree District, began sponsoring an exercise program after several female members wanted to help women of the Hispanic community stay fit and healthy.  El Redentor Pastor Rev. Luz Campos said Biridiana Duran and Rafael Miranda from Methodist Hospital in Memphis lead the...

Metro McKendree District announces two Advanced Lay Servant Course sessions in May

published 4/12/2016
The Metro McKendree District is offering two advanced Lay Servant Course sessions this May. These classes will take place at Emmanuel UMC, 2404 Kirby Road in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dates:          Session I—Tuesday, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m. Session II—Saturday, May 14,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Facilitator: Dennis Walker, District Director of Lay Speaking Ministries  Cost: $25 (Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday) Text:  “Living Our Beliefs: United Methodist” by Ken Carter, is available from ...

South Pleasant Grove UMC in Hazel, Kentucky, emphasizes missions with 'Moments' series

published 4/12/2016
Each Sunday, South Pleasant Grove UMC in Hazel, Kentucky, takes a moment for missions. Roshella Jackson, chair of the church’s missions committee, says each worship service includes a section called a “Mission Moment,” during which the congregation focuses on the designated mission emphasis for that month or time period. For example, she says, South Pleasant UMC focused on the Memphis Conference's 2016 Lenten Hunger Offering for the duration of Lent. The church has also scheduled several ...

'Flood recovery' and 'flood relief' teams now needed in South Carolina and Mississippi, respectively

published 4/7/2016
Flood recovery and flood relief teams are now needed in South Carolina and Mississippi, respectively. South Carolina is now taking group registrations for long-term recovery volunteer teams for 2016. The next few months will begin the rebuilding process for survivors of the state's 2015 flood.  The South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church website has phone line, email, volunteer information and updated posts on current recovery efforts. Or call the Disaster Response Hotline ...

June 5 is deadline to sign up for activities for children at 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/7/2016
Children will have ministry opportunities at the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, June 19-22, in Jackson, Tennessee.   Organizers are planning a nursery for infants through three-year-olds and a kids' camp for preschoolers through fifth graders. There is no cost, but preregistration by June 5 is required.   The 2016 Memphis Annual Conference will take place at Northside United Methodist Church, 2571 North Highland Avenue. Children’s ministry activities will be based at the church and will ...

May 30 is deadline to request 'language translation services' for 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/7/2016
May 30 is the deadline for delegates and other visitors to the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference to request language translation services. The 2016 Memphis Annual Conference will take place June 19-22 at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. Language translation will be available for Spanish-speaking and hearing impaired delegates and guests. CLICK HERE to register for language assistance during 2016 Memphis Annual Conference. If delegates have questions or need more ...

Watch live and join the conversation: 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, June 19-22

published 4/7/2016
Watch live and join the conversation! LIVE STREAMING The 2016 Memphis Annual Conference is the fourth annual conference that non-attendees may watch live from their homes, churches and other locations. Annual Conference was first streamed live in 2013.   Plans are to stream live all sessions that take place June 19-22, 2016, from the Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee., except the laity briefing session and clergy executive session on Monday, June 20. The link for live ...

Bishop McAlilly opened SEJ Disaster Academy with message: 'A storm is a terrible thing to waste'

published 4/5/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications “A storm is a terrible thing to waste” was the message from Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly during opening worship of the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdiction (of The United Methodist Church) Disaster Academy in Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 28-March 1. Held at Franklin First United Methodist Church in McAlilly’s episcopal area, laity and clergy watched him open the academy by putting on what he called his “ugly lime green t-shirt,” a ...

125 from across Memphis Conference participated in '30-Hour Famine' & raised $6,000+ for 'World Vision'

published 4/4/2016
By Amanda Crice, member of 30-Hour Famine leadership team It’s not everyday that a group of people chooses to go without food for 30 hours, but that’s just what happened at the 30-Hour Famine retreat at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tenn., Feb. 26-28.   Lakeshore is the camp and retreat ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. To experience empathy, awareness and God’s presence, 125 youth and adults representing churches from around the Memphis ...

13 UM churches of Marshall County, Ky., united for prayer vigil on March 4 'World Day of Prayer'

published 4/4/2016
By Kim Morrison, Purchase District Lay Resource Leader “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2 We, as disciples of Jesus Christ, have a responsibility to offer up prayer on behalf of others -- not only those in our own churches and community, those throughout our nation and abroad who are suffering oppression, exploitation and persecution. The 13 United Methodist Churches of Marshall County, Ky., in the Purchase District of the Memphis ...

Collierville UMC will host summer 'WinShape Camp'

published 4/4/2016
Collierville UMC in Collierville, Tenn., will host a WinShape camp for one week this summer. It is expected to draw between 350 and 500 youngsters from the Collierville area, according to a press release from the camp's organizers. WinShape Camps were begun by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy.   Registration has begun and will continue until June 27 or when all available spots are filled. Young people in grades one through nine are invited to attend. Special scholarships are available. ...

Metro (Memphis) District Youth Council is selling shirts to fund hunger project

published 4/4/2016
The Youth Council of the Metro Asbury and Metro McKendree Districts is providing churches in its area with T-shirts designed to raise funds for the Stop Hunger Now organization.   Based in Raleigh, N.C., Stop Hunger Now distributes food in impoverished areas around the world and contributes meals during the aftermath of natural disasters. The nonprofit organization prepares these meals by partnering with faith groups, schools, corporations and more. It then asks those partners to raise money to...

Participate in 'Earth Month' and 'Earth Day' activities

published 4/4/2016
April is Earth Month and April 22 is Earth Day -- for celebrating God's gift of the earth.  The Creation Justice community focuses on the needs of God's creatures by providing Christian education resources and offering invitations to take action, including: Pray for God's creatures with a Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Create habitat by building a bat house or planting a pollinator garden. Sign and share a petition to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Congress to defend ...

Courtney Aldrich of 'Project Transformation Tennessee' is speaker for LAITY LUNCHEON at 2016 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/1/2016
Courtney Aldrich is the speaker for the laity luncheon during the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference.   Aldrich will talk about Project Transformation Tennessee, for which she serves as executive director. Click here to read more about Aldrich and click here for a flyer with more information about Project Transformation.   The laity luncheon will take place Monday, June 20, at Jackson First United Methodist Church, located at 200 S. Church Street in downtown Jackson, Tennessee. (Note that the 2016 ...

2016 Annual Conference offering to support 'Churches Reaching Neighbors' grant program

published 3/31/2016
Each year, members of local churches in the Memphis Conference are encouraged to raise money for the annual conference offering designated by the current resident bishop. Bishop Bill McAlilly has announced that the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference offering will go to a newly-established Memphis Conference grant program called “Churches Reaching Neighbors.” The grant program supports the theme for the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference -- Offering Christ: One Neighborhood at a Time. "The offering ...

Parking plan announced for 2016 Memphis Annual Conference at Northside UMC in Jackson, Tenn.

published 3/31/2016
Parking at Northside United Methodist Church for the 2016 Memphis Annual Conference, will be available, but it will not be enough to accommodate all delegates, guests and visitors. This is the first time the church, located at 2571 North Highland Ave., has ever hosted Annual Conference. It is located just north of Interstate 40 (exit #82B). 2016 Memphis Annual Conference will take place June 19-22. Because there is limited parking at the church, the Annual Conference Planning Committee has ...

May 20 is deadline to apply for Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate scholarship

published 3/29/2016
May 20 is the deadline to apply for the Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate scholarship, according to an announcement from the Memphis Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. CLICK HERE to read and/or download more information about the scholarship, including who may apply and an application. For more information, contact Andrew Halford at bandrewhalford@comcast.net or 270-366-2879.  

Movie to be made about football story of Joey Williams, lay leader at Lambuth Memorial UMC

published 3/29/2016
44 is the name of a movie to be made about the true college football story of Joey Williams, lay leader at Lambuth Memorial UMC in Jackson, Tenn., and former lay leader of the Memphis Conference’s former Jackson District. Dr. Gary Morse, pastor of Lambuth Memorial UMC, shared the news with Memphis Conference Communications this week. “Joey went back to college at the age of 44 and played football on the school team with his son, Kyle," explained Morse. Morse calls the story "inspirational" ...

Faith UMC in Henning gets multi-use field for community AND has its parking lot re-lined, thanks to Brandon England's Eagle Scout service project

published 3/24/2016
Faith UMC in Henning, Tenn., received a blessing recently from an Eagle Scout.   Brandon England, a church member and a freshman at Ripley High School in Ripley, Tenn., recruited volunteers to help him clean and re-line Faith UMC’s parking lot and install a multi-use field for the church and community.    England is the son of Scott and Angela England and a member of Troup 63, chartered by Ripley First UMC in Ripley, Tenn. His service project helped him earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the ...

Free health classes offered by Church Health Center

published 3/24/2016
The Church Health Center (CHC) in Memphis, Tenn., is offering free, ongoing health classes at the Church Health Center Wellness facility, located at 1115 Union Avenue in Memphis:  Health Education is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday. Learn how to manage hypertension, cholesterol or obesity. It’s open to the community. Registration is not required. The CHC also offers a special session from 9-11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Registration is required for the Saturday ...

Two Memphis Conference churches together win two first-place parade trophies with Seuss float

published 3/24/2016
About 22 members of Moscow UMC and Williston UMC ventured into Whoville last December by creating a whimsical parade float.   The Moscow and Williston congregations—located in Moscow and Williston, Tenn., respectively—spent more than 300 hours building, painting and sewing costumes for a colorful parade float called the “Dr. Seuss Sweet Shop.” The float featured prop cakes and candies, as well as characters from beloved Dr. Seuss books.The churches’ shared pastor, Rev. Jim Graham, said the ...

UMW groups at Halls First UMC and Murray First UMC open umbrellas to fight human trafficking

published 3/24/2016
United Methodist Women (UMW) associated with at least two Memphis Conference churches recently participated in a movement to raise awareness about and stop human trafficking.   Before the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 this year, UMW members at Murray First UMC in Murray, Ky., and Halls First UMC in Halls, Tenn., photographed themselves with open umbrellas as a part of the national “Intercept the Traffickers” campaign.   According to the UMW website, the annual Super Bowl contributes to an increase in ...

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