Now available: Jan. 2017 (quarterly) issue of 'News N Views' about Memphis Conference retirees

published 1/19/2017
The January 2017 issue of News N Views is now posted on this website. CLICK HERE to view or print. To access the News N Views archive, 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 (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky). Beverlyann Jetton is the editor of News N Views. She may be contacted at 731-431-0165, or 511 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305.

Bell, Johnson and Johnston receive scholarships for July mission trip to East Congo in Central Africa

published 1/17/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Three young adults in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church have been named recipients of scholarships worth up to $5,000 each to be part of a July 2017 mission team to the Eastern Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. The scholarships, from the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries budget that is funded through apportionment giving by churches, support at least ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 1/16/2017
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. <><><><><> JANUARY January 25: Deadline for Memphis Conference youth to register for Feb. 4-5 Youth Lay Servant Academy (overnight retreat) in Brownsville, TN | MORE INFO January 28: Deadline to commit, submit deposit and meet for July 2017 mission trip to East Congo with Bishop Bill McAlilly | MORE INFO January 31: Deadline for college students to apply for May 26-July 31 Christ Academy Residency Program (of Christ ...

Volunteers from 4 Metro District churches worked together to deliver meals to low-income families

published 1/11/2017
Volunteers from four churches in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference provided meals for low-income families on Thanksgiving morning 2016. Teresa Rector, production coordinator for Collierville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Collierville, Tennessee, said 125 Thanksgiving meals were delivered. Nearly 50 volunteers from Collierville UMC worked with members of Arlington UMC in Arlington, Tennessee, and Highland Heights and El Redentor UMCs in Memphis, Tennessee to make it happen. The ...

Memphis Conference Archives now housed in Nashville (with Tennessee Conference Archives)

published 1/10/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications The Memphis Conference Archives of The United Methodist Church are now housed in Nashville, Tennessee, with the Tennessee Conference Archives.   The holdings began being moved in the summer of 2016 with the final load leaving Dec. 19 from the Memphis Conference office in Jackson, Tennessee.   The new home for the Memphis Conference Archives is 520 Commerce Street, Suite 205, Nashville, TN 37203. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday ...

Lewis is new contact person for clergy discount offered by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

published 1/3/2017
Beginning Jan. 9, Chaplain Jonathan Lewis is the new contact person for information and questions about Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s United Methodist Clergy Discount Program. CLICK HERE to read details about the program for clergy and their families. Contact Lewis at or (901) 516-0990.    Lewis replaces Chaplain John Wilcher who is retiring Jan. 6. Lewis also serves as coordinator of Faith Health Collaborative, the Wesley campus ministry (of the Memphis ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed for MLK, Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 16

published 1/3/2017
The Memphis Conference Office of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn., will be CLOSED for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 16 (third Monday of January). The office that serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tenn. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

Tours & Teams

published 1/3/2017
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 and click on "Tours & Teams."  ...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries' annual toy store supplies Christmas gifts for 1,300 children

published 12/29/2016
By Rev. Robert Craig, Executive Director, Reelfoot Rural Ministries Reelfoot Rural Ministries’ 40th annual Christmas Toy Store was a great blessing again this year.  The blessings abound each year for the families that find themselves in difficult financial circumstances. The blessings are also powerful for the volunteers that come to help set up and operate the Toy Store each year. During the Toy Store, one often witnesses tears of joy flowing from both parents and volunteers. It is truly an...

End-of-year news from Wesley Foundation at University of Memphis includes plans for facility refurbishment and new staff positions

published 12/21/2016
A “new look” for its facility and the creation of two new staff positions make up end-of-the-year news from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Memphis. The Wesley Foundation is one of six campus ministries of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. NEW LOOK FOR FACILITY The December 2016 newsletter of the campus ministry reports on a two-stage refurbishment of the Wesley Foundation’s building at 3625 Midland Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. “None of our common areas have...

Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish holds fall festival

published 12/21/2016
Members of the Western Obion County United Methodist Cooperative Parish joined together on Nov. 5 for their second quarterly gathering, a fall festival hosted by Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) at the Cloverdale Community Center in Obion, Tennessee.   Zion UMC’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Phillip Cook, said 135 church members enjoyed homemade desserts and finger foods, as well as a children’s magic show and a haunted hayride through the Zion UMC cemetery. Participants also contributed canned goods for...

IRS announces 2017 mileage reimbursement rates

published 12/20/2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued 2017 mileage rates to be used for reimbursement plans and tax deduction purposes. According to Memphis Conference Treasurer Larry Davis, beginning Jan. 1, standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) in the Memphis Conference, are: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents in 2016 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents in 2016 14 cents per mile driven ...

Tennessee River District clergy family gathered for Advent brunch on Dec. 3 in downtown Jackson

published 12/20/2016
More than 80 active and retired clergy and family members attended the Tennessee River District Clergy Family Advent Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Jackson First United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson, Tennessee. The event included numerous food stations offering assorted brunch items; a message by the district’s superintendent, Dr. Richard Clark; Christmas music entertainment by Duo Vance (guitar and flute); and communion. Each guest received as a gift a copy of a poem, Prepare for the ...

Following Dec. 1 elimination of 'community resource consultant,' Cokesbury has other ways of serving customers in the Memphis Conference

published 12/19/2016
The Memphis Conference no longer has a Cokesbury community resource consultant as a result of staffing changes at the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House.   Lisa Albert, Cokesbury’s representative to the Memphis Conference since 2002, reports that her position was eliminated, along with positions in 11 other markets, effective Dec. 1.   The markets will continue to be served, but in a different way, said Albert.   “Customers in the Memphis Conference will have regular ...

'Financial Peace' class begins Jan. 3 at Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, TN

published 12/16/2016
Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will host a Financial Peace class that begins Tuesday, Jan. 3. The class will meet in Room 301 at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for nine weeks. Clay Crockett will lead the class that will "help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future and give like never before." To register, go to For more information, contact Clay at 901-359-0126 or  

Nashville Episcopal Area office has new location

published 12/15/2016
Beginning Jan. 1, the office for the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church will have a new location and receive mail at 1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. The new location is the building for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The Nashville Episcopal Area includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences of The United Methodist Church. The office is moving from its current location in downtown Nashville at 520 Commerce St., Suite ...

Mission team from Collierville UMC traveled to and served at Rio Bravo Ministries in Mexico this Fall

published 12/13/2016
By Mike Ware, Collierville UMC, Collierville, TN The very young boy peeked through the open window.  He smiled at the four individuals working diligently laying vinyl flooring inside the school classroom. Then, he wandered away.   Shortly, he reappeared and another smile crossed his face accompanied by a thumbs-up gesture. Again he walked away.   A few minutes later he slowly entered the classroom and, in broken English said, “Thank you for coming and working to improve my school.” He turned, ...

'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. Inside the kiosk are free bookmarks with information about the ...

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 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 ...

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 15-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 Jan. 3 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 of money 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, ...

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 ...

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 15-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 ...

'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 ...

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