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. 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 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, 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  

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 ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINES

published 4/18/2016
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. <><><><><> APRIL April 30: Deadline for regular registration for June 19-24 Music & Worship Arts Week in Lake Junaluska, NC | MORE INFO April 30: Early-bird deadline for Aug. 17-20 School of Congregational Development in Evanston, IL | MORE INFO <><><><><> MAY May 2: Deadline to register for May 9 United Methodist Global AIDS Fund gathering in Portland, OR | MORE INFO May 12: Deadline to register for May 14 "Early ...

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 personal educational and spiritual enrichment AND mission service. These travel opportunities 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" near the top of the home page. TO submit a ...

'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 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 ...

'Youth Lay Servant Academy' took place Feb. 6-7

published 3/23/2016
A total of 28 United Methodist youth furthered their knowledge of church outreach by attending the 2016 Youth Lay Servant Academy at Milan First UMC in Milan, Tenn., Feb. 6-7. Susan Davidson, Mississippi River District lay resource leader, coordinated the event and said the academy offered basic and advanced classes for attending teens. Participants also worked on a service project that involved preparation for the Mississippi River District Laity Gathering on April 2. On Saturday, Feb. 6, ...

Bethel University sanctions Wesley Fellowship

published 3/23/2016
By Casey Northcutt Watson Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., granted official recognition to the Bethel Wesley Fellowship in January.   According to Josh Shaw, Fellowship president (and director of youth ministries at Alamo First UMC in Alamo, Tenn.), the organization held its first meeting in spring 2014. Nearby United Methodist churches (including McKenzie First, Carter's Chapel, Trinity, Bruceton First, Paris First and New Hope) sponsored or supported the group, along with Lakeshore Camp...

Book by Rev. Randy Cooper of Martin First UMC was basis for Lenten study by imprisoned women of Grace Place UMC

published 3/23/2016
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference The United Methodist connection has been at work this Spring as the women of Grace Place UMC in Memphis, Tenn., did a Lenten study based on a book by Rev. Randy Cooper of Martin First UMC in Martin, Tenn. THE BEGINNING In the Fall of 2013, Cooper did a sermon series at his church on The Lord’s Prayer. “It’s not uncommon for me to step away from the Lectionary a little bit in the fall and winter,” he explained. Originally,...

Churches respond with donations to senior residents

published 3/23/2016
Churches in Shelby County, Tenn., recently blessed senior residents of Wesley Living communities by donating household items.   Wesley Communities serve the elderly in west Tennessee, Jonesboro, Ark., and Murray, Ky., and they receive support from the Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund, based in Cordova, Tenn.   Kristi Henson Owens, executive director of Golden Cross, said she contacted the Golden Cross Key Women, a support organization, and asked them to collect donations for residents. Within...

Concert fundraiser by UMM of Northside UMC nets more than $2,700 for local preschool

published 3/23/2016
More than $2,700 was raised for Jackson, Tenn.'s Hands Up! Preschool at a concert fundraiser (see photo at right) hosted by the United Methodist Men of Northside UMC in Jackson, according to the UMM's Bob Sharp. The Finchers and Vonda Peet performed Jan. 29 at the church. (Submitted photo)

Concord UMC members will 'forget the frock' and wear t-shirts for Easter, in support of charities

published 3/22/2016
Some members of Concord UMC in Paducah, Ky., have chosen to forgo new Easter attire this year and wear t-shirts instead, according to the church’s electronic newsletter.   Church member Damara Bolton said she ordered 22 shirts for Condord UMC attendees from the Forget the Frock campaign, a movement that encourages people to buy and wear t-shirts instead of new Easter dresses and suits.The shirts, ordered through, benefit different charities.   Bolton donated Concord’s ...

Donating eyeglasses and sunglasses to Project 20/20 is year-round opportunity to help persons around the world with vision problems

published 3/21/2016
Even if you or your church missed Sunglasses Sunday on Feb. 7, you can still help Project 20/20 provide eyeglasses and sunglasses to persons in need.   Now in its 25th year, Project 20/20 is a Memphis Conference ministry that has collected and distributed used glasses to impoverished people around the world. Feb. 7 was the designated day for churches to collect used glasses for medical mission teams to distribute in the coming year, but churches may also pick other times of the year to collect....

Mullins UMC supported 'Sunglasses Sunday' as part of its year-round service to local, global communities

published 3/21/2016
By Mary Beth Richardson, Mullins UMC, Memphis, TN Mullins UMC in Memphis,Tenn., observed "Sunglasses Sunday" on Feb. 7, joining other congregations in the Memphis Conference in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Project 20/20. Mullins UMC members donated new sunglasses and recycled prescription glasses to be distributed locally through Room in the Inn Memphis and globally through support of mission teams. Special receptacles for the donations were placed at three entrances to the sanctuary, ...

Pastor expresses herself through her art

published 3/21/2016
By Casey Northcutt Watson Rev. Lindsey Byard is a woman of many talents.   The pastor of Longstreet UMC in Memphis, Tenn., displayed her art at Memphis Theological Seminary earlier this year. Sixteen of her pieces hung in the school’s halls for public viewing from Jan. 4 to Feb. 5.   “Art is part of my very core, the core that makes me who I am,” Byard wrote in a brochure for the show. “As an artist, art helps me breathe while, at the same moment, is breathtaking. Art is a love language that ...

Covington First UMC joins community in services for Holy Week

published 3/16/2016
Covington First UMC in Covington, Tenn., will participate in the North Tipton County Holy Week Worship Services. The church will host a service and one of its pastors, Rev. Wade Cox, will speak during a service held at Central Christian Church.   Covington First UMC joins six other churches that are hosting Holy Week worship events and/or providing speakers. Services will begin at noon each day, and lunch will follow Monday through Thursday. Friday will be a day of fasting.   The Holy Week ...

McKenzie First UMC is hosting ecumenical worship services during Holy Week

published 3/16/2016
McKenzie First UMC in McKenzie, Tenn., will host Holy Week ecumenical worship services March 21-25. The church’s pastor, Rev. Jason W. Jones, says these gatherings will feature speakers from different denominations—all representing McKenzie churches. Services will start at noon, and a light meal will follow each day. Holy Week speakers include: Monday, March 21 - Rev. Garrett Burns, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Tuesday, March 22 - Dr. Dennis Trull, First Baptist Church Wednesday, ...

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