When technology is not available, pastor turns to outdoor visiting to be relational with members of Floyd's Chapel and Maury City UMCs

published 5/25/2020
How does a pastor reach his or her congregation in a relational way during COVID-19 when some members don’t have access to more sophisticated technology?   Rev. Mary Ellen Cochran, pastor of Maury City and Floyd’s Chapel United Methodist Churches in Crockett County in the Mississippi River District, is making house visits (outside), while practicing social distancing.   Cochran lets members know the date and approximate time she’ll be in their neighborhood. First on her list have been those who...

From Bishop McAlilly: Tentative date for churches to begin in-person worship is Sunday, June 21

published 5/21/2020
CLICK HERE to read today's message on Bishop McAlilly's Blog. Message includes a link to a Guide for Coming Back Together. 

Lakeshore hopes to open summer camp on June 21

published 5/21/2020
By Rev. Gary D. Lawson, Sr. Executive Director Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center Eva, TN It has been such a strange year, and we understand any hesitation you may be feeling about sending your child to summer camp. We're dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on how we are responding to this crisis.  The state of Tennessee is still under strict guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Even with limiting cabin sizes and restricting activity areas,...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries buys face shields at cost for its dental clinic, thanks to 3D technology at nearby University of Tennesee - Martin

published 5/21/2020
By Sarah Knapp, Interim Staff Writer Office of University Relations, University of Tennessee - Martin, TN As Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM), an agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, prepares to reopen its dental clinic, doctors knew they needed to take additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of staff and patients against the threat of COVID-19. After hearing the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) was creating medical face shields during the ...

Conference treasurer issues guidelines to churches for tithing on Paycheck Protection Program loans

published 5/18/2020
Memphis Conference churches are not expected to tithe (to the conference) on proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to a May 15 announcement from Larry Davis, Memphis Conference treasurer.   The PPP has issued forgivable loans to small businesses (including churches) to pay employees during the COVID-19 crisis.   The Memphis Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) issued the following guidance on this matter, reported Davis: There is no doubt that the ...

Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 5/18/2020
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. MAY 2020 May 31: Deadline to apply for Mullikin Scholarship for young persons seeking post-graduate education toward a goal of ordained ministry or camp and retreat ministry in The United Methodist Church | DETAILS JUNE 2020 June 15: Deadline for undergraduate and graduate college students to apply for Anita Padgett Memorial Music Scholarship | DETAILS JULY 2020 July 31: Deadline for nominations for Denman Evangelism ...

Murray First United Methodist Church implements creative ways to keep worship leaders and congregation connected during COVID-19 crisis

published 5/18/2020
Murray First United Methodist Church in Murray, KY, has found some novel ways to help worship leaders stay connected to the congregation during the coronavirus crisis. The worship team was discussing how “extra draining” it is to conduct worship without a congregation with which to interact, explained Carrie Rudy, a member of the church and wife of Rev. Jeff Rudy, senior pastor.   After several weeks into exclusive virtual worship, Carrie said she could tell the church's worship leaders were “...

To engage with mothers during COVID-19 season, McKenzie First UMC organized Mother's Day Parade

published 5/12/2020
Eight decorated vehicles and three baby goats participated in a May 10 Mother’s Day Parade organized by McKenzie First United Methodist Church in McKenzie, Tennessee. Even though the parade didn’t have a police escort, Rev. Tricia Trull said it lasted 45 minutes and was approved by the mayor. To celebrate mothers, the lead vehicle played the Stevie Wonder song, “Isn’t She Lovely?” The parade was organized to engage with mothers in the community, said Trull, and included driving through ...

July 31 is new deadline for nominations for 'Denman Evangelism Awards' to be presented in September

published 5/11/2020
By Rev. Will Clark Memphis Conference Chairperson for Evangelism Associate Pastor, Dyersburg First United Methodist Church   The Memphis Conference is now accepting nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for clergy, lay and youth. The deadline has been postponed to July 31 due to the postponement of the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference from June to September. These awards honor United Methodists whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why) and Deed ...

One-person hand bell solo is one of many ways Mullins UMC is expressing its 'resurrection faith'

published 5/11/2020
By Mary Beth Richardson Newsletter Editor and Witness Team Member Mullins United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN During the challenge of COVID-19 social distancing, Mullins United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis, Tennessee, was surprised and delighted by an impressive and unexpected hand bell solo by the congregation's organist, pianist and hand bell director, Dr. Andre Duvall. The solo took place at the close of the May 3 virtual worship service, after Dr. Scott Alford, senior pastor, ended ...

April 2020 issue of 'News N Views' about Memphis Conference RETIREES is now available

published 5/6/2020
The April 2020 issue of News N Views is now posted on this website. CLICK HERE to view or print this latest issue.   News N Views is a quarterly newsletter by, for and about retirees of the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of The United Methodist Church. To access the News N Views ARCHIVE, CLICK on the words News N Views at left. Beverlyann Jetton is the editor of News N Views. Contact her at 731-431-0165,  rbjetton@yahoo.com or 511 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305.

Lakeshore announces SOME cancellations, but otherwise will open summer camp on June 8

published 5/5/2020
May 1 Announcement From Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, TN: Due to ongoing concerns and current guidelines surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel weeks one and two of Dayshore and residential camps. In addition, we have canceled Camp Joy. We, unfortunately, will not be rescheduling Camp Wonder or Camp Joy for this summer.   We will continue to monitor the situation, but as of now, we plan to open camp on June 8. View our updated summer camp schedule and...

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare launches 24/7 'Spiritual Care Helpline'

published 5/5/2020
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To encourage and celebrate front line healthcare workers, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare invites churches to ring bells on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

published 5/3/2020
By Rev. Jonathan C. Lewis Program Manager of UT & Conference Ministries, Mission Integration Division Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, TN One gesture of encouragement and celebration for our front-line healthcare heroes has been the ringing of church bells on Wednesday evenings.  7 p.m. is a common time for shift change at hospitals.You might know churches around the country have been practicing this small weekly show of support. Some churches in our area are already doing this.  We...

Drive-in worship provides community, hope, means of grace for Dyersburg First United Methodist Church

published 5/2/2020
By Rev. Will Clark, Associate Pastor Dyersburg First United Methodist Church, Dyersburg, TN Palm Sunday, April 5, was a different kind of Sunday for Dyersburg First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, TN. The traditional act of gathering in pews was replaced by parishioners tuning into their car radios around an outdoor worship space. Instead of shouts of "Hosanna" throughout the service, car horns rang out in the parking lot. Ushers donned masks and became parking attendants. Rather than ...

Project Transformation pivots summer day camp program in light of COVID-19 health emergency

published 5/2/2020
In light of COVID-19, Project Transformation Tennessee will pivot its summer day camp program in 2020 to offer virtual programming and in-person supply distribution, according to an April 30 media release. For the last several weeks, leaders have been listening to the needs of communities, closely monitoring guidelines from local and federal leaders, and working diligently with community partners to plan a response to the current public health emergency.   “Our summer may look different, but ...

May 15 is deadline for youth to apply for spot on Conference Youth Council (CYC) for 2020-21

published 4/29/2020
May 15 is the deadline for Memphis Conference youth to apply for a spot on the Conference Youth Council (CYC) for the 2020-21 year.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS.  

Bishop McAlilly announces in-person worship is suspended through May due to COVID-19

published 4/24/2020
Click HERE to read Bishop McAlilly's message on his blog.

Timothy Paris awarded 'Walter Russell Lambuth scholarship' for 2020-21 academic year

published 4/23/2020
Timothy Paris has been awarded the 2020-21 Walter Russell Lambuth scholarship, according to Cindy Lowe, chairperson of the Memphis Conference Higher Education and Campus Ministry Team. The scholarship is an example of how the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church “invests in young people,” one of its four areas of focus. Paris is a student at Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, and a member of New Life United Methodist Church in Ripley, Tennessee. His award is ...

Capleville United Methodist Church is 'rising up' during COVID-19 period

published 4/22/2020
By Rev. Autura Eason-Williams Pastor, Capleville United Methodist Church Memphis, TN We thank God for the way Capleville United Methodist Church (UMC), our sister churches and our community are rising up during this time of great anxiety. Capleville UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, continues to be connected with our church members and community. Our Little Free Library offers a free book exchange in the community. We have church members and neighbors making face masks for nursing homes.  In March, ...

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare prepares for possible surge in COVID-19 cases

published 4/21/2020
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Bishop McAlilly announces CLERGY MOVING plan and timeline for May 8 through Aug. 2

published 4/20/2020
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Men's ramp ministry at Reidland United Methodist adapts, but doesn't stop, in midst of COVID-19 crisis

published 4/20/2020
Submitted By Ramp Ministry Team Reidland United Methodist Church, Paducah, KY   The men of Reidland United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, have, for over a quarter century, maintained a vital community ministry by providing handicap access to those who cannot safely get in and out of their homes and can’t afford to hire a contractor.  This ministry, uninterrupted since the mid-1990s, has provided over 800 ramps to the surrounding community (over 50 in 2019). It has, however, faced ...

'Sheltered in grace' is reality and messaging for Bartlett United Methodist during COVID-19 season

published 4/15/2020
By Rev. Jason W. Jones Senior Pastor, Bartlett United Methodist Church When Bartlett United Methodist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee (near Memphis) recognized the pandemic would keep us physically separated from one another and our usual ministry for longer than initially expected, we knew an emotional and spiritual toll would be taken on our church and community. We knew negativity would abound. So we decided to shape another narrative: one that would help us and our neighbors retain a ...

June 15 is NEW deadline to apply for $2,000 music scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah

published 4/15/2020
June 15 is the new deadline (previously April 15) to apply for a $2,000 Anita Padgett Memorial Music Scholarship offered by Lone Oak United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. "With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting so many schedules, we have decided to extend our application deadline to June 15 for this year only," according to Donna Chu, scholarship coordinator at Lone Oak UMC. Qualifications are: Member of any Methodist Church, including but not limited to UMC, CME, AME Rising ...

Here is important April online training info for newly appointed clergy (from Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation & Development)

published 4/10/2020
By Rev. Deborah S. Owens, Director Nashville Area Office of Leadership Formation and Development 615-846-4430 | deborah.owens@tnumc.com The Boundaries and Sexual Ethics (BaSE), and Safe Sanctuary classes scheduled for April 24 and 25 have been moved to an online pre-work plus Zoom meeting delivery. If you have not already completed these courses, then all persons newly appointed and those who are to be licensed, commissioned, or being transferred into the Tennessee or Memphis conferences must ...

Martin First United Methodist Church keeps 'coronavirus distance' while still serving community

published 4/10/2020
By Lynn Patterson Office Coordinator, Martin First United Methodist Church "Rona”-cise, children’s stay-at-home story time, Sunday School, church-wide studies and piano play dates are examples of how Martin First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is “remotely” serving its community during the COVID-19 uncertainty.  Martin First UMC is located in Martin, Tennessee, in the Mississippi River District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. Since April 1 (no fooling) all of Martin...

Millington First United Methodist Church continues to worship, teach and serve during coronavirus period

published 4/10/2020
By Linda Cooper Administrative Assistant, Millington First United Methodist Church   Amid the coronavirus outbreak and stay-at-home directives the congregation of Millington First United Methodist Church (FUMC) has expanded its online worship presence, found new tools for discipleship and creative ways to continue its outreach into our community to serve those in need. The church is located in Millington, Tennessee, in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church...

Paris First United Methodist Church is discovering 'terrific epiphanies' during this COVID-19 pandemic

published 4/8/2020
By Dan Weathersbee Dan, a retired elder, is married to Rev. Joy Shelby Weathersbee, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Paris, Tennessee In our unsolicited Sabbath of social isolation, the importance of forging novel ways to maintain and foster growing community is vital. During such a terrorizing, terrible time, though, there are epiphanies that are rather terrific!  Not only are assumptions about "normal" and "priorities" and "comfort zones" under reconsideration, but the Church is in...

Here's info for churches about Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

published 4/2/2020
By Larry Davis Memphis Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services Congress passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Friday, March 27, to help small businesses and nonprofits get through these challenging times. There is a lot of information about the Act. Below is some helpful information from trusted and reliable resources. Key Provisions of CARES Act Eligible churches and nonprofits will be able to borrow up to 2.5 times their average monthly ...

While donations of daily use items are on hold, GOLDEN CROSS seeks monetary donations

published 4/1/2020
By Kristi H. Owens Director of Operations, GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries During these uncertain times throughout our nation, many upon many are affected greatly due to the COVID-19 virus which has caused our surroundings to be put on lock down in efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Preparations through GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries are underway for the massive amount of assistance that will be required once the all-clear is given and the lock down is lifted. GOLDEN CROSS serves ...

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare makes appeal for HANDMADE FACE MASKS for healthcare workers

published 3/31/2020
MAY 7 UPDATE:   The response from so many parts of our community has been tremendous, and we are forever grateful. Thank you! ...We are still accepting donations from anyone who is able to help by making and sending masks.They (are) incredibly useful. (Find link to instructions in article below.) ~Rev. Rev. Jonathan C. Lewis, Program Manager of UT & Conference Ministries, Mission Integration Division  jonathan.lewis@mlh.org APRIL 3 UPDATE: To anticipate what sort of supply of masks Methodist ...

Here's how Memphis Conference churches can help supply N95 particulate matter respirator masks

published 3/30/2020
N95 particulate respirator masks are in limited supply during the current Coronavirus pandemic and there may be a way Memphis Conference churches can help medical staff and first responders. It has to do with properly-assembled UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) cleaning kits that should include five (5) N95 masks. The Memphis Conference does not currently have any kits in stock, but some churches might have some kits that have been assembled for a future disaster response effort, ...

Memphis Conference waives late fees on direct-bill payments for clergy health and pension benefits

published 3/30/2020
MESSAGE FROM ~Larry Davis – Treasurer, Memphis Conference, The United Methodist Church ~Jim Allen – Treasurer, Tennessee Conference, The United Methodist Church The COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting to our churches and impacted the finances of all of our churches. In response, the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences are waiving late fees related to the direct billed payments for health and pension benefits for clergy, beginning with the April 1 billing cycle, for next 3 months.  The Offices ...

Updates from Bishop McAlilly: virtual communion, remote worship & 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 3/27/2020
CLICK HERE to read Bishop McAlilly's March 27 blog post with information about: virtual communion continued remote worship 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

Twice weekly webinar will help congregations be the Church in midst of COVID-19 health crisis

published 3/26/2020
  In response to the growing challenge facing Christians and Churches due to the coronavirus pandemic, a collaboration of organizations that focus on church health is working together to offer practical content to help congregations be the Church in the midst of crisis. The Center for Healthy Churches, The Church Network, the Presbyterian Foundation, Baptist News Global, the Truett Church Network, PneuMatrix, and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership will ...

Here is 'response update' on March 3 tornado

published 3/23/2020
A leadership team has been assembled to help lead during the many months of tornado recovery work ahead, according to Rev. Robert Craig, disaster response coordinator for the Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. (Craig also serves as executive director of Reelfoot Rural Ministries in the Memphis Conference.) The team thanks everyone for the generous outpouring of support. At this time, some of the middle Tennessee recovery areas are not yet safe for ...

United Methodist Foundation for Memphis and Tennessee Conferences is ready to help with financial needs during & after COVID-19 emergency

published 3/23/2020
During the current time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 health emergency, The United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences and Development Fund wants to assure the public it is fully functioning and ready to help with financial needs.  Rev. Dr. Philip Jamieson made this announcement in a media release on Sunday, March 22. “We are processing your deposits as usual and will be happy to assist with any transactions or questions you may have. All staff are checking and...

COVID-19 RESOURCES

published 3/19/2020
This page is being updated and revised most every day since it was first created in March. Submit resources (with links) for this page to communications@memphis-umc.org.  Each resource is evaluated according to its value to United Methodist churches and ministries in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Memphis Conference includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. May 21 announcement and resources from Bishop McAlilly: June 21 is tentative date for churches to begin ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed Good Friday, April 10

published 3/17/2020
The Memphis Conference Office of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED on Good Friday, April 10. The office that serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tennessee. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

Memphis Conference office in Jackson will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day

published 3/17/2020
  The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The office that serves United Methodists in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

May 31 is deadline to apply for Mullikin Academic Scholarship

published 3/15/2020
This scholarship is for young persons seeking post-graduate education toward a goal of ordained ministry or camp and retreat ministry in The United Methodist Church. DETAILS

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis issues appeal for groceries and monetary gifts

published 3/15/2020
Groceries and monetary gifts for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) are being sought during the current public health crisis as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is according to a March 15 appeal from Dr. Mark Matheny, president of the Board of Directors of UMNCM, an agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.  “We share with all of you our prayers during this unprecedented crisis in public health and economic hardship. Our Miriam ...

Here is list (and links) of Memphis Conference churches offering online worship services during period of public health concern related to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

published 3/13/2020
To add your church to this list, email communications@memphis-umc.org Worship services are suspended through April 26, according to March 27 announcement by Bishop Bill McAlilly |  DETAILS Below is a list (alphabetical order) of United Methodist churches in the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) offering alternative worship and devotionals via digital technology during the period of the coronavirus pandemic.: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN:  http://www....

Bishop Bill McAlilly announces cabinet appointments, effective July 1

published 3/11/2020
Bishop William T. McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church announced today his intention to make the following cabinet appointments effective July 1, 2020.    Rev. Dan Camp will be appointed as the superintendent of the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference, based in Jackson, TN. Camp will follow the Rev. Dr. Richard Clark who will be completing the maximum term as the District Superintendent of the Tennessee River District and will be seeking the ...

Delegation announces 'call to prayer' and 'listening sessions' for General Conference 2020

published 3/9/2020
March 19 UPDATE: These events are CANCELED due to call to suspend gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks due to the spread of COVID-19. By Rev. Autura Eason-Williams, Lead Delegate General Conference, the legislative body of The United Methodist Church, will meet May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, MInnesota. The 862 delegates, Council of Bishops, and volunteers preparing to serve our global connection need and want your prayers. Several months ago, the Memphis Conference ...

Reps from 11 Metro District churches attend 'Immigration: Strengthening The United Methodist Church Connection' on Feb.23 in Memphis

published 3/9/2020
"Immigration: Strengthening The United Methodist Church Connection” was the title of a Feb. 23 gathering that drew attendees from 11 Metro District churches.   The event took place at El Redentor United Methodist Chuch in Memphis.   The immigration-themed agenda included a “service of lamentation and hope,” starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by information about “translating hope into action” at 4:30 p.m.   Participating churches included Aldergate, Asbury, Bartlett, Capleville, Colonial Park, El ...

Online course helps confirmation sponsors mentor young people; trainings start March 2 and April 20

published 2/24/2020
An “Mentoring Young People in Their Faith” class at BeADisciple.com makes it easy for adults to learn the do’s and don’ts of mentoring young people and serving as confirmation sponsors. Trainings start March 2 and April 20. The three-week, online course, written and taught by United Methodists, emphasizes following the local church’s boundary and safety practices.  Participants also receive quarterly newsletters with additional mentoring resources after the course has ended. Visit www.beadisc...

Arlington United Methodist Church celebrated 20 years of scouting ministries on Feb. 9

published 2/12/2020
Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, celebrated 20 years of scouting ministries on Sunday, Feb. 9. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman issued a proclamation detailing the scouts’ service to the community. He declared February 9, 2020 as Scout Day in Arlington. 2020 also marks 100 years of United Methodist Scouting across The United Methodist Church. During the church celebration: 14 Scouts received religious emblems awards Pack and ...

Conference History Task Group seeks historical artifacts for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/12/2020
The Memphis Conference History Task Group is now seeking historical artifacts to display during the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference, June 8-10 in Germantown, Tennessee. "Interesting” items may come from churches, groups or individuals, according to Dr. Mark Matheny, chair of the Task Group. Matheny said the Task Group is particularly interested in items dating from the 19th century. April 20 is the deadline to register an item with Matheny by contacting him at memtheny@gmail.com or ...

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