Memphis Conference DEADLINEs

published 5/14/2019
Check back often for new deadlines. Click HERE to submit deadline information. MAY 2019 May 17: Deadline for youth to apply for 2019-2020 Conference Youth Council (CYC) | DETAILS May 17: Deadline for final headcounts for catered meals at Collierville United Methodist Church during 2019 Memphis Annual Conference | Email Brenda Schingle at bschingle@yahoo.com  May 20 - Deadline to register for childcare (nursery & kids camp) during 2019 Memphis Annual Conference | Word Form | PDF Form May 25 - ...

Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church has new audit program, website

published 5/13/2019
By Deaconess Lynn Swedberg | information@umcdmc.org DisAbility Ministries Committee | The United Methodist Church The Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church is excited to share an updated version of the Annual Accessibility Audit for Churches. Churches can now score themselves and work toward earning badges as "disability-friendly and accessible" if they meet certain items on the audit.  Accessibility Audit - 2019 UPDATES Form (PDF) (MS Word) Rev. Apr_2019 ...

Douglas Meeks is one of 24 United Methodist co-authors of new book, 'Where Do We Go From Here?'

published 5/13/2019
Douglas Meeks, Memphis Conference retired elder and professor emeritus, Vanderbilt Divinity School, is one of 24 United Methodist leaders identified as co-authors of a new book released this month. Where Do We Go From Here? Honest Responses from Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders is the title of the book, compiled by Kevin Slimp, that became available May 7 on Amazon.com.  Other booksellers will begin selling the book in mid-May. For more information, click here. Following the February ...

More than 40 organizations will have exhibits and displays at 2019 Memphis Annual Conference

published 5/13/2019
More than 40 organizations will have displays and exhibits at the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference, June 2-4, at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. The church is located at 454 W. Poplar Ave. Exhibits and displays are open to delegates and the public. The deadline to request space was March 15. Below is the list of exhibitors that will be in the gym, according to Susan Lawhon, volunteer coordinator of the exhibit and display space. Christ Church Global Media, ...

Eight college grads of Bethel University wear Wesley Foundation ropes with graduation attire on May 4

published 5/8/2019
Eight students who graduated from Bethel University on May 4 displayed their college career participation in the Bethel Wesley Foundation by wearing around their necks red graduation ropes and tassels with a United Methodist cross and flame charm. Rev. Tricia Trull, director and pastor for the Wesley campus ministry at the McKenzie, Tennessee, school, designed and made the cords for the students. She said this is the first time Bethel University graduates have worn Wesley Foundation ropes at ...

Collierville UMC youth will sell breakfast items, lunch & refreshments during 2019 Memphis Annual Conf.

published 5/7/2019
Breakfast items, lunch and refreshments will be available for sale during the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference, scheduled for June 2-4 at Collierville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Collierville, Tennessee   Concessions will be sold in the church’s servery (see map) and lobbies by Collierville UMC youth with proceeds to go to their missions and trips.   Breakfast items will be available each morning and lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.     Concessions ...

Slate of nominees now available for election of delegates to represent Memphis Conference at General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2020

published 5/7/2019
Election of delegates to represent the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church at General (worldwide) Conference and Jurisdictional (Southeastern U.S.) Conference in 2020 is one of many responsibilities of delegates to the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference, June 2-4 in Collierville, Tennessee. Two lay and two clergy members will be elected to attend General Conference, May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two lay and two clergy members will be elected to attend Southeastern ...

Project 20/20 will be at 2019 Memphis Annual Conference to receive glasses and distribute donation boxes

published 5/1/2019
Project 20/20 will be in the exhibits and display area of the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference to receive donations of eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as distribute donation boxes. Annual Conference is June 2-5 at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. Project 20/20 is a Memphis Conference lay-driven ministry that operates a glasses recycling center at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Project 20/20 supplies cleaned, refurbished and repaired ...

Judicial Council OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

published 4/26/2019
Click here for NEWS STORY from United Methodist News Service. Below are links to the Judicial Council decisions: http://www.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1378 http://www.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1379      

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Ross UMC recognizes Dyer County educators

published 4/23/2019
"Teachers Can't Do It Alone" was the theme for a 2019 Dyer County Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, hosted on April 12 by Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The agenda included keynote speaker Don Ridgeway, executive director of the Northwest Tennessee Economic Council, and a performance by the Crockett County High School Choir. Many community leaders, family members and educators were in attendance. Teachers honored included: Fifth Consolidated Elementary School- Courtney ...

Memphis Conference receives $10,000 grant from UMCOR for spring floods

published 4/17/2019
United Methodists in the Memphis Conference are undertaking recovery programs for those affected by spring floods, thanks to assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). A $10,000 solidarity grant received by the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) in March from UMCOR is being utilized under the direction of Rev. Robert Craig, coordinator of the Disaster Response Ministry for the Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee ...

Purchase tickets now for June 4 LAITY LUNCH during 2019 Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/17/2019
Rev. Dr. Philip D. Jamieson will be the speaker for the laity lunch during the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference. He is president of the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences, a position he has held since 2013.   The lunch will take place Tuesday, June 4, during the lunch hour in Coates Hall at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. Jamieson is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Tennessee Annual ...

Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) will have lunch during Memphis Annual Conference

published 4/16/2019
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) will gather for lunch during the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. African American lay and clergy are encouraged to register for the luncheon, according to Rev. Rev. Autura Eason-Williams, who is organizing the event. "You do not have to be a delegate to attend. We will hear from our Black College Fund Ambassador, learn about the work of the Memphis Conference BMCR, and get an update ...

Mentoring ministry for girls holds March 30-31 retreat

published 4/15/2019
A retreat for girls (ages 13 to 17) was held March 30-31 at Fyrne Lake Lodge in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Its purpose was to focus the girls on "living as Christians" and "growing in their faith in Jesus." The retreat was presented by Girls United, an outreach ministry of Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Alamo, Tennessee, and Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Participants were from Crockett and Dyer Counties. The weekend's activities included hearing from older, ...

Alamo churches host teacher appreciation luncheon

published 4/11/2019
"Teachers Can't Do It Alone" was the theme for the 2019 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for Crockett County, Tennessee, hosted by Lighthouse United Methodist Church and Alamo First United Methodist Church, both located in Alamo. The event took place Friday April 5, at Alamo First United Methodist Church. The agenda included keynote speaker Don Ridgeway, executive director of the Northwest Tennessee Economic Council, and a performance by the Crockett County High School Choir. Many community ...

'Doing the Lord's work' (tornado cleanup in Western Kentucky)

published 4/10/2019
CLICK HERE to read story about March 14 tornado. By Dave Thompson, The Paducah Sun  

June 25 is official moving date for clergy in 2019

published 4/10/2019
Tuesday, June 25, is the official moving date for Memphis Conference clergy affected by 2019 changes in appointments or first-time appointments. After being approved by the 2013 Memphis Annual Conference, the moving date is set each year by the bishop and cabinet. Any questions should be directed to one’s district superintendent.  

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed Good Friday, April 19

published 4/9/2019
The Memphis Conference Office of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED on Good Friday, April 19. 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 27, for Memorial Day

published 4/9/2019
  The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED Monday, May 27, 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

Tours & Teams

published 4/2/2019
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."  ...

May 17 is new deadline for youth to apply for spot on Conference Youth Council (CYC) for 2019-20

published 3/31/2019
May 17 is extended deadline for Memphis Conference youth to apply for a spot on the Conference Youth Council (CYC) for the 2019-20 year.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS and APPLICATION (11-page PDF).  

United Methodists are leaders and volunteers for April 7 'Memphis Cares 2'; more volunteers needed

published 3/27/2019
Submitted by Dr. Mark Matheny   When the special memorial and rededication service called Memphis Cares 2 happens on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Crump Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, local United Methodists will have been crucial in planning and executing this free inter-faith happening.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT APRIL 7 EVENT.   One of the speakers is Dr. James Lawson, retired United Methodist pastor and activist.   Dr. Mark Matheny, retired Memphis Conference elder, is coordinating the...

VBS kit 'To Mars and Beyond' available for Memphis Conference churches to borrow from district offices

published 3/26/2019
EP3-20 is the robot puppet with which kids can laugh and learn when they participate in Vacation Bible School (VBS) based on the curriculum, “To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God’s Power Can Take You.” The puppet’s name comes from the Epheians 3:30 theme verse: “God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (The Message) In partnership with the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office, each of the Memphis Conference...

Lay servants, speakers, ministers will have lunch, commissioning during Memphis Annual Conference

published 3/25/2019
A lay servant lunch will take place during the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference at Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee. The event for active and prospective Memphis Conference lay servants, lay speakers and lay ministers is set for the lunch break on Monday, June 3. The cost is $5 per person (payable at the door), but a reservation is required. CLICK HERE TO MAKE ONLINE RESERVATION BY MAY 27.  The menu is baked potato bar and salad bar. The lay servant lunch will ...

Capleville United Methodist Church shares ways to 'engage' local schools through literacy initiatives

published 3/19/2019
By Rev. Autura Eason-Williams Pastor, Capleville United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN In 2015, the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences passed a resolution that requires all United Methodist Churches to partner with schools to improve literacy, especially in the early grades. There are lots of ways to engage local schools, but for those churches looking for ideas or that may not know where to start, Capleville United Methodist Church (UMC) started by building a relationship. We became a school ...

May 10 is deadline for nominations for 'Denman Evangelism Awards' to be presented in June

published 3/19/2019
  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. These awards honor United Methodists whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why) and Deed (how) – brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.   Each year each United Methodist conference ...

'Mission Focus Day' celebrated by 'United Methodist Women' of St. Paul United Methodist Church

published 3/18/2019
By Janice McCallen, St. Paul United Methodist Church   Threat of rain, floods, wind or tornadoes could not prevent the St. Paul United Methodist Church women from participating in our 11th annual Mission Focus Day on Saturday, Feb. 23.   United Methodist Women (UMW) members and friends gathered on this rainy day to “be the hands and feet of Christ” by participating in a variety of mission and outreach projects:  18 pillows were made for Golden Cross and the prison ministry 7 prayer shawls were...

Delegates to 2020 General Conference will be elected by delegates to 2019 Memphis Annual Conference; nominations deadline is April 30

published 3/12/2019
By Dr. David B. Russell, brodavid53@yahoo.com Secretary, Memphis Conference The various annual conferences of The United Methodist Church are the legislative bodies of the church.When your local Charge Conference elects delegates to Annual Conference, you are sending your representative to speak and act on your behalf with regard to issues that face our Memphis Conference.These lay delegates, alongside the clergy delegates, make decisions about programs, priorities and budgets.   One of those ...

'United Methodist Rural Advocates' issues statement about 2019 General Conference that ended Feb. 26

published 3/7/2019
The below statement was issued March 6 by United Methodist Rural Advocates. Many United Methodist churches in the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of The United Methodist Church are in rural locations. Your United Methodist Rural Advocates are glad that we were able to come together with other United Methodist brothers and sisters in St. Louis to find a way forward in a divisive time in the history of the Wesleyan tradition. We write to reaffirm our commitment to ...

Music Fest Nets $4,100 for Reelfoot Rural Ministries

published 3/7/2019
More than 66 voices from around the Purchase District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church helped raise $4,100 for Reelfoot Rural Ministries when they formed a mass choir at the 12th annual Music Fest benefit on Sunday, March 3. The event took place at Concord United Methodist Church, in Paducah, Kentucky. The mass choir performed two choral pieces and each church choir performed one selection of their own choosing. Two praise bands and one concert band also participated. ...

Here's how Memphis Conference churches can help survivors of flooding in Nashville Episcopal Area

published 3/5/2019
~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications Due to recent heavy rain and widespread flooding in Tennessee, the Disaster Response Ministry of the Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences) is calling on churches across the Area to assist affected communities as able. Click HERE to see drone footage of flooding. Rev. Robert Craig, who coordinates the Disaster Response Ministry for the Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences), has been in ...

Delegates & alternates from Memphis Conference gather for photo during 2019 General Conference

published 2/26/2019
The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has FOUR VOTES at the 2019 General Conference Special Session going on now (Feb. 23-26) in St. Louis, Missouri, but the full delegation includes alternates. Delegates and alternates in attendance in St. Louis got together for a photo (right) Monday evening, Feb. 25. The Memphis Conference sent the same delegates to the 2019 General Conference Special Session that it elected in 2015 for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.  ...

United Methodists meet in St. Louis for worldwide conference; live video streaming is available

published 2/21/2019
CLICK HERE FOR ASSORTED HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR THE MEMPHIS CONFERENCE Delegates and observers from around the world will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Dome at America’s Center, Feb. 24-26, 2019, for the Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference. The General Conference is the only body that speaks officially for the 12.6 million-member church. The event will be available via live video streaming at UMC.org/live. The day preceding the start of General Conference, Feb. ...

5 from Memphis Conference are volunteer marshals & pages at 2019 General Conference in St. Louis

published 2/20/2019
Five individuals from the Memphis Conference are among approximately 150 volunteers serving as marshals and pages during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. After applying online last year and being selected, the group from the Memphis Conference includes (alphabetical order): Rev. David Atkinson (clergy) of Collierville UMC in Collierville, TN: LEADER OF MARSHALS & PAGES (1 of 5 leaders) Peggy Beasley (lay) of ...

Clergy participants needed for research project

published 2/20/2019
By Rev. Pamela L. Pirtle Director of Leadership and Accountability General Commission on the Status and Role of Women The United Methodist General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is partnering with a team from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana on the Flourishing in Ministry Project which seeks to understand how clergy experience ministry. We are looking for clergy to participate in this research project: full-time clergy women in their first appointment; clergy ...

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Davis named superintendent of Mississippi River District, beginning March 1

published 2/14/2019
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Davis will become superintendent of the Mississippi River District in the Memphis Conference, beginning March 1, according to an announcement today by Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church (UMC). Davis follows Rev. Kevin Conrad who will become senior pastor of Cookeville First UMC in Cookeville, Tennessee, in the Tennessee Conference, beginning March 1. The Mississippi River District includes eight counties in ...

New Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel Springs receives Renfro Trust Fund grant

published 2/8/2019
New Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel Springs, Tennessee, in the Memphis Conference’s Tennessee River District is the recipient of a grant from the Renfro Trust Fund. The check presentation took place at the church on Jan. 20. Bricks-and-mortar Renfro Trust Fund grants are administered through the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) of The United Methodist Church and are awarded annually from interest accumulated in the fund.   The grants are for small membership, rural churches. ...

Ross UMC begins weekly 'prayer & healing' service

published 2/8/2019
Sunday Night Live! Is the name of a new community prayer and healing service that began Jan. 20 at Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The service takes place Sundays at 5 p.m. and is organized in partnership with a community ministry for women called Transitions of Dyer County. Transitions seeks to transform the lives of women with life controlling issues. Click here to read more about Transitions. Women from Transitions lead the service, according to Rev. James Luvene, ...

The local pastor in The United Methodist Church

published 2/6/2019
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Jan. 2019 (quarterly) issue of 'News N Views' about Memphis Conference RETIREES is now available

published 1/31/2019
The January 2019 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.

‘Excellence in Clergy Leadership' SCHOLARSHIP open to full time, MDIV students at UM seminaries

published 1/30/2019
Basic Information (click and scroll down) https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/list-scholarships/ministry-career-scholarships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/faq Application Information https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/apply  

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

published 1/30/2019
April 15 is the deadline to apply for a $2,000 Anita Padgett Memorial Music Scholarship offered by Lone Oak UMC in Paducah, Ky. Qualifications are: Member of any Methodist Church, including but not limited to UMC, CME, AME Rising sophomore or above, including graduate school Enrolled full time at a four-year college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher Demonstrated financial need Preference given to major or minor in music, music education or music-related field, or music ministry For information and...

Project 20/20 will be at April 16 'Frog Jump Fish Fry' to receive glasses and distribute donation boxes

published 1/30/2019
Phillip Cox, a volunteer with Project 20/20, will have a display at the "Frog Jump Fish Fry" at Archers Chapel United Methodist Church in Frog Jump, Tennessee, on Tuesday, April 16, to receive donations of eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as distribute donation boxes. Project 20/20 is a Memphis Conference lay-driven ministry that operates a glasses recycling center at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Project 20/20 supplies cleaned, refurbished and repaired eyeglasses ...

‘Be merciful just as your father is merciful’ is scriptural theme for 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering

published 1/28/2019
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ALL 2019 CAMPAIGN MATERIALS   By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications Mercy is the single word theme for the Memphis Conference’s 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering campaign that will run from Ash Wednesday, March 6, to Easter Sunday, April 21.    Established in 1983, the offering once known as the Lenten World Hunger Offering was shortened to Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) in 2016 to help stress local hunger needs alongside world hunger issues. 2019 ...

Wesley Chapel UMC in Jackson took Christmas celebration to health care center residents

published 1/28/2019
Members of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Jackson, TN, shared Christmas cheer with 53 residents of Laurelwood Health Care Center in East Jackson a few days before Christmas 2018. According to member Helen Bond, the celebration included carols, games, door prizes and prayer. 

Feb. 3-6 'Wonder, Love, Praise' retreat designed for clergy leaders to renew, restore & revive

published 1/24/2019
1/29/19 UPDATE: This event is canceled and will be rescheduled. Submitted by Board of Ordained Ministry, Memphis Conference, The United Methodist Church Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center, Memphis Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and worship leaders throughout the Memphis Conference have joined together to offer an alternative to continuing education events which only feature talking heads, rushed schedules and endless note-taking. Take part in a worshiping community for three days ...

Former interim bishop of Memphis Conference, Ben R. Chamness, died Dec. 22 in Huntsville, Texas

published 1/2/2019
CLICK HERE FOR STORY.

Three churches in Mississippi River District came together to serve on Christmas Day

published 1/2/2019
Three churches in the Mississippi River District came together on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, to serve others. Beneficiaries included first responders, Wade Harvest Ministries ( a ministry to previously incarcerated men) and Crockett County residents. The churches were Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Alamo, Tennessee; Hughlett United Methodist Church in Tigrett, Tennessee; and Trimble United Methodist Church in Trimble, Tennessee. The churches provided 3 families with toys and clothes. ...

Standard mileage rates for 2019 'up' from 2018

published 12/20/2018
The Memphis Conference Treasurer's Office today announced that The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018, 20 cents per mile driven ...

Memphis Conference clergy attend M-LAB, an 'innovation collaborative' for United Methodists

published 12/12/2018
  By Sybil Davidson, North Georgia Conference, The United Methodist Church   Clergy from across several annual conferences learned a new way of thinking and deepening connections, thanks to a three-day immersive event called M-LAB earlier this year.   Clergy attendees from the Memphis Conference included  Kyle Bomar, John "Buck" Carroll, Will Clark, Tom Fuerst, Justin Ramer, Morgan Stafford, Nancy Johnston Varden and Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland, according to information provided by the ...

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