Youth from Covington First UMC served as waiters at banquet for 'Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County'

published 10/19/2017
Youth group isn't always about things like laser tag and dodge ball, according to Andrew Davis, youth pastor at Covington First United Methodist Church in Covington, Tennessee. Sometimes it's about "outreach to make a difference in the community." That's what the youth from his church demonstrated on Oct. 5 when they volunteered their services as banquet waiters for the Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County. Davis said the church's youth "put the needs of others above their own" and were "bright...

Memphis Conference office announces schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

published 10/16/2017
The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church has announced its schedule for the 2017 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 close beginning Noon., Wednesday, Nov. 22 reopen 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27   CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR’S DAY close beginning Noon, Friday, Dec. 22 reopen 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 Churches that...

Scholarships available for programs and trainings offered by 'United Methodist Rural Advocates'

published 10/14/2017
United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend its programs or trainings that enhance rural ministry.  According to the October 2017 issue of the UMRA newsletter, an applicant can be considered for a scholarship of up to the lesser of $400 or one-half of program/event fee. For more information, contact UMRA's treasurer, Judy Hill, at OR 970-630-0320.

75+ cleaning kits for hurricane survivors donated by students, faculty, staff of Martin Methodist College

published 10/13/2017
Students, faculty and staff at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, raised more than $5,100 to assist persons affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to a media release from the United Methodist school.   Though not inside the boundaries of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, MMC is located next door in the Tennessee Conference, also part of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church.   On Friday, Sept. 15, MMC students and school ...

Memphis Conference seeks 100% payment of 2017 apportionments by deadline of Jan. 8, 2018

published 10/12/2017
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 is the final date the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office will receive payments for credit on 2017 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.  To ...

Memphis Conference trains 20 for disaster response

published 10/12/2017
By Christy Smith ~Disaster Consultant, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) ~Member of Brownsville First United Methodist Church Twenty new Early Response Team (ERT) members prepared Saturday, Oct. 7, at Brownsville First United Methodist Church in Brownsville, Tennessee, to be a caring Christian presence for disaster survivors. Participants from throughout the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) attended the ERT class taught by Revs. Robert Craig and Brian Stahl,...

'Girls United' is outreach & support group for girls, sponsored by Ross UMC in Dyeresburg, TN

published 10/9/2017
"Aloha/Paradise!" was the theme for the Sept. 18 kickoff event for 2017-18 Girls United, an outreach and support group for 13- to 17-year-old girls, offered by Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. (See photo at right.) Girls United focuses on providing positive role models and experiences for teenage girls in Dyer County. The group meets monthly at the church. On Sept. 23, Girls United partnered with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in Dyersburg for" God's Grace Giveaway" that supplies...

Book about two small, rural churches in Missouri has whole chapter devoted to Memphis Conference's prison church: Grace Place UMC

published 10/9/2017
Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turnaround Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small Rural Churches is the name of a book released this year that has one whole chapter devoted to the Memphis Conference’s own Grace Place United Methodist Church.   Grace Place is a church for women prisoners located inside the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee (part of the Tennessee Department of Correction). In August it celebrated its 10-year anniversary.   Pastor ...

'Comprehensive Impact Report' of 'Imagine No Malaria' campaign was released summer 2017

published 10/6/2017
  Comprehensive Impact Report(PDF) Impact Overview (PDF)

Stone and Shala to receive Roosevelt Institute's 'Freedom of Worship Medal' on Oct. 10 in NY City

published 9/29/2017
Dr. Steve Stone, retired former lead pastor of Heartsong United Methodist Church (UMC) in Cordova, Tennessee, near Memphis, and now executive director of the Memphis Friendship Foundation, and Dr. Bashar Shala, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Memphis Islamic Center, will be jointly presented with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom of Worship Medal from the Roosevelt Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The ceremony will take place at St. James’ Church in New York City, where the Roosevelt ...

Plans underway for 'William Pierce Bailey, Jr. Academy of Congregational Leadership'

published 9/28/2017
Plans are now underway for the William Pierce Bailey, Jr. Academy of Congregational Leadership in memory of Dr. Bailey, who died in January. Bailey was an elder in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church who retired in 1997 after 43 years of active ministry. A steering committee of lay and clergy friends of Bailey has established a fund for the academy that will have as its first event a day-long education session in Jackson, Tennessee, in late winter 2018, according to Paula ...

Memphis Conference United Methodists fill second truck with relief supplies for hurricane survivors

published 9/26/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference In response to a second appeal in less than a month, Memphis Conference United Methodists this week filled a second large trailer with relief supplies to help recent hurricane survivors.   Approximately 500 cleaning kits (buckets) and other supplies were transported from the conference’s district drop-off locations to Jackson, Tennessee, on Monday, Sept. 25, where they were loaded for transport to the United Methodist ...

Mission-minded Poplar Grove UMC in Drummonds, TN, serves neighborhood, community and beyond

published 9/25/2017
With the start of the new school year, Drummonds Elementary School in Drummonds, Tennessee, was the recipient of backpacks and school supplies, thanks to Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Drummonds. “This small church is very mission-minded,” reported its pastor, Rev. Barry Henson (retired), who began serving the church this year.   The Tipton County church, founded 177 years ago, averages less than 50 in worship, according to Henson, and 70 percent of the school's students live at or ...

Women prisoners of 'Grace Place United Methodist Church' contributed 12 cleaning kits to Memphis Conference's 'Hurricane Harvey' relief campaign

published 9/21/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Among the many United Methodist congregations that supported the Memphis Conference campaign to send assistance to survivors of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey was Grace Place United Methodist Church (UMC). Rev. Diane Harrison, pastor of the prison-based congregation, said the church's Inside Council voted to give $650 to assemble ten cleaning kits (buckets) according to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) ...

Fayette County United Methodist churches seek more vitality in offering Christ to hurting world

published 9/18/2017
The Fayette County, Tennessee United Methodist Community in Missions’ churches are seeking more vitality in offering Christ to a hurting world.             The churches have hired Dr. Victor Dingus of Next Step Ministry NOW (NSMN) of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, to lead them in a process that began in July and will continue through at least July 2018 – longer, if needed.   Dingus has led workshops in United Methodist annual conferences and has worked directly with congregations in helping ...

How to help NOW with Hurricane IRMA disaster:

published 9/14/2017
 THE NEED    The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church had an incredible response in late August and early September to an appeal for cleaning kits and monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas and Louisiana. (Click here to read about the Memphis Conference response to the Harvey disaster.)   The conference’s first tractor trailer load of relief supplies arrived at the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, on Sept. 13. ...

Memphis Conference 'connects hearts and hands' to restore hope for many affected by Storm Harvey

published 9/12/2017
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT NEW IRMA RESPONSE. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTO OF HARVEY RESPONSE. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Story and Photos By Lane Gardner Camp  Director of Communications, Memphis Conference The United Methodist Church Immediately after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in late August, United Methodists in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky were asked to "fill a truck" with cleaning kits for storm survivors in ...

Prayers appreciated for Memphis Conference mission trip to Mexico, Dec. 27 - Jan. 3

published 9/11/2017
A team has been assembled for a Memphis Conference United Methodist "Volunteers in Mission" (VIM) trip to Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, from Dec. 27, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2018.   Laura Butkovic will lead the team and said prayers are appreciated for the team and individual participants. During the week, volunteers will: Build relationships with local people through construction projects and porch visits Conduct Vacation Bible Schools For more information or to help with costs for the trip, contact ...

Free job interview preparation class begins Sept. 12; it's offered to public by Christ UMC in Memphis

published 9/7/2017
Are you unemployed and looking for a job (or know someone who is), but not sure where to start? The Career Transition Support Group at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, wants to help! Led by David Lanthier, a human resources executive with 30+ years experience, the group meets at the church on Tuesdays from 9-10:30 a.m. in Dunnam 335.  In addition to providing encouragement and networking opportunities, this ongoing group helps participants prepare resumes, identify ...

Weekly support group for Spanish-speaking individuals begins Sept. 11 at Bartlett UMC

published 9/7/2017
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, a support group for Spanish-speaking individuals will be offered by Bartlett United Methodist Church (BUMC) in Bartlett, Tennessee, near Memphis. The group will meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church at 5676 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134. A media release from the church says a team of "certified facilitators trained in scriptural and academic tools will lead those seeking healing to restore their lives." The release continues, "Because we follow the ...

'Help Those Hurt by Harvey' is name of month-long campaign at Temple UMC in Millington, TN

published 9/6/2017
“Help Those Hurt by Harvey” is the name of a campaign at Temple United Methodist Church throughout the month of September. Rev. D'Leigh Harvell, pastor of the Millington, Tennessee, church, said members of her congregation find their hearts breaking in reaction to the loss and devastation left by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. The church has as its goal to raise a minimum of $750 for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). If the church meets its goal, Harvell has promised to prepare...

Texas recipient of cleaning bucket thanks church that packed it: South Pleasant Grove UMC in Hazel, KY

published 9/6/2017
  By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Relief kits work and they are appreciated by their recipients   South Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (UMC) in Hazel, Kentucky, experienced that gratitude firsthand, after being contacted via Facebook by a Harvey storm survivor who received a cleaning kit (bucket) the church packed.   On Sunday evening, Sept. 4, the church got a Facebook message from “Julie” in Crosby, Texas, that said, “We are grateful recipients of ...

'Babygarten' at St. Luke’s UMC in Memphis helps babies’ literacy growth; classes begin in September

published 9/5/2017
St. Luke’s UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, is offering free Babygarten classes for babies ages 0-18 months this month. Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that encourages literacy development and emotional bonding through reading and songs, according to the church. The program was designed by two librarians who feared that young children weren’t receiving the exposure needed to become competent readers. During the classes, babies and their caregivers will ...

Attention rural churches: Sign up for one or more of these free, one-hour webinars

published 9/5/2017
  United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) is presenting four webinars to help RURAL CHURCHES grow in the areas of MISSION, LEADERSHIP, VISION and EVANGELISM.  For more information about UMRA, visit Webinar 1. Mission – Neighbors helping neighbors to make a ...

Campground UMC in Drummonds, TN, uses 'One Matters' award money for community picnic

published 9/5/2017
Campground United Methodist Church (UMC) in Drummonds, Tennessee, sought to attract new church members with a community picnic funded with a portion of the "One Matters Discipleship Award" money it received in June. During the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, four churches received the One Matters award, which recognizes churches that grew from zero professions of faith and baptisms to positive numbers. The award also carries a $1,000 gift. Pastor David Horne reported that his church used $830...

Concord UMC in Paducah, KY, far surpasses challenge to raise money for Harvey storm survivors

published 9/5/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Rev. Dean Emerson says he “underestimated” his Paducah, Kentucky, congregation.   Last week he challenged members of Concord United Methodist Church (UMC) to raise $650 for Harvey storm survivors.   After the money was counted this past Sunday, the church had raised “a few cents over $4,000,” Emerson reported.   Emerson first reached out to his congregation with a picture of his daughter, Maggie, a junior at Rice University ...

Heartsong UMC in Cordova, TN, takes outreach to Memphis area with 'Love the 901' events

published 9/5/2017
Heartsong United Methodist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, is getting involved in the greater Memphis community with a string of events connected to its fall sermon series, "Love the 901." “901” refers to the metropolitan Memphis area code; each event will center on the local community. Stephanie Behymer, director of ministry operations at Heartsong UMC, said the church is weaving together several Memphis area events, games and 901-related activities to get church members involved. Events ...

Henderson First UMC's Gleaners' House celebrates 20 years of ministry to Chester County residents

published 9/5/2017
One glance around Gleaners' House in Henderson, Tennessee, reveals a treasure trove of used books, clothing and trinkets to attract any casual shopper. But Gleaners' House isn’t just another thrift store. Every dollar spent supports families in need in Chester County. Gleaners' House, a ministry of Henderson First United Methodist Church (UMC) and other local churches, is celebrating 20 years of service to Chester County in 2017. In 2016 alone, more than $70,000 was raised to support families...

Mission u of Memphis Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) draws more than 80 attendees

published 9/5/2017
Memphis Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) gathered at Jackson First United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson, Tennessee, on July 28-29 for the group's annual Mission u conference. Over 80 women ages 2 to 86 experienced worship and plenaries on four study themes, each filled with stories and challenges for participants: Spiritual Growth: “Living as a Covenant Community,” led by Rev. Dr. Gregory Waldrop of Calvert City UMC in Calvert City, Kentucky Geographic: “Missionary Conferences ...

Mullins UMC youth supported urban and rural ministries during 'Youth Mission Week'

published 9/5/2017
Youth from Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, completed urban and rural community projects as part of 'Youth Mission Week' that ran June 26-30. For two days, the youth offered coffee and conversation to guests of Manna House, an urban ministry providing resources for the homeless and poor of Memphis. The group also jumped into action to replace an old, broken picnic table. After coming up short to find a pre-assembled table, the group purchased materials, assembled the ...

Pastors of 4 Memphis Conference churches share what their churches did to get 'One Matters' award

published 9/5/2017
This past June, four churches received the One Matters Discipleship Award during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference in Collierville, Tennessee. David Abarca, assistant director of annual conference relationships with Discipleship Ministries, presented the award, which recognizes churches that have moved from zero professions of faith and baptisms to positive numbers. Each award included a $1,000 gift. The pastors of each church reflected on the factors that led to new growth in their ...

Scenic Hills UMC 'Jimmy Do Gooders' had ‘grate’ summer of community projects in north Memphis

published 9/5/2017
Scenic Hills United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis, Tennessee, continues its history of caring for the community with a list of summer projects from the "Jimmy Do Gooders" outreach team. Scenic Hills UMC member Collins Dillard reported on the Jimmy Do Gooders’ summer mission work in the Aug.-Sept. issue of The Scene, the church newsletter. The team’s summer mission involved keeping neighborhood drainage grates clear of debris. Clearing the grates helps the flow of water during heavy rains ...

With her song 'Stairs,' Abbye West Pates of Christ UMC in Memphis wins songwriting competition

published 9/5/2017
Abbye West Pates, "The Table" worship leader at Christ United Methodist Church (UMC) in Memphis, Tennessee, can add a new accolade to her resume: songwriting contest winner. Pates entered her original song “Stairs” in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse’s 25th Annual Performing Songwriter’s Competition in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and emerged the victor. In an interview posted on Christ UMC's blog, Pates expressed her excitement to perform her song live at the competition. ”I found this venue ...

Memphis Conference agencies, ministries invited to participate in 'Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog'

published 8/31/2017
Plans are underway to set up the third annual online Memphis Conference "Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog" on the Memphis Conference website. The online catalog will provide links to information about gift-giving opportunities offered during November and December 2017 by agencies, ministries and churches of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. "The Connectional Ministries Team of the Memphis Conference is thankful to commend this opportunity to encourage everyone to give ...

Mountain T.O.P reports on summer 2017 ministry

published 8/31/2017
Mountain T.O.P., a non profit Christian partnership ministry dedicated to rural life in the Tennessee Cumberland Mountains, has completed its Summer 2017 season of ministry. Memphis Conference United Methodist churches that have partnered with Mountain T.O.P. since 2010, according to Mountain T.O.P., include: Arlington UMC in Arlington, TN Bolivar First UMC in Bolivar, TN Collierville UMC in Collierville, TN Covenant UMC in Cordova, TN Germantown UMC in Germantown, TN Grace UMC in Jackson, TN...

'Center F.U.G.E' is program by Center UMC in Newbern, TN, to reach out to its neighborhood

published 8/30/2017
'Center F.U.G.E.' is the name of a Wednesday night program at Center United Methodist Church (UMC) in Newbern, Tennessee. F.U.G.E stands for "Fun, Understanding, God's Encouragement."   The program takes place the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the school year.  Twelve children in the community around the church are coming to the church to "fellowship with each other and learn more about God," according to the church's pastor, Dr. Phillip Cook. This also allows the church ...

'Love in a Big World' is new curriculum for K-8th grade from United Methodist Publishing House

published 8/30/2017
The United Methodist Publishing House has announced a new resource for young people called “Love in a Big World.”  The curriculum: focuses on character development for kindergarten through eighth grade.  is designed to help young people turn from risky behaviors and choose to live faithfully through meaningful encounters and conversations with caring adults. Read news release |  Review curriculum 

13th annual 'Hunters for the Hungry' Golf Benefit by UMM of Bolivar First UMC is set for Sept. 23

published 8/29/2017
By Larry Ross, Volunteer HFTH Coordinator The United Methodist Men of Bolivar First United Methodist Church in Bolivar, Tennessee, will again partner with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) for its 13th annual "Hunters for the Hungry" (HFTH) Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Hardeman County Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from the benefit event provide additional nutrition to Hardeman County families. In 2016, over 3,000 lbs. of venison burger was distributed to families in ...

How to help NOW with Hurricane Harvey disaster:

published 8/28/2017
Continue to pray for survivors and responders (their safety and well-being) and all who have suffered loss and/or damage.  Read Bishop Bill McAlilly’s Aug. 28 message on his blog. Click here. Watch video by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Catherine Earl, Director of U.S. Disaster Response and Partner Relations, shares information about Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and how UMCOR is responding. Click here. Help fill a truck with cleaning kits (previously called flood buckets ...

Ross UMC serves community by hosting football season 'kickoff dinner' for Dyersburg High School

published 8/28/2017
Ross United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dyersburg, Tennessee, joined with the Quarterback Club of the Dyersburg High School Booster Club to host a "kick-off dinner" for the school’s football team and supporters. The event took place Aug. 15 at the church with Brandon Shields, sports editor and lead high school football writer for The Jackson Sun newspaper, as the speaker.   More than 140 boosters, students, community leaders, school administrators, players, cheerleaders, and dance team members ...

Don't miss deadlines to register for upcoming lay servant classes around the Memphis Conference

published 8/25/2017
September 15 is the deadline to register for Tennessee River District's Sept. 30 lay servant classes in Lexington, Paris and Selmer, TN | DETAILS September 18 is the deadline to register for Metro District's Sept. 26 and 30 lay servant classes in Memphis, TN | DETAILS September 20 is the deadline to register for Purchase District's Sept. 29-30 lay servant classes in Benton, KY | DETAILS November 1 is the deadline to register for Mississippi River District's Nov. 10-11 Fall Lay Servant Training ...

Purchase Dist. to offer Sept. 29-30 lay servant class

published 8/24/2017
The Purchase District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church will offer a two-day Basic Lay Servant Training Sept. 29-30 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Benton, Kentucky. Sept. 20 is the deadline to register. An Advanced Course is being planned for later this fall. For more information, click on links below:  Complete Details | Flyer | Bulletin insert | PowerPoint Questions? Contact Kim Morrison at the Purchase District Office.  

Tennessee River District to offer basic & advanced lay servant classes at three locations on Sept. 30

published 8/23/2017
The Tennessee River District will offer basic and advanced lay servant classes at three different locations on Saturday, Sept. 30: Lexington, Tennesee: Lexington First United Methodist Church Paris, Tennessee: Paris First United Methodist Church Selmer, Tennessee: Selmer First United Methodist Church CLICK HERE for complete information and registration form. Questions? Contact Elyse Bell in the Tennessee River District Office.

Lone Oak UMC's 'Solar Eclipse Event' welcomed nearly 200 guests, most with 'no ties' to the church

published 8/22/2017
Nearly 200 guests visited Lone Oak United Methodist Church on Aug. 21 and most had no previous ties to the church. That’s according to Rev. Jason W. Jones, pastor of the Paducah, Kentucky, church that opened its doors and grounds for a Solar Eclipse Event that offered free viewing glasses, free refreshments and, of course, free admission. Monday, Aug. 21, was the date of a rare solar eclipse and Paducah was in the path of total darkness. The idea for the event, bragged Jones, “emanated from ...

Alexander, Matamoros and Collins receive 2017 Denman Evangelism Awards at Memphis Annual Conference in June in Collierville

published 8/21/2017
By John B. Vaught Three Memphis Conference members received the 2017 Harry Denman Evangelism Award during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, hosted in Collierville, Tennessee, June 4-6. Dr. David Russell, Memphis Conference chair of evangelism, presented the awards, with categories in laity, clergy and youth. The award, established by the Foundation for Evangelism over 30 years ago, celebrates Conference members that demonstrate exceptional efforts of Wesleyan evangelism in their ...

Deaconess Carolyn Lawhorn shares Anderson family 'God story' from Wesley Chapel UMC

published 8/21/2017
By Deaconess Carolyn Lawhorn, Wesley Chapel UMC, Jackson, TN Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.    Exodus23:25  NIV  The warm days of summer bring about many outdoor activities that include cookouts, family reunions and church homecomings. Many of us take for granted the simple blessings of good health that allow us to participate and attend these gatherings. Not so with the Anderson family of Wesley Chapel ...

Four from Memphis Conference traveled to Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in July to participate in 'Congo Women Arise' initiative

published 8/21/2017
By Rev. Neelley Hicks We are more than we were before, yet a piece of us was left behind. Eight people from the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences (Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church) traveled to Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 12-26, to participate in Congo Women Arise – the United Methodist Church initiative that combats stigma due to rape in East Congo, Africa. The team included Rev. Randy Cooper, Rev. Neelley Hicks, Rev. Don Spencer, Erin Bell, Michaela ...

Geary heard reports and learned best practices at meeting of SEJ directors of connectional ministries

published 8/21/2017
Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference, attended the annual meeting of Southeastern Jurisdiction Directors of Connectional Ministries, Aug. 13-16, in Atlanta, Georgia. The group met at the offices of the North Georgia Conference.   The United Methodist group heard a progress report concerning the Commision on a Way Forward, shared best practices for budgeting, nominations, disaster relief, communications, campus ministries and other areas related to their ...

Lone Oak UMC's Aug. 6 'Blessing of the Backpacks' results in 'unexpected generosity' from young trio

published 8/21/2017
Lone Oak United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, hosted a Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Aug. 6, after which the church’s pastor, Rev. Jason W. Jones, posted on his Facebook page:   “It would be almost impossible to enumerate the ways and places in which we saw Christ… From the smile on the face of a child told she could pick out any backpack she wanted to the joyful exclamation of a boy at something as simple as a glue stick, God was present everywhere.”   Jones also reported that ...

Metro District to offer lay servant courses at Emmanuel UMC in Memphis in September

published 8/21/2017
The Metro District of the Memphis Conference will offer basic and advanced lay servant courses this September at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Both classes will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic Course Facilitator: Dennis Walker, district director of lay servant ministries Text: “Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book,” by Sandy Jackson   Advanced Course: “Discovering Your Spiritual ...

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