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. 2019 clergy appointments: Click HERE  

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

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. (Note: This event is different from the June 4 Laity Lunch.) 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 ...

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
CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

‘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 ...

Lambuth Memorial UMC is partnering with local school system to host 'Family Resource Fridays'

published 12/11/2018
Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church (LMUMC) in Jackson, Tennessee, is partnering with the Jackson / Madison County School System to host three Community Connection Expo / Family Resource Friday events in 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The dates are Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15. The church is located at 160 Campbell Street. The church is working to bring services to homeless children and families in need in the community in one location, explained LUMUC's pastor, Rev. Gary Morse. The ...

Online trainings help foster faith in young adults

published 12/11/2018
Foster a sense of purpose and call in your young people with the $45 online class “Culture of the Call: Congregational Life.”  Every person is called to serve God in their own unique way. Any layperson or clergyperson may enroll in this $45 online class and learn practical ideas for creating a call-friendly culture in a church. Learn what other churches are doing. Share your own experiences. Make connections with area camps and campus ministries. Or, be a mentor to young people and learn how...

April 3 is deadline to submit resolutions & petitions for 2019 Memphis Annual Conference

published 12/10/2018
April 3, 2019, is the deadline to submit resolutions and petitions for the 2019 Memphis Annual Conference, according to an announcement this month from Rev. Tim Atkins, chair of the Memphis Annual Conference Committee on Resolutions and Petitions. Submissions may be written in English or Spanish.   Submissions should be emailed (with "resolutions and petitions" in the subject line) to Robbin McCoy at rmccoy@memphis-umc.org or mailed to her at Memphis Conference United Methodist Church, 24 ...

Library & resources of late Rev. Paul Lynn donated to 'Local Pastor Academy' attendees & others

published 12/10/2018
Rev. Paul Lynn had registered for the 2018-19 Academy of Coaching and Leadership for Local Pastors just before his unexpected death on Sept. 5, 2018. Lynn was a retired local pastor serving Crump and Shiloh United Methodist Churches in the Tennessee River District. On Saturday, Dec. 8, Lynn’s complete preaching library and resources were offered by his widow Grace to others new to ministry and attending the December session of the Academy.. Calling the library “one of the finest preaching ...

Thanksgiving gathering at Covington First UMC nets $667 for United Methodist Committee on Relief

published 12/3/2018
By Rev. Dan Camp, Covington First United Methodist Church, Covington, TN The Covington First United Methodist Church family celebrated Thanksgiving in what has become a new tradition. For the second year, the entire congregation gathered to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and spend time cultivating relationships with one another, while also raising $667.70 for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).   Recognizing that that many in our community are not able to spend the holiday ...

Read Craig's recent account of delivering disaster relief supplies on behalf of the Memphis Conference

published 11/27/2018
Ever wonder how disaster relief supplies donated in the Memphis Conference make their way to help survivors? Every disaster and the resulting need is different. Distribution of donated supplies also depends on supplies on hand at UMCOR depots and warehouses. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church that operates under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries. Rev. Robert Craig, executive director ...

9 families receive Thanksgiving food assistance from Mt. Nebo UMC, thanks to Lenten Hunger Offering

published 11/26/2018
2018 Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) monies are already at work. Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Decatur County, received a grant from the Tennessee River District, which received funds from the offering, along with the Memphis Conference’s other three districts. The church used the funds it received to provide Thanksgiving food assistance to area families. Church member Ann Kolaski reported that food was bought for nine families made up of 1 to 6 people per family or 29 people in all. ...

Registration open for 2019 Confirmation Retreats

published 11/26/2018
By Rev. Gary D. Lawson, Jr., Executive Director  Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center, Eva, TN Confirmation Retreats at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee, are a blessing to many young participants seeking to be prepared to give themselves to Christ Jesus. We like to think of these retreats as an important active learning experience and a time-saving resource for already over-worked pastors. The experience of this important spiritual transition in young lives is often more ...

Three churches together honor individuals and institutions for being 'beacons of hope'

published 11/26/2018
Hughlett United Methodist Church in Tigrett, TN, Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Alamo, TN, and Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, TN, together hosted their Seventh Annual Honors and Awards Program and reception on Sunday Nov. 18, at Hughlett UMC. Individuals representing educational institutions, non-profits, financial institutions, the medical profession, armed services, and Greek organizations made up this year’s honorees, according to Rev. James Luvene, who pastors the three ...

Time to order 2019 'Scout Sunday' patches

published 11/26/2018
The 2019 'Scout Sunday' patch is now available for purchase by Memphis Conference scouts and scouting supporters. This includes Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Memphis Conference United Methodist churches typically recognize Scout Sunday in February (second Sunday) or March (Girl Scouts).   Proceeds from patch sales go to purchase Bibles for scouts hiking high adventure trails at Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base scouting operations and support local service projects. The patch ...

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers served lunch to more than 50 families on Thanksgiving Eve

published 11/26/2018
By Rev. Mark Matheny, Board President, United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis Thanks to the dedicated United Methodist Women's team called Key Women, United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC) of Memphis was able to perform a major 2018 Thanksgiving hunger ministry. Utilizing our partnerships with churches and missions, well over 1,000 persons received food baskets or Wednesday lunch or $25 gift cards allowing choice of groceries by each family.         Our generous Key Women made...

Worship bulletins at Ellendale UMC now feature art created by congregation's children and youth

published 11/26/2018
By Rev. Jeff Rudy, Ellendale United Methodist Church, Memphis TN “How can we allow the children to share their gifts more than just one day a year?” This is a question Nilse Gilliam, children’s minister, brought to leaders of Ellendale United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.   For the last two years, Ellendale’s children have led in various parts of worship on a Sunday called “Children’s Sabbath.” Children and youth regularly serve as acolytes, but on this special Sunday, it is truly a ...

Team of 12 college students and 5 adult leaders are headed to Mexico on mission trip after Christmas

published 11/13/2018
Pray for the team. Click here for DAILY PRAYER CALENDAR. By Lane Gardner of Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications Brooke Cagle hopes to be used as a “willing vessel for God’s love” as part of a mission team. The 21-year old senior at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, is one of 12 college students from throughout the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church traveling to Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, Dec. 27- Jan. 4, on a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trip. Five ...

Encourage young adults you know to apply for Global Mission Fellows Program; deadline is Jan. 7

published 11/6/2018
By Erica Kay Oliveira Mission Advocate, Young Adult Mission Service - Missionary Service The application for the United Methodist Global Mission Fellows Program opened on Sept. 15. We have over 340 applications in progress or submitted from young adults (ages 20-30) across the world that are ready to answer God’s call to Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God.   But only 17 of the applications received so far are from the United States.   Please identify at least one young adult in ...

Jerry Flippin of Milan First UMC receives 'Order of St. Andrew' award from United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis & Tennessee Conferences

published 11/2/2018
Jerry Flippin, a member of Milan First United Methodist Church in Milan, Tennessee, received the "Order of St. Andrew" award during his church's worship service on Sunday, Oct. 28. Sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, the award was presented by Dr. Philip Jamieson, president of the Foundation. The Order honors clergy and laity who have greatly influenced the life of the church and blessed lives through their personal ministry, according to a ...

Memphis Conference YOUTH MINISTRY now being directed and coordinated by team of adult leaders

published 10/31/2018
Beginning this fall, youth ministry in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church is operating under a new team-based model of leadership. Youth workers and leaders from across the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) met in July with Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly to design and strategize a youth ministry structure that continues to produce “outreach, engagement and growth,” according to Rev. Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland, a member of the new team. CONFERENCE...

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