Mississippi River District offering two advanced lay servant classes in November

published 8/13/2018
The Mississippi River District is offering two advanced lay servant classes this fall: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the former Brownsville District Office, 1489 E. Main St., Brownsville, TN. Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Troy United Methodist Church, 226 Westbrook St., Troy, TN. Both classes will be led by Dr. Phillip Cook. Cost is $15 which includes lunch. To register or for more information, contact District Lay Resource Leader Susan Davidson at msriverlrl@gmail.com or ...

Here's how to communicate with Memphis Conference delegation to 2019 'called session' of United Methodist General Conference

published 8/9/2018
The Memphis Conference delegation is preparing for its work at the 2019 called session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.   Anyone who wishes to communicate with the delegation should use this email address: COWF@memphis-umc.org   The Memphis Conference is sending the same delegates to the special 2019 session that it elected in 2015 for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Click here to read about the 2015 ...

Lighthouse United Methodist Church's Kaleidoscope Summer Camp: A Blessed Place to Be

published 8/8/2018
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Many volunteers join together to help Stroud family after February tornado in Union City, TN

published 8/8/2018
By Rev. Brian Stahl, Mississippi River District Disaster Response Coordinator Approximately 20 properties were affected when a tornado touched down outside of Union City, Tennessee, on Feb. 24, 2018.  One of the properties is owned by Randy and Theresa Stroud, lay servants in the Mississippi River District.   The couple and their son were trapped inside one of their three mobile homes that were destroyed. They had to be rescued by the Obion County Rescue Squad. The Mississippi River ...

'Willing souls and able bodies' needed by South Carolina Conference to help with disaster recovery

published 8/3/2018
The Disaster Recovery Ministries of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church continue to help South Carolina families recover from devastating floods in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Even though there have been other more recent disasters, the South Carolina Conference still needs "willing souls and able bodies" to work in South Carolina, according to Dan O'Mara, communications coordinator for the conference.   To learn more and volunteer, Click HERE. MORE INFO: Dan ...

Now available: 2019 charge conference forms for 2018 charge conference season

published 8/3/2018
An inventory of 2019 charge conference forms for the 2018 charge conference season of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church is now available for easy download.  Each of the Memphis Conference's four districts has its own list of required forms. Churches are advised to FIRST contact their district office for list of required forms. Below are links to forms you might need: Report of the Trustees | Click Here Report of the Finance Committee | Click Here Continuing Formation ...

Golden Cross Golf Classic set for Thursday, Sept. 13, at Windyke Country Club in Memphis, TN

published 8/2/2018
By Kristi H. Owens, Executive Director, Golden Cross Senior Ministries It is that time of year again! Time to dust off your clubs, shine your shoes and make your early reservation for this year’s Golden Cross Golf Classic on Thursday, Sept. 13.  Last year your participation literally helped transform lives, one need at a time.   This year celebrates the 18th Annual Golden Cross Golf Classic. We are expecting to be blessed with a remarkable early registration of golfers and sponsors for this ...

Here is helpful info about Special Session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri

published 8/1/2018
Feb. 23-26, 2019 St. Louis, Missouri How to communicate with Memphis Conference delegation | DETAILS Latest news | DETAILS Resources for congregations to talk about Way Forward plans | DETAILS Resources for Praying our Way Forward | DETAILS

Martin Methodist College president awarded contract extension after one year in office

published 7/30/2018

Temple UMC in Millington supports neighborhood school with 3 back-to-school activities this week

published 7/30/2018
Temple United Methodist Church in Millington, Tennessee, has numerous back-to-school events planned this week in support of its adopted neighborhood school, Lucy Elementary. Monday, July 30: Back-to-School Breakfast for school's teachers, staff and administrators Sunday, Aug. 5: Blessing of the Backpacks during 11 a.m. worship Sunday, Aug. 5: Back-to-School Prayer Walk, starting at 6:15 p.m. at the school at 4404 Sykes Road For more information, email Temple United Methodist Church's pastor, ...

'Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center' in western N.C. now offering personal spiritual retreats

published 7/24/2018
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in western North Carolina is now offering personal spiritual retreats -- guided and self-directed.   GUIDED RETREATS Aug. 27- 29 | Sept. 3-6 | Oct. 1-3 | Nov. 5-7   Experienced spiritual directors and clergy guide you through a group centering session, evening prayer service and an individual spiritual direction session, while leaving you ample time for personal reflection and renewal. $297 for two nights lodging in Lambuth Inn, program and retreat ...

'Two Sisters Ministry' provides office home for prison congregation: Grace Place United Methodist Church

published 7/24/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications A “hidden ministry” is how Rev. Diane Harrison describes her prison congregation. Located at the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Grace Place United Methodist Church (UMC) has space for worship and activities, but the rural location 60 miles north of Memphis is not suited to meeting, greeting and educating ministry supporters. For that reason, Grace Place UMC now ...

Summary of electronic and digital communication stats from 2018 Memphis Annual Conference:

published 7/24/2018
Below are some digital and electronic communication statistics from the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, held Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5, 2018, in Paducah, KY. The orientation video (6 min/18 sec) (find it here) accessible to everyone, but especially produced for delegates (first-time and seasoned), had 652 views.   The 2018 Memphis Annual Conference information page on the Memphis Conference website (www.memphis-umc.net/2018AC) had 16,352 views between early January and mid July. This ...

Decaturville First UMC is helping feed hungry this summer with 'blessing box' and free meals

published 7/18/2018
CLICK HERE for two July 18 news stories in Decatur County''s News Leader newspaper.

Proceeds from sale of new book benefit United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis

published 7/18/2018
United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis has been named the recipient of proceeds from sales of a new book by Dr. Mark Matheny, retired Memphis Conference United Methodist clergy. Surprising Angels: Dorpey and Other Friends was published this summer under Matheny’s pen name, Obed Branch. The book is a collection of “15 character sketches of unusual people” who touched Matheny’s life during the early years of his ministry -- in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of these persons, Matheny ...

Note staffing news for conference and districts

published 7/5/2018
The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has experienced staff changes and additions at the conference and district levels in recent months. They are listed below. MEMPHIS CONFERENCE Elyse Bell - Director of Missional Engagement Shelby Johnston - Summer Office Intern METRO DISTRICT LaToria Presley -  Administrative Assistant Morgan Stafford - District Cross-Cultural Strategist MISSISSIPPI RIVER DISTRICT Laura Hernandez - District Hispanic Ministries Strategist PURCHASE DISTRICT...

Arlington UMC scouts experience wilderness camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing at 'Northern Tier'

published 6/29/2018
Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 452, chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, took a “high adventure trip” this month to Northern Tier in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.   Northern Tier offers Boy Scout troops “incredible canoe journeys and wilderness camping,” according to Teresa Pinkston-Rector, religious and service hours coordinator/chartered organization rep for Scouting Ministries at Arlington UMC.   Participants from Arlington UMC ...

2018 'Youth Annual Gathering' drew participants from ten Memphis Conference churches

published 6/26/2018
Approximately 100 youth, college students and youth workers representing ten churches from throughout the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church participated in the 2018 Youth Annual Gathering (YAG), June 3-5, at Broadway United Methodist Church in downtown Paducah, Kentucky.   Participating churches were Arcadia, Bolivar, Broadway, Calvert City, Capleville, Covenant, Germantown, Halls, Shiloh and Trinity (Paducah), according to Rev. Amanda Crice, campus minister of the Wesley ...

July 12 is deadline for youth to apply for spot on Conference Youth Council (CYC) for 2018-19

published 6/21/2018
July 12 is the deadline for Memphis Conference youth to apply for a spot on the Conference Youth Council (CYC) for the 2018-19 year.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS and APPLICATION

New 'John Wesley' tattoo has important meaning for Rev. Jason W. Jones as he itinerates this summer

published 6/19/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference He says he is “not a tattoo junkie,” but Rev. Jason W. Jones recently decided to get some "skin art" with important meaning for him: an image of a Methodist circuit rider with the accompanying words, “The world is my parish.”   The image of the circuit rider – clergy on horseback – has always been a “motivator” for Jones, who said it keeps him centered in his ministry, particularly the itinerant aspect of his life as United ...

Resolution for 'intent to form new conference' passes

published 6/19/2018
FROM Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly Nashville Episcopal Area The United Methodist Church I am pleased to announce that the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences have voted, each by more than 87%, to endorse the intent to move forward with a plan to form a new conference! With this positive vote, the conferences have agreed to rely on God to show us the “new thing” that God is doing! (Isaiah 43:19). Next steps: We will continue to model innovation, unity, and good stewardship of our ...

'Kids With God' summer outreach program was offered by Hazel UMC in Hazel, KY

published 6/18/2018
Seven children and a teenage helper participated in this summer’s “Kids With God” outreach program, a new ministry at Hazel United Methodist Church in Hazel, Kentucky. The ministry received its funding from individual and church donations and a $500 grant from the Memphis Conference “Churches Reaching Neighbors” grant program. “We had a diverse representation of children: 3 black, 2 Hispanic and 2 white, all getting along and learning about God. We hope and expect these numbers will grow,” ...

Ministry update from United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, an agency of the Memphis Conference

published 6/18/2018
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31      By Rev. Chuck Pittman, Grimes Memorial United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN   Changes are taking place at United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC). The Memphis Conference agency in Memphis, Tennessee, is in the process of divesting itself of expensive properties so it might be able to concentrate on ...

Women of Memphis Conference among United Methodist Women (UMW) urged to change world

published 6/18/2018
A group of 22 women from the Memphis Conference were among more than 6,000 women who gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the power and inspiration to make a difference in the world. The United Methodist Women’s Assembly was held May 18-20 in Columbus, Ohio, with the theme “The Power of Bold.” Read story from United Methodist News Service Read another story from United Methodist News Service Read report and see photos by United Methodist ...

Wrap-up ... 'See all the people’ was theme of 2018 Memphis Annual Conference in Paducah, KY

published 6/15/2018
************************************************************************** PHOTO ALBUM (202 images) | Click Here  PHOTO BOOTH (106 images) | Click Here VIDEO | Click Here 'SEE ALL THE PEOPLE' RESOURCES | Click Here CLERGY APPOINTMENTS | Click Here (updated 6.21.18) WORSHIP LITURGIES | Opening Service | Retirement Service |  Memorial Service | Ordination Service | Closing Service COMMUNICATION STATS | DETAILS  (added 7.26.18) EVALUATION | Click Here  | June 30 is deadline to submit. MORE ...

'Fiesta with Jesus' Hispanic outreach events took place June 6-8 in three communities

published 6/14/2018
Fiesta With Jesus, a Hispanic outreach initiative of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, was offered in three different locations on June 6, 7 and 8. The Memphis Conference includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The guest speaker for all three events that also included food, games and Bible stories, was Pastor Hector Costilla Diaz of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico. He was in the U.S. to attend the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, June 3-5 in Paducah, Kentucky, and extended...

Martin Methodist College thanks Memphis Annual Conference for 'hospitality and excitement'

published 6/13/2018
Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, sends "thanks" to participants at the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference in Paducah, Kentucky, June 3-5, according to Dr. Ed Trimmer, executive director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership at MMC. Trimmer expressed thanks for "wonderful hospitality and excitement as we served donuts and coffee Monday and Tuesday morning. It was a joy and blessing for us to be present with our brothers and sisters in Christ."    

New story: United Methodist Judicial Council OKs submission of 'other petitions' for General Conference special session in 2019

published 5/25/2018
Click HERE for story by United Methodist News Service.

500 women prisoners enjoy concert by Veritas, sponsored by Grace Place United Methodist Church

published 5/21/2018
“Hope Survives” was the opening song of a May 19 concert, sponsored by Grace Place United Methodist Church at the church’s home inside the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Fort Pillow, Tennessee. Veritas, a contemporary classical vocal group, presented the concert in memory of E. Hunter Harrison, brother of the church’s pastor, Rev. Diane Harrison. Harrison's brother died in December 2017 and “was a generous supporter of Grace Place,” she said....

Family Life Center at Gadsden UMC is open to public Mon./Thur., 5 to 7 p.m., to walk or exercise

published 5/21/2018
Gadsden United Methodist Church is opening its Family Life Center to the public to "walk or exercise" on Mondays and Thursdays, from 5 to 7 p.m. "It costs nothing and is a great way to fellowship with others and live a healthier life," said a media release from the church. The church is located at 20048 Hwy 79, Gadsden, TN 38337  

News story: Bishops clarify statement on 'Commission on a Way Forward' recommendation

published 5/18/2018
READ STORY by United Methodist News Service.

Hazel UMC's 114th anniversary service offers glimpse of heaven: 'no boundaries of race, denomination or gender'

published 5/16/2018
By Rev. April Arnold Hazel United Methodist Church Hazel, KY   Hazel United Methodist Church in Hazel, Kentucky, celebrated 114 years in ministry at a homecoming Service on Sunday, May 6.   Who we celebrated with is what is remarkable.    Through our Wednesday morning time of Bible study, fellowship and prayer that we have re-branded and are calling, "Coffee With God," we have welcomed people from different races and denominations. From these relationships, bridges have been formed culminating ...

Ross UMC hosts 'Teachers Can't Do It Alone' event

published 5/16/2018
Seventeen teachers from Dyer County and Dyersburg City Public Schools received certificates of appreciation and gifts from Ross United Methodist Church on May 4. The 7th annual “Teachers Can’t Do It Alone” Luncheon was held at the church’s Cornerstone Center in Dyersburg. Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of Dyersburg State Community College, was the speaker.  Others in attendance were Rev. James Luvene, the church’s pastor; Rev. Gary Meade of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church; Chris Young, mayor of ...

Six new Stephen Ministers commissioned at Trinity United Methodist Church in Paducah

published 5/16/2018
Trinity United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, commissioned six new Stephen Ministers on Sunday, May 6.   Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during...

'Selfie Scavenger Hunt' announced by 'Conference Youth Council' in lead-up to Annual Conference

published 5/15/2018
For details, click on 2 links below: #seethenewthing Scavenger Hunt  Get to Know You Scavenger Hunt

Kathryn Nation awarded Walter Russell Lambuth scholarship for 2018-19 academic year

published 5/15/2018
Kathryn Nation has been awarded the 2018-19 Walter Russell Lambuth scholarship, according to an announcement by Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Cindy Lowe, chairperson of the Memphis Conference Higher Education and Campus Ministry Team. The scholarship is one example of how the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church “invests in young people,” one of its “four areas of focus,” said Geary. Nation is a ...

News story: Error forces revote on failed constitutional amendment

published 5/11/2018
Read story by United Methodist News Service (UMNS).

News story: Church ratifies three constitutional amendments

published 5/7/2018
READ STORY by United Methodist News Service

News story: Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

published 5/4/2018
READ STORY by United Methodist News Service (UMNS).

Cokesbury will have 'Ministry Resource Center' at 2018 Memphis Annual Conference in Paducah, KY

published 5/3/2018
Cokesbury is bringing its "Ministry Resource Center" to the 2018 Memphis Annual Conference, June 3-5, at The Carson Center in Paducah, Kentucky. The Cokesbury Ministry Resource Center will be located in the Carson Center's River Room and will include: A robust selection of books available for on-site purchase featuring bishops’ “picks,” speaker books, official resources, new titles and bestsellers. Displays highlighting new and classic resources which will be available for review and ...

District Attorney Goodman speaks at 'Youth Summit' at Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg

published 5/3/2018
“Crunk for Christ” was the theme for a “Youth Summit” at Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee, on April 28. Danny H. Goodman Jr. of Ridgely, Tennessee, (pictured at right), district attorney general for the 29th Judicial District, was the speaker. “Youth and adults from Dyersburg, Dyer County and other communities enjoyed music, refreshments, motivational speakers and other activities intended to provide the youth with encouragement and positive role models,” according to a ...

May 5 is launch of 'Music and a Message,' a new worship service from Center UMC in Newbern, TN

published 4/26/2018
By. Dr. Phillip Cook Center United Methodist Church, Newbern, TN Center United Methodist Church in Newbern, Tennessee, in the Mississippi River District announces the beginning of a new non-traditional worship experience at a non-traditional time.  "Music and a Message" will take place the first Saturday night of the month at 6 pm with the first service on Saturday, May 5.    This new service will feature some new uplifting, upbeat worship songs, as well as old-time favorites. Our music will...

Spots open for volunteers on 'reconstruction team' from Collierville UMC headed to Puerto Rico in June

published 4/26/2018
By Rev. Dane Wood Associate Pastor, Collierville United Methodist Church Six months ago, Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.The island is still suffering from major power and water outages.  Collierville United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, is working with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to send a reconstruction team to Puerto Rico, June 9-16. We have a few spots open on the team and would love ...

Golden Cross issues challenge to collect 13 move-in kits in 13 weeks - to help senior homeless

published 4/25/2018
By Kristi H. Owens |Executive Director GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries GOLDEN CROSS has initiated a new challenge to help with the ever growing needs of senior homeless. In 2017, GOLDEN CROSS assisted in 24 cases of senior residents in Wesley Living communities who were homeless. Since the beginning of 2018, we have assisted in 11 cases. We are challenging churches, individuals, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, youth groups, and more to join us and the HW Durham Foundation to ...

Clergy Blogs

published 4/24/2018
Below is a current list of faith-themed blogs by active and retired clergy affiliated with the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of The United Methodist Church. They are listed in alphabetical order by author with Bishop McAlilly's blog at the top of the list. The quickest way to find this list is to visit this Memphis Conference website at www.memphis-umc.net and click on "Clergy Blogs" near the top of the home page. CLERGY BLOGS listed in alphabetical order by ...

'Disaster response' is now a single Episcopal Area ministry for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, coordinated by Rev. Robert Craig

published 4/15/2018
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference   Effective Jan. 1, the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences of the Nashville Episcopal Area have combined their disaster response ministries into a single area-wide ministry, according to an announcement by Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly.   Named to coordinate the Nashville Episcopal Area Disaster Response Ministry is Rev. Robert Craig, an elder in the Memphis Conference, who additionally serves as executive director of ...

H.G. Stovall is named executive office administrator for Nashville Episcopal Area office staff in Nashville

published 4/12/2018
  H.G. Stovall has been named executive office administrator for the episcopal office staff, according to an announcement by Bishop Bill McAlilly, resident bishop for the Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. Stovall said he looks forward to “rolling up [his] sleeves and seeing what God has in store.” The Nashville Area episcopal office is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  Stovall is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, ...

Fearless dialogues described as hopeful, inspiring

published 4/10/2018
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS by Glenese Scales, Rev. Autura Eason-Williams and Rev. Bill Lawson Article By Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson On the way “from here to hear to there,” the terrain is often difficult, painful, and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Nevertheless, a capacity crowd from across the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church and beyond gathered close Sunday night at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for what moderator and Emory University Professor Dr. Gregory...

United Methodists in Memphis remember death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years ago: 'Work to do'

published 4/10/2018
MORE PHOTOS BY COLLINS DILLARD - CLICK HERE Many events and activities took place in Memphis, Tennessee, last week to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.   “MLK50 - Where Do We Go From Here” was the theme of the initiative coordinated by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis to inspire a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement, encourage activism and spark change.   Rev. Renee Dillard and her husband, Collins,...

'Caring for Creation Sunday' on April 22 will be 18th annual observance by Millington First UMC

published 4/5/2018
By Caryl Rawls Millington First United Methodist Church, Millington, TN   For the last 18 years Millington First United Methodist Church in Millington, Tennessee, has held a “Caring for Creation Sunday” in the month of April.    This special service takes place on the Sunday nearest Earth Day, an international event that focuses on the need to protect the natural environment. The focus for this Sunday worship service is on praising God for creation and the Christian’s responsibility to care for...

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