Scouts at Arlington UMC volunteer time to help others

published 11/24/2017
By Teresa Rector, Arlington United Methodist Church Sometimes the youngest kids have the biggest hearts for service.  The first grade Tiger den of Cub Scout Pack 452 chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, recently did a service project for Help Group in Bartlett, Tennessee. Over 400 families were helped. The scouts worked hard and with a smile on their faces. The community was very appreciative of the boys pushing carts, loading groceries, and all the ...

United Methodist program in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers youth internships & group service opportunities

published 11/17/2017
By Sarah Putman Summer Impact Director Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Cincinnati, OH Summer Impact 2018 is an opportunity for youth and young adults in the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) of The United Methodist Church who have a heart for missions. The program offers individual internships and group service opportunities. The deadline to apply for an internship is Jan. 31.   Summer Impact 2018 – Reel to Real – A Look at Truth and Faith in Film   Join us ...

Ambassadors available to share impact of Black College Fund with local churches

published 11/16/2017
CLICK HERE TO READ STORY. Memphis Conference churches may request the visit of an ambassador by contacting: Beth Neil United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry 615.340.7336  

Campus ministry at U of M adopted by Faith Circle of Germantown UMC's 'United Methodist Women'

published 11/16/2017
By. Rev. Rick Pinkston Wesley Foundation University of Memphis About a year ago, the United Methodist Women of Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, Tennessee, saw the need to establish a new Circle. This new group chose the name "Faith" to identify themselves and their work.  As part of a circle’s order, the group chooses a particular ministry outside its local church to support. The Faith Circle chose the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at the University of Memphis.  Faith ...

Christmas cards for towboat crews

published 11/16/2017
Ministry of Concord United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, is featured in the Nov./Dec. 2017 final issue of Interpreter magazine, the ministry magazine for lay and clergy leaders in local United Methodist churches across the United States. CLICK HERE to read the story.  

Memphis Theological Seminary is offering class on 'John Wesley's Practical Theology'

published 11/16/2017
"John Wesley's Practical Theology" is the name of a class that will be offered by Dr. Michael Turner and the Methodist House of Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) beginning in January 2018. The class is available for credit or non-credit (auditing) and will be offered in on-campus, hybrid and online formats. For complete information, CLICK HERE. The deadline to apply through the MTS Admissions Office is Jan. 10. 

Young adults from Memphis Conference explored call to ministry at Portland event

published 11/16/2017
CLICK HERE to read article on the Tennessee Conference website that tells about a group of young adults from the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences of The United Methodist Church that attended Exploration 2017 in  Portland, Oregon, in early November 2017.    

Seven United Methodist churches are helping homeless in Memphis via 'Room in the Inn'

published 11/14/2017
by Jennifer Brezina For the eighth straight winter, dozens of Memphis-area churches are banding together to help people needing shelter from the cold weather. The list includes seven churches in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church: Bartlett, Christ, Covenant, Emmanuel, Germantown, Heartsong and Trinity. Room in the Inn - Memphis, a non-profit network of churches that provides free overnight shelter and meals to the homeless, kicked off a new season on ...

Four United Methodists honored by HARC

published 11/13/2017
Four United Methodists were among those honored as “HARCAngels” at the Sept. 28 Community Service Awards Celebration of the Highland Area Renewal Corporation (HARC) in Memphis. The celebration took place at the University of Memphis. Dr. Mark Matheny, who directs HARC, said the award recognizes "unselfish service in the University area or metro-wide." Click here to read more about the event. Now retired, Matheny is a former pastor of St. Luke's UMC, located in the Highland Area of Memphis. ...

Kaleidoscope after-school program has begun at Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg

published 11/13/2017
Kaleidoscope is the name of an after-school program that has begun at Ross United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The new outreach ministry offers kindergarten through eighth grade children assistance with homework, reading, arts and music to help them succeed in school. For more information, contact Jennifer Armstrong at 731.285.1465 or  

Nov. 16 is annual joint Thanksgiving meal of Heartsong UMC & 'Memphis Islamic Center'

published 11/12/2017
On Thursday, Nov. 16, Heartsong United Methodist Church and Memphis Islamic Center in Cordova, Tennessee, near Memphis, will have their joint annual Thanksgiving dinner. More than 300 people, Christian and Islamic, will assemble at 6:30 p.m. at Heartsong Church, located at 800 N. Houston Levee Road. "This Thanksgiving dinner celebrates the friendship that was formed when the people of the Memphis Islamic Center, with no place to worship during their most holy days, were invited to use ...

Helpful security & safety resources for churches:

published 11/7/2017
In the wake of the shooting tragedy at a Texas church on Sunday, Nov. 5, InfoServ at United Methodist Communications has quickly compiled the following list of resources to help protect congregants, pastors and staff:   Local law enforcement are good contacts for training and educating church members about security.   United Methodist Insurance (UMI) offers several memos on risk management and protecting people and property.  See the categories in the left menu under Resources for Churches: ht...

Register through Nov. 20 for online UM history course for Spanish speakers; class starts Jan. 15

published 11/2/2017
An online course about United Methodist history for Spanish speakers (La Historia de la Iglesia Metodista Unida) will be offered Jan. 15 to March 25 by the Office of Clergy Formation at the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education.  Registration for the course is open through Monday, Nov. 20. United Methodist History is one of three classes (United Methodist Polity, Doctrine and History) in the Advanced Course of Study program designed for those serving as local pastors or those ...

Christ UMC in Memphis to host 'Surviving the Holidays' grief support seminars Nov. 5 and 12

published 10/30/2017
Christ UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, is hosting two Surviving the Holidays seminars to help people get through the holidays after the loss of a loved one. Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Christ Church’s East Ministry Center, 9056 Poplar Pike, Suite 107, Germantown Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m. in Wilson/Ross 415 at Christ Church Memphis main campus, 4488 Poplar Avenue Each seminar is free and open to the public.  MORE INFO: Leigh Anne Murray (901) 261-2106

'Residence in Ministry' (RIM) group from Memphis Conference traveled to Tarime, Tanzania, in Sept.

published 10/26/2017
CLICK HERE to read story and see photos about Sept. 19-30 trip. Story and photos by Rev. Renee Dillard Residence in Ministry Coordinator Board of Ordained Ministry Memphis Conference The United Methodist Church

2017 Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog: Choose meaningful Christmas gifts that help change lives

published 10/26/2017
Offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world this Christmas by choosing one or more of the below gift-giving opportunities. Memphis Conference agencies and ministries were invited to submit 2017 gift-giving opportunities by Oct. 18 for this third annual Memphis Conference Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog. The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Click on one or more of the below links (listed in alphabetical order by sponsoring agency/min...

Purchase District needs 'prayers, payers and players' for its 2017 'Project Christmas House' - Dec. 26-Jan. 1 in Durant, MS

published 10/26/2017
CLICK HERE for information on the Purchase District website.

Memphis is one of 21 cities on UMC's 'Advent Tour,' but all churches in conference may participate in 'The True Meaning of Christmas' campaign

published 10/24/2017
The United Methodist Church is inviting churches to participate in its 16‑state “True Meaning of Christmas Tour” during Advent. The tour will travel through 21 cities, one of which is Memphis, Tennessee, in the Memphis Conference on Friday, Dec. 8. According to United Methodist Communications, churches may participate in the tour by hosting their own hot cocoa fellowship events. Details and a step‑by‑step guide are available to help plan. While supplies last, any church from anywhere in the ...

Spread word about #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28

published 10/24/2017
“Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission” to address the needs in the world today on UMC #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. Last year, nearly 2,550 donors from 19 countries donated more than $850,000 through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world, according to Thomas Kemper, General Secretary for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.  To get involved and spread the message of generosity, #GivingTuesday resources have been created. They include answers to ...

2017 'Lenten Hunger Offering' raised $39,381

published 10/23/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference Memphis Conference United Methodist churches gave $39,381 in 2017 to the annual Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO). The money has now been distributed to feeding ministries inside and outside the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.   The LHO is unique to the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) and has raised more than $2 million for hunger-relief ministries since its establishment in 1983. It is ...

Milan First United Methodist Church to celebrate 150th anniversary and homecoming on Nov. 5

published 10/23/2017
By Marilyn Ramsey, Milan First United Methodist Church Milan First United Methodist Church in Milan, Tennessee, will celebrate its 150th year in ministry on Sunday, Nov. 5, with a morning service at 10:30 a.m. A celebration lunch will follow. All are invited to attend as it is Homecoming, also. The church's address is 2000 Jones Blvd. The church was founded when Beverly Adam Williamson, a prominent Milan citizen, and “13 other members of the Methodist faith” came together in 1867 to form and ...

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...

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 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 ...

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