United Methodist Foundation for Memphis and Tennessee Conferences is ready to help with financial needs during & after COVID-19 emergency

published 3/23/2020
During the current time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 health emergency, The United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences and Development Fund wants to assure the public it is fully functioning and ready to help with financial needs.  Rev. Dr. Philip Jamieson made this announcement in a media release on Sunday, March 22. “We are processing your deposits as usual and will be happy to assist with any transactions or questions you may have. All staff are checking and...

COVID-19 RESOURCES

published 3/19/2020
Above date is when this resource was first created. This page is updated as new or different information becomes available. Each resource is evaluated for inclusion according to its value to United Methodist churches and ministries in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky that make up the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.  JANUARY 2021 PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) | Information for Churches | DETAILS TIPS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY DURING COVID-19 | DETAILS BE MINDFUL of WORSHIP ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed Good Friday, April 10

published 3/17/2020
The Memphis Conference Office of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED on Good Friday, April 10. 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 25, for Memorial Day

published 3/17/2020
  The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will be CLOSED Monday, May 25, 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 31 is deadline to apply for Mullikin Academic Scholarship

published 3/15/2020
This scholarship is for young persons seeking post-graduate education toward a goal of ordained ministry or camp and retreat ministry in The United Methodist Church. DETAILS

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis issues appeal for groceries and monetary gifts

published 3/15/2020
Groceries and monetary gifts for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) are being sought during the current public health crisis as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is according to a March 15 appeal from Dr. Mark Matheny, president of the Board of Directors of UMNCM, an agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.  “We share with all of you our prayers during this unprecedented crisis in public health and economic hardship. Our Miriam ...

Here is list (and links) of Memphis Conference churches offering online worship services during period of public health concern related to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

published 3/13/2020
12.29.20 Update: Some churches may have returned to some form of in-person worship, but it is best to check with any church to confirm worship time(s) before traveling to worship. Some churches may have revised their virtual worship methods and schedules after the below links were submitted.  To add your church to this list or revise information, email communications@memphis-umc.org Below is a list (alphabetical order) of United Methodist churches in the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee ...

Bishop Bill McAlilly announces cabinet appointments, effective July 1

published 3/11/2020
Bishop William T. McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church announced today his intention to make the following cabinet appointments effective July 1, 2020.    Rev. Dan Camp will be appointed as the superintendent of the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference, based in Jackson, TN. Camp will follow the Rev. Dr. Richard Clark who will be completing the maximum term as the District Superintendent of the Tennessee River District and will be seeking the ...

Delegation announces 'call to prayer' and 'listening sessions' for General Conference 2020

published 3/9/2020
March 19 UPDATE: These events are CANCELED due to call to suspend gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks due to the spread of COVID-19. By Rev. Autura Eason-Williams, Lead Delegate General Conference, the legislative body of The United Methodist Church, will meet May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, MInnesota. The 862 delegates, Council of Bishops, and volunteers preparing to serve our global connection need and want your prayers. Several months ago, the Memphis Conference ...

Reps from 11 Metro District churches attend 'Immigration: Strengthening The United Methodist Church Connection' on Feb.23 in Memphis

published 3/9/2020
"Immigration: Strengthening The United Methodist Church Connection” was the title of a Feb. 23 gathering that drew attendees from 11 Metro District churches.   The event took place at El Redentor United Methodist Chuch in Memphis.   The immigration-themed agenda included a “service of lamentation and hope,” starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by information about “translating hope into action” at 4:30 p.m.   Participating churches included Aldergate, Asbury, Bartlett, Capleville, Colonial Park, El ...

Online course helps confirmation sponsors mentor young people; trainings start March 2 and April 20

published 2/24/2020
An “Mentoring Young People in Their Faith” class at BeADisciple.com makes it easy for adults to learn the do’s and don’ts of mentoring young people and serving as confirmation sponsors. Trainings start March 2 and April 20. The three-week, online course, written and taught by United Methodists, emphasizes following the local church’s boundary and safety practices.  Participants also receive quarterly newsletters with additional mentoring resources after the course has ended. Visit www.beadisc...

Arlington United Methodist Church celebrated 20 years of scouting ministries on Feb. 9

published 2/12/2020
Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 452 at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, celebrated 20 years of scouting ministries on Sunday, Feb. 9. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman issued a proclamation detailing the scouts’ service to the community. He declared February 9, 2020 as Scout Day in Arlington. 2020 also marks 100 years of United Methodist Scouting across The United Methodist Church. During the church celebration: 14 Scouts received religious emblems awards Pack and ...

Conference History Task Group seeks historical artifacts for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 2/12/2020
The Memphis Conference History Task Group is now seeking historical artifacts to display during the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference, June 8-10 in Germantown, Tennessee. "Interesting” items may come from churches, groups or individuals, according to Dr. Mark Matheny, chair of the Task Group. Matheny said the Task Group is particularly interested in items dating from the 19th century. April 20 is the deadline to register an item with Matheny by contacting him at memtheny@gmail.com or ...

'Plain Grace Plan' submitted by Memphis Conference's Frank Holbrook is among many being considered to structure The United Methodist Church

published 2/7/2020
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference As The United Methodist Church moves toward its 2020 General Conference, many plans for structuring the denomination have been and are being submitted for consideration. 2020 General Conference takes place May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with 862 delegates from around the world. General Conference is the denomination’s top legislative body that makes decisions on submitted legislation. Actions of one General Conference ...

April 15 is deadline to apply for Walter Russell Lambuth undergraduate & graduate scholarship(s)

published 2/6/2020
April 15 is the deadline to apply for the Walter Russell Lambuth (1854-1921) undergraduate and graduate scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, according to an announcement from the Memphis Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. This scholarship(s) is open to students attending schools related to The United Methodist Church through the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Up to $4,500 will be awarded for the 2020-21 academic year to one or ...

March 1 is deadline for United Methodist college and seminary students to apply for 'Dollars for Scholars' for 2020-21 school year

published 2/5/2020
The United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences continues to partner with the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) to provide financial support to college and seminary students through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program.    March 1 is the deadline for students in the Memphis Conference to submit applications for the 2020-21 school year.   This scholarship begins with $1,000 from one's local church, which is matched by UMHEF as well as ...

Project 20/20 will be at April 21 'Frog Jump Fish Fry' to receive glasses and distribute donation boxes

published 1/29/2020
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 21, to receive donations of eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as distribute donation boxes, according to Phillip Cox, Project 20/20 volunteer. 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 ...

Delegates and others from Memphis Conference attended pre-General Conference News Briefing

published 1/27/2020
     Clergy and laity from the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church attended the pre-General Conference News Briefing Jan. 23-24 in Nashville, Tennessee, in preparation for the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The briefing, hosted by United Methodist News at the Omni Hotel, was designed to help delegates, communicators, agency and annual conference staff and other interested parties prepare for the denomination's legislative body when it meets in ...

Southeastern Jurisdiction 'Committee on Episcopacy' shares 'Plan of Intent' for July episcopal elections

published 1/16/2020
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Coldwater United Methodist Church in Murray receives 'Renfro Trust Fund' grant

published 1/14/2020
Coldwater United Methodist Church (UMC) in Murray, Kentucky, in the Memphis Conference’s Purchase District is the recipient of a grant from the Renfro Trust Fund. 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. Click HERE for more information. The grants are for small membership, rural churches. Population guidelines are included in the grant ...

Craig reports on weekend storm damage in Nashville Episcopal Area -- and how to help those affected

published 1/14/2020
By Rev. Robert Craig, Coordinator, Nashville Episcopal Area Disaster Response Ministry I have been in conversation with people in several locations of the Nashville Episcopal Area today and have gone over the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) situation report of damage.  It seems that our Memphis and Tennessee Conferences were fortunate over the weekend. However, there may be small communities in some locations that were overwhelmed and need assistance for cleanup and/or repair. ...

Dates and location announced for Memphis Conference 'certified lay minister' training

published 1/14/2020
Memphis Conference Certified Lay Minister Training Fri-Sat, Feb. 28-29 Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Fri-Sat, April 24-25 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS Friday evening schedule is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday schedule is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All 3 sessions must be completed for certification. Location - Mississippi River District Office Cost: $75 covers materials for all sessions. To qualify, a participant must have completed the Advanced Lay Speaking class and provide a recommendation letter signed by ...

Memphis Conference delegation endorses Dr. Autura Eason-Williams as episcopal nominee

published 1/14/2020
Additional endorsements (with links) are listed at the end of this article. The Memphis Conference delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has endorsed Rev. Autura Eason-Williams as its 2020 episcopal nominee to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church.   Eason-Williams, pastor of Capleville United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee (Metro District), will be among other nominees for the role of bishop to be elected during the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional ...

Feb. 24 is deadline to enter Alford Scholarship Competition at Martin Methodist College

published 1/10/2020
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS MORE INFO: Allen T. Stanton Executive Director Office: 931-363-9834 www.cultivaterural.com  

April 1 is deadline to submit resolutions for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference in Germantown, TN

published 1/6/2020
April 1 is the deadline to submit resolutions for the 2020 Memphis Annual Conference, according to an announcement today from Rev. Tim Atkins, chair of the Memphis Annual Conference Committee on Resolutions. Important Word from Bishop Bill McAlilly (from his March 27 blog post): It is my deep hope that we will be able to gather in June for Annual Conference. At this time, we have not made a decision about postponing Annual Conference (due to Coronavirus). However, we will make that decision no...

Campaign materials are ready for '2020 Lenten Hunger Offering' set for Feb. 26 – April 12

published 1/6/2020
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CAMPAIGN MATERIALS   By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications Materials are now available for the 2020 Lenten Hunger Offering campaign that will run from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, to Easter Sunday, April 12.    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. 2020 marks the campaign’s 37th ...

Hymn writing contest announced for 2020 Memphis Annual Conference

published 1/2/2020
By Dr. Mark Matheny, History Task Group Coordinator, 2020 Memphis Annual Conference Create new messages in music! As part of the celebration of the 180-year history of our Memphis Conference, you are invited to write new hymns. 2020 (June 8-10 in Germantown, Tennessee), will be our last Memphis Annual Conference.  During worship we hope to include two new hymns—one celebrating faithful heritage and one bridging the way toward our connection as the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference that ...

Memphis Conference Office in Jackson will be closed for MLK, Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 20

published 12/28/2019
The Memphis Conference Office of The United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn., will be CLOSED for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 20 (third Monday of January). The office that serves United Methodist churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky is located at 24 Corporate Blvd. in Jackson, Tenn. Treasurer's Office: 731-664-5540 Connectional Ministries Office: 731-664-8480

Here is 2020 loan and scholarship info from United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry

published 12/19/2019
The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)’s Office of Loans and Scholarships provides millions of dollars in scholarships to students every year. GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships has announced important dates for the 2020 year. Loan Information: The spring loan application period opened on Dec.12. This application is for enrollment between the months of January to May 2020. The deadline to apply is May 5. Students are eligible to apply for up to ...

'Girls United' mentoring program has Christmas event

published 12/17/2019
Girls United of Alamo and Dyersburg, Tennessee, met on Dec. 12 in Dyersburg for a Christmas event to celebrate young women of long standing who faithfully participate in the Girls United mentoring program. Also in attendance were Jean Love and Theresa Powell, who lead the Crockett County Division, and Rev. James Luvene, of Hughlett, Lighthouse, and Ross United Methodist Churche.  Girls United is a mentoring program to guide young women, ages 14-17, especially those at risk, in the community. ...

Olive Branch UMC filled 300+ Christmas mugs with useful items and gave them to senior citizens

published 12/12/2019
By Tammy Wimberly, Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Como, TN   The congregation of Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Como, Tennessee, collects Christmas coffee mugs year-round for a special ministry every December.    We collect 300+ mugs each year and fill them with items senior citizens can use: lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, fingernail clippers, candy, gloves, socks, shampoo, fingernail files, razors, pens, tissue, lip balm and dental floss.    The mugs are then wrapped, ...

Program by Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross UMCs honors local public servants

published 12/11/2019
By Rev. James Luvene The Eighth Annual Honors and Award Program sponsored by Hughlett, Lighthouse and Ross United Methodist Churches in the Mississippi River District was held at Hughlett United Methodist Church in Tigrett, Tennessee, on Nov. 24. Honorees included: Neal Chatham, Director of New Life Union Mission Gary Reason, Mayor of Crockett County Rose Clardy, Executive Director of the Dyer County Transitions Program Jean Love, of Crockett County Circuit Court Teresa Powell, Service ...

2020 marks 20 years of scouting ministry accomplishments for Arlington UMC

published 12/5/2019
By Teresa Pinkston Rector, Scouting Ministries Coordinator, Arlington United Methodist Church February 2020 will mark 20 years of scouting ministries at Arlington United Methodist Church (UMC) in Arlington, Tennessee, and 100 years of United Methodist scouting as a whole.  Cub Scout Pack 452 began in 1999 at Arlington Elementary School and moved its charter to Arlington UMC in the 2000. The scouting unit began with seven boys and has grown to currently serving more than 160 boys in the Cub Scout...

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis seeks to raise $75,000 during December 2019

published 12/5/2019
“Compassion for All God’s Children” is the theme for a December 2019 campaign by United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) to raise $75,000 in capital and service funds. UMNCM is an agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. "With the new 'Star Ministries' now at seven locations and growing, our mission, founded in 1907, needs to undergird Miriam Center, after-school programs, hunger ministry and more," reported Dr. Mark Matheny, president of the Board of ...

'A Right Jolly Old Elf' is Dec. 8-9 Christmas play at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN

published 12/2/2019
The Martin Methodist College (MMC) Drama Program’s Martin Players will present an original Christmas play, “A Right Jolly Old Elf.”    “A Right Jolly Old Elf” presents the adventures of a theatre company performing a children’s play and features the character Virginia O’ Hanlon, drawing from the famous editorial in the Chicago Sun that begins, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”   Serving as creator and director of the show is English Professor Dr. Kayla Wiggins. “I have always been ...

Martin Methodist College seeks speaking opportunities at UM churches & organizations

published 12/2/2019
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Memphis Theological Seminary celebrates new 'Hamilton and Varnell Chair in Wesleyan Studies'

published 12/2/2019
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Wesley Foundation at University of Memphis thanks Germantown UMC's UMW 'Faith Circle' for $upport

published 12/2/2019
The Wesley Foundation at the University of Memphis recently expressed thanks to the Faith Circle of United Methodist Women at Germantown United Methodist Church for its financial support of the campus ministry during 2019. This year through (a) series of fundraisers, the Faith Circle raised $4,493.28 for Memphis Wesley," reported Morgan Stafford, executive director of the Memphis Wesley Foundation . Stafford also thanked the Faith Circle for new photo boards on display in the halls of Memphis...

Name for new conference is announced

published 12/1/2019
UPDATE (April 2, 2020): NEW LAUNCH DATE for new conference is now January 1, 2022.  "We will continue to work toward our new conference by further aligning our ministries between the two conferences and building relationships around as many of our strategic initiatives as possible." ~ Bishop Bill McAlilly, Blog Message, April 2, 2020 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The below email message was sent on Dec. 1 by the Nashville ...

Storm cleanup continues in Tennessee River District

published 11/18/2019
Storm cleanup work in the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference continued last week, moving from McNairy County to Decatur County where three jobs that involved removing trees and debris were completed in Parsons. The late October storm caused damage in Decatur, Hardin and McNairy Counties in Tennessee. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a team is expected to remove trees and debris in Stantonville in McNairy County. Frank Hartman, disaster response coordinator for the Tennessee River District...

Jan. 1 is deadline for rural churches to apply for 2020 Community Transformation Grants from The Turner Center, Martin Methodist College

published 11/4/2019
Throughout Methodist history, rural congregations have led meaningful change in local communities. To recognize and support the ongoing work of rural congregations, The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, today announced the 2020 Community Transformation Grant program.   This year, The Turner Center will award two, one-time grants of up to $5,000. Rural congregations and districts who recognize, cultivate, announce and invite their neighbors to participate in the ...

Reelfoot Rural Ministries needs plastic bags

published 11/1/2019
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tenn., is in need of PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS for its food pantry and thrift store, according to Laura Hunt, administrative secretary for RRM. The bags can be recycled bags from retail stores. A ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, RRM serves people in need in four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky.  

Project Transformation seeking college interns (paid) for Summer 2020 program in Memphis, Tennessee

published 10/31/2019
Project Transformation Tennessee (PT) seeks college-aged young adults eager to make an impact through leadership and service to apply for their summer 2020 internships. Interns lead a summer day camp for children and youth, live in intentional community with other interns, learn from Christ-inspired church and community leaders, explore faith in action and represent Project Transformation in the community. Through leadership and ministry with Memphis, Tennessee, neighborhood churches, PT is ...

United Methodists remove trees and debris after storm damage in Tennessee River District

published 10/29/2019
United Methodists are at work this week removing trees and debris after a storm this past weekend caused damage in Decatur, Hardin and McNairy Counties in Tennessee. These counties are part of the Tennessee River District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. Frank Hartman, disaster response coordinator for the Tennessee River District and a member of Huntingdon First United Methodist Church (UMC), has been leading  a six-member team to remove trees and debris, according ...

2019 Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog: Choose meaningful Christmas gifts that help change lives

published 10/28/2019
Offer Jesus Christ to a hurting world this Christmas by choosing one or more gift-giving opportunities listed below. Memphis Conference agencies and ministries were invited to submit 2019 gift-giving opportunities by Oct. 16 for this fifth annual Memphis Conference Alternative Christmas Gift Catalog. The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Consider making Christmas gifts in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Gifts support the ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference in May 2020 in Minneapolis; Nov. 21 is deadline to apply

published 10/22/2019
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minn., from May 5-15, 2020. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: recorders, channel “B” identifiers and verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned legislative committee. ...

Memphis Conference 'Kid Min Gathering' set for Thursday, Nov. 7, in Jackson; respond by Nov. 4

published 10/17/2019
By Jessica Platt and Josh Shaw Do you have some questions that you would like to ask others who work in children's ministry? Do you mind sharing some of the awesome things you have going on at your church? Do you want to find out what others are planning for special events?  Have you found some curriculum that you love? Do you want to make connections with other churches for future partnerships or events?   If so, we invite you to come for a Kid Min Gathering at Jackson First United Methodist ...

Brick River Church Dashboard User Guide now updated to reflect changes in local church database

published 10/15/2019
Attention appointed clergy, staff and others who use the Brick River database: The Memphis Conference Church Dashboard User Guide has been updated to reflect changes in the local church dashboard on Brick River. A link to the User Guide is provided here and on the dashboard home page at www.memphis-umc.org/dashboard. For questions or information, email info.memphis@brtapp.com

Toys, money, volunteers, prayer needed for Reelfoot Rural Ministries' Dec. 9-12 Christmas Toy Store

published 10/11/2019
Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tenn., is getting ready for its 2019 Christmas Toy Store and is now looking for prayer, as well as donations of toys, money and volunteer time. A ministry of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, RRM serves people in need within four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky. CLICK HERE to read Sept. 26 LETTER from Rev. Robert Craig, executive director of RRM, with details about the 2019 toy ...

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis operates now via neighborhoods-based initiatives

published 10/11/2019
By Jennie Dickerson, Cabin 9 Consulting In Spring 2019, after 112 years in ministry, United Methodist Neighborhoods Centers of Memphis (UMNCM) decided it was time for a drastic change. The UMNCM has always pivoted to fill the gap and serve people where the need is greatest. This time, the organization needed a complete shift in how it operates   For many years, it served one Memphis neighborhood—Binghampton. The UMNCM building housed childcare, after school programs, summer camp, feeding ...

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