More than 400 attend District Youth Rally at Benton First UMC

published 8/15/2010
  The Paducah District Youth Rally on Sunday, Aug. 8, at Benton First UMC in Benton, KY was called “a great success” by Paducah District Superintendent Dr. Rick Dye.   Event organizer Susan Engle, Director of Program Ministry at Benton First UMC, reported more than 400 people in attendance from more than 20 churches.   “The goal of the evening,” said Engle, “was to energize our area youth, be invitational to the community and coordinate district-wide youth programming.”   Hundreds of barbecue ...

Wind storm brings down steeple of Big Sandy UMC

published 8/14/2010
Big Sandy UMC in Big Sandy, TN in the Paris District lost its steeple to a surprise wind storm on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Thankfully, no one was at the church at the time, reported Rev. Joseph A. Walker, Sr., who explained that the steeple broke numerous rafters and damaged decking when it crashed onto the 104-year-old church’s roof.   Walker estimates the sawmill oak steeple with metal siding weighs 400 to 500 pounds. The cross on top of the steeple penetrated the church’s roof and landed on the floor...

Bishop Wills encourages Aug. 22 offering for disaster relief

published 8/2/2010
  “...Tornadoes and floods have given us a chance to show others the love and grace of Jesus Christ. ...Help is needed now and will be needed for years to come.” Bishop Richard J. (Dick) Wills, Jr., STATE of the church address, memphis Annual Conference, June, 2010, Collierville, TN     Wind and water from the Spring 2010 storms have subsided, but many in the Memphis Conference have just begun the long path to recovery, according to Bill Carr, Memphis Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator.   ...

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation set for Oct. 17-22

published 8/2/2010
“Journey into Joy: the Pathway & the Pilgrimage” is the theme of the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation set for Oct. 17-22 at Camp Garner Creek in Dickson, TN. Sponsors are the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, along with the Nashville Area Clergy Orders, Fellowship of the United Methodist Church and The Upper Room Ministries.  Faculty include the Rev. Marjorie Thompson, author of Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, and Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Professor of ...

Missouri volunteers do mission work in Memphis

published 8/2/2010
A group of 202 United Methodist volunteers from the Missouri Conference visited the Memphis Conference in June to do mission work at agencies and churches needing assistance. While in the Memphis area, the volunteers were housed at Collierville UMC.   Beverly Boehmer, Missouri Conference Coordinator of Youth and College Ministries, was the group’s organizer. She dispatched small groups to different project locations.   FirstWorks   FirstWorks, a program for “at risk” children and youth from ...

Newsletter for retired ministers and spouses is now online

published 8/2/2010
The latest issue of News ‘N’ Views, the quarterly newsletter for retired ministers and spouses in the Memphis Conference, is available on the Conference web site. Edited by Carroll H. and Russell N. Gallimore, the photo-filled newsletter provides updates on what former pastors and their spouses are doing in retirement.   Click on “News ‘N’ Views” at left. Then click on “July 2010.”   The Gallimores may be reached at 367 Rockwell Rd. Jackson, TN 38305-1836. Their phone number is 731-660-1551. ...

Dinner Theatre: 'The Odd Couple' at Aldersgate UMC in Jackson

published 8/1/2010
The Aldersgate Theatre Company, a program of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship at Aldersgate UMC in Jackson, is offering dinner-threatre performances of the play, The Odd Couple (female version), at its church activity center, located at 1050 North Parkway. The comedy, by Neil Simon, is directed by Garrett Henson.   Performances are Aug. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 8 and 15 at 1 p.m. Dinner is being catered by Baudo’s Italian Restaurant. Tickets are $20 per person with all proceeds ...

After nearly 60 years, Alamo First UMC now has a steeple and cross atop its bell tower

published 7/19/2010
 “To God be the glory!” said Pat Cummins shortly after a steeple was installed on her church.   “My heart was in my throat. My hair was standing up. That’s how happy I was,” she said.   Cummins gathered with other members of Alamo First UMC on the morning of July 13 to watch the steeple be hoisted and placed atop the church’s bell tower.   Alamo’s current building, completed in 1952, has never had a steeple. Stories differ on whether that was intentional or the church ran low on funds in the ...

District Superintendents applaud Paris District for 99.68% payout of apportionments

published 7/19/2010
  Editor’s Note:   The Paris District of the Memphis Conference had a 99.68 percent payout of apportionments for the year 2009. This was announced as part of the District Superintendent Report presented at the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference in June in Collierville, TN.   The Report, delivered by Cabinet Dean Dr. Rick C. Dye, superintendent of the Paducah District, “applauded” the Paris District and said, “We all need to be reminded that it can be done!”   Joseph A. Geary is superintendent of ...

Knit-Wits at Union City First UMC crochet and pray for others in prayer shawl ministry

published 7/19/2010
  By Glenda Caudle, The Union City Messenger This story first ran in the March 3 issue of The Union City Messenger. The story and photos are reprinted with permission from The Messenger. The first part of the article, about prayer pagers, ran in the April 5 issue of The Memphis Conference Reporter. Below is the second half of Caudle’s article -- about prayer shawls.   In addition to the prayer pagers, the congregation at First UMC in Union City, Tenn. established a “prayer shawl” ministry in ...

Trinity UMC in Paducah takes message of Christ to city youth

published 7/19/2010
  Story and photos by John Wright, The Paducah Sun This story ran in the June 24 issue of The Paducah Sun. The story and photos are reprinted with permission from The Paducah Sun.   Dorothy Henry has watched a dream of hers come true this week.   A lifelong resident near Kolb Park on Paducah’s Southside, Henry quite often has seen children meandering along the streets and always wondered if anyone was teaching them about Jesus Christ. This week it appears several of them were willing to learn.  ...

993 volunteers at Christ UMC in Memphis pack 150,336 meals for Haiti

published 7/8/2010
Exceeding both the number of volunteers and the original goal of 150,000 meals, organizers of Christ Feeds are amazed at the success of their inaugural food packaging event. Working in teams of 10-12 at 14 stations set up in the gym at Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Memphis, volunteers packaged nearly 19,000 meals an hour over the course of eight hours on Saturday, May 15.   The meals, consisting of rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamins, were immediately loaded on to an 18-wheeler...

Memphis Conference Methodists give more than $267,000 for earthquake disaster relief in Haiti

published 7/8/2010
  Gifts received from the Memphis Conference for relief to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake total $267,040.34 as of June 29, according to The Advance office of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM).   Gifts have been received from 415 individuals and churches in The Memphis Conference.   In a letter to Biship Richard J. (Dick) Wills in May. the GMGM presidents wrote about the “tangible generosity” of the people of Memphis Annual Conference.    “While we are grateful for the support ...

Mission team from Paducah district visits Jamaica in June

published 7/8/2010
Jamaica is a popular place to vacation. The water is beautiful and the colors are brilliant. The weather is warm and predictable. There are lovely resorts waiting to make your visit to the island perfect in every way: great food, great entertainment and great people. This is not the Jamaica a mission team from Benton First and Mt. Carmel UMCs, of which I was a part, recently visited!    Our team of 16 people, aged 12 to 74, spent a week in June in the Highgate area building a home, laying a ...

Register for Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation: Oct. 17-22

published 7/8/2010
“Journey into Joy: the Pathway & the Pilgrimage” is the theme of a Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation set for Oct. 17-22 at Camp Garner Creek in Dickson, TN, 45 minutes west of Nashville near Interstate 40. Sponsors are the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, along with the Nashville Area Clergy Orders, Fellowship of the United Methodist Church and The Upper Room Ministries.   “For some, this may be a kind of renewal. For others, it may be a new exploration into deeper aspects of Christian ...

Sept. 21 workshop in Jackson is about aging and baby boomer ministry

published 7/8/2010
“Aging & Baby Boomer Ministry in the 21st Century” is the name of a Sept. 21 workshop in Jackson for persons who have a vision and passion for ministry with mid-life and older adults or who want to learn more about older adult ministries. This workshop is sponsored by the Memphis Annual Conference Older Adult Council of The United Methodist Church and is open to the public.   The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board ...

Socks provide comfort after Spring floods

published 7/8/2010
When early May flooding forced residents of Wesley Highland Meadows out of their homes, clean, dry socks were a welcome treat.Wesley Highland Meadows is an independent living facility in Memphis that is part of Wesley Senior Ministries. Selena Henson, right, president of Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation, places socks on a grateful resident, one of many whose feet were wet from walking through water. “In the midst of tornado sirens blasting and water rising, Golden Cross Funds were at work ...

UMW mini retreat at Milan First UMC informs attendees about orphanage

published 7/8/2010
The United Methodist Women (UMW) units of Gibson Wells, Medina First, Milan First and Salem United Methodist Churches in Gibson County, TN hosted a mini retreat at Milan First UMC the evening of May 10. Following dinner, attendees heard a program presented by Eric and Elizabeth Soard, volunteers for Grassroots Ministries at Methodist Angel House Orphanage in Tarime, Tanzania, East Africa   The Soards are graduates of Lambuth University in Jackson. They maintain a blog at www.ourjourneyingodslif...

$25,000+ raised for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers at Theatre Memphis fundraiser

published 7/7/2010
More than $25,000 was raised for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC) in Memphis on June 1 at a Theatre Memphis fundraiser. The money will be used to support UMNC’s many projects: educational efforts, assistance programs and social services, according to Sharon Lockhart, UMNC board member.   “We want to thank everyone who attended, bought tickets, sold tickets, obtained auction items and supported us. We had only 20 empty seats. Everyone had a great time visiting, buying, eating and ...

Interfaith Student Center at UT Martin hosts International Calligraphy Workshop

published 7/7/2010
The Interfaith Student Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin hosted an International Calligraphy Workshop in March. The event allowed students to learn about and practice writing in other languages.   The Interfaith Student Center is a cooperative ministry of the United Methodist, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Cumberland Presbyterian, Missionary Baptist, and Presbyterian (USA) churches, though it seeks to be in ministry with people of all faiths and to be respectful of all faiths.   Six ...

Use Tool Kit to plan fall programming

published 7/7/2010
It’s July and time to start thinking about fall programming!  The Intentional Discipleship Action Team of The Memphis Conference is here to help with a new Tool Kit (a box) that is packed with more than $60 worth of great materials to consider for your fall programming.   One Tool Kit is being provided free of charge to each charge in The Memphis Conference.   Charting the Course is the name of a workbook in the Tool Kit. It walks you, step by step, through a very detailed process for defining ...

Bishop Wills discusses state of church in 2010

published 6/25/2010
Bishop Richard J. (Dick) Wills delivered the 2010 “state of the church” address during the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference held June 6-8 in Collierville, TN. Below is the text of his message. In many ways this has been a difficult year for many of our churches. We are just beginning to climb out of a recession. People are without work. Homes are being foreclosed. On top of these difficulties, the May flooding and tornadoes left thousands of people without homes.   Some may say we need to be ...

Consider numerous ways to help with local disaster relief

published 6/25/2010
Asked how can Memphis Conference United Methodists can help with the May 2010 storm disaster, Bill Carr, Memphis Conference disaster relief coordinator, named the following: CASEWORKERS to assist victims with the many decisions that have to be made in the aftermath of a disaster. A two-day caseworker training session was planned for June 18-19, but because not enough people signed up, it is being rescheduled for the latter part of July. “Please be in prayer about your ability to help in this ...

InfoServ now offers live chat

published 6/25/2010
InfoServ, the official information service of The United Methodist Church, now offers an online “live chat” feature that allows customers to communicate directly with representatives. Launched June 1, “Chat with InfoServ” encourages real time conversations between members, church pastors, agency staff and others with questions about The United Methodist Church.   InfoServ is a ministry of United Methodist Communications. Started in 1974 as a “reference desk” for those who have questions about ...

Magnitude of May, 2010 disaster growing every day, according to relief coordinator

published 6/25/2010
Seven weeks after the severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes of early May that affected many parts of West Tennessee, Bill Carr reported on June 18 that the “magnitude of the disaster is growing every day.” Carr is Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. His office is part of the Connectional Ministries Team in Jackson, TN.   To help describe the extent of the disaster, Carr noted that 18 of 21 counties in West Tennessee have ...

Upcoming opportunities to learn and grow

published 6/25/2010
  July 29-Aug. 2 School of Congregational Development in Nashville   The annual School of Congregational Development (SCD 2010) will take place July 29-Aug. 2 at the Renaissance Hotel and Nashville Convention Center and area churches. It is sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship, Path 1 and the General Board of Global Ministries.   SCD 2010 is where United Methodists may gather together to learn to dream and create new ministries,” said Craig K. Miller, director of pastoral leadership ...

2010 Memphis AC attendees learn to tend God's garden

published 6/11/2010
“Tending God’s Garden” was the theme for the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference held June 6-8 in Collierville, Tenn. The theme demonstrated the commitment of United Methodist Churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky to not just plant seeds for God’s Kingdom, but to enthusiastically nurture those seeds for discipleship.   Nearly 1,000 lay and clergy delegates from 462 churches, representing more than 84,000 United Methodists, gathered to conduct business, learn about the United Methodist ...

2010-11 Clergy Appointments

published 6/11/2010
  Asbury District District Superintendent: Sandra Leatherwood Arlington                           Ken Stewart              Atoka                                Harry Mathewson            Bartlett                              Stephen C. Shapard       Bartlett Senior Associate      Judy Phillips Piercey    Bolton - Macedonia             James McKinney III      Campground                       David Hale     Christ Senior                      Stephen M. Dodson Christ Senior Associate        ...

Asbury and McKendree Districts have new addresses and contact information

published 6/11/2010
ASBURY: 3476 Summer Ave., Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38122 Phone 901-590-4820, Fax 901-590-4825 District Superintendent Sandra Leatherwood revsandra@asburydistrictumc.org Administrative Assistant Tammy Carroll tcarroll@asburydistrictumc.org   MCKENDREE: 2320 South Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN 38138 Phone 901-590-3688, Fax 901-590-3699 District Superintendent J. Barry Henson bhenson@mckendreedistrict.org Administrative Assistant Liz Clayton lclayton@mckendreedistrict.org

Bishop Wills ordains 10 elders

published 6/11/2010
  Bishop Wills ordained 10 elders at the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference: David Brent Hollis, Angela Marie Harris, Lora Jean Gowan, Robert Presley Craig, Jerome Scales, Jr., Steven Brice Fonville, Cynthia Dianne Miller Davis, John Turner Kizer, Deborah Joyce Burson Smith and Gail Hampton Bruno.

Clark, 13, delivers powerful Young People's Message

published 6/11/2010
  Darrah Clark, a 13-year-old member of South Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Hazel, Ky., delivered the Memphis Annual Conference’s Young People’s Message on Monday, June 7, 2010.   Clark shared what she believes the Church needs to know about ministry with young people. With modern references that echoed the message of Dr. Leonard Sweet, the Conference's guest speaker, she said, “We need to know how the lessons of a very old book can help guide us and the choices we make.”   Below is...

Kirchoff and Smith deliver opening and closing worship messages

published 6/11/2010
The 2010 Memphis Annual Conference’s opening worship message, “180 Gallons of the Finest Wine,” was delivered by the Rev. Rick Kirchoff (right), senior pastor of Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, Tenn. The Rev. Richard Smith (below), senior pastor at Murray First United Methodist Church in Murray, Ky., preached the closing Communion service. His sermon was titled, “The Problem We Face and The Promise God Gives.”

Memorial Service remembers 13

published 6/11/2010
During the June 6 Memorial Service at the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference, a bell was tolled (right) after the reading of each name of clergy members and spouses who died during the past year: Bonnie Sue Davis, Callie Jordan Gathings, Clarence O. Hampton, Alfred Neal Hinson, Kaulah Holmes, Cora Ann Hood, Joseph B. Johnson, J. Reeves Locke, JoAnn Mischke, Shirley Morton, Kathleen Phillips, Mary Lucille Ross and Rosie Scales. The Rev. Joe Beal of Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, KY ...

Six retire at 2010 Memphis Annual Conference

published 6/11/2010
Retiring at the 2010 Memphis Annual Conference were, from left, Robert McKinney and his wife Sue; J. Ted Leach and his wife Cathey; Frank Whitty Bratt and his wife Loletta; and Larry D. Humbert. Not pictured are William W. Copeland and Linda McLargin.

Vocal and dance talents were shared at Annual Conference

published 6/11/2010
       

CMT welcomes Sammy Tillman as Young Persons Ministries Associate

published 5/28/2010
The Rev. Sammy Tillman has accepted the new position of Young Persons Associate. Tillman will continue to work with Brownsville First United Methodist Church along with the new part-time associate’s position. Sammy comes to this work with an eagerness and faithful enthusiasm to help develop faith ministries among the young in– and outside–our churches. He has served children and youth for over 20 years within the Memphis Conference.   Tillman says of his own dreams for this office: “Having ...

Dyersburg First ready to house disaster teams

published 5/28/2010
The Red Cross shelter in the Family Life Center at Dyersburg United Methodist closed May 18 after being open 15 days to serve residents of Dyersburg. “I believe we housed 44 people at our highest occupancy, but averaged 25 most evenings,” reported the Rev. Robert Craig, associate/youth pastor at the church.   Throughout the ordeal, Craig said church members “volunteered many hours sandbagging, warehousing donated items and praying for victims.”   Craig said the church is continuing to respond ...

Invitation to see new Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

published 5/11/2010

Briefly for week of April 30, 2010

published 4/27/2010
  Please take survey on computer usage A survey to help determine the level of computer use in the Memphis Conference is on Survey Monkey at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/teleconference . April 2010 News ‘N’ Views now online Interested in what’s happening in the lives of retired Memphis Conference clergy and spouses? Then go online to www.memphis-umc.org , click on the green NEWS button and then scroll down to News ‘N’ Views, the newsletter prepared by Russell and Carroll Gallimore...

Harrell Nation Jr. named to Brownsville District

published 4/27/2010
My wife Janice and I have four grown children and six grandchildren. We currently reside in Brownsville, TN and serve Brownsville’s First United Methodist Church. Janice and I look forward to being a part of the extended family in the Brownsville District. It’s an honor and a joy to serve in our home district.   In my 34 years of ministry, I have been blessed to serve a wide range of churches of various sizes and in various settings. I’ve served small and medium-sized rural churches, churches in...

Lakeshore Golf Classic, June 11

published 4/27/2010
  2010 Lakeshore Golf Classic      Teeing It Up for Life, Love, and the God of Grace     June 11, 2010   12 Noon Jackson National Golf Course Jackson, TN     No matter how you shoot on the greens, you’ll change lives for years to come.     Brochure and registration material available for download at www.lakeshoreuma.com e-mail: office@lakeshoreuma.com        

AC 2010 Offering to fund Central Conference pensions

published 4/13/2010
The stories are numerous, but the theme is always the same—years of sacrifice, devotion and dedication to the United Methodist Church, followed by years of hardship during retirement. Approximately 2,000 retired pastors, lay workers and surviving spouses in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe are struggling to survive—growing their own food, relying on their children and even creating products to sell.   In areas where living conditions are already difficult, these faithful workers for Christ face ...

Clinton First Quest is a door for kids to God’s love

published 4/13/2010
One of the most exciting times of the week for Clinton First United Methodist Church is on Wednesday at about 3:15 pm during the school term. That’s when two vans and one mini-bus begin unloading their precious cargo of children into our hands. Our vehicles make two trips to the school where the teachers have the kids lined up ready to get on the bus.    Quest has begun! As 80 or so kids arrive, they are full of excitement and energy. They are always hungry and more than ready for action.   At...

Allen and Thompson slated to lead 2010 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

published 4/5/2010
Seeking spiritual balance in your life? Hungering for spiritual growth in a disciplined community? Have you thought about registering now for the 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation on October 17-22? The ecumenical community is invited to the retreat, Journey into Joy: the Pathway & the Pilgrimage, which will be at Camp Garner Creek near Dickson, TN. It is sponsored by the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences and the Nashville Area Clergy Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors in partnership with...

Briefly for April 2, 2010

published 4/5/2010
Online donations now possible for Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation & Golden Cross You are now able to make donations online to Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation and Golden Cross. After looking at how other non-profits are funded, the Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation Board made this decision in hopes of reaching more people who want to make life better for the 1200 plus elderly residents who live in Wesley Communities.    There are small fees associated with donating by credit card, but,...

Ever wonder: Why believe in God? Why be a Christian? Why be Methodist?

published 4/5/2010
Often Methodists struggle to know how to answer the question: “How is being a Methodist different from being a Baptist?” We struggle to answer with certainty the question: “Why are you a Christian?”   Some even struggle with knowing for certain that they believe in God.   “I’ve met long-standing United Methodists who didn’t believe a word of the Apostle’s Creed,” said Dr. Joel Allen, “and who were completely at a loss to say for certain if there was a God. Frankly, I’m sympathetic. I’ve come ...

Prayer pagers become faith lifelines

published 4/5/2010
By Glenda Caudle  In those darkest hours of the night, when pain can seem more intense, when healing rest can be harder to come by and loneliness can weigh heavier, when faith can seem frailer and hope can grow dimmer, we all need help.   Bart White found prayer pager a faith lifeline   Bart White of Union City, a member of Union City First United Methodist Church, knows something about those desperate hours. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008, he was a patient at Baptist Memorial ...

We are there: UMC aids Haiti

published 4/5/2010
By Cathy Farmer Evie Pierre Beal was born in Haiti but moved to the United States with her parents and siblings when she was 10. Her father, Emanuel Pierre, a champion of human rights, was forced into exile by the corrupt government of Papa Doc Duvalier. He was aided in his flight to safety by Methodist missionaries.   “We had to leave everything,” said Evie, the wife of Joe Beal, one of the pastors of Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, Ky. “I had the one dress I was wearing. My ...

Cordova women create unique cards to encourage others with God's Word

published 3/16/2010
By Gladys Strickland A desire to help others and a love of crafting inspired a new non-profit ministry by friends at Covenant United Methodist Church. Using greeting and note cards to encourage others also created funding for various missions and charities. You never know where a hobby will lead you. Liz Yancey started making greeting cards when a friend invited her to a party and she was “stung by the paper crafting bee”. Soon she was demonstrating and teaching the craft.   In the spring of ...

March 19, 2010 people, places and events

published 3/16/2010
  UMM Fish Fry and Annual Meeting at Archer’s Chapel, April 20 The men of the Memphis Conference will be gathering on Tuesday, April 20, at Archer’s Chapel in Frog Jump, TN for the United Methodist Men’s Annual Meeting and Fish Fry. The speaker will be Jackie Fincher and the Fincher Family Gospel Singers will once again launch into songs that will have the crowd clapping their hands and stomping their feet. The cost is $12 per person for all the fish, hushpuppies, fries, white beans, slaw and ...

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