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 ...

Paris District fills a toolkit with churches' Best Practices

published 3/16/2010
Elyse Bell, Lay Resource Leader for the Paris District, has been gathering dozens of samples of what she terms “Best Practices” of district churches. Her list, which includes 120 ideas, is available, along with the name of a contact person and phone number. Three ideas are listed below:   Preparing for Worship with Pitcher and Basin   Rev. Mike Wimberley of Olive Branch UMC begins Sunday morning worship services with an act of preparation. He explains to the congregation that, prior to any work...

Health Kits for Haiti drew great response from Dyersburg District

published 3/4/2010
By Vicki Dunagan Dyersburg District administrative assistant  I’m excited to share that we had a great response from the folks across the Dyersburg District. Because of the way the Health Kits for Haiti were brought in, some already boxed, some not, some to be put together at Union City’s First United Methodist, we don’t have a definite number, but the best estimate after preparing for pick-up by Bill Carr, was 1,450 kits.   In addition to the health kits, a local doctor’s office (Dr. Nuako) ...

Henderson boy raises money for earthquake survivors

published 3/4/2010
By Gary Wake Henderson First UMC   When seven year old Zakary saw news reports of the earthquake in Haiti, he knew that the people would need help.   His younger sister, Claire, who was making jewelry at the time, may have inspired him.   “The best idea I could think of to raise money was to sell jewelry,” he said.    His parents agreed to help and after a trip to the mall, he had some inexpensive necklaces and bracelets that he hoped to sell for $3 each to make $50 for relief in Haiti.   The...

Lend-a-Hand blesses Pickwick UMC in more ways than one

published 3/4/2010
When the men of Pickwick United Methodist Church’s Small Discussion Group decided to begin a service program for their community, little did they know how much the church would gain in the process.  “We were looking for ways to help people such as widows and others who need help with anything from taking care of an ill family member, to transportation to and from doctors’ appointments, to handyman-type jobs. Maybe they don’t know anyone to call for help, or can’t afford to get the job done, or ...

Multi-sensory road map to future Church

published 3/4/2010
By Dan Weathersbee pastor, Grace UMC  Simple words appeared overhead as people slipped inside the sanctuary. Leaving the cacophony of the Fellowship Hall behind, they were invited into silence, to let their souls speak.   With musical meditations stirring the air, about 100 words, inspired by a Contemporary Ash Wednesday Service by Taylor Burton Edwards found on the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship website (www.gbod.org/worship), invited reflection by the worshippers on what might...

Raleigh UMC rethinks Church, opens doors to hope at Community Job Fair

published 3/4/2010
Raleigh United Methodist Church is rethinking church and reaching out to its community.  The north Memphis congregation held its first Job Fair on February 10. Sixteen companies and 800 job seekers participated. About a year ago, the church’s Outreach Committee started offering bi-monthly workshops for the unemployed and the underemployed who were seeking to better their economic situation.    The workshops dealt with financial understanding, resume preparation and interview skills as well as ...

Antioch recognized for helping mentally disabled

published 2/3/2010
By Janice Baringer  The Peer Support Outreach Center in Paris, TN provides help for the men and women of Henry County who are disabled by mental illness.   The Center offers advocacy, education and a place to come together and socialize. Meals are provided two days a week. For some clients, the meals provided at the Center are the only hot meals they receive during the entire week.   Last year, on December 6, Antioch United Methodist Church in Springville, TN received an award for providing ...

Marshall County schools partner with UMC to pack health kits

published 2/3/2010
By Cathy Farmer  Marshall County, Ky., kids understand disasters. During their short lives, they’ve suffered through killer tornadoes and ice storms that stripped their families of the essentials and injured or killed friends and neighbors.   The images from Haiti of widespread destruction brought back unhappy memories.   Chloe, a fifth grader on the student council at Benton Elementary, said, “One of the things I saw (on TV) was a little baby. The baby was injured pretty badly. Just to be so ...

Volunteers in Mission team up with Mountain T.O.P.

published 1/7/2010
By Carrie Handerson Faith UMC  Up a winding road and tucked away in the “Forgotten Appalachia” of the Cumberland Mountains of Middle Tennessee is Mountain T.O.P. mission, a ministry dedicated to “empowering rural communities by building a sense of partnership.” Our Memphis Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team traveled to Middle Tennessee to help Mountain T.O.P. fulfill “the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the Cumberland Mountain people.” Since each family we ...

Church offers 'Ministry of the Arts'

published 12/7/2009
As part of the ‘Ministry of the Arts’ at Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church, artist Alicia McEarl set up her easel by the side of the altar during Sunday morning worship. During the service, she painted, in oil, an afternoon scene featuring the exterior of the church building. The congregation that morning, November 22, was attentive to the painting as it progressed, saying later that it enhanced the experience of worship. The response from the congregation was overwhelmingly positive. ...

First Church Homecoming, December 13

published 12/7/2009
On Dec. 13, Memphis First United Methodist Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Scott Alford, will joyfully return to its home campus. The congregation will have its first worship service in the newly renovated John R. Pepper Administration and Sunday School Building on the corner of 2nd and Poplar. Hospitality is offered at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.. Worship at 11:00 a.m. will include Messiah Lessons and Carols by the First Church Adult Choir and guest instrumentalists. A ...

Infuse creativity and passion into your worship services

published 12/7/2009
Is your church ready to be more effective in communicating the Gospel through worship? Then come to the Creative Worship Seminar on Saturday, February 13. Gather your worship team and sign up now for this one day event led by Midnight Oil Productions.   You don’t have to be a “techie guru” to benefit. This seminar is for “newbies” and more experienced worship producers alike. It will be equally instructional for those wanting to take initial steps and for those needing direction to re-ignite ...

Ben: ‘They had me at privyet!’

published 11/28/2009
Four members of Germantown United Methodist Church joined the Rev. Patrick Whaley in the northeast corner of Ukraine, very close to the Russian border. The Rev. Deborah Smith, Ben and Mary Ellen Kemker and Barbara Faust went to the city of Lugansk to meet Whaley, Director of SASHA Ministry (Shepherding A Servant’s Heart, Amen). United Methodist pastors and lay leaders from eastern and southern Ukraine and Russia gathered for four days as we shared relationships, worship, stories of faith, ...

'First Church' executes Mission Possible Outreach in Uptown

published 11/11/2009
By Sandra Mathias  Members of Memphis First United Methodist Church gathered downtown a few blocks from their church campus on a chilly Saturday morning to execute “Mission Possible Community Outreach” in the Uptown Community.   Members and Senior Pastor Rev. Scott Alford and Associate Pastor Rev. John Kilzer met at the corner of Auction Avenue and 5th Street to fill bright blue recyclable grocery bags with light bulbs and energy-saving kits, a variety of emergency preparedness brochures, and an...

All in One Bible Fun: 13 Lessons for Busy Teachers

published 11/11/2009
All-in-One Bible Fun was created to respond to the needs of churches:   • feeling the budget pinch in their children’s ministry • unsure of the number of children in Sunday school each week • working with a Sunday school program that doesn’t meet each week.   At just $10 each, this low-cost children’s program is available for preschool and elementary age children and features: • Thirteen complete lessons in each book • No additional components to buy • Includes a plan with opening, story, ...

Beyond the Burning Bush

published 11/11/2009
A collection of personal stories about the call to ordained ministry, Beyond the Burning Bush: Hearing and Answering God’s Call, is meant to help young people who are exploring God’s call to discern their own response and vocation. “The idea for a book that collected the personal stories of elders, deacons, seminarians, chaplains, campus ministers, and college students grew out of EXPLORATION 2006, when many young people at the event talked about how important hearing the personal stories of the...

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