Economic conditions–crisis or opportunity?

published 3/19/2009
By Kevin Conrad It seems as if everywhere we turn, there is evidence of growing economic hardship.   Recently, the harsh reality of the economic downward spiral hit very close to home. As of March 1, 2009, the Connectional Ministries Office was forced to cut 32% of its budget, due to a 70% payout of apportionments for 2008.   Because of broader economic conditions, this initial cut may be the first in a series of tough decisions our Annual Conference will face.   Programming dollars for ...

MTS: Where religious faith intersects public health

published 3/19/2009
By Cathy Boatright and Dr. Stan Wood  Memphis Theological Seminary is intersecting religious faith and public health in its Faith and Health Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) program.   The program is being offered in Memphis, a city known both for its soulful Delta heritage and for its ongoing struggle for economic, societal, and spiritual wholeness.    Utilizing the combined resources of selected health institutions and the seminary, this D. Min. track helps learners identify and address issues in...

Register now for Older Adult Seminar, March 31

published 3/19/2009
Register now for the March 31 seminar, Living as a Spiritual Older Adult. The keynote speaker is Marvin Cropsey, editor of Mature Years magazine and managing editor of The New International Lesson Annual. There is time allotted for roundtable discussion. Come prepared to share what your group has done during the past year as well as your plans for the future.   This seminar is sponsored by the Memphis Conference Older Adult Council. Call Luci Cromer, 901-755-0803, for information.    If you are ...

Wills appoints Conrad to Asbury District

published 3/19/2009
  Bishop Dick Wills is appointing the Rev. Kevin Conrad to the superintendency of the Asbury District.   Conrad said, “I’ve spent the majority of my years in the Conference in the Memphis area, so I have a great love and concern for the churches of the Asbury District. We are facing tremendous challenges, particularly due to current economic conditions. I firmly believe that times of challenge are also times of unique ministry opportunity.    “When I begin my work in the District,” he ...

Creation Care Tip-of-the-Month

published 3/2/2009
  It’s a “Catch-22,” isn’t it? Shopping! If we continue to consume the earth’s resources as we have in recent years, the earth will not be able to sustain us. Yet, as the current economic crisis reminds us, if we do not shop and spend, our economy cannot sustain itself either. So shop we must. Finding the fine line in this conundrum is vital to our future. Because it is clear that the way we shop, spend and consume has such a huge impact on all that God created, has the potential to alter our ...

Nurse writes book to help parents of special needs children

published 3/2/2009
Lisa Barron, a nurse at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, never imagined her nursing skills would become essential in taking care of one of her own children. Her daughter, Madison, a special needs child, was just four years old when she passed away in 1999. During her short life, Barron relied on her nursing skills to help take care of her daughter who had numerous medical issues, including the need to be on a ventilator.   “Being a nurse made me much more comfortable taking care of my ...

Position available for Financial Secretary

published 3/2/2009
Position Available for Financial Secretary Financial Secretary: St. Paul UMC, Lakeland, TN. Part-time position with regular work schedule; occasional evening meetings required. Qualifications: strong Christian faith; experience in business admin. (accounting, financial management) and/or a related college degree; strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, other financial software; Shelby Systems experience preferred). Office management and employee supervisory experience a plus.   The successful ...

Rotation Sunday school adds numbers at Troy

published 3/2/2009
By Tracey Malone Director, Sunday school rotation   The traditional way to teach Sunday school wasn’t bringing in new souls to Troy United Methodist Church. It wasn’t even keeping the children we had interested. So, in January of 2008, we made plans to change our teaching style and, hopefully, increase the number of children coming.   As it turned out, the Rotational Model we selected does just that–it keeps the children interested and makes them want to come every week so they don’t miss a fun ...

'Stamping out disasters not our call'

published 3/1/2009
By Susan Engle Intentional Discipleship Action Team leader and Paducah District Lay Resource Leader Disaster Relief is a different game when it’s your own backyard.   Living in the midst of the ice storm in Western Kentucky was entirely different from reading about Katrina and then going to help with the cleanup effort.   Living in the midst, trying to do your job and manage your own personal disaster is hard work.    Being on the front lines makes you both a participant in the relief effort and...


published 3/1/2009
Spring Junior and Senior High Youth Retreat, March 13-15, at Lakeshore The Spring Junior and Senior High Youth Retreat at Lakeshore, March 13 -15, promises to be an inspirational experience for small and large youth groups alike. Lora Jean Gowan, David Hollis, and Kyser and Amanda Lowe bring leadership skills and years of fun-loving, meaningful event experience to the task of making this year’s retreat a potentially life-changing experience. Activities will include games, great music, a talent ...

Clinton pulls together during 2009 ice storm

published 3/1/2009
By Rev. Vida McClure Storms come and storms go, but some storms embed themselves in our memory.    In Hickman County, which is located in the extreme southwest corner of Kentucky, the Ice Storm of 2009, that turned our communities into a dazzling–yet terrifying–ice land, is one that this generation will long remember.   On Tuesday, January 29, the storm began moving quickly into our area. During the evening and night hours, frightening, crashing sounds could be heard as limbs, tree tops, and ...

Crossroads croons at Care Center

published 3/1/2009
By Cathi Johnson  The Rev. Don Park and a small group of seven choir members from CrossRoads United Methodist in Collierville shared Valentine’s Day carnations and sang a collection of old-time music for residents of Wesley Highland Place in Memphis on February 15.     Hits like “Stormy Weather” and “Sunny” brought back fond memories of earlier years for the folks there. Rev. Park visited with residents, one of whom, now nearly blind, shared that in her youth she played steel guitar in a band! ...

Faith Fest 2009

published 3/1/2009
By Kevin Conrad Built to Last... What does it take to build a faith to last a lifetime? That’s the challenge children and youth face as they grow in their awareness, understanding and response to the gospel. Jesus is the focal point. Discipleship is the journey. Prayer is the passport. Building a faith for a lifetime is the emphasis of this year’s gathering which is targeted at kids in the 5th-8th grades, hosted by Bishop Richard Wills.   All Confirmation groups—whether you are just forming, ...

Methodism 101 class intensive instruction in being Methodist

published 3/1/2009
On Saturday, February 7, almost 70 lay and clergy from the Asbury and McKendree Districts gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland for a “Methodism 101” class. During six hours of intensive instruction, they learned about: John Wesley from Dave Hilliard, American Methodism from Wayne Hamm, The African Experience from Martin McCain, Organization and Conferences from Jack Shannon, Methodist Ministry from Judy Piercey, Methodist Beliefs from Tim Atkins, Challenges to the UMC from ...

Michelle Obama selects letter from Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson for book

published 3/1/2009
The letter written to incoming first lady Michelle Obama by a General Board of Higher Education and Ministry staffer was selected for a collection of letters published in a new book, Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady. “In my letter I talk about growing up in Haywood County, Tenn., during the early 1960s and the struggle African Americans in that area had when they tried to register to vote. My parents and their neighbors were among those who stood in long ...

Lambuth donors pledge $4 million in matching funds

published 5/31/2008
Four million dollars isn’t small potatoes in anyone’s budget. Four million dollars, a sum pledged by two of Lambuth University’s most generous supporters, would go a long way toward spiffing up the Lambuth University campus, making faculty and staff salaries more competitive and providing scholarships for aspiring students. But there’s both a catch and an opportunity. The opportunity? The donors are pledging up to $4 million in matching dollars for unrestricted gifts to the university. That ...

Bishop Ellis Finger Dies

published 5/29/2008
United Methodist Bishop Homer Ellis Finger Jr. dies A UMNS Report By Linda Green* May 27, 2008 Bishop Homer Ellis Finger Jr., a former president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, died May 25 from heart failure. Finger, 91, of Givens Estates in Asheville, N.C., was elected in to the episcopacy in 1964 and served in the denomination’s Nashville (Tenn.) Area for 12 years and the Holston Area, based in Knoxville, Tenn., for eight years. Before the 1968 gathering that led to the creation of...

Bishop’s Study Committee and Transitional Team reports provoked discussion at District Hearings

published 5/29/2008
David Comperry, a member of the Bishop's Study Committee, listed the five main recommendations: 1. establish an endowment program for agencies, 2. share administrative costs with the Tennessee Conference, 3. develop a plan to train and equip clergy and laity in core ministries with the goal of an increase of 10% in apportionment payout, 4. reduce conference funding of agencies by half over the next four years, and 5. develop an easy to understand apportionment formula.

Metro District Committee on Ordained Ministry Meeting, Memphis, TN

Metro District Committee on Ordained Ministry Meeting   WHAT: Interview for provisional membership 2018 WHEN: Monday March 27, 9am - 1pm WHERE: Metro District office at Highland Heights UMC on the corner of Summer and Highland in Memphis, TN MORE INFO: Rev. Dr. Birgitte T. French CrossRoads UMC, 9315 E. Shelby Drive, Collierville TN 38017 Church 901-737-3776 | Cell 901-484-1576

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