'Imagine No Malaria' celebration planned during 2015 Memphis Annual Conference: WEAR RED!

5/5/2015

Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly holds up the "Imagine No Malaria" that was sold at the 2014 Memphis Annual Conference. The Memphis Conference is in the final days of its campaign with the Tennessee Conference to raise $1 million for INM by June 2015. Photo by Lane Gardner Camp


By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications

Memphis Conference United Methodists will celebrate money raised for Imagine No Malaria (INM) on the last day of the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson, Tenn. INM seeks to end malaria through education, communication and treatment.

WEAR RED ON WEDNESDAY

Denise Russell of Dyersburg First UMC in Dyersburg, Tenn., coordinator of the INM initiative for the Memphis Conference, is asking everyone in attendance on the last day of annual conference – Wednesday, June 3 –  to wear their INM t-shirts OR, if they don’t have an INM t-shirt, wear any RED shirt.

A limited number of INM t-shirts will be sold during the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference at the INM exhibit table. This year’s shirt is like last year’s shirt (pictured above right), according to Russell, except its design also incorporates the words “Discovering, Equipping, Connecting and Sending” that are part of Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly’s 72+U initiative.

ON THE WAY TO $1 MILLION

The Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences has been working to raise $1 million for INM by June 2015. First fruits of the campaign in the Memphis Conference were received during the 2014 Memphis Annual Conference, at the request of Bishop McAlilly.

Total money raised in the Nashville Area through April 30 is $374,311.95. The Memphis Conference with 400+ churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky has raised $145,560.06. The Tennessee Conference with 600+ churches in Middle Tennessee has raised $228,751.89. Click here for more information about progress toward the $1 million campaign goal, including district totals and links to stories about what churches in the Memphis Conference have done in support of the campaign.

“Our part of the goal (approximately $400,000) is certainly attainable,” said Russell. “I will be thrilled if every church in the Memphis Conference contributes something.”

Memphis Conference Lay Leader David R. Reed expressed thanks and appreciation to all the churches and individuals who have made contributions to INM.

STILL TIME TO RAISE MONEY

Russell is asking all churches in the Memphis Conference to see what more they can do to raise money for INM in the final month of the campaign.

Churches and individuals, she said, might consider special Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, communion and graduation offerings and gifts. Parents and grandparents might make donations in honor of healthy children and grandchildren. Families might give up a trip to a favorite restaurant and, instead, make a gift of the money that would have been spent at the restaurant to INM. VBS offerings might be designated for INM.

The INM website at www.imaginenomalaria.org offers many resources to help with fundraising, as well as information about malaria and the history of the campaign that started in 2008. Russell also is available to develop fundraising ideas or speak about the campaign.

Russell said there also is still time for churches to place orders for custom INM t-shirts that feature a church’s name. She said selling the shirts might be a fundraiser for INM. An order may be placed for as few as one dozen shirts.

THE BIG PICTURE

On April 22, The United Methodist Church presented a check for $9.6 million to the Global Fund to support the fight against malaria. It was the largest gift ever to the fund from a faith-based organization.

I still believe we can meet our $1 million goal,” said Russell about the Nashville Episcopal Area.

HOW TO DONATE

Russell reminds churches about the different ways to donate:

  • Mail checks to “Memphis Conference Treasurer's Office” with the memo line marked “Imagine No Malaria.” The address is 24 Corporate Blvd., Jackson, TN 38305
  • Make online donations: Click HERE.
  • Text $10 donations to “MALARIA MEM” to 27722. Be sure to put a space between MALARIA and MEM. Text multiple times to give more!
  • Bring your offering to the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference.
MORE INFO
 
For more information or if you have questions, visit the Memphis Conference INM page or the INM website at www.imaginenomalaria.org OR contact Russell at ddlrl@ecsis.net or 731-225-1156. To order custom INM t-shirts, contact Russell.