Brief notes: April 1


In Memoriam

Mrs. Rebecca Wilford, widow of the Reverend J. D. Wilford, died Thursday, February 26, 2009 in Charleston, S. C. Mrs. Wilford’s funeral was held at Burnett’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Sedalia, KY with the Reverend Karen Barrineau officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery in Sedalia, KY. She is survived by one son, D. Sykes Wilford, and wife, Jean, who live in Charleston, S. C. Send correspondence to: Mr. D. Sykes Wilford, 43 Legare Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
Conference Secretary’s new phone number
To contact Dr. John Bonson, Memphis Conference secretary, call 731-664-8480. The previous number has been cancelled.
Trinity UMC Cantata on Palm Sunday featuring choir, orchestra and painter Jerry Dunnam
On Palm Sunday, April 5, at 10:50 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of Evergreen and Galloway in Midtown Memphis, will offer The Weeping Tree,  an Easter cantata performed by the Trinity UMC Chancel Choir and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Machen. Machen is the director of Music Ministries at Trinity UMC and also general director of the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble. The event is free and open to the public. Artist/painter Jerry Dunnam (wife of Dr. Maxie Dunnam) will provide an added dimension by creating a work of art during the worship service depicting the crucifixion of Christ. Her moving approach to performance art will heighten the expressive reach of this worship experience. The Weeping Tree has been described as “a poignant rendering of the cross that uses beloved hymns, newly composed music, thoughtful narration and simple sacred symbols to create a touching testament of grace.”
Marie Mullikin Ministerial Foundation Scholarship
Applications for the Marie Mullikin Ministerial Foundation Scholarship are available from St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Memphis. The Marie Mullikin Ministerial Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified individuals who are pursuing an education leading to a career as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2009 for the following academic year. Recipients will be informed of their awards by June 15. For an application or information, contact Rev. Kim A. Kulow at St. Stephen UMC, 3981 Macon Rd., Memphis, TN 38122 or call 901-452-5874.
Paris District Teacher Training Workshop: ‘One Room Sunday School’
Designed especially for small membership churches, the Paris District Teacher Training Workshop, ‘One Room Sunday School’, will take place April 26, 2-4pm at Bethesda UMC, 175 Bethesda Road (Hwy. 69 S. and Bethesda Rd.), Paris, TN. Call the Paris District Office at 731- 642-4811 for more information.
Mary Muzzall Announces Retirement effective May 1
After serving Christ and the Paris District for 27 years as Administrative Assistant, Mary Muzzall has announced her retirement effective May 1. A memory scrapbook of notes, letters, photos is being prepared. Submissions may be sent no later than April 1 to Rev. Dean Emerson, P.O. Box 277, Camden, TN 38320.
At Mary’s request, a small reception is planned for her at the next Paris District Clergy meeting April 23 at 9:00am in Room 101 of Paris First UMC. Contact Mary directly at P.O. Box 28, Paris, TN 38242 or by calling 731.642.9215 before May 1.
Is your church having a significant anniversary?
Ann Robbins Phillips, the Memphis Conference historian, needs to know which churches will be celebrating their 100, 125, 150 and 200th anniversaries this year so they can be recognized at Annual Conference. Email the information to Ann at Or call the CMT office, 731-664-8480.
Faith&Health: Making the Connection
On April 18, 9am to 1pm, at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave., in Memphis, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson will explore the convergence of faith, health and the arts through a discussion of her award-winning play Wit as the workshops’featured luncheon presenter.Additionally,in a series of interactive workshops, medical professionals, pastors, chaplains, artists and others will share how their disciplines use storytelling and discuss how to work together to best care for the whole person.
A $10 workshop fee covers materials and lunch. For more information or to register, visit or call (901) 261-8833.
On April 18 at 7pm, at the Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Road, Wiener Theater, in Memphis, Faith & Health’s spring session will conclude with An Evening with Margaret Edson, which will include a dramatic reading of selections from Wit and an interactive dialogue with her about the meaning behind the issues raised in her play. $10 donation to Methodist Residential Hospice. For reservations or more information, call (901) 516-0500.
Free choir robes
Piperton United Methodist Church has nearly 50 used cream-colored choir robes in extremely good condition (some with stoles) that they will donate to a church. They no longer need them since they’ve purchased new ones. Piperton UMC will pay all shipping charges. Contact by email or cell phone 901-218-1461.
Paris District sponsors Wesley Heritage Tour of England in November
The Paris District is sponsoring a nine-day Wesley Heritage Tour of England with departure from Nashville on November 4, 2009. Dr. Joseph A. Geary, Superintendent of the District, will host. Educational Opportunities Tours is the operator. The tour is open to all clergy and laity including those outside of the Paris District.
The cost is $2646.00 which includes roundtrip airfare, week stay in a first class hotel, daily breakfast and dinner, deluxe motorcoaches, guided sight-seeing, entrance fees, study guide, lecture program and two Continuing Education Units.
Among the places visited will be the Asbury House in Birmingham, New Room and Charles Wesley House in Bristol, John Wesley’s City Road Chapel in London, Old Rectory and St. Andrews Church in Epworth, Coventry Cathedral in Coventry and St. Mary de Crypt in Gloucester. We will also visit Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford as well as Worcester and Bath. In London we’ll see Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
A brochure detailing the trip is available by calling the Paris District Office at 731.642.9215 or e-mail
Basic Preparation Course: Faith Community Nursing –at Jackson First UMC
The Community Health Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Union University School of Nursing and St. Francis Hospital will be providing a basic preparation course for nurses who want to be involved in faith community nursing. The course is based on the curriculum developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. The course consists of 30 contact hours over four days. The program will be offered at Jackson First United Methodist Church; 203 S. Church Street on April 24,25 and May 1 and 2. The course fee is $150 which includes materials, resources, certificate, Parish Nurse pin and contact hours. For information and to register, contact Alma Albuelouf: 901-373-1224 or E-mail alma.abuelouf@cc. or Melanie Matthews at 731-661-5200 or E-mail
John and Molly Lipscomb Scholarship Fund–deadline for applications April 15
Applications for the John and Molly Lipscomb Scholarship Fund are now available through Mullins United Methodist Church. The purpose of the fund is to provide funding for deserving students entering Christian ministry in the Memphis Conference. Preference will be given to Mullins members. Applicants must be certified ministerial candidates. To request an application, write to Mullins UMC, 4 N.Mendenhall Rd., Memphis, TN 38117-2698 or call 901-685-8253. Deadline for applications is April 15. •