Brief notes: May 29, 2009


Paris District office relocates to 810 East Wood street in June

The Paris District Office will close and relocate to 810 East Wood Street in Paris in early June. The offices will be closed at the current 215 Wynn Street location in order to prepare for the move and transfer services and utilities. Dr. Joe Geary, Paris District Superintendent, says they will be moving on Thursday, June 4, and will re-open in the new location Monday, June 8, at 8:30 A.M. The office is presently closed for visits and will not be receiving routine telephone calls. The staff will check each day for emergency calls and return those only. Telephone numbers, e-mail, fax and P.O. Box 28 will not change at this time. Geary thanks everyone for their patience. “We look forward to serving you in the new location,” he said.
In Memoriam
Marvin H. Budd, 81, retired Diaconal Minister of the Asbury District, Memphis Conference, died Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2009, at his home in East Tennessee. He was a former Director of Christian Education at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis. Rev. Budd was preceded in death by his wife, Tempe Claxton Budd. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Bonner, and husband, Dave of Shawnee, OK; one sister-in-law, Sheridan Budd of Conroe, TX; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Emily and Joe O’Dell of Greeneville, TN. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, on Thursday, May 21 at 10am with the Rev. Shirley Lynn officiating. Visitation will follow the graveside service at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church; 201 North Main Street; Greeneville, TN 37745. Please visit for online condolences or you may send expressions of sympathy to Mrs. Emily O’Dell, 62 Twin Oaks Drive, Greeneville, TN 37745. Tempe Budd and Emily O’Dell were lifelong friends and she and her husband Joe have been close to Rev. Budd through the years. She will see that the family receives the condolences.
Olan Mills photographing clergy for new Annual Conference pictorial directory at AC 2009
This year, Olan Mills will be photographing for a new Annual Conference Pictorial Directory. Please stop by the Olan Mills Studio at the Jackson Civic Center and get your picture taken on Monday or Tuesday from 10 AM till 5 PM. All ministers photographed will receive a free gift.
In addition, Olan Mills and Cokesbury are offering a 2009 Memphis Annual Conference special. To qualify, select Olan Mills and Cokesbury for your next pictorial directory at conference and your church will receive a Complimentary Directory Enhancer and Ministry Tool.
Olan Mills and Cokesbury are also offering:
· Minister’s Appreciation Gift Certificates of $100 - $299 for July and August Photography Dates
· Up to 33% Discount on Special Portrait Packages for families
· 50% Discount on Canvas Wall Portraits 16 x 20 or larger
Local Church Marketing Representatives are Heldur Nork (Memphis Area) 901-486-7309 and Christine Smith (Kentucky Area) 573-651-6221. Or you may call 1-800-845-1157: Heldur Nork Ext 1799, Christina Smith 1280.
Special rates for Memphis Conference men for UMM National Gathering
The Tenth National Gathering of United Methodist Men features a stunning lineup of speakers, musicians, workshops, seminars and mission projects.
Some people in the Memphis Conference are unable to attend every session of the July 10-12 event at Belmont University, so the General Commission on United Methodist Men has provided a possibility for United Methodists to attend Saturday sessions for $100. That amount includes two meals and the Saturday evening performance by country music artist Vince Gill.
Saturday events include a speech by Dr. Patrick Morley, chief executive officer of Man in the Mirror, based in Orlando, Fla., and a rafter-raising performance by Sheltered Reality, a group of young drummers. Following a luncheon, participants may choose two of 24 90-minute seminars or they may participate in one of three mission projects.
For an additional $40, persons registered for Saturday events may also invite one guest for the Saturday dinner and evening events, which include a performance by the Mass Men’s Choir, a speech by the Rev. Kevass Harding, author of Can These Bones Live, and the concert by Vince Gill.
Formerly held at Purdue University, the move to Nashville provides members of the Memphis Conference a nearby opportunity to participate.
Memphis Conference churches may want to consider providing funds to enable at least one man from their congregations to attend. The three-day experience includes specialized training in men’s ministry, men’s events and scouting ministry. These 3½-hour workshops are designed to strengthen the outreach of local churches to men and young people.
For additional information and registration forms, please visit  or call (866) 297-4312.
Open House Month
Open House Month is an opportunity for United Methodist congregations to Rethink Church and engage in radical hospitality to welcome their neighbors into Christian community.
Encourage your congregation to utilize Rethink Church resources. Visit Prepare your congregation for Open House Month by providing or participating in welcoming training using “Igniting Ministry” materials available from United Methodist Communications, Cokesbury, and the United Methodist Resource Center.
Help Seekers Find-A-Church . . . Your Church!
Find-A-Church is much more than a directory of churches. It is a powerful online tool for evangelism. Find-A-Church connects you with busy people in your community.
Find-A-Church helps you to:
· Welcome visitors personally to your congregation
· Display your church’s ministries and activities
· Introduce members
· Add details about your worship schedule
· Link to your church’s Web site for a closer look
Find-A-Church lists more than 35,000 United Methodist churches, and almost 300,000 people a month go there to learn more about congregations like yours.
The new United Methodist Church ad campaign, Rethink Church, sends visitors to When they arrive, they will discover many doors through which they can walk to find a church that matches their interests and preferences. However, if your information is not updated on Find-A-Church, they will not learn about you or the "doors" that can lead them into your church. Update your listing today.
New UMC ad campaign kicked off on May 5, 6
Rethink Church, the next evolution of the United Methodist Church’s “Open hearts” welcoming and advertising campaign, kicked off on May 5 and 6. Over the next four years, audiences will see and hear more than $20 million in new advertising on television, radio, print, and in new media, including banner and keyword advertising on major Web sites.
The messaging, targeting 18- to 34-year-olds, highlights the many opportunities for involvement within United Methodist churches.
“We aim to reach young adults who are not familiar with church, who are concerned about the world in which we live, who want to make their lives more meaningful, and who have a deep yearning to connect with God and with a community of support,” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications.
New research conducted by The Barna Group on behalf of United Methodist Communications found that 66 percent of young adults surveyed were searching for meaning in their lives and 62 percent considered themselves “spiritual.” Two in three said there were specific events or times in their lives when they were more likely to search for spiritual answers. But 78 percent said they never attend church, or only attend once in a while.
The Rethink Church campaign aims to bridge that gap. •