Brief notes about people and events, August 7, 2009


In Memoriam

Mrs. Mary Lucille Jackson Ross, 94, widow of the late Rev. R. C. Ross, died July 21, 2009 at her home in Union City, TN.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce R. Cooper of Chattanooga; Dolores R. Davis, and Wanda S. Callison, of Union City; and Gloria R. McMillen of New Albany, MS. Sons, Boyce D. Ross of Paducah, KY, and Art Ross of Union City. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 28 great children, and seven great, great grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday, July 23, 2009 at White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City, TN with Dr. Matthew Wohlfarth officiating. Interment was in Hickman City Cemetery. Contact Mrs. Dolores R. Davis at 1020 Turner St., Union City, TN 38261.
In Memoriam
Mr. Jimmie Jones, father of the Rev. Jason W. Jones, died July 24, 2009. Jason is the pastor of Bethel and Brooks Chapel United Methodist Churches in Calloway County, Kentucky and a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He may be contacted by calling 270.978.2815 or by e-mail, .
Contact Jason at 808 Broad Extended, Murray, KY 42071
In Memoriam
Rev. Clarence O. Hampton, 83, of Cordova passed away on July 25, 2009. “Hamp” is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne Rooks Hampton; his two sons, Bob Hampton of Nashville and Hamp Hampton III of Montclair, NJ; his two daughters, Helen Hampton Jenkins of Memphis and Rene Hampton Brady of Flower Mound, TX; eight grandchildren; and sister, Martha Hampton Gaddie, Jackson.
He began his professional career as Conference Youth Director of the Methodist Memphis Youth Conference. He retired after 22 years at the University of Memphis as Dean of Student Life.
The funeral service was July 28 at Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel. A private interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to the White Station Optimist Club, P.O. Box 17356, Memphis, TN 38187 or Lambuth University, 705 Lambuth Blvd. Jackson, TN 38301.
In Memoriam
 Mrs. Kathleen Phillips, wife of the Rev. Paul L. Phillips, a retired pastor in the Jackson District, died at home Friday, July 24, 2009. Visitation was at the George Smith Funeral Home (North Chapel), Jackson, on July 25.
 Funeral services, led by the Rev. Joy Weathersbee and the Rev. Bill McClarin, were at Northside UMC on July 26. Burial was at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson.
 Surviving Mrs. Phillips are her husband Rev. Paul L. Phillips; one son, Paul Allen Phillips and his wife Sara; two grandchildren, Christopher and Sophia Phillips; one sister, Betty Jean Allen; and one nephew, Dr. John Bonson, all of Jackson, TN.
 Correspondence may be sent to Rev. Paul L. Phillips, 17 Battlefield Cove, Jackson, TN 38305.
In Memoriam
Erin Elizabeth “Beth” Luton, 55, of Nashville, died on July 27, 2009. Beth was ordained an Elder in the North Georgia Conference in 2002. She served the United Methodist Church in various capacities throughout her life. She worked at Candler School of Theology until 2008 where she directed various non-degree programs as well as the Course of Study program for local pastors.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Green Bough House of Prayer, 876 Pendleton Creek Rd., Adrian, GA 31002. A Memorial Service was held at West End UMC in Nashville on July 30, 2009.
FaithFest ‘09 scheduled for August 30-September 2
The United Methodists of Graves County, Ky., will host FaithFest ‘09 from August 30 through September 2 at Mayfield First UMC, 8th and Water, in Mayfield. The Sunday through Wednesday event will begin at 6:30 each evening.
The keynote speaker will be author/preacher/evangelist Dr. Ron Rand, founder of UpBuilding Ministries, Promise Keepers speaker, former pastor of College Hill Presbyterian, and chaplain of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. He is the author of “Won by One” and “For Fathers Who Aren’t in Heaven.” 
The event will also feature a wide array of fabulous music, including Ed Bruce on Sunday evening. Ed acted in the TV series “Maverick” and has written many hits, including “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. He now writes and performs country gospel.
On Monday, August 31, Faith Fest ‘09 will feature some of Mayfield’s best musicians. On Tuesday, September 1, the group called Brotherly Love will provide the music, and on Wednesday, September 2, Brother Steve Melvin, Teresa Cantrell and friends from Mayfield First Nazarene Church will sing.
Everyone is invited.
Christian Education Showcase at Cokesbury, August 10 through 22
Please visit Cokesbury Memphis during the Christian Education Showcase, August 10 through August 22. Purchase Christian education resources at Cokesbury during the two-week showcase and receive an in-store coupon for 15% off your next purchase. You can also receive Free Shipping with Promo Code CG10.
Cokesbury now carries Children’s, Youth, and Adult curriculum from several publishers, including Hands on Bible from Group and Heart Shaper from Standard.
For more information, call the Memphis Cokesbury Store at 901-683-8271, toll free 877-221-8638, or e-mail Lisa Albert at .
Memphis Theological Seminary explores UMC history and theology
Memphis Theological Seminary will offer classes this fall term that specifically examine the history and theology of the United Methodist Church.
“United Methodist History and Doctrine” will delve into the development and transition of Methodism from its beginnings in England to present day American United Methodism. Another UMC-centered course, “John Wesley and His Life,” will examine the life of John Wesley in the context of the historical setting in which he lived.
These courses are taught by The Rev. Dr. Laura Felleman, an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and the new Chair of Wesleyan Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary.
The deadline for fall admission is August 10. New student orientation and registration is August 29. For information please visit  or call 901.334.5857.
Yada Sisterhood Women’s Retreat, August 21-22
Yada Sisterhood welcomes Lisa Harper and Libby Thomas to Northside UMC in Jackson for an exciting weekend, August 21-22. Lisa Harper brings women messages of hope and God’s unfailing love. She is perhaps best known in West Tennessee for her leadership in Focus on the Family’s national “Renewing the Heart” conferences. Lisa will make you laugh as she teaches you from the truths of God’s word. Libby Thomas is a worship leader whose musical messages also embody hope as a recurring theme.
The Friday session will begin at 7:30 pm and the Saturday session at 8:30 am. A light breakfast will be provided Saturday.
The weekend is free and open to women of any age, race, and denomination. There will not be a nursery provided. For information, call Northside, 731-668-0617, or email .
Final performance for Trinity UMC summer music series
Trinity UMC, 1538 Galloway, Memphis, is showcasing local talent in a summer music series: “A Little Summer Music and a little lunch, too!” It begins at 12:05 p.m. and ends with a box lunch from 12:35–1 p.m. The concerts are free, lunch only $7 per person. Call ahead to reserve a seat at the table. 901.274.6895.
The final performance is Thursday, August 20 – André Duvall, pianist.
In 2008, Duvall won the Memphis Beethoven Club piano competition and was a winner of the University of Memphis Soloist Competition for 2008-2009.