Briefly for October 2, 2009


McKendree District
Lay Speaking Ministries
at Emmanuel UMC in November and December

These courses will be held at Emmanuel UMC, 2404 Kirby Rd. in Memphis.
Basic Lay Speaking: On Thursday, November 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 7, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Cost: $25, includes lunch Sat.
Advanced Lay Speaking: On Thursday, November 5, 6:30– 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Cost: $25, includes lunch Saturday.
NEW! Youth Lay Speaking: On Thursday, December 3, 6:30–9:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m..– 4:00 p.m. Cost: $20, includes lunch Sat.
Important Registration Deadlines: Basic and Advanced Courses by October 21.
Youth Course, due by Nov. 18.
Submit registration fee plus your name, address, church, phone number, cell phone number, and email address to: McKendree District Office, 5118 Park Ave, Suite 610, Memphis,TN 38117.
UMVIM Team forming to go to Nicaragua, January 22-30
A Memphis Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team will be serving in Nicaragua January 22 - 30, 2010.
The team will be working through El Ayudante (www.nica and will be staying in Leon in El Ayudante’s team houses. The approximate cost per person is $1525.
The team will be involved in several different ministries including working with the children in El Ayudante’s orphanage and children in several churches and schools conducting VBS and puppet ministry, feeding hundreds of Nicaraguans, medical ministry, and construction. Team members will be involved in the ministry areas to which they feel called.
Building and maintaining ongoing relationships and partnering with the Nicaraguans in ministry are primary foci.
If you are interested in finding out more about the team, contact team leader Tom Jones at 731-298-1421,  or Daphne Moses at 731-668-0617, .
 Christmas and Culture Day at Lakeshore, Dec. 5
December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lakeshore will be a day to celebrate the season like they do somewhere else. England, for instance!
Has the idea of Christmas got you stressed out already? We want you to come to Lakeshore and spend the day with us celebrating Christmas the way they do in England.
For a day, we will transform Lakeshore into a different place and take part in some of their traditions. We’ll experience authentic food, decorations, crafts and activities. This will be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, a wonderful family outing, and maybe even educational.
Why not spend some time in jolly old England this Christmas? We’ll carol for figgy pudding and break fairly frequently for tea. You’ll experience where many of our favorite carols come from, and we’ll tell you about Boxing Day and mistletoe.
This year’s event will be set up in come and go as you please style. We will serve lunch with traditional English food, and we’ll serve dessert towards the end of the day (with tea, of course).
(If you have experience with English culture, cooking, and traditions, we would love your help.) Contact
Good Shepherd offers free archery classes
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Memphis has begun free archery classes for children, youth, and adults of the church and the community.   There has been a wonderful response with as many as 30 people attending. 
John and Karen Gunterman, members of the church and certified teachers of archery, provided one night of archery for recreation at Vacation Bible School. It was so well received the church decided to offer lessons one night a week. In time Good Shepherd hopes to develop the ArrowFaith Ministries. The ministry provides a student guide that combines the character traits that archery develops with some of the traits that Christians want to develop.
VIM to Matamoros, mexico
A Volunteer in Mission team is forming to serve in the Matamoros, Mexico area, December 28, 2009 through January 4, 2010. This Memphis Conference team will be led by Dr. Joe Geary, Superintendent of the Paris District.
The team will conduct a medical clinic and will serve in new and existing church construction and repair. Volunteers are needed to offer an afternoon children’s ministry and to work at a local orphanage. Team members are needed to work in food box delivery to the hungry and to teach sewing skills to assist in providing school uniforms. There will be many opportunities for informal faith sharing as well as speaking in local churches on Sunday morning.
The cost is $800 per person and includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, most meals, registration, insurance fees and a contribution to the ministry fund that makes the team effort possible. A valid U.S. passport is needed.
Training and orientation will be provided. Forms and materials provided after registration.
The team will follow up on projects/ministries the Memphis Conference has already embraced in partnership with the Eastern Mexico Conference. The team is limited to 15 persons. Airline reservations must be completed soon by the team leadership. A $200 deposit is due at registration with balance due not later than November 16. Register by sending your deposit to Paris District UMC, P.O. Box 28, Paris, TN 38242. Checks made out to Paris District and designated for “Mexico-VIM.” For information, call 731.642.9215 or e-mail at