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 Morristown District News                          March, 2017
Dates at a Glance
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March 7 -- District Discipleship Team meeting, District Office
March 9-11 -- Clergy Spouses Retreat, Sevierville
March 11-12 -- Sisters in Service Retreat, Sevierville
March 20 -- Voices of Morristown screening and discussion, Bethel UMC. 5:30
March 25 -- Lay Servant Ministries Training, Central Bean Station
April 1 -- deadline to order print copy of Annual Conference Book of Reports
April 4 --  Clergy meetings:  am @ St. Clair UMC; pm @ District Office
April 6 -- Retired clergy gathering, Davy Crockett Restaurant, Morristown
April 24 -- Camp Wesley Woods golf tournament
May 1 -- Denman Evangelism Award Nominations Due
May 1-3 -- Jubilation, a conference event for older adults, Pigeon Forge
May 2 -- District Discipleship Team meeting, District Office
May 7 -- District Training:  Safe Sanctuaries, Asbury UMC 3 pm
May 15 -- District Trustees Meeting, district parsonage
May 15 -- deadline for grant applications, Children in Poverty
May 16 -- Clergy family Spring banquet, Centenary UMC
May 19 -- deadline to preregister for annual conference and AC events
May 21-- Preconference briefing, Trinity UMC Morristown, 3 pm.
June 1 -- Wild & Wonderful Spring Fling, First UMC Newport
June 5-6 -- deliver your food buckets to the district office
June 11-14 -- Annual Conference, Lake Junaluska
July 11 -- Clergy family picnic, Cherokee Park, Morristown, 6 pm
August 13-16 -- District Revival

Training Opportunities in the district & beyond

Morristown District Lay Servant training, March 25:   Registration Flyer
Morristown District Safe Sanctuaries, May 7:  Register here
Surrounding districts also offer lay servant classes.   Click on the links to bring up full details:
  • March 4 at Washington Pike UMC in Knoxville
  • March 24-25 at Pleasant View UMC in Abingdon (5 classes offered!)
  • April 1 at Ebenezer UMC in Bluefield VA (2 classes offered)
  • April 29 at Crossroads UMC in Kingsport (4 classes offered)
  • May 6 at Cedar Bluff UMC in Cedar Bluff VA (2 classes offered)
  • August 5 at Rocky Gap UMC VA (2 classes offered)
  • September 9 at First UMC Pearisburg VA (2 classes offered)
Voices of Morristown College

This is a "repeat" article from mid February "breaking news," but it is so good it bears repeating!

Bethel UMC will offer a screening of the new documentary, Voices of Morristown College, on Monday, March 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m.   Trailer.   The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of lessons and insights, focusing on Acts 17:26.   It will be of interest to note that Bethel UMC was the college's church and remains a vital congregation in the Lakeway Region.

Voices of Morristown College is a film about the profound experience connecting images from the past with the words of the students and teachers who lived parts of their lives at Morristown College brought to life.  This film, produced by Holston Conference, focuses on the history and influence Morristown College had on the Lakeway Region Area. Morristown College can be viewed as a great example of coexistence in a time that was rife with racial tensions. The college was founded in 1881 by Judson Hill on the site of a former slave mart. The college was a bastion of learning, first for black students and eventually for students of varying ethnicities. At one point there were students represented from all 50 states.  
Golf Tournaments

Support Camp Wesley Woods scholarships by sponsoring or playing in its annual Golf Tournament, April 24, at Egwani Farms.    More info.

Support Panther Springs "Camp for Kids" camping scholarship fund by sponsoring a hole or participating in the tournament at Millstone Golf Course April 15.   More info.
Safe Sanctuaries Training

May 7 at 3 pm -- District safe sanctuaries training at Asbury UMC in Greeneville.   Online registration is open.
2017 Annual Conference News Corner

Annual Conference:  June 11-14 at Lake Junaluska
Before the celebrations, worship, and business of the June Annual Conference begins, and to have the best experience possible, attendees should prepare in advance.  Here are reminders of some deadlines to help:
  • By April 1:  Order printed copy of the Book of Reports
  • By May 15:  Sign-up for Childcare
  • By May 19:  Register to attend
  • By May 19:  Sign-up for the MissionsDinner and/or the 5KRun/Walk
  • On May 21:  Attend the District Preconference Briefing,3 p.m. at Trinity UMC in Morristown
  • On June 5 or 6:  Deliver food buckets to district office
Continue to visit  for additional resources in preparation for annual conference.
Need assistance? Call your district office or contact the Holston Conference Center at (865) 690-4080 and ask for Charlotte or dial direct (865) 690-4141.
"I Don't Want to Be a Burden"

The Wild & Wonderful  Senior Adults are at it again!   Introducing the inaugural Senior Adult Spring Fling:
  • Date:  Thursday, June 1
  • Location:  First UMC Newport
  • Theme:  "I Don't Want to Be a Burden," Bearing Burdens: Gifts and Challenges
  • Leader:  Retired Bishop Kenneth Carder
On-Line early registration is open at
Camp & Retreat Ministries Summer Camping Adventures

Check out Holston Conference nearby camps for a great summer experience.   Both Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend and the Conference's newest camp, Camp Bays Mountain in Kingsport are open for registration for summer programs and have openings for summer staffing positions.   Bless a young person by underwriting the cost of camp or by providing scholarship funds to the camp ministries so that every child who desires the United Methodist camp experience may be blessed.

Save the Dates -- District Revival

2017 district revival dates are set!   
Sunday August 11 through Wednesday August 16.
Save the dates--details will be announced closer to the time.
Church Organist/Pianist Needed

Mafair UMC in Kingsport District is seeking a church organist/pianist. Email Janet Lyon for details at
Morristown District Office, P O Box 1592
112 East First North Street, Morristown, TN  37816