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September 21, 2023

Connect your college-bound students with campus ministry before the end of September!

When a student leaves for college, how can pastors, relatives, mentors, and other United Methodists back home help them receive a warm welcome in their new surroundings? Local churches now have a new tool to help students make the transition to college: an online referral form instantly forwards the student's information to the appropriate campus ministry. Refer a student today!

TWK Creation Care Convening in Western KY | Celebrating Creation, Restoring Our Communities

TWK Creation Care Ministry will be hosting a Creation Care Convening in Western Kentucky for the Northwest area of the Conference on Saturday, October 7 in Fulton KY.  There will be Idea Sharing, Visioning, and Informal Farm Fun Activities (Goat Soap Making, Cider Making). The Keynote Speaker will be Pat Watkins - former UMC National Coordinator of Caretakers of God's Creation.

Learn more and RSVP | Flyer

Holding Sacred Space: Mental Health and Faith

Creating space in which to break the stigma of mental illness, this webinar series hosted by the UMC General Board of Church and Society, emphasizes the intersectionalities of mental health, faith, and social action. This six-session series runs from October 11 to 23. Note: Those interested must register for each session. Learn more and register now.

Protecting Places of Worship

In support of September’s National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security dedicates national weeks of action, encouraging faith-based and community organizations to safeguard people and places through partnerships with local emergency managers and first responders. The 2023 weeks of action will include virtual workshops for the faith community and private sector. More.

MORE golf teams are needed to support an INCREDIBLE cause!!

The 22nd annual Mary Cooper Memorial Golf Challenge benefiting Miriam's Promise will be held Oct. 6 at the Old Fort Golf Club & Greenway in Murfreesboro, Tn.

Register here | Flyer

The Art of Wellbeing cohort forming for this Fall

At this year's TWK Annual Conference in Memphis, the Rev. Dr. Trey Carey shared how his life and ministry were strengthened by The Art of Wellbeing. Beginning September 28, he is guiding a clergy coaching cohort through the very resource that helped bring him peace and wholeness in a difficult season. Read more about his testimony | Register for the cohort here.

Coming October 26: Building Community with Older Adults

ENCORE Ministry -- in partnership with engAGING Communities TN, UT Chattanooga's School of Nursing's older adult initiative -- is hosting its first TWK conference-wide event for older adults and older adult ministry leaders. The event includes worship, networking, and sessions by area experts on topics impacting older adults such as grandfamilies, older adult care, legal services, mental health, transitions of care, and congregational care. It will be held in person at Franklin (Tennessee) First UMC and live-streamed. For more information, click here.

Wesley Foundation at MSU Open House | Oct. 13

The Murray State Wesley Foundation will open its doors to alumni, students, supporters, and friends! This is an opportunity to tour the updated facility. You can also make new connections with the Wesley Foundation's current Campus Minister, Rev. April Arnold, and the current student leadership. Come and share what you love about Wesley! This event is free and light refreshments will be provided. In the meantime, check out the Wesley Foundation of Murray State University on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all things Wesley! Details

TWK Creation Care Spiritual Retreat | See How Much Creation Cares

On September 23, the TWK Creation Care team is hosting a spiritual retreat, “See How Much Creation Cares,” at Cedar Crest from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants have the option either to come only on Saturday for the retreat (cost: $20), or to stay Friday night before attending Saturday’s retreat (cost: $51 if you provide your own towels and bedding, $71 if not). Learn more and register now.

Need a new or temporary UMC home?

If your church is disaffiliated but you want to Stay UMC, you can join The Vine where you will find an immediate connection with others. Another option is to request that your district office hold your UMC membership temporarily until you find a new church home. If you choose the district option, please send an email or letter to the district specifically requesting to move your UMC membership. This will "park" your membership until you are ready to transfer it elsewhere. (If you are not sure which district to contact, check here - Districts - TWKUMC)

Events and Deadlines

  • Sept. 20-23 Scripture Through Song, Story, Script, & Stage Retreat | Learn more
  • Sept. 23 | TWK Creation Care Spiritual Retreat, "See How Much Creation Cares" | Learn more
  • Sept. 28 | The Art of Wellbeing Cohort with Rev. Dr. Trey Carey | Learn more
  • Sept. 29-Oct. 1 | Lakeshore Camp & Retreat Center Older Elementary Retreat | Learn more
  • Sept. 30 Celebrating with Hannah's Hope | Learn more
  • Oct. 6-8 | Beersheba Springs Assembly Prayer Shawl Retreat | Learn more
  • Oct.7 | Creation Care Convening (Northwest) | Learn more
  • Oct. 20-30 | Education Opportunities Cruise with the Bishop | Brochure
  • Oct. 26 | ENCORE Ministry's Building Community w/ Older Adults | Learn more
  • Nov. 13 | Special Called Annual Conference | Link
  • Apr. 23 – May 3, 2024 | General Conference | Read more
  • Jun. 17-19, 2024 | TWK Annual Conference at Murfreesboro First UMC
What's Happening Beyond the District?

What's Happening in our Local Churches?

Sept. 24 Bethel University Renaissance Choir, 6:30 p.m. | Fulton First UMC | Flyer

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