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Click HERE for the latest updates, deadlines, lodging information and much, much more!

The deadline for delegates to
pre-register  for Annual Conference online or by mail is Monday, May 18.  Registration is now open.Click HERE for instructions. 

Clergy need to register using the 
5 district structure.  

Laity need to register using the 
7 district structure.
Shoe selfies are needed  by May 15.

To learn more, click HERE .



Denise Russell of Dyersburg First UMC in Dyersburg, Tenn., coordinator of the Imagine No Malaria (INM) initiative for the Memphis Conference, is asking everyone in attendance on the last day of annual conference - Wednesday, June 3 -  to wear their INM t-shirts OR, if they don't have an INM t-shirt, wear any RED shirt.


Get details HERE.

Youth Annual Conference 2015 - IGNITE


May 29-31, 2015

Jackson First UMC, Jackson, TN


What to expect: It's the return of Youth Annual Conference! This event brings together youth from all across the conference to worship, fellowship, eat, study, and serve God together. We hope to "IGNITE" a fire in the hearts and souls of students from across Memphis Conference as we offer Christ to a hurting world.


What to bring: Participants need to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and inflatable mattresses (if desired) since we will be staying overnight at Jackson First UMC. All meals will be served at Jackson FUMC. If there are any dietary needs, please make notes on this form. Shower facilities are located on-site, so participants will need to bring towels and other toiletry items.


Questions? Rev. Kristofer & Alyssa Roof, Conference Coordinators of Youth Ministry (901) 853-8383 ext. 118


Registration form and details: HERE

'Imagine No Malaria' goal: $1 million!


The Memphis Conference, in partnership with the Tennessee Conference, is working to raise $1 million for Imagine No Malaria by June 2015.

Total money raised in the Nashville Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences) through March 31, 2015 is $361,878.22.


Cokesbury Hymnals


Does your church have Cokesbury hymnals they'd like to part with?  Burnetts Chapel is seeking to buy about 25 to use occasionally. 


For more information, contact Deana Lee at (270) 382-2579.

Radio advertising spots are open on

WVHM radio station


For more information contact  Mike White at  270-293-4919 or  mike@hmiradio@com

5178 Hinkleville Road
(Just past the Mall, by Lowes)
Paducah, Kentucky 42001-9693
(270) 443-2669  
Chuck Knows Church


Chuck Knows Church is two online video series that help interpret complex subjects and issues in a fun, yet informative, way.  Each series features "Chuck" who helps us learn more about our church while inviting us to have deeper conversation with our pastor or priest.


The ORIGINAL SERIES is all about the objects, symbols and terms we often hear in church. Take a couple of minutes each week and have some fun while you learn from Chuck.  Each week a different video is released on YouTube and announced on the Chuck Knows Church Facebook page.  There are currently ore than 90 episodes available on a variety of topics with more being produced. Each episode is approximately 2-5 minutes.


THE COMMITTEE is a humorous and poignant online series that examines the struggles congregations face as they look toward a preferred future. Using real-world topics, The Committee is sure to open discussion in your church. Designed for both individual viewing and group study, each free episode also has a free downloadable study guide.  A new video is released each month on YouTube and announced on the Chuck Knows Church Facebook page.  We plan to produce 12 episodes that will address complicated subjects.  Each episode is approximately 10-13 minutes.



Pastoral Transitions Seminar May 9




Will your church have a change in pastors this year? Check out the May 9 seminar in Milan, TN for pastors, lay leaders and staff-parish committees.


Learn more HERE.

For information on speakers, entertainment, workshops, registration and much more, 
click HERE.

2015 Paducah Urban Mission Plunge

(PUMP Camp)


July 5-10, 2015

Basic Lay Servant Course 

Coming Soon!

8, 15, 22, 29

For more information and to register, contact Kim Morrison at 270-527-8282 or 


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'YOUTH 2015'
June 24-28

National UM Youth Gathering
Orlando, Florida

Only 9 seats left
on the charter bus.

Youth 2015 Preview Video
Youth 2015 Preview Video

For more information and to secure a seat on the charter bus  contact 

Jessica Schaeffer (270) 727-1154 or Kim Morrison (270) 527-8282

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Upcoming Events


The season for Mission Blitz will soon be here. We would like churches to check their schedule and recommend some possible dates for this event in September or October.


Also, the Leadership Institute 2015 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas will be September 30 - October 2. If you or any laity would be interested in going, please call ASAP to let us know so we can begin planning group registration and transportation.


Lots of exciting events and opportunities coming up!


Please contact Kim Morrison at 270-527-8282 or email at

Nurses Needed 
at Lakeshore's Camp Joy
June 7-12

In just over a month, 100 special needs campers will be coming to Lakeshore Camp Retreat-Center to participate in Camp Joy - a glorious week of unconditional love and Christian fellowship. The camp lasts from Sunday evening,  June 7 to Friday afternoon, June 12 . FOUR nurses are needed to help dispense all the meds needed through the week and attend to any first-aid issues that may arise. Today (May 6) I have only ONE nurse confirmed for the whole week. Yesterday, I found out that the best leads I had so far will not be able to come.

If you are a nurse (RN or LPN) or if you know a nurse who will be willing to give their service for Camp Joy please contact me ASAP at  

Please PRAY for this need AND share this need with those who might respond.


Rev. Paul Millikan
Camp Joy Director

Details HERE
cook grill fire picnic chefSponsored by: Marshall County UM Churches

When: May 23rd, 2015

Where: Benton First United Methodist Church

Tickets: $15 each

Seatings: 4-5 p.m./ 5-6 p.m./ 6-7 p.m.

Menu: Pork Loin, Baked Potato, Salad, Fried Apples Variety of desserts

Contact: Brad Colson for tickets at 270-703-0610


The LUMA Building Campaign goal is $300,000 to upgrade central facilities at LUMA - expanded conference center, additional break-out rooms, improved kitchen/dining facilities, upgraded restroom accommodations, and more. This will make the facility more financially self-sufficient and keep the cost of camp fees low!


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Clergy Family Picnic June 23
Save the Date

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Bishop and Cabinet Announce Reduced Number of Districts with New Boundaries and Names


Beginning April 23, the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) will have new district boundaries and names, according to an announcement by Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly and the conference's district superintendents.


The Memphis Conference is an area that includes 421 churches (269 charges) in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.


The new district configuration reduces the number of districts from seven to five (beginning April 23) and down to four by June 2016. New district names also are part of the changes.


To help explain the changes, click here to read a Q&A with Rev. Sky McCracken, superintendent of the Paducah District (to be renamed Purchase District) and newly named dean of the Memphis Conference cabinet.


Read more on the Memphis Conference website. 

Congregational Care

Join us at Trinity United Methodist Church 
on May 11th at 6 p.m. for 
training as Congregational Care Ministers.

CCMs are lay ministers who work alongside their pastor to provide care for their church family.

CCMs participate in a ministry of head, heart and hands. 

Head - modeling after Christ, who is our head, to lead.

Heart - a calling in response to Gifts and Graces.

Hands- care on behalf of the church with compassion, active listening, scripture, and theological reflection.


Purchase District Rev. Superintendent Sky McCracken will lead us in how to pray with others, listen to others, visit others, help others through grieving and other ways to minister to our Congregations.


Register with Kim Morrison at 270-527-8282 or

Email at 

by May 5th.


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Methodist Men of Western Kentucky


One-Time Fund Raiser

for  Lakeshore Capital Building Fund


Momentum is building for the One-Time "Make a Difference" Fund Raiser for the Lakeshore Building Campaign.  Groups of Methodist Men throughout western Kentucky are joining together to sponsor events for the purpose of making ONE GREAT IMPACT on the future of our Lakeshore Camp!


To date, we have four events already scheduled, with two more pending and in the process of setting dates.  In addition, several other churches (by way of your pastors in attendance at last Thursday's Paducah District Clergy meeting) have expressed a strong interest in participating.  This promises to be a great boost to the capital building project for LUMA - just how great depends on the number of fund raisers we have in the mix.


Men of the Methodist church (as well as women, youth, or any other group of common identity), working together, can make a difference!  Join us, and be a part of making a difference for Lakeshore.


For additional information, contact: 

District-wide Creative Worship Conference

August 8, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at Benton First UMC

We live in a culture obsessed with image and screens.  From the smartphones and tablet devices we carry everywhere we go, to the large screens in our living rooms; the world around us has shifted to a communication form that the church is still struggling to fully understand.


Regardless of worship style, it's imperative that the church learn to embrace and master the use of image and creativity in the way we communicate the gospel in worship.


Spend the day with creative worship specialist, author and worship coach Jason Moore in an event designed for churches of all sizes, budgets and means.  Whether your church has screens in worship, you are thinking about it, or have decided against them, this seminar has something for you.


Best experienced as a team, The Creative Worship Conference is filled with ideas that any church (large and small) can implement.  Learn time-tested methodologies that transcend the traditional vs. contemporary wars and that will result in a more connected worship experience.  Laugh, be inspired and walk away with clearly defined next steps for improved worship.


Deep, meaningful, transformative worship is within your grasp.  Register today!


Register online or by contacting Kim Morrison:


Online registration form

Kim Morrison (270) 527-8282,


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Church Office Manager

Fulton First United Methodist Church

(Fulton County, KY) - Fulton


Preschool Director

Reidland United Methodist Church

(McCracken County, KY) - Reidland

Director of Children and Youth Ministry
Grace Church LaCenter
(Ballard County, KY) - LaCenter

Youth Ministry Director
Coldwater United Methodist Church
(Calloway County, KY) - Murray

Click HERE  for a listing of these job openings (and more) published on the Memphis Conference website.
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