ATTENTION OUTLOOK USERS: This email will not display properly until you click on the "Right-click to download pictures" text. This e-mail cannot be viewed in text-only mode.  You can read the stories online at


Serve Christ      

May 14, 2008
Jerusalem-UMC170 years at a church
called "Jerusalem"

"When I was a boy, that church had two doors. The men went in on the right side and women on the left ... In those days, that's just what people did."

No-SmokingThe long draw of the law

Every church in Tennessee without a "no smoking" sign at each outside entrance is in violation of state law. But don't look for pastors and church officials to be dragged off to jail. (Chattanoooga Times Free Press)

Prayer-for-SudanPrayer for Sudan

This week, behind the "Pray Now" link that always appears at the top of this newsletter, the Rev. Jeannie Higgins offers a prayer for churches as they take the conference-wide offering for Sudan.

BakingCalories for a good cause

The Baileyton UMC building was destroyed by fire in November 2007. Here's a free sample of the 1,200 recipes that will help put this Morristown District church back together.

MyanmarFrustration in Myanmar

As aid trickles in to cyclone survivors in Myanmar, United Methodists and other faith-based groups are cooperating on relief efforts. An update on the UMCOR effort. (United Methodit News Service)

TheCall-May-08The Call is coming

The May 2008 newspaper edition was postal-mailed to subscribers today, or you may download PDFs here. (Want a newspaper subscription?) 

CalendarConference Calendar Picks 

  • Margaret Loving Grants for older-adult ministries: Applications due June 10                                                  

More of ... Picks 

  • Need video clips of United Methodist ministries? Visit
More of ...

Local FoodsOpportunities
  • Local foods luncheon: The Creation Care Team is organizing a local foods menu for the Peace With Justice luncheon at Annual Conference on Monday, June 9, at 12:30 in Jones Cafeteria. More info to come in a future edition.
  • Eat With the Missionaries: The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m., Lambuth Inn Dining Hall at Annual Conference. Tickets must be purchased for $14.25. Reservations due by May 23. An RSVP card was included with the postal-mailed "Book of Reports," or you may e-mail Bill Daugherty.

 HC Logo at bottom