Important Upcoming Events

2022 Church Conferences

The 2022 Church Conference schedule has been set. Go to the ERD Charge Conference page for the schedule and important information.


Lay Servant Ministry Classes -

Basic Class

This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. 

REQUIRED TEXTLay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon and the Upper Room Bookstore.

DATES: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 and Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 3pm (both days are required)

LOCATION: Marshall First UMC, 702 Plum St, Marshall 62441

COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch on Saturday; drinks and snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Lori Sparks, ERD Lay Servant Ministries Director, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com

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Advanced Class

ADVANCED COURSE:  Leading Worship - Worshiping with United Methodists (Revised Edition)

In this straightforward and updated commentary, Hoyt Hickman explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship. Drawing upon five basic principles, the author explains the formative nature of worship and how it can revitalize persons' lives. These principles are: God's Word is primary; active congregational participation is crucial; spontaneity and order are both important; worship should be relevant and inclusive; and worship is communion. This class DOES count towards the Lay Speaker Tract.

Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (Revised) by Hoyt Hickman. Participants are expected to read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Upper Room and Amazon.

DATES: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 and Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 1pm (both days are required)

LOCATION: Marshall First UMC, 702 Plum St, Marshall 62441

COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch on Saturday; drinks and snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Lori Sparks, ERD Lay Servant Ministries Director, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com

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Registration


2022 Special Sundays - 

Human Relations Day (Sunday before the national observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.

Native American Ministries Sunday (third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. 

Peace With Justice Sunday (first Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. 

World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate these Special Sundays at anytime of the year.

Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Sheila Ducommon, spouse of Rev David Ducommon (Five Pt Parish), health issues
  • Rev Carroll Lewis (retired), health issues
  • Rev Fred White (Oak Ridge, Pearl Chapel) and his wife, Brenda, health issues