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Upcoming events JANUARY Tuesday, January 3

6:30pm Sanctuary on the Square Choir Rehearsal Choir Room

Wednesday, January 4 8:00am Open for Prayer Poplar Sanctuary

9:30 Senior Adult Ministry Soup/Salad Ministry Kitchen

Thursday, January 5 6:30pm Leadership Council Room 102

Friday, January 6

6:30am UMM Men’s Wide Open Friday Kitchen & Servery

Sunday, January 8

6:30am Youth Serving Pancakes St. Peter’s Manor 12:00pm Leadership Training Room 102 & Kitchen* 6:30 Youth Manhunt Game Youth Floor

Monday, January 9

5:00pm SAM Wolf River Gang Wolf River Cafe 7:00 UMW Women’s Circle of Joy Meeting SAM Suite/Room 100

Tuesday, January 10

6:00pm BAM: Be a Mentor Training Room 102

Wednesday, January 11

8:00am Open for Prayer until 10:00am Poplar Sanctuary to 10am

Tuesday, January 17

6:30pm Administrative Board Meeting Room 102*

Wednesday, January 18 8:00am Open for Prayer Poplar Sanctuary

6:30pm Wednesday Night Kids Check-In, the Gallery*

Thursday January 19 11:30am SAM Luncheon Kitchen & Servery

Saturday January 21

8:00am UMM Men’s Saturday Breakfast Kitchen & Servery

Sunday, January 22

6:30pm Youth Gathering Gym & Youth Floor

Monday, January 23

11:30am Lunch Book Bunch SAM Suite/Room 100

Wednesday, January 25

8:00am Open for Prayer Poplar Sanctuary to 10am

Friday, January 27

3:00pm Youth Ski Trip Hidden Valley, Missouri

Sunday, January 29

4:30pm Ambassador Training Room 102

* Nursery Provided


Dear church and friends of Collierville UMC: “You shall be like a watered garden…” - Isaiah 58:11 A vegetable garden, lush and blooming is a sign of home for many. It is a sign that one has been there long enough for things to grow. It shows that one has created a space for something to take root and to flower, that a cycle of life in seasons is happening. This is the image chosen by Isaiah for the re-entering Hebrew people who have been away for such a long time. The prophet calls the people to some very pragmatic behaviors as a way of blooming: loosing bonds of injustice, sharing bread and room with the hungry and homeless, removing accusation and blame. If the Hebrews do these things, Isaiah says, “the Lord will…satisfy your needs and make your bones strong” and “make you like a watered garden…whose waters never fail.” To be a well-watered garden of the Spirit calls one to deeds and words of justice and mercy. To have one’s parched places watered is to look around one’s workplace and to help make changes for the better of all people. To feel our bones made strong is to sense the atmosphere in our homes and to refuse to assign blame and become repairers of the breach, healers of the wounded. Allowing God to grant a vision of how one’s own home, church or community demands a word of justice and mercy is the first shower to fall on parched land. Heeding the vision, taking the appropriate steps and being faithful in following through turn the dry land into a well-watered garden. May God grant such a vision and the grace required to make it so.

Rev. David Atkinson Senior Pastor

[ CHURCH OPS ] From your church operational team: To Know Christ and to Make Him Known Operational Team Over this past year, a group of 11 fellow Collierville UMC members including our pastors have met monthly for a full day of worship, prayer and seeking God’s guidance as he shapes our church for the future. This Collierville UMC operational team is prayerfully discerning a clear vision and core values that will guide us as a church to reflect passionate, Christcentered Disciples seeking to transform lives for Him.

shaped by the spiritual life of their leaders and one of our goals is for us all churchwide to be conformed to the image of Christ and be a servant to others who don’t know Him. As we continue to pray for God’s guidance in all that we do, we are developing strategies to help guide Collierville UMC in this ever changing world, with our ultimate goal remaining to bring people to Christ. We all want a spiritual vitality that is contagious and for our entire church to have a role in leadership. Please be in continued prayer for this church that we all love.

“We are developing strategies to help guide Collierville UMC”

Spiritual Leadership, Inc. has shepherded our operational team to develop spiritual leaders who model our local church community, to learn and lead together. Congregations are

Rev. David Atkinson Danny Barnwell Nelson Campany Rev. Jathaniel Cavitt Sam Cox David Estes Pat Gary Kris Konsowitz JD Peeples Rev. Deborah Suddarth Jillian Sweet

Finances in Review 2016 Budget $3,082,111.68 Year to Date Giving $2,277,298.03 November Budget Needed $237,085.52 November Income $214,182.36 November Expenses $190,436.42








Are you “new” to Collierville UMC, whether recently or just now deciding to really get plugged in after years? Then we invite you to our Newcomer’s Class.


The Newcomers Class is a great introduction to the ministries, staff, and others at Collierville UMC. We will learning about the history of the Christian Church, the United Methodist Church and, even more fun, the history of Collierville UMC. After that foundation, we will also learn from staff and church leadership guests about some of the mission and ministry opportunities at our great church. Meets in Room 101A. Come find out where you can plug in and get to know new friends and families. CLASS CONTACTS: Susan Littell [email protected] Rev. Deborah Suddarth 901-853-8383 ext. 114 [email protected]

(B.A.m.) Be a mentor A new partnership with the Collierville Schools Collierville Schools BAM Program is a mentoring program that pairs an administrator, faculty or staff member, or a community member with a student to provide support and encouragement for educational success and foster social and emotional development and growth. The BAM stands for Be A Mentor! All mentoring is done on the school campus and during school hours in order to accommodate all students. Training Date for Mentors: January 10, 2017 Location: Collierville United Methodist Church, Room 102 Time: 6-7:30 pm 6-6:30pm

Mentor Training by Dr. Nancy Kelley on Mentoring

6:30-7:30pm Safe Sanctuary Training by Rev. Deborah Suddarth (if you are not currently trained)

What does mentoring look like? • Establishing a positive relationship with your mentee weekly, throughout the semester/year • Collaborating and identifying both areas of strength and areas to improve • Assisting the mentee in the development of goals, both academically and personally • Building positive peer relations and social skills • Developing a healthy self-esteem • Instilling a positive attitude towards school and education • A smile, a handshake, a note of encouragement, or a kind word

CONTACT Dr. Nancy Kelley, Collierville Schools [email protected] Marcia Nanney, Collierville UMC [email protected] Rev. Deborah Suddarth, Collierville UMC [email protected]

DEEP BLUE Children are invited to join our new Wednesday night program called “Deep Blue: God and YOU!” This will include exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling and active games that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We also have some field trips planned to minister to people in our community. The fun starts on Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30-7:30. Come join us as we DIVE into Deep Blue!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS “Deep Blue: God and YOU!” Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30-7:30 This new program will include exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling and active games that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We also have some field trips planned to minister to people in our community. Come join us as we DIVE into Deep Blue!


Youth Winter Kickoff

Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Wednesday, January 4 7 – 8:30pm Grades 6th – 12th Room 200

January 27 - 29 Senior High students

Youth Manhunt Night Sunday, January 8 6:30 – 8pm

February 18 - 19 Senior High students hosts for students 6th - 8th Grades

Chrysalis Weekend

Youth Ministry Contact

January 14 – 16 Youth 9th – 12th Grades

Kris Konsowitz [email protected]

Soup Ministry

Bauckerman’s Bakery & Tennessee Pewter Co

Wednesday, January 4 9:30am in the Kitchen Sign-up in Sunday school


Discovery Weekend

Friday, January 20 Leave at 10am

Wolf River Gang

Ministry Contact

Monday, January 9 Leave at 5pm to Wolf River Café

Melanie Duncan [email protected] (901) 853-8383

SAM Luncheon Thursday, January 19 Servery $5/person

Music SNAP: Sunday Night Arts & Praise Sunday, January 15 With a laser-focused script, galactically-cool songs, sonically-rad tracks, and a droid-friendly DVD, this production will take your kids on the most adventurous, farthest-travelled, fastest-paced missionary trip in history as they memorize God’s Word through fun and song.

LIFE AT CHURCH Life After Loss, A time to grieve When: Spring 2017 Sessions Begins March 7 Tuesdays, 7pm to 8:30pm Is facing tomorrow or even today a struggle sometimes? Has losing a loved one, whether last month or 20 years ago, still

affecting your everyday life? Unable to find others who truly understand your deep sense of loss? Cost: FREE and open to the public. To Register: Registration is required. Contact Rev. Deborah Suddarth at (901) 853-8383 ext. 114

Safe Sanctuary Training If you have never attended a training, and would like to volunteer, please mark your calendar for one of these dates. Please make sure that the date is at least two weeks in advance of the event or ministry for which you will volunteer.

• Sunday, February 5 / 4:30pm • Thursday, March 23 / 6:30pm • Sunday, April 23 / 9:30am • Sunday, May 21 / 9:30am & 4:30pm • Sunday, July 9 / 9:30am & afternoon • Sunday, August 20 / 9:30am

The Circle: Support Ministry Friday, January 27 at noon Marcia Nanney’s home 1680 Goldsmith Court in Collierville Bring a dish to share. Contact Marcia Nanney at (901) 212-6121. Join us as we support one another and move forward in joy.

LIFE AT CHURCH New Sunday School Class Sunday, January 8 at 9:30am Sanctuary on the Square Bride’s Room

Contact Jeannie Jones at [email protected]

Dr. Ted Peppin will present a 3-week series titled, “Creation – Let’s Take a Tour of the Universe”

Collierville Spring Baseball T-Ball (5 years old by 9/1/2016) Coach Pitch 2-3 grades Coed Baseball 4-6 grades

Register Online February 6 – March 4 $85 per player Practices begin March 13 Games April 8 – June 3

Crossway Sports is a cooperative ministry of Collierville UMC, Collierville FBC, Covenant Baptist Church, and Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Crossway Mission is to provide a recreational and teaching environment centered on Jesus Christ. colliervilleumc.org/sports-recreation

Exciting things are happening at Peace Tree We finished strong in 2016 with a growing core group of volunteers and Launch Team members, a successful run of Preview Worship Services at the Malco Towne Cinema, and a worshipful evening during our 2nd annual Carols & Candlelight which welcomed 140 neighbors on the town square. As we gear up for 2017, we’re holding weekly Preview Worship Services at the Malco Collierville. These weekly services are preparing us for our Launch Day on Sunday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m. when we’re celebrating the Soup-er Bowl of Caring! Each family will be encouraged to bring canned goods to benefit the Collierville Food Pantry. Children and families are also welcome to wear their rec league jerseys, cheer uniforms, team colors, and Super Bowl Sunday gear. You can support Peace Tree by dining at the Mellow Mushroom Germantown on Tuesday, January 24th from 5pm until close (if you go before 5:00, be sure to tell your server that you’re supporting Peace Tree). A portion of every meal purchased will be given to Peace Tree in support of our ministries. As always, we covet your prayers and we thank God for the love you’ve shown us as our Mother church.

peacetreeumc.org +Peace and Love Pastor Kris Roof

(901) 286-5532 [email protected]


Thomas and Christie Ahern Child: Aurora


Brenda Hardwick



James and Monica Casey Children: Katie, Claire


Hunter and Christine Meisenheimer Children: Will, Emily


Shirley Parrish

Chris and Michelle Price Children: Jordan, James



Allen and Carey Brown Chidlren: Kaitlyn, Conner, Will

Miranda Harbor Children: Alex,Will

THANK YOU Breakfast with Santa

AMBASSADORS Would you like to be an Ambassador? Ambassador Training January 29th, 4:30 – 6pm Room 102 Come join our first set of 24 Ambassadors, as they help visitors get plugged into the life of the church. As an Ambassador, you will be assigned a guest or visiting family that has shown true interest in our church. Ambassadors will help their new “Friends” decipher the Interpreter, find the nursery, answer questions, suggest a Sunday school class that might be a good fit for them in their age and stage of life, etc. Training will be provided and required. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rev. Deborah Suddarth, [email protected] Please pray about your role in this vital ministry as we intentionally work to connect our visitors to the life of our church.

Thank you to everyone, young and old, who supported our 28th annual “Breakfast with Santa” on December 10.

725 VISITED $3500 RAISED Over 725 adults and children were served pancakes and visited Santa! The Grinch also made his annual appearance! Approximately $3500 dollars were raised to support missions. We hope that you were blessed with a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year! -New Beginnings Sunday School Class

MEMORIALS & HONORS Memorial Given By

In Memory of


Dee Waldrup

Harry Stewart

General Fund

Dee Waldrup

Bill Simmons

General Fund

New Beginnings Sunday School Class

Ema Kisrow

General Fund

Preston & Sandy Carpenter

Rachel Miller

Music Ministry

Dennis & Sherry Douglas

Elmer Ray

Regular Fund

Robert & Judy Caulk

Jerry Wallace

Agape Class Mission Fund

Wesley Senior Services

Ema Kisrow

Regular Fund

Ed & Diana Quinton

Dan Brewer

Sanctuary Restoration

Ed & Diana Quinton

Jim Baum

Children's Music Ministry

Ed & Diana Quinton

Jerry Wallace

Music Ministry

Ed & Diana Quinton

Jimmy Roach

Children's Music Ministry

Preston & Sandy Carpenter

Elmer Ray, Sr.

General Fund

Lynn & Jo Talley

Jim Baum

Peace Tree UMC

Lynn & Jo Talley

Jerry Wallace

Endowment Fund

Barbara Parkes

Dan Brewer

General Fund

Barbara Parkes

Jerry Wallace

General Fund

Barbara Parkes

Jim Baum

General Fund

Frances Hinton

Dru Drury

Regular Fund

Ron & Bobbie McCarty

Jerry Wallace

General Fund

Ron & Bobbie McCarty

Jim Baum

General Fund

Given By

In Honor of


Barbara Parkes

David Estes

Regular Fund

Ladies Bible Class

Dorothy Shaw

Helping Hands Ministry

Barbara Smith

Cindy Brewer


Frances Hinton

Rev. David Atkinson, Rev. Deborah Suddarth, Rev. Jathaniel Cavitt

Regular Fund

Jerry & Kaye Clark

Rev. Jathaniel Cavitt

Regular Fund

Bob & Sally Carruthers

Frances Hinton

Regular Fund


454 W. Poplar Ave. Collierville, TN 38017 colliervilleumc.org (901) 853-8383