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Ribbon cuttings celebrated

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Shelby County pauses land transfers to churches

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded Shelby County to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis’ Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church […]

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Man of the Year: Rev. Stephen Shaphard

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Stephen Shaphard’s ministry at Bartlett United Methodist Church is more than his clerical career. It’s a way of life. Citizens of Bartlett recognized his investments in the community and his love of serving it when they selected him as the 2016 Man of the Year. “It’s important to me to connect to different areas of […]

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Shelby County pauses land transfers to churches

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has persuaded Shelby County to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis’ Kingdom Fellowship Baptist […]

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Two backpack giveaways to aid local children

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TCC to donate thousands of backpacks Deserving young students in Bartlett will soon benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. TCC, the largest Verizon authorized retailer in the U.S., is partnering with A Wireless to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. More than 1,300 participating […]

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Beverly Bros. perform in Bartlett

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Harmony Church of Bartlett hosted a community concert featuring the Beverly Brothers on July 17. They provided music and lyrics from a variety of musical styles that brought back many memories of the past, including ’50s and ’60s music, pop, rock, country and gospel. Organizers said attendance was good, and everyone joined in on two […]

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Pastors’ network: ‘Christian values have been under attack’

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WHITLEYVILLE, Tenn. — Dale Walker, president of The Tennessee Pastors Network, invited multiple state legislators to this past weekend’s Religious Freedom Sunday at the McCormick Ridge Holiness Church in Whitleyville. Walker is an outspoken advocate for pastor engagement in policy matters that relate to traditional Christian values. “Christianity and Christian values have been under attack […]

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Church bids farewell to beloved admin after 4 decades of service

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Historic moments bracket Ada Holmes Person’s four decades of service to her church. When she first came to work at Decatur-Trinity Christian Church in Bartlett, her nation was amidst its 1976 bicentennial celebrations. Now, 40 years later at age 79, while her city is marking its 150th anniversary, she is stepping down from her role […]

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Bartlett church plays music for patriotic souls

The music Friday night was about all things American for the Patriotic Pops Organ Concert at the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Bartlett. The free event was at 7:30 p.m. with a reception afterward. Featured performers were Dr. Scott Elsholz and Tyrus R. Legge Jr. on organ and Melissa Warwell on flute and piccolo. […]

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Book signings this week in Memphis

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Relationship book author to sign in Memphis Author Rebecca Gregory will sign books 1-3 p.m. June 18 at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave, Memphis. Gregory, a resident of West Memphis, Ark., will be available to sign copies of her book, BLISS: Believing Love Is Something Supernatural. Is this you and your spouse? Caught up in […]

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