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Vol. E16, Number 19

News for the Holston Conference is reported through The Call. Follow us here for stories of the people of the Holston Conference, our ministries and congregations, and our witness to the world.
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While other camps close, how do Holston camps keep going?

See updates: Camp Bays MountainCamp Wesley WoodsCamp DickensonCamp Lookout ALCOA, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2016) -- When so many other religious camps are closing, how did Holston Conference’s four camps manage to end their 2016 summer season with good news? The answer seems to be longevity, teamwork, and a willingness to try new things, according to ...

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See our Oct. 15 print edition

"Digest" features a story from "The Call" in English and Spanish. "Digest" is produced around the 1st and 15th of every month. Oct. 15 edition: "When other religious camps are closing, how do Holston camps ...

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Children's Ministry Team requests survey submissions by Nov. 1

Greetings from Holston Conference Children’s Ministry Team! At our planning meeting in August we focused on our purpose as a team. One of the greatest concerns is how to be a better resource to the ...

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New River Circuit honors first responders on 9/11 anniversary

PULASKI, Va. (Sept. 23, 2016) -- Upon the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the congregations of Belspring, Rockford, and Morgan’s Chapel United Methodist Churches in the Wytheville District of the Holston Conference honored local first responders ...

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Cassidy, Salem join to fight hunger in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 2, 2016) -- Two local churches in Kingsport joined together in the fight against hunger on Sunday. Dozens of volunteers from Cassidy United Methodist Church and Salem United Methodist Church bagged green ...

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Munsey Memorial heads out to community for service

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2016) -- Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church’s doors were locked tight Sunday as members headed out into the community for service projects. Church volunteers gathered with community members at North ...

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See our Oct. 1 print edition

"Digest" features a story from "The Call" in English and Spanish. "Digest" is produced around the 1st and 15th of every month. Oct. 1 edition: "Hispanic congregation parades to new church home at The Connexion" ...

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Bishop Taylor joins in blessing Tennessee Wesleyan's new name

ATHENS, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2016) -- Tennessee Wesleyan University held a consecration ceremony Thursday, Sept. 15, to bless the institution’s new university name and vital mission. The ceremony included featured speaker, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor; ...

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September/ October obituaries

In memoriam: > Rev. Charles Lippse, age 82, on Sept. 2. See obituary in Chattanooga Times Free Press > Becky Louter, age 46, on Sept. 16. See United Methodist Women announcement. > Rev. Dwight Kenney, ...

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District newsletters

Holston Conference has 12 districts and 881 churches. Here are the most recent available newsletters for each district: AbingdonJune/ July edition Big Stone GapNot available ChattanoogaNot available ClevelandAugust/ September edition Johnson CitySeptember/ October edition KingsportOctober ...

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- First Farragut UMC seeks Nursery/Child-Care Worker. Previous experience working with children from birth to pre-school and previous experience in church work are preferred. Position is open to persons 18 and older. Incumbent ...

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About Holston

Located in the mountains and valleys of east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia, the Holston Conference is named after the Holston River. In this beautiful setting, the 887 congregations serve their communities and the world with a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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About UMC

United Methodists are a group of Christians totaling over 7.5 million in the United States alone. The Holston Conference is made up of over 875 congregations in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia and the area of Georgia surrounding Chattanooga.

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Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor

Bishop Taylor was assigned to the Holston Conference in 2012. She presides over the 887 congregations which extend from southwest Virginia, across East Tennessee, and into northern Georgia.

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