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Vol. E14, Number 29

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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Christmas commentary: One lone candle can pierce the darkness

You are the light of the world -- like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. -- Matthew 5:14 (NLT) ABINGDON, Va. (Dec. 18, 2014) -- While driving to a meeting late one afternoon in December, I passed a subdivision of large brick homes with well-manicured lawns. Green Christmas ...

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Church Street: In the midst of imperfection, Jesus appeared

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) -- A spur-of-the-moment event with a wide variety of participants, the annual Christmas pageant at Church Street United Methodist church is a celebration filled with grace, imperfection and joy. Cute ...

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12 Days of Christmas: Extraordinary love in Holston

In Telford, Tenn., 40 volunteers from 10 churches joined to assemble bicycles for 46 needy school children. At Bledsoe County prison in Pikeville, Tenn., 12 church members from Kingston provided 120 inmates with a Christmas ...

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Christmas in Liberia: Missionaries request love gift for teachers

MONROVIA, Liberia (Dec. 17, 2014) -- United Methodist missionaries in Liberia are requesting financial donations so local schoolteachers can buy food for their families at Christmas. The teachers have not been paid since June "because ...

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The Call "Digest" is a mini print version of our regular email news publication. Print it on a regular printer and share it as a bulletin insert or with friends, family or neighbors who might ...

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Mountain City church completes Covenant Bible study

Submitted article MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 18, 2014) -- The members of First United Methodist Church in Mountain City celebrated the first group of participants completing their new Covenant Bible Study program on Nov. 9. ...

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"Love will be shared": Holston View hosts 1,000 for hometown festival

WEBER CITY, Va. (Dec. 18, 2014) – More than 1,000 people came to Holston View United Methodist Church on Oct. 25 for the “Holston View Hometown Festival.” By partnering with Marathon Ministries, Church & Community ...

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December Obituaries

In memoriam: > Rev. Carl Jones, age 97, Dec. 6. See obituary in The Rogersville Review. See November obituaries.

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- First Farragut UMC seeks two part-time Nursery Staff to join our children's ministry team. Position requires six- to eight-hour commitment most weeks, with additional work hours for special events. Suitable candidates will ...

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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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