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Vol. E16, Number 3

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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Lease signed for Sevierville facility with goal of reaching millions

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2016) -- For the next two years, Holston Conference will lease “The Gathering,” a former church building on 49 acres near Dollywood Theme Park, in a bold attempt to reach millions of annual visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains. The Rev. Rusty Taylor, director of congregational development and revitalization, said Holston ...

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See our complete Feb. 11 email edition

Here are some of the stories and links included in the Feb. 11, 2016, e-mail edition of The Call: > Lease signed for Sevierville facility> Divine Rhythm: Reaching young adults> Galax church: Refreshed with repairs, ...

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Shades of Grace provides winter weather haven for homeless

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Feb. 9, 2016) -- As the region experiences some of the coldest temperatures so far this season, one area church is among those opening its doors to help those in need. Shades of ...

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Hillsville church begins book giveaway for 6,000 children

The Book People still need an additional 5,000 books to meet their goal. Contact Susan Fairhurst at or First United Methodist Church of Hillsville at (276) 728-2434 to learn how you can donate children's ...

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Galax church gets refreshed with newcomers, repaired wall

© Galax Gazette 2016. Printed with permission GALAX, Va. (Jan. 6, 2016) -- The Glenwood United Methodist Church building, located on Coal Creek Road, dates back to around 1885. This is good for a sense ...

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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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Divine Rhythm: Reasons for young adults to stay in church?

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2016) -- Fewer young people are sitting in the pews. We know that already, but the surveys and reports keep coming. As recently as December, a National Congregations Study showed that ...

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Tennessee Wesleyan announces name change

ATHENS, Tenn. (Feb. 3, 2016) -- Tennessee Wesleyan College is proud to announce it will become Tennessee Wesleyan University in July 2016. The name change was approved by the institution’s Board of Trustees in November ...

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Beaver Ridge UMC seeks part-time Children’s Director. Program involves children’s worship and Sunday school on Sunday morning; evening activities on Sunday and/or Wednesday; and special activities during the year. Candidates should be ...

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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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