Annual Conference 2018 News

Annual Conference 2018 News

The 2018 Holston Annual Conference theme was "Jesus is Good," based on a written message in South Sudan discovered by Becky Hall.

The 2018 session of Holston Annual Conference was held June 10-13 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
The Call: Sunday, June 10, 2018 print edition

The Call: Monday, June 11, 2018 print edition

The Call: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 print edition

The Call: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 print edition

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Delegation provides information on submitting petitions

  The Holston Conference delegation has prepared the following questions and answers on submitting petitions to the special session of General Conference in February 2019. All petitions must be received by the Petitions Secretary by July 8, 2018.   ...

Preview: Sunday at Annual Conference 2018

June 10, 2018 Welcome to the 2018 session of the Holston Annual Conference, held today through Wednesday at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. This year’s Annual Conference is comprised of 1,948 clergy and laity representing 877 churches ...

The praise team from Cokesbury UMC gets worshippers on their feet during Tuesday night's Mission Celebration in Stuart Auditorium.
Holston gives $104,884 for South Sudanese friends

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 13, 2018) -- The Mission Celebration concluded with energetic music and message last night after a busy day of discussion and decisions. The Rev. Fred Dearing and Libby Dearing shared updates and hope for “our South ...

Angel Smith lights a candle remembering clergy spouses who have passed away this year.
Annual spouses' luncheon reveals changes for the future

  WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (June 12, 2018) – Each year, the Holston Conference Ministers’ Spouses break bread together. It is a time of good food, catching up on each other’s lives, and planning for the future.  This year’s luncheon, held at Long’s Chapel ...

The Mission Celebration will include witnesses for
Preview: Tuesday at Annual Conference 2018

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2018) -- Morning worship begins at 8:30 a.m with the Dance Ministry team from Fairview United Methodist Church. After Bible study and Holy Communion, we will sing, "Jesus, Draw Me Close," to prepare us for a day of ...

The Rev. Sarah hands a piece of a wall to the Rev. Kim Goddard, head of Holston's delegation, during the June 11 Service of Unity. Slack created the wall-to-table visual.
Unity songs, visuals, prayers conclude long day

  LAKE JUNALUKA, N.C. (June 12, 2018) -- The wall stood on the stage last night throughout Alice William’s presentation. Williams, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward from Florida, explained the three options before General Conference as the...

The Holston Conference delegation met in May at Concord United Methodist Church.
Delegates prepare for Special Session 2019

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Sixteen people will represent Holston Conference at a highly anticipated meeting of United Methodist leaders in February 2019. The Holston delegation, elected at Annual Conference 2015, will join other elected...

The Rev. Tom Hancock (left), Missions Team chair, announces the Hands-on Mission Project totals while the Rev. Mike Sluder, Holston director of connectional ministries director, listens.
Hands-on Mission kits for Africa valued at $215,681

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Bishop Dindy Taylor blessed four trucks full of food, health, and school supplies bound for Zimbabwe and Liberia today. Holston churches have collected the supplies for weeks -- as they have for the last two ...

The youth choir from First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge sings at Sunday night worship as the candle is lit.
Jesus is good, and 'God shows no partiality'

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Crawling interstate traffic and sudden rainstorms didn’t deter church leaders yesterday as they made their way to Lake Junaluska for the 2018 session of the Holston Annual Conference. They came -- clergy and...

Del Holley, conference lay leader, speaks to the Holston Annual Conference on June 11.
Lay leader's report: Pray that we will not lose anyone

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Del Holley, Holston Conference lay leader, delivered his annual report today in Stuart Auditorium. "A couple of months ago, I was at a meeting at the Conference office in Alcoa, and the conversation finally ...

Praise band from El Ministerio del Espiritu Santo will lead worship at 8:30 a.m.
Preview: Monday at Annual Conference 2018

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Good morning! We hope you're feeling well on this first full day of Annual Conference. But just in case, a nurse is available this week in room 100 of Terrace Hotel -- on the ground floor across from the ...

Members of the Maryville High School football team help pack Holston's Hands-on Mission kits into trucks at Fairview United Methodist Church.
Football team helps pack mission kits for Africa

  MARYVILLE, Tenn. (June 8, 2018) -- When Jeremy Russell was 15 years old, he helped load the first-ever mission kits that Holston Conference sent to Zimbabwe and Liberia. Nineteen years later, Russell watched on Thursday, June 7, as a new ...

AC will vote on constitutional amendment Monday night

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 9, 2018) -- Holston Annual Conference members are scheduled to vote on a constitutional amendment at the beginning of the Monday evening session at 7 p.m. The vote does not appear on the schedule printed in the Book of ...

C is for Charlotte Riggins who is holding one of the signs that will help designate seating sections on June 10 in Stuart Auditorium. Annual Conference members are requested to
We're doing Annual Conference from A to Z

June 7, 2018 ARE YOU READY? It’s almost time for the 2018 session of Holston Annual Conference, to be held June 10-13 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. By now you’ve studied up on your Book of Reports and glanced at the information provided at