Our top 5 headlines in July

Our top 5 headlines in July

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Hot Topics

If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.

 

1. Data drives decisions to close churches

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in parts of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, district superintendents in Holston Conference are daily monitoring and analyzing data to help keep people in their churches safe. From The Call. (July 16) Read story.
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2. Megachurch leaves denomination

Granger Community Church, a 3,300-member congregation in north central Indiana, has left The United Methodist Church after agreeing to pay the Indiana Conference about $2.6 million. From UM News. (July 13) Read story.
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3. Annual Conference carries on virtually

Condensed from four days in western North Carolina to 150 minutes over a digital screen, the 2020 session of Holston Annual Conference was held June 27 under the theme “I Love to Tell the Story.” From The Call. (July 2) Read story.
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4. Virus spikes close doors again

In recent weeks, some churches that had implemented safety protocols and carefully reopened to in-person worship have closed their doors again due to rising case numbers of the coronavirus. From UM News. (July 30) Read story.
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5. Changed by a dangerous protest

Our "Justice Profiles" series continues with Kloi Blue.Three years ago, she attended a rally where white supremacists were carrying firearms. She returned home to Knoxville changed by the experience. From The Call. (July 15) Read story.
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The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 853 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.