The Call: April 23, 2021

The Call: April 23, 2021

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Tech help for small churches

After a tough year with COVID-19 and the reality that online worship should remain an option even after the pandemic wanes, Holston Communications has granted 10 church units with new equipment and training to prepare them for future ministry. The churches receiving $34,000 total in grant aid were identified by their district superintendents. From The Call. Read the story.


United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

United Methodists across the connection joined the national response to the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. From UM News. Read story.


Construction planned for Magnolia Avenue

Under its decaying ceiling and behind its damaged walls, something special happens at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist. “It’s going to be a complete redo,” said the Rev. Rusty Taylor. From WVLT. See story.


Youth Assembly returns this June 

Assembly is a week-long camp for rising 7th graders to graduated 12th graders. This year's event will be held in person (with COVID-19 safety protocols) June 28-July 2 at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Early registration deadline is May 17. Read announcement.


Churches across theological spectrum exiting

With a potential United Methodist split still up in the air, an increasing number of U.S. churches already are heading for the exits. From UM News. Read story.


Court won't rule on protocol legislation

The Judicial Council will not rule in advance on the constitutionality of proposed legislation that would provide a way for some to separate from the denomination. The protocol legislation will remain in the hands of the next General Conference. From UM News. Read story.


Fluff salad: Staple of church basements

This salad (or is it a dessert?) won’t win a prize for nutrition or originality. Yet grandmothers have been serving this sweet gelatin blend for decades, and it remains a favorite of church potlucks and ministry meals today. From The Call to Cook. Read blog.


  Photo of the Week  

Last weekend, about 300 members of Concord United Methodist Church participated in "Mission Blitz," choosing from more than 20 projects including cleaning up the greenway, delivering plants to neighbors, preparing and delivering meals, and praying at
a homeless shelter. One group created this outdoor music wall for children at Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville.


Holston Foundation
April 30: Application deadline for college scholarships
Holston Connectional Ministries
May 1: Application deadline for addiction ministry grants
Holston Youth Ministry
May 17: Early registration deadline for Assembly
UM Archives & History
May 23: Heritage Sunday
Annual Conference
June 12: Virtual Session
Holston Calendar
UMC Calendar

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