At least six churches in Holston Conference have served, or will serve, as vaccination sites in the effort to protect communities against COVID-19. Some, like Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church and Randolph Avenue United Methodist Church, have been proactive in reaching out to populations they say are underserved. From The Call. Read story.
Annual Conference goes 'hybrid' this summer
As the pandemic lingers, the 2021 session of Holston Annual Conference will be a hybrid affair, with virtual meetings in June and in-person gatherings in August. From Holston Communications. Read announcement.
Still available: $125,000 in ministry grants
A May 1 application deadline is coming up for ministries that need funding to serve people struggling with opioid addiction. More than $125,000 is left over from Annual Conference offerings in 2019 and 2020. From The Call. Read announcement.
Sharing God's love and tax assistance
Preparing tax returns may not be at the top of anyone's list of spiritual gifts, but when Bruce Hiner studies the latest IRS tax laws, the pastor believes he is learning new ways to preach the Gospel. From UM Communications. See story.
Pastor-mom questions sports legislation
Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill requiring middle and high school transgender students to play sports based on their birth certificate. The Rev. Debra Dickerson of St. Elmo UMC, whose son is transgender, says it’s time to hear from those who the bill would affect. From Fox Chattanooga. See story.
Chocolate eggs support mission
The United Methodist Women of Mt. Olivet UMC in Galax, Virginia, have been making chocolate Easter eggs as a fundraiser for more than 35 years. Here's how these seasonal treats sweeten missions. From The Call to Cook. Read blog.
Photo of the Week
Cokesbury United Methodist Church offered four worship services on Easter Sunday, but with all pandemic safety measures in place, only 225 (pre-registered) worshippers could be accommodated. So Cokesbury leaders set up an additional worship opportunity outdoors in the parking lot on the Saturday evening before Easter. ... More than 1,000 attended in Knoxville, Tennessee.