Protection in East Africa
Last summer, we saw photos of children in Uganda wearing homemade cardboard masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With the help of a grant from Holston Conference, 2,500 people in East Africa now have new cloth masks to wear, along with sanitizer and gloves to help keep them safe. From The Call. Read story.
Dakotas Conference feels pain of COVID-19
Clergy of the Dakotas Conference are expert witnesses to just how much illness and death COVID-19 has brought to their states -- and to how congregations have stepped up their ministry in response. From UM News. Read story.
Group pursues liberation within UMC
As one progressive group is starting a new denomination, another new group is planning to work for justice while also staying United Methodist. The basic idea is that no one is free until everyone is free.
From UM News. Read story.
From UM News. Read story.
Jubilee Project: Joy of running water
Jubilee Project builds wells for neighbors in Hancock County, Tennessee, with funding from churches and other donors. "People living up in the ‘hollers’ even today lack access to clean, fresh water," said Director Lisa Nichols. From UMC Global Ministries. Read story.
Black pastor leads toward fuller reckoning
The Rev. Aldana Allen is a former Holston Conference clergy member, now serving in Salisbury, N.C. Being a Black pastor in a predominantly white church in the age of Trump has been a challenge, reports Religion News Service. Read story.
Serving on front lines for nation, church
Layne Pennington was 17 years old when he graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Here's the story of how he transitioned from service on the front lines to service in the church. From The Herald-News. Read story.
Grove makes pandemic Thanksgiving happen
Grove United Methodist Church has a 16-year Thanksgiving tradition of feeding neighbors in Radford, Virginia. The pandemic changed many of the details, but a partnership with the Wesley Foundation helped church members carry on in 2020. From The Call. Read story.
She sits alone, waiting for Jesus to come
At the conclusion of a difficult year, many of us are waiting in despair for better days, fearing the roof will fall in on all that we know. The Rev. Harry Howe offers a mission memory that gives us hope in our series, "Story and Verse." From The Call. Read part 3.
Photo of the Week
On Dec. 6, First Farragut United Methodist Church hosted its 13th Christmas Community Day, serving 128 families (a total of 607 individuals) from Loudon, Knox, Roane, Monroe, and Sevier counties. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event took place outside this year. Guests with reservations drove through the entrance and received groceries, necessities, and toys, reports Laura Derr.
CORRECTION: Our Dec. 3 story, Hiwassee property sold to Christian communal organization, reported incorrect acreage. The number of acres included in the Hiwassee campus purchase is 284. The Call regrets the error.