The Call: Feb. 14, 2020 edition

The Call: Feb. 14, 2020 edition

Call for leadership
 
It was a snowy Saturday, but that didn’t stop 90 United Methodists from standing up for the Black Church Feb. 8 in Alcoa. “We are not just black in Black History Month but we are black 365 days," said the Rev. Charlotte Williams, a member of Holston's Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century team. "We will be seen and we will be heard and we will get our justice." Read the story.
Pastors in SW Virginia help flood survivors
 
Cleaning buckets that had been prepared by congregations weeks or months earlier were distributed throughout Clinch Mountain District, as pastors worked to help people without power and shelter. Camp Wesley Woods is also struggling with floodwaters. Read the story. 
 
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New pajamas help foster kids feel better  

The daughter of a Knoxville youth pastor, the Rev. Chris Luper, sold hot chocolate to buy new pajamas for foster children in need. Compassion Closet said she helped by filling up their bins during a busy time. From WBIR. See the story.
 
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Boy sells lemonade to feed the hungry 
 
Ryland Stitt, age 11, saw homeless people in Washington, D.C., and he couldn't forget it. So now he's selling lemonade to help feed the homeless and hungry in his hometown by supporting Open Door Cafe in Wytheville, Va. Stitt is a veteran camper at Camp Dickenson. From WDBJ7. See the story.
 
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UMCOR joins coronavirus fight 
 
Working to support local partners in China dealing with the coronavirus crisis, UMCOR is sending an emergency grant to Amity Foundation. The grant will immediately enable infection, prevention and control measures to limit the spread of respiratory diseases. Read press release.
 
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Conference urged to reopen misconduct case
 
More than 800 people have signed letters urging the West Ohio Conference to reopen the complaint against a clergyman accused of sexual misconduct and abuse. The letters denounced the conference’s settlement with the Rev. Bud Heckman as unjust. From UM News. Read the story.
 
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Couple celebrates 75 years on Valentine's Day
 
Take a bit of advice from these Pennsylvania United Methodists who celebrate their 75th anniversary on Valentine's Day. The couple married in secret in the parsonage when Shirley Rosenberger was 17 and still in high school. From Valley News Dispatch. Read the story.
 
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29 ways to participate in Black History Month
 
No matter your heritage, culture or racial background, black history is everyone's story. For February 2020 (Leap Year), here are 29 ways to participate in Black History Month. From General Commission on Religion & Race. Read the list.
 
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MORE HOLSTON INFO
 
HOLSTON CALENDAR
Holston Connectional Ministries
Change for Children grant application deadline: Feb. 15
 
Holston Foundation
Special offering for South Sudan: Feb. 16
 
Wesley Leadership Institute
Ministers Convocation: Feb. 17-19 in Pigeon Forge
 
UM Higher Education Foundation
Scholarship application deadline: March 1
 
First Broad Street UMC/ Kingsport
Missions Celebration: March 6-8
 
Hixson UMC/ Chattanooga
Unlocking potential for recovery ministry: March 11
 
Cassidy UMC/ Kingsport
LITE - Youth Night of Worship: March 14
 
Camp Dickenson/ Fries
'Bless This Mess' for Young Adults: March 20-22
 
Holston Connectional Ministries
Jubilation's 20th anniversary: April 20-22

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