The Call: Feb. 28 edition

The Call: Feb. 28 edition

Shell projected for Scenic South
 
Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. Read the announcement.

 
Holston team celebrates new Hispanic ministries
 
The Holston Hispanic Ministries Team met in Alcoa recently to award a total $88,000 in grant money to new and established ministries. The funds are supporting three new worship groups, a new pastor and a new outreach worker, among other developments. Read the report. 
 
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Local church options under separation plan
 
All the talk before the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis May 5-15 is about dividing up the church. What does it mean for local churches if the denomination separates? From UM News. Read the story.
 
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Looking at financial impact of GC2020 plans 
 
With a possible denominational split on the horizon, the task of preparing the UMC budget for the next four years comes with far more uncertainty. Even if no separation plan passes, church leaders expect lean times ahead. From UM News. See the story.
 
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Bishop urges calm for coronavirus 
 
Bishop David Bard has asked churches in Michigan to begin preparing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The conference's disaster response coordinators will explore how congregations can best prepare, but Bard has urged members to stay calm. From the Michigan Conference. Read the report.
 
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Church pays off $5.9 million in medical debts
 
People in five Indiana counties will receive letters that their medical debts have been paid off. St. Andrew United Methodist Church worked with the nonprofit RIP Medical Debt to help 4,220 people. From the Indiana Conference. Read the story.
 
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Older adult ministries in Holston 
 
Within 10 years, the population of people age 65 years and older is projected to outnumber children. As baby boomers live longer than previous generations, some leaders in Holston see the need for new ministries that meet their particular needs and circumstances. Read the story.
 
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4 steps to a more welcoming church building
 
Visitors often form a first impression of a church based on the appearance of the areas they first encounter, such as the parking lot, entry, and restrooms. Here are 4 steps to assess and improve the message sent to newcomers. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read the list.
 
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MORE HOLSTON INFO
 
HOLSTON CALENDAR
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
 
Holston Foundation
Ministry & program grants: Applications due March 15
 
Camp Dickenson/ Fries
'Bless This Mess' for Young Adults: March 20-22
 
The United Methodist Church
UMCOR Sunday: March 22
 
Bookwalter UMC/ Knoxville
Take a Stand to Prevent Teen Suicide: March 28
 
Church Street UMC/ Knoxville
Conversations on Race: Color of Law on March 29
 
Holston Connectional Ministries
Jubilation's 20th anniversary: April 20-22
 

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