The Call: Feb. 5, 2020 edition

The Call: Feb. 5, 2020 edition

Changing lives since 1985
For 35 years, youth have departed auditoriums near the Great Smoky Mountains on an annual January weekend, changed by the Gospel music and message that had been carefully selected and delivered for their particular age stage.
With 8,322 students and leaders in attendance Jan. 24-26 in Pigeon Forge, Resurrection 2020 seemed to continue its legacy. By the end of the weekend, more than 500 had responded to a call to ministry. Read the story.

SEJ leaders affirm plan for separation 

Leaders of 14 delegations representing annual conferences of the Southeastern Jurisdiction announced Jan. 30 their support for a proposed separation plan for the denomination. Holston's two leaders also signed the statement. Read the statement. 
Methodists look to tradition in Johnson City 
United Methodists have seen weekly church attendance decline, but the leaders of two Johnson City area churches say the traditions of their faith remain strong. And they are merging that heritage with new technology. From the Johnson City PressRead the story.
Kingsport rally addresses opioid addiction 
Cassidy United Methodist Church is organizing a youth rally on March 14 which they hope will increase awareness of the opioid epidemic. The gathering is supported with a grant from last summer's Holston Annual Conference missions offering. From the Kingsport Times-News. Read the story.
Traditionalist event draws crowd in Alabama 
More than 1,000 people, mostly from Alabama but some from across the Southeastern Jurisdiction, attended the meeting called “Why the Best Days in Methodism Are Ahead of Us" in Trussville, Alabama. From UMNews. Read the story.
Plans for late-arriving GC2020 legislation
Organizers of General Conference got an update on two challenges that could affect the denomination's top lawmaking assembly later this year. They discussed the process for late-arriving legislation and problems that could prevent delegates from receiving needed visas. From UM News. Read the story.
Racial reconciliation: No handholding kumbaya
The chair of the Commission on Religion and Race in the North Georgia Conference outlines a 6-step process for racial reconciliation in the local church. "Taking steps to work through the pain leads to healing community." From Rethink Church. Read the commentary.


Wesley Leadership Institute
Sermon Academy: Feb. 11 in Alcoa 
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
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