Every July for the last 15 years, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church has put on a fancy dinner for members ages 75 years and older. The pandemic prevented the dinner this year, but that didn't stop the congregation from expressing their love and appreciation to seniors in a different way. Read story.
Virus spikes close church doors again
In recent weeks, some churches that had implemented safety protocols and carefully reopened to in-person worship have closed their doors again due to rising case numbers of the coronavirus. Two Holston pastors and Bishop Dindy Taylor were interviewed for this story by UM News. Read story.
Korean hospital sends 10,000 masks
A top hospital in Seoul, Korea -- founded by a missionary doctor -- has donated 10,000 face masks to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for distribution to retired Methodist missionaries. From UM News. Read story.
Pastors with a badge advance police reforms
Many chaplains and police say reforms must happen for the safety of both officers and the communities they serve. These clergy see no conflict in declaring that both blue lives and Black lives matter. From UM News. Read story.
Where I first experienced God
The Rev. Dawn Chesser, a Knoxville pastor, grew up in the only white family attending an African-American church in Arkansas in the 1960s and '70s. Her father's recent death provoked memories and a desire to give back to a congregation that influenced her life. From The Call. Read commentary.
Bowers to work with underrepresented students
Emory & Henry College announces that the Rev. Sharon Bowers has been named interim associate chaplain and will also provide leadership for the development of the Inclusion and Dialogue Center. Read announcement.
Sermon from a 'know-it-all 18-year-old'
A bishop in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, David Epps, writes in a Fayetteville, Georgia, newspaper about the first sermon he ever preached in 1969 at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Kingsport. "No speaker ever sounded less like Billy Graham than I did that day." From The Citizen. Read commentary.
4 new online courses for church leaders
United Methodist Communications has launched new online courses that people can take as schedules allow: Communicating about Online Giving; Leading Remote Worship; Recording Great Video; and "Ministerio en los grupos de Facebook," a Spanish version of how to use Facebook groups in ministry. Read announcement.
Photo of the Week
This screen shot is from the latest video in a charming series, "Front Porch Visits," from Sulphur Springs UMC in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Debbie Suarez and Tammy Knapp-Stanton deliver flowers and treats to church members, then Debbie makes a video so the congregation can enjoy the visits, too. See video #10.
The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 853 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.