The Call: July 30, 2021

The Call: July 30, 2021



Rev. Eddie Fox dies

The Rev. H. Eddie Fox became synonymous with Methodist evangelism over a long career of sharing the gospel worldwide. An ordained United Methodist elder in Holston Conference, Fox died July 28 at age 83, after having been in hospice care in his hometown of Sevierville. From UM NewsRead story.



Susannah's House breaks ground on new facility

Susannah's House, a recovery ministry that helps mothers overcome addiction, is building a new facility to provide affordable housing for them. "This is a dream come true for our whole organization," said the Rev. Rebekah Fetzer. From WBIR. See story.



Jurisdictions plan for church future

The Southeastern Jurisdiction approved the union of the Memphis and Tennessee conferences to form the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference in a special online session on July 21. From UM NewsRead story.


East Knox clinic to offer free dental care

With the help of students from Lincoln Memorial University, the free clinic housed at Magnolia Avenue UMC will begin offering dental care to the uninsured this fall. From WVLT. See story.


Incoming bishop featured in podcast

On July 21, the Holston Conference staff met with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, who will serve as Holston's resident bishop beginning Sept. 1. She was recently interviewed by United Methodist Communications for "Get Your Spirit in Shape." Listen to podcast.


Johnson will preach at historic camp meeting

The Rev. Sandra Johnson will be the speaker at the 202nd Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting to be held Aug. 1-4 at Sulphur Springs UMC near Jonesborough, Tenn. From Johnson City Press. Read story.



Congregations embrace VBS opportunities

Vacation Bible school, a favorite summer staple for churches big and small, is back in 2021. Many churches are opting for evening classes or all-outdoor events. From UM NewsRead story.


Sharing hospitality through homemade dog treats

The pandemic inspired Rev. Sherry Steele to make homemade dog treats for a virtual "blessing of the animals." Here's the story and easy recipe that will delight the furriest of these. From The Call to CookRead story.



  Photo of the Week  

Valley United Methodist Church celebrated a groundbreaking on property in the Hardin Valley community of west Knoxville on July 29. (Photo courtesy of Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs)


  In Memoriam   

Rev. Michael Ogle
Age 73, July 19, 2021, Cleveland, Tenn. See obituary.


Rev. Bill Cahill
Age 74, July 24, 2021, Abingdon, Va. See obituary


Rev. Dan Kelly
Age 93, July 24, 2021, Powell, Tenn. See obituary.




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