The Call: July 9, 2020 edition

The Call: July 9, 2020 edition

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Faithful through the fight

In the face of enormous odds, the people of South Sudan persevere. COVID-19 is only the most recent life-of-death threat for United Methodist pastors and their flocks. Holston Conference continues to support them in the fight for a future. Read story.
 
 
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Delegates: Use GC delay for new vision   

The Methodist movement first grew through small groups where people met to talk about their faith. An informal group of 15 current and former General Conference delegates hopes a similar approach will help foster a less contentious legislative gathering next year. From UM News. See story.
 
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Churches extend reach during pandemic  

When the pandemic threatened their predominantly African American community in North Nashville, Tennessee, members of Gordon Memorial UMC knew what they had to do: Re-tool for the new reality and increase capacity. From UM News. Read story.
 
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His saving spirit lives on through camp meeting

Evangelist Robert Sheffey was 200 years old on July 4th. The fireworks and hot dogs were canceled last weekend, but here's what's still going on to remember the eccentric circuit-riding preacher known to dismount his horse to save insects and turtles on the road. From The Call. Read story.
 
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Fire at children's home sparks generosity

Neighbors stepped up when an electrical fire in a storage building at Epworth Children's Home created a need for new supplies. No one was harmed in the fire. One Walmart manager shared the news with her peers, resulting in 11 stores making contributions. From the South Carolina Conference. Read story.
 
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Multiethnic conversation: Listen first   

Authentic multiethnic communication within a church begins not with talking, but listening closely to the people and communities that congregation is seeking to reach. From Rethink Church. Read story.
 
 

Entering rural ministry? 6 tips

Countless pastors are headed to new appointments, with many of those entering into the small-membership rural church for the first time. Don't fall into believing the myths about rural communities.  From Ministry Matters. Read list.
 
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Alone in a greenhouse: Time that nourishes

Henderson Settlement is almost deserted this summer. But in the greenhouses, there's a woman who keeps working away, making a difference in the middle of a pandemic. "I don't have any place to go," she said. From The Call to Cook. Read blog.
 

 

  Photo of the Week  
 

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Cokesbury United Methodist Church hosted an outdoor worship in the parking lot on Sunday night, July 5. 140 people attended, masks and all. Here's Patty and Ron Deaver, two of the hospitality team members that helped make it happen with a socially safe Holy Communion.

 

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Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.