The Call: June 3, 2021

The Call: June 3, 2021

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Big gift for small church

 Last month, the leaders of Tates Chapel United Methodist learned that a woman bequeathed $700,000 to their church in Chilhowie, Virginia. On some Sundays, Tates Chapel's weekly offering doesn't bring in more than $50. From the Bristol Herald Courier. Read story.

Holston camps celebrate $874,000 in giving

Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries has raised $874,000 in a victorious campaign that will prepare five camps for the future, according to a live video presentation on May 25. See video.


Methodist treasures leave Lake Junaluska

In February, the 65-year-old World Methodist Museum shut down for good after nearly a year of pandemic-forced closure. The museum's collection will be sent to Bridwell Library, part of Perkins and Southern Methodist University Libraries in Dallas. From UM News. Read story.


Black cemetery named historical landmark

Hurst UMC is celebrating the designation of Beck Knob Cemetery as a historical landmark, while requesting help for its care in Chattanooga. "A lot of the folks, the slaves and people up there in the cemetery ... they worked a whole lot to get to where we are today," said Gary James. From WRCB. See story.


SEJ bishops call for July 21 special session

The purpose is to vote on a resolution from the Tennessee and Memphis conferences to unite to form the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. The agenda also includes a report on the jurisdiction's pandemic response and anti-racism work. Read press release.


UMCOR aids displaced people in Congo

In northeastern Congo, hunger and starvation are daily realities. The United Methodist Committee on Relief recently provided almost $100,000 USD, buying a one-month supply of food and other necessities for more than 850 vulnerable households. From UM News. Read story.

United Methodism's crisis of authority

United Methodists need the stability of established doctrine and the means to uphold it, writes the Rev. Jason Stubblefield, pastor of Immanuel UMC in Louisville, Tenn. From UM News. Read commentary.

  Photo of the Week  

Servants at the Mountain View District office in Morristown joined with other churches and districts throughout Holston Conference this week in collecting and transporting Hands-on Mission Project kits for Liberia and Zimbabwe.


United Methodist Church
May 30: Peace with Justice Sunday
Annual Conference
June 8: Virtual Clergy Session
June 12: Virtual Session
Aug. 27: Memorial Service, Ordination Service
Aug. 28: In-Person Session
Holston United Methodist Women
Mission u: July 23-24
Holston Calendar
UMC Calendar

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