The Call: May 14, 2020 edition

The Call: May 14, 2020 edition

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The stated latest

Bishop Dindy Taylor provides an update on the closing of Holston church buildings and plans for Annual Conference:
  • COVID-19 task force created
  • Church buildings remain closed
  • Book of Reports posted May 27
  • Pre-Conference Briefing video on June 7
  • Virtual Clergy Session on June 8
  • Moving day for clergy on June 24
  • Virtual Annual Conference on June 27
Read the statement.
 
 
 
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Mission offering set for opioid addiction
 
For the second year, Holston church members are asked to give financially to fight opioid addiction, according to a May 13 email to clergy. Read the email.
 
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Much to consider before reopening  
 
It’s not as simple as just staying six feet away. Corporate worship contains physical contact. Finding alternatives to certain acts and adhering to thorough cleaning and disinfecting measures will be a challenge. From UM News. Read the story.
 
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Georgia shooting sparks call to end racism
 
United Methodist leaders are calling for a renewed effort to end racism after an unarmed black man was shot and killed while jogging near his home in Brunswick, Georgia. From UM News. See the story.
 
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Coronavirus hampers malaria efforts in Africa

The pandemic could hamper progress made fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, the WHO warns. Malaria control measures have been disrupted and cases are spiking in some regions, including Zimbabwe, where UMC mission hospitals report a sharp increase in malaria patients. From UM News. Read the story.
 
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Publishing house laying off 70 workers 
 
The denomination’s oldest and largest agency, The United Methodist Publishing House, is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be laying off about 70 of its 296 employees in June. From UM News. See the story.
 
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Methodists led response in earlier epidemic 
 
The year was 1793, and yellow fever was ravaging Philadelphia -- then the U.S. capital and the young nation’s largest city. Two frontline heroes who stepped up to provide care were African American Methodist leaders -- Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. From UM News. Read the story.
 
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A pandemic changes everything, even grief
 
COVID-19 is ravaging the crevices of our world, even those intimate corners where we grieve privately and where our loved ones desire to step into the mourning space with us. We simply can’t grieve the way we normally would. From UM Communications. Read the story.
 
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7 ways to keep revenue, donations flowing
 
Your congregation may have curtailed in-person services and activities because of the coronavirus, but there’s no stopping payroll, mortgage, and other financial obligations. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read the article.
 
MORE INFORMATION
 
CALENDAR
UM Religion & Race
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
UM Archives & History
Heritage Sunday: May 24
 
United Methodist Church
Peace With Justice Sunday: June 8
 
Holston Conference
Viritual Annual Conference: June 27
 
 
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The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.