The Call: May 21, 2021 edition

The Call: May 21, 2021 edition

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Taking a stand

During a proclamation presentation last week, Blount County's mayor stood on the courthouse steps to recognize the efforts for racial equality by United Methodist Women of the Holston Conference. President Donna Mosby led a delegation of United Methodist Women to the presentation. Mayor Ed Mitchell is a member at Broadway United Methodist Church.
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Plans for Holston supervision announced

The Council of Bishops announced approval of episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction last week. Bishop Mary Virginia "Dindy" Taylor will retire Sept. 1. Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett will serve as resident bishop of Holston Conference in addition to her role as resident bishop of North Alabama Conference. Read announcement.


Jubilee Project hosts free health-care services

People Heidi Taylor remembers the woman who cried last spring when the free dental care clinic had to be canceled due to COVID-19. This month, Jubilee Project was able to offer not only dental care but vision care, mammograms and vaccines to neighbors with limited health-care access. From The Call. Read story.


Munsey plants community garden

Munsey Memorial UMC members cut the ribbon and began planting in their new community garden last week. The garden was created to serve downtown residents and families from a nearby elementary school who are food insecure. From Johnson City Press. Read story.


Churches ramp up to address food insecurity

As high levels of food insecurity in the Southeast are expected to last for years, United Methodist churches in the Chattanooga area are creating food ministries to fill in the gaps. From Chattanooga Times Free Press. Read story.


5 reasons why smaller numbers may be better

Now that many churches have reopened with fewer numbers following the pandemic, churches are beginning to rethink the concept of “bigger is better.” Does a smaller audience actually mean death for the church? From Resource UMC. Read the reasons.

2 landlords, 2 images of God

Bishop Kenneth Carder shares memories from his early childhood in a family of East Tennessee tenant farmers and sharecroppers. "Two of the land owners made indelible, contrasting impressions on me." Carder is a retired United Methodist bishop and native of Holston Conference. From Shifting Margins. Read blog.

  Photo of the Week  

In Kingsport, Tennessee, Pactolus United Methodist Church recently shared these images on social media along with the message, "God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Amen!" 


  In Memoriam  

Rev. Willard "Bill" Akers III
May 12, 2021, Hixson, Tenn. Obituary.



UM Archives & History
May 23: Heritage Sunday
United Methodist Church
May 23: Pentecost Sunday
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
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