The Call: November 12, 2020

The Call: November 12, 2020

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Hannah Snow had a plan to help families recover from disasters, but she was discouraged when local business managers said they "don't give to churches." After they heard that, here's what congregations in the Galax area did to help the college student and aspiring pediatrician. From The Call. Read story.

Church offers rides to the polls
Recognizing that not everyone is physically able to get to the polls, Eastdale Village Community United Methodist Church continued its ministry of giving Chattanoogans a ride to their precincts during the early voting period. The Rev. Charlotte Williams says that 50 neighbors accepted the offer. From News Channel 9. See story.

TWU devotes week to food insecurity
Next week, the Love thy Neighbor Project at Tennessee Wesleyan University will be accepting donations for its annual hunger and homelessness focus. The mission is to combat “food insecurity problems” among McMinn County residents and students. From Daily Post-Athenian. Read story.

Churches urged to file legal documents
A Nov. 16 deadline is approaching for churches to file paperwork intended to shield them from any potential liability stemming from a class action lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America over past sexual abuse claims and the organization’s bankruptcy filing. The Holston Treasurer's office has provided a web page explaining what to do.

Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years

United Methodist bishops — faced with dwindling funds and a potential denominational split — want to hit the brakes on electing new bishops in the U.S. and adding more bishops in Africa. From UM News. Read story.

Legal settlement means Glide leaves UMC
 A battle for control of a landmark church in San Francisco has ended with a multimillion dollar settlement in which Glide Memorial leaves The United Methodist Church but retains its famed 330 Ellis St. building. From UM News. Read story.

Is the UMC involved in politics?
Methodists have been actively involved in social and political matters since the church's founding in 18th-century England. Today, the United Methodist Social Creed and Social Principles express a commitment to fully participate in building a more peaceful and just world. From Ask the UMC. Read article.

Get your brand on
New UMC-branded cloth face masks and T-shirts are ready to order – just in time for Christmas. Choose from familiar designs and new ones, all of which extend a message of hope to the world. From United Methodist Communications. Find out more.

  Photo of the Week  
The rain didn't stop volunteers at Brainerd Food Pantry from loading the cars of 200 families with a two-week supply of food last night. Hosted by Brainerd United Methodist Church, the new pantry feeds hungry neighbors in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month, 4:30- to 6 p.m.
  More Information  

Wesley Leadership Institute
Sermon Academy/ Advent: Nov. 16
General Board of Global Ministries
#StillinMission: Nov. 19
Lisa Nichols, a Holston Church & Community Worker, will share her work through Zoom.
United Methodist Church
Student Sunday resources: Nov. 29
  Past Issues  
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