The Call: Oct. 28, 2021

The Call: Oct. 28, 2021


Interns on a mission
Some of their experiences were "heartbreaking." Yet four students from Emory & Henry College said their lives were changed by a new internship program that put them in the middle of a mission field.
“That was really the church going beyond the four walls and inserting itself directly into the community with things they needed,” said Mack Henningsen. From The Call. Read story.

Life-threatening burns lead to full-time ministry
In 1993, the Rev. Scott Spence survived a workplace accident causing burns on 65 percent of his body. Today, he's senior pastor at Reynolds Memorial UMC with a life story that he shared with the Bristol Herald Courier. Read story.

Hunger: Biblical problem solving for today

Members of Concord UMC work with the Society of St. Andrew to solve two problems at once: Food insecurity and food waste. "Any place where food is about to be wasted, we want to know about it and intercept it.” From United Methodist Communications. Read story.
Women clergy still paid less

 Compensation for women clergy in the UMC continues to trail that of their male peers, according to a new study, despite progress in many annual conferences. Holston is one of 11 annual conferences in which "women are significantly underrepresented." From UM News. Read story.
Conference takes on 'child care deserts'
The Texas Conference has been planting child care centers in underserved areas, in partnership with local United Methodist churches. The fifth such center opened Oct. 18 in Linden. From UM News. Read story.
Bishop Asbury still shapes church today
Francis Asbury played a key role in developing what is now The United Methodist Church. As people celebrate the 250th anniversary of his arrival in America, fresh discoveries continue about his extraordinary ministry. From UM News. Read story.
Sausage gravy serves higher cause
Lord’s Acre sales often double as harvest festivals. And like many other hallmarks of Southern culture, they grew out of difficult times. Hiltons Memorial UMC counts on fried pies, apple butter, and sausage gravy to help them lessen their building debt. From Blue Ridge Country. Read story.

8 keys to improving livestream worship
Author of "Growing the Post-pandemic Church" Bob Whitesel offers eight practical suggestions for engaging online worshipers more effectively. #6 is "ignore, don't criticize, technical problems." From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read article.

  Photo of the Week  

Many Holston churches are hosting "trunk or treat" events this week, including Gray United Methodist which saw 1,200 candy-seekers cross their parking lot last night. The Rev. Aaron Atchley and the Rev. Brooke Atchley did their own thing.



District Days
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett completes her visits to all nine districts with the following dates: Nov. 9, Hiwassee; Nov. 15, Scenic South.
Sabbath Retreats at Holston Camps
Nov. 15-16. Register now.
United Methodist Student Sunday
Nov. 28. Find out more
Resurrection Youth Ministry
Jan. 21-23, 2022. Register now.
Holston Calendar
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