The Call: Sept. 24, 2020 edition

The Call: Sept. 24, 2020 edition

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Can we come in?

When Holston churches received a Sept. 16 edict allowing them to meet indoors after months of closures caused by rising coronavirus cases, many congregations hurried inside their buildings the following Sunday to worship again in person.
Others decided to stay put. From The Call. Read story.

Bishop announces church openings

On Sept. 16, Bishop Dindy Taylor responded to questions raised about worshipping inside during the pandemic. She also announced a decision to permit indoor meetings beginning Sept. 20. From Holston Conference Communications. See video and statement.

Urgent need for disaster supplies 

The pandemic and recent hurricanes have "completely depleted" Holston Conference's stockpile of "cleaning kits," which are urgently needed for future disasters. Churches are requested to begin assembling buckets so Holston can be ready for emergencies. From The Call. Read story.

Conference backs replacing Cross and Flame

A pastor’s call to replace the Cross and Flame as the official insignia of The United Methodist Church has picked up the backing of the North Texas Conference. The Rev. Edlen Cowley says the emblem conjures for African Americans the terror of Ku Klux Klan cross burnings. From UM News. Read story.

Churches provide space for virtual learning

With families navigating virtual learning this fall, United Methodist churches are opening their doors to offer safe, shared learning spaces for neighborhood children. Learn about two churches' successful ministries in Tennessee and discover five tips for launching your own. From Resource UMC. See story.

At 94, he's 'Mr. Music' of United Methodism

The Rev. Carlton R. "Sam" Young is well known in church music as a hymnal editor, composer, arranger and scholar. One informed admirer calls him "Mr. Music of United Methodism." Young, 94, is out with a new collection of sheet music. From UM News. Read story.

Bishop pleads for peace in Louisville  

Kentucky Conference Bishop Leonard Fairley asked for all to remain peaceful as they react to the indictment of a former Louisville officer for wanton endangerment connected to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. From Kentucky Conference. Read letter.

Keeper of 'The Call': Roy Howard

The Rev. Roy Howard kept every copy of the Holston Conference newspaper for more than 50 years, and wrote a history about them, too. We're sharing an archived story about Howard, who died Sept. 19, along with gratitude for his life and ministry. From The Call. Read editor's note and story.

  Photo of the Week  

Meadowview United Methodist Church shares fetching photos of produce on social media, because the church has local farmer friends who donate fresh food to the church pantry. Today we're seeing assorted squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, along with eggs, milk and bread. This week, the church pantry served 30 families in Meadowview, Virginia.


  More Information  



Holston United Methodist Women
Annual Meeting: Sept. 26
United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday: Oct. 4
General Board of Global Ministries
#StillinMission, Oct. 8, Nov. 19
Holston's Church & Community Workers will share their work through Zoom meetings.


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