The Call: Top 5 headlines in November 2019

The Call: Top 5 headlines in November 2019

Careful sharing

November’s top story was certainly not good news, but it was good that so many people cared deeply when they learned about the theft of supplies belonging to Camp in the Community.
The story (see #1) was not only widely read and shared throughout the denomination. The Knoxville News Sentinel and all three Knoxville TV stations also covered the story.
We hope that many, many people felt moved to help Camp in the Community recover. We’ll catch up with Director Whitney Winston soon about where she is on her way to the summer season. Here's the wishlist.
It’s a delicate dance, but The Call is still trying to report fairly how the various groups in Holston Conference are approaching the possible restructuring or divide of our denomination. Story #2 is another good example of that effort, right down to counting the number of words devoted to each “side.” These days seem to necessitate such careful attention to build trust.
'Tis the season to be thankful for you, our readers, and your feedback in helping us find the way. Write

1. Theft devastates Camp in the Community
The director of Camp in the Community is grieving the apparent theft of three trailers packed with supplies and games for children, valued at $60,000 and acquired through the generosity of church members over the last eight years. (Nov. 4) Read the story.
2. Groups hope for different designs in UMC future  
November 9 was a news-making kind of day, as Holston church members with opposing designs and hopes for the denomination’s future gathered at two separate events: Wesleyan Covenant Association and Reconciling Ministries Network. (Nov. 13) Read the story.
3. Delegation: No bishop nominees in 2020
At a meeting in White Pine, Tennessee, the Holston Conference delegation interviewed potential nominees for bishop for the July 2020 election. A nominee from Holston has not been endorsed. (Nov. 12) Read the story.
4. Church exit plan already in effect, court says
Legislation setting provisions for churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled. From UM News. (Nov. 1) Read the story.

5. New Knoxville church planned in 2020 
Twelve years ago, Holston leaders bought 22 acres in a growing part of Knoxville for $1.55 million. After a season of fits and starts, all the pieces now seem to be in place for the newly named Valley Church to begin in 2020. (Nov. 27) Read the story.

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