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A New Past | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, This is a time of year synonymous with new. Indeed, we frequently associate the first weeks of the year with phrases like new beginning, new start, new opportunity and new past. I can picture the puzzled looks that followed reading “a ...

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Christmas Eve Message | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Christmas Eve: God Broke Through the Hopelessness with Hope Luke 2:25-40 Years ago my mother and I travelled to Oxford, England to be with my sister Barbara and her husband Kevin for a few days after their son Joseph’s birth. The plan was for us to...

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December Tornadoes | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, The nation awakened this past Saturday morning to the news that during the night and early morning hours, tornadoes had wreaked havoc in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and several neighboring states. Lives were lost, buildings destroyed ...

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Money Matters: Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18  As this is being written, on a cold and cloudy morning, I am reminded of the struggles we have faced and are facing – a COVID pandemic which ...

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Bishop Wallace-Padgett invites Holston to Read Together

Dear Friends, I shared with those of you who attended Holston District Days this fall that II Corinthians 5:17 is one of my life verses. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become ...

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Money Matters: Higher Education

With the financial help from the Holston Conference, I have been able to live the call God has placed on my life. My name is Reagan Kelly, I am from a small town called Elizabethton, and I am currently attending Tennessee Wesleyan University in ...

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Holy Land Trip | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, My husband Lee and I were in our early forties when first offered the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land. Our bishop at the time, Robert C. Morgan, extended the invitation to all of the persons he had ordained during his eight ...

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Money Matters: Youth and Young Adults

Youth ministry is the focus of this segment of Money Matters. The budget for youth ministries programming is $18,500 for 2022. Laura McLean is a product of conference youth ministries and currently leads Youth and Young Adult ministries in Holston ...

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Money Matters: re-Connecting the Connection

Money matters.  More specifically, what we do with our money matters. As I have had the opportunity to serve on Holston Conference Council on Finance and Administration for the past few years, and now serving as Chair, it has become apparent that we ...

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Book Release: Saturday Faith

Saturday Faith: Moving through the Crisis of Hopelessness   Saturday Faith deals with the times between Friday and Sunday which, in Christian parlance, are associated with Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Yet, what can be said about the time between ...

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Blog Post: Loans to Neighbors

Sometimes people find themselves in such desperate times and spaces, trying to make ends meet, that they turn to predatory lenders like payday loans. These lenders are willing to give people the money they need but at what cost? People who take out a...

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A New Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Dear Friends, I love the rhythm and variety of the four seasons.  Fall brings the beauty of turning leaves.  Winter’s crisp air and occasional snow ...

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May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Psalm 80/ Galatians 5: 16-26 NIV Sarah Wimmer Laity First UMC Maryville Smoky Mountain Psalm 80/ Galatians 5:16-26 NIV 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,     you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,     ...

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May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021 John 15:1-8 NRSV Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union Appalachian District John 15:1-8 NRSV Jesus the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch ...

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May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021 Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Lisa Nichols Church and Community Worker Mountain View District Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Here in this great gathering for worship I have discovered this praise-life. And I’ll do what I promised right here in ...

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April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 Amos 8: 11-13 ESV Sean Glenn Clergy, Bluff City/St. Paul UMC Three Rivers District Amos 8:11-13 11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,     “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst ...

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April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 Psalm 22:25-31 NRSV Rev. David Graybeal Clergy Keith Memorial United Methodist Church Hiwassee District Psalm 22:25-31 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;     my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 26 The poor[a]...

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April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 Psalm 95 The Message Laura F. Ashline Laity First-Centenary United Methodist Church Scenic South District Psalm 95 1-2 Come, let’s shout praises to God,     raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence ...

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April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 Psalm 95:3-7 NLT Stephen Hopkins Clergy, Kendricks Creek UMC Appalachian District Psalm 95:3-7  3,For the Lord is a great God,     a great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth     and the mightiest ...

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April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021 1 Peter 5:1-5 CEB Rev. Brandon Berg Clergy First United Methodist Church of Bristol Clinch Mountain District 1 Peter 5:1-5 1 Therefore, I have a request for the elders among you. (I ask this as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s ...

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April 25, 2021

April 25, 2021 Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18 NSRV Gregg Bostick Clergy, Mount Hermon United Methodist Church Tennessee Valley District Psalm 23 and John 10: 11-18 Psalm 23The Divine Shepherd A Psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want....

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April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021 Mark 6:30-34 NIV Bob Hayes Retired Clergy Broadway UMC Smoky Mountain district Mark 6:30-34 NIV Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so ...

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April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021 Psalm 23 KJV Tom Seay Emerald Ave UMC Tennessee Valley District Psalm 23 KJV 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he ...

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April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021 Psalm 23 KJV Natalie Justice Smyth County Circuit Clergy Clinch Mountain District Psalm 23 King James Version 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still ...

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April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 Jeremiah 31: 31-34 CEB John Oldham Clergy Scenic South District Jeremiah 31: 31-34 31- "The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32- It will not be ...

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April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 2 John 1-6 NRSV Jim Philpott Retired Clergy Scenic South District   2 John 1-6 NRSV Salutation 1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the ...

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April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021 Psalm 150 CEB Ralph Kidd Retired Elder Clinch River District Psalm 150 Praise God in his sanctuary!     Praise God in his fortress, the sky! 2 Praise God in his mighty acts!     Praise God as suits his incredible greatness! 3 Praise ...

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April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021 Luke 24: 36b-48 CEB Rev. Clair Sauer, Clergy Jones Memorial UMC, Chattanooga Scenic South District Luke 24: 36B-48 CEB Jesus appears to the disciples 36 While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “...

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April 17, 2021

April 17, 2021 Acts 3:1-10 (NRSV) Dell Gates Laity, Piney Flats UMC Three Rivers District Acts 3:1-10 Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar 3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a...

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April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021 Psalms 4 CEB Susan Groseclose Clergy, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Discipleship Smoky Mountain District   Psalms 4 CEB For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. 4 Answer me when I cry out, ...

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April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021 Daniel 9:1-19 Nancy M. Alley Laity, Prospect UMC Appalachian District Daniel 9:1-19 Daniel’s Prayer 9 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes[a] (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian[b] kingdom— 2 in the first ...

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April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 Mark 12:18-27 (NIV) Jim Hager Laity Piney Flats UMC Three Rivers District Mark 12:18-27 NIV Marriage at the Resurrection 18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “...

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April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 Daniel 6:26-27 NIV Rev. Stephen K. Doyal Clergy Bookwalter UMC Tennessee Valley District Daniel 6:26-27 26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God  ...

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East Knoxville Ministry Project

On behalf of the Holston Conference Staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, teachers, parents, and those living in the Austin-East community. As many of you know this is the fourth shooting in this community and five young people have...

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April 11, 2021

April 10, 2021 Psalm 133:1-3 (NIV) Dr. Ken Sprinkle Retired Clergy Appalachian District Psalm 133:1-3 1How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, ...

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April 10, 2021

April 11, 2021 John 20:19-31 (NIV) Danielle Meyers, Certified Lay Minister, Dutch Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District John 20:19-31 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of ...

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April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021 Psalm 133 (NIV) Mark Hicks Clergy Mt. Zion UMC, Afton Mountain View District Psalm 133 NIV 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2  It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on ...

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April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021 Psalm 133:1-3 NRSV Michael Somers Clergy Cameron/Ross Camp Ground UMC Appalachian District Psalm 133:1-3 NRSV 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,...

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April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021 Mark 16: 1-8 NRSV John Crabtree Clergy Three Rivers District   Mark 16:1-8 NRSV When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on ...

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April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021 Genesis 1:20-2:4 (NIV) Pat Roza Laity, Burks UMC Scenic South District Genesis 1:20-2:4 20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the ...

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Holston Annual Conference goes hybrid in summer 2021

Let me begin by saying thank you for your patience as the Annual Conference Planning Team has been working to complete the details for this year's Annual Conference. The team has worked hard to put together an in-person gathering, but this task has ...

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April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021 Genesis 1:1-19 CEB Rev. Dr. Carole R. Martin Retired Clergy Appalachian District   Genesis 1:1-19 1:1 At the beginning of God’s creating            of the heavens and the earth, 2         when the earth was wild and waste,            ...