Blog Posts

Blog Posts

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No Tech--Low Tech

No Technology or Low Technology Ideas to help us stay connected to God, each other, and our neighbors when we have limited or no technology.

Art of Neighboring

A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life? Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your ...

Quilts of Valor

Jefferson City Quilters started several years ago as an outreach to extend First UMC Jefferson City’s military recognition Sunday and show more of God’s love to those who have been touched by war. Recognizing that military service can lead to times ...

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Study on Race

Two years ago, the pastors of the South of the River Mission Network in the Scenic South District chose to do a study together about racism, implicit bias, and racial relations. The focus was on racial relations because at the time, the Mission ...

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Blog: Sweet nativities in Kodak

Icy roads caused school to be closed on December 11, but that didn’t stop Kodak United Methodist Church from going ahead with its monthly community dinner. Pastor Melissa Smith says it was only the second time the congregation hosted “Kodak Church ...

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Blog: On pie and a pathway to healing

Tonight is the first time in a few years that Susan felt like doing a quintessentially autumnal ordinary meal photo, as she likes to say. Sometimes Susan and I think the ordinary things that used to seem fun and heartwarming will never hold any ...

On a hot summer evening, Mike Rice takes leftovers from a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church to people congregating near a homeless shelter.
Blog: Chattanooga street buffet

I’m sitting on the sidelines of a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church, talking to a church member. I should be paying closer attention to the meeting, but this guy is fascinating.   Mike Rice is telling me how he put out this beautiful spread...

Our Holy Land Journey Begins

Traveling August 28 - September 11, 2019, 25 people from Holston Conference will embark on a journey to the Holy Land with Bishop Dindy Taylor.