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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,            ...

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April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021 John 20:1-18 CEB Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor Resident Bishop Holston Annual Conference   John 20:1-18 Empty tomb 20 Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that...

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April 3, 2021

April 3, 2021 Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 (NIV) Dr. Ken Sprinkle, Retired Pastor Appalachian District Lamentations 3:1-19, 19-24 1I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 2He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather ...

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April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 NRSV Heather Hayes Laity Concord United Methodist Tennessee Valley District Isaiah 52:13-53, 53:12 NRSV Devotion Each year we follow our liturgical calendar and we celebrate the moments in our religion that mark ...

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April 1,2021

April 1, 2021 John 13:1-17, 31-35 Joseph L. Ratledge Clergy Tasso/Charleston Charge Hiwassee   Focus Scripture John 13:1-17, 31-35 Devotion Happy Maundy Thursday, church!  What is Maundy Thursday and should I even say “Happy”?  Give me a second, I ...

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March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021 Hebrew 12:1-3 Kelly Price Ph.D. Laity Mountain View   Focus Scripture Hebrew 12:1-3  ESV Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every ...

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March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021 John 12:20-36 NRSV Karen Peter Laity Tacoma United Methodist Church Appalachian District   Focus Scripture John 12:20-36 Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus 20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They...

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March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021 John 12: 1 – 11 CEB Ginny West Case Laity Smoky Mountain District Focus Scripture John 12:1-11 Mary anoints Jesus’ feet 12 Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 ...

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10 tips for a more meaningful lent

Lent is a time for self-reflection and deepening one's relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Consider adopting one or more of the following creative uses of the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

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Tips for Ash Wednesday during COVID-19

Ash Wednesday is two weeks away. The marking of cross-shaped ashes on foreheads is how Christians will begin 40 days of Lent on Feb. 17. In the age of COVID-19, churches are left with re-envisioning these liturgical markers. Here are tips from United...

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Lay Servant Training goes online

Holston Conference’s Lay Servant Training will be offered online through Zoom meetings in 2021.   Classes begin on Saturday, February 27, and will continue through Saturday, May 1, excluding April 3 (Easter weekend). Each district will offer a class....

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January 30, 2021

January 30, 2021 Psalm 111 Pat Kiper Psalm 111 111 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the godly and the congregation. 2 The Lord’s deeds are great, eagerly awaited by all who desire them. 3 His ...

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January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021 Psalm 111, Revelation 2:17 and Deuteronomy 12:32 Bernice Howard Laity 1st United Methodist Church, Maryville Smoky Mountain District Psalm 111 1 Praise the Lord.[b] I will extol the Lord with all my heart     in the council of the ...

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January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021 Psalm 111:1, 10 Mary Charles Blair Lay Ooltewah UMC Hiwassee District Psalm 111:1, 10 NIV “Praise the Lord! I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly…The fear of the Lord is the ...

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January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021 Mark 3: 13-19 Natalie Justice Clergy Clinch Mountain District Mark 3:13-19 Jesus Appoints the Twelve 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they ...

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January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021 Psalm 46; Genesis 45:25-46:7; Acts 5:33-42  KJV Gary Park Laity Seahorns Chapel Mountain View District   Psalm 46; Genesis 45:25-46:7; Acts 5:33-42 KJV Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ...

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January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 Rev. Mike Stallings Concord UMC 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 Stay as You Were When God Chose You 17 But each believer should live in whatever situation the Lord has given them. Stay as you were when God chose you. That...

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January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021 Psalm 62: 5-12 CEB Rev. Clair Sauer Clergy Jones Memorial UMC, Chattanooga Scenic South District Psalm 62:5-12 CEB Oh, I[a] must find rest in God only,     because my hope comes from him! 6 Only God is my rock and my salvation—     ...

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January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021 Psalm 62:5-8 Ed and Pat Helton Laity Rising Fawn UMC Scenic South District Psalm 62: 5-8  Yes, my soul, find rest in God;     my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;     he is my fortress, I will not be ...

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January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021 Psalm 62:5-12 Danielle Meyers Certified Lay Minister Dutch Valley UMC Tennessee Valley District Psalm 62: 5-12 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;     my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;     he is my fortress,...

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January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021 Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20 Debby Hearn Music Director and Certified Lay Speaker (formerly)  Scenic South District dhearn@epbfi.com     Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20 Devotion Resonance ...

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January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 Luke 18:15-17 Doug Silvers Clergy New River District Luke 18: 15-17 Little Children Are Brought to Jesus 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus. They wanted him to place his hands on the babies. When the disciples saw this, ...

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January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021 Acts 4:32-35; 5:1-11 (CEB) Paige Wimberly Clergy Newbern-Mountain View Charge New River District Acts 4:32-35; 5:1-11 32 The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their...

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January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021 Psalm 86 William Shewey Clergy Appalachian District   Psalm 86 1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,     for I am poor and needy. 2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;     save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; 3 have ...

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January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Joe Lobertini Laity Middlebrook Pike UMC Tennessee Valley District Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 The Inescapable God   1          O LORD, you have searched me and known me. 2          You know when I sit down and when I ...

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January 16, 2021

January 16, 2021 Matthew 25:1-13 Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union UMC Appalachian District   Matthew 25:1-13 ”At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were...

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January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021 Psalms 139:13-18 Brian D. Inman Clergy Peck’s United Methodist Church Smoky Mountain District   Psalm 139:13-18 NIV 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am ...

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Bishop and Ext. Cabinet Condemn Attack on U.S. Capitol

We, the Bishop and Cabinet of the Holston Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, are appalled at the January 6th assault on the Capitol, Legislators, and the attempt to unravel the fiber of our democracy. As a church and as Christian ...

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January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021 Psalm 139:17-18 Betsi Vesser LaityTennessee Valley District Psalm 139: 17-18 17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; ...

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January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021 Psalm 148 Penney Helms Lay Member, Annual Conference Central United Methodist Church (Knoxville) Tennessee Valley District   Psalm 148 7 Praise the Lord from the earth,     you great sea creatures and all the deepest parts of the ...

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Ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Day under COVID

Martin Luther King Day is on Monday January 18, 2021. For many congregations the weekend before MLK Day is a time of celebration, community outreach and continued advocacy for justice. Many churches may not be able to observe the holiday in all the ...

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January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 Romans 4:1-12 (Common English Bible) Rev. Brandon Berg First United Methodist Church Bristol Clinch Mountain District   Romans 4: 1-12 Abraham’s faith was credited as righteousness 4 So what are we going to say? Are we going to find ...

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January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021  Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Rev. Nathan Malone Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church Scenic South District   Focus Scripture   Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11   Devotion On this day when we remember the baptism of Jesus Christ, we are given...

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January 9, 2021

January 9th, 2021 Psalm 29 Reverend Dr. Peggy L. Meade Holston Counseling Center Clergy Appalachian District Focus Scripture   Psalm 29 A psalm of David.   1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 ...

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January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021 1 Samuel 16:1-13  Robert Sutton Clergy Pittman Center Circuit Smoky Mountain District   Focus Scripture   1 Samuel 16:1-13   Samuel Anoints David 16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected ...