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Vol. 19, Number 11

News for the Holston Conference is reported through The Call. Follow us here for stories of the people of the Holston Conference, our ministries and congregations, and our witness to the world.
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Annual Conference News

The Holston Annual Conference was held June 9-11, 2019, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Please return here to for related stories in the weeks ahead. Next: Denman Award winner Nate Roark. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at [email protected] For general information, visit June 19, 2019 AC elects younger delegates, gives $411,854 to mission United ...

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AC elects younger delegates, gives $411,854 total to mission

June 19, 2019 The Holston Annual Conference gathered June 9-12 in Lake Junaluska, N.C., under the leadership of Bishop Mary Virginia “Dindy” Taylor and the theme, “Healing Hands.” Representing 872 congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest ...

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Final day: Election completed, resolution adopted, ordination celebrated

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 14, 2019) -- The Holston Annual Conference completed its election, adopted a resolution, fixed the ministerial appointments, and celebrated the ordination and commissioning of clergy on the final day of the ...

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Offering totals $129,733 for addiction ministry

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2019) -- Holston Conference took an offering of $129,733 to fight opioid addiction during its Missions Celebration last night in Stuart Auditorium. The offering was part of a celebration that ...

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Holston elects delegates for conferences in 2020

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2109) -- The Holston Annual Conference completed its election for conferences in 2020 tonight at 7:30 p.m. In order of election, the General Conference delegates are: Emily Ballard Rev. Kim ...

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Tuesday voting: Cantrell, Travis, Eldridge, Mosby elected

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2019) -- The Rev. Wil Cantrell was elected this morning on clergy ballot #3. Anne Travis was elected on the sixth ballot for laity. John Eldridge was elected on the ...

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Long day ends with 3 elections, 3 resolutions

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2019) -- The Annual Conference elected its first three delegates to General Conference on Monday, including a young adult as the leader of the delegation. Emily Ballard, age 24, was ...

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Lay Leader Del Holley: 'Choose the path of devotion'

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 10, 2019) -- Del Holley, Holston Conference lay leader, shared the following "Lay Leader's Report" today at the Holston Annual Conference. Bishop Taylor, lay and clergy members, guests, and friends of ...

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Monday voting: Ballard, Goddard, Holley elected

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 10, 2019) -- The Annual Conference elected its first delegate this afternoon with Emily Ballard on the ballot #3 for lay members. Ballard will lead the Holston delegation to General Conference ...

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Members covenant to 'focus on mission' amidst disagreement

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 10, 2019) -- The first session of the 2019 Holston Annual Conference began with a covenant and concluded with a ballot. After an afternoon of clouds, rain, traffic, registration, fellowship, hotel ...

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COSROW applauds female leaders in Holston

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 9, 2019) -- Let us pause to give thanks for progress in the Holston Annual Conference, says the Rev. Sharon Bowers. As two long-time clergy leaders prepare to retire, the Commission ...

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Communications office receives pushback after UMCNext email

ALCOA, Tenn. (June 6, 2019) -- The Holston Conference Communications office received 89 email responses to a May 23 statement announcing the participation of 13 church leaders in a recently formed group, UMCNext. Eighty-six of ...

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It's here! We're doing Annual Conference from A to Z

June 6, 2019 Are we working hard for you or what? What other communicators do you know that would put together an A to Z list of interesting things you should know about Annual Conference? ...

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New partnership will help strengthen 5 black churches

ALCOA, Tenn. (June 5, 2019) -- What can we do to help our African-American churches become stronger? With the help of a new initiative, five churches will soon be chosen to receive coaching and training ...

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District Newsletters

Here are the most recent, available editions of district newsletters within the Holston Conference, along with other helpful links. Districts are listed from north to south. NEW RIVER DISTRICT February 2018 newsletter List of churches ...

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Church Street UMC seeks front office Receptionist. See job description. 6.4.19 PULASKI, Va. -- First Pulaski UMC seeks Organist and Piano Accompanist. See job description. 6.3.19 WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Long's Chapel UMC ...

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About Holston

Located in the mountains and valleys of east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia, the Holston Conference is named after the Holston River. In this beautiful setting, the 872 congregations serve their communities and the world with a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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About UMC

United Methodists are a group of Christians totaling over 7.5 million in the United States alone. The Holston Conference is made up of 872 congregations in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia and the area of Georgia surrounding Chattanooga.

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Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor

Bishop Taylor was assigned to the Holston Conference in 2012. She presides over the 872 congregations which extend from southwest Virginia, across East Tennessee, and into northern Georgia.

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