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Holston Foundation grants $150,000 to campus ministries

From the Holston Foundation The Holston Foundation announces grants totaling $150,000 to support leadership development for college students. The Holston Conference’s five Wesley Foundations will receive $100,000 (divided equally among the programs)...

The Rev. Tim Jackson and his wife, Tina Jackson, serve Holy Communion at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church on Nov. 14.
Magnolia Avenue welcomes 84 at celebration service

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Nine months after city officials closed Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church and declared it “unfit for human habitation,” 84 gathered in the East Knoxville church Sunday night for a worship service celebrating a revitalization...

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The Call: November 11, 2021

  Loving them to the grave For four years, Shades of Grace UMC has led this community memorial service, always timed for the Saturday near All Saints Day, for local persons whose bodies were never claimed. The church also pays for their cremations. ...

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The Call: Oct. 28, 2021

  Interns on a mission Some of their experiences were "heartbreaking." Yet four students from Emory & Henry College said their lives were changed by a new internship program that put them in the middle of a mission field. ...

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25 children's books to celebrate Hispanic heritage

National Hispanic Heritage month continues from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Celebrate by sharing these stories -- created by Latine and Hispanic authors and illustrators -- with the children in your life. From UMC Board of Church Society.

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The Call: Oct. 1, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Field of dreams Food pantries are full of canned and boxed items but fresh produce can be harder to find. In Knoxville, Concord United Methodist Church answered that need by...

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The Call: July 30, 2021

  Rev. Eddie Fox dies The Rev. H. Eddie Fox became synonymous with Methodist evangelism over a long career of sharing the gospel worldwide. An ordained United Methodist elder in Holston Conference, Fox died July 28 at age 83, after having been in ...

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The Call: July 15, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Together for tomorrow The Rev. Mary Thompson, executive director of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, announces the results of a fundraising campaign to ensure future ministry. ...

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The Call: July 6, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Will they return? With millions of people having stayed home from places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, struggling congregations have one key question: How many of them will return? ...

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The Call: June 22, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Missing Lake Junaluska The virtual session of Holston Annual Conference happened on Saturday, June 12. It was the second summer in a row when Holston church members didn't congregate in Lake ...

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The Call: June 12, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Fixing to begin a new year Traditionally, Holston Conference clergy appointments are official when the bishop bangs the gavel at the conclusion of a four-day Annual Conference in Lake ...

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Bishop Taylor retirement statement: 'My cup has overflowed'

My dear Holston friends,                                                                 I write to say thank you for welcoming this stranger from North Georgia. You have loved, embraced, and nurtured me as I came among you at the age of 23. You ...

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The Call: June 3, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Big gift for small church  Last month, the leaders of Tates Chapel United Methodist learned that a woman bequeathed $700,000 to their church in Chilhowie, Virginia. On some ...

Directors of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries celebrate the near completion of a giving campaign during a May 25 live presentation.
Holston camps celebrate $874,000 in giving with live video

Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries has raised $874,000 in a victorious campaign that will prepare five camps for the future, according to a live video presentation on May 25. The Rev. Mary Thompson, executive director, announced the news...

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SEJ bishops call for July 21 special session

May 26, 2021 -- The purpose is to vote on a resolution from the Tennessee and Memphis conferences to unite to form the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. The agenda also includes a report on pandemic response and anti-racism work.

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The Call: May 21, 2021 edition

 Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Taking a stand   During a proclamation presentation last week, Blount County's mayor stood on the courthouse steps to recognize the efforts for racial equality by United ...

Mobile units become doctors' offices, transforming the Jubilee Project campus on May 6.
Jubilee Project hosts free health-care services

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. -- Heidi Taylor remembers the woman who cried last spring when the free dental care clinic had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “She was really upset,” said Taylor, office manager at Jubilee Project. “She had a tooth ...

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The Call: May 14, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Rising above tragedy "They used to call me meth head Andrea," says Andrea Cooper. She's an active member in a church that currently has about 12 in worship attendance, yet ...