News Archive

News Archive

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A Message from Bishop Taylor

Dear Holston Conference, As we approach the 2020 General Conference, I would like to remind everyone of the covenant statement released by the bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. May you be reminded of the hope we have in Christ our Lord. In ...

The current Holston Conference delegation was elected in June 2019.
Delegation: No bishop nominees to be endorsed for 2020

The Holston Conference delegation met Nov. 9 to continue its work of preparing for General Conference in May 2020 and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 2020. The primary work of delegates to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference is the...

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The Call: Nov. 7 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 7, 2019, email edition of The Call: Theft devastates Camp in the Community Holston invests in new website to meet conference needs Pastor leads planning for residential drug treatment in SW ...

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Open enrollment for health insurance continues through Nov. 15

From Julie Graham, Holston Conference benefits administrator   Open Enrollment for Holston Conference health insurance plans will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2019..   The information, enrollment, and change forms are available at http://holston...

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Resurrection youth event changes lives in Costa Rica

En español The first Resurrection spiritual weekend in Costa Rica was in its final hour when the people who worked hard to make it happen could no longer hold back their emotions. They cried and embraced as they watched hundreds of young people go ...

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The Call: Oct. 27 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the October 27, 2019, email edition of The Call: Resurrection changes lives in Costa Rica 15 more things to know about Resurrection in CR $31,450 in Change for Children grants awarded Top court to look at ...

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The Call: Oct. 3 edition

Here are some of the links and stories for the October 3, 2019, email edition of The Call: Youth member sells cheesecakes for Costa Rica mission Concord UMC has dementia ministry Chaplain 'Chappy Jack' completes Appalachian Trail Breaking up ...

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The Call's top headlines for September 2019

Follow that lead Some stories require a lot of planning. Other stories are spontaneous -- no matter what you're working on, you know you've got to drop everything and follow that lead.   Our top two most-clicked headlines in September are examples of...

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11 groups receive total $31,450 in Change for Children grants

By Susan Groseclose Thank you Holston Conference for your generous donations to the yearly Change for Children offering at annual conference – your gifts make a difference in the lives of children and families across the conference and around the ...

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The Call: Sept. 27 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the Sept. 27 email edition of The Call: Opposing Holston groups meet to plan UMC future Process begins for next bishop election Camp staff celebrates successful story Kingsport debates homeless problem 9 New...

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Report: Holston camps celebrate high summer attendance

By Mary Thompson Although it’s fall, those of us in Holston Camp and Retreat Ministries are still rejoicing in God’s work this summer. We would like to celebrate this year’s summer camp season with you all and share some of the many ways God worked ...

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The Call: Sept. 12 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the September 12, 2019, email edition of The Call: Bishop Taylor invited to visit Korean school built by Holston Holston UMW president: You can stay with us Burns brings social justice discussion to Emory & ...

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Holston team ministers with 1,800 children in Zimbabwe

"Hands-on" kits sent by churches distributed to most needy   It’s the hundreds of little faces and their expressions that inspire Amy Carmon to return to Zimbabwe each August. “It’s a blessing to see these kids’ faces ... You see those expressions ...

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The Call: Sept. 12 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the September 12, 2019, email edition of The Call: > Hands-on kits arrive in Zimbabwe > Church Street keeps Harry Potter on shelves > Cantler preaches on Day1 broadcast > African bishops oppose separation ...

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Holston prepares to help Hurricane Dorian survivors

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2019) -- Holston Conference is joining with UMCOR to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Carolinas. Yesterday, the Rev. Mike Sluder asked district offices to begin collecting “cleaning kits” and “hygiene kits”...

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The Call: Sept. 5 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the September 5, 2019, email edition of The Call: > Holston prepares to help Hurricane Dorian survivors > State Street UMC reaches community children > E&H students plunge into community service > Texas group...

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The Call's top headlines for August 2019

New things Perhaps what’s most interesting about this collection of reader-grabbing headlines is the stories or reports that did not grab a lot of readers. See our top 5 headlines for August 2019

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The Call: Aug. 29 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the August 29, 2019 email edition of The Call: > Divine Rhythm to be replaced by new young-adult event > Safe Gatherings prevents abuse in the church > Cooking class for youth at Kingsport church > Burks ...

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5 preaching tips for beginners and beyond

By Charles Ensminger Preaching is no easy task. It takes time, dedication, deliberation, and prayerful consideration – and this is before you even step behind the pulpit.  If you are just beginning your journey as a preacher or even if you are a “...

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The Call: Aug. 22 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in our August 22, 2019, email edition of THE CALL: > St. Elmo UMC rises, 10 years after fire > UMCNext Plan would end LGBTQ restrictions > Iowa clergy person to face trial > Churches step up to help unemployed ...

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The Call: Aug. 14 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in our August 14, 2019, email edition of THE CALL: > Pastors speak out after school shootings > Dinner Church feeds body and soul in East Knox > Methodist marker finds new home in Johnson City > Improper voting ...

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30 ways churches can fight opioid addiction

August 2, 2019 This list is not complete. We invite you to share other ways United Methodists can join in the fight against opioid addiction. Holston Conference churches and groups are eligible to apply for grants to support new or existing ...

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Recovery ministries in Holston Conference

  August 2, 2019   District offices provided information about these existing recovery ministries in (or related to) Holston Conference churches. Contact these ministry leaders for suggestions on how you may assist or begin new ministries. Contact ...

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The Call: Aug. 2 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in our August 2, 2019, email edition of THE CALL: > 30 ways churches can fight opioid addiction > Bishop David Graves to preach at camp meeting > Missions trailer stolen from Colonial Heights UMC parking lot > ...

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The Call's top headlines for July 2019

Religion communicators have long known when certain words appear in a headline ("sexuality" and "clergy salaries" come to mind), that particular story will grab the most readers for the day. That's still true, along with our current fixation on ...

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The Call: July 25 edition

Here are some of the links and stories to our July 25, 2019, email edition of THE CALL: > Shades of Grace opens home for ill homeless me > Alumni submit proposal to buy Hiwassee > Grant applications for addiction ministries > Apportionment collection...

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Commentary: The state of evangelism in Holston Conference

  BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 9, 2019) -- In 1744, John Wesley was asked a series of questions on his expectations of preachers. His answers became known as the “12 Rules of a Helper.” Rule number 11 would become his charge to the Church. In it he says, “...

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The Call: July 11 edition

  Here are some of the links and stories in the July 11, 2019, email edition of The Call:   > Teenager survives broken home through love of church > Commentary: State of evangelism in Holston Conference > Rogersville pastor shepherds flock with ...

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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 Holston.org/ACNews for more follow-up stories to come. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at annettespence@holston.org. For general ...

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The Call: June 27 edition

  Here are some of the links and stories in the June 27, 2019, email edition of The Call: > Vandals set fire to Knox church while drum group is away > Knox churches spread positive messages > Lenoir City church offers Camp in the Community > New ...

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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 ...