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News Archive

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The Call: Sept. 15, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Struggling to survive The Rev. Daniel Bradley gets up in the morning knowing there’s less than $100 left in the church banking account, and the next insurance payment could finally...

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Our top 5 headlines in August

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription. Take It Outside If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this past month's weekly editions of The Call. 1. Alarm over rising insurance ...

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The Call: August 27, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Home run for outdoor worship First United Methodist Church of Pulaski has not opened its doors to in-person worship since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in mid-March.   However, ...

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The Call: August 20, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Pause on ordination   Nine Holston clergy were slated for ordination this summer, until the COVID-19 pandemic shut down one major event after another. The ordinands range in age ...

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The Call: August 13, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Back to something normal The Rev. Sharon Wright was ecstatic when she saw the announcement from Bishop Dindy Taylor in her inbox last week. “Read your email!” she texted the Rev. ...

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The Call: August 7, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   On top of everything else Participants in Holston Conference's health-insurance plan are alarmed by upcoming rate increases, especially for clergy families in a year when minimum ...

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Our top 5 headlines in July

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription. Hot Topics If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.   1. Data drives ...

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The Call: July 30, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Cupcake connection Every July for the last 15 years, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church has put on a fancy dinner for members ages 75 years and older. The pandemic prevented ...

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The Call: July 23, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Doorstep deliveries Throughout Holston, a church camp is arriving on the doorsteps and porches of children spending a hot summer at home in the middle of a pandemic.   This camp ...

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The Call: July 16, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Hot seat Holston district superintendents use words like “hard” and “tough” when describing what’s going on with COVID-19 and churches right now. Their decisions are difficult but...

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The Call: July 9, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Faithful through the fight In the face of enormous odds, the people of South Sudan persevere. COVID-19 is only the most recent life-of-death threat for United Methodist pastors ...

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The Call: July 2, 2020 edition

  Pushing on amid crises Condensed from four days in western North Carolina to 150 minutes over a digital screen, the 2020 session of Holston Annual Conference was held June 27 under the theme “I Love to Tell the Story.”...

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Our top 5 headlines in June

Here or there If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.   1. Bishop releases new appointments At the conclusion of an ...

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The Call: June 25, 2020 edition

  To reopen or not For the congregations that waded through the paperwork and precautions to return to in-person worship over the last two Sundays, there were rewards along with the challenges. “Everyone was glad to be in the same ...

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The Call: June 11, 2020 edition

Will protests matter? The Rev. Barbara Doyle spent the last two weekends at peaceful events proclaiming “black lives matter.” But the Abingdon pastor wonders: When the protestors and statement-makers go back to their own lives ...

Donna Camper, left, and Mitzi Sadler-Thorne were welcomed into the Order of Deaconess Home MIssioners on May 11.
Holston welcomes two new deaconesses

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things and many events have been cancelled. However, it did not stop the United Methodist Women from moving forward and welcoming 32 new Deaconess Home Missioners to the Order. Four deaconess relationships were also ...

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The Call: June 4, 2020 edition

Let there be peace On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, Bishop Dindy Taylor joined other United Methodist leaders in speaking out for justice and peace. Responding to the "state of crisis" in many U.S. cities after the "senseless killing" of George ...

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Our top 5 headlines in May 2020

Facing the day If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.   1.  Explaining a virtual Annual Conference   A letter from ...

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The Call: May 28, 2020 edition

It's not about us When the pandemic shut down businesses and sent people to shelter in their homes, some people thought about stockpiling toilet paper and food for themselves.   United Methodist congregations throughout Holston ...