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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 ...

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The Call: May 6, 2021

  Academic journey turns spiritual   KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Telling the stories of Jewish musicians who tried to bring hope to Nazi Germany concentration camps and ghettos has led musician Kellie D. Brown in a new direction: She's ...

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The Call: April 30, 2021 edition

 Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Restrictions lifted May 1 As governors alter their state mask mandates and vaccinated Americans feel safer to return to public places, Holston Conference is also responding ...

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Holston COVID-19 Task Force lifts protocol

Holston COVID-19 Task Force FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2021   Dear Holston Friends,   About a year ago, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor established a Holston Conference COVID-19 Task Force to lead the Conference’s response and give direction to our...

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The Call: April 23, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Tech help for small churches After a tough year with COVID-19 and the reality that online worship should remain an option even after the pandemic wanes, Holston ...

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The Call: April 15, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. 'What can we do to stop this?' United Methodists in the Knoxville area, where a school shooting happened on Monday, are trying to find ways to help a community that was ...

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The Call: April 9, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Connecting people with vaccines At least six churches in Holston Conference have served, or will serve, as vaccination sites in the effort to protect communities against ...

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'Walk with the Cross' draws record crowd in Kingsport

A record crowd gathered to Walk with the Cross on Good Friday afternoon in Kingsport, Tennessee. Organized by Shades of Grace United Methodist Church, Walk with the Cross is an annual event raises awareness of homelessness and addiction in the city. ...

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'A Seat at Every Table': 2019 resolution text

From pages 280-281 of the 2019 Holston Conference Journal   Adopted June 10, 2019 BLACK METHODIST CHURCH RENEWAL Whereas we, (the Black Methodist for Church Renewal- BMCR) believe that the Holston Conference would be better severed by the “...

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The Call: March 26, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   A seat at every table A resolution adopted by the Annual Conference in 2019 gives Holston leaders an opportunity to take a step toward dismantling racism by placing more persons of color ...