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News Archive

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The Call: October 16, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription.   Recovery interrupted While congregations throughout Holston Conference have resumed in-person gatherings within the last few weeks, some recovery leaders are still agonizing over damage caused ...

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The Call: October 7, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription. First Black president You're going to see a lot more of Donna Mosby in 2021. On Sept. 26, she was elected first Black president of the Holston Conference United Methodist Women. Last...

The Rev. Lisa Bryant preaches from Exodus (
Pastor's fever leads to bright idea

SALTVILLE, Va. -- In August, the Rev. Lisa Bryant woke up with a head cold and a fever. She quickly got a COVID-19 test and quarantined herself. While she waited for the test results, she came up with a new idea for online worship at Madam Russell ...

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The Call: October 1, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription. Preaching in secret In August, the Rev. Lisa Bryant woke up with a head cold and fever. She quickly got a COVID-19 test and quarantined herself.   While she waited for the test results, she came up...

The Rev. Roy Howard was a history giant in Holston Conference and a collector of Holston Conference newspapers.
Farewell to the keeper of 'The Call': Roy Howard

The Rev. Roy Howard was not only a friend. He was an expert on the publication to which I've devoted 20 years of my life. He dropped by my office to visit at least annually and shared suggestions for good stories, too.  In 2008, I asked another ...

United Methodists in Theodore, Alabama, welcomed 304 buckets full of cleaning supplies from Holston Conference last night. The buckets will be distributed throughout storm-damaged parts of the Alabama-West Florida Conference.
Supplies urgently needed for disaster relief

The Rev. Harry Howe delivered 304 buckets full of cleaning supplies to Theodore United Methodist Church in Alabama yesterday, where residents are recovering from Hurricane Sally and bracing for Tropical Storm Beta. Howe and his fellow traveler, ...

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The Call: Sept. 24, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Can we come in? When Holston churches received a Sept. 16 edict allowing them to meet indoors after months of closures caused by rising coronavirus cases, many congregations ...

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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 ...