News Archive

News Archive

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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 ...

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The Call: May 22, 2020 edition

May 22, 2020 Prague interrupted Two months ago, the Rev. Mark Hicks was immersed in his ministry as pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague. By May 4, he was on his way to the United States, with only...

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The Call: May 14, 2020 edition

The stated latest Bishop Dindy Taylor provides an update on the closing of Holston church buildings and plans for Annual Conference: COVID-19 task force created Church buildings remain closed Book of Reports posted May 27 Pre-Conference ...

Rev. Leslie Daniels with her daughters Kaylee and Annabelle:
The best and worst of times with 10 clergy moms

Being a clergy mom was never easy.  But when the coronavirus shut down schools and sent children home for parents to teach and entertain, the job got even more difficult. And yet, there are moments and memories that are “precious and priceless,” as ...

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The Call: May 8, 2020 edition

Life as a clergy mom Being a clergy mother was never easy. But when the coronavirus shut down schools and sent children home for parents to teach and entertain, the job became even more difficult.   We asked 10 clergy moms in Holston ...

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The Call: May 1, 2020 edition

Will the kids be alright? Mike Pugh sees a change in the people who are coming through for hot lunches at Open Door Café in Wytheville. Since the café closed its dining room in mid-March and started providing takeouts only, fewer diners are ...

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Directors announce: No camp this summer

Dear Holston Family, Holston Camp & Retreat Ministries has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As we have been watching events unfold, we have been in prayer for the well-being of your family. After a careful discerning process, and with...

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Our top 5 headlines in April 2020

April showers 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.  Churches improvise as Holy Week looms    Churches are ...

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The Call: April 24, 2020 edition

Crisis upon crisis Church leaders use the words “surreal” and “crazy” to describe the crisis-upon-crisis situation they found themselves in over the last two weeks. Here's how church workers in the Chattanooga and Cleveland area had to put on ...

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The Call: April 16, 2020 edition

Dangerous new world   As people around the world stay home in the fight to foil the coronavirus, many United Methodists from Holston Conference have jobs that send them out into a dangerous world to care for others. Eleven frontliners spoke ...

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The Call: April 3, 2020 edition

      Holy Week looms as churches improvise United Methodist churches are scrambling to figure out how to observe Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and especially Easter as COVID-19 restrictions keep them ...

Leaders of Holston Conference express gratitude to Ed Harmon outside the conference room named for him in the Alcoa Conference Center. From left to right: Rev. Charles Maynard, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, Ed Harmon, Rev. Jason Gattis, Rick Cherry.
Holston college scholarship endowment named for Ed Harmon

Press release ALCOA, Tenn. – For years to come, students at two United Methodist colleges affiliated with the Holston Conference will know the name of William “Ed” Harmon.   An endowment providing scholarships to students at Tennessee Wesleyan ...

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The Call: Top 5 headlines in March 2020

What a difference a month makes At the beginning of March, we were fretting about General Conference, clicking on stories about new denominations. We were mobilizing to help our neighbors in central Tennessee as they assessed the damage from ...

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The Call: March 26, 2020 edition

New visions in a changed world   Two weeks after Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated cessation of public worship to the shock of many, church members are not only adapting but rallying to share worship, communion, encouragement, food, face masks, and...