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Vol. E16, Number 16

News for the Holston Conference is reported through The Call. Follow us here for stories of the people of the Holston Conference, our ministries and congregations, and our witness to the world.
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Pastor loses 160 pounds, shares story with others

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2016) -- When Rev. Richie Hayes finally decided to lose weight, he waited until after Mother’s Day because he knew it would be a big day of food and obligations at his church. Then he went on a “farewell tour” of his favorite restaurants. “I love you,” he said over his ...

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Orphan rescue continues during South Sudan crisis

Special prayer vigil, offering to be announced ALCOA, Tenn. (Aug. 21, 2016) – The plight of some 35 orphaned children from South Sudan has captured the praying hearts of Holstonians who read on Facebook about ...

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Holston embraces new ministry in Czech Republic

ALCOA, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2016) – Eleven years ago, the Johnson City District started a ministry in the Czech Republic. Earlier this year, the Holston Conference Missions Team decided to embrace the Czech ministry as ...

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Abingdon UMC celebrates restoration with special baptism

ABINGDON, Va. (Aug. 9, 2016) -- For two months this summer, the congregation of Abingdon United Methodist Church was out of their sanctuary while it was undergoing significant restoration and repair. The extensive work included ...

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First Broad Street UMC reaches young adults through house meetings

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2016) -- Four new members were received into the family of First Broad Street United Methodist Church early this summer, but they didn’t join during a Sunday morning or evening worship ...

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Norwood welcomes teachers with 'thank you' breakfast

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2016) -- Pastor Joe Phillips is wasting no time at his new church appointment at Norwood United Methodist Church. He visited nearby Norwood Elementary School and talked with principal Robin Ellis ...

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Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting participants pack meals for the hungry

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2016) -- More than 100 people came out to Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church in Jonesborough for an event that helps feed people around the world. Sunday’s event is the first ...

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Pastor's new book shines light on church bullies

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2016) -- Bullying is a form of intimidation often identified with school rooms, locker rooms and internet chat rooms. But the church? The refuge where we are admonished to love one ...

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Precious gift of life: Pastor's wife grateful after transplant

GREENBACK, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2016) -- Donna Yeaney celebrates her birthday every year, on Sept. 16. But now, May 1 has to rank right up there in importance. That was the day doctors sliced her ...

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July/ August Obituaries

In memoriam > Rev. John Nelson Trundle, age 82, July 18 in Maryville, Tenn. See obituary. > Nell Mohney, age 94, July 19 in Chattanooga, Tenn. See CTFP story. > Rev. John Steiner, age 90, ...

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Job Opportunities

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Ooltewah UMC seeks full-time Director of Small Groups and Life to lead spiritual formation for people of all ages through small groups and family ministries. The Director will coach directors of youth ...

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About Holston

Located in the mountains and valleys of east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia, the Holston Conference is named after the Holston River. In this beautiful setting, the 887 congregations serve their communities and the world with a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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United Methodists are a group of Christians totaling over 7.5 million in the United States alone. The Holston Conference is made up of over 875 congregations in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia and the area of Georgia surrounding Chattanooga.

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Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor

Bishop Taylor was assigned to the Holston Conference in 2012. She presides over the 887 congregations which extend from southwest Virginia, across East Tennessee, and into northern Georgia.

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