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Vol. E17, Number 7

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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Budget cuts likely as Holston leaders adjust for shortfall

ALCOA, Tenn. (April 19, 2017) -- Holston Conference finished the 2016 financial year with a $30,422 deficit, after 612 of 894 local churches paid 100 percent of their tithes. The deficit would have been closer to $400,000, but Holston reduced the budget shortfall by underpaying its 2016 apportionment commitment to the denomination, said Treasurer Rick ...

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See our April 24 email edition

Here are some of the stories and links included in the April 24, 2017, email edition of "The Call": > Q&A explains upcoming judicial ruling on gay bishop> Churches 'go gray' to save kids from ...

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Groundbreaking for first Gatlinburg house this week

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – Two big events are happening this week that will press fast-forward on the partnership to build 25 homes for low-income survivors of last year’s Sevier County wildfires. On Tuesday, ...

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Strategy Team finalizes proposal for 'more efficient' future

ALCOA, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – After nearly two years of discussion, a team of 13 including Bishop Dindy Taylor is ready to present a proposal to help Holston Conference become “more efficient in our ...

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Bristol church sponsors baseball team for special-needs kids

BRISTOL, Va. (April 11, 2017) -- On Saturday, April 8, the Bristol Challenger Little League kicked off its season in a big way. At 10 a.m., players in the league paraded around Boyce Cox Field, ...

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Churches 'go gray' to save kids from brain tumors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2017) -- There’s 15-year-old Ian, who complained of a headache during a youth retreat. He eventually fell to the ground as he stepped out of the church van, which led to ...

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Bishops offer Q&A before judicial meeting begins

From the Holston Conference Episcopal OfficeApril 17, 2017 Our Holston Conference Bishop, Mary Virginia Taylor, and the other bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church are aware of questions and concerns in ...

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District newsletters

Holston Conference has 12 districts and 881 churches. Here are the most recently provided newsletters for each district: AbingdonMarch / April edition Big Stone GapOctober/ November edition Chattanooga******Not available Cleveland******Not available Johnson CityDecember edition KingsportMarch ...

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Job Opportunities

DUBLIN, Va. -- Dublin UMC seeks full-time Discipleship Director. Pay will be commensurate with experience and past results. Health benefits are included. Visit for more information or email 4/17/17 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Bookwalter ...

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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 881 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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About UMC

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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