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Vol. E15, Number 15

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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Preaching in the mountains: 5 lessons from 3 storytellers

FRAKES, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2015) – The storytellers laughed as much – in fact, more -- than their listeners. On Aug. 14, Henderson Settlement hosted its second “MountainTalk” ministry conversation series, bringing three authors and speakers together for a storytelling and preaching workshop on its mountain campus. Two of the storytellers are also United Methodist ...

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11 churches form new partnership with Tazewell school

NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. (Aug. 20, 2015) -- Two days before the students are back to school, the facility, staff and administrators are hard at work preparing for their arrival. Class schedules are prepared, classrooms are ...

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See our Aug. 18 email edition

Our Aug. 18 email edition includes the follow stories and more! * 5 preaching lessons from 3 storytellers* New name for Kingsport camp* 'Loving Lunches' for hungry summer kids* Back to school! The church wants ...

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New name chosen for Bays Mountain camp

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2015) – The new name is “Camp Bays Mountain.” It might not be a surprising choice, but leaders of the camp soon to be developed on Bays Mountain said they considered ...

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250 families receive food, clothing, school supplies through pantry partnership

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 12, 2015) -- Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City held a mobile pantry distribution on Aug. 1 in partnership with First Farragut United Methodist Church, and more than 250 families ...

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First Church Hill UMC pays rent for land it owns

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2015) -- Members of the Church Hill First United Methodist Church should be pleasantly surprised to find out they actually own the parking lot they’ve been renting from Hawkins County Schools. ...

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News from South Sudan

YEI, South Sudan (Aug. 17, 2015) -- Fred and Libby Dearing send news and photos of their return to East Africa. See e-newsletter.

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Back to school! The church wants you to have a great year

ALCOA, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2015) -- United Methodist congregations in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia show love for young students in practical ways. > Members of Kodak United Methodist Church packed 150 backpacks full of ...

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Kingsport churches provide 'loving lunches' for children in poverty

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2015) -- This summer, three United Methodist churches representing ELM Tree Parish in Kingsport District -- Emory, St. Luke and St. Matthew -- joined for a community outreach program called Loving ...

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August Obituaries

> Rev. Steve Tuck, age 65, Aug. 11 in Maryville, Tenn. See full obituary.

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'Wildcat' chaplain hikes 2 states with 12 to go along Appalachian Trail

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2015) -- Saying goodbye to Maine and New Hampshire was a happy day for Bert Emmerson. That’s because he conquered the rugged White Mountains on his way to completing the 2,200 ...

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Clergy family fights cancer, gives back to community

Aug. 10 update: "Blood, sweat and lemonade" by Alana Phillips SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2015) -- When Joe and Alana Phillips noticed their daughter Tillery’s delays in development last fall, they took her to their ...

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lincoln Park UMC seeks part-time (6 hours per week) combination Pianist/ Music Director for traditional/blended 11 a.m. service. Candidate must be available for Wednesday-night choir practice and Sunday-morning service. Ideally, candidate would ...

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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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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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