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Vol. E18, Number 23

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 focuses on giving thanks in a season of grief

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2018) – The Rev. Sharon Bowers and her husband did not spend many of their married holidays cooking over a hot stove or recovering from a huge dinner. “One Thanksgiving, we went to Mississippi and ate at the Waffle House,” says Bowers. “We weren’t locked into getting out the china. A ...

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November Obituaries

IN MEMORIAM > Rev. Billy Gillespie, age 76, Nov. 21. See Kingsport Time-News obituary. > Rev. Eldon Moore, Nov. 29. Family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 9, at First United Methodist Church, Maryville, Tenn., ...

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See our Nov. 29 email edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 29, 2018, email edition of The Call: > Christmas tours at historic Edward Cox House> Norton churches run out of food for Thanksgiving meal> ...

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Edward Cox House gets dressed up for Christmas

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 29, 2018) -- Tucked away on a rural road just past Bluff City stands the Edward Cox House. The two-story dogtrot log home has been a part of the landscape since ...

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Heard in Holston: Living out the faith from Norton to St. Louis

Nov. 28, 2018 | Briefs from around the conference How was your Thanksgiving? In my house, the big pans of leftover dressing and macaroni and cheese are finally finished, and the china is washed and ...

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See our Nov. 21 email edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 21, 2018, email edition of The Call: > Pastor focuses on thanksgiving in season of grief> Clergywomen organize for sexual ethics, fair treatment> Nonprofit ...

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Clergywomen organize for sexual ethics, fair treatment

ALCOA, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2018) -- A small group of clergywomen want Holston Conference’s total 256 clergywomen to be treated fairly in matters of sexual ethics, inclusiveness, education and leadership. On Nov. 14, five pastors ...

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District Newsletters

Here are the most recent, available editions of district newsletters within the Holston Conference, along with other helpful links. Districts are listed from north to south. NEW RIVER DISTRICT February 2018 newsletter List of churches ...

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Job Opportunities

FRAKES, Ky. -- Henderson Settlement seeks Executive Director. See job description. 11.19.18 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Christ UMC seeks part-time Youth Director Assistant. See job description. 11. 9.18 OOLTEWAH, Tenn. -- Ooltewah UMC seeks full-time Director ...

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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 872 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 872 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 872 congregations which extend from southwest Virginia, across East Tennessee, and into northern Georgia.

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