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Vol. E15, Number 6

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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Appointment week: 'Pocket shawls' remind Cabinet of prayers lifted by church members

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (March 17, 2016) -- In a hotel conference room in Gatlinburg, 14 members of the Holston Cabinet are working this week to appoint about 100 pastors to new locations for the upcoming year. The district superintendents and bishop are not alone. They are supported with prayers from lay members who crafted and sent ...

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Bishop announces projected superintendents for Kingsport, Cleveland

ALCOA, Tenn. (March 26, 2015) -- Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the following projected appointments for the 2015-2016 ministerial year, effective July 1. Lauri Jo Cranford, Kingsport District SuperintendentThe Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford is a ...

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See our complete March 19 e-mail edition

For all links and stories in the March 19, 2015, edition of The Call e-news, click here. Included: >Cabinet lifted by prayers during Appointment Week>Church reaches out to family after fire claims 3 children>New leader ...

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Husband-and-wife doctor team fights malaria in South Sudan

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (March 19, 2015) – Two years ago, Holston churches worked hard to raise more than $1.2 million for "Imagine No Malaria." This month, congregations will have the opportunity to hear from two family ...

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Johnson City pastor prays for U.S. Congress (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2015) -- The Rev. Mark Gooden, senior pastor at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, gave the opening prayer for U.S. Congress today at noon. See video.

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In memoriam

>KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rev. Thomas Markwood, age 69, pastor at Grigsby Chapel UMC, Oak Ridge District, died March 16. See obituary.

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Galax church reaches out to family after fire claims three children

News updates:Funeral on March 15Fire ruled accidental GALAX, Va. (March 12, 2015) – A United Methodist congregation and pastor are helping to care for a family grieving the loss of three children in a March ...

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New leader chosen for Camp Wesley Woods

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (March 11, 2015) – A new leader has been chosen for Camp Wesley Woods. Anthony “Tony” Lea, age 44, will join Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries on April 1 as director of ...

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Water line breaks at Hiwassee College

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (March 9, 2015) -- Education has been a hard thing to come by in Monroe County in the past month. With unseasonably cold weather and one winter storm after another rolling through the ...

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Job Opportunities

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. -- First UMC seeks part-time Director of Music. Contact Rev. Richie Hayes, 128 North Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683, (423) 727-7554 or 3/19/15 DACULA, Ga. -- Hamilton Mill UMC seeks ...

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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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