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Vol. E16, Number 18

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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Hispanic congregation parades into leased Sevierville facility

Leer esta historia en español SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2016) -- Cars honked. Phones tweeted. Flags waved. On a 95-degree afternoon in Sevierville, about 70 members of a United Methodist congregation marched 2.8 miles from their former building to their new home. They were noticed. “Hey, who is that?” one man asked from the passenger ...

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For 64 years, Knox church sells candied apples at fair to fund mission work

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2016) -- This might look like a normal candy apple booth, but it serves a higher purpose. Members of Fairview United Methodist Church in Knoxville have sold candy apples at the ...

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Bishop Taylor joins in blessing Tennessee Wesleyan's new name

ATHENS, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2016) -- Tennessee Wesleyan University held a consecration ceremony Thursday, Sept. 15, to bless the institution’s new university name and vital mission. The ceremony included featured speaker, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor; ...

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How do you welcome the immigrant? Don't treat him like a project

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2016) – “People are not projects. This is about relationships.” “It’s one thing to welcome someone to your church. It’s another thing to make them your family.” “The power of authentic ...

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Wytheville area churches 'dream big' for women's conference

FAIRLAWN, Va. (Sept. 2, 2106) -- On Aug. 27, the congregations of Morgan's Chapel and Dublin United Methodist Churches in the Wytheville District of Holston Conference joined together to hold a community women's conference. The ...

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See our Sept. 15 print story: "Digest"

"Digest" features a story from "The Call" in English and Spanish. "Digest" is produced around the 1st and 15th of every month. Sept. 15 edition: "Good ol' Rocky Top: How a church changed its name, ...

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September obituaries

In memoriam: > Rev. Charles Lippse, age 82, on Sept. 2. See obituary in Chattanooga Times Free Press > Becky Louter, age 46, on Sept. 16. See United Methodist Women announcement.

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District newsletters

Holston Conference has 12 districts and 881 churches. Here are the most recent available newsletters for each district: AbingdonJune/ July edition Big Stone GapNot available ChattanoogaNot available ClevelandAugust/ September edition Johnson CityJune/July edition KingsportSeptember edition ...

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Job Opportunities

FRAKES, Ky. -- Henderson Settlement seeks Human Resources/ Office Manager. Minimum two-year degree in business-related field and human resources experience are required. Send resume and cover letter to For more information and job description, ...

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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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