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Vol. E16, Number 20

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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New rule forces church bosses to monitor staff hours

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2016) -- Tim Adams isn’t happy about it, but he will soon have to track “every minute” of his employees’ work schedules at Wesley House Community Center. That’s because on Dec. 1, a new federal rule goes into effect that says full-time employees making less than $47,476 annually are eligible for ...

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First Oak Ridge sends 11th team to Sager Brown

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2016) -- First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge recently sent its 11th mission to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La. This year it was all Cleaning Buckets. ...

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Russellville church nourishes families in three nearby schools

RUSSELLVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2016) -- The Loaves and Fish Ministry is a faith-based ministry through Russellville United Methodist Church whose mission is to feed the bodies and souls of hungry children in the community. ...

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3 things Holston employees need to know about their health insurance

ALCOA, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2016) -- If November is almost here, it’s almost time for the “open enrollment” period when participants in Holston Conference’s health-insurance plan are permitted to enroll or make changes to their ...

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Rising Fawn UMC holds dinner for firefighters battling wildfire

RISING FAWN, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2016) — A community shows its support for the firefighters who've worked on a wildfire in Dade County. Tuesday night, a church near Fox Mountain invited them to a dinner. ...

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Shades of Grace dedicates cemetery space for those who die alone

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2016) -- Nearly 600 people are homeless in the Tri-Cities region. When those who are homeless and without families pass away, local funeral homes say their remains often go unclaimed. News ...

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$40,000 gift provides basketball court for Wesley House kids

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Wesley House Community Center cut the ribbon yesterday on a new outdoor basketball court and recreation area provided by a $40,000 gift from the West Knoxville Sertoma Club. Members ...

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

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SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. -- Jubilee Project, Inc. seeks part-time Outreach Coordinator (30 hours per week). See job description. Send resume and 3 recommendations to Jubilee Project, P.O. Box 657, Sneedville, TN 37869. For questions, call (423) ...

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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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