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Native American Gathering

Sept. 22 - Sept. 24

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The administrative offices of the Holston Conference support our congregations in the areas of pensions, health insurance, clergy records, and finances. Visit this section of the website to access specific resources and guidance on who to contact and how to obtain and submit information and how to address these administrative areas in your local congregation.

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Vol. E17, Number 17

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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Holston churches go into gear to help hurricane survivors

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 2017) – Holston churches have been assembling cleaning and hygiene supplies over the last two weeks as neighbors to the south are recovering and bracing for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose. On Sept. 12, the Rev. Harry Howe and Mark Stransky departed Project Crossroads in Marion, Va., with a trailer loaded ...

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Urgent need for home-builders in October

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2017) -- Volunteer teams are urgently needed -- especially in October -- to build the next four houses for Gatlinburg fire survivors. Email Luke at Appalachia Service Project ( as soon ...

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Emerald Avenue UMC celebrates 25 years of youth foundation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2017) -- Just over 25 years ago, Emerald Youth Foundation officially launched out of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church to reach more children and their families in the heart of Knoxville. ...

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Scholarship fund, concert in Scruggs memory

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2017) -- The BWUMC Booker T. Scruggs II Fund has been established in memory of a beloved United Methodist, musician, and mentor. Booker Scruggs, a member at Bethlehem-Wiley United Methodist Church, ...

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Strategy Team shares map, lists of 9 new districts

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 7, 2017) -- Meeting today at The Connexion, the Strategy Team released a map of Holston Conference's nine new districts and lists of churches by district. "This version of the map is ...

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Booker Scruggs remembered as beloved United Methodist, musician, mentor

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2017) – On the first Sunday morning after Booker Scruggs passed away, a woman picked up her saxophone and stood at the front of the church where he used to stand. ...

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District newsletters

Holston Conference has 12 districts and 874 churches. Here are the most recently provided newsletters for each district: Abingdon July/ August edition Big Stone Gap**************** Chattanooga************** Cleveland August/ September edition Johnson CityDecember edition KingsportMarch edition ...

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Job Opportunities

SEYMOUR, Tenn. -- Seymour UMC seeks part-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. See complete job description. 9/22/17 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Church Street UMC seeks full-time Custodian. Position requires weekend work (including Sundays). Position ...

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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 881 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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