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Vol. E14, Number 27

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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'Second chance': Churches unite to hire chaplain, offer worship at new state prison

INDEPENDENCE, Va. -- The young man has a sentence that will keep him behind bars until he is 67 years old. He had just turned 21 when he talked to the Rev. Terri Johnson Gregory about how church volunteers were more present in his prison today than they were in his childhood community. “If someone ...

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Tillery is loved: Churches reach out to child with brain tumor

CINCINNATI -- Tillery Phillips, age 15 months, has had a lot of ups and downs since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Sept. 30. Through it all, the angelic little girl’s family can ...

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Steve Martin, Holston clergy, named communications director by National Council of Churches

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) announces the hiring of the Rev. Steven D. Martin as the NCC’s Director of Communications and Development. Martin is a Holston ...

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Tennessee Wesleyan takes 'Love Thy Neighbor' program to next level

ATHENS, Tenn. -- The "Love Thy Neighbor" program, an initiative of Tennessee Wesleyan College's Center for Servant Leadership, recently celebrated its first year of operation. Food that is still good but has gone beyond its ...

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Wesley Foundation at University of Tennessee receives $100,000 grant

INDIANOPOLIS -- The Wesley Foundation at University of Tennessee in Knoxville is one of 47 private campus ministries receiving a grant from Lily Endowment Inc. A total $47 million will be awarded to build up ...

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November obituaries

In memoriam: >Rev. John Bardsley, age 85, on Nov. 9. See obituary in Kingsport Times News. >Rev. Bruce Hensley, on Nov. 7. See obituary in Cleveland Daily Banner. >Rev. Bill Balch, on Nov. 6. See ...

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Download our Nov. 15 print edition

The Call "Digest" is a mini print version of our regular email news publication. Print it on a regular printer and share it as a bulletin insert or with friends, family or neighbors who might ...

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Job Opportunities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Central UMC seeks part-time (20 hours per week) Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Successful applicant will have excellent written and oral communication skills with minimum of three years experience working with ...

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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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