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Vol. E15, 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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East Ridge church fights to help 72 homeless familes after closing of hotel

How to help: See below CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2015) -- Marcy Hall knew about the bed bugs and filth. She knew the children who got off the school bus at the extended-stay hotel lived in a “horrible place” with decaying stairwells and high crime. “They were paying $800 a month for nothing,” said Hall. ...

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Treasure out of trash: Fall Festival in Wears Valley

Fall FestivalOct. 9-108 a.m. to 3 p.m.Wears Valley United Methodist Church SEVIERVILE, Tenn.(Oct. 3, 2015) -- Many are familiar with the old cliché, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” This saying rings true in ...

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UPDATE: Hands-on mission kits arrive in Africa / Matching grant deadline extended

Posted Oct. 7, 2015 Remember the Hands-on Mission kits that your church packed last spring? Photos have arrived from Liberia and Zimbabwe, with gratitude expressed to Holston members for faithfully collecting and packing critical supplies ...

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Children in poverty: First round of grants awarded, next deadline is Nov. 15

Posted Oct. 6, 2016 Jordan’s Chapel United Methodist Church, in Pulaski, Va., received $5,000 to feed hungry kids over the weekend. Holly Springs United Methodist Church, in Blountville, Tenn., received $1,500 to host vacation bible ...

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Want to help flood victims in South Carolina? Don't do this

ALCOA, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Don’t go to South Carolina. Wait for the call. Until then, please make “cleaning buckets” and “health kits.” That’s the message for Holston Conference United Methodists who want to ...

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Arcadia supplies food pantry, builds community through local race track

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2015) – Arcadia United Methodist Church has a food pantry which opens the fourth Tuesday of each month and on other occasions as needed. The women’s group volunteers at the pantry, ...

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Asbury Place breaks ground on clubhouse in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2015) -- Asbury Place Kingsport broke ground this week on its new clubhouse, which officials say will be the centerpiece of a $1.4 million campus enhancement project. Marge Shonnard, chief operating ...

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Mountain View UMC, at 125 years, still on a mission

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2015) -- The creation of Mountain View United Methodist Church 125 years ago was blazed by a family. In the fall of 1880, P. T. Mitchell and his wife, Sarah Roller ...

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Praying for peace in Chattanooga

One of 3 overnight shootings happened a block from where vigil leader's son died CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2015) -- Just a block away from where 20-year old Jordan Clark was fatally shot this summer, ...

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It's apple butter time! Mt. Carmel stirs up season's best spread

CHUCKEY, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2015) -- Fall always means apple butter, at least to the parishioners at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Chuckey. Here, beneath a bright blue sky and warm sunshine with just ...

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Jubilee Project receives 10,000 pounds of groceries from Food Lion

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2015) – On a recent afternoon, a young mother knocked on the door at Jubilee Project. Accompanied by her two small children, she apologetically asked Linda Stransky if she was eligible ...

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Munsey closes doors, goes to school for Sunday worship

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2015) – On Sunday morning, the doors of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church were closed. The congregation didn’t take a vacation day, however. A few blocks away, hundreds of church ...

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Maryville man credits Celebrate Recovery with saving son's life

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2015) -- September is Recovery Month. Ray Dodson, a member of Celebrate Recovery in Maryville, shared his and his son’s compelling story of battling addiction with WATE 6 On Your Side. ...

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Knoxville church helps homeless families with prize-winning pasta recipe

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 22, 2015) -- It’s not often that a church publication gets to run a recipe page. But when Ebenezer United Methodist Church won the Family Promise “Crowd Pleaser Award” for a delicious ...

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Delegation sets up email address, open meeting date

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2015) -- The Holston Conference delegation to General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences has set up an email address allowing church members to communicate with all members at once. The address is ...

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Holston delegation endorses David Graves for episcopacy

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2015) – The Holston Conference delegation to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference announces the endorsement of the Rev. David Graves as a nominee for episcopacy in The United Methodist Church. ...

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September Obituaries

> Rev. Henry "Allen" Karnes Jr., age 66, Sept. 15 in Princeton, W.Va. See obituary in Bluefield Daily Telegraph. > Rev. Marianna Rowlett Harris, Sept. 22 in Charlotte, N.C. See obituary. > Rev. Bobby Ely, ...

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Job Opportunities

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- First Oak Ridge UMC seeks part-time Church Administrator. Bachelor of science or equivalent required in related field or certification as a Church Administrator. Qualities: Experience in management (Financial, Facilities, HR, Multi-Staff), ...

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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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