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The Call

Vol. E16, Number 16

updated: August 15, 2016

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August 15, 2016

Pastor loses 160 pounds, shares story with others

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2016) -- When Rev. Richie Hayes finally decided to lose weight, he waited until after Mother’s Day because he knew ...

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Pastor loses 160 pounds, shares story with others

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2016) -- When Rev. Richie Hayes finally decided to lose weight, he waited until after Mother’s Day because he knew it would be a big day of food and obligations at his church. Then he went on a “farewell tour” of his favorite restaurants. “I love you,” he said over his favorite meals at Waffle House, Harbor House, and Burger King. “Thank you, but this is goodbye,” After finally topping out at 383 pounds in May 2014, Hayes dramatically changed his lifestyle. He strictly followed a weight-loss plan to drop 100 pounds in 127 days. He ... Read more

Job Opportunities

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Ooltewah UMC seeks full-time Director of Small Groups and Life to lead spiritual formation for people of all ages through small groups and family ministries. The Director ... Read more

July/ August Obituaries

In memoriam > Rev. John Nelson Trundle, age 82, July 18 in Maryville, Tenn. See obituary. > Nell Mohney, age 94, July 19 in Chattanooga, Tenn. See CTFP story. > ... Read more

Precious gift of life: Pastor's wife grateful after transplant

GREENBACK, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2016) -- Donna Yeaney celebrates her birthday every year, on Sept. 16. But now, May 1 has to rank right up there in importance. That was ... Read more

Pastor's new book shines light on church bullies

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2016) -- Bullying is a form of intimidation often identified with school rooms, locker rooms and internet chat rooms. But the church? The refuge where we ... Read more

Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting participants pack meals for the hungry

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2016) -- More than 100 people came out to Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church in Jonesborough for an event that helps feed people around the world. ... Read more

Norwood welcomes teachers with 'thank you' breakfast

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2016) -- Pastor Joe Phillips is wasting no time at his new church appointment at Norwood United Methodist Church. He visited nearby Norwood Elementary School and ... Read more

First Broad Street UMC reaches young adults through house meetings

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2016) -- Four new members were received into the family of First Broad Street United Methodist Church early this summer, but they didn’t join during a ... Read more

Abingdon UMC celebrates restoration with special baptism

ABINGDON, Va. (Aug. 9, 2016) -- For two months this summer, the congregation of Abingdon United Methodist Church was out of their sanctuary while it was undergoing significant restoration and ... Read more

Holston embraces new ministry in Czech Republic

ALCOA, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2016) – Eleven years ago, the Johnson City District started a ministry in the Czech Republic. Earlier this year, the Holston Conference Missions Team decided to ... Read more

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Orphan rescue continues during South Sudan crisis

Special prayer vigil, offering to be announced ALCOA, Tenn. (Aug. 21, 2016) – The plight of some 35 orphaned children from South Sudan has captured the praying hearts of Holstonians ... Read more

See our Aug. 22 email edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the Aug. 22, 2016, email edition of "The Call": > Pastor loses 160 pounds, shares story with others> Orphan rescue in ... Read more