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The Call

Vol. E17, Number 7

updated: April 17, 2017

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Budget cuts likely as Holston leaders adjust for shortfall

ALCOA, Tenn. (April 19, 2017) -- Holston Conference finished the 2016 financial year with a $30,422 deficit, after 612 of 894 local churches paid 100 percent of their tithes. The deficit would have been closer to $400,000, but Holston reduced the budget shortfall by underpaying its 2016 apportionment commitment to the denomination, said Treasurer Rick Cherry. Consequently, Holston’s Council on Finance and Administration has proposed cutting $400,000 out of the 2017 budget of $9.4 million, said the Rev. Jeff Lambert, CFA president. A priority is to preserve reserve funds at no less than $3 million. Reserve funds currently stand at ... Read more

Bishops offer Q&A before judicial meeting begins

From the Holston Conference Episcopal OfficeApril 17, 2017 Our Holston Conference Bishop, Mary Virginia Taylor, and the other bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church are aware ... Read more

Churches 'go gray' to save kids from brain tumors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2017) -- There’s 15-year-old Ian, who complained of a headache during a youth retreat. He eventually fell to the ground as he stepped out of the ... Read more

Bristol church sponsors baseball team for special-needs kids

BRISTOL, Va. (April 11, 2017) -- On Saturday, April 8, the Bristol Challenger Little League kicked off its season in a big way. At 10 a.m., players in the league ... Read more

Strategy Team finalizes proposal for 'more efficient' future

Strategy Team proposal posted on May 1 ALCOA, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – After nearly two years of discussion, a team of 13 including Bishop Dindy Taylor is ready to ... Read more

Groundbreaking for first Gatlinburg house this week

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – Two big events are happening this week that will press fast-forward on the partnership to build 25 homes for low-income survivors of last year’s ... Read more

See our April 24 email edition

Here are some of the stories and links included in the April 24, 2017, email edition of "The Call": > Q&A explains upcoming judicial ruling on gay bishop> Churches 'go ... Read more