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The Call

Vol. E13, Number 32

updated: January 4, 2014

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January 4, 2014

Holston missionaries postpone return to South Sudan, pray for peace (Jan. 9)

"They support what we're doing and they realize we have not abandoned them. Holston has not abandoned them." -- Libby Dearing ALCOA, Tenn. (1/9/14) ...

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Holston missionaries postpone return to South Sudan, pray for peace (Jan. 9)

"They support what we're doing and they realize we have not abandoned them. Holston has not abandoned them." -- Libby Dearing ALCOA, Tenn. (1/9/14) -- Missionaries Fred and Libby Dearing have postponed their return to South Sudan after deciding they could do more to help their ministry partners while in the U.S. than in Africa. “Even if we dearly wish we were there, it’s not about us,” the Rev. Dearing said on Jan. 9, while working in the Holston Conference office in Alcoa. “We will return as soon as our presence on the ground is advantageous.” The Dearings were scheduled ... Read more

Mission leaders send Advent message following South Sudan conflict (Dec. 20)

Holston Conference leaders are sending an Advent message of peace and reassurance to ministry supporters concerned about this week’s military clashes in South Sudan. “Realizing that all of Holston holds ... Read more

Mission leaders still plan to return to South Sudan following fighting (Dec. 26)

"We cannot tell the people to have faith and stay strong when we turn and high-tail it out of there in the face of adversity. Instead of running away, Christians ... Read more

Knoxville District sells West View building to homeless agency

One year after a Knoxville congregation voted to close their church, the building and property was sold to an interfaith organization that helps homeless families. Family Promise of Knoxville closed ... Read more

Closed Greeneville church becomes home for Hispanic congregation

When a brand-new Hispanic congregation began worshiping at a long-established Greeneville church in 2010, they were invited guests. They couldn't have known that three years later, the original church would ... Read more

Holston hits: Top 10 stories of 2013

The list of links receiving the top 10 highest number of "clicks" on Holston.org didn't include some of the biggest stories of the year. For example, Holston Conference leaders and ... Read more

Complete edition is here

For all links and stories for the January 6, 2014 edition of The Call e-news, click here. Read more

Bishop Taylor calls Holston to pray for South Sudan (Jan. 8)

January 8, 2014 Dear Members of the Holston United Methodist family, You are dearly loved by God and called to be God’s people.Grace to you and peace from God our ... Read more