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The Call

Vol. E15, Number 17

updated: September 21, 2015

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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. When city officials finally condemned the Superior Creek Lodge on Sept. 9, about 1,500 people including 300 families were immediately displaced. The former tenants panicked. Children didn’t show up for school. People were seen walking down the street with pots and pans on their backs. ... Read more

See our Oct. 7 e-mail edition

Our Oct. 7 email edition includes these stories and more: > East Ridge church fights to help 72 homeless families> Want to help South Carolina food victims? Do this> 12 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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. 19 in Charlotte, N.C. See ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Want to help flood victims in South Carolina? Do this

UPDATE (11:20 a.m. Oct. 9, 2015) -- South Carolina mission leaders are now calling for "health kits" and "school kits," which they anticipate will be most needed as the state ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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.” ... Read more

'Time, life, and limb': Churches show appreciation to first responders

FAIRLAWN, Va. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- On Sept. 20, in honor of our first responders here in New River Valley, the congregations of the New River Circuit got together and ... Read more