Our top 5 headlines in April

Our top 5 headlines in April

April showers

If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.
 
1.  Churches improvise as Holy Week looms 
 
Churches are scrambling to figure out how to observe Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and especially Easter as COVID-19 restrictions keep them physically apart. From UM News. (April 1) Read the story.

See a Holston commentary in response to the above headline: "Holy Week at home isn't gloomy." (April 5)
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2. 'Virtual' Annual Conference on June 27 
 
Bishop Dindy Taylor announced Annual Conference has been rescheduled as an online meeting, June 27, 1-3 p.m. She also said Holston church buildings will remain closed until information is received to ensure safety during reopening. (April 24) Read announcement.
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3. Chattanooga-area churches aid tornado survivors
 
Church leaders used the words “surreal” and “crazy” to describe the crisis-upon-crisis situation they experienced after Easter tornadoes caused destruction in Chattanooga and Cleveland. (April 24) Read the story.
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4. Pastor, wife share terrifying tornado story
 
The Rev. Adam McKee was unaware a deadly storm was bearing down on his neighborhood shortly before midnight on Easter Sunday. He was alerted by his app voice, Alexa: “Tornado warning. Seek shelter now." (April 14) Read the story.
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5. Holstonians work in dangerous new world
 
As people around the world stay home in the fight against coronavirus, many United Methodists from Holston Conference have jobs that send them out into a dangerous world to care for others. Interviews with 11 frontliners. (April 16) Read the story.
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Photo at top of page: The Rev. Amanda Dean, associate pastor at Ooltewah United Methodist Church, helps collect critical supplies for tornado survivors.