The Call: November 25, 2020

The Call: November 25, 2020

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Best Thanksgiving ever

A year ago, a little church in Bishop, Virginia, was in danger of being closed.
Then a story about Alexander Memorial United Methodist's meal ministry won the hearts of people all over the country. Within two months, about $40,000 in cash donations and truckloads of food arrived to help save the church and community. "We've seen God move as only God can," says the Rev. Daniel Bradley. From The Call. Read story and see video.

Walk with us from Thanksgiving to Epiphany

A Holston clergy member spent the last 40 years helping people in poverty and processing it through poetry. First he was a preacher. Then he was a missionary and a physician's assistant. Who knew he is a poet, too! From The Call. Read part one.

Tips for a different kind of holiday

The Centers for Disease Control has published ways to celebrate with care during Thanksgiving, including what we already know: wear masks, wash hands frequently and follow the six-feet rule. Here are suggestions for creating a safe, festive holiday. From United Methodist Communications. Read story.


The making of Thanksgiving in the U.S.

The popular American image of the first Thanksgiving looks a bit like a United Methodist potluck -- 17th-century style. Just about everything about it is wrong. What many Americans call the first Thanksgiving began with a misunderstanding and grew into a myth.
From UM News. Read story.

E&H will offer mental health program

Emory & Henry College is expanding its School of Health Sciences to serve a growing demand. “In all of the hats I wear, I see an increased need for mental health services," Smyth County's Circuit Court Clerk John Graham said. Graham is also a United Methodist pastor. From WCYB. Read story.

Estimating financial impact of church exits

Over the past year, United Methodist financial leaders have faced the conundrum of trying to figure out what a potential church split means for the denomination’s bottom line. From UM News. Read story.

  Photo of the Week  

The Rev. Karen Lane snapped this photo of downtown Jonesborough from her car window. Lane is pastor of Jonesborough United Methodist Church.

  More Information  


United Methodist Church
UM Student Day resources: Nov. 29
Hispanic Ministry Team
Ministry grant applications due Dec. 1


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