Holy Week looms as churches improvise
United Methodist 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. Here are some of the things other conferences and churches are trying. From UM News. Read the story.
Storms damage two Knoxville-area churches
The pastors of two churches damaged by spring storms in the last week say they are thankful no one was hurt and the interiors were mostly spared. "We can fix a building more than we can fix a person," said the Rev. Brian Inman. Read the story.
Holston leaders honor Maryville benefactor
An endowment that will provide scholarships for Tennessee Wesleyan and Emory & Henry students -- and a conference room in the Alcoa Center -- have been named in honor of lifelong United Methodist Ed Harmon. Read the press release.
Pandemic presents challenge to church giving
Leaders across the UMC are bracing for steep financial loss during a time of rising death, canceled worship and increasing unemployment. The denomination’s finance agency spent its recent meeting discussing how to acknowledge that economic hardship. From UM News. Read the story.
Mississippi church property dispute settled
The Mississippi Conference has reached a settlement over church property with a congregation that withdrew from The United Methodist Church. The settlement ends the 2-year-old lawsuit between the conference and First Methodist Church in Louisville. From UM News. Read the story.
Caldwell still on staff after guilty plea
Kirbyjon Caldwell remains on staff and will preach at Windsor Village UMC after surrendering his credentials and pleading guilty March 11 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Texas church is the denomination's largest in membership. From UM News. Read the story.
CARES Act includes churches in relief loans
Passed by the U.S. Congress on March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) sets aside $349 billion to offer loans to small businesses, including churches and non-profits. From Resource UMC. Read the article.
Trying to feed people in a changed world
A lot of good people want to help others during the pandemic. The question is ... How do you do that without spreading the virus? The "cooking crew" at Kingston UMC changed their usual monthly community meal into a weekly bagged lunch, but they're unsure if the mission can go on. From The Call to Cook. Read the blog.
Holston's innovative faithfulness is our heritage
Inspired by all the ways churches are responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rev. Gordon Goodgame says Holston Conference has a proud history of creativity during challenge. "The faithful across Holston are responding once more with others to keep moving forward." Read the commentary.