The Call: August 27, 2020 edition

The Call: August 27, 2020 edition

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Home run for outdoor worship

First United Methodist Church of Pulaski has not opened its doors to in-person worship since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in mid-March.
However, church leaders have found a place to gather outdoors where worshippers can stay safely distant from each other: a minor-league baseball stadium. Read story.

Praying, preparing to help after Laura  

The best way to help those in Hurricane Laura's path, including our siblings in Louisiana and Texas, is to pray. Then, give to UMCOR'S U.S. disaster response and recover fund (Advance #901670). Give to UMCOR.

As of today, 10,000 meals since March 13

The pandemic changed the way Shades of Grace UMC does ministry with the least, last, lost, and lonely in Kingsport, Tennessee. However, they've kept the nutritious meals coming, rain or shine, six days a week, in an alleyway behind the building. From The Call to Cook. Read story.

Churches step up to salvage school year

Educators and parents are scrambling to reduce the threat of COVID-19 while ensuring children get the child care and education they need. United Methodist churches are working with school districts to stand in the gap created by the coronavirus. From UM News. Read story.

Checking in on students at home

Since the pandemic started, Bethlehem Center in Chattanooga hasn't missed a beat. While the kids are at home, staff member Rachel Devore is making home visits, delivering food and activity packs, and checking in to make sure their needs are being met. From News Channel 9. See story.

Georgia churches reopen doors to voters

After some churches backed out as voting locations because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re now reopening their doors to a flock of voters expected in November’s presidential election. From Atlanta Journal Constitution. Read story.

Hardship will hit minority seniors the most  

With a recession fast developing, many older Americans – with less time to make up for financial losses – are expected to suffer hardship. Researchers say Blacks and Hispanics 60 and older have "drastically fewer financial resources than older whites." From The Conversation. Read article.

Concord creates anti-racism resource

Concord UMC members spent the summer talking about racism and taking steps to dismantle it. The resulting free video and discussion series is now being shared with other churches -- with an invitation to join Concord for part 2 beginning August 30. From The Call. Find out more.

Photo of the Week  


On the first day of school, members of Middlebrook Pike UMC showed support for students, parents, and teachers of two neighboring schools. Church members stood on the road waving and holding signs of prayer, love and hope in Knoxville, TN. See Facebook video.


  More Information  


Holston Connectional Ministries
Safe Sanctuaries Training: Aug. 31
Holston United Methodist Women
Annual Meeting: Sept. 26
General Board of Global Ministries
#StillinMission, Oct. 8, Nov. 19
Holston's Church & Community Workers will share their work through Zoom meetings.


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