This camp is not like the camps in the woods where you spend a week away from your parents, nor is it like the camps that spread out in parks or on church lawns. Read story.
Cabinet finalizes conference business
Putting the pause on in-person worship
Miss your choir? You're not alone
People of faith can change a nation
Outdoor worship: Reviving the revival?
Research: 1 in 3 stopped doing church
About one-third of practicing Christians (32%) have dropped out of church for the time being, according to recent Barna research on COVID-19 and "The New Sunday Morning." Another 34 percent admits to streaming a different church service online other than their own. Read report.
Connection more important than content
The figurative masks we used to wear have been replaced by literal masks separating us from our surface-level relationships. Pastor Zach Lambert says "the church is uniquely positioned to step into that gap digitally" to form deep friendships. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read commentary.
Photo of the Week
As Eagleton Elementary School begins a new year with an avalanche of details and safety precautions related to the pandemic, Principal Buffy Wyrosdick was concerned about getting information to her Spanish-speaking families. The Rev. Daniel Castillo offered to interpret for her through Facebook to help answer questions in a friendly and comfortable format. Castillo is associate pastor at Broadway UMC in Maryville, Tennessee.
The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 853 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.