The Call: May 8 edition

The Call: May 8 edition

Life as a clergy mom

Being a clergy mother was never easy. But when the coronavirus shut down schools and sent children home for parents to teach and entertain, the job became even more difficult.
 
We asked 10 clergy moms in Holston Conference to share the best and worst of their pandemic experiences. (The story is featured this weekend on UMC.org.)
 
Happy Mother's Day! Read the story.
 
 
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135 Holston members discuss church future
 
What's next in the pandemic church? Church workers are trying to figure that out, so when Holston's Rev. Susan Groseclose organized a visioning webinar, 135 people signed on. Here are 6 realities that emerged from the April 27 discussion. Read the story.

 
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Bookwalter battles the birds and the bees  
 
At Bookwalter UMC, bees have been buzzing in and out of a column for more than 10 years. Meanwhile, starlings have built nests in the other columns nearby. The church recently did some evictions. From WBIR. Read the story.

 
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Homeless advocates adjust to pandemic

Six weeks ago, Shades of Grace UMC was feeding 60 to 70 people every day. Today, the church is serving upwards of 80 on any given day, an increase related to the pandemic, according to the Rev. Will Shewey. From Kingsport Times-News. See the story.

 
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Mary's Lunch Box feeds 40 every week   

A backpack ministry for elementary students has turned into a community effort to help families during the coronavirus pandemic. The pantry is supported by Meadowview UMC and Shady Grove UMC. From Washington Co. News. Read the story.

 
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Project promotes teamwork at Holston Home 
 
For his Eagle Scout project, Stephen Hay rebuilt the low ropes challenge course at Holston United Methodist Home for Children. He hopes it will teach teamwork and leadership to kids on campus. From The Greeneville Sun. See the story.

 
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COVID-19 testing czar gets home church support 

With a pandemic to help fight, Admiral Brett Giroir isn’t sure when he’ll get home to Texas. But the federal testing czar for COVID-19 doesn’t feel cut off from Dallas’ Lovers Lane UMC, where he is a longtime member. From UM News. Read the story.

 
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Bishops look at financial stability

United Methodist bishops will name a task force to examine ways to prevent their funding from going into the red. Financial leaders project that the fund that supports the bishops’ work will run out of money in four years. From UM News. Read the story.

 
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Blog: What a time to be alive
 
A phrase that was first brought into the house to express frustration with pandemic upheavals has become a shout of praise and joy for God's goodness. Emily Ballard of the Holston delegation shares a psalm and a story in this reprint from the daily devotional series. Read the commentary.


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The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.