The Call: November 4, 2020

The Call: November 4, 2020

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Lifting the light for camp

The Holston Foundation announced today it will give $150,000 to help Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, the largest gift to any ministry during the foundation's 40-year history.
Holston's five camps, closed this summer due to the pandemic, are in the midst of a fundraising campaign. Read story.

Churches urged to file legal documents

A Nov. 16 deadline is approaching for churches to file paperwork intended to shield them from any potential liability stemming from a class action lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America over past sexual abuse claims and the organization’s bankruptcy filing. The Holston Treasurer's office has provided a web page explaining what to do.

Warren: Heaven is not for one race

When the Rev. Annette Warren was appointed to Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church, she did not know she was going to a white church in a community that was 99 percent white. Our Justice Profiles series continues. From The Call. Read story.

On election day, Methodists seek God

As the nation prepared to choose the next U.S. president, a handful of people gathered for prayer at New Life United Methodist Church, in rural Ripley, Tennessee. “We are a small church but we are trying to change the world." From UM News. Read story.

Bishops called to bring stability in chaos

United Methodist bishops opened their online meeting this week in a season of turmoil. The bishops are dealing not only with afflictions around the globe but also anxieties within the denomination. From UM News. Read story.

What goes into funding the bishops? 

The funding of United Methodist bishops is under a microscope. Even before the pandemic-caused economic crisis, the denomination’s financial leaders warned that the Episcopal Fund is in danger of running out of money. From UM News. Read story.

Hands-on kits arrive in Liberia

Missionary Helen Roberts-Evans reports that supplies sent by Holston churches to Liberia were distributed to missions throughout the nation. See newsletter.
Rev. Mike Sluder recently announced that Holston churches will collect another round of Hands-on Mission kits for Africa. See video.

What does strong leadership look like?

A strong leader is often defined as one who uses authority to gain influence and advantage. Here are 12 definers of a church leader who is neither defensive nor aggressive but loving and respectful. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read article.

  Photo of the Week  

The Rev. Randy Frye, lead pastor at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, joined other staff and volunteers on Oct. 27 to honor members over age 70. Participants were invited to drive by for a catered lunch box and gift package including a wooden cross. "Typically this annual event is held within the church's walls, but staff needed to get creative this year due to the ongoing pandemic," said Meredith Brown. More than 200 were served.

  More Information  

General Board of Global Ministries
#StillinMission: Nov. 19
Lisa Nichols, a Holston Church & Community Worker, will share her work through Zoom.
United Methodist Church
Student Sunday resources: Nov. 29


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