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Thankful | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

We have one opportunity every 365 days to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. A year will pass before the situation presents itself again. However, Christ-followers are called to practice thanksgiving 365 days of the year. Indeed, we are reminded by Paul in ...

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2022 SEJ Updates

Under the theme “This I Know,” the 2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference began November 1 with a session offered by the Committee on Episcopacy for delegates to get better acquainted with persons who have been nominated for the episcopacy.   ...

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2022 South Sudan/Uganda Annual Conference Report

Greetings Holston Conference in the name of our risen Lord and Savior! May God’s grace come before you, walk with you, and linger behind you each day.    I received an email today from Rev. Faustino Duku of South Sudan that I wanted to share with all...

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Holston Conference Invitation Team Statement

September 13, 2022   A Statement from the Holston Conference Invitation Team "Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.” Before the Holston Conference ...

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Pray Together | Bishop Debra Wallace Padgett

Jesus, Savior of the World, We are grateful for the opportunity to be in relationship with you, our leader, Savior and Redeemer. We thank you for one another as we navigate a challenging time in the life of our beloved United Methodist Church.  We ...

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Money Matters: Annual Conference 2022

UPDATE - Friday, June 3, 2022 Here are the questions that were received this week: Question: My question is how the budget is reported. 42 percent of the budget is salaries yet we are not told how much the superintendents are making, how much the ...

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A prayer against hate | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, Our hearts ache at the news of yet another hate motivated shooting by a person with a racist agenda. When will the killing stop? We grieve . . . we cry . . . we question . . . we hurt for the families and friends of those who were ...

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Paul Seay: What do we mean by unity?

It was the beginning of a new school year with a new roommate. We were dividing up the dorm. This will be my closet. That’s your dresser. Do you mind if I use that desk? Good fences make good neighbors and all that. I already had milk and orange ...

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Called by Name

Called by Name John 20:1-18 Mary Magdalene was heart-broken. She had experienced her share of heartache across the years, but nothing came anywhere close to the grief she felt over what had happened during the past two days. Jesus Christ, her friend,...

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Holston Conference Delegation | Press Release

PRESS RELEASE March 21, 2022 Alcoa, TN - Perhaps it is a gift that the news of General Conference’s postponement comes to us during Lent, the Christian season of deepening devotion, prayerful reflection, and humble discernment. Lent keeps us from ...

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General Conference Postponed until 2024

UMC Bishops to explore various pathways as General Conference is postponed until 2024   PRESS RELEASE MARCH 3, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Commission on the General Conference today announced the further postponement of the postponed 2020 General ...

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Wilderness Living | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, Have you ever traveled into a wilderness area? I have done so on several occasions when backpacking in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The scenery was breathtaking - figuratively and literally.  Jesus’ ...

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A Prayer for Ukraine | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”                               -Matthew 5:9 O God, We come before You today with heavy and troubled hearts about what is unfolding in Eastern Europe. The unprovoked invasion of ...

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A New Past | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, This is a time of year synonymous with new. Indeed, we frequently associate the first weeks of the year with phrases like new beginning, new start, new opportunity and new past. I can picture the puzzled looks that followed reading “a ...

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Christmas Eve Message | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Christmas Eve: God Broke Through the Hopelessness with Hope Luke 2:25-40 Years ago my mother and I travelled to Oxford, England to be with my sister Barbara and her husband Kevin for a few days after their son Joseph’s birth. The plan was for us to...

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December Tornadoes | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, The nation awakened this past Saturday morning to the news that during the night and early morning hours, tornadoes had wreaked havoc in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and several neighboring states. Lives were lost, buildings destroyed ...

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Money Matters: Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18  As this is being written, on a cold and cloudy morning, I am reminded of the struggles we have faced and are facing – a COVID pandemic which ...

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Bishop Wallace-Padgett invites Holston to Read Together

Dear Friends, I shared with those of you who attended Holston District Days this fall that II Corinthians 5:17 is one of my life verses. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become ...

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Money Matters: Higher Education

With the financial help from the Holston Conference, I have been able to live the call God has placed on my life. My name is Reagan Kelly, I am from a small town called Elizabethton, and I am currently attending Tennessee Wesleyan University in ...

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Holy Land Trip | Bishop Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends, My husband Lee and I were in our early forties when first offered the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land. Our bishop at the time, Robert C. Morgan, extended the invitation to all of the persons he had ordained during his eight ...

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Money Matters: Youth and Young Adults

Youth ministry is the focus of this segment of Money Matters. The budget for youth ministries programming is $18,500 for 2022. Laura McLean is a product of conference youth ministries and currently leads Youth and Young Adult ministries in Holston ...

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Money Matters: re-Connecting the Connection

Money matters.  More specifically, what we do with our money matters. As I have had the opportunity to serve on Holston Conference Council on Finance and Administration for the past few years, and now serving as Chair, it has become apparent that we ...

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Book Release: Saturday Faith

Saturday Faith: Moving through the Crisis of Hopelessness   Saturday Faith deals with the times between Friday and Sunday which, in Christian parlance, are associated with Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Yet, what can be said about the time between ...

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Blog Post: Loans to Neighbors

Sometimes people find themselves in such desperate times and spaces, trying to make ends meet, that they turn to predatory lenders like payday loans. These lenders are willing to give people the money they need but at what cost? People who take out a...

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A New Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Dear Friends, I love the rhythm and variety of the four seasons.  Fall brings the beauty of turning leaves.  Winter’s crisp air and occasional snow ...

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May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Psalm 80/ Galatians 5: 16-26 NIV Sarah Wimmer Laity First UMC Maryville Smoky Mountain Psalm 80/ Galatians 5:16-26 NIV 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,     you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,     ...

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May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021 John 15:1-8 NRSV Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union Appalachian District John 15:1-8 NRSV Jesus the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch ...

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May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021 Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Lisa Nichols Church and Community Worker Mountain View District Psalm 22:25-31 The Message Here in this great gathering for worship I have discovered this praise-life. And I’ll do what I promised right here in ...