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News Archive

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Our top 5 headlines in May

Facing the day If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.   1.  Explaining a virtual Annual Conference   A letter from ...

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The Call: May 28 edition

It's not about us When the pandemic shut down businesses and sent people to shelter in their homes, some people thought about stockpiling toilet paper and food for themselves.   United Methodist congregations throughout Holston ...

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The Call: May 22, 2020 edition

May 22, 2020 Prague interrupted Two months ago, the Rev. Mark Hicks was immersed in his ministry as pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague. By May 4, he was on his way to the United States, with only...

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The Call: May 14, 2020 edition

The stated latest Bishop Dindy Taylor provides an update on the closing of Holston church buildings and plans for Annual Conference: COVID-19 task force created Church buildings remain closed Book of Reports posted May 27 Pre-Conference ...

Rev. Leslie Daniels with her daughters Kaylee and Annabelle:
The best and worst of times with 10 clergy moms

Being a clergy mom was never easy.  But when the coronavirus shut down schools and sent children home for parents to teach and entertain, the job got even more difficult. And yet, there are moments and memories that are “precious and priceless,” as ...

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The Call: May 8, 2020 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 ...

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The Call: May 1, 2020 edition

Will the kids be alright? Mike Pugh sees a change in the people who are coming through for hot lunches at Open Door Café in Wytheville. Since the café closed its dining room in mid-March and started providing takeouts only, fewer diners are ...

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Directors announce: No camp this summer

Dear Holston Family, Holston Camp & Retreat Ministries has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As we have been watching events unfold, we have been in prayer for the well-being of your family. After a careful discerning process, and with...

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Our top 5 headlines in April 2020

April showers If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.   1.  Churches improvise as Holy Week looms    Churches are ...

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The Call: April 24, 2020 edition

Crisis upon crisis Church leaders use the words “surreal” and “crazy” to describe the crisis-upon-crisis situation they found themselves in over the last two weeks. Here's how church workers in the Chattanooga and Cleveland area had to put on ...

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The Call: April 16, 2020 edition

Dangerous new world   As people around the world stay home in the fight to foil the coronavirus, many United Methodists from Holston Conference have jobs that send them out into a dangerous world to care for others. Eleven frontliners spoke ...

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The Call: April 3, 2020 edition

      Holy Week looms as churches improvise United Methodist churches are scrambling to figure out how to observe Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and especially Easter as COVID-19 restrictions keep them ...

Leaders of Holston Conference express gratitude to Ed Harmon outside the conference room named for him in the Alcoa Conference Center. From left to right: Rev. Charles Maynard, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, Ed Harmon, Rev. Jason Gattis, Rick Cherry.
Holston college scholarship endowment named for Ed Harmon

Press release ALCOA, Tenn. – For years to come, students at two United Methodist colleges affiliated with the Holston Conference will know the name of William “Ed” Harmon.   An endowment providing scholarships to students at Tennessee Wesleyan ...

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The Call: Top 5 headlines in March 2020

What a difference a month makes At the beginning of March, we were fretting about General Conference, clicking on stories about new denominations. We were mobilizing to help our neighbors in central Tennessee as they assessed the damage from ...

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The Call: March 26, 2020 edition

New visions in a changed world   Two weeks after Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated cessation of public worship to the shock of many, church members are not only adapting but rallying to share worship, communion, encouragement, food, face masks, and...

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The Call: March 19, 2020 edition

Doing church in the coronavirus age   A week ago, Holstonians were incredulous that worship services in church buildings could be canceled for a two-week period -- because of a virus. Today, they seem to be settling in for a longer period away...

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The Call: March 14, 2020 edition

Closed for two weeks   Bishop Dindy Taylor sent two letters to clergy and church leaders this week after health officials called for "social distancing" to slow the spread of coronavirus. Holston Conference churches will cease worship services...

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Coronavirus resources for churches, media

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization identified COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 18, Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated that all Holston Conference church buildings be closed to the public. Large-group meetings (including worship) are ...

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The Call: Top 5 headlines in February 2020

If clicks are votes, these stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in last month's weekly editions of The Call.   1.  Shell projected for Scenic South    Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the ...

Ninos cantan en un nuevo servicio de veneracion en espanol en el UMC de Broadway.
El Equipo Hispano celebra los nuevos ministerios

In English ALCOA, Tenn. -- El Equipo del Ministerios Hispanos está celebrando el lanzamiento de nuevos servicios de adoración, un nuevo pastor y un nuevo trabajador de alcance comunitario en la Conferencia de Holston, elevando a 13 el número total de...

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Shell projected next Scenic South District superintendent

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. Shell currently serves as senior pastor at Hixson United Methodist Church in Hixson, ...

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The Call: Feb. 28, 2020 edition

Shell projected for Scenic South   Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. Read the announcement.   ...

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The Call: Feb. 22, 2020 edition

Convocation looks beyond the fight   The elephant in the room was the possible upcoming division of the denomination that could change Ministers Convocation this year and most likely by next year.   By the time the annual educational event had...

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The Call: Feb. 14, 2020 edition

Call for leadership   It was a snowy Saturday, but that didn’t stop 90 United Methodists from standing up for the Black Church Feb. 8 in Alcoa. “We are not just black in Black History Month but we are black 365 days," said the Rev. Charlotte ...

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The Call: Feb. 5, 2020 edition

Changing lives since 1985   For 35 years, youth have departed auditoriums near the Great Smoky Mountains on an annual January weekend, changed by the Gospel music and message that had been carefully selected and delivered for their particular ...