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March 5, 2008

Older Wealthier WhiterOlder, whiter, and wealthier
A new study shows that United Methodists are generally older, whiter, and wealthier in a nation that's increasingly populated with young adults, people of color, and families with modest incomes. (A UMNS report)

Map 4-8District Roundup

A "cross in my yard" project in Oak Ridge District. A traveling dance team in Big Stone Gap District. A new wheelchair ramp in Tazewell District. "Holy Humor Sunday" in Johnson City District. Say, what's happening in your district?

Golf Cart MinistryGolf cart hospitality

Last Easter, The Call reported on a hospitality tactic at Ooltewah United Methodist Church: Using golf carts to transport worshippers from parking lot to sanctuary. This year, Interpreter Magazine celebrates the idea, again..

Bishop WillimonAlabama bishop speaks up

Bishop Will Willimon talks to the United Methodist Reporter about blogging and the upcoming General Conference. ("I think two weeks is too long to be in a church meeting, and it's too much money ...We spent $300,000 last year on coffee.")  


2 CentsYour 2 Cents

Pastors like reading other pastors, especially their friends. Find out how you can get your pastor "published" in this e-mail.

CalendarConference Calendar Picks 

  • Feel called to participate on a Volunteers in Mission trip? Space is available on a June 16-27 project in Cuba, led by Rev. Mike Feely. (E-mail Feely for more info. Construction experience is not necessary.)
  • This weekly e-mail was created to connect Holston members for the greater good. Tell others to sign up for a free subscription at
More of ... Picks 

  • Order a Buzzkill T-shirt from UM Communications and help stop malaria. 
  • If your youth participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring, they were part of an $830,000 United Methodist response. (UMNS report)
More of ...

  • Bishop James Swanson on the radio: "Praise Talk!" with Jimmy Sherrod, Tuesday, March 11, 7-8 p.m., WJBZ 96.3 FM
  • March 9-10: Spring Teaching Series at Broad Street UMC in Cleveland, Tenn., featuring author/theologian Tex Sample. Free admission, .2 CEUs. 
  • April 5: Saturday Parent Summitt on Internet safety at Hixson UMC, Chattanooga, Tenn. See the video commercial at
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