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Saving Grace      

April 16, 2008

Virginia-Tech-Student Our Virginia Tech children: Taking experience into ministry

Gerald Goad, age 22, feels a strong call to ministry. He graduates in December. He will take his memories with him.

FYI at tableVirginia Tech web site

The campus observes April 16 as a "Day of Remembrance." (Candlelight vigil webcast at approximately 8:15 p.m.)                             


If your life is a little too complicated right now, you'll appreciate this month's  column by Bishop James Swanson.

Reading List 4-16Reading List

General Conference begins April 23 in Fort Worth, Texas. We asked four of our delegates, "What book is lying on your nightstand?"

AirplaneWho's paying for this?

The $6.6 million budget for General Conference includes administrative and operating costs, along with air travel for delegates and a per diem for hotels and meals. Those numbers don't account for everything, however. (UM Reporter)

Clint-CooperFrom Dad at confirmation

A special letter from a Chattanooga father to his son, at a time when many young United Methodists are preparing for confirmation. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

CalendarConference Calendar Picks 

  • Remember: All churches participate in the Annual Conference Offering for Sudan on May 18. Goal: $125,000
  • Planning Vacation Bible School? Find out about the conference-wide VBS Offering for Zwedru school in Liberia
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Mother' Picks 

  • Mother's Day is May 11. Here are worship resources including hymns, litany, prayers, preaching helps, and a discussion of the Pentecost conflict
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  • Ministers' Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference: It happens noon, June 9, at First Waynesville UMC. Get tickets from your district office by May 31.
  • Please note: Anita Henderlight, former children's ministry coordinator, accepted a new position and has not been employed by Holston Conference since December 2007. Please direct all inquiries related to children's ministry and Sudan missions to
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