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April 23, 2008

Sudan-OfferingServing God in Sudan:
How tough is it?

It's not a vacation. But the 11 mission workers who recently returned from south Sudan can tell you a lot about
how Holston's heart is needed in East Africa. 


JubilationGrandparents gone wild

At Jubilation, the older adults don't just get into worship and workshops. They get massages and ice cream, too. (We've got the photos to prove it.)                              


Mental-Health-Matters-4-23-08How's your head?

Reporter Linda Compton attends the fourth workshop in this month's "Mental Health Matters" series. Here's how your church can be more open to young people suffering from mental illnesses.




9 TipsHola, y'all

Is your church located in a rapidly changing community with an influx of Hispanic and Latino families? Here are nine tips for communicating with your new neighbors (and welcoming them into your congregation).



Reading-List 4-23-08Reading List

We caught up with these three delegates in the airport, as they were leaving for General Conference, and asked ....



General-ConferenceLive From Fort Worth

General Conference starts today in Fort Worth, Texas. You can follow the proceedings at GC2008.umc.org. Beginning next Monday evening, April 28, The Call will be on location in Texas with regular reports and photos of the Holston delegation, available at Holston.org!

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Earth-DayHolston.org Picks 

  • Earth Day was April 22, but Holston's Creation Care Action Team is active all year long. Visit the conference's Environment page and send news of your church's environmental activities (to be updated 4/25/08). 
  • District elections for Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) are due by May 1. Visit the Youth page for details on this and other activities.
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American-IdolUMC.org Picks 

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YellowstoneOpportunities
  • Twenty spots open on the bus: Members of Broadway UMC of Maryville District invite others to join them for a "16-Day Western Odyssey," Aug. 8-23, led by Ron and Pat Matthews. Call Bill Teffeteller at (865) 579-9302.
  • 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 connectionalministries@holston.org
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