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Risk-Taking Love      

May 29, 2008
Prayer-BearsThere's a bear
sitting in my pew

Originally published in The Call, a story about a cuddly Wytheville District ministry has gone "national" through United Methodist News Service and

Bishop FingerBishop Ellis Finger dies

Bishop Homer Ellis Finger Jr., former resident bishop of Holston Conference, died May 25 of heart failure. (UMNS)

WingsBishop's Blog

Does the church have too many priorities? Bishop James Swanson writes on the church's four new areas of focus.       

Conference SignStaff update

Church leaders announce recent changes in the Holston Conference connectional ministries staff.

Color-BlindJust like me

"I feel the fact that we often tend to invite people to church who are like us reflects an alarming truth about our relationships outside the church." A column by Holston's own Anna Maynard Lee

Central-TowerWe'll see you at Central

Clergy are required and laity are invited to attend a Special Called Session at Central UMC in Knoxville on Sunday, June 1.

The Call newspaper was postal-mailed to all subscribers on May 29, or you may download PDFs here. (Want to subscribe?)

CalendarConference Calendar Picks 

  • Zwedru offering for Vacation Bible School                                                                   
  • Hands-on Mission Project: District drop-off points and deadlines
  • Conference-wide offering for Sudan (prayer)

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Choose Picks 

  • Losing your pastor?  News stories and info that help shed light on the church's sometimes mysterious appointment process.
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DVDAnnual Conference Opportunities
  • Can't attend ordination? DVDs of the June 1 ordination service at Central UMC will be sold June 8-11 at Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Visit Junaluska United Methodist Productions at the back of Stuart Auditorium, or call (828) 452-2881. (DVDs: $15. CDs: $10.)
  • Clergy Spouse Luncheon will be held Monday, June 9, noon, at First Waynesville UMC. Tickets are $11.50, available through district offices, and must be purchased by June 2. Child care available. E-mail Susan Collins for more info.
  • The Peace With Justice Local-Foods Luncheon is Monday, June 9, 12:30 p.m., in Jones Cafeteria's back room. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Jones. The menu will include roasted pork from Bryson City and squash and spinach from Lake Junaluska. The speaker will be John Hill of the General Board of Church and Society.
  • Local Pastors Lunch will be held Wednesday, June 11, 12:30 p.m. in Terrace, room 319. 
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