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July 16, 2008
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Holston reports first membership increase in decade

Of 50 annual conferences submitting reports to United Methodist News Service this year, Holston Conference is one of only seven reporting increases in membership. Is this a turnaround?

Lenoir City church makes national news
An Oak Ridge District church creates a place for developmentally challenged people to worship. (UMNS story/ UMTV video)

Gas crunch: Test of faith?
The Rev. Alta Raper, pastor at Pittman Center Circuit in Maryville District, drives up to 500 miles per week for her ministry. With the price of gas these days, that's enough to challenge anyone's faith. (UM Reporter)

Reactions to same-sex ruling
On the heels of a California Supreme Court ruling, United Methodists have approved gay-friendly statements that are stretching the denominational promise of  "open hearts, open minds, open doors." (UMNS)

SEJ Conference begins today
The Holston Conference delegation is in Lake Junaluska, N.C., to attend a regional United Methodist conference that happens every four years. The Rev. Jerald Russell of Maryville District is running for bishop.

Get in the act
Holston Conference joins in the effort to collect "flood buckets" to help midwestern victims of severe weather. Here's how your church can participate.

The July issue of The Call newspaper was postal-mailed on July 15. Here is Bishop James Swanson's column from that edition.

Conference Calendar
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Calling-All-Men Picks
  • Calling All Men: See the video and register online for this "edgy" event held Aug. 15-16 in Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Calling all baseball fans: Gather up your church friends to see the Tennessee Smokies play in Kodak, Tenn., on Aug. 3.
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What Picks
  • What does the UMC say about immigration, alcohol, the death penalty? And what does the Bible say? Download these updated Faith & Fact cards from the General Board of Church and Society.
  • Blotter, pocket, vinyl: Various versions of the official UM program calendar for 2009 are available to order now.
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  • Destroyed by fire in late 2007, Baileyton UMC of Morristown District invites you to a barbecue fundraiser and auction on Aug. 23. (Greeneville Sun)
  • Now through Aug. 31, First Hillsville UMC of Wytheville District invites you to see "Heartgallery," a photographic exhibit of foster children available for adoption. Open House on July 24.

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