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Merry Christmas
December 18, 2008
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Christmas Party
Christmas for the children of prisoners 

A Maryville congregation offers Christ to children whose parents won't be home for the holidays.

Not just about football
Five colleges, five Wesley Foundations: What goes on behind the scenes when UM college students get together?

Idea for next Christmas?
A United Methodist church is commemorated when a town sells Christmas ornaments featuring its landmark building. (Greeneville Sun) 

Comes the Lone Ranger
Bishop James Swanson recalls a childhood memory in his most recent newspaper column, "Wings."

It's a wrap
United Methodist News Service wraps up 2008 with a report on storms, the economy, General Conference, immigration -- and yes, issues of sexuality. 

Greatest-Hits-Illustration Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked: The top three links in the Dec. 11 edition of The Call 2.
  • 1 - New space for Hispanic church in Morristown (431)
  • 2 - Jeans and suits unite in Wise (408)
  • 3 - Plane crash victims in San Diego (288)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • Jan. 9: Last day to submit 2008 apportionments to conference treasurer. (Questions? E-mail John Tate.)
  • Jan. 16-18: Resurrection youth retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • Jan. 18: Human Relations Sunday
  • Jan. 23-25: Resurrection youth retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • Jan. 23-25: Divine Rhythm young adult retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Feb. 2-5: Ministers Convocation in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
  • Feb. 15: Special offering for Hiwassee College (info to come)
  • Feb. 16: Change for Children grant applications due
  • March 12-14: Ministers' Wives retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
More calendar items...

Resurrection-12-17-08 Picks
  • Road 2 Resurrection: Tell your teens... Resurrection youth are getting ready for the big January weekends through Facebook and MySpace.     
  • Resurrection t-shirts: What's the 2009 design?   
More of ...

UMC-12-17-08 Picks
  • Doing anything Christmas Eve? (Ha.) A National Council of Churches television special features a United Methodist choir from Dallas. (UMNS) .
  • Last chance: Advent resources for worship, family, and devotions are handily online. (UMC).   
 More of ...

  • See the sharp new online magazine for United Methodists, by Generation-X publisher Shane Raynor.
  • Local foods for Christmas: Order gift baskets, personal care products, or specialty foods from Holston's own Appalachian Spring Cooperative in Sneedville, Tenn.

See you next year
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Thank you for celebrating this 1st anniversary with us. We hope to serve you with excellence in 2009. -- Holston Communications

Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church