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January 16, 2009
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The Call  features a sermon from one of Holston Conference's own

Reading List
Here are some "shady" people. What books are they reading?  

Christmas worship in a tavern
"Yes, we love people to come to our church, but many aren't comfortable so we wanted to bring grace to them." (WTVC, Chattanooga)

Change-for-Children 1-14-09
4 new ways to reach kids
Read how these "Change for Children" winners won grants to support their ministries. (Next application deadline: Feb. 16.)

44 steps closer
How will United Methodists respond to the inauguration of the first African-American U.S. president? A series by United Methodist News Service

Greatest-Hits-Illustration Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked: The top three links in the Jan. 9 edition of The Call 2.

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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
  • Feb. 16: Change for Children grant applications due
  • March 12-14: Ministers' Wives retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • March 29-31: Jubilation retreat for older adults in Kingsport, Tenn.
  • April 17-18: "GREAT Small Churches" conference in Johnson City, Tenn. (info to come)
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Holston-1-14-09 Picks
  • Resurrection for youth happens this weekend and next in Gatlinburg, Tenn. 
  • Divine Rhythm for young adults happens next weekend (Jan. 23-25) in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
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UMC-Small-Church Picks
  • Small churches: 77 percent of Holston churches fit into the "small" category. How does that compare with other UM conferences? (Board of Global Ministries)
  • Small change: TechShop offers discount hardware and software for UM churches. (UM Communications)
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Parish Paper 1-15-09
  • The Parish Paper: The April edition is already available for free download. Topic: "What Do People Want in Their Pastors?"
  • Church Street history: "In This Place" is a coffee table book edited by John Shearer. Send $36 check (includes shipping) to: Church Street UMC, P.O. Box 1303, Knoxville, TN 37901.
  • Roast beef supper: Pleasant Grove UMC invites the public to a fundraiser at 5 p.m., Jan. 17, in Limestone, Tenn. Cost: $5 eat-in, $6 take-out. Call Gail Brocklebank at (423) 913-2414.

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