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February 4, 2009
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Join the club

Seventy-seven percent of Holston's 906 churches fit this category. A new two-day event will help you address your church's unique challenges.  

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Reading List
We stopped these folks at Divine Rhythm, and asked ... 

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Youth volunteer accused of stealing
The youth director of a Johnson City congregation has been accused of stealing more than $83,000 from the church. (

spr break 2009
Spring break in Africa
Holston sends its first young adult mission team to Sudan. Plus: An appeal for bandanas, Sharpies, and a parachute.

What would Wesley do? 
In 1772 John Wesley wrote about the cures for high unemployment, food shortages and dismal economic conditions. (Interpreter Magazine)

Greatest-Hits-Illustration Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked: The top three links in the Jan. 29 edition of The Call 2.
  • 1 - Who moved? Interim appointment changes (995)
  • 2 - Resurrection photo gallery: Weekend 2 (698)
  • 3 - Holston: Land of the young people (467)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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jubilation Picks
  • Connect with other Christian educators: There's still room at the CEF Retreat, Feb. 22-24 at Oak Tree Lodge in Pigeon Forge.
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in congress Picks
  • How many United Methodists in Congress? Fewer than in the last three Congresses, but the denomination still ranks third. See the list. (UMNS)
  • Burning Bush: A disciple-making program for your congregation, built around the dramatic appearance of God to Moses in the Exodus story. (GBOD)
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  • Christian jazz: The Cokesbury Jazz Ensemble will be featured at Louvacao Music Festival in Brazil this summer. Churches are invited to host the ensemble for concerts (no pre-set fees, just love offerings). E-mail Marcelo Urias or call (865) 246-0430.
  • Redeeming the Family is a Joseph Gammon Seminar to be held at Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville on Feb. 12. Speaker is Catherine Hart Weber, marriage and family therapist. CEUs: .6. 
  • Tax seminar for churches and pastors: Hosted by the National Association of Church Business Adminstration, the March 19 event will be held at Cokesbury Center in Knoxville. Contact Vicki Eleazer at Concord UMC.  
  • "Caring for Creation" provides Biblical and theological support for faith communities to be caretakers of our home Earth. Register online for the March 5-8 event at Lake Junaluska.
  • "Surviving a Financial Crisis" is a free seminar offered by Middlebrook Pike UMC in Knoxville. Date: Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. More info: or (865) 690-8641.

Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Call 2 will go on hiatus as editor Annette Spence travels with a conference mission team to cover Holston's work in Sudan. The e-news is canceled Feb.16-March 6. It will resume during the week of March 9.