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March 13, 2009
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sudan team 3-12Back from Sudan

As government turmoil intensifies in Sudan, two more Holston teams are able to fulfill their missions and return home safely. But not without trauma.  

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Reading List
We asked these participants on the mission trip to Sudan, "What book is lying beneath your mosquito net?"

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Fire at Emory UMC
A Sunday morning fire on Emory & Henry campus is investigated as a case of arson. (Kingsport Times News)

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Abingdon church opens clinic
As the economy bears down, Pleasant View UMC joins with the community to provide free medical care. (Southwest Virginia Today) 

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Sofa, so good  
A furniture ministry developed by a Kingsport church is featured in a new video. ( 

Greatest-Hits-Illustration Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked: The top three links in the previous edition of The Call 2.
  • 1 - Preachers reveal their nighttime reading (630)
  • 2 - Real-life lessons from Convocation (553)
  • 3 - Convo photo gallery: Was your pastor there? (321)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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summer camp 3-12 Picks
  • Do this by April 1, save $15: Register your child for a Holston summer camp by the early-bird deadline! Go online or call 1-423-99929-9037 ext. 235 or ext. 236 during business hours.
  • Called to serve when disaster strikes? Early Response Team (ERT) training is scheduled May 2 in Athens, Tenn. Learn more.
  • Great evangelists: Know any? Denman Award nominations are due April 30. 
  • Friends of Estonia: Holston will host the 2009 F.O.E. Conference and Bishop James Swanson will speak at the April 23-25 event in Sevierville, Tenn.
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rethink church 3-12 Picks
  • The next big UM welcoming project: "Rethink Church" is an evolution of the "Open hearts, open minds, open doors" campaign. Pastors will receive a free DVD by postal mail from UM Communications. In the meantime, visit this resource-packed site.
  • Holy Week is a month away. Download devotionals, prayers, liturgies, lectionary, and preaching helps from
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loving grants 3-12
  • Money for senior ministry: Applications for Loving grants are due April 30.
  • Money for strategic ministry: Applications for Redwine grants are due April 30. 
  • Summer/fall missions: Mountain T.O.P. is an interdenominational ministry dedicated to rural home repair in the Cumberland Mountains. For available dates for youth or adults, write

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