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April 2, 2009
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umm day 4-1-09Bishop Swanson yells at the men

The 141 participants at "UMM Day with the Bishop" got an earful. But they didn't seem to mind.

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Manly reading
So, we asked these four guys at UMM Day with the Bishop ... 

sudan 4-1-09
Sudan: New video, stories
More about the conference mission -- as well as the terrifying experience of a United Methodist team that just followed Holston into south Sudan.

pulitzer photo 4-1-09
Photo that started it all
"In the summer of 2005, I received an e-mail that rocked my world. It was a Pulitzer Prize winning photo of a child, stalked by a vulture."  

garden 4-1-09
Happy ending in Hixson
A 60-acre family farm in Chattanooga city limits will be preserved for community gardens that could feed the hungry. (

norwood girl 4-1-09
The Call is coming
The April newspaper was postal-mailed to paid subscribers on March 27. You may download free PDFs here.

Greatest-Hits-Illustration Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition.

  • 703 - Get ready to vote on 32 amendments. (UMNS)
  • 533 - If you were a superintendent, what would you read?
  • 407 - Low attendance? Try this. (UM Communications)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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hands on truck 4-1-09 Picks
  • Hands on! This spring, churches will again collect supplies for missions in Zimbabwe and Liberia. Download a brochure to discover your district's assignment.
  • 6 steps to hope: The Holston Conference Foundation offers its plan for "Hope in the Face of the New Reality."
  • Youth ministry internship: College and seminary students may apply for this summer opportunity in the conference's Alcoa office.
More of ...

fair trade chocolate 4-1-09 Picks
  • Eat more candy. You read that right. Buy this fair-trade chocolate and help small farmers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
  • Are you listed? Find-a-Church provides local church information for online searchers. Visit to be sure your church info is recent. If not, e-mail or call (800) 251-8140.
 More of ...

duke leadership 4-1-09
  • Passion play in Germany: David and Barbara Carr, members of Church Street UMC, are organizing a May 2010 trip to southern Germany featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play. Contact or (865) 769-9702.  

Coming soon:
  • Local pastors school: How they teach preachers to be preachers.
  • Jubilation! They're free, feisty and over 55. What happens when they all get together in a big Kingsport hotel? (Don't look.)

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