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April 23, 2009
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returning from war 4-24-09What do we say when they come home?

Churches need courage and patience to help their soldiers reintegrate into civilian life, according to a panel of military chaplains. (United Methodist News Service) 

jubilation gallery 4-24-09
Nine reasons to go in 2010
Nine photos from Jubilation, Holston's retreat for older adults, held March 29-31, in Kingport.

easter worship 4-24-09
Update: How many came?
58 more churches e-mailed to let us know! An update on our Easter worship attendance list. 

ysf bibles 4-24-09
Where your money goes
Holston youth are number one in the denomination for giving to Youth Service Fund. Here's where some of the money went. (Board of Discipleship)

steeple envy 4-24-09
Steeple envy
Commentary: "Andy moved to First Church this year. That's at least a $10,000-dollar bump. I wonder who he's kissing up to?" (UM Portal) 

carolyn looney 4-24-09
In Memoriam: Carolyn Looney
Carolyn Looney, wife of Bishop Richard Looney, died April 21 in Cleveland, Tenn.

Greatest Hits
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Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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sudan brochure 4-9-09 Picks
  • May 17 offering: Holston churches will unite on Sunday, May 17 (or an alternate date) to collect the Annual Conference missions offering for Sudan. The goal is $125,000. Download a brochure or bulletin insert (color or black and white) now. 
  • Meet and eat: Clergy spouses are invited to a luncheon at Annual Conference, June 15, at First Waynesville UMC. Contact your district office by June 1 to make reservations.
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hamburger 4-24-09 Picks
  • Hold the mayo and more. United Methodists are asked to skip lunch for a good cause on April 25. (UMNS)
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clavin choir 4-24-09
  • Invite: The Claflin University Concert Choir will sing May 24 at First Broad Street UMC's 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services in Kingsport.
  • Insight: If you're interested in older adult ministry, you'll want to know more about Allers Academy at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Coming soon
Last weekend's "Great Small Churches" conference was attended by 107 lay members and 84 clergy, for a total 191 participants. Watch the May newspaper for a report on lessons learned.

Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church