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ac 6-24-09 Big decisions, big giving

After years of debate, the Holston Annual Conference makes a decision on direct invoicing. Plus: What's the latest total on the Sudan offering?

ministerial appts 6-24-09
Here they are
Announcing the 2009-10 Ministerial Appointments, fixed by Bishop James Swanson on the final day of Annual Conference.      

ballots 6-24-09
Ballot count
Here's how Holston voted on 32 proposed amendments to the UMC constitution.

bishop reading list 6-24-09
Bishop's Reading List
Cokesbury is offering a 25 percent discount on the Bishop's books of choice!

adam hamilton 6-24-09
His church's offerings are up?
You heard him at Annual Conference. Now read how the Rev. Adam Hamilton's approach is leading to increased giving at the nation's largest UM church. (UMNS)

best of summer shaving 6-24-09
Best of summer
We're posting the best pics from each of our four conference camps throughout the nine weeks of summer!

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

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • June 21-28: Youth in Mission trip to the Gulf Coast
  • July 6-10: Jr. and Sr. High Assembly at Emory & Henry
  • July 20: Deadline for Resurrection T-shirt contest
  • July 23-25: UMW School of Christian Mission in Oak Ridge
  • Aug. 2: Holston Night at the Smokies Ballpark in Kodak 
  • Aug. 7-9: Calling All Men in Sevierville
  • Aug. 30: Holston Home 5th Sunday offering
  • Sept. 11-13: Cross-Bearers for youth at Camp Wesley Woods
  • Sept. 19-20: Native American Gathering in Tellico Plains
  • Sept. 19-21: F.U.E.L. Sabbath Retreat in Gatlinburg 
  • Sept. 19: Camp Lookout Golf Tournament in Harrison
  • Sept. 19-20: UMW Annual Meeting in Lake Junaluska
  • Oct. 4: World Communion Sunday
  • Oct. 13: Clergy Gathering in Kingsport
  • Oct. 23-24: Early Response Training in Knoxville
More calendar items...

boo and phyllis 6-24-09 Picks
  • Trekkie alert: Holston's own Starship Enterprise crew explains the fourfold UMC focus in this new Quadrennial Training  video. 
  • Pray for Boo and Phyllis: The Revs. Boo and Phyllis Hankins departed June 22 for Yei, Sudan, and have arrived safely. Find out more. 
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other ann conferences 6-24-09 Picks
  • AC around the world: Our Annual Conference is over, but what's happening at other conferences in United Methodism? (UMNS)
  • Ethnic grants available: Aug. 10 is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant from the General Board of Church and Society.
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maynard 6-24-09
  • See Charles: The Rev. Charles Maynard, resident Annual Conference comedian, will be at Cokesbury Christian Bookstore in Johnson City, on Tuesday, June 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains' 75th birthday with an afternoon of book signing and storytelling.
  • Pulpit Resources Magazine: Bishop Will Willimon of the North Alabama Conference invites Holston clergy to participate in this free magazine offer. 

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