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A new study has found that death rates for members of The United Methodist Church, where the average age has risen to 57, are about a third higher than the national average. (UMNS)

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The state of Swanson
Excerpts from Bishop James Swanson's "State of the Church" report at Annual Conference        

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Who retired?
Holston celebrates 13 retiring clergy. Plus: Their personal commentaries 

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Reading List
We asked these newly retired clergy, "Now that you have all this time on your hands ...?"  

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The forgotten faithful
"It's funny, what Americans think about things. They've never heard of Arab Christians. They assume all Arabs are Muslim -- terrorists, that is -- and that Christianity was invented in Italy or something." (National Geographic)

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

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The Call is coming
The July newspaper was mailed today to paid subscribers. Or you may download free PDFs here.  (Better yet, order a subscription here.)

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

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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. 2-5: Jonesville Camp Meeting in Jonesville
  • Aug. 2-5: Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting in Jonesborough
  • 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...

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  • Calculate this: Use this online calculator to figure how much your gift of a trust or annuity would leave to do your work in Jesus' name for years to come. (UMC Foundation)
  • If you need a video: Visit regularly for quality videos on United Methodist ministries -- including those in Holston! (UM Communications) 
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  • Want more Adam? Members who were enthused by Adam Hamilton's presentation at Annual Conference are invited to his church's "Leadership Institute" Oct. 8-9 in Leawood, Kansas.
  • What are they saying about you? Visit to update your church's profile on The United Methodist Church's web site.

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