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August 26, 2009
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lutheran pact 8-26-09Lutheran pact does not include gay clergy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's acceptance of pastors in same-sex relationships does not pave the way for noncelibate gay clergy to serve in United Methodist churches, officials from the two denominations said. (UMNS)

st elmo fire 8-26-09
St. Elmo's fire
A historic Chattanooga church burns on Sunday night. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)  

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Still struggling in Swan Pond
The local United Methodist and Baptist churches are still suffering from the TVA ash spill in December. (Roane County News)

sex offender 8-26-09
Arrested for going to church
James McClure met with the pastor, disclosed his crimes, and often sat in the front row for worship. But as a sex offender, he was arrested for attending church because it has a child care facility. (Charlotte Observer)

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Reading List
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dickenson pool 8-26-09
Swimming party
How does this Wytheville-area camp improve when other church camps are declining?   

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Poverty in Appalachia
A Kingsport church hosts a forum addressing one of four United Methodist ministry targets. (UMNS)

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call2 button 8-26-09 Picks
  • Button, button: If you want your church members to look beyond their own walls, put this button on your church web site! Sign up for free subscriptions to The Call2.
  • Secretaries stick together: All church secretaries -- local, district, conference, and related groups -- are encouraged to attend the Holston Conference Secretaries Association annual meeting, Sept. 16-18 in Sevierville.
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exploration 8-26-09 Picks
  • You called? If you know a young person (high school senior through age 24) who feels called to ordained ministry, tell him or her about Exploration. (GBHEM)
  • UMC basics: The "2009-2012 United Methodist Church Handbook" is free and provides comprehensive info that even long-time members could use. (UMComm)  
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swine flu fever 7-29-09
  • Oh no, swine flu: The American Red Cross seeks health service volunteers to assist the east Tennessee community during H1N1 flu. Training is currently scheduled for Aug. 28 and Sept. 11. Additional sessions will be offered. E-mail
  • Want to lead a mission team? Volunteers in Mission, SEJ offers in-depth training on project selection, cultural sensitivity, logistics, and finance, Oct. 2-4 in Lineville, Ala.

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