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health care debate 9-3-09The Great Health Care Debate

"My point here is not political but theological. I ask myself: Why would God want me to be concerned about health care?"  -- Bishop James Swanson


elmo followup 9-3-09
St. Elmo: No hate crime
Following a devastating fire, a Chattanooga congregation grieves in the arms of a loving community.


luthern pact means 9-3-09
Lutheran pact: Means what?
Is it just church talk, or does the UMC's "full communion agreement" with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America actually mean something? (United Methodist Reporter)


worship burnout 9-3-09
Worship leader burnout
Most churches can't afford a separate staff position, so the pastor or music director has to do this job, too. Here are 5 tips for lightening the load. (United Methodist Communications)


sabbath cabin 9-3-09
Sabbath Cabin
Camp Wesley Woods keeps improving, when other church camps are declining. The last report in our camp progress series.


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The Call  is coming
The September newspaper will be postal-mailed to paid subscribers on Sept. 4. Or you may download free PDFs here.  


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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 685 - Lutheran pact does not equal gay clergy (UMNS)
  • 508 - St. Elmo church consumed by fire (CTFP)
  • 344 - Sex offender arrested for church-going (CO)


Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • Sept. 6: Buffalo Mountain Camp's 60th Birthday Party
  • Sept. 11-12: "Abolishing Poverty in Appalachia" in Kingsport
  • Sept. 11-13: Cross-Bearers for youth at Camp Wesley Woods
  • Sept. 16-18: Holston Conference Secretaries Association Annual Conference in Sevierville
  • Sept. 18-20: F.U.E.L. Sabbath Retreat in Gatlinburg
  • Sept. 19-20: Native American Gathering in Tellico Plains
  • Sept. 19: Camp Lookout Golf Tournament in Harrison
  • Sept. 19-20: United Methodist Women's Annual Meeting in Lake Junaluska
  • Sept. 26: Cyber Safety Training in Athens
  • Sept. 26: ETSU Wesley Foundation Silent Auction/Barbecue
    Fundraiser in Johnson City
  • Oct. 4: World Communion Sunday
  • Oct. 5: Hiwassee's Tiger Shoot-Out Golf Tournament at Rarity Bay Golf Club in Vonore
  • Oct. 9-11: Young Adult Fall Retreat at Camp Wesley Woods
  • Oct. 13: Clergy Gathering in Kingsport
  • Oct. 23-24: Early Response Training in Knoxville 
  • Nov. 29: United Methodist Student Sunday
More calendar items...


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Holston.org 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.
  • Have a scout troop?  Keith Smith, Holston Scouting Coordinator, wants to discover the number of Boy and Girl Scout troops in this conference. If your church sponsors scouting, please write GodCounts@aol.com.
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older adult grants 9-3-09
UMC.org Picks
  • Ministry money: The Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries is offering grants in the intergenerational and care-giving categories. Deadline: January 2010. Download info. (GBOD)
  • Grandparents' Day: Scripture, prayers, hymns for Sept. 13.  Blest be the tie that binds. (GBOD)  
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