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September 11, 2009
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church health 9-11-09 Health care reform begins at home?

United Methodist clergy are 20 percent heavier than the rest of the population, yet they have a responsibility to model healthy behaviors. Who says? A physician and United Methodist minister. (UMNS)

bishop feedback 9-11-09
Feedback on the Bishop's column
In addressing the health care debate, Bishop Swanson said, "I don't have that luxury." Here's what readers had to say about that.

district roundup 9-11-09
District Roundup
"Hats off" to Velma in Big Stone Gap District, a special needs child is welcomed in Kingsport District, and a smart new luggage ministry is created in Johnson City District.

heisman 9-11-09
Faith on the field
Heisman Trophy-winning Sam Bradford of Oklahoma University is a United Methodist whose favorite Bible story is David and Goliath. (UMNS) 

facebook 9-11-09
'Agnostic, but accepting offers'
Amid the endless trivialities of social networking sites, this tiny box on the Facebook profile has become a meaningful pit stop for philosophical inquiry. (Washington Post)

shooing babies 9-11-09
Shooing babies out of church
At Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn., little children might come to Jesus but they can't get into the sanctuary. (Tennesseean)

Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 1,003 - Swanson's view of the health care debate
  • 368 - UMReporter: Lutheran pact means what?
  • 344 - UMComm: How to avoid worship leader burnout

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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. 16: Meet TWC Day in Athens
  • 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...

scouts 9-11-09 Picks
  • 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
  • Pray for Boo & Phyllis: Visit the Pray Now link at the top of this e-newsletter for specific prayer requests from Yei, Sudan.
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world communion 9-11-09 Picks
  • World Communion Sunday: Why bother acknowledging it on Oct. 4? (UM Communications)
  • September is ... National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Month. Visit this site for numerous articles and resources. (GBGM)  
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shane claiborne 9-11-09
  • Shane Claiborne will speak at Tennessee Wesleyan College for its Fall Lecture Series, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., both at Trinity UMC. Contact Chaplain William McDonald for more info.
  • All Sports Day for Girls will be held at Emory & Henry College, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20, in King Athletic Center. 

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