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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-Illustration
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
Holston.org 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 GodCounts@aol.com.
  • Pray for Boo & Phyllis: Visit the Pray Now link at the top of this e-newsletter for specific prayer requests from Yei, Sudan.
More of holston.org ...


world communion 9-11-09
UMC.org 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)  
 More of umc.org ...


shane claiborne 9-11-09
Opportunities
  • 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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