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September 17, 2009
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um lips 9-17-09Read my United Methodist lips

People are talking about the recent intemperate remarks of musician Kanye West, tennis star Serena Wilson, and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Dang! This could be a teaching opportunity for your congregation, analysts say. (UMNS)

reading list fauscett 9-17-09
Reading List
People who are called to abolish poverty in Appalachia ... what kind of books do they have on their nightstands? 

ERT 9-17-09
I'll be there
For people who want to "be the church" following a flood or tornado, here are disaster response training opportunities for new volunteers (and long-timers, too).

YSF carrie 9-17-09
Help our youth stay on top
For two years, Holston youth have been first in the denomination for giving to Youth Service Fund. This year, the fund is running short.

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Hiring a passionate music director
The Call gets more "help wanted" requests for music ministers than for any other church position. Here are 4 tips for hiring a music director with soul. (UM Communications)

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Clergy come-ons
Baylor University conducts the largest national study of clergy sexual misconduct with adults ... and finds that 3.1 percent of women attending worship at least once a month have been victimized. (Reuters)

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Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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 Cleveland
  • 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. 1:  Young Adult Ministry grant application deadline
  • 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. 9-11: Youth Pilgrimage at Camp Dickenson in Fries
  • Oct. 13: Clergy Gathering in Kingsport 
  • Oct. 20: New deadline for Witness Ministry grant applications
  • Oct. 23-24: Early Response Training in Knoxville 
  • Nov. 29: United Methodist Student Sunday
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holston witness grants 9-17-09 Picks
  • Witness ministry grants: The deadline for Witness Team Church Program Grant applications has been extended to Oct. 20. Priority will be given to churches paying their full apportionments. Download application.
  • Young adult ministry grants: Deadline is Oct. 1. Download application. 
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umc software 9-17-09 Picks
  • Discount software: Get Microsoft Expression Studio 2 for $122 through UM Communications. Dress up your church computer with other software from TechShop, too.
  • Cross & flame: What to do when you need a UM graphic for your newsletter or worship visuals? Visit the Graphics Library on
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opportunities chamberlain 9-17-09
  • Martha Chamberlain, wife of former Holston Bishop Richard Chamberlain, has authored a new book, "A Love Affair With India: The Story of the Wife and Daughter of E. Stanley Jones." She will sign her books at the United Methodist Women's Annual Meeting in Lake Junaluska on Sept. 19, and at Cokesbury Bookstore in Knoxville, Sept. 20, noon to 3 p.m. Order the book for $12 by e-mailing

  • The Rev. Gary Mauldin has resigned as director of the Conference Pastoral Counseling Center. The Rev. Laura Shearer, associate director, will serve as the conference pastoral counselor on call, effective immediately.

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