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September 24, 2009
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laduke 9-24-09Meet you after the margaritas 

The Rev. Jeremy LaDuke and others in Maryville may have found a remedy for the lack of young adults in the church. (UMNS/UMTV)

hankins in sudan 9-24-09
UPDATED: News from Boo & Phyllis
"Nothing is easy," says the clergy couple from Holston, who have committed to two years in Sudan. (This article was unintentionally omitted in an earlier edition.)

banana peel 9-24-09
Planning your 2010 budget?
A new workers' compensation policy makes coverage affordable and available for all Holston churches. 

prescriptions 9-24-09
Health insurance deadlines
If you've got Holston Conference health insurance, please note these important announcements.  

sephie's closet 9-24-09
Fashion by Miss Sephie
A small congregation in Niota finds a way to connect church to community through a mega-closet of clothes. 

flood buckets 9-24-09
Wanted: Flood buckets
This could be a good project for youth or Sunday school classes: "Flood buckets" are needed in response to recent floods in north Georgia.

reading list frazer 9-24-09
Reading List
We asked these people attending a Board of Trustees meeting at the conference office ... 

Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 538 - People are saying: You so rude (UMNS)
  • 326 - On the same page: Advocates for the poor
  • 358 - Fix it: When church music is really bad (UMComm)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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colonial heights 9-24-09 Picks
  • Preachers meet in Kingsport: The annual fall Clergy Gathering will be held Oct. 13 at Colonial Heights UMC. Topic: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence. Register online.
  • Computer crash: The Cyber Safety seminar scheduled Sept. 26 in Athens has been canceled. 
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communion 9-24-09 Picks
  • Get away from me! What to do and what not to do to  stop the spread of flu at church. (GBOD)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: It's Sept. 15-Oct. 15 ... Need worship resources in Spanish? (GBOD)
 More of ...

  • Music ministry consultant: Beth McCoy, a diaconal minister in Abingdon, wants to help churches improve their music ministries. Contact or (276) 628-9967.   
  • Desperate in Gatlinburg: The Bread of Life at First Gatlinburg UMC (featured by UMNS) has experienced food shortages and increased demands within the last three weeks. If you can help with food or financial donations, e-mail
  • Request from Kington: Members of Kingston UMC seek to buy a wheelchair-accessible van following a car accident that left their grandson paralyzed. Call the Jim Rogers family at (865) 376-7010 or (865) 466-1155.

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