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hold the line 11-6-09Holding the line on gay issues 

The United Methodist Church remains firm in upholding its traditional stance regarding homosexual practice. In a decision released this week, the Judicial Council held the line again. (UMNS)

too old 11-6-09
Over 47? Too old
The Council of Bishops has approved a plan to lower the average age of United Methodists from 57 to 47 by the year 2019. (UMNS) 

swanson 11-06-09
Where everybody knows your name
Think about the people living within a five-mile radius of your church. Do they even know your church exists? Could they point it out? Bishop Swanson's November column.

reading list jones 11-6-09
Reading List
It was difficult to find readers who have never appeared in The Call. But we did find four.

parsonage 11-6-09
Parsonage sweet parsonage
"I'm not sure lay folk are aware of the fear striking the hearts of parsonage families when it's time for the annual inspection." A pastor's commentary

call dog 11-6-09
 The Call is coming
The November newspaper was postal-mailed to paid subscribers on Nov. 5, or you may download free PDFs here.

Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 488 - Cokesbury UMC opens its 3rd campus
  • 324 - Hancock County approaches Christmas with trepidation
  • 177 - UM Reporter: Should congregations ignore Halloween?

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • Nov. 8: "Adventures in Missing the Point" in Chattanooga
  • Nov. 29: United Methodist Student Sunday
  • Nov. 29: First Sunday of Advent
  • Nov. 30: Deadline for health insurance changes
  • Dec. 1: Deadline for Worker's Compensation questionnaire
  • Jan. 11: Deadline to submit 2009 apportionments
  • Jan. 15-17: Resurrection youth event in Gatlinburg
  • Jan. 17: Human Relations Sunday
  • Jan. 22-24: Resurrection youth event in Gatlinburg
  • Jan. 29-31: Divine Rhythm young adult event in Pigeon Forge
  • Feb. 2-3: Ministers Convocation in Lake Junaluska
  • Feb. 15: Change for Children grant applications due
  • March 5-6: March Forth for Children training in Bristol
  • March 6: UMM Day with the Bishop in Rogersville
  • March 11-13: Ministers' Wives Retreat in Sevierville
More calendar items...

dr dancer 11-6-09 Picks
  • Back in Africa On Tuesday morning, Holston sent its 8th mission team to Yei, Sudan. Pray now.
  • Wanted: Young dancers, actors, and visual artists for Divine Rhythm in January. Download an information sheet.
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malaria 11-6-09 Picks
  • Imagine No Malaria: Someone spent some time putting together this web site. Find out why we should imagine.
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blue tarp 11-6-09
  • The Blue Tarp? First Baton Rouge UMC partnered with UMCOR to create TARP (Terrebonne Area Restoration Project) in order to provide hurricane relief to South Louisiana. is currently accepting registrations for summer 2010 mission trips.

Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church