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December 3, 2009
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jubilee local foods 12-3-09Attacking poverty from the ground up

You've heard of Jubilee Project, and how churches are giving generously to the big Christmas outreach on Dec. 5? Here are Jubilee ministries that most churches haven't heard about, addressing poverty in new ways.

crabtree in dc 12-3-09
Silent sickness
Don't forget what you learned at Clergy Gathering. Gayle Crabtree and other survivors of domestic violence will make sure you don't.

rev roberson 12-3-09
Saying good-bye
Bishop James Swanson celebrates the life of his best friend, the Rev. Paul Roberson, over Thanksgiving weekend.  (Ledger-Enquirer)  

food giveaway bristol 12-3-09
Hungry in Bristol
All over Holston, families are lining up at food pantries for the first time. Here's a story about a recent food giveaway at Anderson Street UMC. (

media coverage 12-3-09
13 tips for media coverage
How can you make your church event stand out from the other causes that compete for local newspaper or TV coverage? (UM Communications)

cabinet thanks 12-3-09
E-mail issues prevented some superintendents from responding to last week's Thanksgiving list. Please join the Cabinet again in expressing gratitude for God's blessings.

greatest hits 11-09-12
Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 504 - What's your D.S. so happy about? (The Call)
  • 353 - Shane Claiborne's un-Christian apology (Esquire)
  • 227 - "Redskins": United Methodists don't approve (UMNS)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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. 2-5: Ministers Convocation in Lake Junaluska
  • Feb. 15: Change for Children grant applications due
  • Feb. 19-20: Holston Evangelism Conference in Knoxville
  • 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
  • March 14: One Great Hour of Sharing
  • April 9-11: Clergy Marriage Retreat in Jonesborough
  • June 13-16: Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
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apportionment inserts 12-3-09 Pick
  • How do I explain this? New bulletin inserts help illustrate to congregations how their apportionment dollars are spent. (New inserts are coming!)
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cosrow flyer 12-3-09 Pick
  • She power: The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women no longer prints newsletters but offers a free electronic newsletter, "The Flyer."  Subscribe now.
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postage paper 12-3-09
  • Good stewardship: Paper and postage are expensive, so The Call is shifting most of its news online. Please tell your congregations to subscribe to The Call2, our free e-news edition, at

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