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January 4, 2010
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edina and bishop 1-4-10Who said that?

We combed through a year of The Call. We found 32 quotes revealing how 2009 affected Holston churches. Remember?

first gatlinburg 1-4-10
Top photos
United Methodist News Service picked 51 of its best photos from 2009. Two came from Holston Conference!

new years prayer 1-4-10
A prayer to start the new year right 
"I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt." (UM Reporter)

clergy pension 1-4-10
Clergy pensions in peril?
The prolonged economic downturn is leading some in The United Methodist Church to examine how its U.S. clergy pensions are funded. (UMNS)

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St. Elmo update
Four months after fire gutted the 88-year-old St. Elmo UMC, the congregation still finds itself without a home. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

chattanooga urban 1-4-10
Not just country
We might think of Holston Conference as rural, but it's urban, too. A new southeastern urban ministry network is organized. 

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Parable of the cricket
A commentary from Pastor Mark Vaughn in the Johnson City District: Beware the noise coming from behind the toilet.

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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 386 - Conference staff: Tell us what you're reading
  • 365 - Christmas stories from our churches
  • 335 - Something to think about at Wal-Mart (Beliefnet)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
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rudy rasmus 12-17-09 Picks
  • Something new in evangelism: Bishop James Swanson and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus will lead a new conference at Cokesbury in February.
  • Closing the books: Final 2009 apportionment payments must be received in the Alcoa office by 5 p.m., Jan. 11. Call toll-free (866) 690-4080. Pay apportionments online.
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rethink church 1-4-10 Pick
  • Rethink Church: Are you missing out on these great resources ... a way to break out of the walls and share the love with new people? Look.
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marriage 1-4-10
  • The roving eyes of the Tiger  make him just the latest celebrity to fall from grace. A Georgia pastor has developed an online marriage assessment designed to bring couples closer together. (UMNS)

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