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January 11, 2010
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In the midst of winter headaches, churches recognize golden opportunities to show the love of Christ to others.

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Convocation is coming
On Feb. 2-5, Holston preachers will meet in North Carolina for their annual continuing education event. The registration fee increases from $50 to $75 after Jan. 11.

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Book shower!
Participants at Convocation hope to replace some of a colleague's pastoral library, following a fire that destroyed St. Elmo UMC in Chattanooga.

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UM preachers: Not so healthy
Looking at an old picture helped Bishop James Swanson get motivated to live a healthier life. Other clergy are encouraged to do the same. (UMNS)

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Why are churches still color-coded?
"In an age of mixed-race malls, mixed-race music and, yes, a mixed-race President, the church's racial divide seems increasingly peculiar." (Time)

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10 steps to fiscal vitality
Strong churches always work to cultivate and encourage givers. Do not assume that people understand the ministry of giving. (UM Communications)

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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 414 - Holston has 2 out of 51 best UMNS photos
  • 345 - What do these 2009 quotes say about us?
  • 341 - Questioning how clergy pensions are funded (UMNS)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • Jan. 11: Deadline to submit 2009 apportionments to the Alcoa office by 5 p.m. Questions: Call toll-free (866) 690-4080.
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boo and phyllis 6-24-09 Picks
  • Elephant Land Blog: Follow the ministry of Boo and Phyllis Hankins in Sudan by reading their blog. You  may also sign up for their e-newsletter.
  • Calendars still available: 2009 Holston Conference calendars are still available at $8.50 each. If you have yet to pick up your calendar or if you want additional copies, call Val Gallant toll-free at (866) 690-4090.
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  • Human Relations Day: Why do we celebrate it on Jan. 17? Need a bulletin insert? Look.
  • Free planning calendar: Available for worship and music leaders, this online calendar contains the Revised Common Lectionary for 2010, as well as UM observances and dates from secular and civil calendars. Look.
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  • For people you love, ages 18-35: Tell them to take a special trip Pigeon Forge Jan. 29-31! Divine Rhythm is the perfect spiritual weekend for young adults who've graduated from Resurrection.

In last week's edition, Pastor Michael Vaughn was incorrectly referred to as Mark Vaughn. The Call regrets the error. (Read his cricket commentary again!)

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