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January 25, 2010
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res gives to haiti 1-25-10Incredible giving!

Moved by images and stories of tragedy in Haiti, Holston churches and groups give more than $122,000 to UMCOR in less than two weeks.

(Photo: Youth attending Resurrection give to Haiti relief.)

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Health kits to be collected this week
Holston churches are uniting to collect health kits for Haiti. Where's the drop-off point in your district? (Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 31.)

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Work in progress
The Call is collecting stories of our connection and response to Haiti. Here are a few. Many more will be added.

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Holston celebrates a milestone in youth ministry and changed lives.

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Free health care, Methodist style
First Oak Ridge UMC opens a new clinic in the former Trinity UMC building. (WBIR)

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Hispanics: Key to church future?
"Our churches have never done Hispanic ministry and didn't know how to reach people with a different language, culture, and religion. It's changing the way we're ministering to communities." (The Tennessean)

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Fallen clergy
Many churches have adopted "zero tolerance" policies regarding sexual misconduct. Some, however, are looking for ways to extend mercy toward sexual offenders. (UM Reporter)

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 The Bishop has something to ask you
Why don't we invite our neighbors to church? What's holding us back? Bishop James Swanson invites you to a new evangelism conference in Knoxville. (video)

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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition:
  • 990 - Holston grieves co-workers who fell in Haiti
  • 553 - Heartbreak in Haiti: Six ways to help
  • 303 - Conference responds with ads, bulletin insert, etc.

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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
  • Feb. 23: Traditioned Innovation 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 12-14: Discovery at Camp Wesley Woods
  • March 14: One Great Hour of Sharing
  • March 15: Clergy Women's Gathering in White Pine
  • April 9-11: Clergy Marriage Retreat in Jonesborough 
  • April 11-13: Jubilation older adult retreat in Kingsport
  • May 14-15: UMW Spiritual Enrichment and Young Women's Retreat in Lake Junaluska
  • May 27: Wells for Sudan Golf Tournament in Kingsport
  • June 13-16: Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
More calendar items...

sudan art 1-25-10 Picks
  • Sudan Art Blog: Find out about a new way to celebrate the beauty of Sudan and raise money for ministry, too. Visit this new blog by Carolyn Gass and Bobbie Crews. 
  • Register for summer camp: Save $15 on fees by registering before April 15 for one of four Holston camps. Go to
  • Resolutions for Annual Conference: Submission deadline is March 1. Send to or mail to: Sheila Knowles, Holston Conference, P.O. Box 850, Alcoa, TN 37701-0850. Please include contact information.
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haiti relief 11-25-10 Picks
  • For all the UM news from Haiti: Get updates and find related info easily by marking this page on the site: Earthquake in Haiti.
  • Ethnic young adult? The deadline to apply for a 2010 Ethnic Young Adult ummer Internship in Washington, D.C., is extended to Feb. 15. Openings remain for applicants of Hispanic American, Native American, and Pacific Islander ethnicity. Learn more.
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  • Wesley House cookbook! Holston members are invited to submit three or four recipes for a Friends of Wesley House Cookbook. Profits will help provide summertime breakfast and lunches for children. Recipe deadline: Jan. 31. Visit

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