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March 8, 2010
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March 7-12 is "appointment week," when the Cabinet  decides the fate of clergy moving to new churches in late June. A preacher's kid and 17-year clergy veteran writes about his feelings during this traditionally tense week in the Holston year.

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UMCOR's backbone
On Sunday, March 14, churches will have another chance to support UMCOR through One Great Hour of Sharing. (UMNS)

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Collins continues 40-day fast
The chair of Holston's Witness Ministry Team is more than a quarter of the way through a fast he hopes will infuse an ongoing evangelism campaign.

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Changes in Chattanooga District
Directing invoicing, lack of congregational growth, and changing demographics are leading to shifts for seven churches, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Mountaintop mining: It's our issue
A United Methodist pastor stands up to politicians who dismiss critics of mountaintop mining: "The religious community has come to see this as an issue of stewardship, not partisan rhetoric." (Tennessean)

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Time change next Sunday!
The General Board of Discipleship offers this "Time Change Song" to help you remember to move your clock one hour forward.

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The Call is coming
The March newspaper was postal-mailed last week to paid subscribers ... or you may download free PDFs here. 

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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition
  • 693 - David Tabor is the new D.S.
  • 278 - Traditional, innovational pastors read these books
  • 206 - Methodists sound off on health care summit (UMNS)

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • March 11-12: Sudan Summit in Kingsport
  • March 11-13: Ministers' Wives Retreat in Sevierville
  • March 12-13: Early Response Training in Kingsport
  • March 12-14: Discovery at Camp Wesley Woods (CANCELED)
  • March 14: One Great Hour of Sharing
  • March 15: Clergy Women's Gathering in White Pine
  • April 1: Francis Asbury Award nominations are due
  • April 9-11: Clergy Marriage Retreat in Jonesborough 
  • April 11-13: Jubilation older adult retreat in Kingsport 
  • April 18: Native American Ministries Sunday
  • May 15-16: UMW Spiritual Enrichment and Young Women's Retreat in Lake Junaluska
  • May 27: Wells for Sudan Golf Tournament in Kingsport
  • May 30: Peace with Justice Sunday
  • June 13-16: Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
  • July 5-9: Junior and Senior High Assembly at Emory & Henry
  • July 22-24: UMW School of Christian Mission in Kingsport
  • Aug. 1: Holston Night at the Smokies Ballpark in Kodak
  • Aug. 13-14: Calling All Men in Knoxville
  • Aug. 21: Holston Adult Ministries Conference in Knoxville
  • Aug. 21: UMW Social Action Workshop in Knoxville
More calendar items...

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  • What is direct invoicing? Learn about it the easy way with recorded webcasts from the Knoxville District's recent workshop.  
  • Jubilation! An opportunity for a senior outing in Kingsport April 11-13. Some scholarships are available; see the brochure.  
  • UMVIM training: Persons who plan to travel to Haiti or other destinations on United Methodist mission teams are required to participate in one of four training sessions.
More of ...

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  • Take this survey for a task force that is helping the denomination develop a common standard on socially responsible investing. Start here.
More of ...

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  • Blessing of the Bikes: The 8th annual event, Sunday, May 2, at Burke's Garden (Va.) Community Center. All bikes welcome, rain or shine. Food at 1 p.m., blessing at 2 p.m. E-mail Rodney Lawson.
  • Charting the Course: Learn how to develop a discipleship formation process unique to your faith community,  April 25-26 or April 27-29 at Lake Junaluska.

Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church