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March 29, 2010
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health care reform 3-29-10Debate raises questions about church's voice 

The debate over health care reform has touched off deep emotions in the U.S. public, but it has also sparked a separate -- and equally passionate -- set of reactions among United Methodists. (UMNS)

ron matthews 3-29-10
Commentary: We're on record
The Rev. Ron Matthews, Holston director of communications, comments on the United Methodist response to health care reform.

prayers for peace 3-29-10
Prayers for peace
Holston members ask for guidance and understanding as the nation responds to last week's health care legislation.

thirst for jesus 3-29-10
Thirsting for Jesus
A Maryville District church creates an 850-pound "desert" in its sanctuary to demonstrate the biblical concepts of living water. (The Daily Times)

clergy job guarantee 3-29-10
Clergy job guarantee? Maybe not
A commission charged with developing ways to improve clergy effectiveness is considering recommending the elimination of guaranteed appointments. (UMNS)

photog in worship 3-29-10
Photography in worship
Get ideas from other congregations for using local photography and other images in worship. (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship)

easter crowd 3-29-10
Report your Easter attendance!
Next week, The Call continues its tradition of listing total Easter worship attendances. Pastors or lay leaders: Write with total attendance for all worship services held on Sunday, April 4 only -- not egg hunts or Maundy Thursday services. Please identify your name, title, church, district. 

greatest hits 11-09-12
Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition* Second week in "Greatest Hits"

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • April 1: Early registration deadline for summer camp
  • April 1: Francis Asbury Award nominations due
  • April 10: Volunteers in Mission training in Knoxville 
  • April 9-10: Early Response Team training in Cleveland
  • April 9-11: Clergy Marriage Retreat in Jonesborough 
  • April 11-13: Jubilation older adult retreat in Kingsport
  • April 15: Redwine, Margaret Loving grant applications due
  • April 17: Volunteers in Mission training in Abingdon
  • April 18: Native American Ministries Sunday
  • April 19: Camp Dickenson baseball fundraiser at Emory & Henry
  • April 24: Volunteers in Mission training in Chattanooga
  • April 25: Buffalo Mountain golf tournament in Blountville
  • Aug. 25: Wells for Sudan Auction in Greeneville
  • April 26: Camp Wesley Woods golf tournament in Maryville
  • April 27: "Preaching With the Next Generation" in Knoxville
  • April 30: Denman Evangelism Award nominations due
  • 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. 1-4: 200th Jonesville Camp Meeting
  • 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...

harry denman 3-29-10 Picks
  • Denman Evangelism Awards will be presented to a clergy, lay, and youth member at Annual Conference in June. Nominations due April 30.
  • Save $15: Sign up by April 1 and get a discount for a summer week at one of four Holston camps!
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hopeandaction 3-29-10 Picks
  • Engage with the bishops through the Council of Bishops' new website. addresses poverty and disease, environmental degradation, weapons and violence.
  • Women's timeline: From the first U.S. class leader to the president of Liberia, this timeline celebrates great dates for women in Methodism.
More of ...

music&worship week 3-29-10
  • Music & Worship Arts Week is June 20-25 at  Lake Junaluska, N.C. Find out more.
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