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July 20, 2010
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Barry Kidwell and Fred Dearing speak on the future of Forrest Avenue at Annual Conference.
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What happened at Forrest Avenue

The inner-city ministry that won the trust of the homeless and un-churched in Chattanooga is now searching for a new home.

conference declines UMNS 7-20-10
Still dropping
Only four United Methodist conferences reported membership increases last year. What conference had the most dramatic attendance decline? (UMNS)

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Hunger in America
Families rely on a patchwork of government programs to survive. Soup kitchens and food pantries help fill in the gaps. A two-part report on the people your church might be trying to serve. (NPR)

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Cheap eats
Low-income families might know milk is better for their kids, but when it comes to filling a hungry stomach, cheaper high-calorie foods look pretty good. How choices play into the obesity issue. (NPR)

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Not so grave
More than two years after a fire destroyed its sanctuary, First Madisonville UMC wants to relocate the old cemetery to make way for new construction. (WBIR)

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How to stay young
It's easy to ask questions when you are green and goofy. It's hard for those of us over 50, who have been in ministry so long we think we know how to do it. (Lewis Center for Church Leadership)

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Best of Summer: Week 7
We're posting the BEST photos from our conference camps during the 9 weeks of summer.

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Greatest Hits
Here's what you liked! Top three links in our last edition
  • 537 - UM pensions have connection to BP (UMNS)
  • 418 - Ric and Tammy Wright are alright (JC Press)
  • 289 - Three churches are better than one (JC Press)

calling all men 7-10-20 Picks
  • Holston is busting ... with August opportunities. Sign up for "Great Black Churches" on Aug. 7, "Calling All Men" on Aug. 13-14, or "Adult Ministries Kick-off" on Aug. 21.
  • Vacation Bible School: The Call will do a special "VBS Roundup" in the September newspaper. Send news to Also send photos (high-resolution JPG file attachments only).
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john wesley 7-20-10 Picks
  • The S word: What are the United Methodist Church's "Social Principles," and what is the theological basis? Visit this Board of Church and Society site for info and even a PowerPoint for teaching. (Click on the different tabs.)
  • Need grant money? The Ethnic Local Church Grant strengthens ethnic local churches through education, advocacy, leadership training. Application deadline: Aug. 10.
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world meth conference 7-20-10
  • Delegates wanted  for the 20th World Methodist Conference in South Africa, Aug. 2-8, 2011. Submit name, email, postal address, telephone, and indicate status (clergy/laity, male/female, youth/adult) to: Norma Edwards, P.O. Box 850, Alcoa, TN 37701, or by e-mail. Deadline: Aug. 15. 
  • Peace Conference: Early registration deadline has been extended to July 31. Leadership for the Sept. 18-21 event at Lake Junaluska includes Marian Wright Edelman and Bishop Kenneth Carder.

Conference Calendar
Conference Calendar
  • 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. 1-4: 192nd Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting in Jonesborough
  • Aug. 6-7: Early Response Disaster Training in Ooltewah
  • Aug. 7: Great Black Churches conference in Knoxville
  • Aug. 8-11: Page's Camp Meeting in Radford
  • Aug. 13-14: Calling All Men in Knoxville
  • Aug. 13-14: Christian Educators Fellowship at Wesley Woods
  • Aug. 21: Holston Adult Ministries Conference in Knoxville
  • Aug. 21: UMW Social Action Workshop in Knoxville
  • Sept. 1: Grant application for HIV/AIDS ministry due
  • Sept. 10-11: Abolishing Poverty in Appalachia in Kingsport
  • Sept. 17-19: F.U.E.L. Retreat for youth workers in Cleveland
  • Sept. 18-19: Native American "Gathering" in Tellico Plains
  • Sept. 18-19: UMW Annual Meeting in Lake Junaluska
  • Sept. 23-24: Holston Secretaries Assoc. in Pigeon Forge
  • Oct. 2: "Funding Your Church's Vision" in Knoxville
  • Oct. 3: "Funding Your Church's Vision" in Abingdon
  • Oct. 3: World Communion Sunday
  • Nov. 28: United Methodist Student Sunday
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