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Bishops support church reforms, accountability

The Council of Bishops' approval of the Call to Action Steering Team Report on Nov. 4 was heralded as a step forward for a church that has suffered decades of membership decline in the United States. (UMNS)

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Dream doctor in Lebanon
Hughes Melton, a member at Lebanon Memorial UMC, has been named "Physician of the Year" by the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Bristol Herald Courier)

Bappalachian violinist GBHEM 11-8-10ringing attention to rural poverty
"The General Conference has pretty much eliminated rural poverty programs," but the UM Appalachian Ministry
Network is still getting the word out about ministries in the region. (GBHEM)

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10-Fold: How did it go?
More than 400,000 people from 92 countries helped raise more than $70,000 in 10 days through this mission web site. (UMNS)

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UM Student Sunday is Nov. 28
This year, 49 Holston students were awarded $104,050 in scholarships and loans. The offerings taken on United Methodist Student Day funds those loans and scholarships. (GBHEM)

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6 tips: Posting church photos online
Sure, everybody puts their photos and videos online. But the church should be more careful in its practices. (UMComm)

bishop swanson 10-5-10 Picks
  • Bishop's mission reports: More than 80 churches have responded to Bishop James Swanson's October request for outreach information. Send reports soon to (with "Bishop's Mission Request" in the subject line). 
  • The Evangelism Conference has been scheduled for April 1-2  in Knoxville and features the Rev. Charles Kyker, a speaker from the last Annual Conference.
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advent candles 11-8-10 Picks
  • Three weeks 'til Advent: Here's a set of meditations for Advent wreath candle lighting. Advent begins Sunday, Nov. 28.   
  • Be a donor: The UMC observes Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday on Nov. 14.  "We believe that organ transplantation and organ donation are acts of charity, agape love, and self-sacrifice."
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  • Prepare for winter storms: The Holston Disaster Response Team wants churches to use this training bulletin from FEMA.
  • Bishop Swanson's gift: At Clergy Gathering, Bishop James Swanson distributed a "1-2-3-4 card" explaining Holston's and the UMC's mission and purpose. The card is available in PDF form for churches to print and share.

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