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Ministers Convocation 

Feb. 6-9, 2012

Lake Junluska, N.C.

Annual continuing education event for Holston clergy

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March 2-3, 2012

Knoxville, Tenn.

Biennial training event for children's ministry workers.

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Tornado damaged house in Pulaski 11-2-11
Tornado recovery continues

Five districts request work teams, donations

Winter is coming, and the Rev. Stephen Burkhart is feeling desperate. Seven months after Greene County's Horse Creek and Camp Creek were mutilated by tornadoes, homes still lie in disrepair and the dwindling number of work teams can't keep up with the work load.


He wonders why there are fewer United Methodists among the people who still come to help. "Sadly, there are weeks that pass where the only Cross and Flame I see is the one on my work van." 


Photo above: An April 8 tornado destroys a home in Pulaski, Va. First Pulaski UMC and other Wytheville District churches lead an effort to rebuild. 


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Conference Roundup

Bishop spouses visit Cherokee 11-2-11

Swansons are swell hosts;

progress in South Sudan;

Change for Children winners


Bishop James Swanson and Holston Conference are hosts of the Council of Bishops this week as they meet in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Delphine Swanson is organizing activities for the bishops' spouses. Here's what's happening in Western North Carolina as well as with our servants in South Sudan.

Photo: Bishops' spouses take an excursion to Cherokee, N.C.  
Letter of gratitude and hope 


moses kumar 11-2-11
Denominational giving rises
Moses Kumar, general secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration, sends a letter to all United Methodists:
"Through the power of the United Methodist connection, and as harsh as the reports are about the recession and unemployment, giving to the general church apportioned funds through September 2011 is up 1.1 percent, or over $770,000."

Photo: Moses Kumar

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