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Peace With Justice Luncheon
Monday, June 11
Lake Junaluska, N.C.


Bill Mefford of the General Board of Church and Society will speak at Annual Conference. Sponsored by the Outreach/Advocacy Team. 

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Women in Ministry Luncheon

Tuesday, June 12

Lake Junaluska, N.C.


Take your lunch to Terrace Hotel, room 316, at 12:30.  


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The June 10-13 meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C., will be attended by about 1,920 members representing 897 churches and 12 districts in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia. 
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Annual Conference news will be posted each day at Holston.org.
Vital Congregations

Rev. Bill Shelton. Photo by Mark A. Large 6-6-12    
"Because everyone matters," says St. John pastor 
The Rev. Bill Shelton is leading a Maryville congregation that looked within its own neighborhood for new ministries. St. John UMC is serving the Hispanic community through a new worship service and working through the school to meet students' needs. On Saturday, June 2, St. John started a free community breakfast.           
Emerald treasures  

Emerald Youth Foundation 6-6-12       
New life in Knoxville's poor neighborhoods 

In 1986, when the Rev. Bob Bean became the new pastor at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, he found an aging congregation with low morale, no youth, and no youth program.


Today, Emerald Avenue UMC is a 440-member multiracial congregation. A half block away, Emerald Youth Foundation -- a separate nonprofit with a $2.8 million annual budget -- provides outreach each year to more than 1,200 youth through a network of 21 churches.


Read the story in Duke Divinity's "Faith & Leadership" ...

Bridging the gap 

Rev. Kim Goddard opens car doors, Photo by David Grace 6-6-12          
Mafair forms partnership
with neighboring school 

In fall 2010, Rev. Kim Goddard told her congregation that her dream was for Mafair UMC to become known as a church that was there for its community.


The dream started with a soup luncheon for the teachers of a nearby school. Then the Kingsport church started helping students with clothing and school supplies. When the congregation began developing relationships with teachers, children, and families, the real ministry began.  


Read the story in the "Kingsport Times News" ...


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