Holston Conference UMC

Holston Conference UMC Official page for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, operated by "The Call," the Holston Conference newspaper for 850 churches in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia.
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Visit Holston.org or email [email protected] The Holston Conference is one of 54 U.S. conferences in The United Methodist Church. Find out more about the denomination at http://UMC.org. The Holston Conference includes 864 United Methodist churches in 9 districts located in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia. Our total membership is 159,000 (as of 2019). The Holston Conference

Visit Holston.org or email [email protected] The Holston Conference is one of 54 U.S. conferences in The United Methodist Church. Find out more about the denomination at http://UMC.org. The Holston Conference includes 864 United Methodist churches in 9 districts located in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia. Our total membership is 159,000 (as of 2019). The Holston Conference

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Blessings on Labor Day … We’re adding a prayer for those who are working today without health insurance or paid days off...
09/06/2021
A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

Blessings on Labor Day … We’re adding a prayer for those who are working today without health insurance or paid days off.

See more videos like this at http://www.umc.org/videosEach September, the United States celebrates the contributions and achievements of workers on Labor Day...

On Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett’s first day, the fire alarm went off in the Alcoa Conference Center, sending the staff o...
09/01/2021

On Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett’s first day, the fire alarm went off in the Alcoa Conference Center, sending the staff outside! Turned out to be a false alarm. 🚨

Holston Conference welcomes Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett as our new episcopal leader beginning today. It's a new season.
09/01/2021
A New Season

Holston Conference welcomes Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett as our new episcopal leader beginning today. It's a new season.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Dear Friends, I love the rhythm and variety of the ...

Is it raining hard where you are?
08/31/2021

Is it raining hard where you are?

Is it raining hard where you are?

So thankful our United Methodist military chaplains!
08/30/2021

So thankful our United Methodist military chaplains!

We've heard from some of our military chaplains this morning who are providing ministry to service members, family members and evacuees in connection with the operations in Afghanistan. Please pray for all involved, especially those ministering to survivors of the attacks at the Kabul airport. (DoD photo, NAS Sigonella, August 22)

Nine more U.S. bishops plan to retire starting Sept. 1, with other active bishops taking on additional work to cover the...
08/30/2021
Funding for bishops improves but still shaky | United Methodist News Service

Nine more U.S. bishops plan to retire starting Sept. 1, with other active bishops taking on additional work to cover the retirees’ former conferences. Bishop Dindy Taylor joins them in retirement and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett assumes episcopal leadership of Holston Conference.

With increased giving and cost savings from retirements, the fund that supports United Methodist bishops is in better shape. Financial leaders approved the bishops’ first raise in three years.

08/30/2021

Sunday night question: What was the bright spot 💡 in your weekend?

Hurricane Ida forecast to strengthen as it nears Louisiana
08/29/2021
Hurricane Ida forecast to strengthen as it nears Louisiana

Hurricane Ida forecast to strengthen as it nears Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters warned residents along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast to rush preparations ahead of Hurricane Ida, which is expected to rapidly intensify and bring winds as high as 130 mph (209 kph), life-threatening storm surge and flooding rain when it slams ashore Sunday in Lo...

08/29/2021

"I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

Holy Communion at Holston Annual Conference during COVID-19. Watch the live stream at AC.Holston.org!
08/28/2021

Holy Communion at Holston Annual Conference during COVID-19. Watch the live stream at AC.Holston.org!

08/28/2021

Registration for the business session of Holston Annual Conference, which begins at noon EST, is going well so far! Thank you for wearing your masks.

Yesterday, the Memorial Service and Ordination & Commissioning Service (pictured) parts of this year's Holston Annual Co...
08/28/2021

Yesterday, the Memorial Service and Ordination & Commissioning Service (pictured) parts of this year's Holston Annual Conference were conducted at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Today at noon, the business session will begin at noon at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. The live stream is available at AC.Holston.org.

Yesterday, the Memorial Service and Ordination & Commissioning Service (pictured) parts of this year's Holston Annual Conference were conducted at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Today at noon, the business session will begin at noon at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. The live stream is available at AC.Holston.org.

Getting ready for the Memorial Service at 3 pm EST. Watch live at AC.Holston.org
08/27/2021

Getting ready for the Memorial Service at 3 pm EST. Watch live at AC.Holston.org

Memorial Service will be live streamed today at 3 pm at AC.Holston.org.
08/27/2021
Annual Conference

Memorial Service will be live streamed today at 3 pm at AC.Holston.org.

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Early this morning, Holston workers loaded emergency kits which are now on the way to central Tennessee to help survivor...
08/27/2021

Early this morning, Holston workers loaded emergency kits which are now on the way to central Tennessee to help survivors of last weekend's deadly and destructive flash floods. The Rev. Harry Howe said 147 "Cleaning Kits" and 225 "Hygiene Kits" were loaded in Marion, Va., then 108 more "Cleaning Kits" and "225 Hygiene Kits" were loaded in Knoxville, Tenn. The supplies will be delivered to Dickson First United Methodist Church and Kedron United Methodist Church later today. ... Holston churches are requested to assemble more emergency kits. Visit Holston.org for more details.

Early this morning, Holston workers loaded emergency kits which are now on the way to central Tennessee to help survivors of last weekend's deadly and destructive flash floods. The Rev. Harry Howe said 147 "Cleaning Kits" and 225 "Hygiene Kits" were loaded in Marion, Va., then 108 more "Cleaning Kits" and "225 Hygiene Kits" were loaded in Knoxville, Tenn. The supplies will be delivered to Dickson First United Methodist Church and Kedron United Methodist Church later today. ... Holston churches are requested to assemble more emergency kits. Visit Holston.org for more details.

HELP NEEDED. Here is a much needed project that you can organize for your Sunday school class, youth group, or other chu...
08/25/2021
Emergency kits needed to help central Tennessee flood survivors

HELP NEEDED. Here is a much needed project that you can organize for your Sunday school class, youth group, or other church members. Let's join together to help our neighbors struck by devastating flash floods in central Tennessee.

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Church groups throughout Holston Conference are gearing up to collect cleaning and hygiene supplies to help neighbors in central ...

We feel so helpless about what's happening in Afghanistan. Thank you, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church...
08/25/2021
Resources to help Afghan refugees | VAUMC

We feel so helpless about what's happening in Afghanistan. Thank you, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, for these resources.

Resources to help Afghan refugees by Brenda Capen | Aug 20, 2021 | News As the world witnesses the humanitarian crisis occurring in Afghanistan, the Virginia Conference is providing the following resources to help aid your understanding and ability to care for refugees. The Simple Steps You Can Take...

The final phase of Holston Annual Conference 2021 is scheduled this weekend, Aug. 27-28 in Kingsport, Tenn. Are you goin...
08/25/2021

The final phase of Holston Annual Conference 2021 is scheduled this weekend, Aug. 27-28 in Kingsport, Tenn. Are you going in person or participating online? AC.Holston.org

The final phase of Holston Annual Conference 2021 is scheduled this weekend, Aug. 27-28 in Kingsport, Tenn. Are you going in person or participating online? AC.Holston.org

Small, rural churches make up the bulk of Holston Conference. How are you feeling about the future?
08/24/2021
Don’t count out small, rural churches | United Methodist News Service

Small, rural churches make up the bulk of Holston Conference. How are you feeling about the future?

While the demise of small, rural churches sometimes seems irreversible as United Methodist faithful grow older, strategies are out there to revitalize these congregations by focusing on what their communities most need.

Hey, did you know it's National Everybody Eats Week? Of the 50 independent community cafes around the world that have ad...
08/23/2021

Hey, did you know it's National Everybody Eats Week? Of the 50 independent community cafes around the world that have adopted the "One World Everybody Eats" mode, two are in Holston Conference! Open Door Cafe in Wytheville, Va., and One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tenn. Are you a fan?

Read more at https://www.oneworldeverybodyeats.org/ #paywhatyoucan

08/21/2021

When you go to church, who is one person you are always glad to see?

Great story from the Bristol Herald Courier. Rev. David St. Clair explains why Motown music made an impression on him. "...
08/21/2021
Watch Now: Motown fan keeping iconic stories and music alive through weekly radio program at E&H

Great story from the Bristol Herald Courier. Rev. David St. Clair explains why Motown music made an impression on him. "I was hearing this great music coming from Detroit Black artists, but at the same time they couldn’t go to the same restaurants my family and I went to.”

EMORY, Va. — David St.Clair can still remember attending his elementary school fair when he was in the fourth grade. To his delight, the event included the sale of 45

Martee Buchanan was invited to the Wesley Foundation as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1968. She loved it so much sh...
08/19/2021
Longtime campus minister reaches students through the kitchen

Martee Buchanan was invited to the Wesley Foundation as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1968. She loved it so much she stayed for five decades! Here's how a campus minister changed lives in a unique way at Radford University.

RADFORD, Va. -- Martee Buchanan was invited to the Wesley Foundation as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1968. She loved it so much that she didn't...

"𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲." ... This afternoon, in midst of ever-changing plans for Annual Confere...
08/18/2021

"𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲." ... This afternoon, in midst of ever-changing plans for Annual Conference and stressful news in the U.S. and abroad, Holston Conference staff gathered for prayer and a reflection on God's holy breath and spirit ... "𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲," Rev. Michael Sluder told the group who assembled with masks and social distancing.

"𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲." ... This afternoon, in midst of ever-changing plans for Annual Conference and stressful news in the U.S. and abroad, Holston Conference staff gathered for prayer and a reflection on God's holy breath and spirit ... "𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲," Rev. Michael Sluder told the group who assembled with masks and social distancing.

From the "𝐖𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐍𝐨𝐰" department ... Determined to worship God amid a pandemic lock down in U...
08/18/2021

From the "𝐖𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐍𝐨𝐰" department ... Determined to worship God amid a pandemic lock down in Uganda, United Methodist pastors are leading worship in homes. The Rev. Faustino Duku, a refugee from South Sudan, sent the following message and photo to Holston Conference mission leaders: "Hello friends, this email informs you that though the churches are closed, the word of God remains alive."

From the "𝐖𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐍𝐨𝐰" department ... Determined to worship God amid a pandemic lock down in Uganda, United Methodist pastors are leading worship in homes. The Rev. Faustino Duku, a refugee from South Sudan, sent the following message and photo to Holston Conference mission leaders: "Hello friends, this email informs you that though the churches are closed, the word of God remains alive."

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks as Haiti faces a devastating earthquake and encroa...
08/17/2021
Standing with Haiti amid quake and storm | United Methodist News Service

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks as Haiti faces a devastating earthquake and encroaching major storm. Here's the link where you can donate to help UMCOR help: https://advance.umcor.org/p-641-umcor-international-disaster-response-and-recovery.aspx

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm drenches the island. The church previously helped rebuild after the 2010 temblor.

Pointing to “exigent circumstances,” leaders of the North Georgia Conference voted to transfer megachurch Mt. Bethel Uni...
07/13/2021
Conference assumes management of megachurch | United Methodist News Service

Pointing to “exigent circumstances,” leaders of the North Georgia Conference voted to transfer megachurch Mt. Bethel United Methodist to the oversight of conference trustees.

Amid continued strife over a new pastoral appointment, North Georgia Conference leaders voted to transfer Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church assets to conference trustees’ oversight.

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07/13/2021

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Extremely disappointed that we were not able to vote on all the resolutions... this is frustratingly familiar. I guess we'll just keep kicking that can down the road... :(
Having an awesome time at annual conference.
Question: with numbers becoming as high as they were in December 2020 and with deaths (Hamilton County had three today with one in their 20s), I am wondering what the back up plan is for the in-person partof Annual Conference on August 28th? Is there discussion on it becoming online? I recognize the difficulty of navigating these tumultuous times. Yet, as numbers continue to rise, I haven't seen or heard anything, so I thought it best to ask. Prayers for all in this ongoing pandemic and liminal space. Thank you in advance. Debra Dickerson
Thank you for an excellent addition of The Call.
Does anyone know where to find the link to watch the clergy session for local pastors. It only gives me the link for elders, etc. Thanks in advance. I have been working to find it for 1/2 hour for my husband! Help?
NOW HIRING: Minister of Family Outreach in Seneca, SC. Check it out here:
Need something to do this Sunday night? Check out this event.. https://fb.me/e/2bOlWHSFC
https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2021/4/27/gov--lee-pushes-reopening--focus-on-economic-recovery.html If the Governor says to drop all mandates why do we still have to at our churches?
Greetings. Any Update on Annual Conference 2021. Thanks and Blessings.D.
NOW HIRING: Director of Children and Youth Ministries at FUMC Arlington Heights. Check it out here:
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Free 6-week online study - Tuesdays, February 16 - March 23, 2021 Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faithful-inclusive-bible-study-tickets-132608665087?fbclid=IwAR0UhWpkxRlWj_9uSDs8GtLPa5-cuLfyXzr-_2I2xD-YrNm8_EODDd6Phnc Faithful and Inclusive allows you to gain an understanding of how United Methodists can be both obedient to God’s Word and fully welcoming to LGBTQ persons in the church. This six-session resource for Sunday schools and small groups has been designed for participants to develop their own perspectives on the Bible’s passages related to homosexuality. Hosted by UMCNext Holston