MARCH 27, 2019

Prayer led to Traditional Plan, supporters say

When Gerald Browning sent an email to the Holston Conference communications office, he asked a question that has been asked by many United Methodists since a controversial decision was made last month at General Conference: "Have you considered this is God's will?" Read the story.

AC offering will tackle opioid crisis


Yesterday, conference leaders announced that this year's Annual Conference mission offering will be used to address the opioid crisis in our region. The 2019 Holston Annual Conference theme is "Healing Hands." Watch AC offering video.

Bristol pastor joins fight against 'unfair' bills


The Rev. Brandon Berg, pastor at First United Methodist in Bristol, is one of 100 clergy who signed a "slate of hate" petition opposing six Tennessee General Assembly bills that would limit LGBTQ rights. From the Bristol Herald Courier. Read the story.

Appalachian Trail chaplain: On his way


Our 2019 thru-hike chaplain, Jack Layfield, departed from Georgia on March 3 for his 2,200-mile walk north to Maine. By March 24, he had reached Bryson City, N.C. Keep up with "Chappy Jack," as well as other Holston AT chaplains, through their blogs. Read the blog.

UMCOR grants provide initial cyclone response


United Methodists are responding to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which left devastation in three African countries and killed 500 people. UMCOR has allocated emergency grants in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. From United Methodist News Service. Read the story.

Appeals court backs tax-tree clergy housing


Retiring at 65 with no home equity and taking out a 30-year mortgage for the first time is a reality for many parsonage-living pastors like the Rev. Harold Burkett. From United Methodist News Service.  Read the story.

Commentary: Demonizing the other side


Jesus survived the temptations of the wilderness because of his spiritual grounding and his guidance by God.The UMC faces its own set of temptations as we threaten to implode or explode over General Conference proceedings. From Ministry Matters. Read the commentary.



Holston Higher Education

Francis Asbury Award nominations: Due March 27


The United Methodist Church
UMCOR Sunday: March 31


'Engage' for Grades 6-12
Adventure at Bays Mountain: April 5-6


Wesley House Community Center

Golf Tournament: April 6 in Rockford, Tenn.


Camp Wesley Woods
Golf Tournament: April 29 in Rockford, Tenn.


Camp Lookout

Senior Adult Day: April 30 in Rising Fawn, Ga. 


Holston Clergy Services

Sexual Ethics Seminars: April 30-May 8


UM Volunteers in Mission

Team leader training: May 4 in Oak Ridge


Holston Older Adult Ministries
Jubilation: May 6-8 in Pigeon Forge


Holston Connectional Ministries
Annual Conference: June 9-12 in Lake Junaluska


Holston Discipleship Team
Academy of Spiritual Formation: July 14-19 at Emory & Henry


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