September will soon be upon us and will bring a return to routine for most of us. Maybe the pews or chairs will fill back up. Maybe we can catch up on the budget. But I hope "routine" does not necessarily mean "business as usual." I hope the Holy Spirit brings a new passion to our hearts. I hope we feel the urgency to take our faith out the doors of the church with us and to share our stories of how Jesus has changed us, walked with us, used us to bless others, and gotten us through storms. I hope we can be excited about inviting unchurched to accompany us to our "church home." I hope our hearts grow more generous and our communities see us in more places. I hope we reflect Jesus!
I look forward to our District Conference on September 24th at Fountain City UMC at 3:00pm. Pastors and local church leaders should attend. But everyone is welcome. We will have a business session and a time of worship. The business includes setting a budget for 2018, electing leaders, and electing at-large members for the 2018 Annual Conference. I enjoy meeting the people of our District and look forward to sharing a few moments with you at the reception that will follow our District Conference.
And finally, in this city, I pray for peace. Will you join me in praying for the church in the world and for peace in the world. We are anxious about the future of both the church and the world. Jesus invites us to "be not anxious about tomorrow." May our prayers this day reflect a deep trust in the Living Lord.

                          Lay Servant Ministry Training Registration Deadline - Friday, Aug. 18.  If you have not sent in your registration please contact Bobby Stair  865-776-0580 so materials may be ordered.
                  Conference Calendars and Handbook/Directories

Holston Conference is now accepting orders for printed materials for the conference year 2017-2018. These materials include:
2017-2018 Holston Conference Handbook and Directory- cost: $15  
2018 Holston Conference Program Calendars - cost: $9  
ORDER DEADLINE FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE: Thursday, September 14, 2017 
PLEASE NOTE:  2017 Holston Conference Journal orders will be taken at a later date.
Order online using your credit card (processing fees added to total) 
with payment to :
Knoxville District UMC
P.O. Box 6689
Knoxville, TN 37914 
Please Note: Payment MUST be included with mailed order form. Make check payable to Knoxville District UMC. 

District Conference
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017  3:00 p.m.
Fountain City UMC
212 Hotel Rd
     The 2017 Knoxville District Conference will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24 at 3:00 at Fountain City UMC.    We will have a time of worship and celebration and a time for business of the District.  The business session will include the election of our District leaders and the adoption of the 2018 ministry budget.

Send in your at large nominations for  2018 District At-Large Members  by Tuesday, Sept. 19. As you are sending in your nominations please be mindful and encourage our young adults to participate.
DISTRICT COMMITTEE CHAIRS:  Your committee reports should be submitted no later than Monday, September 18.
Everyone is invited to attend. 
The following are voting members: 
Local Church: Chair of Administrative Board/Council,  Lay Leader, Presidents of UMM, UMW, and UMY, , Finance Chair, Lay members to Annual Conference 2017. 
District: 2017 At Large Members, Presidents UMM, UMW, UMY, Members of District Committee on Ministry, Chair of District boards and committees, District Treasurer
Clergy: all clergy serving under an appointment; retired clergy living in the Knoxville District.

YOU are invited to a WELCOME RECEPTION
Please join us for a reception welcoming our new District Superintendent, Rev. Brenda Carroll and her Husband, Rev. Larry Carroll on Sunday, September 24th at Fountain City UMC.  The reception will be held immediately following our District Conference scheduled for 3:00pm. 
We hope you will take a few minutes to drop by, introduce yourselves and share some refreshments with us.


Presented by Rev. Clayton Smith
Pastor of Generosity, Church of the Resurrection
September 9, Concord UMC, Knoxville
September 10, Pleasant View UMC, Abingdon
Who should attend:  Church laity leaders, Pastors, Finance Committee members, Stewardship Team members, Endowment Committees, Trustees and all who are interested in stewardship and generosity.
Download the brochure

This year's Worship Conference will feature Barbara Day Miller, former Dean of Worship at the Candler School of Theology and L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology and the Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at the Candler School of Theology.

Our speakers will lead us in a conversation about how all Christian worship is sacramental in nature, how "doing" the sacraments matters, and how the flow of worship forms us. We will worship three times, hear each of leaders in plenary, and come together for more personal learning in our Workshops. The conference will be hosted at The Connexion in Sevierville. This is a great opportunity to be renewed in worship while enjoying the best of the Great Smoky Mountains.

This conference is not for clergy only; all laity are welcomed and encouraged to attend as well. Sacramental identity is at the core of our Christian faith.

0.7 CEUs offered by Wesley Leadership Institute for this conference.
Optional Saturday Breakfast with Barbara is an additional $10.

Early Bird Registration: $30
Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Registration after deadline: $40
Saturday Breakfast with Barbara: $10
After October 2, you need to register at the door


        Everyone in the community is encouraged to give back during Give a Day Knoxville from September 2 to September 8, 2017. Whether you give by volunteering, donating to local nonprofits, or even sharing a simple act of kindness, everyone can do something to give back this fall!


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Native American Ministries Team, Presents our
19th Annual Gathering
September 22-24
Coker Creek Village
Tellico Plains TN

Join our nineteenth gathering as we explore Native American culture and spirituality. At this unique weekend event, people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds come together to honor Native American traditions. People of Native descent affirm and reconnect with their heritage while non-Natives gain understanding and respect for Native traditions.

          Anniversary Celebration:  Friday, Sept. 22 6:30-9:30pm
This fall marks the 50th anniversary for the Wesley Foundation building at UTK.  Please help us celebrate this milestone and plan for the next 50 years of ministry.  Catering by Cafe 4
and music by Megan and her Goody Goodies!  Tickets available at


            Sunday, October 8     3:00pm

Sand Branch UMC (HOST)  2301 Thorngrove Pike                      

Asbury                                                           Pleasant Hill

Bethel, East Knoxville                                   St. Paul, East

Kodak                                                            Trentville

Mascot                                                           Beulah/French Broad

New Life/Hopewell                                         Piney Grove 



            Sunday, October 22    3:00pm

Fountain City (HOST)  212 Hotel Rd                     

Christ                                                            Clapp's Chapel

Powell                                                           Rutherford Memorial

St. Paul, Ftn City 



            Sunday, October 22    6:00pm

 Cedar Lane (HOST)  714 Cedar Lane (formerly known as Inskip)

Emerald Ave.                                                 Fairview/Oakwood

Lonsdale/Martin Chapel                                 Bethel, Amherst/Lincoln Park

Lynnwood                                                       Norwood

Washington Pike                     




      Sunday, November 12    3:00pm

 Colonial Heights (HOST)  6321 Chapman Hwy                 

Central                                                           Church Street

Hillcrest/Hendron's                                         Lennon Seney

Second                                                           Vestal

Magnolia Ave/Macedonia/St. Luke 



      Sunday, November 19  3:00pm

 Bearden  (HOST) 4407 Sutherland Ave               

Middlebrook Pike                                            Trinity

St. Mark                                                           Zion

Ebenezer                                                         Cokesbury



PLEASE NOTE: Completed paperwork is to be turned in to the District Office the Monday before your scheduled Charge Conference.

Make plans to join us for our Senior Adult Festival:  SEASONED SOULS
You will have the opportunity to worship and refresh as we gather for Friendship, Fun, Insight and Inspiration.  :
WORSHIP AND CELEBRATE with our Preacher and Worship Leader Rev. Jimmy Sherrod.  Pastor of Central UMC
choose a couple of workshops:
SCAM-U led by Don Dare, avoid being a scam victim SCAM-U will be an enjoyable upbeat way to increase your awareness of some of the many ways that we can avoid being victimized.
TALES OF THE TRAIL, led by Alan Ashworth, The Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy Ministry hear stories of the meaningful encounters between our chaplain and hikers which have resulted in increased spiritual awareness, deeper faith and stronger commitment.
ABC's OF MEDICARE EDUCATION, led by Laura Taylor, Laura will answer your questions and help you understand options as you deal with Medicare and Annual Enrollment.
LUNCH: Will be provided for all who pre-register.  There will be a couple of main course options as well as several side dishes to choose from, dessert and beverage.
Cost for the event will be $12 per person.  We hope to have brochures and on-line registration available soon.  If you have questions please feel free to contact the District Office. 

2017 UMVIM LEADER TRAINING  Sat, Nov. 4  10am-3pm           
 Trinity Outreach Center Fellowship Hall
 320 Robertsville Rd   O ak Ridge, TN 37830
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)  Team Leaders needing this training and any persons interested in leading a mission team on a trip should attend.  This course will provide you with tools you need to confidently lead a mission team from your church/congregation on a successful mission trip either within the US or throughout the world.

For more information and registration please follow this link or contact Maxine or Bob Schultz, 865-719-4304 or 865-719-3230.
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SCHOOL KITS for Zimbabwe                Goal - 400

Pack all items in 1 Large backpack
3 pks notebook paper (WIDE- RULED)
1 compass/protractor set
1 (12in) Ruler
1 (10-12 pack) pencils
1 (10-12 pack of pens, black or blue
1 small calculator
1 pack of erasers
1 small Dictionary
1 box of crayons

  • Remove all tags
  • Place school supplies inside the backpack. 
  • Please use only the quantities listed.
  • NO SUBSTITUTIONS or additional items are allowed due to Customs regulations. This includes notes, cards, photos, religious tracks, food items or anything else that is not on the list.
  • A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each kit - do not put money in the backpack!   Church Treasurers should write ONE CHECK to the Knoxville District UMC for the total cost of packing and shipping (ie: 10 kits equals $50).
  • Please hold on to your completed packs until the collection time next June. You will receive further instructions at a later date.
Keep an eye out on those back to school specials.  Next thing you know backpacks will start showing up on clearance.
26th Lay Servant Training, Middlebrook Pike UMC
30th Appointment Cabinet

4th  Labor Day, District and Conference Offices Closed
6th  Extended Cabinet
7th  Appointment Cabinet
8th  Mountain Talk: New Ways of Doing Church,  Henderson Settlement
8-10th 2nd Session of Local Pastor Licensing School
9th  PROPEL Stewardship Conference, Concord UMC
16-17th  UMW Annual Meeting and Officer Training, The Connexion, Sevierville
27-29th Holston Administrative Professionals Conference, Gatlinburg

2nd Knoxville/Oak Ridge Retired Clergy Lunch, Fountain City UMC
6-7th Worship Conference, The Connexion, Sevierville
6-8th  3rd Session of Local Pastor Licensing School

Knoxville District UMC
P.O. Box 6689
Knoxville, TN 37914

Resident Bishop - Mary Virginia Taylor
District Superintendent - Brenda Carroll
Administrative Assistant - Mary Hawkins