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August 22, 2016
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Clergy Health
Pastor loses 160 pounds, shares story with others
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- When Rev. Richie Hayes finally decided to lose weight, he went on a "farewell tour" of his favorite restaurants. "I love you," he said over his favorite meals at Waffle House, Harbor House, and Burger King. "Thank you, but this is goodbye."
East Africa
Orphan rescue continues during Sudan crisis
ALCOA, Tenn. -- The plight of 36 orphaned children from South Sudan captured the praying hearts of Holstonians who read on Facebook about dangerous efforts to move them to safer ground. A prayer vigil and special offering to address the worsening crisis will be announced next week.
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In memoriam: Rev. Thomas Blackshear, 81, Chattanooga 
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Upcoming Events
'Immigrant Welcoming Communities'Training
Sept. 9-10
>>> Congregations
 are invited to outreach training led by the General Board of Church and Society. Choose between a Friday training in Knoxville or a Saturday training in Cleveland.
The Gathering
Sept. 23-25
>>>Annual weekend event hosted by the Native American Ministries Team in Tellico Plains, Tenn. 


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Reading List
We asked Rev. Larry Carroll, associate pastor at Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville, Tenn.: 

"What book is lying on your nightstand?"
How the MIghty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give in, by Jim Collins

Viral Shot
Our Facebook readers loved this photo of Rev. Charles Maynard 
preaching Aug. 7 at Jonesville Camp Meeting.   

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August "Way to Give" video for kids in poverty

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Greatest Hits
Our most clicked-on stories in the last editions:


1. Bishop Taylor: "Keep the promises you have made" 


2. Disaster response in BSG: Where are you, Holston? 


Aug. 5 edition