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  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 –5:00 Phone 276-628-4421 / Fax 276-628-2947 Email-abdist@holston.org www.abingdondistrictumc.org

    Resident Bishop: Mary Virginia Taylor

    District Superintendent: Rev. Sandra Johnson

    Administrative Assistant: Cindy Fleenor

    Abingdon Advocate

    Inside this issue:

    January / February 2015

    In this Edition:

    1. Year-End Reports Due

    2. Read the Bible in a Year

    3. Convocation 2015

    4. Resurrection 2015

    5. Health Kits 2015

    6. Resource Information

    7. VBS Workshops

    8. District Day of Discipleship

    9. Annual Conference 2015

    Abingdon District -

    WEBSITE

    You can access District information by visiting our

    website at:

    abingdondistrictumc.org

    Check us out!

    Pastors: 2014 Year -End Re-

    ports are due on

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2015.

    Details inside…

    Annual Financial Reviews due by

    March 31st 2015

    Form available on line at

    www.abingdondistrictumc.org

    A Short Course in Human Relations

    The SEVEN most important words: “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”

    The SIX most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.”

    The FIVE most important words: “You did a great job.”

    The FOUR most important words: “What do you think?”

    The THREE most important words: “If you please…”

    The TWO most important words: “Thank you.”

    The ONE most important word: “We”

    and

    The ONE least important word: “I”

    Anonymous

    Reminder to Pastors and Church Treasurers

    The Abingdon District Office Books will close on January 10th.

    Please make every effort to pay your District Askings in full by that date.

    Need assistance? Call the District Office at 276-628-4421

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    Mark your calendars NOW for a District Workshop:

    CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: MISSION BEYOND THE WALLS OF THE CHURCH

    9:00 am -2:00 pm Lead by Rev. Jim Goddard

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2015 PLEASANT VIEW UMC, ABINGDON

    REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED

    COST $20.00 PER PERSON (includes required book, “SHIFT’ , printed handouts, and lunch.)

    Deadline to register Thursday, February 12th.

    Books are available at the District Office -you will need to read this book BEFORE attending the workshop. Supplies are limited.

    Please cut here and bring or mail to Abingdon District Office P.O. Box 263 Abingdon, VA. 24212

    ************************************************************************************************

    Name ______________________________________________Phone # __________________________________

    Address _______________________________________________________________________________________

    Church ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Email ___________________________________________________

    Fee: $20.00 ________________________Cash (please do not mail cash)

    ________________________Check (Make payable to: Abingdon District )

    CLERGY MEETING REMINDER:

    Clergy Meeting: Tuesday, January 13th 2015

    Pleasant View UMC -Abingdon

    Worship 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Pastors will turn in 2014 Year-End Reports at this meeting in the following order:

    Last name begins with A - K

    8:00 am -10:00am

    Last Name begins with L -Z

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    **NO District Clergy Meeting in February CONVOCATION FEBRUARY 23-26, 2015

    NO EVENING CLERGY MEETING IN JANUARY

    SERMON ACADEMY

    January 26, 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Alcoa Conference Center

    This workshop, led by Rev. Dr. Paul Harmon, Spartanburg, SC District Superintendent, will be a gathering of those who rely on and value words to help people connect to the Living Word. During our time together, we will focus on preaching possibilities for the Lenten journey, explor-

    ing both lectionary and non-lectionary options for helping people live toward the joy of Easter. We will talk about

    the practical aspects of sermon preparation that help real faith connect with real life. 0.5 CEUs

    Register today! $25 Registration includes lunch and materials. www.holston.org

    http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001y9_kU3XaNtMB0Cu-sRHb5WuVjVRzWa3HW77hvvpmeNdA6XQbtpVdezMrJ2HTuThApaOwTyozC7ZTQIw1_D2J8Q5dB6mxZoqYxQKc8P8DwrUOq7jfX2xlit5sHL4WyPXcl5EBaDv22CJwJ8eyDlVjf_lRQ0-fuZ_htqeFIZiPIaSfrwzqS-mBSGR1uisN6krgOWky_BgUHCAmm-3ZBhesfazAYVr8Yf4AQORb http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001y9_kU3XaNtMB0Cu-sRHb5WuVjVRzWa3HW77hvvpmeNdA6XQbtpVdezMrJ2HTuThA0jVn6WWQkWTM80PHgTS1-0aU49v6ENjWGMdIg4byOSXyNPnA5ZqqgTe_0rtkkHKNoDAGwyORz6ppjdMROz55LAxSWdx-dbIgO31o-Z1uX2RoBVfjr3qzKXoh3_FgPATyQTy0Kqlatn3aKJPYPlT_GFMGfeUWMVk4&c=k

  • RESURRECTION 2015 Celebrating 30 Years!!!

    2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEWS –

    For January 2015

    IMPORTANT CHANGE:

    .

    Shortly after the first of the year, letters will be sent out with Annual Conference information to all Annual Confer- ence members, both clergy and lay. The process for making housing reservations has changed, and it is very

    important that all Conference members be mindful of this change.

    There will not be a call in day this year for housing reservations. Letters will be mailed to clergy and lay members the week of January 10, and housing preferences must be sent directly to Lake Junaluska by January 30, 2015. The

    Junaluska staff will then hold a random drawing to assign housing. They will contact conference members directly by February 20 to inform them of their housing assignments. After conference members receive word from Junaluska that they have been assigned housing, they will need to send back the housing deposit. No money should be sent

    with the housing preference request.

    If you are a lay member to annual conference or clergy, be on the lookout for this mailing! (No later call-in day)

    ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015

    The following persons were elected at District Charge Confer- ence September 28th , 2014 by a ballot vote to serve the Abingdon District as At-Large Members to Annual Conference 2015

    Susie Ledger Joe Garrett Millie Saunders

    Ernie Catron Carolyn Kidd Dan Gill

    Sarah Adams Sarah McMillan Glenda Maine

    Greg Herrell Heda Quillin Christina Best

    Roy Hull Jane Carter Tawana Teague

    Jacob Countiss

    1St Alternate: Alma Wheeler

    2nd Alternate: Candace Gurley

    Other persons representing Abingdon District:

    Prue Oxendine – UMW President

    Sue Tilson – District Lay Leader

    Young Adult Representative –Amanda Countiss

    CCYM Representative – Olivia Wilson

    Campus Ministry Representative -Emily Ballard

    Lighten Up!

    42nd Annual Minister’s Wives Retreat

    Music Road Inn, 303 Henderson Chapel Road, Pigeon Forge, TN

    March 19 –21, 2015

    Deadline to Register: February 27th, 2015

    Complete Information /Brochures are available at

    ClergySpouses.holston.org

    http://ClergySpouses.holston.org

  • Abingdon District Office PO. Box 263 Abingdon, Virginia 24210

    Contact Information: abdist@holston.org

    Plan now to Attend a Cokesbury

    V B S 2015 Showcase Event

    January 22 –6:30 pm First Broad Street UMC, Kingsport

    January 27—6:00 pm Pleasant View UMC, Abingdon –a light meal will be provided at this showcase

    February 3 –6:30 pm Wesley Memorial UMC, Johnson City

    Ken Fowler

    423-262-6433

    kfowler@cokesbury.com

    Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant

    HEALTH KITS for 2015 Abingdon – Goal 400

    Pack these items in a 2-gallon Zip-Loc bag:

    1 hand towel

    1 washcloth

    2 toothbrushes

    2 tubes toothpaste (6.4. oz. or less)

    1 bottle shampoo (15 oz. or less)

    1 bottle lotion (18 oz. or less)

    1 bottle roll-on deodorant (4 oz. or less)

    1 small spray perfume/cologne/body mist (4 oz. or less)

    Pack these separately in sandwich-size Zip-Loc bag:

    1 tube antibacterial ointment (1 oz.)

    1 bottle Tylenol/acetaminophen (24 ct.)

    Kits will be picked up in June of 2015 before Annual Conference

    Include $5.00 per kit. Do not place money inside the kits.

    Churches should write one check for total number of kits payable to

    Abingdon District . A drop-off day will be announced soon.

    OLD TIMEY GOSPEL JAM

    OPEN MICROPHONE

    ALL AGES WELCOME

    SECOND SATURDAYS

    7:00 - 9:00 PM

    COME AND GO AS YOU PLEASE

    Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church

    107 Sulphur Springs Circle

    Castlewood, VA 24224

    276 393 6599

    (JUST OFF ALTERNATE ROUTE 58

    IN THE DICKENSONVILLE AREA)

    CONVOCATION 2015

    FEBRUARY 23-26, 2015

    Music Road Hotel / Convention Center

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Clergy, if you have not already registered for this event,

    please do so by going to www.convocation.holston.org

    Please