Cover Story
Retired pastor undertakes Nine-day bike tour

Riding for pensions A retired Holston pastor is taking his bike out for a 480-mile spin to help the conference reach its $7.8 million pensions goal.

The Rev. Jim Green, a long-distance biker and the conference's steward of clergy concerns, will pedal the length of the Holston Conference – from Radford, Va., to Rising Fawn, Ga. – to raise funds for The Legacy of Commitment Campaign. "The Ride," as conference leaders have dubbed it, will kick off April 3 for a nine-day tour.

Churches, Sunday school classes, United Methodist Men and Women, and especially youth groups are encouraged to sponsor GreenŐs ride with $480 ($1 per mile) given in honor of former pastors or beloved church leaders. A list of honorees and sponsors will be published in The Call.

Every Holston church is urged to make at least one contribution to the bike fundraising effort, conference leaders said. Pastors will receive explanatory brochures in early February.

The bike fundraiser is one of two appeals to local churches to help the conference meet its goal to underwrite pre-1982 pensions for Holston clergy. On April 28, 2002, congregations will be asked to give on behalf of retired ministers during a conference-wide "Retired Ministers Sunday."

Currently, 15 to 20 percent of each Holston congregation's "Fair Share," or apportionment, covers the cost of unfunded pensions. As of Jan. 8, the campaign had raised $5.76 million for 73.8 percent of the $7.8 million goal. The target date for completion of the campaign is Annual Conference 2002. For more information, contact The Legacy of Commitment office at (865) 690-4080.

January 18, 2002 Issue

Go Vols
Shouldn’t we let God determine our activities instead of the SEC? A commentary.
Page 3

Secret Lives
Maybe you only see your minister on Sunday mornings, but for these four pastors, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes.
Pages 4 & 5

Bishop's Perspective
“None of us follow the Bible very literally. Thank God we don’t! If we did, we would look and act much more like the Taliban than like followers of Jesus.”
Page 2

Nation & World
Methodist news from outside the conference. Pages 6 & 7

Unless otherwise noted, all articles written by Annette Spence Bender

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