Knoxville District
Monthly News & Updates
Please take a few minutes to look over the newsletter and mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Camp Wesley Woods
Annual Golf Tournament
to raise funds for Camp Scholarships
Monday, April 24, 2017
Morning (8:30)  Afternoon (1:30)

Egwani Farms
3920 S Singleton Station Rd 
Rockford, TN 37853
For more information and registration please click here.

All current Annual Conference information can be found at

Need a PRINTED COPY OF THE BOOK OF REPORTS?  Orders must be placed by this Saturday, April 1.

Ishe Anesu Project is this year's
Annual Conference Mission Offering
Download a video and bulletin inserts to share with your congregation at

Change for Children Grants are available to support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children through Holston Conference churches and related United Methodist agencies.  Envelopes will be sent out mid April to each church in each district and collected Tuesday morning June 13th 8:30 - 10:00am in front of Stuart Auditorium. 

DEADLINE - May 15th
REGISTER for CHILDCARE with Lake Junaluska 828-464-6681
REGISTER FOR 5K RUN/1-MILE WALK to benefit AC Offering


2016 Holston Conference Journals

Orders are now being accepted for 2016 Holston Conference Journals.  Visit to order yours by credit card today.  Cost $50.00  Or you can download the form and order by check. 
Hands on Mission Kits 2017

     Be keeping your eyes open for supplies for the 2017 Hands On Mission Kits.   Please note:  The list has changed from the previous years, for 2017 they are requesting sneakers. 
SCHOOL KITS for Zimbabwe 
Pack these items in a new backpack:
  • 1 compass/protractor set
  • 1 pk. erasers
  • 1 pk. pencils (10-12 ct.)
  • 1 small dictionary
  • 1 box crayons (24 ct.)
  • 1 ruler, 12-inch
  • 3 pks. notebook paper, wide-ruled (100-150 ct.)
  • 1 pk. pens, blue or black (10-12 ct.)
  • 1 pr. NEW sneakers - any size, child/adult  ($15 or less; remove all price tags)
As usual there will be a $5.00 shipping charge for each backpack.

Lay Servant Ministries

Conversations on Race

The next Conversations on Race program will be held on Sunday, April 9th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at Church Street UMC. The program will focus on Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and the participants will have time to discuss plans for community outreach.
Continuing Education credit is available for clergy who participate in this monthly program. Everyone is welcome to attend
Missionary Emergency Fund

The Missionary Emergency Fund, Incorporated, was founded in 1920 by Major A.D. Reynolds, exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes.  The Fund aids in the propagation of the Christian Faith, supports home and foreign missions engaged in propagating the Christian Faith, provides scholarships and other aid for students preparing for Christian service work, aids the active and retired clergy by assisting in the education of their children and by providing for the comfort and care of their families, aids in Christian education at home and abroad, including support and assistance to educational institutions and to students and teachers, and carries on various charitable, religious, and educational activities either directly or by contributions to organizations duly authorized to carry on charitable, religious, and educational activities.

Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church and State Street United Methodist Church, both in Bristol and both dear to Major A.D. Reynolds' heart, distribute Missionary Emergency funds together annually for scholarship purposes and individually for grant purposes. Scholarships are made available to children and spouses of Holston Conference active or retired clergy, to those pursuing vocations in ministry or missions, or to Holston Conference clergy pursuing further education such as Master of Divinity degrees or Doctorate of Ministry degrees.  
If you would like to apply for the Missionary Emergency Fund scholarship for the 2017-2018 year, please visit the MEF page on the Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church website.  Our website is  Then go to the "More" page and click on the button to fill out your application online this year.  The link will take you to a secure site and your completed application will come directly to me upon submission. 

One more thing!  Please have your Dean of Students or Advisors fill out the attached form to verify your grades.  You can have them report your grades as of the Fall 2016 semester.

Go Gray Sunday, May 7, 2017
     Supporting Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness

     Over the past few years , the Holston Conference Minister's Spouses, have all been praying for little Miss Tillery Phillips as she has battled a brain tumor that was diagnosed when she was
15 months old. At 3 years old, Tillery just had her 14th surgery.  The Holston Conference Minister's Spouses, at their recent retreat, took an offering to be sent to Alex's Lemonade Stand to support Miss Tillery and her family.  Now, we want to give you an opportunity to learn more about this foundation and support Go Gray Sunday too!
     You can go to: to learn more about how Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation helps children like Miss Tillery and other children facing childhood cancer. Click here for information and suggestions on how you can be a part of Go Gray Sunday. You may want to have your church participate with you, maybe your book club, a work team, get as many folks involved to learn more about childhood cancer and how we can make a difference in the lives of these children.
      If you wish to receive more information or resources such as bulletin inserts on Go Gray Sunday, have a representative of your group contact Alana Phillips at (423) 827-2804 or