news & updates
August 2019
Upcoming Events
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Lord's Acre Sale, Fall Festival, Farmapalooza, Cluster Revival, Safe Sanctuary Training and more...

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District Conference - Mark Your Calendars!
Sunday, September 22, 3:00 pm at Elizabeth Chapel UMC
We will gather at Elizabeth Chapel UMC on Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 pm to hear reports, set a budget and elect leadership for 2020.

While everyone is welcome to attend District Conference, the voting members are as follows: Local church lay leader, chair of the administrative council or administrative board and council on ministries, presidents of United Methodist Youth, United Methodist Women, and United Methodist Men, finance committee chairperson or treasurer, all members of the district leadership team, chairpersons of all district boards and committees, district treasurer, annual conference lay members and at-large lay members, diaconal ministers, deacons in full connection, and pastors serving within the district.

If you are interested in serving on one of our district boards or committees, email Betty for details.

If you are interested in serving as an At-Large Lay Member to 2020 Annual Conference, click here for a nomination form.
Addressing Our Region's Opioid Crisis
Grants Available to Fight Opioid Crisis
Healing Hands
  • More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
  • In our Holston Conference area, more people died from opioid overdoses than perished in traffic accidents, homicides, or suicides in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  • Opioid overdose deaths totaled 1,186 in 2016, up 14.7 percent.
  • Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia are in the top 10 states impacted by opioid overdose deaths.
  • Tennessee is ranked first in the nation in opioid sales.

This year's Holston Annual Conference Mission Initiative is focused on addressing the opioid crisis in our region.

In June the congregations of Holston Conference raised $143,597 to equip our churches for the fight. This money is now being made available in the form of grants to congregations, missional hubs, and ministries that apply for them. The first deadline for grant applications is September 1.
What Can You Do to Help?

Recently, Holston Conference published a list of 30 ways churches can fight opioid addiction. If you are looking for ideas, this is a great place to start.
United Methodist Women Social Action Event
Understanding Opioid Addiction In Our Region and
What We Can Do to Help
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Three Rivers District Ministry Center
This event, sponsored by the Three Rivers District United Methodist Women is free to all. Featured Speakers include:
  • Martin Olsen, M.D, Professor Quillen College of Medicine
  • Robert Pack, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Community and Behavioral Health
  • KariLynn Dowling-McClay, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Angie Odom, TLC Community Center, Elizabethton

Save the date, download and share the flyer, and stay tuned for more info
Eternal Freedom Counseling
Free, individual Christian counseling
Our area is in crisis. The pain of addiction runs rampant through our homes and communities. As followers of Jesus, we naturally want to help, but we often don’t know how.

Eternal Freedom Counseling is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded by First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport. This ministry seeks to assist folks struggling with addiction, co-dependence or abuse. They are currently accepting clients for individual counseling appointments.

Long term, they would also like to partner with any churches interested in hosting a Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Celebrate Recovery program.

If you or someone you know has need of this service or your church is willing to host a group counseling program, contact Irene Hopkins, LMSW and Executive Director of Eternal Freedom Counseling. (423) 732-9381 or email.
Three Rivers District Youth News
National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training
Munsey Memorial UMC is a host site for the National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training on Saturday, September 21, from 9:00-11:30am in the Christian Life Center. The information shared at this training is helpful for volunteers with both children and youth, and the training is free. Please let Amanda Onks know by email by September 15 if you plan to attend.

Our annual District Youth Farmapalooza will be on Sunday, October 13, from 5:30-7:00pm. We’ll spend the evening fellowshipping together at the Robertsons’ farm in Jonesborough. Dinner will be $3 per person (hot dogs, chips, and s’mores), and we’ll take up an offering for YSF. Please let Amanda Onks know by email by October 6 how many in your group will be coming and if you need directions.
Gifts & Talents

We’re going to do digital submissions again for Gifts and Talents this year. Each group who would like to be considered should submit their video by Sunday, October 27, to Amanda Onks. Videos will be gathered and sent out to youth leaders, so groups can watch them during their regular youth group meeting times. After videos have been viewed by groups, votes should be sent to Amanda Onks by November 10. The theme for Resurrection 2020 is “More than Conquerors” and is based on Romans 8:37, which groups should consider as they prepare their talent offerings.
Safe Sanctuaries Training

Gray UMC will host a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday, September 29, from 3:30-5:00pm.
This training is open to all who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. CEUs are available for clergy.
Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting DVDs Available
Order Yours Today!
The Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting Committee is offering DVDs of this year's 200th Camp Meeting with preacher Bishop David Graves. You can order individual nights or the complete set to enjoy the music, preaching and great fellowship of this historic event. Cost of the DVDs is $15 per night or $55 for the set of four.
Order Your 2019 Holston Annual Conference Journal
The 2019 Journal order page is live!
The 2019 Journal will be in two volumes again this year, both of which will be mailed directly to you. You will receive Volume II first, which includes the statistical tables. Volume I will arrive at a later date, and includes the conference minutes, reports, pastoral records, etc. Cost of both volumes is $55.

If you have questions concerning the 2019 Journal or ordering process you may contact Brandy Williams in the Office of Clergy Services. 865-293-4148 or email.
Order 2020 Calendar and 2019-2020 Handbook/Directory
Deadline is September 9
There is still time to order your Holston Conference Calendar and Handbook/Directory. Click the buttons below to download the order form to pay by check, or order online with credit or debit card. Please note that orders paid by check should be mailed to us at the District Office.
Remember Sabbath - A Women's Retreat
Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13 at Lake Junaluska, NC
Come away with Rev. Amy Probst to the beautiful mountains of Lake Junaluska, NC, to an invitation to transformation, renewal, rest, learning and fellowship. Allow yourself to be pampered and cared for by others walking this journey as we ponder together different seasons and languages of Sabbath.
Adoration Prayer Service
Saturday, September 28 at ETSU Mini Dome
Adoration 2019 is a prayer and worship event. Their offering will go towards supporting opiod addiction ministries. 

Their goal is to gather people from 1,000 churches to pray and worship together. Consider signing up your church for this year's event.
Please note: The Three Rivers District Training will be held in early November. Stay tuned for more details.
UMW Faith Talks
Thursday, August 29, 6:00 pm - online
Deaconess Cindy Johnson will discuss the calling women of faith have in addressing the immigration crisis.
Attention Pastors!
LAST CALL : Confidential clergy wellness groups in your area are filling up so please contact Kathy Heustess by email if you would like to attend one of the orientation meetings in Johnson City, Knoxville, Emory & Henry or Chattanooga. See the syllabus for dates and times of each meeting. These meeting begin in a couple of weeks so sign up today!
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