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Three Rivers District News
Planning for Annual Conference
2019 Annual Conference log
This year's Annual Conference theme is "Healing Hands." This theme was chosen as a reminder that each of us are called to use the gifts, graces, and skills God has given us to bring hope and healing to our broken world, our communities, and families surrounding us.
For more information on Annual Conference visit
Holston Annual Conference
June 9-13, 2019
Lake Junaluska, NC
Hands-on Mission Project
The Three Rivers District will collect school backpacks for Liberia as our 2019 Hands-on Mission Project. Churches should deliver their backpacks to the district office from 9-5 on Monday, June 3, 9-5 on Tuesday, June 4 or 9-3 on Wednesday, June 5. Download the packing list

This year's Annual Conference offering will be used to help stop the opioid epidemic in and around our Holston communities. You can learn more by watching the Annual Conference offering video . Church Treasurers will be receiving the offering envelope for this and Change for Children within the next two weeks. If you do not receive them, contact the district office and we can provide some.

Denman Awards
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award honors clergy, laity and youth for their exceptional ministry of evangelism. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 1. You can download the nomination form here .

Pentecost Sunday
Since the first day of Annual Conference is on Pentecost Sunday, all attendees are invited to wear red, orange or yellow to symbolize fire.
Ministry Spotlight - Camp Bays Mountain
photo of new bathhouse
Great things are happening at Camp Bays Mountain! The new pool bathhouse and new rustic bunk house are 95% finished. The new picnic shelter is also under construction.

After camp ends for the summer, construction of the Anderson Welcome Center will begin, and hopefully within the year construction of a new 24 person cabin will start. All of this is built to enrich the lives of summer campers, retreat guests, and day groups in the glory of God's creation.

There is more good news from your camp! The $4.1 million capital campaign is nearing completion with less than $99,000 to raise. This capital campaign will fully fund Phase 1 and 2 of construction. The camp wishes to thank all who have contributed. Once the campaign is complete, the camp's Board of Directors will host a celebration of thanks for all who have donated.

Registration is now open for Summer 2019. Scholarships are available by calling Jordan Gobble at 423-349-8401. Our goal is that no child miss out on a camping experience due to inability to pay the registration fee.

Camp Bays Mountain is also open for retreats and day groups. Schedule your youth group for a retreat, your children's ministry for a pool party, your church for a picnic and more. Jordan is your contact for reservations at 423-349-8401.

Your camp will evaluated this summer for it's first accreditation through the American Camp Association. This is a very rigorous process covering administration, safety, supervision, emergency response, programming progressions, water safety, and much more. Our accreditation visit is all day July 9. Your camp director, Jeff Wadley, will take off the next day!

Visit the camp website at or check them out on Facebook.

Download this flyer to share with your friends, family and congregations.
Editor's note: Do you have a ministry that we can spotlight in future newsletters? Contact Betty with details.
Camp in the Community
Camp in the Community (CITC) is a ministry of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries. It is a week-long day camp program for children in poverty. The camp operates in partnership with a host church located in an impoverished community, alongside a sponsor church in the Holston Conference. We provide a high-quality summer camp experience to those who could not otherwise afford to attend summer camp.

There will be two CITC opportunities in our district this year: June 17-21 at First UMC, Johnson City and June 24-28 at Piney Flats UMC.

Learn more at
District Youth News
Our District CCYM Elections will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 4:30-6:00pm at the Johnson City Family Skate Center. We’ll have an 80s theme, for the evening, so break out your best 80s gear! We’ll spend the first part of our time skating and fellowshipping together and will then have dinner and vote on our CCYM representatives. The cost for the evening is $5 per person, which includes pizza for dinner, thanks to our district. Students who would like to be considered for CCYM should fill out the nomination form found at this link and come prepared to share at the elections why they would like to be considered for CCYM. There’s also a covenant online, which explains more about CCYM for those interested in running. Nomination forms should be emailed to Amanda Onks , District Youth Coordinator, by Monday, April 22. Youth leaders, please let Amanda know by April 22 how many in your group will be attending so we can plan for food.
Upcoming Events
Events - What, where, when...
Good Friday - District and Conference Offices Closed
Friday, April 19

CCYM Elections and Skate Party
Sunday, April 28
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Johnson City Family Skate Center
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Jubilation event for adults 50+, older adult leaders, and clergy
May 6 - 8
MainStay Suites
Pigeon Forge, TN

District Clergy Meeting
Tuesday, May 7
10:00 am and 6:30 pm
Three Rivers District Ministry Center

The Power of Partnerships - Combating Homelessness and Hunger
Thursday, May 16
Holiday Inn Johnson City
Lunch served 11:45 am
Program 12:15 pm

RISE up and Serve - Holston UMW Mission Event
May 17-19
MainStay Suites
Pigeon Forge, TN

Memorial Day - District and Conference Offices Closed
Monday, May 27

Hands-on Mission Kit Collection
Monday, June 3, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 4, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Three Rivers District Ministry Center

Holston Annual Conference - District Office Closed
June 9 - 12

Festival of Wisdom and Grave - A conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life
August 5-8
Lake Junaluska, NC
Links and Quick Bites
Read the latest issue of The Holstonian (Conference United Methodist Women news) here .

Read the latest issue of The Call (Holston Conference news) here .

Clergy - did you miss the latest issue of the Wesley Leadership Institute newsletter? Read it here

Available today! Olu Brown's latest book: 4D Impact - Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church This book will help lay and clergy leaders develop more vital churches through wisdom and support in the following areas: Hospitality, Technology, Worship by Design and Systems Brown is also offering a live 1-hour online conference on Thursday, May 9. . Learn more

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