We welcome Victoria “Tori” Giblin as a new staff member with our church. Tori began on June 1 as our part-time youth ministry director, working 10 hours a week. Tori graduated from Milligan College with a B.A. in Bible and an emphasis in missions. She also has Minors in Theatre and Sociology. She did a ministry internship in Mexico, working with youth and children, and has helped with youth group at her home church. She is also serving a part-time interim youth ministry position through the summer at Munsey Memorial UMC in Johnson City, and has commitments to them that we will work with. She will usually be at Munsey on Sunday mornings and with us on Wednesday evenings. She will also help us get better organized with our overall youth ministries, such as mission projects, social outings, and fundraisers. We will introduce her to the congregation at worship on Sunday, June 26. We hope you will extend a special welcome to Tori and ask how you can help her with our ministry with youth.
Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston Conference and Johnson City District ministries to children in poverty. Our 13 backpacks filled with school supplies that are bound for Liberia’s orphans combined with others from our Johnson City District for a total of 800 kits , surpassing our goal of 400. The Annual Conference celebrated three truckloads of Hands-on Mission supplies of school, health, and food kits for Liberia and Zimbabwe, with a total of 9,018 kits valued at $221,334 .
Lelia Perry, our Lay Member to Annual Conference, presented at Annual Conference our Change for Children offering that you gave in the amount of $260.78. Our offering was combined with other Holston Conference churches to bring the total to $57,698. These gifts will be used to fund grants for ministries with children, ½ in the Holston region and ½ in Africa.
Lelia also presented our Annual Conference Mission Offering that you have given, amounting to $85. Our gifts combined with other churches totaled $100,849 . Like last year, this Annual Conference Mission Offering will be used in ministry with children in poverty in our Holston region. Our conference goal is to raise $10 per person for each worship attendee. In addition and like last year, each person is asked to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. If you are looking for ways to give your 10 hours of service, please talk with Kim Lundin, our Ministry & Missions Chair.
At Annual Conference, our Holston churches also gave 88 bags of children’s books . The books are to be used as conversation-starters for congregations planning to begin new partnerships with nearby schools. Also, Annual Conference volunteers helped bag 14,000 pounds of potatoes during a Society of St. Andrew “crop drop.” The potatoes will be distributed to area pantries and Holston groups feeding the hungry.
Next Sunday, Kent Pugh, the chaplain of the Sullivan County jails, will present the message during worship. We invite you to bring a special offering to support his ministry with inmates.