1st Day of Christmas: Telford bikes for kids
2nd Day of Christmas: Tyner remembers Amanda
3rd Day of Christmas: Mountain View's new baby
4th Day of Christmas: Bluefield shares hope
5th Day of Christmas: St. Paul's 5-year-old missionary
6th Day of Christmas: Shades of Grace reaches the least
7th Day of Christmas: Johnson City's 'Sensitive Santa'
8th Day of Christmas: Asbury hosts huge party
9th Day of Christmas: Rural Retreat adopts 34 kids
10th Day of Christmas: Bradbury visits prisoners
11th Day of Christmas: First Farragut invites friends
12th Day of Christmas: Jubilee Project experiences grace
In Telford, Tenn., 40 volunteers from 10 churches joined to assemble bicycles for 46 needy school children.
At Bledsoe County prison in Pikeville, Tenn., 12 church members from Kingston provided 120 inmates with a Christmas meal, music, and gifts.
In Galax, Va., a tiny church that had recently considered closing instead invited the community to a Christmas party. Three hundred people attended, including 82 children who received new Bibles: 80 in English, two in Spanish.
We see these examples of extraordinary love throughout the year in Holston Conference -- but especially during the season of Advent and Christmas, when we celebrate an extraordinary love in the birth of Jesus Christ.
Beginning Dec. 25 here at Holston.org, we invite you to pause on each of the 12 Days of Christmas with 12 gift-giving stories from our churches and people.
Share your own stories and photos of extraordinary love by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
12th Day of Christmas: Jubilee Project experiences grace through donations, neighbors served1/5/2015
Part 12 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 5, 2015) -- Fifteen more minutes and I would be closing the office to begin my Christmas holiday. I was looking forward to some time off. The flu season had taken its toll on the ...
10th Day of Christmas: Bradbury shares worship, gifts with Bledsoe Co. prisoners1/3/2015
Part 10 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series KINGSTON, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2014) – On Dec. 6, twelve members and friends of Bradbury United Methodist Church provided Christmas worship and a meal for 120 offenders and officials at Bledsoe County ...
11th Day of Christmas: First Farragut invites friends in for annual community day1/3/2015
Part 11 in our “12 Days of Christmas” series KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2015) – For the past seven years, Christmas has come early in December for First Farragut United Methodist Church as we invite the friends and neighbors we’ve met and served ...
9th Day of Christmas: Rural Retreat fulfills wish lists for 34 Holston Home children1/2/2015
Part 9 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series RURAL RETREAT, Va. (Jan. 2, 2015) -- It began two years ago when I suggested adopting a mission project for Advent and Christmas. Folks at Rural Retreat United Methodist Church decided they wanted to reach...
8th Day of Christmas: Asbury hosts huge Santa party, shines like a diamond1/1/2015
Part 8 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series GALAX, Va. (Jan. 1, 2015) – On Dec. 6, reindeer dropped Santa off at Asbury United Methodist Church for a two-hour visit. More than 300 people heralding from Grayson, Carroll and Galax came for his call. ...
7th Day of Christmas: Johnson City churches invite special-needs kids to meet 'Sensitive Santa'12/31/2014
Part 7 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series GRAY, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 2014) – R.J. has beautiful curls and long eyelashes. His mom dressed him in an adorable outfit appropriate for his visit with Santa, including a red-and-green plaid shirt and matching...
6th Day of Christmas: 'Shades of Grace' reaches the least, last, lost and lonely12/30/2014
Part 6 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Dec. 30, 2014) --- Shades of Grace, a new church start in the Kingsport District, has witnessed too many extraordinary acts of love during this Christmas season to condense into a single ...
5th Day of Christmas: St. Paul blessed by 5-year-old's love for her teacher12/29/2014
Part 5 in our "12 Days of Christmas" series KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 29, 2014) -- Macon Sloan is a five-year-old missionary. At such a young age, this old soul is already reaching out in care and concern to her community and leading her church at St. ...
4th Day of Christmas: Bluefield church shares hope throughout coalfield region12/28/2014
Part 4 in our 12 Days of Christmas series BLUEFIELD, Va. (Dec. 28, 2014) -- In spite of an unusual barrage of bad news in the coalfield section of Holston Conference, the church continues to stand in the gap, bringing hope to the people of the ...
3rd Day of Christmas: Mountain View pastor celebrates birth of a son12/27/2014
Part 3 in our 12 Days of Christmas series KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Dec. 27, 2014) – The birth of a child is a gift. Whenever we hold an infant in our arms, we know that God is good and a miracle has arrived. This time of year we focus much on one ...
2nd Day of Christmas: Tyner collects toys for sick children in remembrance of Amanda12/26/2014
Part 2 in our 12 Days of Christmas series CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 26, 2014) -- This Christmas, Tyner United Methodist Church collected 232 pounds of toys valued at more than $3,000 for patients on the neurological floor at LeBonheur Children’s ...
1st Day of Christmas: Telford shares community love through bikes for kids12/25/2014
Part 1 in our 12 Days of Christmas series TELFORD,Tenn. (Dec. 25, 2014) -- Cold Saturday mornings in December are a great day to sleep late, lay around in your PJs, and watch cartoons curled up on the couch in a warm snuggy. On Saturday, Dec. 13, ...