Churches, communities, members and friends throughout the Holston region are assessing the devastating damage and loss following yesterday's violent storms across the north Georgia, east Tennessee, and southwest Virginia regions.
Before noon today, Holston's resident leader, Bishop James Swanson, released this statement for his members as well as for all their grieving communities:
“Our hearts and prayers are with all the victims of the violent storms that have ripped apart so many of our Holston Conference communities and indeed across the southern states. On behalf of the people of Holston Annual Conference, I share the sense of deep sorrow and sadness generated by this tragic storm.
"Pastors and members of our congregations are providing support for the affected families and communities at this time. In addition, the Holston Conference Disaster Response Team is on standby to offer assistance as needed in cooperation with the local authorities. The Disaster Response Team can be contacted through the Office of Connectional Ministries toll-free at (866) 690-4080. Please join with me in prayer and ongoing encouragement and assistance for all the people in their loss and grief.”
Watch for ongoing coverage of Holston's own damage reports as well as their United Methodist support of related communities -- at Holston.org or at Facebook.Holston.org.