CHRIST UMC IN GREENEVILLE handed out 500 bags filled with goodies and information about their Advent/Christmas events to students preparing for finals at the Greeneville campus of Walter State Community College. Brooke Rhea, who is doing an internship in Young Adult Ministries for a class at Asbury Theological Seminary, coordinated the effort. Plans for continued outreach to the students are being made.
Christ UMC also hosted a series of events for an Appalachian Christmas Celebration. In addition to the traditional greenery and Advent wreath, the sanctuary was decorated with handmade quilts and the tree adorned with Moravian stars, corn-shuck angels, and wheat. A bagpiper, storyteller, and Moravian Love Feast all recalled the many traditions comprising the Appalachian culture. The celebration culminated with a Mountain Music Christmas Communion Service.
-- Rev. Ginger Isom, Christ UMC