Hallelujah! 100 churches report Easter worship attendance totals

Hallelujah! 100 churches report Easter worship attendance totals

No other feature in The Call inspires as many readers to respond.

Two hours after most Easter services had concluded in Holston Conference, the e-mails started to pour in. The Rev. Wayne Cook was the first to respond to an invitation for churches to e-mail their total Easter worship attendances. Cook, pastor at Sand Mountain United Methodist Church, reported 74 in attendance at his Chattanooga District church.

A few churches reported all-time attendance records. These included Pikeville in Chattanooga District with 135, Central-Radford UMC in Wytheville District with 595, First Morristown in Morristown District with 948, and Cokesbury in Knoxville with 6,008.

Each report was joyful in itself, but many of the reporters were especially joyous.

"Grove UMC had 321 on Easter Sunday," reported the Rev. Karen Lane of Wytheville District. "The sanctuary was packed and it was a fabulous day."

"Praise the Lord!" e-mailed the Rev. Braxton Cotton, pastor at First Madisonville of Maryville District. "We had 157 in attendance for our primary worship service on Easter, and an ecumenical service much earlier. It was an incredibly blessed day!"

"Greetings in the name of Jesus!" reported the Rev. Jason Crabtree. "I am proud and honored to report that 86 souls honored and praised God this morning at Appalachia UMC located in the Big Stone Gap District."

Here are Easter worship attendance totals for reporting churches as of midnight April 15:

18 - Smith's Chapel (Big Stone Gap)
20
- St. Charles (Big Stone Gap)
28 - Wesley Memorial (Wytheville)
28 - Hermon (Kingsport)
29 - Dryden (Big Stone Gap)
32 - Looney's Creek (Chattanooga)
33 - Smyth Chapel (Big Stone Gap)
35 - New Hope (Wytheville)
40 - Spring Creek (Cleveland)
41 - Old Union (Kingsport)
47 - Pound (Big Stone Gap)
50 - Flatwoods (Big Stone Gap)
53 - St. Charles (Big Stone Gap)
59 - McFerrin (Kingsport)
64 - Coeburn (Big Stone Gap)
67 - St. Paul (Big Stone Gap)
68 - Derby (Big Stone Gap)
68 - Rye Cove (Big Stone Gap)
68 - Legion Memorial (Big Stone Gap)
68 - Macedonia (Knoxville)
72 - Oakland (Morristown)
73 - Prospect (Big Stone Gap)
74
- Sand Mountain (Chattanooga)
79 - Hales Chapel (Big Stone Gap)
81 - Central-Bland (Tazewell)
84 - St. Paul-Elizatheton (Johnson City)
86 - Appalachia (Big Stone Gap)
86 - Norton (Big Stone Gap)
87 - Midway (Big Stone Gap)
89 - Midtown Valley (Oak Ridge)
94 - Logan's Chapel (Maryville)
95 - Calhoun (Cleveland)
100 - Signal Mountain (Chattanooga)
102 - Zion (Knoxville)
105 - Graham's Forge (Wytheville)
106 - Fort Gibson (Big Stone Gap)
107 - Immanuel (Maryville)
110 - Mt.Zion-Dandridge (Morristown)
110 - Wesley Memorial-Etowah (Cleveland)
113 - Trinity-Wise (Big Stone Gap)
114 - Bethel-Radford (Wytheville)
120 - New Mount Olive (Wytheville)
120 - Harriman (Oak Ridge)
124 - Nickelsville Circuit (Big Stone Gap)
128 - McKendree (Chattanooga)
131 - Noe's Chapel (Morristown)
132 - Rockhold (Johnson City)
133 - Thornspring (Wytheville)
135 - Pikeville (Chattanooga)
140 - Simpson (Chattanooga)
145 - Asbury (Knoxville)
145 - Ewing Circuit (Big Stone Gap)
153 - Marvin's Chapel (Johnson City)
154 - Clintwood (Big Stone Gap)
157 - First Madisonville (Maryville)
160 - Fairview (Johnson City)
163 - Bluff City (Johnson City)
168 - Mt. Vale (Wytheville)
177 - Dungannon (Big Stone Gap)
181 - St. John (Maryville)
185 - First Rich Creek (Tazewell)
191 - Aldersgate (Abingdon)
207 - LaFollette (Oak Ridge)
208 - Auburn (Wytheville)
215 - Sulphur Springs (Chattanooga)
224 - Bookwalter (Knoxville)
225 - First Copperhill (Chattanooga)
225 - Piney Flats (Johnson City)
227 - Gate City (Big Stone Gap)
237 - East Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap)
247 - Trinity-Athens (Cleveland)
262 - Elizabeth Chapel (Johnson City)
269 - Central (Knoxville)
292 - Edgefield (Johnson City)
321- Grove (Wytheville)
328 - Trinity-Morristown (Morristown)
360 - First Knoxville (Knoxville)
364 - First Jefferson City (Morristown)
365 - Cassidy (Kingsport)
380 - Hiltons Memorial (Big Stone Gap)
395 - Broadway (Maryville)
403 - Weber City (Big Stone Gap)
446 - Shady Grove (Morristown)
449 - Ebenezer (Knoxville)
517 - Abingdon (Abingdon)
531 - Brainerd (Chattanooga)
547 - Kodak (Knoxville)
595 - Central-Radford (Wytheville)
614 - Tyner (Chattanooga)
640 - Wesley Memorial (Cleveland)
712 - Keith Memorial (Cleveland)
906 - Middlebrook Pike (Knoxville)
948 - First Morristown (Morristown)
1,026 - Central-Lenoir City (Oak Ridge)
1,065 - Hixson (Chattanooga)
1,141 - Burks (Chattanooga)
1,502 - Munsey Memorial (Johnson City)
1,768 - Church Street (Knoxville)
1,779 - Concord (Oak Ridge District)
6,008 - Cokesbury (Knoxville)

To add your church to the list for the next editions of The Call and The Call 2, write thecall@holston.org by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 21. Include the combined total for all Easter Sunday worship services (not egg hunts and Maundy Thursday services), along with your name and district. Pastors and lay leaders only, please.