Holston churches were asked via Facebook to share their responses to the tsunami in Japan:
- The Albright/Clear Springs Charge in Johnson City District hosted a community prayer service on March 18, reports Pastor Adam Love. About six people attended. "I used the prayer service at the National Cathedral for the Haitian earthquake last year as a template," Love said. "Most of us feel helpless when we watch the news, but we gathered and we prayed and that matters very much to God." About $150 was taken in offering for UMCOR Pacific Emergency.
- Ooltewah UMC in Cleveland District sent $9,227 to UMCOR for Japan relief, including $4,227 from the Sunday offering and $5,000 from the "Faith Promise" fund. "Faith Promise is a commitment to missions above and beyond our regular budget, an opportunity offered to our congregation each March," said the Rev. Ramon Torres. "When we make such a commitment, we say, 'By faith, I commit to give a certain amount of money to missions above my tithe, and I trust God to enable me to fulfill this commitment.' During the Faith Promise year that just ended, we had 55 pledges for $46,446, but received over $50,000. Through Faith Promise we supported 32 missions this past year, including $5,000 sent to UMCOR for Japan."
- Children at Salem UMC in Kingsport District designated their weekly "wheelbarrow offering" for Japan, collecting $168 for UMCOR. The Rev. Will Shewey explained that the wheelbarrow tradition followed him from his previous appointment at Hiltons Memorial UMC in Big Stone Gap District to Salem. "The wheel barrow tradition began a few years ago at Hiltons on Pentecost Sunday. It was meant to be a one-time event, but children loved doing it. My reputation preceded me. Tradition carries on."
- The Rev. Amy Cook and young adults at White Oak UMC in Chattanooga District were featured in this Channel 9 news report for their discussion, prayer, and offering in response to the suffering in Japan.
- First Rich Creek UMC in Tazewell District took an offering of $892 for UMCOR, the Rev. Doug Hyndrich said.
- First Narrows UMC of Tazewell District collected more than $1,200 for UMCOR, reports the Rev. Chris Brown.
- Watauga Point UMC in Johnson City District gave $500 for UMCOR, according to the Rev. Stephen Burkhart.
- Christ (Greeneville) UMC in Morristown District took an offering of $456 for UMCOR, said the Rev. Ginger Howe Isom.
- Asbury (Rockwood) UMC in Oak Ridge District also took an offering, according to the Rev. Knox Wimberly. The Rev. Brian Wyke reports that Sulphur Springs UMC in Chattanooga District has planned a relief offering on March 27.
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