JUBILATION: Not just worship and workshops, but massages and ice cream, too

JUBILATION: Not just worship and workshops, but massages and ice cream, too


Jubilation, Holston's annual retreat for older adults, was held April 6-8 at MeadowView Conference Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Approximately 340 attended.

Highlights included the Emory & Henry College concert choir as the opening act; the Rev. Charles Lippse as worship leader; and Robert Ergenbright as music director.

Scottie Mayfield hosted the Mayfield’s Ice Cream Social on Sunday and led a class on the history of the Mayfield Dairies and his involvement as a Christian leader. Maggie Cooper, a member of the Jubilation Design Team and licensed massage therapist, gave complimentary massages.

The Rev. Charles Maynard told stories and taught others to tell them; the Rev. John Ousley played his harmonica and taught others about Appalachian music; and Bishop Richard Looney taught Old Testament stories that are relevant for today's family units.

Workshops included "Changing Roles or The Sandwich Generation" by Celia Ferguson, and "The Eyes Have It" by Jonathan Sowell. The Rev. Richard Gentzler, General Board of Discipleship director of adult ministries, gave lectures on organizing older adult ministries in the local church. The Rev. William Carter and Roger Redding led a course on "Preparation for Retirement" and "Gifts of Aging." The Rev. Grady Winegar linked the history of United Methodism to present-day Holston Conference.

Jubilation 2009 will be held March 29-31 at Meadowview with Bishop Ken Carder as worship leader.