This summer, the Holston Conference Foundation awarded the following.
Margaret Loving grants
A total $39,695 for 21 Loving grants, designated for older adult ministries:
- $4,000: Concord UMC, Oak Ridge District -- CADES (Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services Scholarship Program) provides daytime care, companionship, assistance, and structured activities to older adults unable to stay home alone.
- $3,500: Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries -- Adult Celebration Camp at Buffalo Mountain Camp conducts a four-day session for about 40 adults with special challenges.
- $3,000: First Oak Ridge UMC, Oak Ridge District -- Keystone Adult Day Program improves the quality of health for senior adults through proper nutrition, devotions, and socialization.
- $3,000: Telford UMC, Johnson City District -- Handymen for Christ meet on the second Saturday of each month for breakfast followed by a workday of service to the elderly.
- $2,500: First Bristol UMC, Abingdon District -- The parish nursery ministry is a shared position with Wellmont Health System, focusing on health education, illness prevention, and congregational care.
- $2,500: Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries --Senior Adult Days at Camp Lookout conducts an annual day for seniors in the Chattanooga and Cleveland Districts, including music, worship, walks, entertainment, workshops, and lunch
- $2,500: Holston Conference Senior Adult Ministries -- This office is organizing Older Adult Ministries Councils in each of the 12 districts.
- $2,000: Valley View UMC, Oak Ridge District -- HOPE (Help Older People Excel) provides for the elderly through a mobile food pantry.
- $1,500: Church Street UMC, Knoxville District -- Kay Center Adult Day-Care Center provides activities to older adults who need a high level of care.
- $1,500: Community UMC, Kingsport District: Church-based food pantry serves senior adults in need.
- $1,500: Heiskell UMC, Oak Ridge District -- "Passing the Torch-JOY" provides weekly exercise classes, Bible study, and prayer for seniors, as well as monthly meals for 40-100 seniors.
- $1,500: Pleasant View UMC, Abingdon District -- Wesley Medical Clinic provides free medical care to the uninsured community members of the community through licensed volunteer medical providers.
- $1,500, Rural Retreat UMC, Wytheville District -- The Parish Nurse program provides the church with health care, CPR classes, flu shots, and educational clinics.
- $1,500: St. Andrews Center, Chattanooga District -- Gardening ministry will teach senior adults to cultivate home gardens and farms.
- $1,500: St. Andrews Center, Chattanooga District -- Courses for older, homeless students will work with local colleges to offer free accredited courses.
- $1,200: Spring City UMC, Cleveland District -- "Let's Do Lunch" is a senior ladies outreach providing a monthly luncheon with brief devotion and a topical program.
- $1,200: Mt. Carmel UMC, Cleveland District -- The Ladies of Action have a Brookwood Nursing Home project providing monthly parties, Christmas goodie bags, clothing, and pet ministry.
- $1,000: Broad Street UMC, Cleveland District -- "A Taste of Jubilation" event is patterned after the conference's Jubilation senior retreat, providing a one-day program of food, fellowship, and Bible study.
- $1,000: First Rogersville UMC, Kingsport District -- Manna Kitchen serves a home-cooked meal each Tuesday evening along with devotion time, special programs and fellowship.
- $1,000: Luminary UMC, Oak Ridge District -- Health Fair serves mature adults without access to tests or screenings; the fair offers complete blood panel, PSA tests, kidney screens, skin cancer screens, and eye exams.
- $795: Strawberry Plains UMC, Morristown District -- "Conference on Aging: Growing Older and Living Stronger (G.O.A.L.S.)" is a one-day conference designed to bring together older persons in the rural community and provide information for living fuller lives.
A total $4,000 in two grants designated for new or emerging ministries:
- $2,000: Jubilee Project, Morristown District -- The Sheep Feeders class teaches cooking and nutrition to youth.
- $2,000: Telford UMC, Johnson City District -- The Wednesday Night Children/Youth Program provides supper, Bible study, music, and recreation to children ages two to 18.
Visit the Foundation grants page for more information.