UPDATE - Friday
Jan. 25, noon
Resurrection is not canceled, but sessions will be delayed due to weather. Tonight: 9 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.
Do not take travel risks. Arrive only when you can safely. For more information, call (865) 256-0773.
UPDATE - Thursday,
Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Youth attending the Jan. 18-20 session of Resurrection raised $33,000 for Imagine No Malaria, saving 3,300 lives in Africa. An additional $1,200 was raised Jan. 20-21 for the family worship gathering, Rez Kidz.
Registrants for the upcoming Jan. 25-27 session of Resurrection are urged to avoid risks and make careful travel decisions, as snow and ice storms are predicted throughout the Holston region.
However, organizers said they do not plan to cancel Resurrection, and participants are asked to each bring $10 for the Imagine No Malaria offering.
Holston leaders are hoping to save 12,000 lives in Africa by asking 12,000 participants at Resurrection to each give at least $10 to a life-saving malaria-prevention campaign.
Resurrection, the annual winter youth event sponsored by Holston Conference, will be held Jan. 18-20 and Jan. 25-27 at Gatlinburg Convention Center. The speaker will be the Rev. Lisa Yebuah, pastor of inviting ministries at Edenton United Methodist Church, Raleigh, N.C. Music will be provided by The City Harmonic.
Months before the winter gathering, the Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) voted to dedicate the offering to Imagine No Malaria, said Laura Lambert, Holston associate director of connectional ministries. The goal is to raise at least $120,000 to help Holston Conference meet its $1 million dollar goal (100,000 lives saved) by June 2013.
Watch the CCYM in a video.
Imagine No Malaria is a United Methodist initiative to raise $75 million to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Resurrection is expected to provide the largest single contribution to Holston's campaign, according to LeRae Collins, Holston's Imagine No Malaria coordinator.
In addition, the offerings for Rez Kidz on Jan. 20-21 and Divine Rhythm on Feb. 1-3, both in Gatlinburg, will be designated for Imagine No Malaria. Offerings for the two events could raise an additional $10,000, Collins said.
FYI for Resurrection participants:
* Groups or individuals who wish to register at the door may choose from Weekend 1, session A (Jan. 18-20) or Weekend 2 (Jan. 25-27).
Weekend 1, session B is full for new groups. However, groups that have already registered may add tickets at the door. For more information, contact the Holston Youth Office at (865) 690-4080.
* Download Resurrection late registration form.
* Download Resurrection information packet.
* Download Resurrection devotions.
* Download Resurrection photo release form.