East Knoxville Ministry Project

East Knoxville Ministry Project

On behalf of the Holston Conference Staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, teachers, parents, and those living in the Austin-East community. As many of you know this is the fourth shooting in this community and five young people have lost their lives. Tragedies, such as these, can often leave us feeling helpless and at a loss at how we could or should respond. It is easy for us to say things like "our thoughts and prayers are with you," but then it is also easy to walk away and not think about it anymore. However, when we truly lift up our thoughts and prayers concerning the people and events, God has a way of calling us to action. My prayer is that the Spirit of God would move through Holston and stir the hearts of God's people to minister in ways that help abolish tragedies like we have experienced in East Knoxville.

Nearly 5 years ago, our people came together to make a difference in the Smoky Mountains during and after the wildfires. Now there is a new wildfire raging, and it is destroying lives in the East Knoxville area. But as a conference, as the Church, we can make a difference in this area. Here are a few ways you can help:
  • Pray -- take time out of your day to ask God to bring healing to this community. Ask God to speak to you and guide you in a way where you can be the hands and feet of Jesus. Ask God to be with those who have been affected the most by these tragedies.
  • Give -- The Holston Conference has set up a fund for the churches and ministries within the East Knoxville area. These funds will be used to help our churches in this area establish and/or strengthen their outreach and missional ministries.
  • Attend -- Lennon-Seney UMC will be offering a prayer vigil in their parking lot tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm. This service will also be live streamed on the Holston.org/live. (Special thanks to Ben Smith for making this happen.)

If you are interested in giving to the East Knoxville Ministry project, click here to give online, or you may send a check to:

Holston Conference
P.O. Box 850
Alcoa TN 37701

Please mark your check using project #942 East Knoxville Ministry.

Thank you for your prayers, your gifts, and your actions to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Rev. Dr. Tim Jones
Director of Communications
Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church


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Tim Jones

Tim Jones is the Director of Communications at the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he leads a diverse team of communicators. He oversees audio, graphic design, video and written content that helps the local churches of ...