Bingo & Worship at Jubilation

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Attendance at Jubilation, Holston's spring retreat for senior adults, increased by 40 this year over last year's attendance.

According to organizer Bob Bostick, 282 attended the March 20-22 event, representing all 12 districts. Wytheville District led in registrants with a total of 55. Jubilation was held at Glenstone Lodge.

Persons attended from Western North Carolina Conference and from the Louisiana Conference to gain information for initiating a similar event.

"Bishop James Swanson capped off the event as keynote speaker by challenging the giants of the land to celebrate those who were the giants of yesteryear, those who were giants in today's world, and to find the upcoming leaders for the tomorrows in our churches," said Bostick, Holston's coordinator of senior adult ministries. The Rev. Nathan Malone and the music team of Robert Ergenbright, Mary Ellen Naff, John Ousley, and Dee Lineberry led worship. Workshop topics included home and identity security, Medicare drug realities, putting humor in its rightful place, responsible planning for disposing of possessions, scriptural understanding, strengthening the local church's outreach to maturing adults, and individual involvement in the Emmaus community.

Richard Gentzler, director of adult ministries for the General Board of Discipleship, addressed the importance of involving older adults in meaningful ministries.

Fellowship activities included eating, bingo games, and music.

Jubilation 2006 will be held March 26-28.


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