Whitney Winston adds cleaning kit

Whitney Winston adds a cleaning kit to the stack at the Holston Conference Center in September 2017 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Maryville District has 64 churches, which made and donated cleaning kits and hygiene kits.

The United Methodist churches that are part of the Holston Conference (which includes Blount County) already have been contributing to relief efforts as part of United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR).

Clayton Hensley, communications specialist at Maryville First United Methodist Church, said his church put together 50 flood buckets for the relief effort even before Hurricane Florence began boring down on the Carolinas. Others in the community have done the same. This project is something United Methodist churches around the world take part in annually. The buckets then are shipped to a warehouse, where they remain until a need arises.

The buckets contain laundry detergent, household cleaner, scrub brush, cleaning wipes, sponges, gloves, trash bags — basically supplies you would need in the aftermath of a flood, Hensley said.

UMCOR was founded in 1940 in response to displaced populations in the wake of World War II.

The churches that participate pay all the administrative costs so that 100 percent of the donations go where relief is needed, Hensley said.

Maryville UMC has sent teams into areas in the aftermath of hurricanes and tropical storms, including Sandy in New York and Katrina in New Orleans.

He said the UMC conferences in North and South Carolina might put out a direct call for supplies, etc., in coming days. That’s what happened last year in Florida.

Hensley added that he isn’t aware of any UMC churches here being asked to shelter any hurricane victims who might come to the area. The Red Cross has taken care of setting those up, if needed.

Maryville First United and other Blount County churches said they welcome those fleeing Hurricane Florence to attend services. Here is a partial listing with all area codes 865:

SPRINGBROOK CHURCH: 1873 N. Wright Road, Alcoa. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; worship service 10:30 a.m.

BEECH GROVE BAPTIST: 1519 Topside Road, Louisville, 977-9315. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

BETHEL BAPTIST: 132 Bethel Church Road, Townsend, 448-6972. Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m.

BROADWAY BAPTIST: 2329 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 982-6012. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

CENTRAL BAPTIST: 962 Springbrook Road, Alcoa, 982-5663. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; worship at 10:45 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MARYVILLE: 202 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 982-5531. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ALCOA: 819 Gilbert St., Alcoa, 982-2663. Worship at 10:15 a.m.

GRANDVIEW BAPTIST: 2208 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville, 982-8530. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m.

HIGH PRAISES BAPTIST: 3440 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville, 995-0032. Worship at 10 a.m.

LONE OAK BAPTIST: 831 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 977-0686. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

MADISON AVENUE BAPTIST: 1918 Madison Ave., Maryville, 982-8785. Sunday school at 9 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST: 605 Dotson Memorial Road, Maryville, 982-3414. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m.

OAK STREET BAPTIST: 218 Oakdale St., Maryville, 984-5070. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

SMOKY VIEW BAPTIST: 2201 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 984-5101. Sunday school at 9 a..m, worship at 10:15 a.m.

SPRINGVIEW BAPTIST: 4220 U.S. Highway 411 S., Maryville, 982-2804. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m.

VICTORY BAPTIST: 1025 Montvale Road, Maryville, 982-2461. Worship at 9:30 a.m.

WEST MARYVILLE BAPTIST: 810 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 982-1490. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH: 860 Louisville Road, Alcoa, 982-3672. Worship at 8 a.m. weekdays; noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Sundays.

ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC: 7719 River Road, Townsend, 448-6070. Mass is held at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. on Saturdays; 9 a.m. on Sundays.

FIRST CHRISTIAN: 400 S. Court St., Maryville, 983-1281. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

CHURCH OF CHRIST OF MARYVILLE: 611 Sherwood Drive, Maryville. Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m.

ALCOA-MARYVILLE CHURCH OF GOD: 2615 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 983-6921. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

THE MEADOW CHURCH OF GOD: 1723 William Blount Drive, Maryville 982-9447. Sunday school at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

RIO CENTRAL: 370 S. Long Hollow Road, Maryville. Worship at 10 a.m.

RIO REVOLUTION: 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 983-9141. Worship at 9 and 11 a.m.

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL: 314 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 983-3512. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN: 429 Sandy Springs Road, Maryville, 982-4285. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

ALCOA FIRST UNITED METHODIST

617 Gilbert St., Alcoa, 982-5551. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

BROADWAY UNITED METHODIST: 309 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 982-6192. Sunday school at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST: 804 Montvale Station Road, Maryville, 982-1273. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., worship at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

ST. JOHN UNITED METHODIST: 2201 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 983-2290. Hispanic service at 10 a.m., English service at 10:45 a.m.

ST. PAUL AME ZION: 401 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 984-5364. Sunday school at 8:45 a.m., worship at 10 a.m.

WALLAND UMC: 309 E. Millers Cove Road, Walland, 738-3243. Service at 11 a.m.

HIGHLAND PRESBYTERIAN: 721 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 982-9272. Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Smoky Mountain Presbyterian P.C.A.: 3715 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 983-9019. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m.

NEW PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN: 703 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 983-0182. Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 9 and 11:05 a.m.

CHURCH OF THE COVE: 642 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, 448-1929. Sunday school at 9 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m.

Friendsville Friends (Quakers) Church: 503 W. Hill Ave., Friendsville, 865-995-2231. Services at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

GRACE COMMUNITY: 115 E. Harper Ave., Maryville, 984-0116. Sunday school and worship held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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