United Methodist Churches working to help fight the opioid epidemic


Tri-Cities members of the United Methodist Church are raising more than $100,000 to fight the opioid crisis in our region.

By mid-June, the more than 800 congregations of the Holston Conference are expected to make a significant offering to create new ministries or strengthen existing programs that help families and individuals battling opioid addiction.

Church officials say, it’s a calling they could not ignore.

“the opioids are destroying the community,” Michael Sluder, director of connectional ministries for the Holston Conference, said. “It’s going to take the community to battle it. It’s high time we step up and be part of a solution and be part of reaching out and helping folks respond, helping folks come out of addictive situations.”

United Methodist Churches will take special offerings throughout the month of May. They will then take the money to the Holston Annual Conference, scheduled for June 9-12 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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