A week of ministry, missions and fun

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
T-G Photos by John I. Carney except as noted

Four members of First United Methodist Church spent a week in Grundy County as part of Adults In Ministry, a program of Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), an interdenominational missions program which attracts thousands of youth and adult volunteers from throughout the eastern U.S. each year. Ed and Joan Leichner, Rebecca Baker and T-G city editor John I. Carney stayed at Camp Cumberland Pines, Mountain T.O.P.ís headquarters near Altamont. Carney, a former Mountain T.O.P. board member, is celebrating his 25th anniversary of involvement with Mountain T.O.P., starting at an Adults In Ministry camp in August 1993. It was the first Mountain T.O.P. trip for Baker and the Leichners. The Leichners participated in Summer Plus, a program of enrichment workshops for teenagers, while Baker and Carney worked in Kaleidoscope, a program of arts activities for elementary-age children, some with special needs. Mountain T.O.P. is best-known for its Youth Summer Ministry program, which takes church youth groups as volunteers. In addition to YSM and Adults In Ministry, it has programs for college groups and for families. More information is available at http://mountain-top.org.