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$800,000 Economic Impact, 40,000 Pounds of Potatoes as Methodists Arrive in Covington

1,500 clergy and lay persons part of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church are in Covington this week at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

A news release from the organization indicates that it expects to generate $800,000 into the local economy throughout the event that began on Sunday and runs through Thursday.

Throughout the course of the conference, days of service will be part of the schedule including a "potato drop" that involves 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.

On Tuesday, more than one hundred volunteers will bag the sweet potatoes to help feed the hungry in Covington. A tractor-trailer will deliver them to the Covington side of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and then volunteers will put them into ten-pound bags. In all there will be four thousand bags of sweet potatoes that will be distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, and low income housing in and around Covington.

Other activities include church youth delivering thousands of canned goods to area food pantries including the Grace United Methodist Church at Fifth & Greenup Streets. The youth will push shopping carts filled with canned goods through Covington streets to deliver the food donated by church members.

Members will also work at City Heights where more than fifty church members will repair, clean, and do outdoor landscaping projects at the Ida Spence Mission while also delivering books to children in the surrounding areas and passing out sweet potatoes.

Other service activities at the convention center include:  Hoxworth blood drive, assembling 1,000 health kits to be distributed to victims of disasters, sewing tote bags for food pantries, writing Agape letters to soldiers serving overseas and a special prayer room; Visiting residents of Northern Kentucky nursing homes is also on the agenda.

Other conference highlights include:

  • Mission Celebration Night on Tuesday, June 11, where a special worship service will celebrate the mission work of the conference.  Each year, the conference takes an offering that goes to a charitable cause and this year, the mission offering will go to benefit Imagine No Malaria, an organization that seeks to empower the people of Africa to overcome the burden of malaria. The offering goal this year is $100,000. In 2012, conference attendees collected over $70,000 which was divided between a medical clinic at Wesleyan Seminary of Venezuela and Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Programs at Red Bird Mission and Henderson Settlement.. 

About The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church includes more than 150,000 members in over 800 churches served by 900 active and retired pastors. The Resident Bishop is Lindsey Davis, who serves both the Kentucky Conference and the Red Bird Missionary Conference.  The Kentucky Conference mission is to provide effective leaders for the development of vital congregations filled with faithful disciples.

Source: Kentucky Conference of United Methodists and the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau