BCUMC Youth fasting 30 hours for hunger awareness and support

Every 12 seconds, a child dies from hunger related causes.

Our youth are participating in the 30 Hour Famine, a ministry of the Christian humanitarian relief agency World Vision.  The youth are raising awareness of world hunger and raising funds to support the World Vision ministry.  They have set a goal of $300.  If you would like to support them, you can contact one of the youth or place a check in the offering plate payable to Bluff City UMC with 30 Hour Famine in the memo line.

What’s Going On, Feb. 24, 2012

Our Mission: Knowing, loving, and serving God as growing disciples of Jesus Christ, and connecting others with God’s love.

 Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
For daily devotionals from the Upper Room, visit

http://devotional.upperroom.org/.

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa.   And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants.  Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families.  Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

Greeters:  Tony and Ryan Franklin

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS begin this Wednesday, 2/29.  The United Methodist Women are hosting this week’s dinner and will be serving soup and sandwiches.  Come enjoy the food and good fellowship.

GRADUATION SUNDAY is Sunday, May 20.  Please let Bobbie Warden have the names of the High School and College graduates by Sunday, April 15.

APPLE  BUTTER.  There are still plenty of quarts of apple butter available.  If you would like to purchase, please see Elaine Good or Joan Williams.  The monies from this go to our Missions Fund.

If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, please talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.

 

CALENDAR

SUNDAY, Feb. 26, 2012

8:45 AM  Contemporary   Worship

10:00 AM  Sunday School

11:00 AM Traditional Worship

5:00 PM Contemporary Worship Planning Team – FH

6:30 PM Praise Band Practice

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

6:00 PM Wednesday Night  Dinner Hosted by UMW –

Menu is soup and sandwiches

6:45  PM Adult Bible Study

6:45 PM Children & Youth

7:30 PM Choir Practice

Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012

10:00 AM  Prayer Meeting – Sanctuary

SUNDAY, Mar. 4, 2012

8:45 AM – Contemporary Worship

10:00 AM  Sunday School

11:00 AM  Traditional Worship

6:30 PM Praise Band  Practice

WEDNESDAY, Mar. 7, 2012

6:00 PM – Wednesday Night  Dinner is POTLUCK –

Bring your favorite dish

6:45 PM Adult Bible Study

6:45 PM Children & Youth

7:30 PM Choir Practice

THURSDAY, Mar. 8, 2012

7:00 PM Transformation Task Force – FH

SATURDAY, Mar. 10, 2012

10:00 AM – Prayer Meeting –  Sanctuary

 

 

Ash Wednesday worship, Feb. 22

We will kick-off our Lenten season with our Ash Wednesday worship service this Wednesday, February 22, at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  Come join us for a beautiful evening of Taize-style music and prayers.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room, visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/.

What’s Going On, Feb. 21

If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS. Our covered dish dinners will commence with the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, 2/21 at 6:00 PM. This is sponsored by the Crossroads Sunday School Class benefiting the softball team. The United Methodist Women will host the dinner on Wednesday, 2/29 at 6:00 PM.

If you are a Ministry Team Chair, please remember to routinely check y our mail box.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
6:00 PM Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner – Crossroads SS to benefit softball team
7:00 PM Care Ministry Team– WW Classroom

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Lent begins
7:00 PM  Ash Wednesday Service in Sanctuary

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
10:00 AM Prayer Meeting – Sanctuary

NEXT SUNDAY, Feb. 26, 2012
8:45 AM Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Traditional Worship
6:30 PM Praise Band Practice

Upcoming Ministry Meetings & Events:
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29
6:00 PM Covered Dish Dinner sponsored by the
United Methodist Women
6:45 PM Adult Bible Study
6:45 PM Children & Youth
7:30 PM Choir Practice

SATURDAY, Mar. 3, 2012
10:00 AM Prayer Meeting – Sanctuary

Welcome Harold Smith!

We welcome Harold Smith as our new Custodian.  Harold brings a lot of gifts and experience to serve in this role.  Please be sure to greet him and welcome into our church family.

Invite A Friend Sunday, Feb. 12

Each worship attender is asked to invite a friend to worship for the second Sunday of every month.  You can of course invite a friend, family member, stranger, or enemy to worship with us any time.  But we hope you will make a special effort for the second Sunday of each month.  Invite them to “come and see” and experience God.

What’s Going On, Feb. 11, 2012

Nursery Workers: Feb. 12: Cyndy Sweet & Joan Williams; Feb. 19:

Greeters: Elaine Good and Patsy SproleS

Acolytes: Feb. 12: Evan

YOUTH COUNCIL. There will be a Youth Council Meeting Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.

A new listing of dedicated greeters for our worship services is needed to facilitate the designating of monthly greeters. Since our last listing, it is anticipated that there are now those that would like to be a part of this very important activity. As a greeter, you are expressing your friendship and appreciation to those that are attending the worship services. In the next few weeks, a signup sheet will be passed around at the respective worship services. Please prayerfully consider the contribution you can make to the mission of our Church by accepting this responsibility. If you want to be greeters as a family or with other specific individuals, or can’t participate during specific months, please indicate on the signup form. You will be given guidance as to your responsibility. Thank you in advance for helping express the mission of our church which is “knowing, loving, and serving God as growing disciples of Jesus Christ, and connecting others with God’s love.” If you have questions, please contact Mike Miller.

If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, please talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.

Rental of our parsonage is being handled by T. C. Lewis Property Management. If you know someone interested, have them call Haize Lewis at 423-467-0005.

If you are a Ministry Team Chair, please remember to routinely check your mail box.

Czech Republic mission emphasis on Sunday, Feb. 12

We welcome David Shipley to share the message concerning our Johnson City district missions efforts in the Czech Republic, a country whose people are overwhelmingly atheist.  David, a member at Gray UMC, has served on several district missions teams to the Czech Republic.  Following David’s message, we will collect a special offering for the district mission effort.  Checks should be made payable “Bluff City UMC” with “Czech Mission” written in the memo line.

 

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