News and Announcements for the Week of October 27

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Dudley Casey, Lynn Casey, Kay Christian, Jennifer Coch, Betty Combs, Ruth Cox, Suzanne DeBusk,  Kent Dennison, Rick Duncan, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor,  Andrew Finney, Body Fulford, Clarence Gravely, Bill and Linda Hamilton, Cody Haney, Curtis Harkleroad, Jim Hawk, Anthony Heltzel, Clay Hess, Imogene Hicks, Greg Hopkins, Chris Hughes, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Mamie Payne, KayPhillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

Today in worship we celebrate Reformation Sunday to remind us that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther issued his Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany and began the Protestant Reformation.

 Contemporary Worship Planning Team meets TODAY at 5:00 pm at the Wesley Center.

On November 3 in worship, we will celebrate All Saints Day, in which we especially remember those people special to us who have died since All Saints Day last year (November 1).  We will call out their names in a time of remembrance in both worship services.  If you would like us to name a person special to you who has died since the previous All Saints Day, please contact the church office with the spelling of the person’s name by Wednesday, October 30.

Called Church Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.  This special meeting will only consider the establishment of a church Endowment Program that would include several endowment funds.  One endowment fund is the Mary Eleanor Carrier Cowan Memorial Endowment Fund for maintenance, repair and improvements to our buildings and grounds.  If approved at this Church Council meeting, the Endowment Program will be officially established at Charge Conference on November 14.

Fellowship Dinner on Wed., October 30 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   This week’s meal will be hosted by the Circle of Faith.  The menu will be potato bar, salad and dessert.  Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 6:45 p.m. in their respective rooms.

It is common for us to fall behind in our giving during the summer months, with vacations and other activities decreasing regular attendance.  Our ministries often increase in the summer, though, especially with children such as Vacation Bible School and with youth such as their participation in the week-long of discipleship at Assembly.  We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ends Sunday, November 3.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one (1) hour Saturday night.

Be A Matthew.  Like the apostle Matthew welcomed non-believers into his home to meet Jesus, please consider welcoming non-believers into your home for a time of faith sharing one evening during the week of November 3.  Excellent resources are being provided free of charge by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Our church is signed up for this nation-wide event and we need you to host a gathering in your home.  Begin praying now about who you can invite — 10 non-believers who are your friends.  For more info, talk to Pastor Dan or visit http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.

Charge Conference, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall.

CLUSTER CHOIR PRACTICE today at 3:00 PM in Sanctuary.

To the Congregation of the Bluff City United Methodist Church:

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your condolences on the passing of our beloved husband and father, Tivis (Tim) Sutherland.  Your calls, visits, prayers, and thoughtfulness were appreciated during our time of loss. A special thank you goes out to Jin Lane and Joan Williams, along with Billie Stewart, Dolores Williams and several other church member who provided a dinner the night of the funeral.  Pastor Dan attended and added his comfort and blessings to the occasion.   To all who participated, we sincerely thank you for your concern and efforts.

Sincerely,

Mary C. Sutherland

Sharon Armstrong

Trunk or Treat—Halloween Night, October 31, 2013, 6:00 PM in parking lot.  We are in need of candy to hand out.  There is a tote bin in the hallway near the offices and one in the Wesley Center in which you can put your contributions of candy.  Please remember—NO peanuts, NO chocolate.  On Halloween night, please bring your car (decorated, if you wish).

 

 

News and Announcements for the Week of October 20

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Dudley Casey, Lynn Casey, Kay Christian, Jennifer Coch, Betty Combs, Ruth Cox, Suzanne DeBusk,  Kent Dennison, Rick Duncan, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor,  Andrew Finney, Body Fulford, Clarence Gravely, Bill and Linda Hamilton, Cody Haney, Curtis Harkleroad, Jim Hawk, Anthony Heltzel, Clay Hess, Imogene Hicks, Greg Hopkins, Chris Hughes, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Mamie Payne, Ed  Phillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

Today in worship, we celebrate Children’s Sabbath, which is a celebration that aims to unite religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf.  As United Methodists, our roots rest in the care for those who are vulnerable, especially children.  During this important celebration, we join with other denominations and religions to bring to light the plight of children in a “bigger and more powerful and more inspiring way than the efforts of any one congregation” or denomination can accomplish on its own.  We are grateful to the many wonderful leaders in our ministries with children in our congregation!

Fellowship Dinner on Wed., October 23 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   This week’s meal will be Potluck, so bring your favorite dish.  Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Faith Study will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 6:45 p.m. in their respective rooms.

It is common for us to fall behind in our giving during the summer months, with vacations and other activities decreasing regular attendance.  Our ministries often increase in the summer, though, especially with children such as Vacation Bible School and with youth such as their participation in the week-long of discipleship at Assembly.  We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing.

Be A Matthew.  Like the apostle Matthew welcomed non-believers into his home to meet Jesus, please consider welcoming non-believers into your home for a time of faith sharing one evening during the week of November 3.  Excellent resources are being provided free of charge by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Our church is signed up for this nation-wide event and we need you to host a gathering in your home.  Begin praying now about who you can invite — 10 non-believers who are your friends.  For more info, talk to Pastor Dan or visit http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.

Matthew Training.  To help you be the best “Matthew” you can be, we will have 3 hours of training in two sessions.  The first session is Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  The second training is Tues., Oct. 22, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  If you cannot attend the trainings, you can complete them online at http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.  Even if you are not going to “be a Matthew,” this training will enhance your skills at sharing your faith story with others.

Trunk or Treat—Halloween Night, October 31, 2013, 6:00 PM in parking lot.  We are in need of candy to hand out.  There will be a tote bin in the hallway near the offices and one in the Wesley Center in which you can put your contributions of candy.  Please remember—NO peanuts, NO chocolate.  On Halloween night, please bring your car (decorated, if you wish).

Rockhold UMC is having a soup lunch after church TODAY,  Cost is by donation.

The week of October 20-27 is Family Promise Week.  Family Promise of Greater Johnson City (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Johnson City) is one of 182 programs across the country uniting the faith community to help children and their families who are homeless.  Family Promise Week will raise awareness about the issue as well as celebrate the service of our congregation and others to serve our brothers and

sisters in need.  You can participate in Family Promise Week by signing up to volunteer with our congregation, telling other about Family Promise, or visiting www. familypromisejc.com to learn more.

Dear Friends,

Just a special note to thank you for allowing me to speak to you on Sept. 15 and tell you a little more about my work in Cambodia…and to thank you for the support you have given me, not only through your gifts, but more of all through your  prayers.  As most of you know my two year assignment in Cambodia will be up in November, 2013, but I have signed on for another year.  I feel that God is calling me to extend my time as my work is not

finished.

Over the passed two years, much has been accomplished but there is still more to do. Two classes of girls have graduated from the program and are not working in the restaurant. We have a third class that started in

August and for the next 18 months will be training and doing hands on work not only in the culinary field but working to improve their English skills,

hygiene and learn about God through bible study which they have daily.  CGI has purchased another building and work is being done now to have the building ready for opening of another restaurant sometime early spring 2014.  This will provide additional jobs for the girls in the new class once they graduate.

Please continue to pray for me as I try to be the servant that God is calling me to be.

Much love to each of you and may God bless you.

Ryana DeArmond

If you would like to send a Christmas card or caring note to Ryana DeArmond in Cambodia, we will be mailing a package November 3rd.

You can give these to Beverly Smith and they will be  mailed in a package which has a much better chance of getting to the destination rather than sending them individually.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of October 13

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Family of Carrie Lou Carter (Rev. Ed Carter). Dudley Casey, Lynn Casey, Kay Christian, Betty Combs, Ruth Cox, Suzanne DeBusk,  Kent Dennison, Rick Duncan, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor,  Andrew Finney, Body Fulford, Clarence Gravely, Bill and Linda Hamilton, Cody Haney, Jim Hawk, Anthony Heltzel, Clay Hess, Imogene Hicks, Greg Hopkins, Chris Hughes, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Mamie Payne, Ed  Phillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

Fellowship Dinner on Wed., October 16 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   This week’s meal will be hosted by the Pathfinders Sunday School Class.  Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Faith Study will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 6:45 p.m. in their respective rooms.

Life Group meets Thursday, Oct. 17 at Mike Miller’s home, 1074 Silver Grove Rd., Bluff City.

Applebutter Making—Mission Project, Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8:00 am until mid to late afternoon, at Ike & Andi Fleenor’s farm, 3478 Weaver Pike Rd., Bristol.  Come enjoy deeper friendships as we make applebutter as a missions fundraiser.  You can also contribute money or sugar by bringing it to the Fellowship Hall no later than Thursday.

It is common for us to fall behind in our giving during the summer months, with vacations and other activities decreasing regular attendance.  Our ministries often increase in the summer, though, especially with children such as Vacation Bible School and with youth such as their participation in the week-long of discipleship at Assembly.  We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing.

Be A Matthew.  Like the apostle Matthew welcomed non-believers into his home to meet Jesus, please consider welcoming non-believers into your home for a time of faith sharing one evening during the week of November 3.  Excellent resources are being provided free of charge by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Our church is signed up for this nation-wide event and we need you to host a gathering in your home.  Begin praying now about who you can invite — 10 non-believers who are your friends.  For more info, talk to Pastor Dan or visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.

Matthew Training.  To help you be the best “Matthew” you can be, we will have 3 hours of training in two sessions.  The first session is Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  The second training is Tues., Oct. 22, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  If you cannot attend the trainings, you can complete them online at http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.  Even if you are not going to “be a Matthew,” this training will enhance your skills at sharing your faith story with others.

Called Church Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.  This special meeting will only consider the establishment of a church Endowment Program that would include several endowment funds.  One endowment fund is the Mary Eleanor Carrier Cowan Memorial Endowment Fund for maintenance, repair and improvements to our buildings and grounds.  If approved at this Church Council meeting, the Endowment Program will be officially established at Charge Conference on November 14.

Charge Conference, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall.

News for the Week of October 6

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Family of Carrie Lou Carter (Rev. Ed Carter). Dudley Casey, Lynn Casey, Kay Christian, Betty Combs, Ruth Cox, Suzanne  DeBusk,  Kent Dennison, Rick Duncan, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor,  Andrew Finney, Body Fulford, Clarence Gravely, Bill and Linda Hamilton, Cody Haney, Jim Hawk, Anthony Heltzel, Clay Hess, Imogene Hicks, Greg Hopkins, Chris Hughes, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, Austin’s Family, The McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Mamie Payne, Ed  Phillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer,  Leona Streng, Tim and Mary Sutherland, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden,  Steven Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

October 6 is World Communion Sunday, one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church.  We celebrate that Jesus Christ has come to redeem the whole world, and affirm our deep bonds in Christ with Christians around the world, regardless of nationality, language, culture, ethnicity or race.  The special offering today provides scholarships for U.S. racial and ethnic students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Sunday, October 13, is Invite A Friend Sunday.  We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday.  We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month.  Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Betty will be out of the office Tuesday—Thursday, October 8-10.  If you would like to volunteer 2-3 hours of your time, please let her know which day you would like to help out.

Fellowship Dinner  on Wed., October 9 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.   This week’s meal will be hosted by the Crossroads Sunday School Class and the menu will be Chicken Casserol, Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Slaw and Dessert.  Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 7:45 p.m. in their respective classrooms.

Be A Matthew (or a Mattie if you prefer). Like the apostle Matthew welcomed non-believers into his home to meet Jesus, please consider welcoming non-believers into your home for a time of faith sharing one evening during the week of November 3.  Excellent resources are being provided free of charge by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Our church is signed up for this nation-wide event and we need you to host a gathering in your home.  Begin praying now about who you can invite — 10 non-believers who are your friends.  For more info, visit http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org

It is common for us to fall behind in our giving during the summer months, with vacations and other activities decreasing regular attendance.  Our ministries often increase in the summer, though, especially with children such as Vacation Bible School and with youth such as their participation in the week-long of discipleship at Assembly.  We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing.

 The HOPE Leadership Team meets Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm in the Wesley Center.  Team members include: Bobbie Warden; Mike Miller; Beverly Smith; Bridget Whitehead; Camille Gray; Carole Miller; Dan Gray; Dan Perry; Dan Ronquillo; Daniel Ronquillo; Elaine Good; Jack Hurlbert; Jane Bellamy; Jin Lane; Joe Kennedy; Josh Hodges; Tony Franklin.  Please remember to read chapters 3 through 6 of the CATCH Program Guide, and complete the Check Point: Moving Outward on page 95.

Fellowship Dinner, Wed at 6 pm

Hope you can join us for our church-wide dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm on Wednesday.  And then stick around for a time of spiritual growth through our children’s, youth, and adult’s faith programs.  Our Fellowship Dinners will continue each Wednesday until Thanksgiving.

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