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

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  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.

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