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

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.

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. 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


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.


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