News and Announcements for the Week of December 1

Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be today, December 1 at 12:00 Noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pastor Dan is out of town with his family until Tuesday.  In case of emergency, please contact our Lay Leader Tony Franklin at 423-335-0919.

We will share Communion next Sunday, Dec. 8.  Please bring your special offering we use to support the Robinson AME Zion Church.

The Worship Committee ordered 40 poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Wesley Center alters for Christmas.  You may now sign up and purchase a plant to honor or in memory of a loved one.   Please see Betty to purchase and sign up.  These flowers are available at $6.00 each on a first come/first serve basis.

The Bluff City Music Club invites you to their Christmas program on  Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.

If you did not have an opportunity to present your Commitment Card in worship last week for our Commitment Sunday, please turn it in to the church office.  All congregation members are asked to pray about their financial commitment to giving in 2014, and complete the Commitment Card.  We pray that you will recognize the spiritual dimensions and necessity of giving, and do this as an act of worship, an offering to God.  We encourage you to consider the Biblical expectation of the tithe, giving 10% of your income to Christ’s Church.  Your tithe should be given to the general fund of the church to support our collective ministries.  Giving to a designated cause is “second-mile” giving, over and above the tithe.  If you think that you are not able to give the tithe, then we encourage you to give proportionally to your income and still make a commitment to giving.  Regardless of what you give, we hope you will do it in a spirit of generosity that Jesus invites us to.  What we do with our money is a sign of our trust in God.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of November 24

Today we celebrate the baptisms of Shawn Stantz, Melissia Perkins, Noah Taylor and Kylee Stantz.  Baptism is a sacrament of God’s grace, a sign and seal of the covenant that God has initiated with us, and marks our beginning of a life-long journey as a disciple of Jesus.  Baptism is a rite demonstrating the washing away of the guilt of original sin into which all people are born.  To become Christian is to receive a new identity as a beloved child of God, in which Christ now claims you and instructs you.  A Christian is one who has “put on Christ.”  Baptism celebrates becoming that new person and our initiation and incorporation into the universal church of Jesus Christ and specifically our congregation.  In both of our worship services, we will have a time to remember our baptisms for those who have previously received the sacrament of baptism.

If you did not have an opportunity to present your Commitment Card in worship last week for our Commitment Sunday, you are invited to do so today in worship.  All congregation members are asked to pray about their financial commitment to giving in 2014, and present that on the Commitment Card in worship during our offering time.  We pray that you will recognize the spiritual dimensions and necessity of giving, and do this as an act of worship, an offering to God.  We encourage you to consider the Biblical expectation of the tithe, giving 10% of your income to Christ’s Church.  Your tithe should be given to the general fund of the church to support our collective ministries.  Giving to a designated cause is “second-mile” giving, over and above the tithe.  If you think that you are not able to give the tithe, then we encourage you to give proportionally to your income and still make a commitment to giving.  Regardless of what you give, we hope you will do it in a spirit of generosity that Jesus invites us to.  For those unable to make the commitment today, you can turn it into the church office.  What we do with our money is a sign of our trust in God.

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 27.  We will not have our regular Wednesday evening activities.

Pastor Dan will be out of town with his family this week.  In case of emergency, please contact our Lay Leader Tony Franklin at 423-335-0919.

A February 2014 trip to the Holy Land is being organized by our Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor for spiritual growth of new elders, such as our Pastor Dan.  Pastors are encouraged to take their spouses along when possible.  We are blessed to have Dan as our Pastor and Samantha as a member of our congregation leading our growing youth ministry. Dan has worked extremely hard since he has been with us making contributions with his background that few pastors in Holston Conference would be able to do.  At a recent Church Council meeting, it was agreed that our congregation continue to support Dan and Samantha financially for this trip as much as possible.  Funds presently available to Dan and Samantha toward a total cost of $5,800, are $4500 from the generosity of you, family, and friends as well as budget funds designated for Dan, and Conference support of $1,000.  This leaves a balance of $1,300.  You can make contributions toward the Holy Land trip by designating “Continuing Education for Pastor Dan.”

Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held Sunday, December 1 at 12:00 Noon in the Fellowship Hall.  It is potluck, so bring your favorite dish.

Family Promise of Greater Johnson City (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) is currently selling tickets for its annual event, Songfest 2013.  This event will be held at the Northeast State Community College Regional Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will take place Sunday, December 1st from 3:00—5:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children and students. Tickets  my be purchased from Joan Williams. Trey Hensley will headline a great list of performers including Sunnyside, the ETSU Bluegrass Band, and Ed Snodderly.  All proceeds from Songfest 2013 support the ministries provided by Family Promise to homeless families with children living in our community.

We thank God for all of you!  May you be forever blessed for all your kindness.
Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church
Rev. Irving Greene, Pastor

December Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

  3 Danny Ronquillo
12 Neal Hicks (missionary)
17  Donnie Rader, Jr., Mark Wright
19 Dan Perry
23 Pam Ryan, Josh Hodges
25 Tom Millhorn
26  Linda Rader
27  Phil Harkleroad
30 Hayden Finney
31 Scott McClelland, Frosty Sweet

Anniversaries

7 Bill and Joyce Durham
21 Donnie and Linda Rader

News and Announcements for the Week of November 17

Today is our Commitment Sunday.  All congregation members are asked to pray about their financial commitment to giving in 2014, and present that on the Commitment Card in worship during our offering time.  We pray that you will recognize the spiritual dimensions and necessity of giving, and do this as an act of worship, an offering to God.  We encourage you to consider the Biblical expectation of the tithe, giving 10% of your income to Christ’s Church.  Your tithe should be given to the general fund of the church to support our collective ministries.  Giving to a designated cause is “second-mile” giving, over and above the tithe.  If you think that you are not able to give the tithe, then we encourage you to give proportionally to your income and still make a commitment to giving.  Regardless of what you give, we hope you will do it in a spirit of generosity that Jesus invites us to.  For those unable to make the commitment today, we will also have an opportunity to return the Commitment Card in worship on November 24 or you can turn it into the church office.  What we do with our money is a sign of our trust in God.

Life Group meets Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 pm at Dan and Samantha’s home.

Volunteers are needed to help Samantha with Children’s Church during the 11:00 AM services.  If you are able to be a substitute or a regular helper, every few weeks, please call Joan Williams, 538-3535.

A February 2014 trip to the Holy Land is being organized by our Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor for spiritual growth of new elders, such as our Pastor Dan.  Pastors are encouraged to take their spouses along when possible.  We are blessed to have Dan as our Pastor and Samantha as a member of our congregation leading our growing youth ministry. Dan has worked extremely hard since he has been with us making contributions with his background that few pastors in Holston Conference would be able to do.  At a recent Church Council meeting, it was agreed that our congregation continue to support Dan and Samantha financially for this trip as much as possible.  Funds, presently available to Dan and Samantha toward a total cost of $5,800, is $2600 from your generosity already, budget funds designated for Dan, and Conference support of $1,000.  This leaves a balance of $3,200.  You can make contributions toward the Holy Land trip by designating “Continuing Education for Pastor Dan.”

Family Promise of Greater Johnson City (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) is currently selling tickets for its annual event, Songfest 2013.  This event will be held at the Northeast State Community College Regional Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will take place Sunday, December 1st from 3:00—5:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5.00 for children and students. Tickets  my be purchased from Joan Williams. Trey Hensley will headline a great list of performers including Sunnyside, the ETSU Bluegrass Band, and Ed Snodderly.  All proceeds from Songfest 2013 support the ministries provided by Family Promise to homeless families with children living in our community.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Mary Carrier, 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, 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, Chastity Slater, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

 

 

News and Announcements for the Week of November 10

Charge Conference, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. Members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference. Our District Superintendent Rev. Walter Weikel calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting.  At the meeting, we will receive an offering for the the English-speaking United Methodist church plant in the Czech Republic.

Next Sunday, November 17, is our Commitment Sunday.  All congregation members are asked to pray about their financial commitment to giving in 2014, and present that on the Commitment Card in worship next Sunday.  We pray that you will recognize the spiritual dimensions and necessity of giving, and do this as an act of worship, an offering to God.  We encourage you to consider the Biblical expectation of the tithe, giving 10% of your income to Christ’s Church.  Your tithe should be given to the general fund of the church to support our collective ministries.  Giving to a designated cause is “second-mile” giving, over and above the tithe.  If you think that you are not able to give the tithe, then we encourage you to give proportionally to your income and still make a commitment to giving.  Regardless of what you give, we hope you will do it in a spirit of generosity that Jesus invites us to.  If you are unable to join us next Sunday, you will also have an opportunity to return the Commitment Card in worship on November 24 or you can turn it in to the church office.  What we do with our money is a sign of our trust in God.

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.

Volunteers are needed to help Samantha with Children’s Church during the 11:00 AM services.  If you are able to be a substitute or a regular helper, every few weeks, please call Joan Williams, 538-3535.

The United Methodist Women will meet Tuesday, November 12, in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a Thank offering and a donation for the “Jelly Jar”.

The Robinson Memorial AME Zion church invites you to their annual Veteran Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 10, 2013.  The message will be brought by Rev. Dr. James A. Snapp, Retired Army from Jones Memorial AME Zion Church, Greeneville, TN.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Mary Carrier, 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, 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, Chastity Slater, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Announcements for the Week of November 3

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Butch Baumgardner, Marvin Birchfield, Jalena Blair, Dorothy Brown, Phil Brown, Shane Butler, Mary Carrier, 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, 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, Chastity Slater, Jean Smith, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland and family, Jeff  Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden, Charles Weems (Nell Shepherd)

Today is All Saints Sunday, celebrated on the first Sunday in November to commemorate all Christian people of every time and place.  All Saints Day is November 1.  The term “saints” in the New Testament usage refers to Christians collectively.  We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregation.  We remember those who have died since the last All Saints Day: Kim Gildroy, Dwight Hurlbert, Helen Jessee, Evelyn Phelps, Nancy Smith, and Tim Sutherland.

Sunday, November 10, 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.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Thank you so much for your generous Pastor Appreciation gift!  Samantha and I are trying to go to the Holy Land in February and we plan to apply it to the costs of the trip.  To enhance our ministries, Bishop Taylor has invited me to go with her and a group of newly ordained Elders.  It is a dream to go and see the places Jesus walked and get deeper insights into the Bible.  Thanks for your prayers and support!  We are honored to serve among you.  Grace and peace, Pastor Dan and Samantha

Church Council meets Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a regular meeting and will consider our 2014 officers and leaders, our 2014 budget, and other items related to our upcoming Charge Conference on Nov. 14.

Charge Conference, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. Members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting.

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.

Volunteers are needed to help Samantha with Children’s Church during the 11:00 AM services.  If you are able to be a substitute or a regular helper, every few weeks, please call Joan Williams, 538-3535.

Dear Christian Friends:

We are in awe of how the Lord instills in the hearts of our missionaries such an openness to change.  At times, they must leave a country because Christian workers are no longer welcome. Sometimes their visas are not renewed or the government policies change in such a way as to make their work impossible.  They willingly pick up and move to the next place God has for them, sometimes a bit shaken, but unmoved in their commitment to serve the Lord.

Your gifts and prayers make their calling possible—to reach those who need Jesus.  Whether it be from place to place or season to season, change is the catalyst God uses to carry out His plan in each of our lives.  We are so grateful for His gift of love through the changes we face, and we thank you for helping enable your Mission Society missionaries to change lives through the power of Jesus Christ.  Note:  our missionary is Magdy Bassaly.

Lewis H. von Herrmann, VP of Advancement

 

 

 

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