News and Announcements for the Week of January 26

We are grateful to Tony Franklin for preaching today.  Pastor Dan is with the youth and other adult chaperones — 30 people total! — at Resurrection, the youth spiritual retreat in Gatlinburg.  Resurrection is an amazing ministry of our Holston Conference that reaches about 12,000 youth and adult chaperones each January, and is supported by our apportionment giving to the conference.  Please pray that God will bless their time together.  Thanks to all people who have given special contributions to support our youth on this trip.  If you would like to make a contribution, you can make a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Youth Ministries” in the memo line.  With so many youth attending from our church, your assistance is needed and greatly appreciated!

You are invited to a Baby Shower for Amanda Franklin on Sunday, February 2, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Traditional Worship Planning Team meets Tues., Jan. 28, at 2:45 pm in the Library.

Trustees will meet Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Trustees include: Jack Hurlbert, Lenny Leonard, Elaine Good, Teresa Webb, Joe Kennedy, Earl Smith, Jane Riley, Donnie Rader, Dan Ronquillo.  The Trustees will select a chair for the coming year.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is rescheduled for Thursday, January 30, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team members include: Alicia Ronquillo, Frosty Sweet, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Bobby Thompson, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester.  Judy Finney is our SPRC Chair this year.

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

Endowment Team meets Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Endowment Team members include: Tony Lundin, Betty Malone, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Lane, Dan Gray, Mike Miller, and Nancy Forrester.  We expect this to be a short meeting to select a chair.

Finance Team meets Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Finance Team members include: Nancy Forrester, Beverly Smith, Judy Finney, Nick Wright, Mike Miller, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Cyndy Sweet, Bill Phelps.  Tony Lundin is our Finance Chair this year.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Valentine Banquet on Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This is one of their fundraisers for the year so please come out, have a good time and support the Circle in their many projects. Menu will be Ham, Turkey, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw and Dessert.  Child Care will be provided.  There will also be entertainment.  Tickets are $10.00 per person.  See a Circle of Faith Member for tickets.

There will be a Johnson City District Day of Discipleship Training on Sunday, February 16 from 2:30—4:00 PM, at Wesley Memorial UMC, 225 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN.  Workshops will include: Inspiring Worship, Equipping Laity, Let’s Do More For Children, Sticking with Youth, Tips for Lay Leaders, Staff/Pastor Parish Relations.  Each attendee may choose one of the above workshops to attend.  There is no cost, but pre-registration is requested.  Registration forms are in the office.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 12.  Childcare will be provided for infants through age four by reservation only.  Deadline for childcare reservation is Friday, February 7.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be postponed until Sunday, February 23.  Notice of postponement will be posted at and on the office voice  mail at 423-926-7533.

We hope you have noticed the new signs around our buildings, which are part of our Hospitality – Inward, Outward & Upward campaign to become a more welcoming congregation.  As part of this effort, our Church Council decided to rename the Education Building to Christian Life Center.  We think this new name sounds more inviting and better represents a more holistic approach to spiritual growth, i.e., that growth toward spiritual maturity is broader than education.  Thanks to our Sign Team, Hospitality Team, and Trustees, and especially Jack Hurlbert for their work on this project!  And thanks to all who have contributed financially to our campaign.  Our next phase of the Hospitality campaign is to place new flooring in the Wesley Center and part of the Christian Life Center near the office.  Please consider your contributions to helping us improve our facilities to become a more welcoming congregation.  You can make a check payable to the church and mark “Hospitality Campaign” in the memo line.

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, Kay Courter, Ruth Cox, Jim Davis, Suzanne DeBusk,  Kent Dennison,  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, Family of Lesa Jenkins, Cathy Jones, Hugh Kilgore, Randy Lambert, Palmer Keith, Hugh Kilgore, Amanda Thompson Lane, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Riley Mathers, McCamey Family, Latisha  Mullins, Misti, Zoe, & Andy O’Dell,  Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Earl Pearce, Kay Phillips,  Kamdyn Olivia Ross (T. J and Jessica Ross),  Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Doug Saul, Chastity Slater, Jean Smith, David Sparks, Jessica Sproles, Abigal Standifer, Leona Streng, Mary Sutherland,  Jeff Thompson, Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden


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