News and Announcements for the Week of February 2

Sunday, February 9, 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.

You are invited to a Baby Shower for Amanda Franklin this afternoon (Sunday Feb. 2) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

There will be a Called Church Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 5, at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  The purpose of this meeting will be to discus the purchase of a copier.

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.

The Congregational Care Team will meet Tuesday, February 4, at 1:30 P.M. in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Members include: Joan Williams, Bobbie Warden, Elaine Good, Delores Williams, Billie Stewart, Elsie Thompson, Mildred McClellan, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller,and Dan Gray.  Jin Lane is our Congregational Chair this year.

The Children’s Ministry Team will meet Sunday, February 9, from 2:00—3:00 pm in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Members include:  Jane Bellamy, Paul Durham, Carole Ann Miller, Misti O’Dell, Lana Butler, Joan Williams, and Deenia Graybeal. Judy Finney is our 2014 chair of the Children’s Ministry Team.

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.




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