News and Announcements for the Week of February 23

We welcome Rev. Irving Greene as our preacher today.  He is pastor of Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Bluff City.  We are delighted to share worship this morning with our sisters and brothers from Robinson Memorial.  We celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, our Wesleyan heritage, our Methodist traditions, and February as Black History Month.  For more information on the A.M.E. Zion Church, visit their website at  During our offering time, we will collect a special offering for the Robinson church; you can makes checks payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Robinson AMEZ” in the memo line.

Audio/Visuals (CDs, DVDs), have been moved from the library to boxes in the  movie room upstairs.  Teachers/Leaders may browse and take to their classroom anything they find  useful.

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

The keys to the Church and to the Wesley Center that used to be kept at the Cowan House are now at Betty Malone’s house.  If you need a key to get into either the church or the Wesley Center, please call Betty at (423) 538-6434 or (423) 646-3082 and she will get them to you.  Please give her plenty of notice.

UM Men Breakfast Meeting—Saturday March 1st – Calling all UM Men for an 8:00 A.M. breakfast get together at Pardner’s Restaurant

Roundtable on Czech Missions, Sunday, March 2, 3:00 PM at Munsey Memorial UMC.  Anyone interested in Czech Missions should attend to discuss the future.

Lay Servant Training, Saturday, March 8, 7:45 am—4:00 pm at Cherokee UMC.

Evangelism Conference March 14-15, 2014 at Cokesbury UMC, Knoxville.  Speaker: Jorge Acevedo.  Go to for more information.

At the February 16 Church Council meeting, the Council approved pursuing purchase of the neighboring Cowan property, 476 Cedar St., Bluff City.  We will have a church-wide meeting as a called Church Conference on March 16 at 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall to consider purchase of the property; financing options available including the possibility of a mortgage of existing church property; and your thoughts about the best use of the property.  All professing members of our church who are present may vote.  The Church Conference will follow a Luncheon sponsored by our youth as a fundraiser — hope you will be there to support them!

The Church Council also approved removal of the trophy case in the Christian Life Center.  Anyone interested in the trophies is welcome to take them.  The trophies are currently in the Fellowship Hall.

Previous Church Council action approved a memorial gift policy which provides that a memorial gift may be designated by the donor to a particular designated fund; and that any undesignated memorial gift will go into our General Fund to support our budgeted ministries.

Pastor Dan and Samantha will depart for the Holy Land tour on Tues., Feb. 25 and return on Fri., March 7.  They are so grateful for this opportunity to see the places Jesus walked, and look forward to sharing with you about their trip when they return.  In case of emergency, contact our Lay Leader Mike Miller at 423-538-8886.  If pastoral care is needed, you can contact Rev. Tom Reed at Elizabeth Chapel UMC at 423-538-6311.


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