News and Announcements for the Week of April 27

During our 11:00 am worship, we will be doing Prayers of the People differently.  Everyone is invited to write prayer celebrations or concerns on the back of the blue Connection Card and place it in the offering plate during the Offering.  Pastor Dan will retrieve the cards during our worship service and share the concerns aloud.  Please indicate clearly if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

Life Groups launch today!  Please use the blue Connection Card to sign up for one of the groups by listing in the “My Next Steps” section the names of group leaders for the group you are interested in, and place the card in the offering plate during worship.  If you have an idea for another type of Life Group not listed, please indicate it in that section on the Connection Card.  Please see the bulletin insert for more info.

D3 Life Group, a women’s health small group, begins today at 5:00 pm in the Wesley Center.  Contact Samantha Gray or Jane Bellamy for more information.

Jubilation 2014, Adult Ministry, April 27-29, Meadowview Resort & Conference Center, Kingsport, TN.  Theme: Purpose & Possibilities.  Keynote Speaker:  Missy Buchanan.  Worship Leader:  Dr. Randy Frye.  Music Leader:  John Powers.  Join us for Jubilation 2014 as we explore ways to live with purpose and possibility.  We will be inspired, entertained and challenged.  We will have lots of opportunities for fellowship and learning together.  You’ll come away refreshed, renewed and full of new purpose and possibilities.  Scholarships are available on request!

All people, men and women, are invited to the Men’s Day Program today at 3:00 PM at Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church.  Pastor Dan will provide the message.  We hope that you will share in this special time of worship with our AME Zion brothers and sisters.

Calling all men – Life Group starting Saturday, May 3rd, 8:00 a.m. in Church Fellowship Hall. Our focus will be on relational connection, Bible study, prayer and inward and outward mission ministries. All of this is really about community. It isn’t just a nice option, it’s a need like food, water and shelter. The UMW Circle will be preparing breakfast to save us from the distractions at Pardners Restaurant and for a fund raiser for the important ministries that the women undertake. Please sign up today or contact either Tony Lundin or Mike Miller (team leaders), before May 1st, so we can give the ladies a count. Looking forward to seeing you !!!

SPRC meeting has been changed from April 29 to May 15, 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker Classroom.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

  • 6 Dianne Phelps
  • 9 Libbey Adams, Adam Stewart
  • 12 Bill Durham, Gracie Wright
  • 14 Ivy Stewart
  • 18 Deenia Graybeal
  • 19 Dolores Williams
  • 22 Bill Phelps, Betsy Carrier, Bill Parks
  • 27 Elsie Thompson
  • 30 Tommy Forrester
  • 31 Bill Finney

Anniversaries

  • 4 Dan and Lelia Perry
  • 17 Bruce and Billie Stewart
  • 26 Mike and Carole Miller

 

The Second Annual Bluegrass Concert benefitting the Bluff City Rescue Squad will be held May 3, 2014, 7 :00 PM, in Bluff City Elementary School Auditorium.  Headlining the concert will be Duty Free, a local bluegrass band whose  members include Hal Boyd, Bobby Love, Chad Love, and Charlie Powers.  Other bands will be Sapling Grove, Tyler Williams Band with Megan McKamey, Vickie and Tommy Austin and Daniel Salyer.  Tickets are $10.00 each and are available thru Betty Malone.

The Music Review class at Sullivan East High School will present “The Best of Broadway” Monday, April 28, and Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 PM in the Little Theatre at Sullivan East High School.  Donations will be taken at the door.

The Czech Missions Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 24 at Buffalo Valley golf Course,  All proceeds will go to support mission teams traveling to the Czech Republic and the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague.  Sponsors, players and volunteers are needed to make this event a success.  Learn more at czechgolftourney.org

Annual conference will be held June 8-11 at Lake Junaluska, NC.  The mission offering for the 2014 session has been designated to support education in South Sudan.  The goal of the offering is $175,000.  For more information, please visit www.holston.org

Hands-On Mission Project for Zimbabwe—Food buckets  – Goal : 300

  • 1 bag sugar (4-5 lb)
  • 1 bag corn meal (4-5 lb)
  • 1 bag self-rising flour (4-5 lb)
  • 1 bag rice (2 lb)
  • 1 bag dried beans (2 lb)
  • 1 powdered  milk (10 oz or less)
  • 1 box old-fashioned oats (18 oz. or less) (NOT instant oatmeal packets)
  • 1 bottle cooking oil (48 oz or less)
  • 1 box Splenda/sucralose packets (50 ct. or less)

Pack all in NEW, FOOD GRADE, 5-gallon bucket with lid. (Lowe’s ) Please DO NOT seal lids. Include $5.00 donation for packing and shipping—DO NOT PUT IN BUCKET Church Treasurer will write one check to cover all buckets.

Have buckets completed and in Library by Sunday, May 25.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of April 20

The flowers on the alter today are placed in the memory of Eleanor Cowan by Harvey and Betsy Carrier.

Pastor Dan will be out of town this next week.  If an emergency arises, please call Mike Miller, (423) 538-8886.

30 Pieces of Silver.  During worship today, you are invited to bring the container of silver coins to the altar.  Your generosity will support the missions of our congregation.

For worshippers interested in renewing the promises they have made at their baptism, we invite you to participate today during the worship service in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant.  If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

During our 11:00 am worship, we will be doing Prayers of the People differently.  Everyone is invited to write prayer celebrations or concerns on the back of the blue Connection Card and place it in the offering plate during the Offering.  Pastor Dan will retrieve the cards during our worship service and share the concerns aloud.  Please indicate clearly if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

Life Groups begin April 27!  Please see the bulletin insert for more info.

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

Jubilation 2014, Adult Ministry, April 27-29, Meadowview Resort & Conference Center, Kingsport, TN.  Theme: Purpose & Possibilities.  Keynote Speaker:  Missy Buchanan.  Worship Leader:  Dr. Randy Frye.  Music Leader:  John Powers.  Join us for Jubilation 2014 as we explore ways to live with purpose and possibility.  We will be inspired, entertained and challenged.  We will have lots of opportunities for fellowship and learning together.  You’ll come away refreshed, renewed and full of new purpose and possibilities.  Scholarships are available on request!

There will be an Youth Assembly registration meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the Youth Room.  This is for youth interested in going to Assembly at Emory & Henry College in June.  In order to register, parents must be present

All students and children through the 6th Grade are invited to play the hand bells at the 11:00 service on April 27, 2014.  There will be a practice on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:45 PM.  They will be playing “In the Garden” right after children’s time, then they will go to children’s church as normal.

Inspiration 2014 Youth Event, Saturday, April 26, 3:30—9:00 PM at Fender’s Farm.  Ryan Wesley Smith will be the speaker, and there will be a musical concert by The Overflow.  Call (423) 435-2323 with any questions.

The Czech Missions Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 24 at Buffalo Valley golf Course,  All proceeds will go to support mission teams traveling to the Czech Republic and the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague.  Sponsors, players and volunteers are needed to make this event a success.  Learn more at czechgolftourney.org

Annual conference will be held June 8-11 at Lake Junaluska, NC.  The mission offering for the 2014 session has been designated to support education in South Sudan.  The goal of the offereing is $175,000.  For more information, please visit www.holston.org

Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church will be hosting a Men’s Day Celebration, “Men of Valor, “ on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Dan will be bringing the message.  All are welcome to attend.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of April 13

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in our Holston Conference region and in Africa.   And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants.  Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families.  Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

30 Pieces of Silver.  During Lent, you are invited to set aside your silver coins in a bag, jar, or whatever container you wish, and then bring the container full of silver coins to the altar during worship on Easter Sunday, April 20.  You generosity will support the missions of our congregation.

We hope you will join us and invite others to join us for all of our Holy Week events:

Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal and Programs, April 16, 6 pm.

Maundy Thursday Worship, April 17, 7 pm, Sanctuary.

Good Friday Worship, April 18, 7 pm, Sanctuary.

Children’s Easter Celebration, 11:30 am, Saturday, April 19, Fellowship Hall. Includes egg hunt, story-telling, and a light lunch.

Community Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 20, 7 am, Morning View Cemetery.

Easter Sunday Worship, 8:50 am, April 20, Wesley Center.

Easter Sunday Worship, 11 am, April 20, Sanctuary.

Life Groups are coming!  They are small groups that invite us in to life together, helping us grow as disciples of Jesus, care for one another more deeply, and serve God and other’s in Jesus’ name.  We will launch them church-wide after Easter.  We hope that each person will be involved in a Life Group.  We will have sign-up opportunities for you.

CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11:30 am to 2pm.  Please donate non-chocolate and peanut-free candy.  There is a box at the Wesley Center and one in the Communication Center for candy collecting. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation and attend Early Service, please give any cash donations to Lydia Thompson.  Both services—if giving by check, please mark “Easter Candy” in the memo line.  11:00 Service, if giving cash, please give to Elaine Good.

We hope you have noticed the beautiful new flooring in the Wesley Center and the Christian Life Center entrance, and the new interior signs in the Christian Life Center, 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 the many people who have put in hours and hours of volunteer work into renewing our facilities!  And thanks to all who have contributed financially to our campaign.  Our next phase of the Hospitality campaign is to replace the old marquee outside of the Sanctuary with a new electronic marquee.  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.

At our March 24 Church Conference, our congregation members affirmed the February 16 Church Council decision to pursue purchase of the neighboring Cowan property, 476 Cedar St., Bluff City.  We will be discussing purchase options with the Cowan family and considering the best financing option available for the congregation.  We expect to move forward with a capital campaign asking each person in our congregation to give generously and sacrificially to enable the purchase.  We hope you will pray about your participation in securing this needed property so that our ministries for Christ may continue to grow and expand.

There will be an Youth Assembly registration meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the Youth Room.  This is for youth interested in going to Assembly at Emory & Henry College in June.  In order to register, parents must be

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

Jubilation 2014, Adult Ministry, April 27-29, Meadowview Resort & Conference Center, Kingsport, TN.  Theme: Purpose & Possibilities.  Keynote Speaker:  Missy Buchanan.  Worship Leader:  Dr. Randy Frye.  Music Leader:  John Powers.  Join us for Jubilation 2014 as we explore ways to live with purpose and possibility.  We will be inspired, entertained and challenged.  We will have lots of opportunities for fellowship and learning together.  You’ll come away refreshed, renewed and full of new purpose and possibilities.  Scholarships are available on request!

Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church will be hosting a Men’s Day Celebration, “Men of Valor, “ on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Dan will be bringing the message.  All are welcome to attend.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of April 6

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in our Holston Conference region and in Africa.   And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants.  Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families.  Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

30 Pieces of Silver.  During Lent, you are invited to set aside your silver coins in a bag, jar, or whatever container you wish, and then bring the container full of silver coins to the altar during worship on Easter Sunday, April 20.  You generosity will support the missions of our congregation.

Life Groups are coming!  They are small groups that invite us in to life together, helping us grow as disciples of Jesus, care for one another more deeply, and serve God and other’s in Jesus’ name.  We will launch them church-wide after Easter.  We hope that each person will be involved in a Life Group.  We will have sign-up opportunities for you.

CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11:30 am to 2pm.  Please donate non-chocolate and peanut-free candy.  There is a box at the Wesley Center and one in the Communication Center for candy collecting. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation and attend Early Service, please give any cash donations to Lydia Thompson.  Both Services—if giving by check, please mark “Easter” in the memo line.  11:00 Service, if giving cash, please give to Elaine Good.  Deadline for collecting both monetary donations and candy is Sunday, April 13 as candy bags have to be filled on Wednesday, April 16.

We hope you have noticed the beautiful new flooring in the Wesley Center and the Christian Life Center entrance, which is 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 the many people who have put in hours and hours of volunteer work into renewing our facilities!  And thanks to all who have contributed financially to our campaign. Our next phase of the Hospitality campaign is to replace the old marquee outside of the Sanctuary with a new electronic marquee.  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.

At our March 24 Church Conference, our congregation members affirmed the February 16 Church Council decision to pursue purchase of the neighboring Cowan property, 476 Cedar St., Bluff City.  We will be discussing purchase options with the Cowan family and considering the best financing option available for the congregation.  We expect to move forward with a capital campaign asking each person in our congregation to give generously and sacrificially to enable the purchase.  We hope you will pray about your participation in securing this needed property so that our ministries for Christ may continue to grow and expand.

There will be an Youth Assembly registration meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the Youth Room.  This is for youth interested in going to Assembly at Emory & Henry College in June.  In order to register, parents must be

Sunday, April 13, 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.

Hands-On Mission Project for Zimbabwe—Food buckets  – Goal : 300

1 bag sugar (4-5 lb)
1 bag corn mean (4-5 lb)
1 bag self-rising flour (4-5 lb)
1 bag rice (2 lb)
1 bag dried beans (2 lb)
1 powdered  milk (10 oz or less)
1 box old-fashioned oats (18 oz. or less) (NOT instant oatmeal packets)
1 bottle cooking oil (48 oz or less)
1 box Splenda/sucralose packets (50 ct. or less)

Pack all in NEW, FOOD GRADE, 5-gallon bucket with lid. (Lowe’s )

Please DO NOT seal lids.

Include $5.00 donation for packing and shipping—DO NOT PUT IN BUCKET

Church Treasurer will write one check to cover all buckets.

Have buckets completed and in Library by Sunday, May 25.

Have you felt led to be part of a Czech Mission Team? Space is still available on the following teams that will travel to Czech this summer:

June 20 – 30 – Plzen Maranatha Vacation Bible School
July 4 – 14 – Brno VBS and English Camp
July 4 – 14 – Slany Basketball and English Camp
(all dates are approximate)

If you feel God is calling you to be a part of this outreach to our friends in the Czech Republic, plan to attend the orientation meeting:

Sunday, March 30
3:00 pm
Cherokee UMC

We will share:

  •  Information on the teams that will travel this year,
  •  Important deadlines for paying your deposit and balance,
  •  Fundraising opportunities,
  •  Scholarship information, and
  •  General information on how to prepare for your trip.

If you are interested in one of the trips but cannot attend the meeting on Sunday, please let the office know which trip you are interested in.

 

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