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.

 

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