News and Announcements for the Week of June 1

Hope for South Sudan.  Today we are invited to give a special offering to support our Holston ministries in South Sudan.  At the upcoming Holston Annual Conference, Nancy Forrester, our Lay Member to Annual Conference, will present our church’s offering along with the other 900 Holston churches.  Our Holston goal is to raise $175,000 for these ministries.  You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and mark “South Sudan” in the memo line.  See the bulletin insert for more info.

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church.  Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month.  During Communion, you can bring your offering forward.  You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

During our 11:00 am worship, for Prayers of the People, 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 on the card if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

Annual conference will be held June 8-11 at Lake Junaluska, NC.

Pastor Dan will be in North Carolina from Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8, to officiate his niece’s wedding.  And then at Lake Junaluska, NC, for the Holston Annual Conference.  He will return on Thursday, June 12.  In case of emergency, please contact our Lay Leader Mike Miller at 423-538-8886.

We would like to thank the church for all they did for the Finney family during the loss of William Finney, Jr.  It was greatly needed and appreciated.  Prayers, food, visits, and calls is what got us through the toughest time.

Judy Finney

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Hands On Mission food buckets for Zimbabwe!  Together we are contributing 8 food buckets toward our Johnson City District goal of 300.   The food buckets are put on a semi-truck and taken to Annual Conference along with the contributions of the other 11 Holston district churches.  We then pray over them before they are shipped to Africa.  Please hold in your prayers those who will receive this much needed aid and our missionaries working with them.

Sunday, June 8, 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.

There will be dinner for children and youth each Wednesday night at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

There will be a Vacation Bible School meeting on Sunday, June 8, at 12:30 pm after the 11:00 service.  All who will help, please p lan to attend as it is quickly coming upon us.  Thanks for all who will help.

The Connections Team will meet Tuesday, June 10 at 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall.  Members are:  Jin Lane, Joan Williams, Bobbie Warden, Billie Stewart, Beverly Smith, Joyce Durham, Mildred McClellan, Elsie Thompson, Lelia Perry, Delores Williams, Mike Miller and Pastor Dan Gray.

Life Groups have launched!  There are currently three groups:  D3 Women’s Health group led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy; Sisters of Strength Women’s group led by Jin Lane and Joan Williams; and a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden.  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.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 A.M. In Fellowship Hall – All men are invited to a wonderful breakfast provided by our UMW Circle. A donation of $7.00 would be helpful to them for funding their many  ministries. Our meeting will include a time for getting to better know each other, a devotion, and planning for inward and outward mission projects. Please notify Tony Lundin or Mike Miller at least by Thursday, June 5th if you plan to attend.

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Wesley Center.

The Sisters of Strength Life Group Meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Wesley Center from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM.  The next meeting will be June 19.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 13-16, from 6:30 pm—8:30 pm.  Anyone interested in helping, please call Judy Finney at (423) 946-7944 or email her at justjudy1313@gmail.com.  All help will be appreicated.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 25

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 http://www.holston.org

During our 11:00 am worship, we are 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 on the card if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

The Nicene Creed is frequently used as an affirmation of faith in United Methodist worship services as well as many other Christian churches.  It sets forth the key affirmations concerning the Christian faith and has served as a guide in combating heretical or false teaching.  It is the historic statement of belief of the Christian faith devised by the church Council of Nicaea, convened in A.D. 325 by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the city of Nicaea, located in what is now northwest Turkey.  This gathering was called “Council of the Three Hundred and Eighteen,” reportedly that was the number of bishops who attended.  The creed has only 220 signatures however.  The gathering rejected the teaching of Arius.  Parts of the Nicene Creed directly refute the Arian heresy.  For example, the words “begotten, not made” address Arius’ argument that Jesus was a “creature.”  The difference between a child (from the being of God) and a creature (made from nothing) was at the center of the controversy.  The Creed was slightly revised in 381 by the church Council of Constantinople.  It was reaffirmed at the church Council of Chalcedon (451).  Following the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed is the second oldest creed of the Christian faith.

Life Groups have launched!  There are currently three groups:  D3 Women’s Health group led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy; Sisters of Strength Women’s group led by Jin Lane and Joan Williams; and a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden.  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.

Food Buckets and/or hams for Zimbabwe are due in the library today.

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Wesley Center.

There will be dinner for children and youth each Wednesday night at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 A.M. In Fellowship Hall – All men are invited to a wonderful breakfast provided by our UMW Circle. A donation of $7.00 would be helpful to them for funding their many  ministries. Our meeting will include a time for getting to better know each other, a devotion, and planning for inward and outward mission projects. Please notify Tony Lundin or Mike Miller at least by Thursday, June 5th if you plan to attend.

Join us for a Memorial Day celebration at the Pavilion by the Holston River on Monday, May 26, from 5 pm to 9 pm.  It will be an evening of fun, fellowship, music, hot dogs and ice cream.  Come out and support our Czech Missions Team fundraiser.  Please bring a donation to support Tommy Forrester, who is leading a district team this summer to the Czech Republic. Spread the word and invite some friends.  Hope to see you there

The Sisters of Strength Life Group Meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Wesley Center from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM.  The next meeting will be June 19.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 13-16, from 6:30 pm—8:30 pm.  Anyone interested in helping, please call Judy Finney at (423) 946-7944 or email her at justjudy1313@gmail.com.  All help will be appreciated.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 18

We welcome Kim Lundin to our church staff as our Traditional Worship Choir Director and Organist.  Kim, Tony and Mary are such beloved members of our church family, and we are excited about God using Kim’s many musical gifts to help lead us in worship of God. We pray that God will continue to bless her, her family, and her ministry.

Today in worship we celebrate our graduates.  They are: Alicia RonQuillo, BSN, King University; Daniel RonQuillo, Sullivan East High School; Brittany Thompson, King University; Megan Burke, Masters, King University; Joseph Tatham, Sullivan East High School.

Today we celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday, which is one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church.  Native American Ministries Sunday nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.  During our Offering time, we will collect a special offering for Native American Ministries.  The annual conference administers 50 percent of the receipts to develop and strengthen Native American ministries within the conference. The conference committee on Native American ministry administers these funds.  The other 50 percent of the net receipts provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.  You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC with “Native American Ministries” on the memo line.

During our 11:00 am worship, we are 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 on the card if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

Life Groups have launched!  There are currently three groups:  D3

Women’s Health group led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy; Sisters of Strength Women’s group led by Jin Lane and Joan Williams; and a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden.  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.

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Wesley Center.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 13-16, from 6:30 pm—8:30 pm.  Anyone interested in helping, please call Judy Finney at (423) 946-7944 or email her at justjudy1313@gmail.com.  All help will be appreciated.

As the Buffalo Mountain Camp Board continues to deal with the aftermath of the flood of August 2012, clearly everything has changed.  The job requirements of the Camp Director have changed from managing a camp operation to camp ministry development.    Randy Pasqua, Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry Director, and the Buffalo Mountain Camp Personnel Committee have made the difficult decision to end the tenure of Jason Onks as the Buffalo Mountain Camp Director.  The Buffalo Mountain Board appreciates greatly Jason’s contribution to the camp’s ministries during his eight year term of service and his cooperation during this time of transition.  The Board is pursuing the hire of an interim Buffalo Mountain Camp Development Director with the skills and experience to help the Buffalo Mountain Board sort through the complex issues of discerning the way forward for this vital conference ministry.

Please continue to pray for Jason and his family, the Buffalo Mountain Camp Board, and the discernment processes that are taking place.

2014 GRADUATES

Alicia RonQuillo
BSN
King University,  December 2013
Received 4 Presidential awards
Made Dean’s list each semester
Awarded for graduating at the top of her pre-nursing class
Received the Wellmont Scholarship
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Daniel RonQuillo, Jr.
2014 Graduate from Sullivan East High School
Enjoys Culinary Arts
Recently competed at a culinary competition in Nashville where his class received 7th place
Plans to pursue a degree in hospitality management and further his culinary skills
Received an award for the top Bridge Math student in Sullivan County

Brittany Thompson
King University

Megan Burke
King University

Joseph Tatham
Sullivan East High School

Together we are making a difference in the lives of children and youth at Holston Home.  In 2013, our church gave $339, with an average gift of $1.53 per member.  Below is a thank-you note from Rev. Charles Hutchins, the Vice-President for Development and Church Relations:

When I think of all the friends of Holston United Methodist Home  throughout the conference, I am reminded of St. Paul’s words in his letter to the Phillippians 1:3-5: “Every time I think of you I give thanks to my God.  I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy, because you have been my partners in spreading the [good news about Holston Home.]”

Although our goal has always been for every church in the conference to average giving $5.00 per member per year to help us provide care for the many children who need our help, we have not yet reached that goal.  Many churches, however, have exceeded the goal and are committed to helping the children and we are deeply grateful.

The average per member gift was $3.80.

During the past year the lives of more than 800 children were touched by the ministry of Holston Home.

Timothy, age 13, suffered from low self-esteem and lack of desire to  socialize with other children or do his school work or participate in  activities.  Following placement in four different homes and institutions, he came to Holston Home, where he learned that he is one of God’s special  children.  Counseling, education and wholesome activities opened up new possibilities for Tim to experience a meaningful life.

When you invest in the life of a child, your investment will yield dividends for years to come.  At Holston Home, children,  youth and families are  experiencing love, acceptance, healing, encouragement, new hope and the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This past year 60  children made a profession of faith and were baptized.

Thank you for making a real and lasting impact on the lives of the children, youth and families who turn to us in time of need.

Reverend Charles A. Hutchings
Vice-President for Development And Church Relations
Www.holstonhome.org

 

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 11

We celebrate the music ministry of Chris Neal.  Chris has faithfully served as our organist and choir director for 6 years.  A generous heart, he has often gone above and beyond what was asked of him.  Today is Chris’ last day with us.  Chris has resigned his position with us to serve in the music ministry at Elizabeth’s Chapel UMC.  We will miss his immediate presence but look forward to continued relationship with him through our connectional United Methodist Church.  We are grateful to Chris for his dedicated service and pray that God will continue to bless him and his ministry.

We welcome Edward Bowman in worship with us today.  Edward is a sheep farmer in Gray, TN, has served as an officer of the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association, and is a member of Boone’s Creek Christian Church.  We are grateful that he and one of his lambs are sharing time with us during worship.

During our 11:00 am worship, we are 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 on the card if you do not wish for a particular concern to be shared aloud.

Today in worship, we have the opportunities to give special offerings for three terrific ministries.  We do not expect that you will give to all three, but want to make them available to you and let God lead you in generosity.  We do hope that as you give to these “second-mile” offerings, you will be faithful in your regular tithes and offerings to our General Fund.

First, we invite you to give to our offering for the Robinson Memorial AME Zion Church.  We normally take it up on a Communion Sunday, but wanted to move it to today since our last Communion Sunday was also Youth Sunday and the youth were receiving a special offering for World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.

Second, we invite you to give to the Rockhold Food Pantry, that we regularly support.   You can also bring canned goods and dry foods to be taken to the pantry.

Third, you are invited to give to the Circle of Care Mother’s Day offering, to benefit the elderly of Asbury Place, the United Methodist-related retirement community in Johnson City.  Asbury Place is home to countless mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and aunts.  The majority of their benevolent care recipients are women, many of whom have outlived their husbands.  Your contribution to the Circle of Care Fund helps ensure that their residents will never be asked to leave the community they love due to financial hardship.  Additionally, these gifts help to meet the costs of medical care and other critical necessities.  For any gift, you can make a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and mark in the memo line either “Robinson AMEZ”, “Food Pantry”, or “Asbury Place”.

 United Methodist Women will meet in the parking lot at 11:00 Tuesday, 5/13, to go to the One Acre Café in Johnson City for lunch.

As the Buffalo Mountain Camp Board continues to deal with the aftermath of the flood of August 2012, clearly everything has changed.  The job requirements of the Camp Director have changed from managing a camp operation to camp ministry development.    Randy Pasqua, Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry Director, and the Buffalo Mountain Camp Personnel Committee have made the difficult decision to end the tenure of Jason Onks as the Buffalo Mountain Camp Director.  The Buffalo Mountain Board appreciates greatly Jason’s contribution to the camp’s ministries during his eight year term of service and his cooperation during this time of transition.  The Board is pursuing the hire of an interim Buffalo Mountain Camp Development Director with the skills and experience to help the Buffalo Mountain Board sort through the complex issues of discerning the way forward for this vital conference ministry.

Please continue to pray for Jason and his family, the Buffalo Mountain Camp Board, and the discernment processes that are taking place.

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.

Life Groups have launched!  There are currently three groups:  D3 Women’s Health group led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy; Sisters of Strength Women’s group led by Jin Lane and Joan Williams; and a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden.  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.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 13-16, from 6:30 pm—8:30 pm.  Anyone interested in helping, please call Judy Finney at (423) 946-7944 or email her at justjudy1313@gmail.com.  All help will be appreciated.

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 http://www.holston.org

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 4

Life Groups launched last week!  There are currently three groups:  D3 Women’s Health group led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy; Sisters of Strength Women’s group led by Jin Lane and Joan Williams; and a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden.  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.

SPRC team will meet Monday, May 5, 6:30 PM in Mike Miller’s Classroom.  SPRC Members are:  Alicia Ronquillo, Frosty Sweet, Herman Carrier, Judy Finney, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Bobby Thompson, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Mike Miller , Dan Gray, and Nancy Forrester

The youth will be taking a special offering this Sunday to raise funds for the 30 Hour Famine coming up next weekend, May 9 and 10. We are changing things up a bit to make it easier for you to donate. We will take up one offering in each service and then each youth that participates in the 30 Hour Famine by fasting for the 30 hours will receive a portion of this offering as a credit towards their personal goal. Out group goal is $1,000.  Checks can be made payable to “Bluff City United Methodist Church’ with “30 Hour Famine” in the memo line.  Thank you for your monetary and prayerful support.

The youth are still taking orders for t-shirts! It was designed by our very own Joseph Tatham. T-shirts are $10. They are navy with white lettering. Please contact Camille Gray if you are interested in ordering one.

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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 http://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.

Visitors from Texas are Coming—to see the Cox House and it must be cleaned.  Anyone who can help do light cleaning, we will gather at the Cox House Monday, May 5, at 9:00 AM.  Please bring feather dusters and some water.  No heavy labor involved.

Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers, calls, cards, and visits during my recent illness.  Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated.  I am feeling much better, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Bill Phelps

Sunday, May 11, 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.

 

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