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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