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  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.


Alicia RonQuillo
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



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