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

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  All help will be appreciated.


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