News and Announcements for the Week of June 29

We have recycling bins in the Fellowship Hall to recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, and other metals.  Please rinse the items before placing them in the recycling containers.  We also recycle paper in the office.  We encourage you to recycle as a way of taking care of God’s creation and honoring God in the way that we live.

Finance Team meets Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team members are  Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Nick Wright, Judy Finney, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller, Dan Gray, Cyndy Sweet, Bill Phelps.

Church Council meets at 4:00 pm, Sunday, July 20, in the Fellowship Hall.  Beverly Smith is our Church Council Chair.

Pastor Dan will be out of town July 2 to July 6.  In case of a special need, please contact our Lay Leader Mike Miller at 423-538-8886.  If pastoral care is needed, you can contact Rev. Tom Reed at Elizabeth Chapel UMC at 423-383-3611.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 13-17, from 6:00 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.

Set your calendar now for a Music Retreat, the week of July 20-25 in the p.m.  Time TBA.  We will have a full set of handbells for anyone who would like to learn choir anthems, instrumental ensemble music and youth and children anthems presented.  There will be guest clinicians each night.  More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.  Invite a friend (or friends) to join us. (See calendar)

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.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 9.

The Sisters of Strength Life Group Meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM.  The next meeting will be July 17.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, July 12th 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 Tuesday, July 8,  if you plan to attend.

On July 21st, Johnson City District superintendent, Rev. Walter Weikel and John Redmond will be bicycling the length of the district to raise awareness for the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague.  They are trying to channel the spirit of Francis Asbury and will visit several churches in the district on that day.  John and his wife Denise and their children, Eli and Ada, have been appointed to serve our English Speaking Church in Prague, Czech Republic.

A special offering will be collected during worship on July 20 to help defray the moving and airfare costs for the Redmonds.

July Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

2           Jessica Sproles
9           Penny Durham
10        Tim Harkleroad
11          Megan Durham
12          Imogene Hicks, Earl Smith
13          Bret Finney
15          Carolyn Gravely, Brian Ronquillo
19          Josh Wright
22          Mari Hicks (missionary)
29          Donnie Rader, Sr.
31          Jessica Parkulo, Nick Wright

Anniversaries 

10       Jerry and Betty Malone
16       Harvey and Betsy Carrier
19       Bryan and Missy Byrd, Jimmy and Elaine Good
29       Lana and George Butler
31       Bill and Bobbie Warden

 

 

 

 

News and Announcements for the Week of June 22

We welcome in worship some cast members of Bristol Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, including Nick Reynolds in the role of Joseph.  We are grateful for their presence today to help lead in worship.  The cast and crew include several members of our congregation: Hyacynth Barbera, Jazz Strachan, Kaylie Crain, Zaiah Gray, Luke Gray, Camille Gray and Dan Gray.  Samantha Gray is the producer.  The Joseph production will be at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts on June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.  For more info, visit www.theatrebristol.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.  Our worship leader 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.

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.

Volunteer(s) Needed—to scan into the computer the book of Bluff City United Methodist Church history published in 1983. This will need to be done anytime Mondays or Fridays or in the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Betty will instruct on how to scan—it is very simple!  If anyone is interested, please contact Betty in the church office.

Set your calendar now for a Music Retreat, the week of July 20-25 in the p.m.  Time TBA.  We will have a full set of handbells for anyone who would like to learn, choir anthems, instrumental ensemble music and youth and children anthems presented.  There will be guest clinicians each night.  More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.  Invite a friend (or friends) to join us.

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.  There will be no meeting on June 25.

The Sisters of Strength Life Group Meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM.  The next meeting will be July 17.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, July 5th 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 Tuesday, July 1  if you plan to attend.

News and Announcements for the Week of June 15

Today is Trinity Sunday, a celebration of the Triune nature of God — that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Today is also Peace With Justice Sunday, which is one of our six special Sundays in our United Methodist Church.  Peace with justice witnesses to God‘s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.  One-half of the offering given will stay in our conference to develop ministries of peace with justice; the other half will go to the denomination to be used world-wide in developing such ministries.  To give an offering for Peace With Justice, make a check payable to our church and write “Peace With Justice” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Peace with Justice” on the envelope.

We welcome in worship some cast members of Bristol Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, including Nick Reynolds in the role of Joseph and Laura O’Bryan in the role of the Narrator.  We are grateful for their presence today to help lead in worship.  The cast and crew include several members of our congregation: Hyacynth Barbera, Jazz Strachan, Kaylie Crain, Zaiah Gray, Luke Gray, Camille Gray and Dan Gray.  Samantha Gray is the producer.  The Joseph production will be at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts on June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.  For more info, visit www.theatrebristol.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.  Our worship leader 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.

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.

Volunteer(s) Needed—to scan into the computer the book of Bluff City United Methodist Church history published in 1983. This will need to be done anytime Mondays or Fridays or in the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Betty will instruct on how to scan—it is very simple!  If anyone is interested, please contact Betty in the church office.

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.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 25.

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.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, July 5th 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 Tuesday, July 1  if you plan to attend.

Set your calendar now for a Music Retreat, the week of July 20-25 in the p.m.  Time TBA.  We will have a full set of handbells for anyone who would like to learn, choir anthems, instrumental ensemble music and youth and children anthems presented.  There will be guest clinicians each night.  More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.  Invite a friend (or friends) to join us.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of June 8

Pastor Dan is 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. 

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.  Our worship leader 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.

Nancy Forrester, our Lay Member to Annual Conference, will serve as our lay member along with Pastor Dan at the Holston Annual Conference session, June 8-11 at Lake Junaluska, NC, representing our church among the 900 other United Methodist churches in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia.  Each year, all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference.  During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years).  Our Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor presides over these meetings.  The session is an important expression of our “connectional” church, recognizing that our local church and our denomination is part of the universal Body of Christ.  Please be in prayer for Nancy, Bishop Taylor, Pastor Dan, and the other delegates, asking that God’s Spirit will guide them in their decision-making.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Hands On Mission food buckets for Zimbabwe!  Together we contributed 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.

Thank you for your contributions of $125.00 to the Annual Conference offering for educational ministries in South Sudan; and for your contributions of $315.71 to the Change for Children offerings to benefit children’s ministries in our Holston region and in Africa.  Nancy Forrester, our Lay Member to Annual Conference, will present these offerings on your behalf at Annual Conference.  Way to go Holston!  Way to give!

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 today, June 8, at 12:30 pm after the 11:00 service.  All who will help, please plan to attend as it is quickly coming upon us.  Thanks for all who will help.

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 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.

Dear Bluff City UMC Family,

I would like to thank each of you for the going away gift that you gave me on my last Sunday.  I will surely miss all of you, especially Dan and the Choir.  On my last Sunday at BCUMC, I was emotionally not able to tell all of you how much I love you and how sad it is for me to leave you.  Instead of me going back to my “home church,” I feel as though I left my “home church.”  My thoughtsx and prayers will be with BCUMC forever.  Thanks for being my church family for the last six years.

In joyful song,

Chris Neal

Volunteer(s) Needed—to scan into the computer the book of Bluff City United Methodist Church history published in 1983. This will need to be done anytime Mondays or Fridays or in the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Betty will instruct on how to scan—it is very simple!  If anyone is interested, please contact Betty in the church office.

 

 

 

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