News and Announcements for the Week of July 6

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.

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  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 the 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, July 10,  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.

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