News and Announcements for the Week of July 27

We celebrate in worship today the many different aspects of worship music that we have explored throughout the week through Kim Lundin’s special efforts to bring us a week of music workshops.  Thank you Kim and all those who have worked behind the scenes to make it a great week.

We welcome David K. Estep for another Sunday as our guest organist in worship.  David serves as the organist at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.  David is a long-time friend of ours and we are delighted to have him help lead us in worship.  We are also grateful to his tremendous assistance to Kim Lundin with our Music Celebration Week.

We also welcome several members of the Jubilee Handbell Choir from Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.

Our Church Council approved moving forward with securing a loan for the purchase of the Cowan Property, and using Resource Ministry Partners as capital campaign consultants.  We expect the capital campaign will begin in the fall.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Cowan Property Ad Hoc Team, whose members are Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Nancy Forrester, Tony Lundin, Mike Miller and Dan Gray.

The Church Council is considering a Facilities Use Policy and a Vehicle Use Policy presented by the Trustees, that will be voted on at the next Church Council meeting.  The Facilities Use Policy deals with use of our buildings and grounds, and includes policies on a variety of matters such as whether drinking alcohol and smoking is permitted in the buildings or on the grounds; and whether and how much to charge for use of the facilities by members, member-sponsored individuals and groups, and individuals and groups not connected to our congregation; etc.  The Vehicle Use Policy deals with use of our van on a variety of matters such as van safety, scheduled maintenance, user checklists, etc.  If you have ideas you would like to share about either policy, present your ideas to our chair of Trustees Jack Hurlbert.

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, August 13.

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 August 21, 2014.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, August 2, 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 31,  if you plan to attend.

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