News and Announcements for the Week of August 17

2015 Budget requests are due in the church office by September 1, using the budget request form.  Ministry team chairs— please plan a budget meeting for your team in August.

Children’s Ministry Team meets today at 12:30 pm in the Willing Worker classroom.  Judy Finney is our chair. Team members are:Joan Williams, Jane Bellamy, Paula Durham, Carole Miller, Deenia Graybeal, Lana Butler

Slava Korsak Benefit Concert tonight at 6:00 pm at Munsey Memorial UMC in Johnson City.  This is a benefit concert for the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague. Slave Korsak is an incredibly talented singer.  His love for the Lord shows through his singing and his infectiously happy personality.  He will be accompanied by Gary Young.  The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken up.

Leadership and Vision Team meets Tuesday, August 19, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are:  Mike Miller, Beverly Smith, Nancy Forrester, Judy Wright, Alicia Ronquillo, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Dan Perry, Judy Finney, and Dan Gray.

Ministry and Missions Team meets Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Workers’ classroom.  Kim Lundin is our chair.  Team members are:  Joan illiams, Dan Gray, Scotty Burke, Tommy Forrester, Nancy Forrester, and Mike Miller.

Traditional Worship Planning Team meets Thursday, August 21, at 3:30 pm in the Church Library. Team members are Priscilla Keene, Jane Bellamy, Betsy Carrier, Kim Lundin, and Dan Gray.

Cox House Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. We will have Sunday School at the church at 9:00 am. Then to the Cox House for worship at 10:30 am, followed by a covered dish luncheon. The Cox House Celebration is in lieu of our regular worship services. Bring a dish, a chair, and some friends!

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 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.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, September 6, 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, September 4,  if you plan to attend.  

New Life Group for Singles and Couples.  We are starting a new Life Group!  Based on Acts 2 and modeled by the first Christians, Life Groups meet regularly to allow the group members a time of sharing a meal, fellowship, praying together, growing together, caring for one another, and serving together.  This new group is for male and female adults, as singles or as a couple.  We do not plan for the group to focus on couple or marriage or family issues, but want to begin a group that couples can be in together.  If there is enough interest, we could launch another group later that focuses on marriage and family issues.  But that is not this group.  This is open to any adult.  Pastor Dan and Samantha Gray will co-lead it the first year, with Dan and Lelia Perry also providing leadership.  Children are welcome to come and play with other children, but we will not have programming for them.  We expect the once per month gathering to last about 2 hours, including dinner.  At our first meeting on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 pm at the Gray’s home, we will consider  whether the 4th Tuesday is the best date for the group, and whether to begin at 6:30 pm or earlier each time.  Hope you can join us!  Let Pastor Dan know if you can come pastordangray@gmail.com or 423-956-3524.

Financial Stewardship Update: With an increase in ministries during the summer and an irregular attendance pattern in summer, which is typical of most congregations, our congregation is hoping that members can “catch up” on their giving to the General Fund.  Your tithes and offerings to the General Fund support our various ministries, facilities upkeep, personnel, and operating expenses. As of July 31, 2014, our General Fund figures are:

Total income: $69,284.78
Budgeted income: $78,813.00
Total expenses: $75,540.51

While we are behind in our budgeted (General Fund) giving, your tithes and offerings are still ahead of last year by about $1500; our General Fund  expenses are less than the budgeted amount; and we have reduced our General Fund deficit  to      -$8132 (as of 8/13/14). We encourage our ministry teams to “think twice” about spending and make sure the expense is something our church really needs. We also want to celebrate that you have also been very generous with special offerings and designated giving, sharing over $6000. Thank you so much for your faithful giving! We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our  ministries may continue strong and growing. Our desire is not that we will get  something from you, but what we hope for you — that you will honor God with your money and  experience the joy of generosity in supporting the work and ministries of God. There is nothing more important that you can give to.

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