News and Announcements for the Week of August 24

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.

Our area United Methodist churches will meet for a Cluster gathering on Sunday, August 31, 6:00 pm at Edgefield UMC in Piney Flats.  All people are welcome to attend!

Cox House Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.  We will have Sunday School at the church at 9:00 am.  Then 10:30 am worship at the Cox House, led by Rev. Grady Winegar, a retired Elder and previous Kingsport District Superintendent who has researched Holston Conference history and Cox House history extensively.  In worship, our praise band will lead bluegrass gospel songs.  The Cox House Celebration is in lieu of our regular worship services.  Following worship, Rev. Winegar will present on his recent research concerning the Cox House that examines the documented history concerning important dates of the Cox family and house.  His research raises questions about the beginning dates of our congregation.  He will also be available for a question and answer session.  We will also share a covered dish luncheon at the Cox House.  If weather prevents our celebration on the grounds of the Cox House, we will follow this modified schedule with all activities at the church.  Bring a dish, a chair, and some friends to celebrate our heritage!

Our Fellowship dinners for the fall will begin the first Wednesday in September and go thru October.  The first Fellowship Dinner is Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  The United Methodist Women will be hosting.

TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY!  At Holston Home for Children this is a day for rejoicing.  At this moment, children are being fed, nurtured, and given a safe place to grow.  Because of the generous offerings given by donors like you, children encounter hope for a better future.  You can help us continue in our mission to provide hope and healing to children and families struggling with life’s challenges.  Please give generously today and help us change lives for tomorrow.

The youth of First UMC, Johnson City, are collecting hand sanitizer, Clorox, medical  masks and gloves that will be sent to Liberia to help with the Ebola outbreak.  Please see Betty in the office for  more details.

Life Groups have launched!  The current  groups are:  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; a men’s group led by Mike Miller and Tony Lunden; and a Singles/couples group led by Pastor Dan and Samantha Gray and Dan and Lelia Perry.  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.

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy. The next date and time will be announced later.

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.  Jin Lane and Joan Williams lead this group.  The next meeting will be Thursday, September 18.

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 or 423-956-3524.

Worship (All) Team meets Monday, August 25 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Alicia Ronquillo (chair), Herman Carrier, Nancy Forrester, Bruce Stewart, Judy Wright, Kim Lundin, Jane Bellamy, Mike Miller and Dan Gray.

Discipleship Team meets Monday, August 25, at 7:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team members are:  Samantha Gray (chair), Judy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Megan Burke, Joan Williams, Lelia Perry, C. W. Fleenor, Jane  Bellamy, Mike Miller, and Dan Gray.

Cowan Property Ad Hoc Team meets Wednesday, August 27 , at 7:45 pm in the Pastor’s Office.  Team members are:  Mike Miller, Beverly Smith, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, and Dan Gray.

Staff Parish Relations Committee, our Human Resources team, meets Thursday, August 28, 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker classroom.  Team members are: Judy Finney (chair), Alicia Ronquillo, Frosty Sweet, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Bobby Thompson, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester and Dan Gray.

September Birthdays and Anniversaries


3           Whitney Osborne, Teresa Webb
11          Ann Mann
15          Grady Burke
19          Jane Bellamy, Jerry Malone
27          Lori Fleenor
28          Nancy Forrester
29          Autumn Townsend
30          Zaiah Gray


3 Earl and Beverly Smith
10 Dan and Samantha Gray
20 Nick and Judy Wright

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