News and Announcements for the Week of September 28

Pastor Dan will be traveling in Indiana and taking some vacation days from Sept. 28—Oct. 5.  Mike Miller, our Lay Leader, is the primary contact for our congregation if there is a need while Pastor Dan is away.  His phone number is 423-538-8886.  In case of an emergency, Rev. Tom Reed, pastor at Elizabeth’s Chapel, is available.  His number is 423-538-6311.

We welcome Rev. Elizabeth Rudesill to share our message in worship today.  Elizabeth is the director of the new Piney Flats location of Good Samaritan Ministries. Good Sam is a ministry our congregation supports through our giving of our fair share payments to the Johnson City District. Our congregation and the 65 other congregations of the JC District are working together to support Good Samaritan Ministries. The ministry is also supported by numerous other churches from other denominations throughout our region.

In worship today, we will collect a special offering to support Good Samaritan Ministries.

The Johnson City District Conference is today at 3 pm at Wesley Memorial UMC.

Update Information. Please make sure we have your current contact information, including your address, home phone, cell phone, and email. You can complete the blue Connection Card or email the information to the church office  at officebluffcityumc@gmail.com or call Betty at 423-538-7822.

Our Fellowship Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 1 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  The Pathfinders Sunday School Class in hosting and the menu will be Lasagna, salad and dessert.

SPRC Team will meet Tuesday, October 7, at 6:00 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team Members are:  Judy Finney (chair), Frosty Sweet, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Bobby Thompson, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester and Dan Gray.

Finance Team will meet Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Tony Lundin (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Nick Wright, Judy Finney, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller, Dan Gray, Cyndy Sweet and Bill Phelps

Charge Conference is Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Elizabeth’s Chapel UMC. Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.

Church Council meets Sunday, Oct. 12, at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will finalize our work in anticipation of Charge Conference, including approval of the 2015 budget.

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 meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 AM 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.  Jin Lane and Joan Williams lead this group.  The next meeting will be Thursday, October 16.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, October 4, 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, October 2,  if you plan to attend.

News and Announcements for the Week of September 21

Pastor Dan will be traveling in Indiana and taking some vacation days from Sept. 28—Oct. 5.  Mike Miller, our Lay Leader, is the primary contact for our congregation if there is a need while Pastor Dan is away.  His phone number is 423-538-8886.  In case of an emergency, Rev. Tom Reed, pastor at Elizabeth’s Chapel, is available.  His number is 423-538-6311.

Bluff City Heritage Days is Saturday, September 27th on Main Street.  The United Methodist Women will be setting up at the Wesley Center again.  If you have any items you wish to donate, please bring to the Wesley Center on Friday evening.  If you need to deliver something earlier than Friday, please call Joan Williams, 538-3535 to arrange a time.

Nominations & Leadership Development Team meets Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are:   Dan Gray, Jane Bellamy, Kathy Hurlbert, Joan Williams, Joyce Fleenor, Herman Carrier, Lelia Perry, Nick Wright, Lydia Thompson, Beverly Smith, and Mike Miller.

Finance Team meets Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall to continue work on the 2015 Budget. Team members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Nick Wright, Judy Finney, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller, Dan Gray, Cyndy Sweet, and Bill Phelps.

Traditional Worship Planning Team meets Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3:15 pm in the church library. Team members are: Kim Lundin, Priscilla Keene, Jane Bellamy, Betsy Carrier, and Dan Gray.

Update Information. Please make sure we have your current contact information, including your address, home phone, cell phone, and email. You can complete the blue Connection Card or email the information to the church office at officebluffcityumc@gmail.com or call Betty at 423-538-7822.

SPRC Team will meet Tuesday, October 7, at 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team Members are:  Judy Finney (chair), Frosty Sweet, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Bobby Thompson, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester and Dan Gray.

Charge Conference is Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Elizabeth’s Chapel UMC. Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.

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 meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

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, October 16.

Men’s Breakfast and Life Group Meeting—Next meeting is Saturday, October 4, 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, October 2,  if you plan to attend.

New Life Group for Singles and Couples.  We have begun 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, and you are always welcome to bring someone new.  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.  Instead of the first and third Tuesday, we will meet on the first and third Friday.  Our next meeting is Friday, Oct.  3, at 6:30 pm at the Gray’s home.  Hope you can join us!  Let Pastor Dan know if you can come pastordangray@gmail.com or 423-956-3524.

News and Announcements for the Week of September 14

Traditional Worship Planning Team meets Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3:15 pm in the church library.  Team members are:  Kim Lundin, Priscilla Keene, Jane Bellamy, Betsy Carrier, and Dan Gray.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Thursday, Sept. 18 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.

If you have ideas about God’s vision for our use of the Cowan property, please share your thoughts with one of the members of the Leadership & Vision Team, listed above.

New Life Group for Singles and Couples.  We have begun 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, and you are always welcome to bring someone new.  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.  Instead of the first and third Tuesday, we will meet on the first and third Friday.  Our next meeting is Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 pm at the Gray’s home.  Hope you can join us!  Let Pastor Dan know if you can come pastordangray@gmail.com or 423-956-3524.

Our Fellowship Dinner is Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  The Crossroads Sunday School class will be hosting and the menu will be Lasagna, Salad and Dessert.

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

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.

We welcome Rev. Grady Winegar to share our message today in worship.  Rev. Winegar is a retired Elder, having served churches throughout the Holston Conference, as well as serving as the Holston Conference Secretary, the Director of Clergy Concerns, the Wytheville District Superintendent, and the Kingsport District Superintendent.  Rev. Winegar is an avid church historian, participating in the conference and denominational levels.  He has shown special interest in the Cox House, and we look forward to him sharing some of his research following our worship time.

Special thanks to Jane Riley, Betsy Carrier and Jack Hurlbert for their leadership in preserving our Cox House heritage!

For the capital campaign for the purchase of the Cowan property, we have hired Resource Ministry Partners of Alabama as campaign consultants.  On Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm, Rev. Bill Crosby, the primary consultant for us, will be present with us to train our core capital campaign leadership team.  Team members include:  Jack Hurlbert (director), Nancy Forrester (coordinator), Dan Perry (promotion), Lelia Perry (celebration/hospitality), Mike Miller (small groups), Tony Lundin (stewardship),

Beverly Smith (prayer), Paula Durham (children), Bobbie Warden (youth), and Dan Gray.  Please be present for this training.

Nominations & Leadership Development team meets Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team members are: Jane Bellamy, Kathy Hurlbert, Joan Williams, Joyce Fleenor, Herman Carrier, Lelia Perry, Nick Wright, Lydia Thompson, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller and Dan Gray

News and Announcements for the Week of September 7

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church.  Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month.  During Communion, you can bring your offering forward.  You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Cowan Property Ad Hoc Team meets Sunday, Sept. 7, at 8:00 pm in the Pastor’s Office.  Team members are: Mike Miller, Beverly Smith, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, and Dan Gray.

Our  Fellowship Dinner is Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your favorite dish and some friends.

Finance Team will meet on Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 PM in the fellowship hall.  Tony Lundin is chair for 2014.  Team members are:  Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Nick Wright, Judy Finney, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller, Dan Gray, and Cyndy Sweet.

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!

Leadership and Vision Team meets Thursday, September 18, 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are:  Mike Miller, 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.

If you have ideas about God’s vision for our use of the Cowan property, please share your thoughts with one of the members of the Leadership and Vision team,  listed above.

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 meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

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, October 4, 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, October 2,  if you plan to attend.

New Life Group for Singles and Couples.  We have begun 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, and you are always welcome to bring someone new.  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.  Instead of the first and third Tuesday, we will meet on the first and third Friday.  Our next meeting is Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 pm at the Gray’s home.  Hope you can join us!  Let Pastor Dan know if you can come pastordangray@gmail.com or 423-956-3524.

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