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 or 423-956-3524.

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