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.

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