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.

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