News and Announcements for the Week of October 26

Today in worship we celebrate Reformation Sunday to remind us that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther issued his Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany and began the Protestant Reformation. Our United Methodist Church is one of many Protestant denominations that trace their roots to this “protest” against the Catholic Church by Martin Luther.

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 29 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  The United Methodist Women and Wesleyan Crusaders are hosting..  The menu will be soup and sandwiches. Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 7:45 p.m. in their respective classrooms.

Charge Conference is today, 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.

Mobile Soup Kitchen Project.  If anyone is interested in helping with the mobile soup kitchen project, please see a Mission Team member.  We need soup cooks, deliverers, and monetary donations.  We will be feeding the hungry and providing nourishment for many  in our town who need a warm cup of soup and the love of God.

The Christmas Hope Tree.  The Ministry and Missions team are taking the names of children for our Christmas Hope Tree.  If you know of a child in need of some help at Christmas, please give their name and information to Kim Lundin so we can get them on “The Hope Tree” this season.

Halloween Trunk or Treat is here and this means we need candy and/or monetary donations for the treat bags.  We are planning to do 500 treat bags.  Please drop off your bags of individually wrapped candies in the box in the Communication/Information Center outside the church offices or leave in the kitchen of the Wesley Center by  Sunday, October 26 . If  you wish to make a monetary contribution, please designate that it is for Halloween Trunk or Treat and please give to Nancy Forrester.

Please come Friday, 10/31, at 10:30 AM to help set up tents and bring battery operated lanterns for tents.  Also, anyone who wishes to do trunk or treat, please let Lelia Perry know so there will be room for you.

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

  • 2            Cherry Reynolds
  • 3            Joshua Durham, Joe Kennedy
  • 6            Kailey Adams
  • 9            Amy Cohee
  • 10          Billie Stewart
  • 18          Cory Armstrong
  • 19          Jennifer Armstrong
  • 24         Joan Williams
  • 25         John Thomas Ryan
  • 26         John Perry, Levi Newman
  • 27         Brian Durham, Russ Kloosterman
  • 29         Evelyn Hurley
  • 30         Gabi Francis Lane

 

Anniversaries

  • 4 Scott and Cathey McClelland
  • 6 Dan and Alicia Ronquillo
  • 15 C.P. and Jin Lane
  • 16 Allen and Paula Durham

Financial Stewardship Update: We encourage people to “catch up” as needed on their giving to the General Fund, as we have not made up our deficit from the summer. Your tithes (10% of your income) and offerings to the General Fund support our various ministries, facilities upkeep, personnel, and operating expenses. As of October 22, 2014, our General Fund figures are:

Total income received: $93,110
Budgeted income expected: $112,590
Total expenses: $104,491

We encourage our ministry teams to “think twice” about spending and make sure the expense is something our church really needs. We also want to celebrate that you have also been very generous with special offerings and designated giving, sharing over $10,300. Thank you for your faithful giving! We encourage you to consider whether you need to “catch up” in your tithes and contributions to the General Fund, or perhaps you can give more, so that our ministries may continue strong and growing. Our desire is not that we will get something from you, but what we hope for  you — that you will honor God with your money and experience the joy of generosity in supporting the work and ministries of God. There is nothing more important that you can give to.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of October 19

We welcome Tommy Forrester to share our message in worship.  Tommy led one of our Johnson City District mission teams to the Czech Republic this past summer.  Today is also Laity Sunday, in which our denomination recognizes the importance of each lay person in the ministry of Christ’s Church.  A lay person, or laity, is distinguished from a clergy person.  Methodism, in all its roots, has a long history celebrating and recognizing the ministry of the laity.  In the early days of American Methodism, the laity served and maintained congregations between visits of the circuit riders (the clergy). Today, lay people are the front line of daily ministry at the workplace, in the home and within the community.  We need the whole Body of Christ as we seek to become more vital congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

Leadership and Vision Team will meet Tuesday, 10/21, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Team Members are:  Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Judy Wright, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Judy Finney, and Dan Gray.

Our Fellowship Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM in the  Fellowship Hall.  The Circle of Faith are hosting.  The menu will be a baked potato bar, salad and dessert. Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 7:45 p.m. in their respective classrooms.

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.

Mobile Soup Kitchen Project.  If anyone is interested in helping with the mobile soup kitchen project, please see a Mission Team member.  We need soup cooks, deliverers,  and monetary donations.  We will be feeding the hungry and providing nourishment for many  in our town who need a warm cup of soup and the love of God.

The Christmas Hope Tree.  The Ministry and Missions team are taking the names of children for our Christmas Hope Tree.  If you know of a child in need of some help at Christmas, please give their name and information to Kim Lundin so we can get them on “The Hope Tree” this season.

Halloween Trunk or Treat is just around the corner and this means that it is time to collect candy and/or donations for the treat bags.  We are planning to do 500 treat bags.  Please drop off your bags of individually wrapped candies in the box in the Communication/Information Center outside the church offices or leave in the kitchen of the Wesley Center by  Sunday, October 26 .

News and Announcements for the Week of October 12

Our Fellowship Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This will be the Beans and Bluegrass Fundraiser for the Missions and Ministry team.  We will be hosting the Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Bands .  The Mission team needs help with beans, slaw, desserts and cornbread.  If you can help with any of these items, please see Kim Lundin so we can feed our guests and their parents.

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 today, 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.  Council members are:  Beverly Smith (Chair), Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester, Bobbie Warden, Betty Malone, Kim Lundin, Judy Wright, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Jin Lane, Lelia Perry, Samantha Gray, Judy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Joan Williams, C. W. Fleenor, Jane Bellamy, Megan Burke, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Elaine Good and Dan Gray.

APPLEBUTTER TIME AT BCUMCSaturday, October 18, 8:00 AM at the IKAN Farm (Ike & Andi Fleenor’s), 3478 Weaver Pike.  Jars, lids, rings, sugar, Splenda, donations and workers are needed.

Mobile Soup Kitchen Project.  If anyone is interested in helping with the mobile soup kitchen project, please see a Mission Team member.  We need soup cooks, deliverers, and monetary donations.  We will be feeding the hungry and providing nourishment for many  in our town who need a warm cup of soup and the love of God.

The Christmas Hope Tree.  The Ministry and Missions team are taking the names of children for our Christmas Hope Tree.  If you know of a child in need of some help at Christmas, please give their name and information to Kim Lundin so we can get them on “The Hope Tree” this season.

News and Announcements for the Week of October 5

Our Fellowship Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 PM in the  Fellowship Hall.  This will be a spaghetti dinner.  Please see Lelia Perry if you would like to help.

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.

There will be a Bluegrass Reunion Jam on Tuesday, Oct. 7th at the Bluff City Rescue Squad.  This will be celebrating 3 years of the Bluff City Bluegrass Jam.  There is no charge, but attendees are asked to bring a dessert or finger-food to share with the  pickers and guests.  It will start at 7:00 PM at the Bluff City Rescue Squad building on Main Street.

On Thursday night, October 9th, there will be a “Back to School” All Bands Extravaganza at Bluff City Elementary School.  The ETSU Bluegrass and Country Music Program will be sending 6–8 of their bands to perform. Cost of admission prior to Thursday is $5.00 and $10.00 at the door.   Proceeds with go to the Bluegrass program at ETSU and the Bluff City Rescue Squad.  Please see Betty Malone for tickets.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Two visitors from the Czech Republic will be in our area October 25-30, and need someone to host them during part of that time.  Gabriella and Roman are employees for the United Methodist mission in Prague called Honi Pocernice.  Mission teams have gone twice to this location which houses Roma families.  Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28 have been taken care of.  Volunteers willing to house them are needed the nights of Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 as well as the night of Wednesday, October 29.   Volunteers are also needed to provide transportation  during their visit.  They will be speaking during the Sunday School hour at Cherokee UMC on Sunday morning, and may have additional speaking engagements during their time here.  Two rooms would be needed as they are not a couple.  They prefer to stay in the same location, as Roman is not as fluent in English and needs Gabriella’s assistance in translating.  Please contact the district office if you can help.

APPLEBUTTER TIME AT BCUMC.  We need jars, lids, rings, sugar, Splenda, donations and workers on October 18th at the IKAN Farm (Ike and Andy Fleenor’s ) on Weaver Pike.

BEANS AND BLUEGRASS.  We will be hosting the Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Bands on October 15th for Wednesday night dinner.  The Mission Team needs help with beans, slaw, desserts and cornbread.  If you can help with any of these items, please see Kim Lundin so we can feed our guests and their parents.  This is a fundraiser for Missions and Ministry.

Mobile Soup Kitchen Project.  If anyone is interested in helping with the mobile soup kitchen project, please see a Mission Team member.  We need soup cooks, deliverers, and monetary donations.  We will be feeding the hungry and providing nourishment for many in our town who need a warm cup of soup and the love of God.

THE CHRISTMAS HOPE TREE.  The Ministry and Missions team are beginning to take names of children for our Christmas Hope Tree.  If you know of a child in need of some help at Christmas, please give their name and information to Kim Lundin so we can get them on “The Hope Tree” this season.

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