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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