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.

 

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