News and Announcements for the Week of November 30

Today in worship we celebrate the ministries of Ryanna DeArmond and The Center for Global Impact (CGI). Ryanna is serving through CGI to reach young women in Cambodia with the good news of Jesus Christ. Ryanna has used her skills in cooking to train the women to run a restaurant. Ryanna is the granddaughter of Beverly and Earl Smith. During our offering time, you can give a special offering to support Ryanna’s ministry by making a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and putting Cambodia in the memo line. Please continue to pray for Ryanna and the women with whom she works.

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas.  Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

Our capital campaign The Door Beyond is underway to help purchase the Cowan property so we can expand our ministries in our community. We are asking that everyone in the congregation give first to our Church Ministry Budget to honor the Biblical expectation of the tithe (10% of your income) and generosity. Giving to The Door Beyond capital campaign should be over and above your giving toward your tithe. This capital campaign invites us to honor God with a deeper level of generous and sacrificial giving. We do not expect equal amounts of giving from each person, but do invite everyone to equal sacrifice.  If you have not done so already, you are invited during our Offering to give your commitment cards for the Church Ministry Budget stewardship campaign and for the Door Beyond capital campaign. Please pray for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

Next Sunday, Dec. 7, is our First Fruits Sunday. We invite you during worship to bring your first gift to God for the Door Beyond capital campaign.

The United Methodist Women will be meeting Tuesday, December 11, at 2:00 pm.   Please bring your World Thank Offering boxes.

Bluff City Music Club presents “Melodies of the Christmas Season,” 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church.  The program of holiday  music features Chris Neal, Melissa Parker, and Tammy Howard.  Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments following the program.

Cluster Worship TODAY (Sunday) at 6:00 pm at Edgefield UMC,  Piney Flats.

News and Announcements for the Week of November 23

Our capital campaign The Door Beyond is underway to help purchase the Cowan  property so we can expand our ministries in our community. We are asking that  everyone in the congregation give first to our Church Ministry Budget to honor the  Biblical expectation of the tithe (10% of your income) and generosity. Giving to The Door Beyond capital campaign should be over and above your giving toward your tithe. This capital campaign invites us to honor God with a deeper level of generous and  sacrificial giving. We do not expect equal amounts of giving from each person, but do invite everyone to equal sacrifice.  During worship today, you will be invited to bring your commitment cards for the Church Ministry Budget stewardship campaign and for the Door Beyond capital campaign. Please pray for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

There will be a Celebration /Thanksgiving Luncheon TODAY Sunday, November 23 after the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in giving Thanks..

Contemporary Worship Planning Team meets TODAY at 5:00 pm in the Wesley Center.

Community Thanksgiving Service, 7:00 pm, Wed., Nov. 26, in our Sanctuary. We hope you will join us as we give thanks to God with our friends from First Christian, First Baptist, and Bluff City Baptist churches, and people from throughout our  community. We will receive a special offering for the Community Aid Fund, that our congregation supports with the other three congregations. Community Aid is our  combined ministry to aid families in crisis by helping pay, e.g., their utilities. This community worship service will be in lieu of our regular Wednesday night programs. Invite your friends to come!

The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. Hope you have a great day of giving thanks to God!

The United Methodist Women will be meeting Tuesday, December 11, at 2:00 pm.   Please bring your World Thank Offering boxes.

Called District Conference about sale of Buffalo Mountain Camp TODAY, Sunday, Nov.  23 at 4:00 PM at Gray UMC.

BAKE SALE— The children of the church will be having a bake sale before and after each service TODAY,  Sunday, November 23.  They will be set up at the Wesley Center and the main entrance to the Sanctuary.  All proceeds will benefit the Door Beyond Campaign.

Bluff City Music Club presents “Melodies of the Christmas Season,” 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church.  The program of holiday  music features Chris Neal and other local musicians.

Decorating for Advent and Christmas. Please join us Saturday, Nov. 29, at 9:00 am as we decorate the Wesley Center, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and other spaces for Advent and Christmas.

Cluster will  meet at Bluff City UMC on Sunday, November 30.  Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite finger food to share.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

BIRTHDAYS

3           Danny Ronquillo
12         Neal Hicks (missionary)
17         Donnie Rader, Jr., Mark Wright
19         Dan Perry, Jr.
23        Pam Ryan, Josh Hodges
25        Tom Millhorn
26        Linda Rader
31         Scott McClelland, Frosty Sweet

Anniversaries

7      Bill and Joyce Durham
21     Donnie and Linda Rader

 

News and Announcements for the Week of November 9

Today in worship we welcome Rev. Ted Leach to share the message and help us celebrate our kickoff of The Door Beyond capital campaign. A United Methodist pastor who has served churches in Tennessee and Alabama, Ted now works with Resource Ministry Partners, our consultant for the campaign. Ted has more than 40 years of pastoral experience in leading congregations, from small membership churches to churches of more than 5,000 members.

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. We are invited to unite in the oneness that Christ desires for His Body: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV). Visit http://www.idop.org for more information on how you can get involved , who you can pray for, and how to write letters of support.

Today we officially begin our capital campaign, The Door Beyond, to help purchase the Cowan property so we can expand our ministries in our community. Please note that in lieu of our regular Sunday School gatherings at 10:00 am, everyone — children, youth and adults — are asked to gather on the Cowan property to celebrate as we pray together and begin our campaign. The Cowan house will be open. In case of bad weather, we will all gather at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Please be in prayer for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Gray, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Judy Wright, Jin Lane, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Judy Finney, Samantha Gray, and Alicia Ronquillo.

If you have ministry ideas for use of the Cowan Property, please share your ideas with one of our Leadership & Vision Team members, listed above. This team is responsible for leading us in discerning God’s vision for our future.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Betty will be on vacation the week of November 30.  If you would like to volunteer to cover the office on either Tuesday, 12/1, Wednesday, 12/2 or Thursday 12/3 from 1:00 PM—4:00 PM, please let Betty or Pastor Dan know.

The Johnson City District UMW Annual Meeting is November 15.  The program is on how human trafficking affects our area and how we can help to alleviate the problem.  U. S. District Attorney Edwards Stanton III will be the guest speaker. Lunch is $7.50.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM.  Speakers begin at 10:00 AM.   Projected close is 12:30 PM.

Called District Conference about sale of Buffalo Mountain Camp, Sunday, Nov.  23 at 4:00 PM at Gray UMC.

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 November 2

Today is All Saints Sunday, celebrated on the first Sunday in November to commemorate all Christian people of every time and place. All Saints Day is November 1. The term “saints” in the New Testament usage refers to Christians collectively. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregation. We remember those who have died since the last All Saints Day.

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Sunday, November 9, is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Next Sunday, November 9, we officially begin our capital campaign, The Door Beyond, to help purchase the Cowan property so we can expand our ministries in our community.  Please note that in lieu of our regular Sunday School gatherings at 10:00 am, everyone — children, youth and adults — are asked to gather on the Cowan property to celebrate as we pray together and begin our campaign. In case of bad weather, we will all gather at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Please be in prayer for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Thank you so much for your generous Pastor Appreciation gifts! Samantha and I are overwhelmed by your generosity! Thanks for your prayers and support!  We are honored to serve among you.

Grace and peace, Pastor Dan and Samantha

Congratulations to Jennifer Newman and Benjamin Jones, who were married in our church on October 25. Pray for God to bless their marriage.

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 last Fellowship Dinner will be held Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Our Youth will be  hosting, and the menu will be taco bar.   Come enjoy the meal and the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Adult Bible Study will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth Programs will also be a 6:45 p.m. in their respective classrooms.

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.

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