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.

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