News and Announcements for the Week of March 1

Trustees will meet Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 6:30 PM in the Willing workers Classroom.

Please note the following district trainings for administrative team members:

Finance Committees and Treasurers TODAY Sunday, March 1,                                                                   2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday , Feb. 18, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 4. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

The book Autopsy of a Deceased Church is available in the church office for purchase for $5. This book is currently being read by our Leadership & Vision Team and has generated significant interest.

News and Announcements for the Week of February 22

We celebrate Scouting Ministries Sunday today in worship and our connections with the members and families of Boy Scout Troop #10 and Cub Scout Pack #10. Our church serves as Charter Sponsor for both the troop and the pack. Following the 11:00 am worship service, please come to the Fellowship Hall to support the luncheon fundraiser for the Scout troop.

We are grateful to Dan Perry for providing the message today, while Pastor Dan is on vacation. Pastor Dan will be on vacation through Feb. 25. Nancy Forrester , our Lay Leader, is our first contact if there is a ministry need. You can reach her at 423-538-6379.

Trustees will meet Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Trustees are:  Jack Hurlbert, Donnie Rader, Elaine Good, Teresa Webb, Joe Kennedy, Earl Smith, Jane Riley, Dan Ronquillo, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

Please note the following district trainings for administrative team members:
Trustees . This training is POSTPONED . It was originally scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC. It will be rescheduled.- Finance Committees and Treasurers . Sunday, March 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday , Feb. 18, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 4. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

The book Autopsy of a Deceased Church is available in the church office for purchase for $5. This book is currently being read by our Leadership & Vision Team and has generated significant interest.

News and Announcements for the Week of February 15

We welcome Rev. Irving Greene as our preacher today. He is pastor of Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Bluff City. We are delighted to share worship this morning with our sisters and brothers from Robinson Memorial. We celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, our Wesleyan heritage, our Methodist traditions, and February as Black History Month. For more information on the A.M.E. Zion Church, visit their website at http://www.amez.org. During our offering time, we will collect a special offering for the Robinson church; you can makes checks payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Robinson AMEZ” in the memo line.

Please note the following district trainings for administrative team members:
SPR Committees . Sunday, February 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC
Trustees . Sunday, February 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC
Finance Committees and Treasurers . Sunday, March 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC.

The Circle of Faith will be sponsoring a Pancake Supper on  Shrove Tuesday, February 17 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. This is a fundraiser for the circle and we appreciate any and all donations.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7:00 pm, for an extended session.  Please note that we are not meeting at our regular time of 6:30 pm, to accommodate the Shrove Tuesday dinner at 6:00 pm. Team members are:  Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Ludia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, and Bobby Thompson.

Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 18 . In lieu of our adult, youth and children’s programs, we will have a special Taize-style worship service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. It is a beautiful service that we hope you will attend and bring someone. No meal will be served.

Scouting Ministry Sunday will be Sunday, February 22.  They will be having a chili fundraiser after the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall.

We have been advised that there were some recent thefts from vehicles parked at Piney Flats UMC on Sunday morning during church. Please be sure to lock your vehicles.

Melissia Perkins has been approved by Church Council as our Young Adult Ministries Chair . Please remember her in your prayers as she helps lead our church in ministering to young adults.

Pastor Dan will be on vacation from Feb. 19-25. Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader, is our first contact if there is a ministry need. You can reach her at 423-538-6379.

News and Announcements for the Week of February 8

Church Council meets TODAY, Sunday, Feb. 8, 4:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Church Council members are: Beverly Smith (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Wendy Finney, Brian Ronqillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Wilma Boy, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Joan Williams.

You Asked For It training event is TODAY, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. In response to the sessions we had at Charge Conference in the fall, our Johnson City district has developed this training, with workshops in the areas of worship, young adult ministries, and missions and more trainings are to come on other matters later in the year. The event is free . Childcare is available. We can take the church van if you are interested in going. Please let Pastor Dan know if you would like to ride the van.

Also, please note the following district trainings for administrative team members:
– SPR Committees. Sunday, February 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC
Trustees. Sunday, February 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC-
– Finance Committees and Treasurers. Sunday, March 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Munsey Memorial UMC.

We have been advised that there were some recent thefts from vehicles parked at Piney Flats UMC on Sunday morning during church. Please be sure to lock your vehicles.

Scouting Ministry Sunday will be Sunday, February 22.  They will be having a chili fundraiser after the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall.

Thank you for identifying with the needs of the poor by supporting good Samaritan Ministries in 2014.  I hope you will continue to remember them in your prayers and with your support.

Sarah C. Wells, Executive Director

We are most appreciative to you and your gift which will help this ministry to continue to express love to the boys and girls at Holston Home.  Thank you for caring!

Charles A. Hutchins, Vice-President of Development

Holston United Methodist Home for Children

 

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