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.

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