News and Announcements for the Week of March 22

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.

Cluster will be meeting here, Bluff City UMC, on Sunday, March 29 at 6:00 PM. Please bring fingerfoods for the reception following the service.

CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 11:30 am.  Please donate candy and monetary donations.  There is a box at the Wesley Center and one in the Communication Center for candy collecting. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation and attend Early Service, please give any cash donations to Herman Carrier.  Both Services—if giving by check, please mark “Easter” in the memo line.  11:00 Service, if giving cash, please give to Bobbie Warden.  Deadline for collecting both monetary donations and candy is Sunday, March 29 as candy bags have to be filled on Wednesday, April 1.

The Ministry and Missions Team will meet Thursday, March 26 at 6:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  If you  have a heart for serving in  ministry, come be a part of this team that plans ministry for our congregation.

The Soup Kitchen Planning Team will meet Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Kim Lundin , Judy Finney, Dan Gray, Samantha Gray,  Camille Gray, Tony Lundin, Dan Perry, Hyacynth Barbera, Lydia Thompson, Michael Forrester, and Nancy Forrester.

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

Night of a Thousand Stories . . . Give or Take a Few . Windsor Ave. Presbyterian Church is hosting an evening of storytelling today,  Sunday, March 22, beginning with dinner at 6:00 pm. Storytelling begins at 7:00 pm. It is a great round-up of storytellers from the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, including Mountain Man Bob Phillips, Madge Rohrer, Sherri Miller, Mary Grace Walrath, and Judy Farlow. The event and dinner are provided free, though you are welcome to bring a covered dish.

A Service of Dedication for The Thomas Amis House, 677 Burem Road, Rogersville, TN will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 am.  There will be a gathering time from 10:00—11:00 am.  The Thomas Amis House was approved by the 2014 Holston Annual Conference as United Methodist Historic Site No. 498.  Bishop Francis Asbury visited the house on four occasions in April and May of 1790.  The Thomas Amis House has been beautifully restored by the owners, Jake and Wendy Jacobs.  Wendy Jacobs is a direct descendent of Captain Thomas Amis who built the house in the early 1780s.  If you would like to attend and go in the church van, please let the office know.

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