News and Announcements for the Week of March 29

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, TONGHT, 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 will be filled on Monday, March 30.

Piney Flats UMC invites us to their Maundy Thursday Service, 4/2/2015.  A potato bar will be served at 5:30 PM.  The service will begin at 6:00 PM and will include the Seder meal.  We have been asked to supply the following for Good Samaritan Ministries:  Mac & Cheese, jelly and cereal.  You may also bring a covered dish for the dinner at 5:30.

Trustees will meet Tuesday, April 7 , at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please be present for this meeting to reach the needed quorum for the meeting to occur. Team members are: Jack Hurlbert (chair), Donnie Rader, Teresa Webb, Joe Kennedy, Earl Smith, Jane Riley, Dan Ronquillo, Elaine Good, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

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.

Please note our Holy Week and Easter Sunday activities:

¨ Passover Seder Meal , Thursday, April 2 at Piney Flats UMC —

Potato Bar at 5:30 PM, Service at 6:00 PM includes Seder Meal

¨ Good Friday Service , April 3, 7:00 pm, our Sanctuary — with Piney Flats UMC

¨ Easter Community Sunrise Service , 7:00 am at Morning View Cemetery

¨ Easter Community Breakfast , 7:45 am, Fellowship Hall

¨ Easter Sunday School , 9:15 to 10:15 am

¨ Easter Sunday Combined Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary

As a symbol of our celebration of Resurrection and new life on Easter Sunday , we invite you to bring flowers to place on the Cross that will be on our front lawn. If you have extra flowers to bring to share with others, please do so. You can help decorate the Cross anytime from sunrise on Easter  Sunday, but please do not decorate it before sunrise.  For more info, please see Alicia Ronquillo, our Worship Team Chair.

Called Church Council meeting, Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall, to give final consideration to the terms of the loan for purchase of the Cowan property, including mortgaging existing properties. All are welcome to come and voice opinions, though only Church Council members can vote. Church Council members are: Beverly Smith (chair),  Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lunden, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray,  Wendy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Melissa Perkins, Joan Williams, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Bobby Thompson, Bret Finney, Elaine Good, Dan Gray.

Regular Church Council meeting, Sunday, April 19 , 4:00 pm, Fellowship Hall. This is our regular quarterly meeting. All are welcome to come and voice opinions, though only Church Council members can vote.

Confirmation classes will begin for youth in the 7th grade and older, starting Wed., April 1.  Confirmation is the opportunity for a young person to “confirm” or profess his/her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Baptism is not a prerequisite and can be done prior to or on Confirmation Sunday.  We will meet each Wednesday night from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm on the youth floor, through May 20.  We will have our Confirmation Sunday celebration on Pentecost Sunday, May 24.  To participate in Confirmation Sunday, you may only miss one class.  If you have any questions, please see Pastor Dan.

Confirmation Mentors are Christian adults who encourage and support young people going through the Confirmation process.  Perhaps a note of encouragement from time to time, a phone call, an ice cream outing, etc.  If you are interested in being a Confirmation Mentor, please see Pastor Dan.

In our Easter Sunday worship, we will celebrate baptism.  Baptism is one of the our two sacraments—an outward sign of God’s inward grace at work in our lives.  It marks our new life in Christ when we receive Him as Lord and Savior, and our initiation into Christ’s Church.  If you have not been baptized and would like to do so, please see Pastor Dan.

April Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

4      Lelia Perry
5      Paula Durham
6      April Hodges
7      Bridget Whitehead
8      Kathy Hurlbert
11      Beverly Smith
16     C. W. Fleenor
19     Lenny Leonard, Carole Miller
20    Kim Lundin
21     Bruce Stewart
24     Dottie Leonard
26     Tim Faught
29     Greg Webb

Anniversaries

21    Harold and Dottie Leonard
27    Jack and Kathy Hurlbert

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