News and Announcements for the Week of April 26

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Jane Bellamy, Dorothy Brown,  Mary Carrier, Betty Combs, Dash Cottingham, Paula Durham, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor, Irene Fox, Cody Haney, Randy Harmon, Imogene Hicks, Amanda Thompson Lane, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Nancy McGlamery, McCamey Family, C. A. Miller, Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Wendy Perry, James Ritchie, Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Jean Smith, Melinda Tackett, Ric & Jane Taylor (missionaries in Kenya), Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden

Today in worship we celebrate our United Methodist ministry, Imagine No Malaria , and recognize World Malaria Day . The United Methodist Church — that is, us — is part of a bold coalition to eliminate malaria from the continent of Africa. The generous contributions from our congregation have joined those of United Methodists from around the world to proclaim God’s love and good news and relieve human suffering from a preventable disease. Together, we are making a significant difference , with more than 2,300,000 bed nets distributed, 4,600,000 lives impacted, 300 clinics maintained, and 11,600 health workers trained. For more info, visit imaginenomalaria.org. If you would like to continue to help change lives, you can give a special offering today by writing a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “No Malaria” in the memo line.

Church Council meeting TODAY,  4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This is our regular quarterly meeting. All are welcome to come and voice opinions, though only Church Council members can vote. Members are:  Beverly Lane (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, 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, Betty Malone Jack Hurlbert, Bret Finney, Elaine Good, Dan Gray.

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 note your interest on the blue Connection Card or talk with Pastor Dan.

The Wednesday Fellowship Dinner on Wednesday, April 29, will be hosted by the Youth.

Vacation Bible School is fast approaching and committees need to be put into place very soon for planning purposes.  If you would like to volunteer to serve with this ministry, please contact Wendy Finney at  (423) 612-1076 or via email at wendylfinney@yahoo.com.  Please pray for this ministry.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

4            Andrew Ream
6        Dianne Phelps
7        Pearl Carrier
8        Adam Stewart, Libby Adams, Shawn Stantz
9        Bill Durham, Gracie Wright
10        Camille Gray, Riley Mitchell
15         Keith Arnold
18        Deenia Graybeal
19        Dolores Williams
22       Betsy Carrier, Bill Parks
23       Melissa Perkins
24       Elsie Thompson
30       Tommy Forrester
31        Marti Bridgman

Anniversaries

4     Dan and Lelia Perry
17    Bruce and Billie Stewart
26    Mike and Carole Miller

 

News and Announcements for the Week of April 19

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Phyllis Barr, Jane Bellamy, Dorothy Brown,  Mary Carrier, Betty Combs, Dash Cottingham, Paula Durham, Jean  Edmonds, Lance Fleenor, Irene Fox, Cody Haney, Randy Harmon, Imogene Hicks, Amanda Thompson Lane, Chloe Littrell,  Ann Mann, Nancy McGlamery, McCamey Family, C. A. Miller, Aaleyjah Rain  Outterbridge, Wendy Perry, James Ritchie, Laura Ann Ryan, Cora Jane and Ellyson Rose Rydza, Jean Smith, Melinda Tackett, Ric & Jane Taylor (missionaries in Kenya), Jean Vannoy, Marion Warden.

Today we celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday , which is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. During our Offering time, we will collect a special offering for Native American Ministries. The annual conference administers 50 percent of the receipts to develop and strengthen Native American ministries within the conference. The conference committee on Native American ministry administers these funds. The other 50 percent of the net receipts provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC with “Native American Ministries” on the memo line.

Today, we also celebrate the Festival of God’s Creation (the Sunday closest to Earth Day), which recognizes God’s gracious work in creating the earth and all living things. In the ways that we live, let us honor that God has entrusted to us the care and stewardship of God’s Garden.

Church Council meeting is cancelled for TODAY, and rescheduled for, Sunday, April 26 , 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.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, April 21, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are:  Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kin Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, and Bobby Thompson.

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 note your interest on the blue Connection Card or talk with Pastor Dan.

The Wednesday Fellowship Dinner on Wednesday, April 22, will be hosted by the Circle of Faith.  The menu will be potato bar, salad and dessert.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce Rachel Bombailey is our custodian, effective April 1, 2015. Rachel is the  granddaughter of Harold Smith, who has served as our custodian for 3 years. The change was made at Harold’s request and approved by the SPRC. We expect Rachel will continue in this role for about one year, and then Harold will return to the position.

News and Announcements for the Week of April 12

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 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 note your interest on the blue Connection Card or talk with Pastor Dan.

Finance Team meets Thur., April 16, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Tony Lundin (chair),  Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Herman Carrier, Bobby Thompson, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Lelia Perry, Dan Gray, Cyndy Sweet, and Bruce Stewart.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce Rachel Bombailey is our custodian, effective April 1, 2015. Rachel is the granddaughter of Harold Smith, who has served as our custodian for 3 years. The change was made at Harold’s request and approved by the SPRC. We expect Rachel will continue in this role for about one year, and then Harold will return to the position.

The Cox House Team will meet at 10:30 AM Tuesday, April 14 in the Library.  Team members are: Jane Riley (Chair), Jack Hurlbert, Betty Malone, Betsy Carrier, Mike Miller, Herman Carrier, and Cepheus Strachan.

The Wednesday Fellowship Dinner on Wednesday, April 15, will be hosted by the Weslyan Crusaders/Wiling Workers.  The menu will be beans and cornbread.

The Leadership and Vision Team will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 PM.  The team members are:  Dan Gray (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Bobby Thompson.

A big Thank You to the congregation for their help with the Easter Children’s Celebration.  A great time was had by all.  All help was deeply appreciated.

– Bobbie Warden

Your gifts to the Society of St. Andrew continue to help us move truckloads of fresh good around the state for distribution to those in need.  We greatly appreciate your partnership as we work to find food going to waster and feed those who are going hungry.

We are excited to see spring coming.  We have found new farmers to reach out to and therefore new opportunities for moving fresh foods to hungry people.  And soon we will be planning gardens, gleaning farmers’  markets and providing healthy food to hungry people.

Because we can make food available at only two cents per serving, your Advance Special gift will put 12,500 servings of food on the plates of people in need in Tennessee.  Amazing!

Thank you for choosing to be part of the Society of St. Andrew’s ministry.  We need your prayers for our hungry brothers and sisters and your voice, as you tell your friends what you are doing through the Society of St. Andrew to alleviate hunger.

Blessings,

Linda Tozer
Tennessee Regional Director

 

News and Announcements for the Week of April 5

We celebrate the baptism of Autumn La’Shea Townsend . Baptism marks her acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the beginning of her new life in Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit upon her, and her initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. Baptism is one of our two sacraments in The United Methodist Church, along with Communion. Baptism is a means of God’s grace, an outward sign of God’s inner work of grace — in which we put off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ.

For more information on our understanding of baptism, visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/baptism.

For worshippers interested in renewing the promises they have made at their baptism, we invite you to participate today during the worship service in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant and the Baptismal Remembrance . If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

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.

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.

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