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.

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