News and Announcements for the Week of May 31

Today (Sunday) we welcome Pastor Eddy Sainvil to share the message about his Christian journey and ministry with orphans in Haiti. We celebrate Pastor Eddy’s response to the Biblical call to love and care for our neighbors: pure religion is “to take care of the widows and the orphans in their distress” (James 1:27). During our offering, we invite you to give a special offering to go toward the ministries and people that he serves. Please make a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Haiti Ministry” in the memo line.

Vacation Bible School will be held beginning Sunday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 1 from 6:00 PM—8:30 PM.   Volunteers are needed to make this a success.  Please see Wendy Finney if you would like to participate in this ministry.

Hands On Mission Project.  This year, our district churches will send school kits to Liberia.  This is a great project for individuals, families, or small groups.

School kits and the $5 shipping donation must be to the church office by 4:00 pm, Tuesday, June 2.  Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC.  Please see the bulletin insert for more info about the school kits.  You can also help by loading the transport truck at the District Office, beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 4.

TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY!  At Holston Home for Children this is a day for rejoicing.  At this moment, children are being fed, nurtured, and given a safe place to grow.  Because of the generous offerings given by donors like you, children encounter hope for a better future.  You can help us continue in our mission to provide hope and healing to children and families struggling with life’s challenges.  Please give generously today and help us change lives for tomorrow.

Pastor Dan is on vacation through Monday, June 1.  Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader, is our first contact during this time.

June Birthdays and Anniversaries

              Birthdays

1           Judy Finney
4           Mary Lundin
8           Gerald Church
18         Harold Leonard, Amanda Franklin
20         Luke Gray
21         Bobbie Warden
28        Ed Adams
29       Betty Carrier

Anniversaries

6  Charles and Dianne Phelps
7  Gerald Church/Grace Samples
25  Bret and Wendy Finney

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 24

We celebrate the confirmation or reaffirmation of faith of some of our youth today. These young people have been faithful to participate in about 18 hours of Confirmation classes, learning some of the essential doctrines and practices of our faith. Jillian Busby has made her confession of faith in Jesus Christ, and awaits baptism in the near future when her  grandmother Pearl Carrier can be with us. Luke Gray was baptized as an infant, and comes today confirming his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Noah Taylor and Autumn Townsend have received baptism in their youth, and come today reaffirming their faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support of our ministries with youth!

If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

On Sunday, May 24, we will receive a special missions offering to be given at Annual Conference on behalf of our congregation by Lelia Perry, our Lay Member to Annual Conference.  This Annual Conference Mission Offering will be used in ministry with children in poverty in our Holston region.  Our conference goal is to raise $10 per person for each worship attendee.  See the bulletin insert for more information.  Please give generously to share God’s love.  In addition, each person is asked to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community.  One way to fulfill these 10 hours of service is through Cups of Love.

A group from Edgefield UMC are going to Project Crossroads in Marion, VA on Monday, 5/25.  They are looking for more volunteers to join them for a day or two or for all week.  Cost is $25 for food plus they will eat out a couple of nights.  Work is general repairs, painting and maybe building a ramp.  They will stay at a house that belongs to Project Crossroads.  If interested, please call Jamie Hyder, (423) 306-5552.

Pastor Dan will be on vacation from May 25 through May 31.  Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader, will be our primary contact during this time.  You can reach Nancy at (423) 538-6379.

Hands On Mission Project.  This year, our district churches will send school kits to Liberia.  This is a great project for individuals, families, or small groups.  School kits and the $5 shipping donation must be to the church office by 4:00 pm, Tuesday, June 2.  Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC.  Please see the bulletin insert for more info about the school kits.  You can also help by loading the transport truck at the District Office, beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 4.

 

News and Announcements for the Week of May 17

Today we welcome Amy Blumberg to share the message and help us celebrate District Czech Missions, our ministry to the people of the Czech Republic, who are overwhelming atheist.  The fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989 provided Christianity in the Czech and Slovak Republics with a unique opportunity to renew its strength. The task is daunting.  Two generations have been indoctrinated with the Marxist idea that religion is the opiate of the masses, leaving the area with the highest rate of atheism in all of Europe.  Surveys show that about 70% of the population of the Czech Republic claims no religious affiliation.  Nearly 60% of the 1500 members of Methodist churches there have become Christians since the fall of Communism in 1989.  The Church is considered by many to be a cult, and Christians are often viewed as lunatics.  We and our fellow 65 district United Methodist churches are involved in this ministry through our Johnson City District.  Amy is a member of Gray UMC and has served on several mission teams to the Czech Republic.

During our offering, we invite you to give a special offering to go toward our district mission efforts in the Czech Republic.  Make a check payable to “Bluff City UMC” and write “District Czech” in the memo line.

Thank you for your ideas and votes about the naming of our new mobile soup feeding ministry. You have determined to name the new ministry: Cups of Love. Most of our volunteer opportunities with this ministry will take just a few hours a week on Saturday. Perhaps you could give that time at least once per month or more. If you would like to volunteer, please talk with Nancy Forrester, our volunteer coordinator, about how you would like to be involved.

Today in worship we celebrate graduates connected to our congregation: John Thomas  Ryan.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tues., May 19, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  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, and Dan Gray.

On Sunday, May 24, we will receive a special missions offering to be given at Annual Conference on behalf of our congregation by Lelia Perry, our Lay Member to Annual Conference.  This Annual Conference Mission Offering will be used in ministry with children in poverty in our Holston region.  Our conference goal is to raise $10 per person for each worship attendee.  See the bulletin insert for more information.  Please give generously to share God’s love.  In addition, each person is asked to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community.  One way to fulfill these 10 hours of service is through Cups of Love.

Hands On Mission Project.  This year, our district churches will send school kits to Liberia.  This is a great project for individuals, families, or small groups.  School kits and the $5 shipping donation must be to the church office by 4:00 pm, Tuesday, June 2.  Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC.  Please see the bulletin insert for more info about the school kits.  You can also help by loading the transport truck at the District Office, beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 4.

On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, we will have a combined worship service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am, and Sunday School at 9:15 am.  It will be a special worship time celebrating baptism and Confirmation.  Throughout the history of Christ’s Church,

Pentecost has been an important time for baptisms and confirmation.  We will remember the significance of our baptisms and baptize anyone not previously baptized who desires to receive the sacrament of baptism.  If you are interested in receiving baptism or believe God is leading you to have your infant/child baptized, talk with Pastor Dan.

An Opportunity to Love Your Neighbor.  If you care about the 280,000+ Tennesseans who do not have access to health care, it is not too late to help them.  A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for May 20, 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall of Munsey Memorial UMC.  The issue is not dead; it will come up in the next legislative session.  This is an educational event as well as an opportunity to let our representatives in state government know what we are not giving up on providing access to health care.  A decision for expanding Medicaid could also save hospitals, as we have already seen hospital closures and cut-backs due to the decision not to expand Medicaid  This town hall is one of the many being planned throughout the state.

News and Announcements for the Week of May 10

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

Thank you, Mothers, for all that you do!!!

Thank you for your ideas and votes about the naming of our new mobile soup feeding ministry. You have determined to name the new ministry: Cups of Love. Most of our volunteer opportunities with this ministry will take just a few hours a week on Saturday. Perhaps you could give that time at least once per month or more. If you would like to volunteer, please talk with Nancy Forrester, our volunteer coordinator, about how you would like to be involved.

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.

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.

The United Methodist Women will be going to “One Acre Café” in Johnson City for lunch on Tuesday, May 12.  If you wish to go, please meet in the church parking lot at 11:00 AM.  Anyone who is not a member of the Circle is welcome to go with us.  Please let Wilma Boy, Jin Lane or Joan Williams know so we will know how many will be going.

Per communication from Nancy McGlamery and Herman Carrier, Cluster has been discontinued.  The money that was left will be divided between IHN ($633.52), Coalition for Kids ($633.52) and Holston Home for Children ($633.52).

News and Announcements for the Week of May 3

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 our Youth are leading us, as we recognize their importance and significant role as the Church of today, and not simply as “our future.” We celebrate that they are members of Christ’s Church and have much to offer in advancing the ministry of Jesus to the world. We are reminded that Jesus called young people as His disciples, and they were used by God to change the world. We are grateful to our Youth and to their adult mentors, especially Dan Ronquillo , our Youth Ministries  coordinator. If you would like to give a special offering to support our youth ministries, make a check payable to our church and write “Youth Ministries” in the memo line.

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.

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.

The United Methodist Women will be going to “One Acre Café” in Johnson City for lunch on Tuesday, May 12.  If you wish to go, please meet in the church parking lot at 11:00 AM.  Anyone who is not a member of the Circle is welcome to go with us.  Please let Wilma Boy, Jin Lane or Joan Williams know so we will know how many will be going.

 

There will be a mock run of how the Soup Kitchen will run on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please come and support the Soup Kitchen.

 

 

 

 

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