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.


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