News and Announcements for the Week of June 7

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church . Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

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.

Lelia Perry , our Lay Member to Annual Conference, and Pastor Dan are at our Holston Annual Conference from Sun., June 7 to Thurs., June 11, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Please be in prayer for our 900 United Methodist churches in the Holston region, our shared ministries, our Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, our District Superintendent Rev. Walter Weikel, and the decisions of all our delegates.

One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, an ecumenical ministry begun by Gray United Methodist Church, is offering free lunch for children in June, July, and August.

There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Tommy Forrester’s Czech mission trip on Sunday, June 14, after the 11:00 AM service.  Please come and support Tommy.

You are invited to a closing campfire at Buffalo Mountain Camp and Retreat Center on Thursday, July 9 beginning at 7:00 pm.  The fire will be waiting on you at 6:00 PM if you want to come early and walk around the camp.  Expect to hear/share testimonies of how camp has changed the lives of thousands of campers in the past 66 years, sing songs around the fire, worship with Holy Communion once more, and listen as we toll the bell for the last time at this camp site.

The Health Wagon with a host of community involvement will be providing a FREE massive health care outreach with Remote Area Medical (RAM) on July 17, 18, and 19 at the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA.  Some of the many services that will be offered are complete eye exams, prescription glasses, dental fillings, extractions, cleanings, hearing exams, hearing aids, chest x-ray, bone density, lab work,  mammograms, pap smears, in addition to medical exams and exams to be provided by health care providers.  Theses services will be provided for the uninsured, underinsured, and unemployed and those who cannot afford to pay.  All services are FREE of charge.  Registration will begin at 6:00 am daily and services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis  For more information call 276-328-8850.

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