News and Announcements for the Week of August 2

Please note a new order of worship in our Traditional Worship Service, with a new starting time of 10:55 am . Ushers , please note to bring the Offering forward to the Communion table after you have collected it, without waiting to the end of the Offertory; please bring the Offering forward even if the Offertory is special music or a solo. The Doxology has been moved to the beginning of the service.

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.

The Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting is begins this evening in the camp shed at 1432 Gray Sulphur Springs Road, Jonesborough,  TN.  This year’s preacher is Reverend Dr. Darris Doyal with a them of “Body Work” for the camp meeting.  A mini concert will be held at 6:00 pm each evening with the kickoff concert featuring Loretta Bowers.  A youth Gathering will be held at 6:00 pm Sunday for music and worship.    Also at 6:00 pm Sunday is a special event for children ages 5-9 with pizza, Bible stories, singing, games, and more.  Camp meeting will begin each night with congregational singing led by Ramona Bird at 6:30 pm, followed by worship at 7:00 pm.  A nursery will be provided each night for ages infant through four.  An ice cream social will follow Monday night’s service.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will meet Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Judy Finney, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry and Dan Gray.

Finance Team will meet Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Tony Lundin (chair),  Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Herman Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Lelia Perry, Dan Gray, Cyndy Sweet, and Bruce Stewart.

New Keys—The doors to the church and to the Wesley Center have been rekeyed so your present key will not work.  If you need a key—and have not received a new one—please see Jack Hurlbert.


The Wednesday Adult Faith Studies will not meet the remainder of July.  We will resume the meeting in August when the choir resumes practice.

On the first Sunday in August, everyone is invited to bring an example of your talent(s) or representative symbol of them, and lay on the altar during Communion.  Examples of what you might bring : if you quilt, bring a small quilt; if you can, bring a canned good; if you write music, bring one of your musical scores, etc.  On the fourth Sunday, you may pick up your item from the altar.

If you would like to request a hymn, please turn your request into Kim, Jane or David and we will try to work  it into one of the services.

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