News and Announcements for the Week of September 6

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.

SPRC will meet Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team members are:  Michael Forrest (Chair), Judy Finney, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Linda Rader, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry and Dan Gray.

Leadership & Vision Team will have future meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, beginning September 15. Team members are:  Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert and Dan Gray.

Our Johnson City District is accepting nominations for At Large Lay Members to the Holston Annual Conference , which will be June 5-8, 2016 at Lake Junaluska, NC. Nominations forms are due to the district office by Monday, Sept. 14. For more info, see Pastor Dan.

At this past Annual Conference, our delegates pledged that we would encourage each church member to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. We hope that you are working toward that goal, and will encourage that in your Sunday School, Life Group, UMM, UMW, Circle of Faith, youth ministries, children’s ministries, etc.

VACATION:

Pastor Dan is on vacation from September 8 to 14.  Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader, can be reached at 423-538-6379.

Betty will be out of the office Tuesday, September 22—Thursday, Sept 24Volunteers are needed to cover her desk these three days from the hours of 1:00—4:00 pm.  If you can work one of these days, please let her know by Sunday, September 13. 

Thanks to BCUMC for the awesome donation of school supplies! We will certainly use them.  Thanks again, Rachael Barnett, Bluff City Middle School

The 3D Life Group, led by Samantha Gray and Jane Bellamy will meet Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 AM in the Wesley Center.  Please come and join us!

The Sisters of Strength Life Group Meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM.  Leaders are Jin Lane and Joan Williams .  The next meeting will be Thursday, September 17.  We are studying Jeremiah.

 

The Pray, Eat, Laugh, & Love Life Group for singles and couples meet on  the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Gray Home.  The next meeting will be September 11.   Please let Pastor Dan know if you can come — pastordangray@gmail.com or 423-956-3524.

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