News and Events for November 1

Today is All Saints Sunday , celebrated on the first Sunday in November to commemorate all Christian people of every time and place. All Saints Day is November 1. The term “saints” in the New Testament usage refers to Christians collectively. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember our loved ones who have transitioned into the next life, both of the Church universal and of our local congregation. We remember those who have died since the last All Saints Day.

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.

At our last 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.

Johnson City District Lay Servant Training at Cokesbury JC (formerly Cherokee) will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30  a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Registration fee is $25.00 and needs to be returned by Wednesday, October 28.  Please see office for more information.

Church Council will meet tonight, Nov. 1, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.   Members are:  Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Betty Malone, Dan Gray, Wendy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Melissia Perkins, Wilma Boy, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Bret Finney, Elaine Good.

cheese-steak-629342_640FYI—Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.   Our meal this Wednesday will be Sloppy Joes, Chips, Green Beans, Salad and Dessert. Donations are needed to supply the kitchen as well as to continue feeding our youth and children.  All funds for the kitchen are by donation only.

 

News and Events for October 25

At our last 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.

Traditional Worship Planning Team will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3:15 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: David Estep, Jane Bellamy, Betsy Carrier, Priscilla Keene, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry and Dan Gray.

Nominations & Leadership Development Team will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 4:45 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are:  Joyce Fleenor, Herman Carrier, Lelia Perry, Carole Ann  Miller, Judy Finney, Lana Butler, Nancy Forrester, and Dan Gray

Johnson City District Lay Servant Training at Cokesbury JC (formerly Cherokee) will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30  a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Registration fee is $25.00 and needs to be returned by Wednesday, October 28.  Please see office for more information.

Church Council will meet on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.   Members are:  Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Betty Malone, Dan Gray, Wendy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Melissia Perkins, Wilma Boy, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Bret Finney, Elaine Good.

Trunk or Treat—It is that time of the year to begin collecting candy and/or monetary donations for Trunk or Treat which will be held on Saturday, October 31.  There will be a box in the hall outside the office and one at the Wesley Center to collect the candy.  Monetary  donations may be turned in to Nancy Forrester.  Please designate for Trunk or Treat either on your check or put the cash in an envelope prior to giving to Nancy.

A workshop called “Active Shooter/ Armed IntruderTraining” by Jerry Stout of Homeland Security will be held at Piney Flats UMC on Wed., Oct 28 at 6 pm. A potato bar meal is served at 5:30 pm for $5 if you would like to eat there. RSVP to Carolyn Kerr at 423-538-6937. 

              November Birthdays and Anniversaries

                                        Birthdays

2           Cherry Reynolds
3           Joshua Durham, Joe Kennedy
6           Kailey Adams
9           Amy Cohee
10         Billie Stewart
24         Joan Williams
25        John Thomas Ryan
26        John Perry, Levi Newman
27        Brian Durham, Russ Kloosterman
29        Evelyn Hurley
30        Gabi Francis Lane

Anniversaries

4     Scott and Cathey McClelland
16   Allen and Paula Durham
6     Dan and Alicia Ronquillo
30  Ted and Martha Kittell
15   C.P. and Jin Lane

News and Events for October 18

At our last 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.

FYI—Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.   Our meal this Wednesday will be Beef & Noodles, Green Beans, Salad and Dessert.  Donations are needed to supply the kitchen as well as to continue feeding our youth and children.  All funds for the kitchen is by donation only.

Finance Team will meet at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20, in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Tony Lundin (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Jack Hurlbert, Elaine Good, Herman Carrier, Michael Forrester, Lelia Perry.

To allow the Finance Team to meet, the Leadership & Vision Team meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, has been cancelled.

Johnson City District Lay Servant Training at Cokesbury JC (formerly Cherokee) will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30  a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Registration fee is $25.00 and needs to be returned by Wednesday, October 28.  Please see office for more information.

Church Council will meet on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.   Members are:  Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Betty Malone, Dan Gray, Wendy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Melissia Perkins, Wilma Boy, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Bret Finney, Elaine Good.

Charge Conference is Sunday, Nov. 8,  at 3:00 pm at Cokesbury Church—Johnson City.  All members of Church Council should plan to attend.

On Thursday, October 22, Bluff City UMC will host a program called “Are You Cyber Safe?”  The program is open to the public and will discuss safety on an online world.  The program will begin at 7:00 In the Fellowship Hall.  Topics that will be covered include:

New credit cards
Passwords/Encryption
Social media/Privacy/Social Engineering
Open DNS
Children’s Safety
Viruses/worms/trojans
Safety Resources

If you use the Internet, you should attend.  Please invite family and friends, especially those with young children.

News and Events for October 11

To help us celebrate Children’s Sabbath , today in worship we welcome Rev. Lynette Johnson , Director of Church Relations for the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA) ministry.  SOSA was formed in 1979 as an intentional community of two families called to life and ministry together in Christ. It has grown into an ecumenical, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to leading others into lives of Christian community and service.  One of its primary ministries is based on the Biblical concept of gleaning — sharing a portion of your crop with those who are hungry and in need. The mission of SOSA is to introduce people to God’s grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers of body and spirit. If you would like to make a special contribution to SOSA, make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and mark SOSA in the memo line. To learn more about SOSA, visit http://www.endhunger.org .

Children’s Sabbath is an annual celebration that aims to unite religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf. As United Methodists, our roots rest in the care for those who are vulnerable, especially children. During this important celebration, we join with other denominations and religions to bring to light the plight of children in a “bigger and more powerful and more inspiring way than the efforts of any one congregation” or denomination can accomplish on its own. We are grateful to the many wonderful leaders in our ministries with children in our congregation!

The United Methodist Women will  meet in the church parking lot Tuesday, October 13th at 11:30 AM to go to Broadmore Assisted Living in Johnson City.  We will be going for lunch and meeting with Jean Vannoy.

Nominations & Leadership Development will meet Thursday, October 15, at 4:00 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are:  Day Gray, Joyce Fleenor, Herman Carrier, Lelia Perry, Carole Ann Miller, Judy Finney, Lana Butler, Nancy Forrester.

At our last 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.

It is Applebutter Time!  We will be making applebutter Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 AM at Ike Fleenor’s farm, 3478 Weaver Pike.  Sugar and jars are needed.

Johnson City District Lay Servant Training at Cokesbury JC (formerly Cherokee) will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30  a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Registration fee is $25.00 and needs to be returned by Wednesday, October 28.  Please see office for more information.

Thursday, October 22 the Church will host a cyber safety program called “Are you Cyber Safe”.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a community event.  Please invite your friends.  We will cover topics such as Internet Safety for Children, Identity Theft, and Computer Viruses.

News and Events for October 4

Today is World Communion Sunday , one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. We celebrate that Jesus Christ has come to redeem the whole world, and affirm our deep bonds in Christ with Christians around the world, regardless of denomination, nationality, language, culture, ethnicity or race. The special offering today provides scholarships for U.S. racial and ethnic students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our 10:55 am worship service today is in the style of Taize , a faith community of southern France known for its simple style of contemplative worship and prayer-songs. Short songs, repeated again and again, give each song a character of prayer. Meditative singing becomes a way of listening to God. Welcome to our time of singing, silence and Holy Communion. Please feel free to sit quietly or to join in all songs as you feel most comfortable.

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.

Through the funds raised by our Applebutter Mission Project , we have supported several local, regional, and international ministries. One of the ones we have supported this year is Ishe Anesu Project , an after-school ministry for poor and orphaned children in Zimbabwe. Ishe Anesu Project is located within the Hilltop United Methodist Church premises in Sakubva, Mutare, Zimbabwe, under the administration of its director Maria Humbane. Each May since 2000, Holston churches have collected food, school, and health supplies for children cared for by Humbane through our Hands On Mission Project. Our Change for Children monies have also supported grants to Ishe Anesu over the years. Our Applebutter money in the amount of $250 this year will support an Ishe Anesu child for the entire year.

Our Applebutter Making party will be at Ike & Andi Fleenor’s home, 3478 Weaver Pike, Bristol, on Saturday, Oct. 17. Please make plans to come out at 8 am and stay through the day. We’ll make applebutter in big kettles over an open fire, to benefit our church’s missions efforts in our community and throughout the world. It is a great way to serve Christ while getting to know each other.

Johnson City District Lay Servant Training at Cokesbury JC (formerly Cherokee) will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 8:30  a.m.—4:30 p.m.  Registration fee is $25.00 and needs to be returned by Wednesday, October 28.  Please see office for more information.

HotdogFYI—Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.   Our meal this Wednesday will be Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Chips, Salad and Dessert. Donations are needed to supply the kitchen as well as to continue feeding our youth and children.  All funds for the kitchen is by donation only.

 

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