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.
FYI—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.