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.

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