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.
FYI—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.