News and Events for November 29

Today is our first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas. Advent derives from the Latin adventus , which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

United Methodist Student Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of  The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.

We celebrated Generosity Commitment Sundays during our last two Sunday worship services. Thanks to all who have made pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your yellow Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office.

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.

Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary and Wesley Center for the Christmas season.  If you would like to give one (or more) in honor or memory of a loved one, they are available for purchase for $7.50 each. These donations will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, December 13, so please turn in your requests and money to Elaine Good by today, Sunday, November 29.

Dear Bluff City UMC –

Thank you so much for the yummy cookies!  It is such a treat for us.  We appreciate your support so much and are grateful!

Thank you!

Bluff City Middle School Staff

News and Events for November 22

Christ the King Sunday , today, is the last Sunday of the Christian year and is a celebration of the coming reign of Jesus Christ and the completion of creation. Our new Christian year begins next Sunday with Advent, a season of anticipation of Christmas.

Today we are glad to welcome Jay, Valerie, and James Altman into membership in our congregation. We are delighted to receive them into our church family.

Today is our second Generosity Commitment Sunday . In our worship services, we will have the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year. You should have received a yellow Commitment Card in the mail. If you do not have it with you today, we will have them available in the worship services. We invite you to prayerfully consider what your offering to God through our church will be in the coming year, fill out the Commitment Card, and bring it to the altar during the Offering in our worship service.

Today is also an opportunity in our Committed To Christ series to commit to Jesus through hands-on service . Please prayerfully consider how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for others.

Contemporary Worship Planning Team meets TODAY at 5:30 pm in the Wesley Center.

Traditional Worship Planning Team meets Wed., Nov. 25 in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Jane Bellamy, Priscilla Keene, Kim Lundin, Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Dan Gray.

In lieu of our Wednesday night meal and programs on November 25, we will be participating in the Community Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church.  Please join with our Christian family from other churches and people from the community in giving thanks to God in this special worship service.

Decorating for Advent and Christmas . Please join us Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10:00 am as we decorate the Wesley Center, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and other spaces for Advent and Christmas.

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.

The Connections Team will be hosting a Celebration /Thanksgiving Luncheon today, Sunday, November 22 after the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in giving Thanks.

The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. Hope you have a great day of giving thanks to God!

Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary and Wesley Center for the Christmas season.  If you would like to give one (or more) in honor or memory of a loved one, they are available for purchase for $7.50 each. These donations will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, December 13, so please turn in your requests and money to Elaine Good by Sunday, December 6.

 

 

 

 

News and Events for November 15

Today and next Sunday are our Commitment Sundays to Generosity . In our worship services, we will have the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year. You should have received a yellow Commitment Card in the mail. If you do not have it with you today, you will find a yellow Commitment Card as a bulletin insert. We invite you to prayerfully consider what your offering to God through our church will be in the coming year, fill out the Commitment Card, and bring it to the altar during the Offering in our worship service.

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.

The Leadership and Vision Team meets on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30—7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are:  Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester.

Our district churches are combing for their charge conferences on each Sunday between Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. Each one will offer a training that would be good for our church people to attend. Perhaps you can attend one or more of these trainings:

  • Sun., Nov. 15, 3:00 pm — Will Shewey from Shades of Grace in Kingsport will lead us in radical hospitality from a congregation that serves a primarily homeless population. At Wesley Memorial UMC in Johnson City.

The Connections Team will be hosting a Celebration /Thanksgiving Luncheon Sunday, November 22 after the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in giving Thanks.

The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. Hope you have a great day of giving thanks to God!

Decorating for Advent and Christmas. Please join us Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10:00 am as we decorate the Wesley Center, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and other spaces for Advent and Christmas.

The Thomas Memorial Branch Library will be collecting letters to “Santa” until Saturday, November 21st.  These will then be delivered to the Santa mailroom.  The Santa Mailbox is located inside the Thomas Memorial Library.  Be sure to get your letter to Santa before the 21st.

Poinsettias are available  for $7.25 each.  These will be placed in the sanctuary and in the Wesley Center for Advent.  If you would like to purchase, please see Elaine Good .  We ask that they be paid for when ordered and by Sunday, Nov. 29th.

Community Thanksgiving Service will be Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Duncan of Bluff City Baptist will be the speaker.

Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.   Our meal this Wednesday will be Chicken Alfredo, Broccoli,  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 November 8

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.

Thank you so much for your wonderful words and deeds to express Pastor Appreciation.  The luncheon was a great (and delicious!) way to celebrate our shared journey. Your words have been so kind and affirming. Your gifts have been incredibly generous. I am honored to serve with you. Thank you! Pastor Dan

Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will meet on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 6:00 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Michael Forrester (chair), Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Linda Rader, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Nancy Forrester

Rockhold Food Pantry will be giving away turkeys for Thanksgiving this month on November 21st.  Bluff City UMC is a support church for this important ministry.  Please remember to bring canned goods and/or monetary donations to church Sunday, November 15th.  If you donate by check, please note “Rockhold Food Pantry” on the memo line.

Charge Conference is Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3:00 pm at Cokesbury Church – Johnson City (formerly known as Cherokee UMC). The address is 2615 S Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601, the location of the district office. All members of Church Council should plan to attend. Church Council and Charge Conference members are: Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden,  Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Wendy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Melissa Perkins, Wilma Boy, Jane Bellamy, April Hodges, Dan Perry, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Joan Williams, Bret Finney, Elaine Good, Dan Gray.

Our district churches are combining for their charge conferences on each Sunday between Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. Each one will offer a training that would be good for our church people to attend. Perhaps you can attend one or more of these trainings:

  • Sun., Nov. 8, 3:00 pm. This Sunday is when we have our charge conference. The training is by the Cokesbury Church people concerning how they show hospitality to guests from the time someone arrives in their parking lot to the end of the worship service. At Cokesbury Church-Johnson City, which is in the building of the former Cherokee UMC.
  • Sun., Nov. 15, 3:00 pm — Will Shewey from Shades of Grace in Kingsport will lead us in radical hospitality from a congregation that serves a primarily homeless population. At Wesley Memorial UMC in Johnson City.

Ministry & Mission Team meets at 6:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team Members are:  Kim Lundin (chair),  Joan Williams, Dan Gray, Earl Smith, Tommy Forrester, and Nancy Forrester.

FYI—Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.   Our meal this Wednesday will be Hot Dogs,  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

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