News and Events for January 3

Today we welcome Rev. Jeff Wadley as our guest preacher. Jeff is the Camp Director of Camp Bays Mountain , our new Holston/JC district camp. For more info on the new camp, visit  www.campbaysmountain.com . During our offering time, you are invited to give a special offering to support the ministries of Camp Bays Mountain. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and mark “Bays Mountain” in the memo line; give cash in an envelope so marked; or give electronically by texting bluffcityumc to 77977 or through our website Giving page at http://www.bluffcityumc.org , choosing Giving Type of Special Offering and put “Bays Mountain” in the Memo field.

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.

Church Council meets Tuesday, January 5, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Tommy Forrester will serve as our Church Council Chair for 2016. Council members for 2016 are:  Tommy Forrester, Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Melissa Perkins, Wilma Boy, Mike Miller, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Kathy Hurlbert, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

Leadership Dedication Sunday is January 17. We will recognize our 2015 leadership and dedicate our 2016 leadership in both worship services. We are grateful for our 2015 leaders who have served so faithfully!

Leadership Training will be held Sunday, January 17, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are a chair of a church team for 2016, please plan to attend this important orientation training.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment 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.

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

6           Betty Malone, Ryan Franklin, Carrie Stewart
12         Wendi Warden Johnson
13         Anna Armstrong
15         Mark Cohee
18         Lance Fleenor
19         Freddie Leonard
23         Jean Smith
25         Cyndy Sweet, Jean Vannoy
29         Dan Ronquillo
30          Elaine Good

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