Baptism is one of our two sacraments in The United Methodist Church, along with Communion. Baptism is a means of God’s grace, an outward sign of God’s inner work of grace. Baptism recognizes that God moves first in the work of our redemption and initiates our covenantal relationship. We respond to God’s grace by putting off the old self, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ. Baptism marks our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the beginning of our new life in Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit upon us, and our initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. For more information on our understanding of baptism, visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/baptism .
For worshippers interested in renewing the promises they have made at their baptism, we invite you to participate today during the worship service in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant and the Baptismal Remembrance . If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.
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. All ministry team leaders and committee chairs are asked to be present for this once-a-year training. We will cover some basics of servant leadership, leading a meeting, setting goals, working with the budget, communications, and our church organization.
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.
The Finance Team will meet Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Finance Team members are: Tony Lundin (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Herman Carrier, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Tommy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Jane Bellamy, Dan Perry, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart , Dan Gray.
Bluff City UMC is looking for volunteers to help with Family Promise once or twice a year. We are a support church for Piney Flats UMC who houses up to 4 homeless families for one week, 4 times a year in conjunction with Family Promise of Johnson City. Volunteers are needed to serve supper, 5:30-6:30, host, 6:30 –8:30, or stay the night 8:30-7:30 a.m. Bluff City UMW members prepare the meal, but back-up is needed. We will once again be helping Piney Flats on Thursday, January 14. If you are interested in helping with this important ministry, contact Joan Williams 538-3535.
Thank you for your time and dedication with the Kids Backpack program. I appreciate you delivering the food to the schools whether in rain, sleet or snow!!! THANKS!!! —- Lina Holden, Sullivan County Schools
Thank you for your continued contribution of food and money to the Rockhold Food Pantry. Because of your generosity, we were able to service many families throughout the year. May God bless your ministry in our community.. —— Lois Cox, Treasurer, Rockhold UMC.