News and Events for January 31

We welcome Rev. Justin Preston as our preacher today. He is pastor of Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Bluff City. We are delighted to share worship this morning with our sisters and brothers from Robinson Memorial. We celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, our Wesleyan heritage, our Methodist traditions, and February as Black History Month. For more information on the A.M.E. Zion Church, visit their website at We will collect a special offering for the Robinson church. You can make checks payable to “Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church” or to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Robinson AMEZ” in the memo line.

Thank you for supporting our youth group retreat to Resurrection in Pigeon Forge last weekend. Our 15 youth loved the experience of worshipping God with about 6,000 fellow young Christians and the adult chaperones. Special thanks to our adult chaperones: Bobbie Warden, Melissia Perkins, Tony Lundin, Valerie Altman, and Pastor Dan.

Our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will meet today at 5:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Committee Members are:  Michael Forrester (Chair), Linda Rader, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Wilma Boy, Paula Durham, Nancy Forrester, and Lelia Perry.

The Discipleship Team will meet on  Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team Members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Melissa Perkins, Priscilla Keene, Wilma Boy, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Mike Miller, Nancy Forrester, and Dan Gray.

Trustees will meet on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Trustees are:  Jack Hurlbert, Donnie Rader, Elaine Good, Bruce Stewart and Bill Durham.

Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 10 . In lieu of our adult, youth and children’s programs, we will have a special Taize-style worship service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. It is a beautiful service that we hope you will attend and bring someone.

Our memorial gift policy provides that a memorial gift may be designated by the donor to a particular designated fund; and that any undesignated memorial gift will go into our General Fund to support our budgeted ministries.

February Birthdays and Anniversaries


5           Bobby Thompson, Dee Anderson
6           Mary Carrier
8           Debbie McClelland
9           Matthew Durham
10         Joyce Fleenor, Wendy Finney
11          Jane Riley, Kylie Stantz
14         Brooklyn Faught
16         Andrew Hodges
20         Harvey Carrier
23        Benjamin Jones
24        Lloyd Williams
25         Laura Ann Ryan
28         Michael Forrester, C.P. Lane, Zoey Gilliam


28    Lloyd and Dolores Williams

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