News and Events for March 27

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Pastor Dan will be out of town from March 29—April 5.  In case of a church need, please contact Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader.

Kim Lundin and Jane Bellamy want to thank all the people who helped with the Cantata “No Greater Love” — especially the soloists:  Bruce Stewart, Camille Gray, Carole Miller, Dan Gray, James Altman, Lana Butler, Lelia Perry, Mary Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Samantha Gray; the narrator  Lloyd Williams; the sound technician  Dan Perry; the bells Carolyn Gravely ; and ALL the faithful choir members!

The Johnson City District is holding its first annual Race to the Czech Point 5K on Saturday, April 2 at Gray UMC. All proceeds will benefit the Czech Mission Fund, providing scholarships for mission team members and funding for the English Speaking UMC in Prague. Learn more at czechpointrun.org or contact Amy Blumberg at 741-6569 or grayjays5@aol.com.

GRADUATION—If you know of someone graduating from high school or college this spring, please give the information to Bobbie Warden or Priscilla Keene.

Our Prayers Matter — Holston Conference joins other annual conferences across the denomination in setting apart a day to pray for the upcoming General Conference, to be held May 10-20 in Portland, OR.  Holston’s Day of Prayer is Tuesday, April 12.  Beginning at 5:10 p.m. and lasting until 5:20 p.m., congregations are asked to pause where you are to remember the General Conference, all who will attend, the work that will be accomplished, and the ministry of our church that will continue long after the conference is adjourned.  The time frame represents the dates of the General Conference.

Senior Adult Gathering will be held Thursday, April 14 at Munsey Memorial UMC.  Beth Green will provide music and humor, and Rev. Joe Green will be the speaker.

April Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Birthdays

4    Lelia Perry
5    Paula Durham
6    April Hodges
7    Bridget Whitehead
8    Kathy Hurlbert
16  C. W. Fleenor
19   Lenny Leonard, Carole Miller
20   Kim Lundin
21    Bruce Stewart
22   Dottie Leonard
23   Greg Webb

Anniversaries

21 Harold and Dottie Leonard
27   Jack and Kathy Hurlbert

News and Events for March 20

We are excited about our special worship days of Holy Week and Easter Sunday !

  • Maundy Thursday Worship , March 24, 7:00 pm, our Sanctuary ‐‐ our choir will perform a beautiful cantata, No Greater Love . With Piney Flats UMC
  • Good Friday Worship , March 25, 7:00 pm, at Piney Flats UMC
  • Community Easter Sunrise Worship , March 27, 7:00 am, Morning View Cemetery
  • Community Easter Breakfast , March 27, 8:00 am, our Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday School , March 27, 9:15 am
  • Easter Sunday Worship , March 27, 10:30 am ‐‐ combined worship in our         Sanctuary

We hope you will make plans to attend them and invite a friend ! Please take a church ministry card that gives you an easy way to invite people to worship. Just give them a card and welcome them to join us. Please do note for them the  special schedule for Easter Sunday.

We will have regular church activities this Wednesday.

The Pray Eat Laugh Love Life Group will not meet this Friday, but participants are instead encouraged to attend the Good Friday worship service.

Today we continue a Lenten sermon series called Freeway , based on a small group curriculum by the same name. The Freeway sermon series and small group gatherings are designed to help free us from our brokenness and take steps for healthier lives in Christ to live free. The Freeway workbook for use in small groups is something that you “do instead of read.” The workbook and sermon series are designed to compliment one another. If you’d like to be part of a group, please talk with Pastor Dan or Mike Miller, our Small Groups  Coordinator . If you would like to see a video preview of Freeway, go tohttp://www.secondchance.org/foryou/and scroll through the webpage to the bottom to see a short video.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self‐examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini‐Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

For Easter Sunday , we will have a cross outside the Sanctuary entrance that will be covered in chicken wire, allowing you to place live flowers on the cross as a sign of the Resurrection. Please bring these flowers with you to church on Sunday morning. You can place the flowers on the cross at any time Sunday morning. Please do not do it before Sunday morning, as we recognize that Christ was in the tomb until then.

 

News and Events for March 13

Today we continue a Lenten sermon series called Freeway , based on a small group curriculum by the same name. The Freeway sermon series and small group gatherings are designed to help free us from our brokenness and take steps for healthier lives in Christ ‐‐ to live free. The Freeway workbook for use in small groups is something that you “do instead of read.” The workbook and sermon series are designed to compliment one another. The workbook is appropriate for small groups that meet weekly or twice a month, such as Sunday School or Life Groups. You may want to consider using the Freeway workbook in your small group or start a new group for this period. Groups of 2 to 10 people are fine for the small group. Perhaps do it at home with your family. If you’d like to be part of a group, please talk with Pastor Dan or Mike Miller, our Small Groups Coordinator . There are 6 session in the workbook, so 6 small group meetings. Each of the 6 small group sessions has a video that runs about 8 to 10 minutes, which can be streamed on your computer or played from the DVD. Each workbook would cost your small group member $14.50, which would be reimbursed to the church. We have some workbooks available, but may need to order more, so please allow for several days to get your workbook. Let Pastor Dan know as soon as possible if you would like to purchase a workbook. If you would like to see a video preview of Freeway, go to http://www.secondchance.org/for‐you/ and scroll through the webpage to the bottom to see a short video.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self‐examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini‐Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

The Johnson City District is holding its first annual Race to the Czech Point 5K on Saturday, April 2 at Gray UMC. All proceeds will benefit the Czech Mission Fund, providing scholarships for mission team members and funding for the English Speaking UMC in Prague. Learn more at czechpointrun.org or contact Amy Blumberg at 741-6569 or grayjays5@aol.com.

GRADUATION—If you know of someone graduating from high school or college this spring, please give the information to Bobbie Warden or Priscilla Keene.

Appalachia Service Project – Behind the Scenes Warehouse Workday! ASP is a Christian home repair ministry that serves poor people in several states in Appalachia. Come get a peek behind the scenes in the ASP warehouse as they plan to make homes warmer, safer and drier this summer. We will be sorting, organizing and packing tools and supplies on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the warehouse located at 4523 Bristol Highway, between Piney Flats and Johnson City. No construction skills or experience needed. Plan to bring a lunch and help out! To find out more or volunteer, talk to our Ministry & Mission Chair Kim Lundin or email HelpingHands@asphome.org.

 

News and Events for March 6

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.

Today we continue a Lenten sermon series called Freeway , based on a small group curriculum by the same name. The Freeway sermon series and small group gatherings are designed to help free us from our brokenness and take steps for healthier lives in Christ ‐‐ to live free. The Freeway workbook for use in small groups is something that you “do instead of read.” The workbook and sermon series are designed to compliment one another. The workbook is appropriate for small groups that meet weekly or twice a month, such as Sunday School or Life Groups. You may want to consider using the Freeway workbook in your small group or start a new group for this period. Groups of 2 to 10 people are fine for the small group. Perhaps do it at home with your family. If you’d like to be part of a group, please talk with Pastor Dan or Mike Miller, our Small Groups Coordinator . There are 6 session in the workbook, so 6 small group meetings. Each of the 6 small group sessions has a video that runs about 8 to 10 minutes, which can be streamed on your computer or played from the DVD. Each workbook would cost your small group member $14.50, which would be reimbursed to the church. We have some workbooks available, but may need to order more, so please allow for several days to get your workbook. Let Pastor Dan know as soon as possible if you would like to purchase a workbook. If you would like to see a video preview of Freeway, go to http://www.secondchance.org/for‐you/ and scroll through the webpage to the bottom to see a short video.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self‐examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini‐Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

The Johnson City District is holding its first annual Race to the Czech Point 5K on Saturday, April 2 at Gray UMC. All proceeds will benefit the Czech Mission Fund, providing scholarships for mission team members and funding for the English Speaking UMC in Prague. Learn more at czechpointrun.org or contact Amy Blumberg at 741-6569 or grayjays5@aol.com.

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.

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