News and Events for May 29

Pastor Dan will be at the Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, NC beginning Sunday, June 5 thru Wednesday June 8Lelia Perry will also be there as the BCUMC lay delegate to Holston Annual Conference.

Betty will be out of the office Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday, June 14, 15, and 16.  Volunteers are needed to cover her desk from 1-4 PM each of these days.  If you would like to support this ministry, please let Betty know the day you prefer.

The prayer list will be updated the last Sunday of each month.  If you want someone to remain on or added to the prayer list, please give it to Betty in writing or leave a note in the church office.  All others will be removed.

Birthdays

1              Judy Finney
4              Mary Lundin
16            Jay Altman
18            Harold Leonard,         Amanda Franklin
20            Luke Gray
21            Bobbie Warden
28            Ed Adams
29          Betty Carrier

 

News and Events for May 22

Today is Trinity Sunday, a celebration of the Triune nature of God that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today is also Peace With Justice Sunday, which is one of our six special Sundays in our United Methodist Church. Peace with justice witnesses to God‘s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.

One-half of the offering given will stay in our conference to develop ministries of peace with justice; the other half will go to the denomination to be used worldwide in developing such ministries. To give an offering for Peace With Justice, make a check payable to our church and write “Peace With Justice” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Peace with Justice” on the envelope.

Today is also Heritage Sunday . Observed on the third Sunday of May (to correspond with Aldersgate Day, May 24), this day calls The United Methodist Church to honor its heritage by committing itself to the continuing call of God known and spread by Charles and John Wesley, along with others the early Methodist movement reached and with whose denominations we are all joined as The United Methodist Church.

We also celebrate Communion today. 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.

Good Samaritan Ministries is having a fundraiser with Buffalo Wild Wings during the  months of June, July and August.  If you mention Good Sam Ministries when you pay your check, 10% of the amount will go to Good Samaritan  Ministries of Johnson City.   Let’s support this worthy ministry.

Also, Good Samaritan Ministries  will be having their back to school picnic on July 31.  They are in need of school supplies ( i.e., paper, backpacks, glue sticks, pens, pencils, etc.).  These can be dropped off at the Johnson City location which is located in the old Johnson City Power board  building at 100 North Roan Street.

 

News and Events for May 15

Today is Pentecost , which is one of our Christian high holy days. Pentecost is also a Jewish festival that falls on the fiftieth day of Passover. In biblical times, Jews from all over the Roman Empire gathered in Jerusalem for the festivities of Pentecost. On the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection—ten days after Jesus had ascended into heaven—the apostles and other were gathered together in one place, when they were suddenly empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel. They went out into the crowds and preached in the native languages of all the people present, creating quite a stir. Peter seized the opportunity to address the crowd, preached Jesus’ death and resurrection, and won several thousand These events are recorded in Acts 2:141.  For more info on Pentecost, visit http://www.kencollins.com .

We celebrate the baptism of John Perry.  Baptism marks his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the beginning of his new life in Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit upon him, and his initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. 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 in which we put off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Jesus Christ. For more information on our understanding of baptism, visit http://www.umc.org/whatwebelieve/baptism.

We also celebrate Confirmation today. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith. Confirmation is the first time that persons publically declare their intention to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant. Confirmation classes consist of about 18 hours of learning some of the essential doctrines and practices of our faith. Mary Lundin was baptized as an infant, and comes today confirming her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Thank you for your support of our ministries with youth!

If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

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 Baptismal Remembrance .

We celebrate our graduates today, including :

Tyler Anna                          Sullivan East High School
Amy Cohee                         ETSU Quillen School of Medicine
Camille Gray                      Homeschool
Kaylie Crain                        Sullivan East High School
Sarah Harkleroad             Northeast State Community College
Martin Harkleroad           East Tennessee State

We also welcome the cast of Godspell to provide a song from our production. This afternoon is your last opportunity to see it and invite friends. Thanks to the many people who have worked so hard to make the production a wonderful experience, including Nancy Forrester, Camille Gray, and Samantha Gray.

Our General Conference , The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, is meeting in Portland, Oregon, on May 10-20, 2016. The General Conference is the only body that can set official policy and speak for our denomination. The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates that meets every four years. The delegates are elected by annual conferences (at annual conference sessions) to attend General Conference. They represent all annual conferences around the world. Half of the delegates are laity (nonclergy members), and half are clergy. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs. For more information or to see it livestreamed, visit http://www.umc.org/whoweare/generalconference2016livevideostreamenglish.

Please pray for the delegates to be led by God’s Spirit in their decisionmaking, and for our United Methodist Church. And please pray specifically for our Holston Conference delegates. Our laity delegates to General Conference are: Del Holley, Emily Ballard, Becky Hall, John Tate, Bob Lockaby, and Karen Wright, with Alternates Joyce Moore and John Eldridge. Our clergy delegates are: David Graves, Kim Goddard, Sandra Johnson, Carol Wilson, Wil Cantrell, and Randy Frye, with Alternates Mark Flynn and Paul Seay.

 

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