News and Events for September 18

Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC ) meets Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Michael Forrester (chair), Linda Rader, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Kathy Hurlbert, Wilma Boy, Paula Durham, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry and Dan Gray.

Worship on Sunday, Sept. 25 will be combined at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary, with Sunday School beginning at 9:15 am . We anticipate that some of your goodies from the Heritage Day yard sale the day before will still be occupying the Wesley Center.

Safe Sanctuaries Team meets Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members include: Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Dan Perry, Bobbie Warden, Jane Bellamy, Joan Williams, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Earl Smith , and a few more to be named.

Church Council meets Thursday, Oct. 13 , at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Charge Conference is Sunday, October 30 . We will host several other congregations

Ministry Team Chairs, please schedule a meeting before September 25 to meet with your team to prepare budget requests for 2017. Budget requests are due in the church office or bluffcityumc@gmail.com by September 25 . You can check the church calendar at our website, http://www.bluffcityumc.org , to look for an open date. When you determine the date, please contact Betty in the church office so she can get it on the calendar. Please avoid conflicts with other church events.

The Johnson City District Conference 2016 will be held TODAY, Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 PM at Munsey Memorial UMC in the Christian Life Center.  This is the annual meeting of clergy and laity to worship, hear reports, elect district leadership and at-large lay members to annual conference, set a district budget, and celebrate the work of our district churches and affiliated ministries. All are invited to attend, however,  the lay leader, chair of administrative council, presidents of UMYF, UMM, and UMW, finance committee chair or treasurer are voting members of the district conference.

Holston Habitat ReStore is coming.  Volunteers are needed to help get the new Holston Habitat for Humanity Johnson City ReStore ready to open.  Work includes sorting, cleaning, organizing and unloading donations and would be Monday—Friday 8 am—12 pm.  The ReStore sells donated homebuilding supplies, appliances, and furniture.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Berry Osborne at 423-335-5573.

The Holston Conference Muslim Outreach Team is sponsoring “Muslims and Christians in Appalachia: Mapping a Future Together.”  Members of the United Methodist Church interested in building personal relationships within the Muslim community are encouraged to attend.  It will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Spring Street, Johnson City on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:45 AM—3:00 PM.  Registration is $15.00.

Society of St. Andrew—Tennessee so far in 2016, by the numbers:

Pounds gleaned:  315,647
(40,000 more lbs. than last year at this time!)
Servings distributed:  946,941
Volunteer Hours:  2, 286
Farms:  38
Recipients:  80
Greenhouse Gasses preventer: the equivalent
Impact of 158 cars driving for a year
Individual Donations:  $7,199
Church Donations:  $20,785.72

Thank You!   Dear BCUMC—We are so grateful for the ways in which you support Bluff City Middle School.  Thank for the wonderful school supplies this year!  They are already being put to good use.  We feel your care and prayers with every gift we receive!  Thanks you, Rachael

Barnett, Counselor

Wednesday Night meals are open to the entire church as well as children and youth.  Our meal this Wednesday will be Pizza,  Salad and Dessert.

Donations are needed to supply the kitchen as well as to continue feeding our  youth and children.  All funds for the kitchen are by donation only.

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