News and Events for October 30

Today in worship we celebrate Reformation Sunday to remind us that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther issued his Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany and began the Protestant Reformation. Our United Methodist Church is one of many Protestant denominations that have roots in this “protest” by Martin Luther against some practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

2           Cherry Reynolds
3           Joshua Durham, Joe Kennedy
9           Amy Cohee
10         Billie Stewart
24         Joan Williams
25        John Thomas Ryan
26        John Perry
27         Brian Durham
29        Evelyn Hurley
30        Gabi Francis Lane

Anniversaries

4      Scott and Cathey McClelland
6      Dan and Alicia Ronquillo
15     C.P. and Jin Lane
16     Allen and Paula Durham

News and Events for October 23

Safe Sanctuaries Open Discussion and Team Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 23, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All church members are invited to come and discuss the proposed revisions to the Safe Sanctuaries policy and procedures . Safe Sanctuaries aims to reduce the risk of abuse to children, youth and vulnerable adults; and to protect adult volunteers serving them. Copies of the proposed revisions to the Safe Sanctuaries policy are available on the small table outside the church office. At the end of the discussion, the Safe Sanctuaries Team will go into meeting to consider the discussion and determine if it will reconsider any of the proposed revisions they have recommended to the Church Council. Safe Sanctuaries Team members are: Bobbie Warden, Dan Perry, Donnie Rader, Earl Smith, James Altman, Jane Bellamy, Joan Williams, Lana Butler, Lelia Perry, Luke Gray, Mary Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Valerie Altman, and Dan Gray.

Charge Conference is Sunday, October 30 . All Church Council members are voting members of the Charge Conference and should attend. We will host several other congregations.

At our last Annual Conference, our delegates pledged for a second year that we would encourage each church member to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. We hope that you are working toward that goal, and will encourage that in your Sunday School, Life Group, UMM, UMW, Circle of Faith, youth ministries, children’s ministries, etc.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Spaghetti Dinner after the 10:55 service on Sunday, November 6.  This is a fundraiser for them to be able to do their Christmas projects.  The menu includes spaghetti, salad, texas toast, and dessert.  Please make plans to attend and support the Circle of Faith.

Several years ago, donations were made to a designated fund for the children’s bell choir program (current balance of $194.62) and to a designated fund for the children’s rotation Sunday School ministry (current balance of $102.53).  We have not done these particular ministries since at least 2008 and perhaps before; and do not anticipate doing them again.  We would like to move these funds to the Designated Children’s Ministries fund to be available to more generally support our ministries with children.  If you donated any amount to either the children’s bell choir program or the rotation Sunday School, please contact Pastor Dan to discuss this matter.

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

 

News and Events for October 16

Today in worship we celebrate Children’s Sabbath and our children and their leaders.  Children leading the worship are: Gabe Altizer, John Busby, Caden Carrico, Joshua Durham, Matthew Durham, Gabi Francis, Zaiah Gray, Kylee Stantz. Samantha Gray will share the message. Special thanks to Paula Durham and Jane Bellamy for helping the children develop this worship service.  Scripture and drama by the children sign language  “Fruit of the Spirit.”

Children’s Sabbath is an annual celebration that aims to unite religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf. As United Methodists, our roots rest in the care for those who are vulnerable, especially children. During this important celebration, we join with other denominations and religions to bring to light the plight of children in a “bigger and more powerful and more inspiring way than the efforts of any one  congregation” or denomination can accomplish on its own. We are grateful to the many wonderful leaders in our ministries with children in our congregation.

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

Our Apple Butter Making party will be at Ike & Andi Fleenor’s home, 3478 Weaver Pike, Bristol, on Saturday, Oct. 22. Please make plans to come out at 8 am and stay through the day. We’ll make apple butter in big kettles over an open fire, to benefit our church’s missions efforts in our community and throughout the world. It is a great way to serve Christ while getting to know each other.

Our youth are meeting at 5:00 pm TODAY to attend the Johnson City District Youth event, Farmapalooza , on a farm in Jonesborough. We will enjoy hot dogs, smores, group games, worship, and much more! Remember to bring your Registration form signed by your parent/guardian, $3 for the meal, and some extra $ for a Youth Service Fund offering.

At our last Annual Conference, our delegates pledged for a second year that we would encourage each church member to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. We hope that you are working toward that goal, and will encourage that in your Sunday School, Life Group, UMM, UMW, Circle of Faith, youth ministries, children’s ministries, etc.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Spaghetti Dinner after the 10:55 service on Sunday, November 6.  This is a fundraiser for them to be able to do their Christmas projects.  The menu includes spaghetti, salad, texas toast, and dessert.   Please make plans to attend and support the Circle of Faith.

Next month, we will be collecting  monetary donations for Rock Hold Food Pantry so that turkeys can be bought to go into the baskets for Thanksgiving.  You may still bring canned goods and put in the box in the communication center in the Christian Life Center.

On Thursday, November 10, at 10:00 am, there will be a press conference and the launch of the public capital campaign for Camp Bays Mountain.  This is an important event in the development of Camp Bays Mountain. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Boehms, Development Officer, at (423) 921-2702.

News and Events for October 9

Worship on Sunday, October 16 will be combined at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary, with Sunday School beginning at 9:15 am . We are celebrating Children’s Sabbath , as our children will lead us in worship.

Church Council meets Thursday, Oct. 13 , at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Members are: Tommy Forrester (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, James Altman, Melissa Perkins, Wilma Boy, Tony Lundin, Mike Miller, Priscila Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Kathy Hurlbert, Joan Williams, Jin Lane, and Dan Gray.

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

Our Apple Butter Making party will be at Ike & Andi Fleenor’s home, 3478 Weaver Pike, Bristol, on Saturday, Oct. 22. Please make plans to come out at 8 am and stay through the day. We’ll make apple butter in big kettles over an open fire, to benefit our church’s missions efforts in our community and throughout the world. It is a great way to serve Christ while getting to know each other.

At our last Annual Conference, our delegates pledged for a second year that we would encourage each church member to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. We hope that you are working toward that goal, and will encourage that in your Sunday School, Life Group, UMM, UMW, Circle of Faith, youth ministries, children’s ministries, etc.

At the last Annual Conference, our congregation was asked to bring two books to the gathering to be collected and then distributed to elementary school libraries . We gave one for distribution through the Holston Conference and we gave one directly to the Bluff City Elementary School library. We are glad to be building relationships with the elementary and middle schools, to share God’s love with our neighbors. If you would like to give additional books to the elementary school, you can choose from the following list and bring books to the church office by Tuesday, October 18 :

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña
Waiting, by Kevin Henkes (we gave this book to the elementary school)
Touch the Brightest Star, by Christie Matheson
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, by Lindsay Mattick
Mango, Abuela, and Me, by Meg Medina
Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett
Me, Jane, by Patrick McDonnell
The Night World, by Mordecai Gernstein

The committal service for Charles Cowan will be Monday, October 10, at 10:00 am at Sunrise Cemetery.  A reception for family and friends will follow in our Fellowship Hall.

Memorials given in Memory of Joyce Durham:

Jim and Elaine Good
Karl Wiles
Ralph Wiles
C. P. and Jin Lane
Dan and Lelia Perry
Bill and Bobbie Warden
Cummins Terminals

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