News and Events for November 13

PRACTICELive Nativity, All Merchants  4:00 TODAY at Bluff City Baptist.

Next Sunday, Nov. 20, is Commitment Sunday . You are invited to be praying over your commitment to generosity and financial giving. We ask that you consider the Biblical expectation of tithing (10% of your income) as a spiritual matter, recognizing that God as Creator “owns” it all and we are mere stewards; and recognizing that the spiritual practice of tithing is meant to help restore in us the image of our generous God. In worship, we will receive your Commitment Card for your expected generosity in 2017. We will also receive Commitment Cards in worship on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Clean-Out Challenge. As part of our Defying Gravity worship series, here is your challenge: clean out a drawer, closet, room, or area of your home this week and see how it feels. The ease or difficulty of discarding things you no longer use will tell you a lot about the degree of financial gravity you’re experiencing. Set these cast-away items aside, and we’ll be collecting them here at church. Bring your stuff to the Wesley Center or Sanctuary for worship on Sunday, Nov. 20. During worship, we will invite you to bring it forward to “let go” of it, and place it at the altar. For things that can be re-used, we will take them to one of the local store ministries like Goodwill.

AmazonSmile. If you shop at Amazon.com, please consider using AmazonSmile and selecting our church as your preferred charitable organization. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the charitable organization you select. When you want to shop at Amazon, access AmazonSmile at the website https://smile.amazon.com , and use your regular Amazon user ID and password. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com, and it does not cost you more. Thanks!

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 .

 

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