News and Events for January 29

Today, we are collecting monetary donations for the Holston UM Home for Children.  Please give generously. 

Leadership Dedication Sunday is today, Jan. 29. We will recognize our 2016 leadership and dedicate our 2017 leadership in both worship services. We are grateful for our 2016 leaders who have served so faithfully!

 Leadership Training is Sunday, Jan. 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All ministry team leaders and committee chairs are asked to be present for this once-a-year training. We will cover some basics of servant leadership, leading a meeting, setting goals, working with the budget, communications, and our church organization.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Valentine’s Banquet on Saturday,  February 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and are available for purchase from any Circle of Faith  member. Entertainment will be provided.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) meets today, Jan. 29, at 4:45 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team  members are:  

Michael Forrester (chair), Herman Carrier, Selena Lane, Jane Bellamy, Kathy Hurlbert, Wilma Boy,  Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Nancy  Forrester, Lelia Perry.

Thank you for your support of our youth ministries! The  Resurrection Youth Retreat was a terrific experience for our 17 people and the thousands of other people present in Pigeon Forge. We were blessed to attend, and blessed to have your  congregational support!

February 12th, we will celebrate Scout Sunday.  Our Boy and Cub Scouts will be recognized.  Following the 11:00 service, the scouts will host a fund raising lunch.  Chili will be served.  Come hungry.

There will be a My Job Training Event Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 PM at Colonial Heights UMC. This will be a combined event between the Johnson City District and the Kingsport District. There will be training in Staff/Parish Relations Committees, Lay Leaders, Finance and Trustees, and Stewardship.  This should last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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 .

February Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

5            Dee Anderson
6            Mary Carrier
8            Debbie McClelland
9            Matthew Durham
10          Joyce Fleenor, Wendy Finney
11           Jane Riley, Kylie Stantz
14          Brooklyn Faught
16          Andrew Hodges
20         Harvey Carrier
23         Benjamin Jones
24         Lloyd Williams
25         Laura Ann Ryan
28         Michael Forrester, C.P. Lane, Zoey Gilliam

Anniversaries

28 Lloyd and Delores Williams

 

News and Events for January 22

We welcome Rev. Scottie Miller Wagner to share the message this morning. Rev. Scottie is the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal Church congregation in Reading, MA. She grew up in our church and is the daughter of Mike and Carole Miller, and we are all super proud of her!

Resurrection Youth Retreat is January 20-22 in Pigeon Forge. We have 17 people on the trip, including 4 adult mentors — Bobbie Warden, Valerie Altman, Shawn Stantz, and Pastor Dan. Please hold our youth and adult mentors in your prayers.

Leadership & Vision Team will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24 , from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Elaine Good, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester .

Leadership Dedication Sunday is Jan. 29. We will recognize our 2016 leadership and dedicate our 2017 leadership in both worship services. We are grateful for our 2016 leaders who have served so faithfully!

 Leadership Training is Sunday, Jan. 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All ministry team leaders and committee chairs are asked to be present for this once-a-year training. We will cover some basics of servant  leadership, leading a meeting, setting goals, working with the budget, communications, and our church organization.

Each year, your apple-butter stirring and sales helps change lives in the name of Jesus. In 2016, our Ministry & Missions Team distributed $850 to the following Advance Special hunger-related ministries:

¨ International Advance. $250 to ISHE ANESU to sponsor a child with food and clothing for 1 year at the orphanage in Zimbabwe;

¨ United States Advance. $200 to Society of St. Andrew , a Virginia based ecumenical gleaning ministry that distributes  food to hungry people in our area and throughout the country;

¨ UMCOR Advance. $200 to World Hunger/ Poverty . This UMCOR project provides funding, accompaniment and technical support to organizations empowering families to sustainably improve their food and nutrition security; and develops resources and educational materials to educate and raise awareness within the faith based community about the issues faced by people who are poor and food insecure and call people to action to mobilize for ending the systemic injustices of hunger and poverty  in the world.

¨ Conference Advance. $200 to Second Harvest Food Bank . Second Harvest, based in Gray, TN, supports Rockhold Food Pantry and supports the children at Bluff City Elementary and Middle Schools via Backpack Food Program.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Valentine’s Banquet on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and are available for purchase from any Circle of Faith member. Entertainment will be provided.

Your thoughtfulness certainly made a difference in mind.

Thanks Again,

Doris Bates

 

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 .

News and Events for January 15

We welcome Rev. Natalie Justice as our guest preacher. Natalie is a United Methodist pastor. She is also very active with community theater in Jonesborough.

Resurrection Youth Retreat is January 20-22 in Pigeon Forge. Youth will meet at the church van at 4:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 20. All forms and balances due need to be turned in at that time. Please hold our youth and adult mentors in your prayers.

Thank you so much for your generosity to me, Samantha, and our family, especially Camille, during this past Christmas season. Your kind wishes, words, and gifts mean so much! We are deeply grateful for your support of the Dollars for Scholars program that benefits Camille! You are a wonderful church!

With much love and affection for you, Pastor Dan

Each year, your apple-butter stirring and sales helps change lives in the name of Jesus. In 2016, our Ministry & Missions Team distributed $850 to the following Advance Special hunger-related ministries:

¨ International Advance. $250 to ISHE ANESU to sponsor a child with food and clothing for 1 year at the orphanage in Zimbabwe;

¨ United States Advance. $200 to Society of St. Andrew , a Virginia based ecumenical gleaning ministry that distributes  food to hungry people in our area and throughout the country;

¨ UMCOR Advance. $200 to World Hunger/ Poverty . This UMCOR project provides funding, accompaniment and technical support to organizations empowering families to sustainably improve their food and nutrition security; and develops resources and educational materials to educate and raise awareness within the faith based         community about the issues faced by people who are poor and food insecure and call people to action to mobilize for ending the systemic injustices of hunger and poverty in the world.

¨ Conference Advance. $200 to Second Harvest Food Bank . Second Harvest, based in Gray, TN, supports Rockhold Food Pantry and supports the children at Bluff City Elementary and Middle Schools via Backpack Food Program.

The Circle of Faith will be having a Valentine’s Banquet on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and are available for purchase from any Circle of Faith member. Entertainment will be provided.

January Birthdays and Anniversaries
Birthdays

6            Betty Malone
12          Wendi Warden Johnson
18          Lance Fleenor
19          Freddie Leonard
23          Jean Smith
25          Cyndy Sweet, Jean Vannoy
29         Dan Ronquillo
30         Elaine Good

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 .

News and Events for January 8

 

We welcome Trish Patterson as our speaker today.  Trish is the Community Outreach Director for Holston Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity help homeowners with low-incomes restore and maintain the exteriors of their homes by providing opportunities for affordable home repairs. Repairs completed by Holston Habitat impact the health and safety of residents and/or the preservation of the home. All home repairs are led by trained crew leaders and completed by volunteers.  For more information about Holston Habitat for Humanity, please go to their website, http://holstonhabitat.org/Home/home-repair-program/.

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.

Next Sunday, we will be collecting monetary funds and canned goods for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  All donations are appreciated.

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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