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 .

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