News and Events for February 26

We are delighted to welcome Taylor Nicole Lee as our part-time Director of Children and Youth Ministries . Taylor is a graduate of Sullivan East High School and has completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at ETSU, working toward her Ph.D.  Taylor is married to Dearan Lee and they have a young daughter named Annabelle.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Gray (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden,  Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Elaine Good,  Mike Miller, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael  Forrester.

The Discipleship Team will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team members are:  Mike Miller (Chair), James Altman, Bobbie Warden, Dan Perry, Melissa Perkins, Priscilla Keene, Jin Lane, Lelia Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Dan Gray, Jane Bellamy, Paula Durham, Lana Butler, and Shawn Stantz.

 Our Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Wed., March 1 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, marks the beginning of our season of Lent. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for  baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our Sunday worship services in Lent, beginning next Sunday , our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in the Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

 We hope you will write a  note of encouragement to Ben Jones at P. O. Box 610, Blountville, TN   37617.

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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Chasing Snakes 10K Road Race and 4K Family Walk is coming up March 18th!  May the road rise to meet you at this 9th annual festive event to benefit Family Promise of Johnson City and help chase homelessness out of our community.  The USATF certified course showcases downtown and Johnson City neighborhoods.  The 4K is kid and dog friendly.  Awards are made by a local potter and includes the Leaping Leprechaun award for best St. Patrick’s Day costume.  See http://www.chasingsnakes10K.com for registration and details.

The Johnson City District lay servant training event for spring 2017 will be held at Gray United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.—4:30 a.m. The basic course, spiritual growth, UM polity, and worship will be offered.  Registration fee of $25.00 should be mailed by Monday, February 27.  Please call Dell Gates (423) 915-0855 or (423) 416-0184 for more information.

News and Events for February 19

The Discipleship Team will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team members are: Mike Miller (Chair), James Altman, Bobbie Warden, Dan Perry, Melissa Perkins, Prescilla Keene, Jin Lane, Lelia Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Dan Gray, Jane Bellamy, Paula Durham, Lana Butler, and Shawn Stantz.

Our memorial gift policy provides that a memorial gift may be designated by the donor to a particular designated fund; and that any undesignated memorial gift will go into our General Fund to support our budgeted ministries.

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall for “BEANS AND BLUEGRASS”. The Sullivan East Bluegrass Bands will be performing.

News and Events for February 12

We welcome Rev. Sharon Comage as our preacher today. She is pastor of Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Bluff City. We are delighted to share worship this morning with our sisters and brothers from Robinson Memorial. We celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, our Wesleyan heritage, our Methodist traditions, and February as Black History Month. For more information on the A.M.E. Zion Church, visit their website at http://www.amez.org. We will collect a special offering for the Robinson church. You can make checks payable to “Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church” or to “Bluff City UMC” and write “Robinson AMEZ” in the memo line.

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.

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

There will be a My Job Training Event this afternoon, 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.

The Worship (Overall) Team will  meet Wednesday, February 15 at 8:30 PM (after choir practice) in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  This meeting is for the purpose of planning through Easter.  Worship Team Members are: Jane Bellamy (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Bruce Stewart, Carole Miller, Kim Lundin, and Dan Gray.

Our memorial gift policy provides that a memorial gift may be designated by the donor to a particular designated fund; and that any undesignated memorial gift will go into our General Fund to support our budgeted ministries.

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 .

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!

 

News and Events for February 5

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.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

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.

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.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your yellow Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office.

The Worship (Overall) Team will  meet Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 PM (after choir practice) in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  This meeting is for the purpose of planning through Easter.  Worship Team Members are: Jane Bellamy (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Bruce Stewart, Carole Miller, Kim Lundin, and Dan Gray.

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 .

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!

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