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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