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.

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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 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.

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