News and Events for March 26

Today is UMCOR Sunday . UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on Relief, our denomination’s agency to help us be the hands and feet of in the United States and around the world. UMCOR programs help lives. Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, UMCOR provides  humanitarian relief in the event of war, conflict or natural disaster. Gifts to UMCOR Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s costs of serving local churches in times of disaster. We will collect a special offering during worship . Please make your check payable to our church; and mark the check memo line or cash envelope with “UMCOR”.

 The Nicene Creed is the historic statement of belief of the Christian faith devised by the bishops and church leaders of the ecumenical Council of Nicaea, convened in A.D. 325 by the Emperor Constantine in the city of Nicaea, located in what is now northwest Turkey. The Creed was revised in 381 by the Council of  Constantinople. The Nicene Creed sets forth the key affirmations concerning the Christian faith and served as a guide in combating heretical or false teaching. Following the Apostles’ Creed, it is the second oldest creed of the Christian faith.  

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, our children will be 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 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 .

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!

2016-03-26-4745_BCUMCEasterEggHuntEaster is on its way! And want to bless our community children. We will have our Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 am. If you would like to provide  candy,  plastic eggs, or filled eggs, you may place them in the bin in the  Communications Center.

Children’s Ministry  Team will meet Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Volunteers are needed to help with VBS.  If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with Taylor, (423) 956-2919.  Team Members are:  Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Paula Durham, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Leila Perry, Bobbie Warden, Dan Perry, Hyacynth Barbera, Shawn Stantz, Melissa Perkins, Elaine Good, Joan Williams, Gin Lane, Selena Lane, Tony Lundin.

May is Graduation month.  Please give names of graduates, high school and/or college, to Bobbie Warden, (423) 538-7527.

Dear Church Friends,

Thank you so much for  your continued prayers regarding my health.  I continue to have chemo treatments, but am doing well and am trusting God with the outcome.

Blessings to all of you,

Larry and Ann Utt

 

habitatVolunteer Opportunity—Volunteers are needed to help finish building a house for Margaret and her two  children.  The build will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 am—4:30 pm each day.  The build will be at 206  Highland Avenue, Johnson City.  For more information on how you can  volunteer, please call Mandy Penz at (423) 239-7689.

Facing Darkness is a movie about the true story of how God worked to save the life of Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor in Liberia for Samaritan’s Purse, and  missionary Nancy Writebol.  This movie is coming to theaters for one night only—Thursday, March 30.  Tickets are available on line.  Watch the trailer at FacingDarknessMovie.com. 

 

 

 

 

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