News and Events for April 2

Please note our special schedule for Holy Week and Easter Sunday :

  • Maundy Thursday Worship Service, April 13, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
  • Good Friday Worship Service, April 14, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
  • Easter Sunday Sunrise Worship Service, April 16, 7:00 am, Morning View Cemetery
  • Community Breakfast, 8:00 am, Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday School, 10:00 am
  • Combined Worship, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

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.

 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 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 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.

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 we 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.

 

Do you have a graduate in your family? Let us know so they can  be recognized on Graduation Sunday, May 21.  Please give name, school graduating from, degree, and future plans to Bobbie Warden, (423) 538-7527 by Sunday, April23.

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.

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