News and Events for April 9

The World Methodist Social Affirmation was adopted by the World Methodist Council in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1986. The United Methodist Church is one of the member denominations of the World Methodist Council, our worldwide connection of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan, and related Uniting and United denominations in 133 countries representing over 80.5 million people that trace their spiritual heritage to John and Charles Wesley. The A.M.E. Zion Church, for example, is another member denomination of the World Methodist Council. Our participation in the World Methodist Council is an expression of our unity in the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ.

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

For Easter Sunday , we will have a cross outside the Sanctuary entrance that will be covered in chicken wire, allowing you to place live flowers on the cross as a sign of the Resurrection.  Please bring these flowers with you to church on Sunday morning. You can place the flowers on the cross at any time Sunday morning. Please do not do it before Sunday morning, as we recognize that Christ was in the tomb until then.

We will have regular church activities this Wednesday.

A Samaratian’s Purse Film—Facing Darkness.  As the Ebola pandemic was sweeping across West Africa in the spring of 2014, one organization was willing to step up and fully commit its people and resources to provide comfort, compassion, and care to the hurting people of Africa … all in the Name of Jesus. But when the deadly virus infected its own medical personnel, including Dr. Kent Brantly, the epic crisis truly hit home for Samaritan’s Purse and its leader Franklin Graham. FACING DARKNESS tells the incredible true story of how—with only faith, determination, and prayer—the ministry moved mountains … and God performed a miracle!

This film will be shown on Monday, April 10 at Johnson City 14 Theater and Tinseltown Theaters, Exit 7, Bristol Va. Tickets may be purchased on the following website http://facingdarknessmovie.com/theaters/state/VA/ or http://facingdarknessmovie.com/theaters/state/TN.

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!

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 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.

Easter 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, April 23.

 

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