News and Events for May 28

There is a Called Church Council meeting today, Sunday, May 28, following the 10:55 am worship service.  The purpose of the called meeting is to consider a revision to our church Safe Sanctuaries policy that would create an exception to the requirement that all regular children’s and youth ministry volunteers must go through an application process, including a background check.  The Church Council will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  We expect the meeting to begin about 12:10 pm.

 Edward Cox House—Our History & Archives Committee need pictures of the Cox House, structure inside and outside, as well as the grounds. Particularly  interested in pictures, drawings, portraits, etc. that go back in time as far as possible, i.e., Christmas at the Cox House.  If you have anything or know someone who might have something that might be copied, please see Betsy Carrier.

Volunteers Needed— Volunteers are needed to drive the church  van for Wednesday night and Sunday service. One driver is needed + one other adult every week. If you can help please contact Taylor Lee at (423)956-2919. Thank you for all that you do!

Service Opportunity—Holston Habitat is building a house at 308 W. Chestnut Street in Johnson City, TN.  Tom Bowers, a long-time Site Supervisor with Holston Habitat, will be on-site to help instruct and supervise during the construction. This is an open invitation for individuals, groups, churches and businesses to volunteer to build or to provide food for volunteers on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays through July 8.  To volunteer, please call Mandy Pen, Volunteer Manager at the Habitat office. (423) 239-7689, ext. 800.

You are invited to a concert benefitting the Johnson City District Czech  Mission Fund.  There is no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be accepted.  All  proceeds will go toward missions scholarships, to fund our partnership with the Czech United Methodist Churches, and to support the English Speaking Unted Methodist Church in Prague.  The concert is Sunday, June 4, 6:00 PM, at JC District Ministry Center and features Michael Cody & The Cokesbury JC Band, Slava Korsak (streamed from the Czech) & Friends.

June Birthdays

 

1           Judy Finney
4           Mary Lundin
18         Harold Leonard
20         Luke Gray
21         Bobbie Warden
29         Betty Carrier

News and Events for May 21

Today we celebrate Youth Sunday, being led in worship by our youth. We are grateful for the work they and their mentors have put into preparing today’s worship, and excited to see how God will move in our worship time. Our youth praise band is Nick, Kahtrina, Kaitlynn, Luke, James, Camille and Taylor.

 Edward Cox House—Our History & Archives Committee need pictures of the Cox House, structure inside and outside, as well as the grounds. Particularly  interested in pictures, drawings, portraits, etc. that go back in time as far as possible, i.e., Christmas at the Cox House.  If you have anything or know someone who might have something that might be copied, please see Betsy Carrier.

The VBS decorating team needs a mirror ball (disco ball) and a couple of lava lamps to be used to decorate the assembly area for VBS.  If you have either of these items that we could borrow, please let Betty Malone or Taylor Lee know.

Volunteers Needed— Volunteers are needed to drive the church  van for Wednesday night and Sunday service. One driver is needed + one other adult every week. If you can help please contact Taylor Lee at (423)956-2919. Thank you for all that you do!

Service Opportunity—Holston Habitat is building a house at 308 W. Chestnut Street in Johnson City, TN.  Tom Bowers, a long-time Site Supervisor with Holston Habitat, will be on-site to help instruct and supervise during the construction. This is an open invitation for individuals, groups, churches and businesses to volunteer to build or to provide food for volunteers on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays through July 8.  To volunteer, please call Mandy Pen, Volunteer Manager at the Habitat office. (423) 239-7689, ext. 800.

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!

News and Events for May 12

Today we invite you to give generously to the Holston Conference Annual Mission Offering.  The Ishe Anesu orphanage for children in Mutare, Zimbabwe, will receive the offering. Please see the bulletin insert for more information. Lelia Perry , our lay member of Annual Conference, will present our offering, along with the 900 other Holston UM churches, at the Annual Conference gathering at Lake Junaluska, June 11-14. You can make checks payable to “Bluff City UMC” and put Ishe Anesu in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and note it similarly. You can also give electronically at your convenience by visiting our website at www.bluffcityumc.org , and following the Give link; choose the “Missions” line for giving, and type “Ishe Anesu” in the memo line.

 Edward Cox House—Our History & Archives Committee need pictures of the Cox House, structure inside and outside, as well as the grounds. Particularly  interested in pictures, drawings, portraits, etc. that go back in time as far as possible, i.e., Christmas at the Cox House.  If you have anything or know someone who might have something that might be copied, please see Betsy Carrier.

The VBS decorating team needs a mirror ball (disco ball) and a couple of lava lamps to be used to decorate the assembly area for VBS.  If you have either of these items that we could borrow, please let Betty Malone or Taylor Lee know.

A note from Laura and Timo Harkonen , missionaries to the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Thank You! Your prayers and support have meant so much to us as we have been in this time of recovery. We are aiming for a June return to the Congo. Thank you for continuing to pray!  When you pray, please remember (1) Laura’s continued recovery and that we will head back in God’s timing; (2) our team in Congo, as 3 families prepare to leave our program, leaving the team short-handed; and (3) stability in Congo.

Volunteers Needed— Volunteers are needed to drive the church  van for Wednesday night and Sunday service. One driver is needed + one other adult every week. If you can help please contact Taylor Lee at (423)956-2919. Thank you for all that you do!

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!

News and Events for May 7

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.

Edward Cox House—Our History & Archives Committee need pictures of the Cox House, structure inside and outside, as well as the grounds. Particularly  interested in pictures, drawings, portraits, etc. that go back in time as far as possible, i.e., Christmas at the Cox House.  If you have anything or know someone who might have something that might be copied, please see Betsy Carrier.

Next Sunday, we will be collecting monetary funds and canned goods for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  All donations are appreciated

Thank you so much for all of the support we have had for VBS this year! We are so blessed for all involved to make this a great year. Please be sure to turn in Safe Sanctuaries forms by Wednesday, May 24, to Dan Gray or Taylor Lee.

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!

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

 Birthdays

4       Andew Ream
8       Pearl Carrier
9       Adam Stewart
10    Bill Durham, Gracie Wright
11    Camille Gray, Riley Mitchell
15    Keith Arnold
18    Deenia Graybeal
19    Dolores Williams
22    Betsy Carrier, Bill Parks
23    Elsie Thompson
24    Tommy Forrester
31    Marti Bridgman

Anniversaries

4     Dan and Lelia Perry
17   Bruce and Billie Stewart
26    Mike and Carole Miller

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