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 , 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 .

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