News and Events for June 25

We welcome Rev. Robert and Carolyn Hankins to worship today.  Bob is the son of L. R. and Florence Hankins, and along with siblings James, John Paul and Iva Lee, spent his early years in parsonages in St. Paul, Virginia (1935-1937), Rural Retreat, Virginia (1937-1943) and Bluff City, Tennessee (1943-1949).  He graduated from high school in Marion, Virginia in 1953,  Asbury College in Kentucky in 1957 and  Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey in 1960 in preparation for his years of service as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church.

He served as a Student Pastor from 1955 until 1960 when he was ordained.  During his years in ministry he served churches in Ohio (three years), Connecticut (seven years), and New York (35 years).  He  also served as a Chaplain at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Montrose, New York for nine years.

Since retiring to Whiteville, North Carolina in 1999 he served the UMC as an interim pastor for a year.  At Whiteville UMC he is a member of the Chancel Choir and teaches Christians Under Construction, a church school class he has led for 15 years.  In addition he has taken an active part in leading mission work teams to Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Bob and Carolyn will soon celebrate their 55th year of marriage. Their daughter Donna Hankins-Hull is associate pastor at First UMC in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 Choir will be on vacation all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

The Leadership and Vision Team will meet Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are: Dan Gray (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert and Michael Forrester.

 Please hold our Youth Mission Team in your prayers:  Kahtrina, Noah, Matthew, and Michael Forrester.  They have joined with Piney Flats UMC from June 22—25 to serve the victims of the fires near Gatlinburg.  Thanks to Taylor Lee for her work organizing the tip!

Please hold in your prayers the Czech Mission Team including Tommy Forrester,  Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains, Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield.  They will share the Gospel with the people of Protovin from June 30 to July 10.

News and Events for June 18

The youth trip to Tennessee Wesleyan College is coming up next week.  We are excited to be partnering with Piney Flats UMC for this trip.    If anyone has a 5 gallon igloo jug or a roll cooler we can use for the trip, please contact Taylor Lee at (423) 956-2919.  Thanks so much.

Choir will be on vacation all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

You are invited to a farewell reception for Walter and Lisa Weikel Today Sunday, June 18, 4:30—6:00 PM at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak Street, Gray, TN   37615.  Walter has been appointed to First United Methodist Church, Morristown after Annual Conference.

Drop in at any time during the event, or come and stay for the duration.  Cake, punch and finger goods will be provided by local church United Methodist Women units.  There will be a basket available for those who wish to drop off a card or note for Walter and Lisa.

Today we celebrate the ministries of the Czech Mission Team that will serve in Protovin, Czech Republic, June 30 to July 10. Team members are: Tommy Forrester, Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains,

Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield. They will give witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus through building relationships, softball camp, teaching English, and daily Bible devotions. Please pray for the team and the ministries of Christ’s Church there, especially our fellow United Methodist congregations; and that the people of the Czech Republic will become and be disciples of Jesus Christ. During worship, we will invite you to give to two special offerings : (1) to support Tommy’s team specifically; and (2) to support our district Czech ministries which include support of our missionary John Redmond and his family in leading the English-speaking United Methodist church in Prague, and scholarships support for all our district mission teams (i.e., Tommy’s team). For clarity, you may wish to bring a separate check for each of these offerings. You can also give cash or give online, but please note clearly to which offering you are giving, using designations such as “ Tommy’s Mission Team ” or “ District Czech Missions .”

After the 10:55 Worship Service TODAY, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a fundraiser for the Czech Missions Team.

A note from Pastor Dan:

I am delighted to say that I have officially been appointed by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor to return to Bluff City UMC as pastor for another year. I look forward to serving Christ with you as we try to reach Bluff City and beyond with God’s love and redeeming grace. Thank you for your continued prayers for me and my family. Much love, Dan

Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston Conference and Johnson City District ministries to children in poverty. Our 22 backpacks filled with school supplies that are bound for Liberia’s orphans combined with others from our Johnson City District for a total over 800 school kits , surpassing our goal of 400.

News and Events for June 11

Jen Rickert , Local Volunteer Coordinator for Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will be present during Sunday School (10:00 am to 10:45 am) in the Fellowship Hall TODAY to give a presentation on local ministry opportunities with ASP. ASP is a Christian home repair ministry that serves poor people in several states in Appalachia, including Tennessee and Virginia. ASP is headquartered in Piney Flats. We hope that Sunday Schools will attend her presentation in lieu of their regular class.

Betty Malone, our Administrative Assistant will be on vacation the week of July 10-15.  The days that need to be covered are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 11-13 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.   If you would like to volunteer to work in the office one day while she is gone, please let her or Pastor Dan know.

Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Trustee Members are:  Jack Hurlbert (Chair), Donnie Rader, Elaine Good, Jane Riley, Bruce Stewart, Bill Durham, Jay Altman, and Pearl Carrier.

Choir will be on vacation all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

You are invited to a farewell reception for Walter and Lisa Weikel on Sunday, June 18, 4:30—6:00 PM at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak Street, Gray, TN   37615.  Walter is projected to be appointed to First United Methodist Church, Morristown after Annual Conference.

Drop in at any time during the event, or come and stay for the duration.  Cake, punch and finger goods will be provided by local church United Methodist Women units.  There will be a basket available for those who wish to drop off a card or note for Walter and Lisa.

Next Sunday, June 18 , in worship we celebrate the ministries of the Czech  Mission Team that will serve in Protovin, Czech Republic, June 30 to July 10. Team members are: Tommy Forrester, Jenae  Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains, Britni Mains, and Kailee  Brumfield. They will give witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus through building  relationships, softball camp, teaching  English, and daily Bible devotions. Please pray for the team and the ministries of Christ’s Church there, especially our fellow United Methodist  congregations; and that the people of the Czech Republic will become and be disciples of Jesus Christ.   During worship, we will invite you to give to two special offerings : (1) to support Tommy’s team  specifically; and (2) to support our district Czech  ministries which include support of our missionary John Redmond and his family in leading the English-speaking United Methodist church in Prague, and  scholarships support for all our district mission teams (i.e., Tommy’s team). For clarity, you may wish to bring a separate check for each of these offerings.  You can also give cash or give online, but please note clearly to which offering you are giving, using designations such as “ Tommy’s Mission Team ” or “ District Czech Missions .”

On Sunday, June 18, immediately following the 10:55 Worship Service, there will be a spaghetti  dinner in the fellowship hall.  This will be a fundraiser for the Czech Missions Team.

Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston  Annual Conference and Johnson City District ministries to children in poverty. Our 22 backpacks filled with school supplies that are bound for Liberia’s orphans combined with others from our Johnson City  District for a total over 800 school kits , surpassing our goal of 400.

Lelia Perry , our Lay Member to Annual Conference, will serve as our lay member along with Pastor Dan at the Holston Annual Conference session, June 11-14 at Lake Junaluska, NC, representing our church among the 880 other United  Methodist churches in east  Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia. Each year, all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session to  worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the  conference. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain  clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years, but not this year). Our bishop Mary Virginia Taylor presides over these meetings. The session is an important expression of our “connectional” church, recognizing that our local church and our denomination is part of the universal Body of Christ. Please be in prayer for Lelia, Bishop Taylor, Pastor Dan, and the other delegates, asking that God’s Spirit will guide them in their decision-making.

News and Events for June 4

Today is Pentecost , which is one of our Christian high holy days. Pentecost is also a Jewish festival that falls on the fiftieth day of Passover. In Biblical times, Jews from all over the Roman Empire gathered in Jerusalem for the festivities of Pentecost. On the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection—ten days after Jesus had ascended into heaven—the apostles and other believers were gathered together in one place, when they were suddenly empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel. They went out into the crowds and preached in the native languages of all the people present, creating quite a stir. Peter seized the opportunity to address the crowd, preached Jesus’ death and resurrection, and won several thousand converts. These events are recorded in Acts 2:1-41. For more info on Pentecost, visit http://www.kencollins.com .

We have a special guest today, Pianist Julie Davenport.  WELCOME!

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.

Jen Rickert, Local Volunteer Coordinator for Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will be present during Sunday School (10:00 am to 10:45 am) in the Fellowship Hall next Sunday, June 11, to give a presentation on local ministry opportunities with ASP. ASP is a Christian home repair ministry that serves poor people in several states in Appalachia, including Tennessee and Virginia. ASP is headquartered in Piney Flats. We hope that Sunday Schools will attend her presentation in lieu of their regular class.

You are invited to a farewell reception for Walter and Lisa Weikel on Sunday, June 18, 4:30—6:00 PM at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak Street, Gray, TN   37615.  Walter is projected to be appointed to First United Methodist Church, Morristown after Annual Conference.

Drop in at any time during the event, or come and stay for the duration.  Cake, punch and finger goods will be provided by local church United Methodist Women units.  There will be a basket available for those who wish to drop off a card or note for Walter and Lisa.

There will be a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday, June 18 immediately following the 10:55 Service.  This will be a fundraiser for the Czech team who will be leaving for the Czech on July 4.

There will be a Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Trustee Members are:  Jack Hurlbert (Chair), Donnie Rader, Elaine Good, Jane Riley, Bruce Stewart, Bill Durham, Jay Altman, and Pearl Carrier.

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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