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.

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