News and Events for October 29

Children’s Sabbath is an annual celebration that aims to unite religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf.  As United Methodists, our roots rest in the care for those who are vulnerable, especially children.  During this important celebration, we join with other denominations and religions to bring to light the plight of children in a “bigger and more powerful and more inspiring way than the efforts of any one congregation” or denomination can accomplish on its own.  We are grateful to the many wonderful leaders in our ministries with children in our congregation!

The Circle of Faith will be having a potato bar as a fundraiser TODAY in the Fellowship Hall after the 10:30 church service.  Proceeds will go to sending youth to Resurrection and Assembly, as well as Christmas gifts for family in need.  Please come out and support this ministry.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY!  The mission of Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville is to provide hope and healing to children and families struggling with life’s challenges.  You can help give children and youth a better life, a good education, and a chance to develop into Christian men and women.  Your interest determines their future.  Please be generous in your giving.

Family in Need—The home of Loretta, Don and C. J. Shackleford (age 13) on Jonesboro Road, Bluff City, burned last month.  They are in need of everything.  Some furniture has been donated.  Clothing sizes are:

Loretta—10-12, x-large shirts, size 8 shoes
Don—38 x 32 pants, x-large shirts, size 12 shoes
J. 32 x 31 pants, men’s large shirts, size 13 shoes.

If you have questions, please call Joan Williams 538-3535.

A new Acappella group has started for young people.  It meets on Wednesday at 8:00 PM in the Choir room.  The practices will be short and sweet!  See Kim Lundin if interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Events for October 22

We welcome Rev. Fred Balding, to our pulpit today.  Rev. Balding is Director of Development for Good  Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City.  Good Samaritan Ministries is supported by our congregation through our District Fair Share givings, and has offices in Johnson City and Piney Flats.  Rev. Balding will offer a presentation about Good Samaritan Ministries during Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall.  All adult Sunday Schools are encouraged to attend his presentation. We will receive a special offering to support Good Samaritan Ministries.

The Circle of Faith will be having a potato bar as a fundraiser on Sunday, October 29 in the Fellowship Hall after the 10:55 church service.  Please come out and support this ministry.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

For more than 120 years, Methodists and Holston Home have worked together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference an beyond.  Your FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERINGS make a difference.  You will have an opportunity to give next Sunday.  Please be generous.

 The Puerto Rico (PR) School System has been closed for the remainder of the school year.  The school children of PR will be sent to several places in the continental US to continue their school year.  Central Florida is one of the places where the children will be sent.  The Florida Conference has accepted the offer from Holston Conference through Holston Conference Disaster Response Ministries to provide UMCOR School Kits to the displaced PR children.  See the enclosed flyer for the contents of each school kit.  In addition to the existing disaster response need of  Cleaning buckets and Hygiene kits, now the people/churches of Holston Conference are being asked to provide School Kits in support of the large number of Disaster Survivors.  Please have the school kits and any additional cleaning buckets and hygiene kits (including additional fees/transportation costs) in the church office by Sunday, October 29.  We are His Hands and Feet!

 A new Acappella group will be starting for young people.  This group will start next Wednesday at 8:00 PM.  The practices will be short and sweet!  See Kim Lunden if interested.

YOUTH NEWS:  We need three (3) volunteers to drive the van  on Wednesday nights so a rotation can be created and the same ones would not have to drive every week.  If you would like to volunteer for this ministry,  please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

The youth will be celebrating a naked cake party on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:25 p.m. in the youth room.  Anyone who would like to celebrate with us is welcome to join!

News and Events for October 15

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

For more than 120 years, Methodists and Holston Home have worked together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference an beyond.  Your FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERINGS make a difference.  You will have an opportunity to give next Sunday.  Please be generous.

The Puerto Rico (PR) School System has been closed for the remainder of the school year.  The school children of PR will be sent to several places in the continental US to continue their school year.  Central Florida is one of the places where the children will be sent.  The Florida Conference has accepted the offer from Holston Conference through Holston Conference Disaster Response Ministries to provide UMCOR School Kits to the displaced PR children.  See the enclosed flyer for the contents of each school kit.  In addition to the existing disaster response need of  Cleaning buckets and Hygiene kits, now the people/churches of Holston Conference are being asked to provide School Kits in support of the large number of Disaster Survivors.  Please have the school kits and any additional cleaning buckets and hygiene kits (including additional fees/transportation costs) in the church office by Sunday, October 29.

We are His Hands and Feet!

 Canned goods and monetary donations are being collected today for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Food will be distributed this Saturday, October 21.

Our brokenness is a bridge, not a barrier. “The Heart of Man” is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, juxtaposed with interviews of real people struggling with distractions from their faith and the shame that follows addiction. Combining a blend of narrative and documentary elements, it features subjects of brokenness, identity and grace. This unique event brings people together for a night to understand they are not alone and can find freedom.

Freedom from performance. Freedom from managing our behavior, so we appear acceptable. Freedom from our addictions, compulsive behaviors, secrecy and double lives. Audiences will encounter powerful true stories with author William Paul Young (“The Shack”), author Dr. Dan Allender (“The Wounded Heart”) and spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry, among others.

This movie will be shown Tuesday, October 17 at  Tinsletown.  For more information, see the website https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-heart-of-man.

UMCOR SCHOOL KITS

Value: $11.00 per kit

  • 1 14×16 inch cloth bag

à Homemade or purchased bags are both acceptable
à Heavy-duty fabric  only, such as denim, corduroy, drapery fabrics, etc.
à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols
à Closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps or Velcro sewn in the middle of opening, if used.

  • 3 pads of paper

à Spiral– or top-bound pads
à 100-150 sheets of loose leaf can be substituted for one padà Combination of spiral, top bound, side bound, or 1 subject notebook are acceptable
à No composition books
à No 3 or 5 subject notebook

  • 1 24-count box of crayons

à Only 24-count boxes

  • 1 pair blunt scissors

à Rounded tip only
à No plastic scissors

  • 1 2-inch or larger size eraser

à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols,
à Cartoon characters are acceptable

  • 6 unsharpened pencils

à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols
à Cartoon characters are acceptable

  • 1 hand held pencil sharpener

à Must be at least one-inch long
à Remove from packaging

  • 1 30-centimeter ruler

à Hard or flexible
à Cartoon characters are acceptable
à No advertisements

Assembly Directions

Place all loose items on top of paper;  Turn items sideways and slide into the cloth bag.  Fold over the top of the bag so loose items don’t fall out.

Important Notes

  • All patterns for the bag can be found on the Internet at http://www.umcor.org. Go to “Relief Supplies” at the top of the page and click.  Scroll down until you find the “School bag pattern” at the bottom of the page.
  • All items must be new.
  • All emergency kits are carefully planned to make then usable in the greatest number of situations. Due to the fact that strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items—Nothing More.
  • DO NOT include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

Packing and Shipping Kits

  • Packing kits Box weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
  • Complete two packing lists: One for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  • Paste the shipping label/packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  • Processing and shipping costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send.  This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need.

News and Events for October 8

Ministry Team Chairs Today, Sunday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for 2018 budget requestsBudget requests are due in the church office or to bluffcityumc@gmail.com.

Finance Team will meet Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Perry (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Elaine Good, Tony Lundin, Herman Carrier, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miler, Jane Bellamy, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler. Bruce Stewart, and Dan Gray.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

 Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night.

Next Sunday, October 15, we will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary  donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

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