We welcome Matt Mangrum as our guest speaker today. Matt has always had a passion in simplifying the act of following Jesus. He is a sophomore at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization which has given him opportunities to speak and share the Gospel in front of many people. Matt developed his passion to share the Gospel from this grandfather, Ross Mangrum, who served as a pastor in Bristol, Tennessee for over 50 years. From a young age, Matt has shown a desire to share the love of Jesus with others.
Christ the King Sunday, today, is the last Sunday of the Christian year and is a celebration of the coming reign of Jesus Christ and the completion of creation. Our new Christian year begins next Sunday with Advent, a season of anticipation of Christmas.
United Methodist Student Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.
Today is our second Commitment Sunday . You are invited to pray over your commitment to generosity and financial giving for next year. We ask that you consider the Biblical expectation of tithing (10% of your income) as a spiritual matter, recognizing that God as Creator “owns” it all and we are mere stewards; and recognizing that the spiritual practice of tithing is meant to help restore in us the image of our generous God. In worship, we will receive your Commitment Card for your expected generosity in 2018.
Church Council — the meeting time has been changed from Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 pm to Thursday, November 30, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford, our District Superintendent, will be present to discuss pastoral options. This meeting will finish our preparatory work needed for Charge Conference. All congregation members are welcome to attend, though only Church Council members have a vote.
Church Council members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, James Altman, Taylor Lee, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.
Charge Conference will be Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.
If you have lost a ring, please see Betty in the church office.
Poinsettias can be purchased for $7.00 each. Please turn in your order along with your money to Elaine Good by Thursday, November 30.
Decorating for Advent will be on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 A.M. We need all the help we can get, especially men to get the trees out and put up.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner
The Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 10 after the 10:55 Service in the Fellowship Hall. The ham, turkey and drinks will be furnished. If anyone would like to bring a covered dish or a dessert, please see Lelia Perry.
Poinsettias for Purchase
There will be Poinsettias for purchase for a cost of $7.00 each. If you would like to purchase one in memory /honor of someone, please see Elaine Good. Deadline for ordering is Thursday, November 30.