News and Events for November 26

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.

 

 

News and Events for November 19

We celebrate in worship today 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 and likeness of our generous God.  In worship as we bring forward our tithes and offerings, you will be invited to bring your Commitment Card to the Communion table, reflecting your pledge of generosity in 2018.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 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.

We are joining with Piney Flats UMC and other area churches to serve a Thanksgiving meal to our neighbors in need of assistance.  The Thanksgiving dinner is at Piney Flats UMC on Wednesday, 11/22 at 5:30 PM.  We have been asked to furnish tea and coffee for the dinner.  Anyone who wishes, can donate money to purchase the tea.  The coffee has been furnished.  If you have questions, contact Lana Butler at (423) 538-0155.  When you finished, you will have time to come to Bluff City Baptist for the community Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 PM.

Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Bluff City Baptist.  Mike Pope of 1st Baptist will be bringing the message.

News and Events for November 12

Next Sunday, November 19, we will have a combined worship service at 10:30 am in Sanctuary, with a fellowship gathering at 9:15 am and Sunday School at 9:30 am.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 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.

News and Events for November 5

Today is All Saints Sunday , celebrated on the first Sunday in November to commemorate all Christian people of every time and place. All Saints Day is November 1. The term “saints” in the New Testament usage refers to Christians collectively. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember our loved ones who have transitioned into the next life, both of the Church universal and of our local congregation. We remember those who have died since the last All Saints Day.

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.  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  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.

Charge Conference is TODAY, 3:00 pm at Sulphur Springs UMC , 1432 Gray Station Sulphur Springs Rd, Jonesborough, TN 37659. 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. Church Council/ Charge Conference members are: Tony Lundin (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, James Altman, Taylor Lee, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Betty Malone, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

Thank you so very much for your gracious words and generous gifts for Pastor Appreciation!  It is a joy to share the journey of faith with you. We are deeply grateful for your love and friendship!

With love, Pastor Dan and Samantha

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

         Cherry Reynolds
         Josh Durham
24         Joan Williams
26         John Perry
27         Brian Durham
28         Evelyn Hurley
29         Gabi Francis Lane

Anniversary

     Scott & Kathy McClellan
     Dan and Alicia Ronquillo
     C. P. and Jim Lane
    Allen and Paula Durham

10 Ministry Service Opportunities

1.  Cold calling people in our community to invite them to one of our worship services. Can be done from your home. Next step: talk with Lelia Perry, Witness Team Chair.

2.  Deliver food sacks from Second Harvest Foodbank to Bluff City Elementary School and Bluff City Middle School. You are part of a  rotation of volunteers, doing it once every few months. You pick up the food sacks at Piney Flats UMC at 9 am on a designated Wednesday. It takes about 1.5 hours. You will need a truck or minivan. Next step: talk with Nancy Forrester, coordinator.

3.  Bake cookies for Cookie Love. These cookies are delivered to Bluff City Middle School once per month. You will be part of a rotation of people who bake cookies. Next step: talk with Kathy Hurlbert, coordinator.

4.  Deliver Cookie Love cookies to Bluff City Middle School teachers. You will take cookies from the church to the school. You will be part of a rotation of deliverers. Next step: talk with Kathy Hurlbert, coordinator.

5. Nursery volunteer once per month on Sunday morning. Next step: talk with Taylor Lee.

6.  Visit newcomers to Bluff City community to provide info about our church. Next step: talk with Lelia Perry, Witness Team Chair.

7.  Decoration for altar for contemporary service. Next step: talk with Nancy Forrester.

8.  Wed night van driver and/or 2nd adult rider. You will be part of a rotation of people. Next step: talk with Taylor Lee.

9.  Play the drums for contemporary worship service. Next step: talk with Nancy Forrester.

10.  Sing a solo at either worship service. Next step: talk with Nancy Forrester for Contemporary Worship or Kim Lundin for Traditional Worship.

You can also complete the blue Connection Card indicating your interest, and place it in the offering basket/plate, and someone will contact you.

Next Sunday we will be collecting  canned goods and monetary donations for the  Rockhold Food Pantry. Monetary donations would be  appreciated as turkeys need to be purchased for the food boxes.  If you give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold Food Pantry” on the memo line of your check.

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 shows.
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.

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