News and Events for February 11

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.

Pancake Fundraiser

Pancake Fundraiser

Our Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Wed., Feb. 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, marks the beginning of our season of Lent. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/.

During our Sunday worship services in Lent, beginning next Sunday, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries.  Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in the Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants.  Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families.

Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

We are seeking three volunteers to come forward to assist in the nursery on Sunday mornings.  We would love to have a rotation going so that we only have to make weekly or perhaps monthly

commitments if we have more volunteers come forward.  If anyone has questions about paperwork, please contact Taylor Lee at (423) 956-2919.  The paperwork is required so that we can ensure that we are adhering to Safe Sanctuary policies.  These guidelines have been put into place in order to protect those working with children as well as protecting the children themselves.  Anyone who works with

children or youth are urged to fill out this paperwork.  These children are SUCH a blessing to our congregation and we hope that you will consider making a commitment however often you are available to do so.  Thanks so much for your assistance with this.

February Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

5           Dee Anderson
6           Mary Carrier
8           Debbie McClelland
9           Matthew Durham
10         Joyce Fleenor, Wendy Finney
11         Jane Riley
14        Brooklyn Faught
16        Andrew Hodges
20       Harvey Carrier
23       Benjamin Jones
24       Lloyd Williams
25       Laura Ann Ryan
28      Michael Forrester, C.P. Lane, Zoey Gilliam

Anniversaries

28    Lloyd and Dolores Williams

 

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