News and Events for February 18

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.”  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.  It is a time of self-examination 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, 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.

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