News and Events for April 1

For worshippers interested in renewing the promises they have made at their baptism, we invite you to participate today during the worship service in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant and the Baptismal Remembrance. Baptism marks one’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the beginning of new life in Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and one’s initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. Baptism is one of our two sacraments in The United Methodist Church, along with Communion.

Baptism is a means of God’s grace, an outward sign of God’s inner work of grace — in which we put off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ.

If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

Pastor Dan will be on vacation from April 2 to April 8. In case of a church need, please contact Tony Lundin, our Lay Leader.

 Our regular Church Council meeting will be held on Sunday, April 15  at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert,  Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

 You are invited to a reception in honor of Dr. Jonathan Feathers, First Christian Church, on Sunday, April 8 at 12:30 pm in their Fellowship Hall.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

News and Events for March 25

Our regular Church Council meeting is rescheduled from March 25 to Sunday, April 15  at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane  Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert,  Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

 Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are: Lelia Perry, Mike Miller, Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lana Butler, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy,  Dan Perry, Michael Forrester,  Bobbie Warden, Valerie Altman, Herman Carrier, Priscilla Keene, Kim Lundin.

 Arrangements for Dolores Williams:

Visitation, Sunday, 3/25, 6-8 PM, Morris-Baker Funeral Home,  Johnson City
Memorial Service, Sunday, 3/25, 8 PM, Morris Baker Funeral Home,   Johnson City
Graveside Service, Monday, 3/26, 10 AM, V.A. Mountain Home  Cemetery, Johnson City

 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 shared 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.

On Easter Sunday, there will be a chicken-wire cross on the front lawn.  Everyone please bring fresh flowers, branches from flowering shrubs/trees, even greenery to put in the wire and make the cross “happy.”

Join us for Holy Week :

  • Wednesday, March 28 church activities are on our regular schedule.
  • Maundy Thursday Worship Service, 7 pm, Sanctuary
  • Good Friday Worship Service, 7 pm, Sanctuary
  • Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 am, Morning View Cemetery
  • Easter Sunday Community Breakfast , 7:45 am, Fellowship Hall
  • Easter Sunday School, 9:30 am
  • Easter Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 am , Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

News and Events for March 18

 

Our regular Church Council meeting has been rescheduled from March 18 to Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane  Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

During our Sunday worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our shared 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.

Volunteers needed to serve in the nursery.  In addition, we are looking for volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights as wll.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.

Our Youth Group will be having a game and movie day on Sunday,  March 25th from 12:45—3:45!  We will enjoy lunch, snacks and desserts, games and movies.  If you are here for Sunday church the morning of this event, please make sure that Miss Bobbie or Miss Taylor knows so that we can put your name in the raffle for a prize.  The more guests you bring, the more your name will be entered.  If you need permission forms, there are some on Miss Taylor’s door or in the youth room.  Please be sure to bring all permission forms back by Wednesday, march 21st.  We thank you for all your support!

There will be a Young Adult Ministry meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Willing Workers classroom.

There will be a Children’s Ministry meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Anyone who wants their voice to be heard as we made decisions for these groups are more than welcome to come.

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/.

News and Events for March 11

Today is UMCOR Sunday. UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on

Relief, our denomination’s agency to help us be the hands and feet of Jesus in the United States and around the world. UMCOR programs help restore lives. Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, UMCOR provides humanitarian relief in the event of war, conflict or natural disaster. Gifts to UMCOR Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s costs of serving local churches in times of disaster. We will collect a special offering during worship . Please make your check payable to our church; and mark the check memo line or cash envelope with “UMCOR”.

There is a Called Church Council meeting TODAY, March 11, at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  We will only consider the issue of Pastor compensation for July to December 2018 and for 2019.  In addition to Church Council members listed below, members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Team are asked to attend.

Finance Team members are: Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Tony Lundin, Herman Carrier, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lelia Perry, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Bruce Stewart. 

SPRC Team Members are: Michael Forrester (Chair), Kathy Hurlbert, Wilma Boy, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader.

 Our regular Church Council meeting has been rescheduled from March 18 to Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane  Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

During our Sunday worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our shared 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.

Pastor Dan will be out of town at a church training from Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18. In case of a church issue, contact our Lay Leader Tony Lundin at 423-538-3190.

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/.

News and Events for March 4

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 shared 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.

Thank you so much for your support and work.  You are a great blessing in addressing the needs of our students.  Thank you for the volunteer work in delivering food to the schools.  May God continue to bless your ministry.

Linda Holden
Family Involvement Coordinator
Sullivan Co. Dept. of Education

Our memorial gift policy provides that a memorial gift may be designated by the donor to a particular designated fund; and that any undesignated memorial gift will go into our General Fund to support our budgeted ministries.

Next Sunday, 3/11,  we will be collecting canned goods and monetary donations for Rockhold Food Pantry.  If you choose to make a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line.  Your support of this ministry is deeply appreciated.

Church Council has been rescheduled from March 18 to Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane  Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

HOLY FRIENDSHIP SUMMIT

What:                       The Holy Friendship Summit—A Christian Assembly
When:                     May 18-19, 2018
Where:                   Celebration Church
429 Shipley Ferry Road, Blountville, TN

Purpose: Bringing together churches of all denominations with clinicians and educators to share resources and responsibilities against opioid addiction.

  • Overdose deaths have passed automobile crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
  • The neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) rate in Northeast Tennessee is 10 times the national rate.
  • NAS is as high as one in 10 births in some local counties.
  • 80 percent of crimes in Tennessee have some drug-related nexus (TBI statistics).
  • Virginia’s Governor has declared the opioid crises a public health emergency.

THE MANDATE

Holy Friendship is following the Biblical mandate to love those in need.  Jesus taught that we are to serve as neighbors.  His greatest commandments are to love God and love our neighbor.  Southern Appalachia is gripped by an opioid addiction crisis, and now it is time for neighbors to act.  Our mission is to promote flourishing for all our sisters and brothers.

March Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

1 Tony Lundin
2 Nell Shepherd
3 Brody Faught
4 Lana Butler
5 Sidney Byrd
6 Herman Carrier
7 Allen Durham
8 Thomas Ronquillo

Anniversaries

26 Mark & Amy Cohee

 

 

 

 

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