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

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


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.


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


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


26 Mark & Amy Cohee





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