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.

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