Today we celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday, which is one of the six church wide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. During our Offering time, we will collect a special offering for Native American Ministries. The annual conference administers 50 percent of the receipts to develop and strengthen Native American ministries within the conference. The conference committee on Native American ministry administers these funds. The other 50 percent of the net receipts provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC with “Native American Ministries” on the memo line.
If you would like to give a special offering to support the families affected by the ICE raid in Grainger County, TN, make the check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “families of ICE raid” in the memo line.
Our regular Church Council meeting is this afternoon , 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 at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 24 in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Gray, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Nancy Forrester, Lana Butler, Jane Bellamy, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Jim Altman, Dan Perry, Michael Forrester. We will continue our work through Journey to Healthy Systems and our work on crafting a new vision statement.
You are invited to celebrate the opening of Camp Bays Mountain on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm. Join camp and clergy leaders as the Camp Bell is rung, prayer is offered and a ribbon is cut to mark the beginning of camping ministry in this new location. Guided tours of Camp will follow. Shuttle buses will run from Wellmont Heart Center on Reservoir Road to/from camp beginning at 1:00. Please park in the employee parking lot of the Heart Institute located at 2050 Meadowview Parkway and ride a shuttle bus right to the door of the new dining hall. The last shuttle will leave the parking lot at 1:50, so the celebration service can begin at 2:00. Plan to celebrate as Camp Bays Mountain launches a year-round camp and retreat ministry. Registration for summer camp is now open! Learn more at www.campbaysmountain.com.