News and Events for May 27

Today is Trinity Sunday, our special celebration of the Triune nature of God — that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are delighted to have Rev. Eddie Mabry as our guest preacher today. Though officially retired, Rev. Mabry faithfully serves to assist the pastor and church in many ways at New Hope Baptist Church, Bristol, VA. We are also glad that Lauren Roper, Program Director of Camp Bays Mountain , has been with us during Sunday School to share a presentation on our new district camp and is with us in worship.

Today, after the Memorial Service for Dee Anderson, there will be a covered dish dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  All are invited to attend.

If you have any good boxes like banker boxes for packing files and books, please bring them to the church office for Pastor Dan to use in packing his office.

The recipient of our Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering will be our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. On Sunday, May 27, we will receive an offering that will be used to help our brothers and sisters of South Sudan. (See insert) 

Hands on Mission Project. We are collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for Liberia as our district’s 2018 Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project. Pack all items in a backpack. It is okay to send a used backpack, but please make certain it is clean, in good condition, and that you have removed all personal items. A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each kit – do not put money in the backpack. You can write a check payable to Bluff City UMC and we will forward that to the district office. Backpacks are due in the church office by  Wednesday, May 30 .

Wednesday  night meals for May 16, 23 and 30 are cancelled due to health issues and Joan’s cruise.  Meals will resume on June 6.

—Jin, Joan and Lelia 

There will be a covered dish dinner on Sunday, June 10  after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please plan to attend.  Please let Lelia know what dish you are planning to bring so she can coordinate the meal.


In our new worship format, our offering will be given on  Communion Sundays by coming forward to the Communion table to give the before receiving the Communion elements.  An offering is not required or expected in order to receive Communion. Communion is one of our sacraments reminding us of God’s grace freely given through Jesus Christ. On non-Communion Sundays , our ushers will pass offering plates as the congregation remains seated.

Special offering opportunities today:

*Camp Bays Mountain, our district camp and shared ministry that celebrated its grand opening in April. To give an offering for Camp Bays Mountain, make a check payable to our church and write “Camp” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Camp” on the envelope.

*Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering. Benefits our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. To give an offering for Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering, make a check payable to our church and write “AC  Mission” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write  “AC Mission” on the envelope.

*Peace With Justice Sunday. One of our 6 special Sundays in our United Methodist Church. Peace with justice witnesses to God‘s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world. One-half of the offering given will stay in our conference to develop ministries of peace with justice; the other half will go to the denomination to be used worldwide in developing such ministries. To give an offering for Peace With Justice, make a check payable to our church and write “Peace With Justice” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Peace with Justice” on the envelope. 


Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!











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