News and Events for June 10

Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston Conference and Three Rivers District ministries to children and families in poverty. Our 12 backpacks filled with school supplies valued at about $600 will join with several hundred other backpacks bound for Liberia’s orphans.

Lelia Perry , our Alternate Lay Member to Annual Conference, will serve as our lay member along with Pastor Dan at the Holston Annual Conference session, June 10-13 at Lake Junaluska, NC, representing our church among the 880 other United Methodist churches in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia. Each year, all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). Our Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor presides over these meetings. The session is an important expression of our “connectional” church, recognizing that our local church and our denomination is part of the universal Body of Christ. Please be in prayer for Lelia, Bishop Taylor, Pastor Dan, and the other delegates, asking that God’s Spirit will guide them in their decision-making.

At Annual Conference, Lelia Perry will present our Change for Children offering that you gave in the amount of $251.05. Our offering will combine with that of other Holston Conference churches to fund grants for ministries with children, ½ in the Holston region and ½ in Africa. Lelia will also present our Annual Conference Mission Offering that you have given, amounting to $145.00. Our gifts will combine with other churches to be used in ministry with our South Sudanese brothers and sisters living in exile in refugee camps in Uganda.

Please join us for a covered dish dinner today after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please join us as we wish them on their way.

Staff Parish Relations Team (SPRC ) will meet on today Sunday, June 10, at 4:00 pm. The SPRC will also meet on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Both meetings are in the Willing Worker Classroom. SPRC members are: Michael Forrester (chair),  Kathy Hurlbert, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Tony Lundin, Dan Gray, Elaine Good, Carole Miller, Lana Butler, Valerie Altman, and Tony Lundin.

Church Council will meet on Sunday, June 17, at 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

We will be collecting canned food and/or monetary donations for Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday, 6/17. Please put the canned goods in the wagon at the Information Center.  If you prefer to donate a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line and place in the offering plate.

While Pastor Dan will officially remain as our pastor through June 30 and is available for pastoral care, the pastoral transition process established by the Holston Conference has determined that transitioning pastors like Pastor Dan should not perform other  pastoral functions after June 10. Our incoming pastor, Sean Glenn , will not begin work until July 1. In the interim, Tony Lundin , our Lay Leader , is the primary contact on church matters.


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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