News and Events for June 16

Visitors—If you are visiting with us, please fill out the attached tab, tear off and drop in the offering plate.

Vacation Bible School—Will be held from 9:30 until Noon June 24-27. Please invite friends and neighbors to join us in this ministry.  Items needed: colored bandanas, colored buckets, brown butcher paper,  colored flags, Hunter green or camo sheets, large craft sticks, empty 2 liters or milk jugs, hula hoops, black sharpie markets, empty boxes, colored, opaque plastic plates, felt material , glue sticks, ribbon (any color), toothpicks, insect stickers, glow-in-the-dark paint, straws, clothespins, large trash bags, baking soda, cornstarch, clear plastic wrap.

Menu for Wednesday Outreach/Fellowship meal this week is  Taco Bar.

On Sunday, June 30, there will be a luncheon  in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the Worship Service.  Please join us for a delicious meal which will be our VBS Celebration.

Church Council will meet on Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Council  Members are:  Tommy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Dan Perry, Nancy Forrester, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Sean Glenn, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Michael Forrester, Jin Lane, Valerie Altman, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier.

Trustees will meet Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 PM in the Pathfinder’s Classroom. Trustees are Jay Altman, Donnie Rader, Bruce Stewart, Selena Lane, Jack Hurlbert (Chair), and Lelia Perry.

School Supplies are needed for Sullivan County students for the new fall year. Suggested donations include: wide rule paper, ballpoint pens (black or blue), colored  pencils, markers, composition books (wide-rule) and glue sticks. School supplies will be distributed the week of  July 15.  Please drop off your donations in the office by Monday, July 8.

News and Events for June 9

Vacation Bible School—Will be held from 9:30 until Noon June 24-27. Please invite friends and neighbors to join us  in this ministry.

Menu for Wednesday Outreach/Fellowship meal this week is chicken casserole, green beans, rolls, salad, and dessert.

Visitors—If you are visiting with us, please fill out the attached tab, tear off  and drop in the offering plate.

NO CHOIR PRACTICE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12!

On Sunday, June 30, there will be a luncheon  in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the Worship Service.  Please join us for a delicious meal which will be our VBS Celebration.

The Finance Team will meet Tuesday June 18 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Tommy Forrester, Michael Forrester,  Jack Hurlbert, Herman Carrier.

Church Council will  meet on Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Council Members are:  Tommy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Dan Perry, Nancy Forrester, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Sean Glenn, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Michael Forrester, Jin Lane, Valerie Altman, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier.

By now, there is no doubt you have seen and heard the statistics surrounding our national opioid epidemic. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.  In our Holston Conference area, more people died from opioid overdoses than perished in traffic accidents, homicides, or suicides in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Opioid overdose deaths totaled 1,186 in 2016, up 14.7% from 2015.  According to the 2018 Drug Enforcement Agency report, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia are in the top 10 states impacted by opioid overdose deaths.  Tennessee is ranked first in the nation in opioid sales. Our 2019 Holston Annual

 Conference offering will be used for grants to help churches and missional hubs begin new, or strengthen existing, ministries addressing the opioid crisis. Please give as you are able.

Pastor Sean will be gone to Annual Conference this week, along with our Lay Delegate, Lelia Perry.  Please remember them and all who are gathered in prayer.  In case of emergency, please contact our lay leader, Tony Lundin.  Pastor Sean will be back in the office Thursday morning.

News and Events for June 2

Vacation Bible School—Will be held in the mornings June 24-27. Please invite friends and neighbors to join un in this ministry.

Menu for Wednesday Outreach/Fellowship meal this week is  Chili and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

BCUMC has a wonderful opportunity to partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals in the Bluff City area.  If you would like to help with this please let Nancy Forrester know today (Sunday).  Delivery would begin in June and each person would need to donate about one hour per week, possibly less if folks team up and share the schedule.

Visitors—If you are visiting with us, please fill out the attached tab, tear off and drop in the offering plate.

NO CHOIR PRACTICE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12!

Next Sunday (June 9) we will be collecting monetary donations and canned goods for the Rockhold Food Pantry  If you choose to write a check, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line.  Please be generous.

 

News and Events for May 19

Vacation Bible School—There will be an organizational meeting this afternoon (Sunday) at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  If you have signed up to help, please attend this meeting.

Menu for Wednesday Outreach/Fellowship meal this week is  Chicken Alfredo, broccoli, salad, dessert and drinks.

There will be a Worship Team Meeting on this afternoon at 4:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team Members are:  Sean Glenn, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betsy Carrier.

BCUMC has a wonderful opportunity to partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals in the Bluff City area.  If you would like to help with this please let Nancy Forrester know today.  Delivery would begin in June and each person would need to donate about one hour per week, possibly less if folks team up ad share the schedule.

It’s singin, preachin and picnic time in Bluff City!  On Sunday, May 26th, we will be having a special outdoor worship service at the Cox House on Sells Road.  We hope you will make plans to attend and even bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward.  Come and enjoy a great time of worship and fellowship.

If you are going to be helping with backpacks for the Conference Missions project, they need to be in the office by June 2.

Visitors—If you are visiting with us, please fill out the attached tab, tear off and drop in the offering plate.

Join us on the first Saturday night in June for a block party, movie and food.  Invite your friends and neighbors.  Bring a chair and enjoy the fellowship and movie under the stars! This is a fundraiser event for the Youth Group.  Donations are encouraged but never required.

There will be a Witness Team Meeting Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom, Team members are : Leila Perry (Chair), Bobbie Warden, Elaine Good, Joan Williams, Jin Lane, Mike Miller, Herman Carrier, Tony Lundin and Jerry Malone.

News and Events for May 12

The United Methodist Men will be hosting a luncheon today (Sunday) for all our moms  (and everyone else too) as a fundraiser to purchase new tires for the church van.  We want to love on our moms and support a good cause all at the same time.  This is immediately following the  10:30 worship service.

Vacation Bible School—There will be an organizational meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  If you  have signed up to  help, please attend this meeting.

Menu for Wednesday Outreach/Fellowship meal this week is BREAKFAST—egg casserole, fruit, biscuits and gravy.

There will be a Worship Team Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team Members are:  Sean Glenn, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betsy Carrier.

BCUMC has a wonderful opportunity to partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals in the Bluff City area.  If you would like to help with this please let Nancy Forrester know today.  Delivery would begin in June and each person would need to donate about one hour per week, possibly less if folks team up ad share the schedule.

It’s singin, preachin and picnic time in Bluff City!  On Sunday, May 26th, we will be having a special outdoor worship service at the Cox House on Sells Road.  We hope you will make plans to attend and even bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward.  Come and enjoy a great time of worship and fellowship.

If you are going to be helping with backpacks for the Conference Missions project, they need to be in the office by June 2.

Visitors—If you are visiting with us, please fill out the attached tab, tear off  and drop in the offering plate.

 

News and Events for May 4

There will be no United Methodist Women meeting in May.

Go ahead and mark your calendars!  The United Methodist Men will be hosting a luncheon on Mother’s Day for all our moms (and everyone else too) as a fundraiser to purchase new tires for the church van.  We want to love on our moms and support a good cause all at the same time.  This will be May 12 immediately after worship. It’s going to be good!

This Wednesday at 6 PM, we will be having a special Prayer Service in the Sanctuary.  This will be an informal, but guided time of prayer.  We will be praying for our church, our community, those who don’t know Jesus and other needs as they come up.  Prayer is the backbone of a strong church.  All are welcome.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 23.  If interested in helping, please sign up.  There will be an organizational meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

Big news!  Our Saturday night outreach meal and our Wednesday night fellowship meal have combined!  We invite everyone to come out on Wednesday nights to share in a great meal, fellowship and then stay for youth & children’s activities. , Bible Study, choir practice, etc.  It’s Wonderful Wednesday!  This week’s meal is pizza, salad, and dessert.  It all starts at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Next Sunday, May 12, we will be collecting monetary donations and canned goods for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Please be generous. BCUMC has a wonderful opportunity to partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals in the Bluff City area.   If you would like to help with this please let Nancy Forrester know today.  Delivery would begin in June and each person would need to donate about one hour per week, possibly less if folks team up and share the schedule.

We want to extend a big THANK YOU to all those who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt, the new Playground and our church-wide clean-up.  Lots of people have been involved and we’ve had a great time.  It has been a wonderful Spring already here at Bluff City UMC and we are looking forward to a great Summer.  Thanks to everyone!

It’s singin, preachin and picnic time in Bluff City!  On Sunday, May 26th, we will be having a special outdoor worship service at the Cox House on Sells Road.  We hope you will make plans to attend and even bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds afterward.  Come and enjoy a great time of worship and fellowship.

 

News and Events for April 28

Thank you for having the ETSU Wesley Foundation to worship and share with you today (Sunday). We appreciate your support through District and Conference asking’s.  We at the Wesley Foundation serve as your missionaries on the ETSU campus.  The Wesley Foundation has been in ministry for over 70 years at ETSU.  We have praise and worship services on Tuesday nights with a free meal beforehand.  We also have Bible studies that meet throughout the week for the students.  Our mission team plans monthly local mission projects throughout the school year and also plans and prepares for our main mission trip at the end of spring semester May 5-11, 2019.  This year, 14 of us will be going to serve at the Four Corners Native American Ministries in Shiprock, New Mexico. The United Methodist Church supports and funds this ministry.  We will be doing home repairs, service projects at the mission site and at Shiprock UMC.   We will also help with the community’s Day Care Center at Shiprock UMC.  We appreciate any prayer and financial support you can give us.

Go ahead and mark your calendars!  The United Methodist Men will be hosting a luncheon on Mother’s Day for all our moms (and everyone else too) as a fundraiser to purchase new tires for the church van.  We want to love on our moms and support a good cause all at the same time.  This will be May 12 immediately after worship. It’s going to be good!

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bluff City United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Sean.

Do you have a young person who will be graduating from high school or college?  Our graduates will be honored on Sunday, May  19.  Please give his/her information to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, May 5.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 23.  If interested in helping, watch for the sign-up sheet.  There will be an organizational meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

If interested in sending your kids to Camp Bays Mountain this summer, please talk with Bethany Glenn (865-387-7335) or leave a message at the church office.  Deadline to register is May 1.  Scholarships are available, but we need a head count.

The flowers for the church altar on Easter were placed by Ann Fleenor Beck and Sarah McLeod in memory of a lifelong friendship with Betsy Harkleroad that started at Bluff City Methodist Church.  From kindergarten age, Betsy would come to Bluff City to visit her grandparents and would attend this church, so they met in Sunday School and Bible School.  At the start of her Junior year in high school, Betsy moved to Bluff City with her parents, Haskell and Chloris Harkleroad and her brothers Rhea and Curtis. Betsy was a true friend and will be very much missed by all who were privileged to know her. Betsy went on to be with the Lord on March 13, 2019.

News and Events for April 21

Next Sunday, April 28th, we will be blessed as the Wesley Foundation from ETSU leads us in worship.  Please come and support these awesome college students.

Go ahead and mark your calendars!  The United Methodist Men will be hosting a luncheon on Mother’s Day for all our moms (and everyone else too) as a fundraiser to purchase new tires for the church van.  We want to love on our moms and support a good cause all at the same time.  This will be May 12 immediately after worship. It’s going to be good!

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bluff City United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Sean or watch for the sign up sheet in the bulletin over the next few weeks.  We are looking at offering a new member class on Sunday, April 28 in the afternoon.

There has been some interest in having another run of church  License plates made.  If you would like one, please see Pastor Sean.  We have to order 10 at a time and they are $12 each.

Do you have a young person who will be graduating from high school or college?  Our graduates will be honored on Sunday, May  19.  Please give his/her information to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, May 5.

During the Children’s moment each Sunday of Lent, our kids will be collecting loose change to be given as our offering for Change for Children.  This is an initiative in Holston Conference every year.  These funds are available for grants that local churches can apply for to be used for new and existing children’s ministries.  Make sure to come with some pocket change to make those cans jingle!

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 23.  If interested in helping, watch for the sign-up sheet.  There will be an organizational meeting later this month.

If interested in sending your kids to Camp Bays Mountain this summer, please talk with Bethany Glenn (865-387-7335) or leave a message at the church office.  Deadline to register is May 1.  Scholarships are available, but we need a head count.

News and Events for April 14

This afternoon (Sunday, April 14) is the Easter Egg Hunt at 4:00 PM.  Thanks to who has brought candy and helped with it.  We are looking forward to an exciting afternoon. If you signed up to help, please be there by 3:45 pm.

On April 19th, we will be holding our Good Friday Service of worship.  This is an important time of reflection so that you can truly appreciate Easter.  The service will begin at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary.  Please come and experience what our Lord and Savior went through for us.

The Easter Challenge—Pastor Sean has been challenged by a member of the church to preach wearing a long haired wig if we have over 100 in attendance for Easter  The gauntlet has been thrown down!

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bluff City United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Sean or watch for the sign up sheet in the bulletin over the next few weeks.  We are looking at offering a new member class on Sunday, April 28 in the afternoon.

Throughout the season of Lent, the Sanctuary will be open every Wednesday from 12-1 PM for personal prayer and worship.  You are free to come and go as you please.

During the Children’s moment each Sunday of Lent, our kids will be collecting loose change to be given as our offering for Change for Children.  This is an initiative in Holston Conference every year.  These funds are available for grants that local churches can apply for to be used for new and existing children’s ministries.  Make sure to come with some pocket change to make those cans jingle!

There has been some interest in having another run of church License plates made.  If you would like one, please see Pastor Sean.  We have to order 10 at a time and they are $12 each.

Do you have a young person who will be graduating from high school or college?  Our graduates will be honored on Sunday, May  19.  Please give his/her information to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, May 5.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 23.  If interested in helping, watch for the sign-up sheet.  There will be an organizational meeting later this month.

If interested in sending your kids to Camp Bays Mountain this summer, please talk with Bethany Glenn (865-387-7335) or leave a message at the church office.  Deadline to register is May 1.  Scholarships are available, but we need a head count.

Please bring your fresh flowers  next Sunday to decorate the cross.

Children’s Inc. of Bluff City (a division of Girl’s Inc.) is a summer program serving the Sullivan County community and surrounding areas.  They provide care for children ages 5-18. They will be traveling and swimming ALL summer! Super-fun programs are planned this year, full of new and exciting trips and activities.  They are located at Bluff City United Methodist Church Wesley Center. There will be sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary.  For  more information, call (423) 340-0918, or email callie_girlsinc@bvu.net.

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