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.

News and Events for April 7

Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with the Easter Egg Hunt!  All the spots were taken!  If you signed up to bring candy, please bring it  next Sunday morning.  All helpers should be at the site by 3:45.   Our Children’s Director, Megan Burke, will be giving further instructions.  We are looking forward to a great afternoon!

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.

We will be collecting food staples and monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday.  If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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. 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.

April Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

Lelia Perry
5  Paula Durham
6 Bridgett Whitehead
7 Kathy Hurlbert
8 Jimmy Jones
9 C. W. Fleenor
19 Lenny Leonard, Carole Miller
20        Kim Lundin
21       Bruce Stewart

24         Dottie Leonard

26         Isaiah Wells

29 Greg Webb

30 Misti O’Dell

Anniversary

21 Harold and Dottie Leonard
27 Jack and Kathy Hurlbert

News and Events for March 31

Immediately following the service this morning, A potluck dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

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.

Bluff City Morning View Cemetery—The annual cleanup of the Cemetery is scheduled for April 6 at 9:00 AM.  Rain date is Saturday,  April 13 at 9:00 AM.  If you have family members buried in the cemetery  and are not receiving information from the association, please send contact information to Bluff City Morning View Cemetery, PO Box 286, Bluff City, TN   37618.

Our graduates will be honored on Sunday, May  19.  If you are graduating or have someone graduating from high school or college, please contact Bobbie Warden.

The first two weeks of April are going to be our cleanup time.  A sign-up sheet will be passed around this morning.  Please be watching for it.

Good Samaritan Ministries of Piney Flats provide everyday needs for the poor, low income , homeless, individuals and families-at-risk, veterans, disable, and elderly populations through education, mentoring, social services and supplemental food.  Donations are always welcome.  Good Samaritan of Piney Flats, 331 Industrial Park Drive, (423) 398-3143.  Open from 8:3 0—3:30 Monday thru Friday.

News and Events for March 24

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 7 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!

On Sunday, March 31, there will be a Fifth Sunday Singing featuring the Harlow Experience.  A potluck dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. Please bring your favorite dish and join us for a delicious meal.

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.

A donation has been made to the marquee in honor of Herman Carrier by his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Gary Robinette, and his granddaughter and her husband, Morgan and Joshua May.

Bluff City Morning View Cemetery—The annual cleanup of the Cemetery is scheduled for April 6 at 9:00 AM.  Rain date is Saturday,  April 13 at 9:00 AM.  If you have family members buried in the cemetery and are not receiving information from the association, please send contact information to Bluff City Morning View Cemetery, PO Box 286, Bluff City, TN   37618.

Our graduates will be honored on Sunday, May  19.  If you are graduating or have someone graduating from high school or college, please contact Bobbie Warden.

For more than a century, Methodists and Holston Home have worked together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference.  Your FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERINGS make a difference.  You will have an opportunity to share in this vital ministry next Sunday. Please be generous.

News and Events for March 17

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 7 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 fo 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!

Beans and Bluegrass, a fundraiser for Missions, will be held in the Wesley Center on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 PM.   Donations will be greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, March 31, there will be a Fifth Sunday Singing featuring the Harlow Experience.  A potluck dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. Please bring your favorite dish and join us for a delicious meal.

There will be a Finance Team meeting Sunday, 3/17 at 4:00 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Tommy Forrester, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Herman Carrier, Sean Glenn.

Youth activities will resume on Wednesday night, 3/20.  We would like to welcome our new youth director, Hailee Burk.

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.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

         Tony Lundin
2          Nell Shepherd
        Lana Butler
         Sidney Byrd
         Herman Carrier
         Allen Durham
         Thomas Ronquillo

 

News and Events for March 10

Today we started a new Sunday School class!  The class will be topical in nature and is being led by Tony Franklin.  It meets in the Fellowship Hall.  The first topic will be to study more in depth our Lenten sermon series:  Listen to Him.  We will go on a journey from the Mount of Transfiguration all the way to the cross.  Join us!

The Wednesday night Bible study will finish its Acts series this Wednesday, 3/13.  The Lenten series will begin on Wednesday, 3/27.

We will be collecting food staples and monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday.  If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Beans and Bluegrass, a fundraiser for Missions, will be held in the Wesley Center on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 PM.   Donations will be greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, March 31, there will be a Fifth Sunday Singing featuring the Harlow Experience.  A potluck dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service.

Please bring your favorite dish and join us for a delicious meal.

There will be a Finance Team meeting on Sunday, 3/17 at 4:00 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Team members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Tommy Forrester, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Herman Carrier, Sean Glenn.

Youth activities will resume on Wednesday night, 3/20.  We would like to welcome our new youth director, Hailee Burk.

News and Events for March 3

The flowers on the altar were given in memory of Joyce and Brian Durham.

There will be a Worship Team meeting today at 4 PM (Sunday, March 3) in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team members, please plan to attend.

There will be a short Witness Team Meeting immediately after service to discuss the pancake supper.  All members are urged to attend.

The Witness team will be hosting the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on TUESDAY, MARCH 5, from 5:00—7:00 in the Wesley Center.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  All proceeds go to church outreach ministries.

Please make plans to attend our Ash Wednesday service this Wednesday, the 6th, at 6 PM in the Sanctuary.  As we begin Lent, it is important for us to experience renewal and focus on the sacrifice of Jesus.  This service will begin your journey toward Easter!

On March 10, we will be starting a new Sunday School class!  The class will be topical in nature and will be led by Tony Franklin.  It will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  The first topic will be to study more in depth our Lenten sermon series:  Listen to Him.  We will go on a journey from the Mount of Transfiguration all the way to the cross.  Join us!

Our Wednesday night Bible Study will begin our Lenten study “Listen to Him” on March 13th at 6 PM in the Willing Workers classroom.  All are welcome.

We will be collecting food staples and monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday.  If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Today at 3 PM at Gray UMC, there will be a full wrap up of the events and decisions at General Conference.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall on the Fifth Sunday, March 31,  immediately following the worship service.

Beans and Bluegrass, a fundraiser for Missions, will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 PM.   Donations will be greatly appreciated.

There will be a potluck dinner on March 31 in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service. Bring your favorite dish!

 

News and Events for February 24

Church Council will meet immediately following worship Sunday Feb. 24 in the Sanctuary for a brief meeting to discuss prioritizing maintenance projects.

The Nurture Team will meet on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  All team members need to be present.  Team members are:  Mike Miller (Chair), Carole Miller, Valerie Altman, Priscilla Keene, Betsy Carrier, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Joan Williams, Lelia Perry, Elaine Good.

The Sanctuary Team will meet on Wednesday, February 27th at 6 PM in the Sanctuary.  Team members are:  Bruce Stewart, Donnie Rader, Jane Bellamy, Betsy Carrier, Jin Lane, and Megan Burke.

There will be a Worship Team meeting on Sunday, March 3, at 4 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team members, please plan to attend.

The Witness team will be hosting the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 6, from 5:00—7:00 in the Wesley Center.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  All proceeds go to church outreach ministries.

On March 10, we will be starting a new Sunday School class!  The class will be topical in nature and will be led by Tony Franklin.  It will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  The first topic will be to study more in depth our Lenten sermon series:  Listen to Him.  We will go on a journey from the Mount of Transfiguration all the way to the cross.  Join us!

Our Wednesday night Bible Study will begin our Lenten study “Listen to Him” on March 13th at 6 PM in the Willing Workers classroom.  All are welcome.  If you are interested in this study, you have 2 opportunities—Sunday morning during Sunday School and Wednesday evening.

Dear Friends:

Thank you so very much for your most recent gift to Heifer.  I hope you know that your generosity does more than simply give food to those in need.  It is a solution that gives families the tools they need to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty once and for all.  You see, whether you give families livestock or provide them with training that teaches them to grow healthier crops, you give them the gift of self-reliance.  Because of you, they learn to provide for themselves and be successful for generations to come.  In short—through your support of Heifer, you give more than a cup of milk or bowl of food—you create a lasting impact and permanently change lives around the world.

Pierre U. Ferrari
President and CEO, Heifer International

 

News and Events for February 17

There will be a SPR Team meeting immediately following worship today in the Willing Workers’ Classroom.

There will be a Council meeting immediately following worship on February 24 in the sanctuary.

The 2019 Special Session of General Conference begins Saturday, February 23 with a Day of Prayer.  The event will be live-streamed at http://www.umc.org/live.   Please join friends from Cokesbury Church at the Three Rivers District Office for a viewing event at 9:50 am as we tune in and pray together for General Conference.  The Opening Prayer Service will be from 10am—11am with the Theme:

Surrendering to God’s Purpose.  Please continue to be in prayer for the General Conference Session.

On March 10, we will be starting a new Sunday School class!  The class will be topical in nature and will be led by Tony Franklin.  It will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  The first topic will be to study more in depth our Lenten sermon series:  Listen to Him.  We will go on a journey from the Mount of Transfiguration all the way to the cross.  Join us!

The Witness team will be hosting the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 6, from 5:00—7:00 in the Wesley Center.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  All proceeds go to church outreach ministries.

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