News and Events for the Week of February 23

The Witness Team will be sponsoring a Pancake Supper on Ash Wednesday, February 26,  before the worship service.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, and all the fixins starting at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $6 for adults.  Children under 12 are free.  Proceeds go to evangelism ministries .

Our Ash Wednesday Worship Service will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 26.  Plan on attending this service as it is a time for repentance as we enter the Lenten Season.

During the season of Lent, we will be offering a special Wednesday night study based on the book “Wounds That Heal.” We are all wounded people.  In this book, we will look at the implications of Jesus’ crucifixion for our own healing and restoration. We will explore such topics as shame, rejection, deliverance, pain, forgiveness and others.  This study will begin on March 4.  If you are interested, a sign up sheet will be passed over the next 2 Sundays or you can call the church office. Book cost approximately $15 each. Pastor Sean will be preaching a series based on the book as well. 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 PM for our annual Beans and Bluegrass Dinner featuring the Sullivan East Patriot  Pickers.  The meal is free but donations will be accepted.

CRUSADER COMMENTS:  Gentlemen,  our meeting is just 2 weeks away.  Keep thinking of ideas for a slogan. 
Coded Message:  IGV&TGCFA% HQT#NGPV

Our monthly Children’s ministry (Wesley’s Kids) gathering is coming up next Sunday, March 1.  We’ll be having a St. Paddy’s Day Party!  All of our children (up through 5th grade) are invited.  We’ll make crafts, cook Irish candy, have a meal together, and share the gospel. The fun starts at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

News and Events for the Week of February 16

There will be a Church Council meeting today at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Members are:  Michael Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Leila Perry, Nancy Forrester, Valerie Altman, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Sean Glenn, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier. All members should plan to attend.

The Witness Team will be sponsoring a Pancake Supper on Ash Wednesday, February 26,  before the worship service.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, and all the fixins starting at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $6 for adults.  Children under 12 are free.  Proceeds go to evangelism ministries .

Our Ash Wednesday Worship Service will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 26.  Plan on attending this service as it is a time for repentance as we enter the Lenten Season.

During the season of Lent, we will be offering a special Wednesday night study based on the book “Wounds That Heal.” We are all wounded people.  In this book, we will look at the implications of Jesus’ crucifixion for our own healing and restoration. We will explore such topics as shame, rejection, deliverance, pain, forgiveness and others.  This study will begin on March 4.  If you are interested, a sign up sheet will be passed over the next 2 Sundays or you can call the church office. Book cost approximately $15 each. Pastor Sean will be preaching a series based on the book as well. 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 11 for our annual Beans and Bluegrass featuring the Sullivan East Bluegrass Band.

Our nursery worker, Angel Johnson, is now on staff here at BCUMC.  If you have been helping with her support, please give through the church by putting your money in the offering and designating it for “Nursery”.  Thanks!

News and Events for the Week of February 9

There will be a Nurture Team Meeting on February 11, at 6:30 PM in the Faithful Disciples Classroom.  Members are:  Mike Miller (Chair), Carole Miller, Valerie Altman, Priscilla Keene, Betsy Carrier, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Joan Williams, Lelia Perry, Elaine Good, Jeany Waid

Our nursery worker, Angel Johnson, is now on staff here at BCUMC.  If you have been helping with her support, please give through the church by putting your money in the offering and designating it for “Nursery”.  Thanks!

Thanks again to everyone who donated for our Advent mission challenge.  We gave $1830.32 to The Heifer Project.  Funds were distributed to purchase:  2 heifers, 2 alpacas, 1 goat, 1 pig, 1 trio of rabbits, 4 hives of honeybees, and 5 ducks.  Because of your generosity, lives have been changed!

FOR MEN ONLY:  CRUSADER COMMENTS:  “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child”  Proverbs 22;15 Coded Message:  TGCF&VJG#DKDNG

The Witness Team will be sponsoring a Pancake Supper on Ash Wednesday, February 26,  before the worship service.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, and all the fixins starting at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $6 for adults.  Children under 12 are free.  Proceeds go to evangelism ministries . Plan to stay for our Ash Wednesday service on at 6:30 PM.  Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance as we enter the Lenten season. 

During the season of Lent, we will be offering a special Wednesday night study based on the book “Wounds That Heal.” We are all wounded people.  In this book, we will look at the implications of Jesus’ crucifixion for our own healing and restoration. We will explore such topics as shame, rejection, deliverance, pain, forgiveness and others.  This study will begin on March 4.  If you are interested, a sign up sheet will be passed over the next 2 Sundays or you can call the church office. Book cost approximately $15 each. Pastor Sean will be preaching a series based on the book as well. 

News and Events for the Week of February 2

You are invited to  a 100th Birthday Party for Miss Mary Carrier on Saturday, February 8, from 2:00—4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

There will be a Worship Team meeting today, February 2, at 4 PM in the old Willing Workers classroom.  All team members, please plan to attend. Members are:  Sean Glenn, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betsy Carrier.

On Sunday, February 2, there will be a meeting right after worship for all parents and grandparents that are part of our Children’s Ministry.  Some important decisions regarding upcoming programming need to be made and we want your input.  Please plan to be here and to stay for 10-15 minutes after worship in the Sanctuary. Thanks

There will be a Witness Team meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 12 NOON in the Fellowship Hall.  Lunch will be served.

There will be a meeting of the Outreach Team on Tuesday, February 4 at 5:30 in the Faithful Disciple Classroom.  Members are:  Nancy Forrester, Kim Lundin, Barbara Gilmer, Dan Perry, Jane Riley, Joan Williams, Tommy Forrester

There will be a Finance Team meeting on Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy  Forrester, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Michael Forrester, Valerie Altman, Jack Hurlbert, Betty Malone.

There will be a Nurture Team Meeting on February 11, at 6:30 PM in the Faithful Disciples Classroom.  Members are:  Mike Miller (Chair), Carole Miller, Valerie Altman, Priscilla Keene, Betsy Carrier, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Joan Williams, Lelia Perry, Elaine Good.

There will be a CPR class Friday, February 7 at 6:00 PM at the Rescue Squad Building. Contact Jack Hurlbert for more information and to sign up for the class.

We will be accepting canned goods and monetary donations next week for Rockhold Food Pantry, If you wish to participate in this ministry, please bring your canned goods next week and place in the wagon in the Information Center.  If you are making a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line and place it in the offering plates.

Our nursery worker, Angel Johnson, is now on staff here at BCUMC.  If you have been helping with her support, please give through the church by putting your money in the offering and designating it for “Nursery”.  Thanks!

Mark your calendars now for our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday February 26th at 6 PM.  Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance as we enter the Lenten season. 

News and Events for the Week of January 26

You are invited to  a 100th Birthday Party for Miss Mary Carrier on Saturday, February 8, from 2:00—4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Our youth are in Pigeon Forge this weekend for Resurrection, which is a time for worship, teaching and fun.  Please lift them up in your prayers this morning as they worship and head home this afternoon.

There will be a Worship Team meeting on Sunday, February 2, at 4 PM in the old Willing Workers classroom.  All team members, please plan to attend. Members are:  Sean Glenn, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betsy Carrier.

You are invited to a wedding reception for Chris and Sue Prost today Immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall.  Please come and celebrate with them.  

There will be a Finance Team meeting on Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are:  Dan Perry (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Michael Forrester, Valerie Altman, Jack Hurlbert,, Betty Malone.

FOR MEN ONLY:  Gentlemen, continue your bible reading   Should be at the end of Mark.  Remember, we have our monthly men’s breakfast on February 1st.  Time to pick a name for the group!

On Sunday, February 2, there will be a meeting right after worship for all parents and grandparents that are part of our Children’s Ministry.  Some important decisions regarding upcoming programming need to be made and we want your input.  Please plan to be here and to stay for 10-15 minutes after worship in the Sanctuary. Thanks!

Trustees will meet Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Team Members are Bruce Stewart, Selena Lane, Jack Hurlbert (Chair), Lelia Perry, Sammy Waid, Amanda Gray.

There will be a CPR class Friday, February 7 at 6:00 PM at the Rescue Squad Building,  Contact Jack Hurlbert for more information.

News and Events for the Week of January 19

If you are interested in joining Bluff City UMC, please mark your desire on the tear-off slip in the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate or talk to Pastor Sean.  We are considering offering a new member class in late January/early February. 

It’s a new year and we’re doing some new things! Our children and youth activities are moving to Sunday nights.  Our children will now be meeting on the first Sunday night of each month from 5-7 PM for an extended time of crafts, music, lessons and even some field trips.  Our youth will now be meeting every Sunday night from 5-7 PM.  Children will start off in the Theatre Room (upstairs in the CLC) and our youth will meet in the Senior High room (upstairs in the CLC).  We hope this new schedule will allow more of our kids to participate in these activities.  If you have any questions, please see Megan Burke (Children’s Coordinator) or April Bridgeman (Youth Coordinator). 

You are invited to a 100th Birthday Party for Miss Mary Carrier on Saturday, February 8, from 2:00—4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Beginning today, Sunday, January 19th, we will begin a sermon series on the Means of Grace: Prayer, Bible Study, Holy Communion, Fasting and

Fellowship.  As we begin this new year, I invite you to be present for these messages and set a new focus on following Jesus in 2020.  This series will lead us up to the season of Lent.  Blessings, Pastor Sean

Resurrection is coming up soon!  Our youth will be heading to Pigeon Forge the weekend of January 24-26 for a weekend of worship, teaching and fun.  If you are interested in going, please see our youth director April  Bridgeman.

There will be a Worship Team meeting on Sunday, February 2, at 4 PM in the old Willing Workers classroom.  All team members, please plan to attend.

Members are:  Sean Glenn, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bruce Stewart, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester, Betsy Carrier.

On Sunday, January 26th, there will be a wedding reception for Chris and Sue Prost immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall.  The happy couple would like to invite their church family to celebrate with them.

News and Events for the Week of January 12

If you are interested in joining Bluff City UMC, please mark your desire on the tear-off slip in the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate or talk to Pastor Sean.  We are considering offering a new member class in late January/early February. 

To my special Church Family,  I want to thank you for your prayers, calls, cards, visits and the wonderful food as I am recovering from back surgery.  I look forward to being back in your company.  With Love, Kathy Hurlbert.

The SPR Team will meet tonight at 6:00 PM in the Faithful Disciples Classroom.  Team members are:  Valerie Altman (Chair), Linda Rader, Carole Miller, Elaine Good, Deenia Graybeal, Tommy Forrester, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry.

Our Wednesday night activities:  dinner, adult Bible study and choir practice will resume on January 15th.  We hope to see you then!

On Saturday, January 18th, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, our Church Council and Staff will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual planning retreatCouncil members for 2020 are: Michael Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Nancy Forrester,

Valerie Altman, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier and Pastor Sean. Staff  include April Bridgeman and Megan Burke. Please make plans to attend this special time of prayer and course setting for the new year.

It’s a new year and we’re doing some new things! Our children and youth activities are moving to Sunday nights.  Our children will now be meeting on the first Sunday night of each month from 5-7 PM for an extended time of crafts, music, lessons and even some field trips.  Our youth will now be meeting every Sunday night from 5-7 PM.  Children will start off in the Theatre Room (upstairs in the CLC) and our youth will meet in the Senior High room (upstairs in the CLC).  We hope this new schedule will allow more of our kids to participate in these activities.  If you have any questions, please see Megan Burke (Children’s Coordinator) or April Bridgeman (Youth Coordinator). 

You are invited to  a 100th Birthday Party for Miss Mary Carrier on Saturday, February 8, from 2:00—4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

The Winter arrangement on the alter is in  memory of Marion Morris and Lillian Good by Elaine Good.  The cardinals represent their January birthdays.

If you wish to contribute to the Rockhold Food Pantry, please leave canned goods and/or monetary donations to the church office by Wednesday, 1/15/2020.

Beginning next Sunday, January 19th, we will begin a sermon series on the Means of Grace: Prayer, Bible Study, Holy Communion, Fasting and Fellowship.  As we begin this new year, I invite you to be present for these messages and set a new focus on following Jesus in 2020.  This series will lead us up to the season of Lent.  Blessings, Pastor Sean

Resurrection is coming up soon!  Our youth will be heading to Pigeon Forge the weekend of January 24-26 for a weekend of worship, teaching and fun.  If you are interested in going, please see our youth director April  Bridgeman.

News and Events for the Week of January 5

If you are interested in joining Bluff City UMC, please mark your desire on the tear-off slip in the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate or talk to Pastor Sean.  We are considering offering a new member class in late January/early February. 

Church Council has voted to begin some renovations in the Sanctuary.  These include: replacing the fabric behind the cross, new paint, new carpet, opening up the stage area, and moving the sound booth. There will be some other electrical updates and aesthetic changes as well.  We will also be buying a new pulpit for the stage.  We will be posting a cost estimate on these items.  If anyone is interested in helping with any item, please see our Trustee Chair (Jack Hurlbert) or Pastor Sean.

Our Wednesday night activities include dinner, adult Bible study and choir practice will resume on January 15th.  We hope to see you then!

Church Council has voted to begin replacing the tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall.  We have been able to obtain a group price for one table and 8 chairs.  The tables will be rectangular and the chairs will be foldable white composite.  Each grouping is $374.50.  We are seeking individuals, groups or classes that might like to sponsor a table set.  If you are unable to provide a whole set, but would like to contribute, you may do that as well.

On Saturday, January 18th, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, our Church Council and Staff will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual planning retreat.  Council members for 2020 are: Michael Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Nancy Forrester, Valerie Altman, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier, and Pastor Sean. Staff include April Bridgeman and Megan Burke. Please make plans to attend this special time of prayer and course setting for the new year.

On Sunday, January 12, we will have a special time of worship using John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and begin the new year with a new devotion to God and a fresh call to discipleship. 

It’s a new year and we’re doing some new things! Our children and youth activities are moving to Sunday nights.  Our children will now be meeting on the first Sunday night of each month from 5-7 PM for an extended time of crafts, music, lessons and even some field trips.  Our youth will now be meeting every Sunday night from 5-7 PM.  Children will start off in the Theatre Room (upstairs in the CLC) and our youth will meet in the Senior High room (upstairs in the CLC).  We hope this new schedule will allow more of our kids to participate in these activities.  If you have any questions, please see Megan Burke (Children’s Coordinator) or April Bridgeman (Youth Coordinator). 

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

Betty Malone/Carrie Stewart Fisher
Wendi Johnson
Lance Fleenor
Freddie Leonard
10 Cyndy Sweet/Jean Vannoy
11 Dan Ronquillo
12 Elaine Good

News and Events for the Week of December 29

If you are interested in joining Bluff City UMC, please mark your desire on the tear-off slip in the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate or talk to Pastor Sean.  We are considering offering a new member class in late January/early February. 

Due to the Holidays, the office will be closed Monday 12/30—Friday, January 3.

Church Council has voted to begin some renovations in the Sanctuary.  These include: replacing the fabric behind the cross, new paint, new carpet, opening up the stage area, and moving the sound booth. There will be some other electrical updates and aesthetic changes as well.  We will also be buying a new pulpit for the stage.  We will be posting a cost estimate on these items.  If anyone is interested in helping with any item, please see our Trustee Chair (Jack Hurlbert) or Pastor Sean.

Our Wednesday night activities (youth, children, adult Bible study) will resume on January 15th.  We hope to see you then!

Church Council has voted to begin replacing the tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall.  We have been able to obtain a group price for one table and 8 chairs.  The tables will be rectangular and the chairs will be foldable white composite.  Each grouping is $374.50.  We are seeking individuals, groups or classes that might like to sponsor a table set.  If you are unable to provide a whole set, but would like to contribute, you may do that as well.

FOR MEN ONLY:  I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas! 

Remember our Breakfast next Saturday, January 4th.  Continue on reading Matthew 26—Mark 3.  Secret Coded Message:  JCRRA%PGY$AGCT

On Saturday, January 18th, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, our Church Council and Staff will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual planning retreat.  Council members for 2020 are: Michael Forrester, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Nancy Forrester, Valerie Altman, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier and Pastor Sean. Staff include April Bridgeman and Megan Burke. Please make plans to attend this special time of prayer and course setting for the new year.

On Sunday, January 12, we will have a special time of worship using John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and begin the new year with a new devotion to God and a fresh call to discipleship. 

TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY!  For the children and staff at Holston Home for Children, this is one of the most important days of the year.  Because of the generous offerings given by donors like you, children encounter hope for a better future.  You can help us continue in our mission to provide hope and healing to children and families struggling with life’s challenges.  Please give generously today and help us change lives for tomorrow.

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