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 October 27

The Fellowship meal will be at 5:15 pm this Wednesday, 10/30. The menu will be Chicken Alfredo, salad and dessert.   Youth, Children and Adult programs begin at 6:00 PM and Choir Practice at 7:00 PM.

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.

Our Charge Conference is today,  Sunday, October 27, at 3 PM and it will be held at Blountville UMC.  All of Church Council members are encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome.  This will be a celebration of what God has done through our church in the last year and we will be celebrating with several other churches as well. 

Trunk or Treat will be October 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Wesley Center.  If you would like to donate candy or help with the event, please see Lelia Perry or Megan Burke.  There will be a tub for candy donations in the Information Center.

The  First Annual Meeting of the Three Rivers District United Methodist Women will meet at  Blountville United Methodist Church, 3390 Highway 126, Blountville, TN   37617  on Saturday, November 2.  Registration will begin at 8:45 AM and the business session will begin at 9:30 AM.  Registration will be $10.00 and will cover the cost of lunch and programming incidentals.  Registration forms and money should be sent to Lynice Broyles, 126 Mesa Drive, Johnson City, TN  37615 by  October 25.  All women are invited to attend.

The Three Rivers District lay servant training event for fall 2019 will be held at Gray UMC on Saturday, November 9 from 8:30 AM—4:30 pm.  Registration fee is $25.00 and should be mailed to Three Rivers District Office, 110 May Street, Johnson City, TN   37615.  Lunch will not be provided.  For more information, please see the office.

There will be a Songfest  at University Parkway Baptist benefitting Family Promise of Greater Johnson City on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 PM featuring Carson Peters & Iron Mountain.  Admission is free.

FOR MEN ONLY:  Gentlemen, remember to think about names for the men’s group.  Remember Proverbs 22:1.  See you on Nov. 2nd for breakfast.

November Birthdays and Anniversaries


Cherry Reynolds
Josh Durham
Daniel Chambers
10 Billie Stewart
18 Cory Armstrong
19 Jennifer Armstrong
24 Joan Williams
25 John Ryan
26 John Perry
29 Evelyn Hurley
30 Gabrielle Francis


Scott and Cathey McClelland
Dan and Alicia Ronquillo
15 C. P. and Virginia Lane
16 Allen and Paula Durham

News and Events for September 1

Team Ministry Chairs, the 2020 Budget request forms are due in the church office today.

Our Fall Wednesday night Bible study has begun.  We are studying  Epic of Eden:Isaiah.  All are welcome to attend, even if you did not purchase a book.  We are meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

The weekly schedule for Fall  has resumed.  Our Fellowship meal will be served at  5:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  This week’s meal is  Bar-b-que, coleslaw, and fries. Youth, Children and Adult programs begin at 6:00 PM and Choir Practice at 7:00 PM.

We are in need of 4 volunteers (one per week) to help with the Wednesday night program.  If you would be willing to help, please contact Megan Burke at 341-6572.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Cluster Revival on September 8-11.  Rev. Ric Wright will be back again to lead us under the theme “Living Water”.  BCUMC will host Sunday night, Rockhold UMC will host Monday night, Piney Flats UMC on Tuesday night and Edgefield UMC on Wednesday.  All services will be at 6:30 PM.

There will be a meeting of the Nurture Team on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 PM in the Willing Worker’s Classroom.  Members are:  Mike Miller (Chair), Carole Miler, Valerie Altman, Priscilla Keene, Betsy Carrier, Sean Glenn, Tony Lundin, Joan Williams, Lelia Perry, Elaine Good.

The Heritage Day Planning Team will meet Tuesday, September 5, at 6:30 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.

Trustees will meet at 6:30 PM  Thursday, September 5 in the Faithful Disciples Classroom.   Members are:  Jack  Hurlbert (Chair), Jay Altman, Donnie Rader, Bruce Stewart, Selena Lane, and Lelia Perry.

September 15 is National “Back To Church” Sunday.  Please be thinking and praying about who you’d like to invite to come back to church that Sunday. We are planning a special service for the day.

Mark your calendars for September 29th!  We will be celebrating “Heritage Sunday” here at BCUMC.  This is an anniversary/homecoming service and we will celebrate the history of our church, plus have special guest singers from Milligan College and a catered lunch afterward.  We hope you’ll plan to attend!

Please remember Dan Perry who is in AIT training with cards and letters of encouragement.  His address is:

PFC Perry, Dan
Echo Co 795 MPBN
900 Iowa Avenue
Ft. Leonardwood MO   65473

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.


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.


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 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 February 3

Church Council will meet on February 10th at 4 PM in the Fellowship Hall.   All ministry teams need to meet prior to this meeting.

The Outreach team will meet at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 4  in the Willing Worker’s classroom.  Team Members are:  Nancy Forester (Chair), Lenny Leonard, Kim Lundin, Barbara Gilmer, Dan Perry, Jane Riley, Tony Lundin, Joan Williams, Tommy Forrester.

Trustees will be meeting Tuesday, February 5, at 6:00 pm.  Members are:  Jack Hurlbert (chair), Donnie Rader, Selena Lane, Lelia Perry, Jay Altman, and Bruce Stewart.

Please be in prayer for all those involved in the upcoming Special Session of the General Conference February 23-26.  This Conference will be to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.  Please pray for our Bishops and the delegates from around the world as they gather to make decisions about the future of our church.

The Family Resource Center (which is associated with Sullivan County Schools), is in need of the following food items as they have many to help in these cold winter months:  Ravioli, tuna, Vienna sausage, juice, fruit cups, pudding cups, instant potatoes, cereal.  If you would like to make a donation of any of these items, please bring them to the church office by the 27th and we will get them delivered.  Thanks!

Help keep our Sanctuary looking its best!  We are looking for 4 (or families) who would sponsor a new seasonal flower arrangement for the altar.  These can be gifts in memory of or in honor of someone as well.  Estimated cost is $100 each.  If you would be willing to purchase a new arrangement, please see Pastor Sean or you can drop a check in the offering plate with “Flowers” in the memo line.  Thank you!

We will be collecting food staples and monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry during the next two Sundays.  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 Moment Schedule

Feb. 3:                    Betsy Carrier
Feb. 10:                Deenia Graybeal
Feb. 17:                Bethany Glenn
Feb. 24:                Michael  Forrester
March 3:              Megan Burke
March 10:            Dan Perry
March 17:            Tony Lundin
March 24:            Carole Miller
March 31:            Sean Glenn


News and Events for November 18

Today, we welcome the Rev. Ric Wright as the guest evangelist for our series of Revival Services.  Ric is an ordained Elder in Holston Conference, but he is no longer serving under appointment.  He is a General Evangelist within the United Methodist Church ad travels all over the country (and abroad) preaching the word of God.  He is married to his wife, Karen and he has three children.  Please make him welcome!.

The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held here at Bluff City UMC. On Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM.  Dr. Jonathan Feathers of the Bluff City Christian Church will bring the message.

The 2019 Church Council will be meeting for a planning session on Sunday, December 2, at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Members are:  Tommy Forrester (Chair), Tony Lundin, Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Michael Forrester, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Jin Lane, Valerie Altman, Sean Glenn, Elaine Good, Lenny Leonard, Herman Carrier , Mike Miller, Lelia Perry

On Sunday, December 9th from  2-4 p.m., there will be a Christmas Open House at the home of Pastor Sean and Bethany Glenn.  Be watching for more details and for directions.  This will be a drop-in event and all are welcome.

Pastor Sean is forming a new prayer team.  If you would be interested in joining this important ministry, please see Pastor Sean at the end of the service.

Our Homecoming/125th Anniversary celebration will be held next Sunday,  November 25.  Our goal is to have at least 125 people in worship that day, so please be praying for and inviting people to join us for this momentous occasion.  There will be a turkey/ham dinner furnished by the church with green beans, sweet potato casserole, dressing and gravy. Anyone participating with additional side dishes and desserts would be very much appreciated.  This is taking the place of our traditional Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner.  Everyone is invited to attend so even if you are not bringing a dish or not please plan to come. The most important thing is that everyone show up.  There will be an Open House at the  Cox House from 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Don’t look now, but Christmas is almost here.  Two special events to be aware of:  December 8 is the Bluff City parade.  We need some people to carry a banner and some walking and handing out candy.  Also, on Sunday,  December 16th, our children will be going to see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Theatre Bristol.  If you are interested, please see Jane Bellamy.

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