News and Events for August 20

Leadership and Vision Team will meet Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship HallTeam Members are: Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Mike Miller, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester.

 Wednesday Night Bible Study has resumed.  Please join us in the Sanctuary at 6:45 PM.

 Choir practice is back. More singers are needed—young and old—Please come.  Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Youth Group on Wednesday night has new start and end times: 6:25 pm to 7:40 pm.

Wednesday night Children’s program remains the same, from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed weekly to drive/ride in the van.  This is needed for Wednesday nights.  Our hopes are to have a rotation so that volunteers may only be needed once every month or two.  Per the Safe Sanctuary Policy, we need 2 adults for each week to arrive at the church by 5:30.  If you are interested, please let Taylor Lee know (423) 956-2919.  Thank you for all you do and your help is always appreciated.

Adoration 2017—Sunday, October 1, 2017, 3:00—8:00 pm

ETSU Football Stadium

A group of current and former students at ETSU Wesley Foundation are pursuing their dream of seeing 1,000 area churches gather for a time of worship and prayer as well as bring awareness to the local prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Organizers are seeking one representative from each church to sign up online and come to the event.  However, the whole church and community is invited to attend.  To learn more or sign up  at adorationlife.com or read the article about Adoration in The Call.

 Heritage Day Planning Team will meet Thursday August 31st in Fellowship Hall at 6:30. Team members are Mike Miller (Team Leader), Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Kathy Hurlbert, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Taylor Lee, Elaine Good, Bobby Warden, Jim Altman, Jin Lane, Dan Gray and others identified as needed.

The ETSU Wesley Foundation will hold its Annual Auction and BBQ on Sunday September 24 at 12:00 PM.  Come enjoy lunch after church! The Wesley Foundation is located at 1100 Seminole Drive, Johnson City.

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News and Events for August 13

Church Council will meet Tuesday, August 15 , at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Taylor Lee, James Altman, Melissa Perkins, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

 Wednesday Night Bible Study resumes meeting this Wednesday, August 16 at 7:45 pm, in the Sanctuary.

 Choir will resume practice this Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 pm.

Youth Group on Wednesday night has new start and end times:

6:25 pm to 7:40 pm.

On Saturday, August 19, the Youth will be traveling to Bays Mountain from 10 am to 3 pm.  They will meet in the parking lot at 9:45 am.  Youth, please bring your permission form with you.

Wednesday night Children’s program remains the same, from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed weekly to drive/ride in the van.  This is needed for Wednesday nights.  Our hopes are to have a rotation so that volunteers may only be needed once every month or two.  Per the Safe Sanctuary Policy, we need 2 adults for each week to arrive at the church by 5:30.  If you are interested, please let Taylor Lee know (423) 956-2919.  That you for all you do and your help is always appreciated.

Thank you for your gift to the General Board of Global Ministries through The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of The United Methodist Church.  We are pleased to share that 100 percent of your contribution will go to Ishe Anes Project for Underprivileged children.  Your gift is increasing literacy, employment opportunities, and improving health to reduce poverty in Zimbabwe.  It is because of generous gifts from people like  you that Global Ministries has been able to establish new congregations in communities outside the United States, urge our nation’s decision makers to end hunger, support projects that address issues of child poverty and violence, provide youth with the opportunity to spend their summer in mission service, and improve literacy levels in communities around the world.  These are just a sampling of the programs and ministries that gifts like yours make possible.  Thank you for giving so generously.

Roland Fernandes, General Treasurer
UMC General Board of Global Ministries

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News and Events for August 6

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church.  Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

 Today is Promotion Sunday , in which we celebrate our children and youth moving up to the next class level in Sunday School and Wednesday night programs. As a congregation, we have pledged to love and nurture them in the faith. We are grateful for our Sunday School teachers and children’s ministry and youth ministry adult servants who give tirelessly to reveal God’s love to our children and youth. Please remember them all in your prayers. We also encourage you to pray for the children, youth, teachers, and administrators returning to school.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Today we honor Imogene Hicks and Marjorie Rader , the mothers of Linda and Donnie Rader, by dedicating two communion sets in their memory for use in our contemporary worship service.

Church Council will meet Tuesday, August 15 , at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Taylor Lee, James Altman, Melissa Perkins, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

 Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July or the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

 Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

Mark Your Calendar! The United Methodist Men will host a Church-wide Picnic on August 12th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place, 1821 Pleasant Grove Road, Bluff City. Food will be served at 5:00 p.m. The church van will run from the church parking lot to the picnic at 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00.  Return trips will be as needed.

We will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday.  Support of this ministry will be greatly appreciated.

Beginning Wednesday, August 9, the Youth Program will begin at 6:25 PM and end at 7:40 PM.

The youth will be traveling to the Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting Stop Hunger Now service this afternoon from 3:00—6:00pm.  They will meet in the parking lot at 2:15 pm  and will return by 7:30 pm. Youth, please bring your permission form with you.

On Saturday, August 19, the youth will be traveling to Bays Mountain from 10 am to 3 pm.  They will meet in the parking lot at 9:45 am.

Birthdays

1   Priscilla Keene, Jin Lane
5   Evan Hurd
6   Alicia Ronquillo
7   Dan Gray
8   JonBill Forrester, Mike Miller, Stephen Perkins
13   Martha Green
16   Jimmy Good
17  Paulette Carrier
20   Mildred McClellan
24   Ike Fleenor
26   Selena Lane
30   Taylor Lee
31   Vincent Ronquillo

Anniversaries

17   Cyndy and Frosty Sweet

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News and Events for July 30

For worshippers interested in renewing the promises they have made at their baptism, we invite you to participate today during the worship service in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant and the Baptismal Remembrance. Baptism marks one’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the beginning of new life in Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and one’s initiation into Christ’s Holy Church. Baptism is one of our two sacraments in The United Methodist Church, along with Communion. Baptism is a means of God’s grace, an outward sign of God’s inner work of grace — in which we put off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ. For more information on our understanding of baptism, visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/baptism.

 If you have not received the sacrament of Baptism and are interested in doing so, please talk with Pastor Dan to arrange a time.

 Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July or the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

2nd Annual National Night Out—This is a day to honor first responders and celebrate with other community members.  Piney Flats UMC invites you to celebrate community with food, fun and fellowship from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st.  Enjoy children’s games, cakewalks, door prizes, music and special guests.  Please contact Piney Flats UMC at (423) 538-6937 if  you have any questions.

Mark Your Calendar! The United Methodist Men will host a Church-wide Picnic on August 12th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place, 1821 Pleasant Grove Road, Bluff City. Food will be served at 5:00 p.m.

Today we will receive the FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERING for Holston Home.  If you want to help make a difference in the lives of children who need someone to believe in them and someone in who they can believe, you can do so by your generous gift to this ministry.  Thank you for sharing!  Remember how Jesus loved the children.

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News and Events for July 22

Leadership & Vision Team will meet at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, July 25. Team members are: Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry,  Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray,  Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, and Dan Gray.

 Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July or the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

 Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

2nd Annual National Night Out—This is a day to honor first responders and celebrate with other community members.  Piney Flats UMC invites you to celebrate community with food, fun and fellowship from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st.  Enjoy children’s games, cakewalks, door prizes, music and special guests.  Please contact Piney Flats UMC at (423) 538-6937 if  you have any questions.

Mark Your Calendar! The United Methodist Men will host a Church-wide Picnic on August 12th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place, 1821 Pleasant Grove Road, Bluff City. Food will be served at 5:00 p.m.

The Church Picnic Planning Team will be meeting Monday, July 24th  at 6:30 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place to discuss picnic ideas and events. All youth/children ministry workers and helpers are encouraged to come and discuss. Your help is so appreciated!

Some of the children who live at Holston Home had never been to church or heard about God before they came there to live.  You can witness to them by helping to provide their care in a loving, Christian environment.  Holston Home is making a difference for these children.  Please be generous with your FIFTH SUNDAY gift to Holston Home on Sunday, July 30th.

 

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News and Events for July 16

Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July or the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

 Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

2nd Annual National Night Out—This is a day to honor first responders and celebrate with other community members.  Piney Flats UMC invites you to celebrate community with food, fun and fellowship from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st. Enjoy children’s games, cakewalks, door prizes, music and special guests.  Please contact Piney Flats UMC at (423) 538-6937 if  you have any questions.

Mark Your Calendar! The United Methodist Men will host a Church-wide Picnic on August 12th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place, 1821 Pleasant Grove Road, Bluff City. Food will be served at 5:00 p.m. We will be meeting Monday, July 24th  at 6:30 p.m. at Jack & Kathy Hurlbert’s place to discuss picnic ideas and events. All youth/children ministry workers and helpers are encouraged to come and discuss. Your help is so appreciated!

 

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News and Events for July 9

 Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July or the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

 Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

Please hold in your prayers the Czech Mission Team including Tommy Forrester,  Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains, Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield.  They will share the Gospel with the people of Protovin from June 30 to July 10.

Groundbreaking in Elizabethton—Holston Habitat will kick off their new construction of a 2-bedroom house for Steve, a US Navy veteran, July 8 at 10:00 am with a Groundbreaking Ceremony.  The ceremony and build will take place at 205 Parkway Blvd. in Elizabethton, TN.  Construction will be under the supervision of Eddie Bales.  The build is open to all volunteers in the community, no matter your level of skill.  If you would like to be involved, please contact Volunteer Manager, Mandy Penz at (423) 239-7689, ext. 800.

2nd Annual National Night Out—This is a day to honor first responders and celebrate with other community members.  Piney Flats UMC invites you to celebrate community with food, fun and fellowship from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st. Enjoy children’s games, cakewalks, door prizes, music and special guests.  Please contact Piney Flats UMC at (423) 538-6937 if  you have any questions. 

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News and Events for July 2

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church.  Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Pastor Dan is on vacation this week. For questions concerning church matters, please contact Nancy Forrester, our Lay Leader, at 423-538-6379.

Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet in July and the first week of August.  It will resume on August 16.

 Choir will take a break for all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

Please hold in your prayers the Czech Mission Team including Tommy Forrester,  Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains, Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield.  They will share the Gospel with the people of Protovin from June 30 to July 10.

The Church Office will be closed Tuesday, July 4.

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News and Events for June 25

We welcome Rev. Robert and Carolyn Hankins to worship today.  Bob is the son of L. R. and Florence Hankins, and along with siblings James, John Paul and Iva Lee, spent his early years in parsonages in St. Paul, Virginia (1935-1937), Rural Retreat, Virginia (1937-1943) and Bluff City, Tennessee (1943-1949).  He graduated from high school in Marion, Virginia in 1953,  Asbury College in Kentucky in 1957 and  Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey in 1960 in preparation for his years of service as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church.

He served as a Student Pastor from 1955 until 1960 when he was ordained.  During his years in ministry he served churches in Ohio (three years), Connecticut (seven years), and New York (35 years).  He  also served as a Chaplain at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Montrose, New York for nine years.

Since retiring to Whiteville, North Carolina in 1999 he served the UMC as an interim pastor for a year.  At Whiteville UMC he is a member of the Chancel Choir and teaches Christians Under Construction, a church school class he has led for 15 years.  In addition he has taken an active part in leading mission work teams to Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Bob and Carolyn will soon celebrate their 55th year of marriage. Their daughter Donna Hankins-Hull is associate pastor at First UMC in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 Choir will be on vacation all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

The Leadership and Vision Team will meet Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Team Members are: Dan Gray (Chair), Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Lana Butler, Samantha Gray, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert and Michael Forrester.

 Please hold our Youth Mission Team in your prayers:  Kahtrina, Noah, Matthew, and Michael Forrester.  They have joined with Piney Flats UMC from June 22—25 to serve the victims of the fires near Gatlinburg.  Thanks to Taylor Lee for her work organizing the tip!

Please hold in your prayers the Czech Mission Team including Tommy Forrester,  Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains, Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield.  They will share the Gospel with the people of Protovin from June 30 to July 10.

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News and Events for June 18

The youth trip to Tennessee Wesleyan College is coming up next week.  We are excited to be partnering with Piney Flats UMC for this trip.    If anyone has a 5 gallon igloo jug or a roll cooler we can use for the trip, please contact Taylor Lee at (423) 956-2919.  Thanks so much.

Choir will be on vacation all of July and the first two Sundays in August, July 9—August 13.  Choir practice will resume on August 16.

You are invited to a farewell reception for Walter and Lisa Weikel Today Sunday, June 18, 4:30—6:00 PM at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak Street, Gray, TN   37615.  Walter has been appointed to First United Methodist Church, Morristown after Annual Conference.

Drop in at any time during the event, or come and stay for the duration.  Cake, punch and finger goods will be provided by local church United Methodist Women units.  There will be a basket available for those who wish to drop off a card or note for Walter and Lisa.

Today we celebrate the ministries of the Czech Mission Team that will serve in Protovin, Czech Republic, June 30 to July 10. Team members are: Tommy Forrester, Jenae Morrissey, Kayla Thompson, JJ Mains,

Britni Mains, and Kailee Brumfield. They will give witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus through building relationships, softball camp, teaching English, and daily Bible devotions. Please pray for the team and the ministries of Christ’s Church there, especially our fellow United Methodist congregations; and that the people of the Czech Republic will become and be disciples of Jesus Christ. During worship, we will invite you to give to two special offerings : (1) to support Tommy’s team specifically; and (2) to support our district Czech ministries which include support of our missionary John Redmond and his family in leading the English-speaking United Methodist church in Prague, and scholarships support for all our district mission teams (i.e., Tommy’s team). For clarity, you may wish to bring a separate check for each of these offerings. You can also give cash or give online, but please note clearly to which offering you are giving, using designations such as “ Tommy’s Mission Team ” or “ District Czech Missions .”

After the 10:55 Worship Service TODAY, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a fundraiser for the Czech Missions Team.

A note from Pastor Dan:

I am delighted to say that I have officially been appointed by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor to return to Bluff City UMC as pastor for another year. I look forward to serving Christ with you as we try to reach Bluff City and beyond with God’s love and redeeming grace. Thank you for your continued prayers for me and my family. Much love, Dan

Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston Conference and Johnson City District ministries to children in poverty. Our 22 backpacks filled with school supplies that are bound for Liberia’s orphans combined with others from our Johnson City District for a total over 800 school kits , surpassing our goal of 400.

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