News and Events for October 22

We welcome Rev. Fred Balding, to our pulpit today.  Rev. Balding is Director of Development for Good  Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City.  Good Samaritan Ministries is supported by our congregation through our District Fair Share givings, and has offices in Johnson City and Piney Flats.  Rev. Balding will offer a presentation about Good Samaritan Ministries during Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall.  All adult Sunday Schools are encouraged to attend his presentation. We will receive a special offering to support Good Samaritan Ministries.

The Circle of Faith will be having a potato bar as a fundraiser on Sunday, October 29 in the Fellowship Hall after the 10:55 church service.  Please come out and support this ministry.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

For more than 120 years, Methodists and Holston Home have worked together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference an beyond.  Your FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERINGS make a difference.  You will have an opportunity to give next Sunday.  Please be generous.

 The Puerto Rico (PR) School System has been closed for the remainder of the school year.  The school children of PR will be sent to several places in the continental US to continue their school year.  Central Florida is one of the places where the children will be sent.  The Florida Conference has accepted the offer from Holston Conference through Holston Conference Disaster Response Ministries to provide UMCOR School Kits to the displaced PR children.  See the enclosed flyer for the contents of each school kit.  In addition to the existing disaster response need of  Cleaning buckets and Hygiene kits, now the people/churches of Holston Conference are being asked to provide School Kits in support of the large number of Disaster Survivors.  Please have the school kits and any additional cleaning buckets and hygiene kits (including additional fees/transportation costs) in the church office by Sunday, October 29.  We are His Hands and Feet!

 A new Acappella group will be starting for young people.  This group will start next Wednesday at 8:00 PM.  The practices will be short and sweet!  See Kim Lunden if interested.

YOUTH NEWS:  We need three (3) volunteers to drive the van  on Wednesday nights so a rotation can be created and the same ones would not have to drive every week.  If you would like to volunteer for this ministry,  please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

The youth will be celebrating a naked cake party on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:25 p.m. in the youth room.  Anyone who would like to celebrate with us is welcome to join!

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News and Events for October 15

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

For more than 120 years, Methodists and Holston Home have worked together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference an beyond.  Your FIFTH SUNDAY OFFERINGS make a difference.  You will have an opportunity to give next Sunday.  Please be generous.

The Puerto Rico (PR) School System has been closed for the remainder of the school year.  The school children of PR will be sent to several places in the continental US to continue their school year.  Central Florida is one of the places where the children will be sent.  The Florida Conference has accepted the offer from Holston Conference through Holston Conference Disaster Response Ministries to provide UMCOR School Kits to the displaced PR children.  See the enclosed flyer for the contents of each school kit.  In addition to the existing disaster response need of  Cleaning buckets and Hygiene kits, now the people/churches of Holston Conference are being asked to provide School Kits in support of the large number of Disaster Survivors.  Please have the school kits and any additional cleaning buckets and hygiene kits (including additional fees/transportation costs) in the church office by Sunday, October 29.

We are His Hands and Feet!

 Canned goods and monetary donations are being collected today for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Food will be distributed this Saturday, October 21.

Our brokenness is a bridge, not a barrier. “The Heart of Man” is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, juxtaposed with interviews of real people struggling with distractions from their faith and the shame that follows addiction. Combining a blend of narrative and documentary elements, it features subjects of brokenness, identity and grace. This unique event brings people together for a night to understand they are not alone and can find freedom.

Freedom from performance. Freedom from managing our behavior, so we appear acceptable. Freedom from our addictions, compulsive behaviors, secrecy and double lives. Audiences will encounter powerful true stories with author William Paul Young (“The Shack”), author Dr. Dan Allender (“The Wounded Heart”) and spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry, among others.

This movie will be shown Tuesday, October 17 at  Tinsletown.  For more information, see the website https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-heart-of-man.

UMCOR SCHOOL KITS

Value: $11.00 per kit

  • 1 14×16 inch cloth bag

à Homemade or purchased bags are both acceptable
à Heavy-duty fabric  only, such as denim, corduroy, drapery fabrics, etc.
à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols
à Closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps or Velcro sewn in the middle of opening, if used.

  • 3 pads of paper

à Spiral– or top-bound pads
à 100-150 sheets of loose leaf can be substituted for one padà Combination of spiral, top bound, side bound, or 1 subject notebook are acceptable
à No composition books
à No 3 or 5 subject notebook

  • 1 24-count box of crayons

à Only 24-count boxes

  • 1 pair blunt scissors

à Rounded tip only
à No plastic scissors

  • 1 2-inch or larger size eraser

à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols,
à Cartoon characters are acceptable

  • 6 unsharpened pencils

à No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols
à Cartoon characters are acceptable

  • 1 hand held pencil sharpener

à Must be at least one-inch long
à Remove from packaging

  • 1 30-centimeter ruler

à Hard or flexible
à Cartoon characters are acceptable
à No advertisements

Assembly Directions

Place all loose items on top of paper;  Turn items sideways and slide into the cloth bag.  Fold over the top of the bag so loose items don’t fall out.

Important Notes

  • All patterns for the bag can be found on the Internet at http://www.umcor.org. Go to “Relief Supplies” at the top of the page and click.  Scroll down until you find the “School bag pattern” at the bottom of the page.
  • All items must be new.
  • All emergency kits are carefully planned to make then usable in the greatest number of situations. Due to the fact that strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items—Nothing More.
  • DO NOT include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

Packing and Shipping Kits

  • Packing kits Box weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
  • Complete two packing lists: One for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  • Paste the shipping label/packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  • Processing and shipping costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send.  This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need.
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News and Events for October 8

Ministry Team Chairs Today, Sunday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for 2018 budget requestsBudget requests are due in the church office or to bluffcityumc@gmail.com.

Finance Team will meet Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Dan Perry (chair), Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Elaine Good, Tony Lundin, Herman Carrier, Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miler, Jane Bellamy, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler. Bruce Stewart, and Dan Gray.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

 Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night.

Next Sunday, October 15, we will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary  donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events for September 24

Today in worship, we join in Freedom Sunday with the International Justice Mission (IJM) and thousands of churches around the world to unite and proclaim that slavery still exists and that we as believers must lead the charge to end it. We will consider the reality of modern-day slavery, God’s heart for justice, and an invitation to our congregation to get involved to end this injustice. If you would like to give a special offering, make your check payable to Bluff City UMC and put End Slavery in the memo line. We will pass along 100% of what you give to IJM. IJM is a global, non-denominational Christian ministry that protects the poor from violence in the developing world, including working to end slavery. For more information about IJM, visit http://www.ijm.org.

Halloween is fast approaching.  Trunk or Treat will be on TuesdayOctober 31 at 6:00 PM in the parking lot.  Donations of candy and/or monetary donations are needed.  There will a box in the Information Center in which to put your donations of candy.  If writing a check, please put “Halloween” on the memo line and put with the regular offering.

Holston Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for several projects.  There are several build projects taking place across the Tri-cities and especially need help on Thursdays and Fridays.  They are also needing volunteers at the ReStores located at 750 East Main Street in Kingsport and 3201 Kimberly Court in Johnson City.  If you are interested, please contact Holston Habitat for Humanity at HolstonHabitat.org or call Mandy Penz at the Habitat office (423) 239-7689, ext. 800.

Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night. Also, Matthew Martin is in need of a ride from Volunteer Parkway. If you or someone you know lives in the area and can pick him up, that would be incredibly helpful. Please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

 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.

 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.

October Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

1           Jim Altman, Jack Hurlbert
15         Ethan Francis
31        Dan H. Perry

 Anniversaries

1 Jay and Valerie Altman

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News and Events for September 17

Holston Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for several projects.  There are several build projects taking place across the Tri-cities and especially need help on Thursdays and Fridays.  They are also needing volunteers at the ReStores located at 750 East Main Street in Kingsport and 3201 Kimberly Court in Johnson City.  If you are interested, please contact Holston Habitat for Humanity at HolstonHabitat.org or call Mandy Penz at the Habitat office (423) 239-7689, ext. 800.

 Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night. Also, Matthew Martin is in need of a ride from Volunteer Parkway. If you or someone you know lives in the area and can pick him up, that would be incredibly helpful. Please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

 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.

 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.

Lord’s Acre SaleEdgefield UMC, Pickens Bridge Road, Piney Flats, TN Saturday, September 23 Breakfast 8:00 A.M.—10:00 A.M. Cost $6.00—eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage/bacon Baked Goods, Canned Goods, Produce, Drafts, Raffle, Live Auction, Apple Butter.

Lord’s Acre Sale—St. Paul UMC—Piney Flats Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, September 23—8:00 AM—2:00 PM Breakfast, Chicken Dinners, Homemade Cakes and Breads, country decorations, crafts, furniture, canned goods, apple butter, wreaths.

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News and Events for September 10

A Hurricane Harvey relief offering will be collected today.  Cleaning  kits and hygiene kits for UMCOR are due today.

Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night. Also, Matthew Martin is in need of a ride from Volunteer Parkway. If you or someone you know lives in the area and can pick him up, that would be incredibly helpful. Please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

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.

 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 September 3

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.

Next Sunday, September 10, we will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary  donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Volunteers are needed to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night. Also, Matthew Martin is in need of a ride from Volunteer Parkway. If you or someone you know lives in the area and can pick him up, that would be incredibly helpful. Please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

 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.

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.

September Birthdays and Anniversaries

3 Teresa Webb
4 Doris Bates
15 Grady Burke
19 Jane Bellamy, Jerry Malone
20 Annabelle Lee, Shirley Reider
21 Nancy Forrester
22 Autumn Townsend
23 Zaiah Gray

Anniversaries

10 Dan and Samantha Gray

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News and Events for August 27

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

Choir Practice—Come out and lift your voice to the Lord—Make a joyful noise.  Join Choir Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.  Hope to see you there!!!

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 to drive the van on Wednesday nights. The more who volunteer, the less you would need to be available to drive/ ride passenger. We need two adults every Wednesday night. Also, Matthew Martin is in need of a ride from Volunteer Parkway. If you or someone you know lives in the area and can pick him up, that would be incredibly helpful. Please let Taylor Lee know at (423)956-2919.

 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, Nancy Forrester, Samantha Gray, 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.

September Birthdays and Anniversaries

3   Teresa Webb
4   Doris Bates
15 Grady Burke
19 Jane Bellamy, Jerry Malone
20 Annabelle Lee, Shirley Reider
21 Nancy Forrester
22 Autumn Townsend
23 Zaiah Gray

 Anniversaries

10 Dan and Samantha Gray

 

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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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