News and Events for July 8

Church Council will be Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 PM.  Committee chairs, please get your written reports to Betty by Thursday, 7/12.  The reports should include accomplishments made so far this year and plans for this next quarter. Members are:  Nancy Forrester (Chair), Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Lana Butler, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Mike Miller, Dan Perry, Lelia Perry, Betty Malone, Pastor Sean, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy,  Kim Lundin, Valarie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Jim Altman,  Betsy Carrier, Herman Carrier, Joan Williams, Bruce Stewart.

Leadership and Vision Team will meet today, 7/8 at 5:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Members are: Michael Forrester, Lana Butler, Jane Bellamy, Lelia Perry, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, Valarie Altman, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Jane Riley, Dan Perry, Nancy Forrester, Herman Carrier.

There will be a reception welcoming Pastor Sean and his family on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  All are asked to bring their favorite finger food

 

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News and Events for July 1

Today, we welcome Pastor Sean Glenn and his family to Bluff City UMC.  Sean is married to Bethany and they have three children—Will (age 7), Luke (age 6), and Anna (age 3).  They are originally from  Dandridge TN.  Sean is currently enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary pursuing his master of Divinity degree.

 The Office will be closed Wednesday due July 4th Holiday!

 July Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

10 Tim Harkleroad, Noah Taylor
12 Earl Smith
13 Bret Finney
15 Carolyn Gravely, Brian Ronquillo
22 Mari Hicks (missionary)
29 Donnie Rader, Sr.

Anniversaries 

10 Jerry and Betty Malone
16 Harvey and Betsy Carrier
19  Bryan and Missy Byrd, Jimmy and Elaine Good
29 Lana and George Butler
31 Bill and Bobbie Warden

Church Council will be Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 PM.  All committee chairs are asked to bring a written report about accomplishments made so far this year and what is planned for this next quarter. Members are:

Nancy Forrester (Chair), Michael Forrester, Jack Hurlbert, Lana Butler, Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Mike Miller, Dan Perry, Lelia Perry, Betty Malone, Pastor Sean, Tony Lundin, Jane Bellamy,  Kim Lundin, Valarie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Jim Altman,  Betsy Carrier, Herman Carrier, Joan Williams, Bruce Stewart.

Leadership and Vision Team will meet Sunday, 7/8 at 5:00 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Members are: Michael Forrester, Lana Butler, Jane Bellamy, Lelia Perry, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, Valarie Altman, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Jane Riley, Dan Perry, Nancy Forrester, Herman Carrier.

Taylor Lee, our Director of Children and Youth Ministries, is leaving us as of Thursday, 6/28.  We wish Taylor good luck with her future plans.  She will be missed.

Trustees will meet Thursday, 7/5 at 6:30  PM in the Willing Workers Classroom. Members are:  Jack Hurlbert (Chair), Bill Durham, Jay Altman, Pearl Carrier, Donnie Rader, Bruce Stewart, Selena Lane, Pastor Sean.

Following the Church Council meeting on July 15, we will hold a reception welcoming our new pastor, Sean Glenn,  and his family.  If you would like, please bring your favorite finger food(s).  If you have any questions, see Lelia.

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News and Events for June 17

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 giving, and has offices in Johnson City and Piney Flats.  We will receive a special offering to support Good Samaritan Ministries.

A note from Pastor Dan and family:

Dear Friends, thank you so much for your kind and generous prayers, words, expressions, food and gifts as we all have been transitioning.  We are so touched by your love!  And know that you will always have a special place in our hearts. You remain in our prayers and love.

Dan, Samantha, Camille, Luke and Zaiah

While Pastor Dan will officially remain as our pastor through June 30 and is available for pastoral care, the pastoral transition process established by the Holston Conference has determined that transitioning pastors like Pastor Dan should not perform other  pastoral functions after June 10. Our incoming pastor, Sean Glenn , will not begin work until July 1. In the interim, Tony Lundin , our Lay Leader , is the primary contact on church matters.

Church Council, originally scheduled to meet this afternoon, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 PM.  All committee chairs are asked to bring a written report about accomplishments made so far this year and what is planned for this next quarter.

SPRC will meet Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker’s classroom.  Michael Forrester is the Chair.  Other members are:  Kathy Hurlbert, Elaine Good, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Lana Butler and Valerie Altman.

CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also  need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

There will be a Children’s Ministry meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at 4:30 p.m.

There will be a Youth Ministry meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00.p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events for June 10

Thank you to all who have given so generously towards our shared Holston Conference and Three Rivers District ministries to children and families in poverty. Our 12 backpacks filled with school supplies valued at about $600 will join with several hundred other backpacks bound for Liberia’s orphans.

Lelia Perry , our Alternate Lay Member to Annual Conference, will serve as our lay member along with Pastor Dan at the Holston Annual Conference session, June 10-13 at Lake Junaluska, NC, representing our church among the 880 other United Methodist churches in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northern Georgia. Each year, all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). Our Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor presides over these meetings. The session is an important expression of our “connectional” church, recognizing that our local church and our denomination is part of the universal Body of Christ. Please be in prayer for Lelia, Bishop Taylor, Pastor Dan, and the other delegates, asking that God’s Spirit will guide them in their decision-making.

At Annual Conference, Lelia Perry will present our Change for Children offering that you gave in the amount of $251.05. Our offering will combine with that of other Holston Conference churches to fund grants for ministries with children, ½ in the Holston region and ½ in Africa. Lelia will also present our Annual Conference Mission Offering that you have given, amounting to $145.00. Our gifts will combine with other churches to be used in ministry with our South Sudanese brothers and sisters living in exile in refugee camps in Uganda.

Please join us for a covered dish dinner today after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please join us as we wish them on their way.

Staff Parish Relations Team (SPRC ) will meet on today Sunday, June 10, at 4:00 pm. The SPRC will also meet on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Both meetings are in the Willing Worker Classroom. SPRC members are: Michael Forrester (chair),  Kathy Hurlbert, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Tony Lundin, Dan Gray, Elaine Good, Carole Miller, Lana Butler, Valerie Altman, and Tony Lundin.

Church Council will meet on Sunday, June 17, at 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

We will be collecting canned food and/or monetary donations for Rockhold Food Pantry next Sunday, 6/17. Please put the canned goods in the wagon at the Information Center.  If you prefer to donate a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line and place in the offering plate.

While Pastor Dan will officially remain as our pastor through June 30 and is available for pastoral care, the pastoral transition process established by the Holston Conference has determined that transitioning pastors like Pastor Dan should not perform other  pastoral functions after June 10. Our incoming pastor, Sean Glenn , will not begin work until July 1. In the interim, Tony Lundin , our Lay Leader , is the primary contact on church matters.

CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also  need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

 

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News and Events for June 3

In our new worship format, our offering will be given on Communion Sundays by coming forward to the Communion table to give the offering before receiving the Communion elements.  An offering is not required or expected in order to receive Communion. Communion is one of our sacraments reminding us of God’s grace freely given through Jesus Christ. On non-Communion Sundays, our ushers will pass offering plates as the congregation remains seated.

The Lord’s table is open to all know know Jesus Christ as Lord or seek Him. If you receive Communion and have not been baptized, please discuss this with Pastor Dan so that we can arrange for your baptism, one of our sacraments.

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.

                      Birthday Wishes to…   

               6/04    Mary Lundin
6/16    Jay Altman
               6/18    Harold Leonard
               6/20    Luke Gray
               6/21    Bobbie Dail Warden
               6/29    Mildred Betty Carrier

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News and Events for May 27

Today is Trinity Sunday, our special celebration of the Triune nature of God — that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are delighted to have Rev. Eddie Mabry as our guest preacher today. Though officially retired, Rev. Mabry faithfully serves to assist the pastor and church in many ways at New Hope Baptist Church, Bristol, VA. We are also glad that Lauren Roper, Program Director of Camp Bays Mountain , has been with us during Sunday School to share a presentation on our new district camp and is with us in worship.

Today, after the Memorial Service for Dee Anderson, there will be a covered dish dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  All are invited to attend.

If you have any good boxes like banker boxes for packing files and books, please bring them to the church office for Pastor Dan to use in packing his office.

The recipient of our Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering will be our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. On Sunday, May 27, we will receive an offering that will be used to help our brothers and sisters of South Sudan. (See insert) 

Hands on Mission Project. We are collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for Liberia as our district’s 2018 Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project. Pack all items in a backpack. It is okay to send a used backpack, but please make certain it is clean, in good condition, and that you have removed all personal items. A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each kit – do not put money in the backpack. You can write a check payable to Bluff City UMC and we will forward that to the district office. Backpacks are due in the church office by  Wednesday, May 30 .

Wednesday  night meals for May 16, 23 and 30 are cancelled due to health issues and Joan’s cruise.  Meals will resume on June 6.

—Jin, Joan and Lelia 

There will be a covered dish dinner on Sunday, June 10  after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please plan to attend.  Please let Lelia know what dish you are planning to bring so she can coordinate the meal.

 

In our new worship format, our offering will be given on  Communion Sundays by coming forward to the Communion table to give the before receiving the Communion elements.  An offering is not required or expected in order to receive Communion. Communion is one of our sacraments reminding us of God’s grace freely given through Jesus Christ. On non-Communion Sundays , our ushers will pass offering plates as the congregation remains seated.

Special offering opportunities today:

*Camp Bays Mountain, our district camp and shared ministry that celebrated its grand opening in April. To give an offering for Camp Bays Mountain, make a check payable to our church and write “Camp” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Camp” on the envelope.

*Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering. Benefits our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. To give an offering for Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering, make a check payable to our church and write “AC  Mission” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write  “AC Mission” on the envelope.

*Peace With Justice Sunday. One of our 6 special Sundays in our United Methodist Church. Peace with justice witnesses to God‘s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world. One-half of the offering given will stay in our conference to develop ministries of peace with justice; the other half will go to the denomination to be used worldwide in developing such ministries. To give an offering for Peace With Justice, make a check payable to our church and write “Peace With Justice” in the memo line; or place cash in an envelope and write “Peace with Justice” on the envelope. 

CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events for May 20

Today is Pentecost, a great celebration in the church based on the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the Jerusalem church, recorded in Acts 2. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red.  Cake will be served on the front lawn after the service.

If you have any good boxes like banker boxes for packing files and books, please bring them to the church office for Pastor Dan to use in packing his office.

The recipient of our Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering will be our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. On Sunday, May 27, we will receive an offering that will be used to help our brothers and sisters of South Sudan.

Hands On Mission Project. We are collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for Liberia as our district’s 2018 Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project. Pack all items in a backpack. It is okay to send a used backpack, but please make certain it is clean, in good condition, and that you have removed all personal items. A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each kit – do not put money in the backpack.

Backpacks are due in the church office by Wednesday, May 30.

Wednesday  night meals for May 16, 23 and 30th are canceled due to health issues and Joan’s cruise.  Meals will resume on June 6th.

—Jin, Joan and Lelia 

There will be a covered dish dinner on Sunday, June 10  after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please plan to attend.  Please let Lelia know what dish you are planning to bring so she can coordinate the meal.

 CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events for May 13

The Ascension of the Lord is officially forty days after Easter and ten days before Pentecost.  On this Sunday closest to the Ascension, we celebrate the ascension of Jesus recorded both at the end of Luke’s gospel (Luke 24:50-53) and the beginning of his writing about the early church (Acts 1:9-11). The act of Ascension (Jesus literally rising into the sky) is important in that it signifies His enthronement, His being exalted to the right hand of the Father, and His authority in heaven and on earth.

In our new worship format, our offering will be given on Communion Sundays by coming forward to the Communion table to give the offering before receiving the Communion elements.  An offering is not required or expected in order to receive Communion. Communion is one of our sacraments reminding us of God’s grace freely given through Jesus Christ. On non-Communion Sundays, our ushers will pass offering plates as the congregation remains seated.

If you have any good boxes like banker boxes for packing files and books, please bring them to the church office for Pastor Dan to use in packing his office.

Sunday, May 20 is Pentecost, a great celebration in the church based on the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the Jerusalem church, recorded in Acts 2. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Our Worship Team invites everyone to wear red on Pentecost Sunday.

The recipient of our Annual Conference 2018 Mission Offering will be our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in exile right now in northern Uganda. On Sunday, May 27, we will receive an offering that will be used to help our brothers and sisters of South Sudan.

Hands On Mission Project. We are collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for Liberia as our district’s 2018 Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project. Pack all items in a backpack. It is okay to send a used backpack, but please make certain it is clean, in good condition, and that you have removed all personal items. A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each kit – do not put money in the backpack. Backpacks are due in the church office by Wednesday, May 30.

Wednesday  night meals for May 16, 23 and 30th are cancelled due to health issues and Joan’s cruise.  Meals will resume on June 6th.

—Jin, Joan and Lelia

 There will be a covered dish dinner on Sunday, June 10  after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please plan to attend.  Please let Lelia know what dish you are planning to bring so she can coordinate the meal.

CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary  policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are  put into place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

MEMORIALS

The following have made donations

                 in Memory of  Lloyd and Dolores Williams:

                                  Freida Boughton
                                  June Dugger and Family
                                  Maynard and Dorothy Yates
                                  Dr. Dale and Molly Keller
                                  Joan Williams
                                  Evelyn Hurley
                                  Jin Lane
                                  Jane Bellamy
                                  Jennifer Proveda
                                  Margaret Ann Frizzell
                                  Sammye P. Kiser
                                  Nell Shepherd
                                  Lorraine Hale

In Memory of  Dee Anderson: 

                                  Joan Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events for May 6

In our new worship format, our offering will be given on Communion Sundays by coming forward to the Communion table to give the offering before receiving the Communion elements.  An offering is not required or expected in order to receive Communion. Communion is one of our sacraments reminding us of God’s grace freely given through Jesus Christ. On non-Communion Sundays, our ushers will pass offering plates as the congregation remains seated.

The Lord’s table is open to all who know Jesus Christ as Lord or seek Him. If you receive Communion and have not been  baptized, please discuss this with Pastor Dan so that we can arrange for your baptism, our other sacrament.

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.

At its April 15 meeting, the Church Council unanimously approved combining both of our existing Sunday worship services into a single worship to begin at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary.  Sunday School will begin at 9:30 am, with a gathering time at 9:15 am. The new worship service begins TODAY, Sunday, May 6 .

Staff Parish Relations Team (SPRC) will meet with District Superintendent Lauri Jo Cranford TODAY, Sunday, May 6 following worship, around 12:30 PM.  SPRC members are Michael Forrester (chair),  Elaine Good, Kathy Hurlbert, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Carole Miller, Lane Butler, Valarie Altman, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester.

There will be a covered dish dinner on Sunday, June 10  after the service in the Fellowship Hall to honor Pastor Dan and Family as we send them forth on their journey.  Please plan to attend.  Please let Lelia know what dish you are planning to bring so she can coordinate the meal.

 

CALLING ALL BCUMC MEMBERS!!!!!

Children are absolutely wonderful, and we are here to help them grow spiritually.  You can be a part of that!  We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery, elementary, as well as youth on Sundays as one of our amazing youth leaders, Miss Samantha, will be leaving us later this summer.  We also  need volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights.  We aim to begin including childcare for the nursery on both Wednesday and Sundays, and WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  If we cannot do this, we will be looking to hire paid workers to ensure that this need is met.

We are hoping to create a rotation FOR ALL CLASSES so that as a volunteer you would only be required to sit in one hour per month, or two months, or longer depending on how many volunteers we can get into the rotation.  Our Safe Sanctuary policy requires us to have two volunteers in each room.  Safe Sanctuary policies are put in place for the safety of our children as well as the workers.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will allow us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.   Please see Taylor Lee to see how you can help.  Thank you!

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News and Events for April 29

At its April 15 meeting, the Church Council unanimously approved combining both of our existing Sunday worship services into a single worship to begin at 10:30 am . Sunday School will begin at 9:30 am, with a gathering time at 9:15 am . The new worship service begins Sunday, May 6 . Invite people to come!

Staff Parish Relations Team (SPRC) will meet with District Superintendent Lauri Jo Cranford on Sunday, May 6 following worship, around 12:30 PM.  SPRC members are Michael Forrester (chair),  Elaine Good, Kathy Hurlbert, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Carole Miller, Lane Butler, Valarie Altman, Tony Lundin, Nancy Forrester.

The family of Dolores Florence Williams acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of sympathy.

Words cannot express the love and support our family has felt over the past couple months.  Please keep Pop (Lloyd) in your prayers as he grieves and tries to keep his health in check.

Terry Ford

You are invited to celebrate the opening of Camp Bays Mountain on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm. Join camp and clergy leaders as the Camp Bell is rung, prayer is offered and a ribbon is cut to mark the beginning of camping ministry in this new location. Guided tours of Camp will follow.  Shuttle buses will run from Wellmont Heart Center on Reservoir Road to/from camp beginning at 1:00. Please park in the employee parking lot of the Heart Institute located at 2050 Meadowview Parkway and ride a shuttle bus right to the door of the new dining hall. The last shuttle will leave the parking lot at 1:50, so the celebration service can begin at 2:00. Plan to celebrate as Camp Bays Mountain launches a year-round camp and retreat ministries.  Registration for summer camp is now open!  Learn more at www.campbaysmountain.com.

TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY! The mission of Holston United Methodist Home for Children is to provide hope and healing to children and struggling with life’s challenges.  You can help give children and youth a better life, a good education, and a chance to develop into Christian  men and women.  Your interest determines their future.

Morning View Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting on Monday, May 7 at 7:00 PM at Senior Citizens Building.  If you  have family members buried there, you are invited to attend.

May Birthdays

Pearl Carrier
Shawn Stantz
10 Bill Durham
11 Camille Gray
12 Keith Arnold
20 Dearan Lee
22 Betsy Carrier, Bill Parks, Jamie Altman
23 Melissa Perkins
24 Elsie Thompson
25 Tommy Forrester
26 Marti Bridgman

May Anniversaries

4           Dan and Lelia Perry
17         Bruce and Billie Stewart
26         Mike and Carole Miller

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