Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Advent begins today and we will start an exciting new Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. Join us this Advent as we embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in Jesus Christ, anything is possible!
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 our first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas. Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.
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.
We will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary donations next Sunday, December 10, 2017, for the Rockhold Food Pantry. They would prefer monetary donations as they will be purchasing hams for Christmas. If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line of your check.
Today and over the next two Sundays , we will receive a special offering for the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray . The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000. The potential scholarship total is up to $4,000. Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and put Dollars for Scholars in the memo line . We need to send the church check to UMHEF by January 1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner
The Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 10 after the 10:55 Service in the Fellowship Hall. The ham, turkey and drinks will be furnished. If anyone would like to bring a covered dish or a dessert, please see Lelia Perry.
December Birthdays and Anniversaries
17 John Busby, Donnie Rader, Jr., Mark Wright
18 Jennie Jones
19 Dan Perry, Jr
23 Josh Hodges, Pamela Ryan
25 Tom Milhorn
26 Linda Rader
27 Phillip Harkleroad
28 Hayden Finney
29 McClelland, Dan Ronquillo, Frosty Sweet
21 Linda and Donnie Rader
Charge Conference is TODAY, Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it.
Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend. Charge Conference members are: Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Graym Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbet, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart and Dan Gray.
Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:
*Crown Resources, http://www.crown.org
* Dave Ramsey, http://www.daveramsey.com
* Seed Time, http://www.seedtime.com
* Managing God’s Money, http://www.managinggodsmoney.com
There will be Christmas Concert today, December 3, at 3:00 pm in theSanctuary. It is sponsored by the Bluff City Music Club. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.
On Friday, December 15, Enterprise UMC will be presenting Rodney Dillard and his Mayberry Values program. Rodney Dillard was one of the beloved “Darling Boys” on many of the “Mayberry” episodes. Through the years, he, his brothers, paw and sister Charlene would roll into town on the old truck and Mayberry with their mountain bluegrass music and dead pay humor. Enterprise UMC is located at 2000 Enterprise Road, Piney Flats.