Mother Nature is an incredible teacher. All around us, life lessons unfold in the majesty, mystery and intricacy of creation. The more we study nature, the rhythm and natural order about it is evident. Like the beauty of autumn migration in birds and the distinct
V-formation in which they fly.
What can the church learn from carefully positing our wingtips and syncing our wings in flight?What does it mean to catch the wind from others to save energy?
And for that matter, who determines the leader in flight?
Is it one designee, or do they switch off in effort to support the team?
Vital Congregations understand the value of Gifted, Empowered and Equipped Lay Leadership and work to make it so! Scripture reinforces the need for Leadership and team-work to accomplish the mission of the church. Mother Nature simply mirrors what
God, the Creator set in motion.
Come and see!
Vital Congregation Series
Drivers of Vital Churches
(Using Scripture, Denominational Statistics and Personal Interviews
to tell the story)
May 14 Gifted, Empowered and Equipped Lay Leadership (Mother’s Day)
May 21 Engaged Disciples in Mission and Outreach
May 28Small Group Ministries and their Absolute Necessity for Future Sustainability (It’s about belonging and community!)
June 4: Strong Children’s and Youth Ministry Programs (Holy Communion)
June 11:“Weird Church” and Next Steps (Weird Church by Beth Ann Estock and Paul Nixon)
June 18: Welcoming and New Pastor and Parsonage Family in a Vital Church Fashion! (New pastor and family arrive late June, early July)
Official pastoral departure and start dates upcoming!
Goodbye and Hello
On June 11, we say goodbye to Michelle at a family covered dish lunch following the 11 o’clock service. Please plan to join us as we wish Michelle and Gary a fond farewell. In the next weeks we will be accepting contributions to a love offering. If you wish to contribute, please mark your check or offering as “Love Offering.”
On July 2, we welcome our new minister to the pulpit. A celebration will be announced in a few weeks.
Many Thanks to Those Who Participated in Workday last Saturday!
Here we are in Paul’s home opening his birthday card from the church with all your signatures.
When you make it to 91, you deserve a card and a whole lot more!
Paul always begins our visits with how blessed he has been with life and health. No glasses and no hearing aids and still living in and maintaining his own home
(which has lots of character, by the way!)
You’ll find Paul nearly every Sunday on the left back pew, sitting with the Basham’s and Madeline Helton UNLESS he drives out-of-town to see friends (which he is known to do from time-to-time) A former Food Pantry Volunteer every 1st Monday of the month, Paul continues his long-time service as a driver for Meals on Wheels every 4th Tuesday. Additionally, Paul drives to Rogersville every Wednesday
to help a dear friend with groceries and such.
Way to keep going, Paul! Your church and pastor love you!
News from UnitedMethodist Women
Several of our members recently attended
UMW District Day Apart at Camp Ahistadi.
Twanna Teague, Sue Bryngelson, Donna Camper, Suzanne Rollins, and Peggy Wilson
The 2017 District Hands on Mission Project is
Bristol Recovery Road for Women,
a program that helps women in transition from incarceration back into society.
Donna Camper speaks about Recovery Road for Women
Sunday’s Feed The Hungry Offering
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Family Promise of Bristol. This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
Bristol Welcomes Candi Blair as New Executive Director of Family Promise
In April, Candi Blair began managing Family Promise, which provides temporary housing and job placement assistance for homeless families in our community. Family Promise has worked with area churches since its beginning in 2012 to support families until they become self-sustaining.
Letter from Beth Rhinehardt,
Anderson Elementary School Librarian
On behalf of the students and staff at Anderson Elementary School, I am writing to express our most sincere thanks to you for your recent generous donation to our Scholastic Book Fair “All For Books” Program. This donation provided an opportunity for many of our students to select a book from the Book Fair who were not financially able to purchase a book. I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces when they heard their name called on the intercom that they had won a “Feelin’ Groovy” book coupon and the sparkle in their eyes when they selected their book at the Book Fair.
June 12-15, 5 pm-8 pm
First United Methodist Church
Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church
The lesson was on “feed my sheep.” The kids made mints from the recipe from Suzanne’s grandmother, and gave them out to the congregation. They were so excited and said, “We fed the adults today.”
FUMC Teens will be traveling to Black Mountain for
Everyone had a lot of fun at Tabletop Games. Don’t miss the upcoming June event!!
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Calendar & Events Schedule
Week of May 11 – May 17
Thurs, May 11: 6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Fri, May 12: 10:00am-Reading Buddies-TH
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
Sat, May 13: 10:30am-SPR
Sun, May 14: 9:30am-Sunday School Hour
9:30am-The River Service, TH
10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)