Good Friday Tennebrae Service April 19 - at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.
Our Combined Adult Choir and chamber musicians will present "Seven Last Words," by John Michael Trotta. We will hear our pastors speak about seven scripture passages from the Gospels and learn what Jesus was saying to humanity during his last hours on earth. The altar will be stripped and draped in black after the candles have all been extinguished and the sky grows dark.
Easter Sunday - April 21, Hallelujah! He is Risen! Come celebrate the Resurrection at one of our 5 services on Easter morning:
6:30am Sunrise Service at JW Hurt Lodge.
8:30 and 10:45 Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary with Handbells, Choir, organ, and "Hallelujah", from Handel's Messiah.
8:30 Informal Worship with Living Water/Living Spirit Praise Team.
10:45 Contemporary Worship with Connections Praise Band.
CHANGES TO THIS SUNDAY'S MORNING SCHEDULE
Remembering that we are one body unified in Christ, there will be one service at 8:30am in Triplett Hall and one service at 10:45am in the Sanctuary. Both services will include worship elements from all our different worship services. In addition, we will have an all church gathering at 9:30am in Triplett Hall. Pastor Micah will discuss the outcome of the General Conference during this time. All are invited to attend.
The Johnston Woods Ministry Team is hosting a quarterly Volunteer Day at Johnston Woods to help make it as beautiful as possible. Please join us! We'll provide coffee and donuts when you arrive! Wear general work clothes. The work won't be extensive but you could get dirty.
On Saturday, February 23rd, the United Methodist Church will convene a special called session of General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of this General Conference is to address issues surrounding human sexuality. For those of us here at home, the greatest action we can take is to cover these proceedings with prayer. With this in mind, you are invited to participate in an informal time of prayer that morning at 8 am in the Sanctuary.
MISSION TEAM RETURNS TO HONDURAS FEBRUARY 16-23, 2019
We will install our 8th clean water system in Nueva Esperanza. Since our July trip was canceled, we have already reserved tickets for the February trip. We need people who will work in the medical clinic, with the water team, and the water teaching team. We have a lot of fun, fellowship and good food. Deposits are due ASAP with applications (located in the hall rack). Contact Dr. Bill Johnson, 423-715-7211 for more information.
Our church has the honor of hosting this year's Cleveland area Night to Shine! If you aren't familiar with this amazing ministry it is a Prom night started by the Tim Tebow foundation to bring an incredible prom experience for those with special needs. The main event is February 8th.
There will be a pancake breakfast in Triplett hall January 19th 8:30am-10:30am to raise money for night to shine. It is $5 for breakfast, you can get your ticket in the LINK this Sunday or at the door the morning of. If you are considering volunteering for the Prom night you will need to go through a training. A training will follow the breakfast at 11:00am in the parlor. If you have any questions contact Jessie Schubert at Jessie@bsumc.org.
Join us January 16th for a special kick off of our Wednesday Night on Broad program. Our special guest speaker, Father Stephen Freeman will discuss the topic of shame from a Biblical, historical, cultural and psychological perspective. Father Stephen was educated at Furman University, Seabury-Western Theological University and Duke University where he studied with Stanley Hauerwas. He is an author and popular podcast host. Father Stephen is currently the priest at St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge. This is a one time only program, so make sure to save the date!
A new year and a new study! Join the Tuesday PM Women’s Bible Study buddies as we begin Jennifer Rothschild’s study of “Psalm 23 - The Shepherd With Me.”
Monday, December 24, 4:00, 7:00 and 11:00 pm
"CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES WITH CANDLELIGHT, CAROLS AND COMMUNION."
The 4:00 service will be especially for families, with "The Blessing of the Children," 7:00 will be "Christmas Unplugged," and 11:00pm will be the traditional midnight Christmas, ending with the Ringing of the Bells and singing "Joy to the World"!
An intergenerational Advent Experience. Wednesday, December 19th at 6pm. Get ready to be immersed in the story of Christs birth. You will be using all of your senses as you journey through the incredible happenings surrounding the birth of Christ. This intergenerational experience will have something for all ages to enjoy!
Need a break from your kids? Need time to finish Christmas shopping? Here’s your solution! Bring your kids for an advent study, Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, and more while you enjoy a free night out. Dinner will be provided. Dec 17th, 4:30-8:00pm. Drop off anytime at the Children’s Check-In and Pick up at 8.
"Hanging the Green to Honor the King!"
The whole church family will gather in the sanctuary to light the Advent candles, the Chrismon Tree, hang the garlands and see the room brightened with red poinsettias. You are invited to come and sing carols with the choirs, hear the handbells ring, and learn from the prophets in scripture about the coming King, Emmanuel, the Messiah
Please remember our upcoming Charge Conference meeting November 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Parlor. During our meeting we will approve the preliminary budget for 2019, elect leaders and officers, and discuss our ministry and mission plans for the upcoming year. All members of the church are welcome and encouraged to attend. See you Sunday night!
Mark your calendars for our next family service project November 11th. We will be creating art pieces to add to our Operation Christmas Child boxes to spread the joy of Christ with children around the world! We will meet in Triplett Hall. Please bring your items to fill a box, If you need more info on what to bring grab a pamphlet from the church offices. All ages are welcome to join!
Beginning November 11, we will be offering a new class that is based on the Gospel Project Curriculum for parents. This is the same curriculum your children are learning on Sunday morning, and now you will have the opportunity to follow along with the adult version of the curriculum. This class will be informal, interactive and interesting. We will start at 9:30 and meet during the normal Sunday School hour.
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDIES Mark your calendars!
Rev. Betsy Switzer will lead us in "Why? - Making Sense of God's Will," by Adam Hamilton.
This will be a four week study beginning October 16 at 9:30am in the parlor.
Join us for a wonderful church wide Fall Festival at Johnston Woods on September 30 from noon - 4pm. We will have stuff for the everyone! Hay Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Corn Hole Tournament, and so much more! We will also have the annual Johnston Woods fundraising live and silent auction that day as well. We will have tickets for sale for our BBQ lunch on sale in the LINK center at church. Please invite someone you know who needs a church home to join you for the Fall Festival and pick up a free ticket for their household. So come and join us after church on September 30 for a great day together.
FAREWELL TO JOSHUA
After 8 years of faithful service, Joshua Knight, our organist will be leaving BSUMC to take another organist position. Sunday, September 16 will be his last day with us. Please come by and speak to Joshua in the Link after the 8:30 worship services, or in the sanctuary after the 10:45 services. Let's shower him with blessings and well-wishes! The sanctuary worship team will be giving a lunch for Josh at noon on his last Sunday. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Cynthia@bsumc.org.
High School Thursday Morning Bible Study
6:45am at Chick-fil-A