Worship on Sunday, January 13, 2019
Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12
Sermon: "The Accidental, Unintended (maybe!) Prophecy of the Magi”
Preacher: Rev. Rob Williamson
Special: Holy Communion
Participating in the Service: Greeters: Linda Furtsch and Fannie Boruff
We welcome the Rev. Rob Williamson as our guest preacher the next three Sundays. Rob and Jean Williamson have been married for 50 years and live in Seymour. He graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Ordained in 1973 and retired in 2011, Rob served churches in Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee, where he was Pastor of Northminster Church in Chattanooga, 1979-1991, Stated Supply for Eusebia (1786) Church in Seymour, 2000-2011, a chaplain for Shannondale of Maryville Retirement Community and Peninsula (Behavioral Health) Hospital and a volunteer chaplain for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
He is currently on the Presbytery Peacemaking Committee and has served on and chaired the Committee on Ministry in the Presbyteries of East and Middle Tennessee. Jean retired after 16 years with United Way of Blount County. Jean and Rob are volunteers for several Blount County community organizations.
Note from the office: If you don’t tell me your news, I can’t pass it along to your Highland friends! Please email me at email@example.com or call 982-9272 with information about activities coming up in the next few weeks while we do not have a pastor.
Happy Highlanders Lunch and program at 11:30 on Tuesday, January 15: Anne Van Curen will present her impersonation of Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Anne has been giving this program for a while and is a very accomplished public speaker. There will also be a brief business meeting. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided by Lucille Thares. Everyone is welcome! (Bad weather policy: If Maryville City Schools are closed because of inclement weather, Happy Highlanders will not meet.)
The Wednesday Evening Study Group meets at 5:30 on January 9, continuing the course on comparative religions. Everyone is welcome.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation has been set for January 27, 2019 following the worship service. The Youth Group will serve a potato lunch after the meeting, adding to their fund-raising efforts for their week at Montreat and Mission Trip this summer.
Attention: Committees and Groups in the Church (that includes all Session Committees, Youth Group, Junior Youth Group, Circles, Quilters, any other group wishing to be included): Please provide your year-end reports to the office by January 21 to have them included in the booklet to be distributed at the meeting. (Congratulations and a big Thank You to Circle 3 for sending the first report!)
Taguasco, anyone? Who will join us to go to Taguasco sometime after Easter (April 21)? We are talking with Mary and Herman Long and would like to have others join us. We have to decide dates sometime in February. Don't hesitate as this will be a trip of a lifetime. Dave and Sweet Young
BCSURJ (Blount County Showing Up for Racial Justice) will present a program How Race Shapes Personal and Community Well Being on Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. at the Blount County Library. All are encouraged to attend.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:
All singers and music lovers are invited to participate in the MLK Celebration Choir. Rehearsals will be in the Clayton Center for the Arts Choir Rehearsal Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays: January 8 and 15, and Thursday: January 10. On January 17, the rehearsal will be held at St. John Baptist Church, Alcoa. Dress rehearsal and sound check: Saturday, January 19.
This Choir will provide music for the Community Worship Service on Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, and at the annual MLK Day Celebration of Monday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Maryville College.
Please call or email Larry Ervin with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-981-8222.
Savings CheckUP Breakfast: There are 4300+ Medicare beneficiaries in our community who have never applied for benefits that can help them pay for doctor visits, prescriptions, groceries and utilities. The Blount County Office on Aging has received funding to assist these folks with enrolling in five core benefits.
Breakfast and more information will be available on Friday, January 18, from 8:00 to 9:30. Register now by contacting email@example.com.