Childrens Christmas Play

Our Children will be presenting the story of Baby Jesus this Wednesday at 6pm. We need adults to chip in with finger food, which will be served following the show. Our little ones have worked so hard to learn the story of Jesus, lets show our support.


Special Services for December

Special Services for December

Christmas Eve Services

will be
Dec 24th, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.

 

December 29th is a Fifth Sunday!  

 We will worship together at 11:00 am.  Sunnyside band will be with us during the worship service!  Before the service, join us for breakfast beginning at 9:45.

Each Fifth Sunday we collect a special offering for Holston United Methodist Home for Children.  Your gift to Holston Home on Sunday, December 29 will help give children a hope for the future!  Give generously and be a part in changing the lives of young people.



Financial Peace

Average Credit Card debt of Americans….15,762$
Average auto loan debt…..27,191$
Average mortgage debt…168,614$
Student loans debt….43,141$
 
God meant for us to have life more abundantly.  If you feel your life is being robbed of joy due to financial issues, if you and your significant other cannot see eye to eye, if you have suffered a financial set back and need a new plan, if the arguing about money has you on the edge….

  • Starting January 5-March 8, Financial Peace Seminar will be offered at Gray Church every Sunday afternoon from 4pm-6pm. 
  • Childcare provided. 
  • Will not meet Super bowl Sunday.

This is a proven way of approaching money that helps eliminate the stress, it teaches us how to talk about money, it gives us a way to live within our means and find peace.

The packets for the 9 week seminar are 90$.  If that is a stretch for you, talk to pastor Amy.  Pastor Amy and seminar leader Tracy Cassel will be making rounds to Sunday School classes soon to show the packet and answer questions.
In the meantime, email Pastor Amy pastoramy@grayumc.org
 



Light and Life- Christmas musical and dinner.

Mark your calendars now for “Light and Life”, a musical featuring the Gray UMC choir and Praise Band.
Because of the advent of Jesus, we can know LIGHT & LIFE in a way we never could have otherwise. When Jesus came, He brought LIGHT for us to see the reality of who He is, and LIFE so we could know the reality of our creator as a Father.
Come out and fellowship with your church family as the music department
explores the advent of Jesus’ coming. 

“Light and Life
is a musical featuring the Gray UMC choir and Praise Band.  This special musical will be Sunday, December 15 with dinner served at 6:00 and the concert at 7:00.  

The meal is at 6:00 in our Family Life Center (chicken, potatoes, green beans, rolls, drinks and dessert) for $5.00 per person.  

Reservations are required for dinner! Call or email the church office at 423-477-3792 or dawn@grayumc.org



Looking for a way to reach out to our community? 

Looking for a way to reach out to our community?  Create a “Holiday Kit” for our neighbors which they will receive through the church pantry!  The ‘kit’ will include the following items: Pumpkin Pie Filling, Pie Crust, Stuffing, Cranberry, Bread Mix, and Gravy. 
 
Please drop off your Holiday Kit at the church office!


UMW Fundraiser

The United Methodist Women have RADA cutlery and other items for you to purchase.  There is a poster and a catalog in the ramp area that will has descriptions and information about all their items.  If you have any questions, please ask Sandra Denney, Debbie Russell, Sue Hall, Jill Flaugher or Lynice Broyles or email dawn@grayumc.org.
 
 Our hope is that we can help make some improvements to the projector so the sanctuary screen can be easier to read.


Bright Spots in our church family

College Care Packs

In both the Fall and Spring our faithful volunteers shop for, pack up, and send out care packages to our college age students across the country.  This year the team has packed up a colorful, playful, and practical assortment of items to bring a little joy and needed fuel for their push towards finals.   Wool socks for the chilly days ahead, gift cards to feed the belly, and some air freshener for well… all will be delivered to the doors and dorm rooms of our young adults.  Your generosity allows our community of faith to extend these offerings, so thank you; and a special “thank you” to our team of volunteers😊

 

Preschool News

Our Gray Preschool has been recognized by the Governors office!  Gray Preschool is now a “Golden Sneaker” facility.  What is a “Golden Sneaker” facility?  The Tennessee Department of Health’s (TDH) “Gold SneakerInitiative” contributes to the TDH mission to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.   Gold Sneaker was developed in 2008 to enhance policy related to health and wellness within licensed childcare facilities across Tennessee.
 
 
 


Bright Spots in our church family

Our young adult Sunday School Class (The Welcomed) raised 1204$ toward new playground equipment for our preschool!

During Trunk R Treat, our preschool hosted an open house with fall festival games.  The day after one room became full and now has a waiting list.  Our preschool staff are running to catch up with the success!

Ways you can shine with us!

Every week a member of our congregation reads to our preschoolers.  It takes about 20 minutes.  Just pick a day M-Th and show up anytime between 9am and 10am.  20 from your day can make a child smile!  See Pastor Amy.



Community Thanksgiving Day Lunch

The annual Reba Rowland Thanksgiving Day lunch will be served in the church FLC on
Thursday, November 28, at 11:30.
 
The church will provide turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and drinks.  Others are asked to bring additional sides and desserts if possible.  Come either way!~
 
If you plan to attend, please call with your name and number attending.
423-477-3792.  


United Methodist Women Meeting

The United Methodist Women invite you to join us this Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:00 in the Gathering Room next to kitchen. Valerie Moore will give a short program on the history of UMW, as we have turned 150 this year. 
 
If you can, please bring socks or underwear for male or female, ages preschool thru 14.  These items will go to Isaiah House 117, houses that offer a safe place for children waiting to go to foster parents. Since they are sometimes quickly removed from their homes, they often come with very little clothing, if any.
 
Help us as we show love to these children in this small way.