AMEn Concert May 17th @7:30 pm

Don’t miss “On The Move!”

Friday, May 17th @ 7:30pm, Gray United Methodist Church.

We will have two presentations of this great concert: Gray, TN and Johnson City, TN! You can find details on our page events!

The concert theme “On the Move” was chosen to correspond with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of Johnson City in 1869. To commemorate this milestone, AMEn will perform a wide variety of songs relating to trains in honor of the historical connection of the Tri-Cities region to the railroad. Concert selections will come from a wide variety of genres, including gospel (“Morning Train”), bluegrass (“Orange Blossom Special”), and folk (“Peace Train”).



Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy Concert

May 11th at 3pm.  Gray United Methodist Church
 
Join the choirs of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy as they present, “It Takes a Village: Music Changes the World!”

MECCA singers have been learning about the music and cultures of many nations this year, and they are ready to share the songs of Israel, The Czech Republic, Africa, India, Costa Rica, Haiti, Greece, the British Isles, Italy, and America!

The Choristers, East Tennessee and Emory Virginia Children’s Choirs, Da Capo, and the Highlands Youth Ensemble will perform separately and together.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Suggested donation is $5 per person with a $15 family maximum.



The Scott Family at Gray UMC

Join us March 31st at 11am as The Scott Family, a Southern Gospel Music group from Greene County, TN, leads us in an all music worship service. This is a Fifth Sunday combined worship event and will be followed by a lunch. Come and join us!



Free Lunch Alert

There is such a thing as a “free lunch”….but you gotta find the egg first.  The Easter Egg hunt will be April 20, 10am-noon with a free lunch.  Even if you do not have children, this is a great opportunity to show hospitality by being present, talking with parents and kids and eating a hot dog.  Wanna make our church grow? Just show up.  You’ll be amazed.



Adult Bus Trip

Adult Bus Trip

Dinner at Paula Deen Restaurant in Pigeon Forge and

See the Lights in Gatlinburg!

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The bus will leave from church at 2:00 pm and arrive back at church by 9:00 pm. Sign up by emailing peggy@grayumc.org or dawn@grayumc.org or calling 423-477-3792 if you can go!  

Please sign up by February 3.

 



Share Your Love Banquet

Share Your Love Banquet

February 14 at 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship with your church family. This is an event for everyone! Meal provided (donations accepted)   Enjoy fun and fellowship with your church family.   RSVP by calling the church at 423-477-3792.



Thursday Lenten Worship/Lunch

Thursday Lenten Worship/Lunch on “He Chose the Nails”… reflections from renowned Christian author, Max Lucado.

Join us on Thursday afternoons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Thursday Lenten Worship and Lunch for five weeks between Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday as a time of preparation for Easter. There will be five sessions with worship in the Chapel and lunch a free lunch that will follow in the Family Life Center.

The worship segment will be 30 minutes in the Chapel and will feature an opening prayer, opening hymn, a sermon, the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, a closing hymn, and a closing prayer. Then, at Noon we will move into the Family Life Center for meal and fellowship. This will be held each Thursday from March 14th through April 11th.

Listed is the schedule from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday.

March 6th (Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) – Ash Wednesday Service

March 14th (Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) – Lenten Worship and Lunch

Message – “He Chose to Be One of Us.”

March 21st (Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) – Lenten Worship and Lunch

Message – “He Chose to Forgive Us.”

March 28th (Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) – Lenten Worship and Lunch

Message – “He Chose to Invite Us.”

April 4th (Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) – Lenten Worship and Lunch

Message – “He Chose to Love Us.”

April 11th (Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) – Lenten Worship and Lunch

Message – “He Chose to Give Us Victory.”

April 18th (Thursday at 6:30 p.m.) – Maundy Thursday



Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Sundays in February 5-6pm

Senior Pastor Dennis Flaugher will be teaching a 4-week course from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, February 3, 10, 17, 24. The class will be held in the Open Fellowship Classroom and will focus on the upcoming called special session of the General Conference in St. Louis to be held February 23 – 26 of this year.

The purpose of this class is not to champion either conservative or progressive stands on this issue, but to help us understand why there is this disagreement in the United Methodist Church, and what United Methodists are seeking to address in this upcoming special session of the General Conference.

Whether we like it or not, the United Methodist Church is a very diverse denomination of over 7,000,000 members in the U.S.A. alone, and there is deep disagreement about what the United Methodist Church should teach about homosexuality, same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons.

This 4-week course, Living Faithfully, is designed to help you understand the shape of this debate and what it means for the present and the future. Each lesson will explore background on the Bible, Christian theology, history, stories from diverse viewpoints, as well as descriptions of the United Methodist structure on how to address it all.

The goal of this 4-week study is to help you have well-informed, honest, and grace filled conversations with others about these matters. My hope is that we who participate in this study will learn how we can discern, in prayer and conversation, respond faithfully in love of God and love of neighbor. Do come and join us for this 4-week adventure.

 



Blue Christmas Worship Experience

Blue Christmas

Saturday, December 22, at 7pm

 

These past two months and, presently, December have presented us with three holidays, Halloween/All Saints Day, Thanksgiving and Advent/Christmas.  Each holiday has brought its own emotional expectation.  Halloween/All Saints leaves us with the wonderment of the afterlife, Thanksgiving helps us ponder gratitude and Advent/Christmas help us prepare for a God who comes in the most unexpected ways.  The thought of mixing all three together takes away from each.

This is especially true with Christmas.  Christmas has such a family, cozy, secure feeling attached to it.  Just as you could not imagine mixing this vision with Halloween or Thanksgiving, how could you mix it with a funeral?  Yet that is where many of our family and friends find themselves every year.  Many have suffered a death of a loved one, a divorce, a job loss or a new challenge of living with cancer.  (These are just a few, life presents us with many more.)  Merriment around these situations can be like salt on an open wound, reminding them of what was and what will never be. 

 

That is why Gray United Methodist Church will be offering a Blue Christmas worship experience.  On the longest night of the year, Saturday December 22, Gray UMC will open its doors at 7pmTears will be welcome as we longingly read God’s promises, recite the words of our ancient brothers and sisters and sing songs of hope.  Each participant will be invited to come forward and light a candle to represent their loss.  Our worship will be a reflective place for all who grieve and honor the human emotions that surround loss.  Our time together will represent our long struggle before the light of Christ shines fully.  We invite you to join us, Saturday December 22 at 7pm in our chapel for a worship experience entitled “Blue Christmas”….Pastor Amy



Family Game Night

Join us for a family game night
January 11, 2019 at 6:30pm
in the Family Life Center of Gray Church.  
 
Bring your favorite card or board game. 
Snacks and drinks will be provided.  
Everyone is welcome. 
 
For more information, email: janet@grayumc.org
or call 423-477-3792