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Upcoming Events

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 in one service at11:00 am.  Sunnyside band will provide music during the worship service!  Before the service, join us for breakfast beginning at 9:45.


Upcoming Events

 “Light and Life” Musical and Meal –
Sunday, December 15
Meal at 6:00; Concert at 7:00

Children’s Christmas Play –
Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00

Christmas Eve Services –
December 24 at 4:00 and 7:00

Fifth Sunday Worship Service and Breakfast –
Sunday, December 29
Breakfast at 9:45, Service at 11



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



Childrens Christmas Play

The Children’s Christmas Play is Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm!  
 
After the play, we will have finger foods in our Family Life Center…if you can, please bring a snack to share.  Thank you for supporting our little ones
Practice for the play continues Sunday evenings at 5 pm.  We have a part for every child, so drop by for practice and a snack!


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.


New Bible Study Starting in January

 Amy Blumberg will lead a Bible Study beginning January 6,
 
“Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor” by Tom Berlin. 
 
The study will meet at 6:00 pm each Monday for 6 weeks.  If you are interested, please contact the church office (477-4792 or dawn@grayumc.org).  If you plan on attending, please let us know by December 23 so we can order books for the study.


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.



Food Pantry Open

Our food pantry is now open from 10 am to noon Mondays and Fridays.  
 

If you can volunteer to help distribute food and talk with our neighbors, we would love to have your help!  To volunteer please contact Pastor Bryan at pastorbryan@grayumc.org



Life Groups

2019-2020

FAQ’s

Big Picture – What Are They? Life Groups are simply another venue for you to experience the richness of community that you were created for.  From the beginning, God the Father has existed in community alongside the Son and Holy Spirit.  Life Groups are a reflection of that ‘togetherness.’ Life Groups generally consist of 6-12 people that seek to gather weekly or bi-weekly to encourage and support one another, identify and use God’s gifts in the world, and both challenge and grow one another in becoming more like Jesus.
 
How Do I Know Which Life Group Is The Best Fit For Me? Life Groups are defined by a shared interest, stage of life, gender etc…  You have the option to choose which LG best suits you (see Life Group Breakfast Fair details below)!
 
When/Where Do Life Groups Meet? Generally, the LG leaders will determine the when/where before the initial gathering; however, each Life Group has the capacity to make desired or necessary changes.
 
What Is the Life Expectancy of a Life Group?  The current plan is for Life Groups to remain intact from Sept. 2019 through Sept. 2020.  Life Groups will be added/subtracted and relaunched annually.    
 
What About Childcare? Individual Life Groups are empowered to creatively work out childcare through the group itself.    
 
How Are Life Groups Different Than Sunday School?  Life Groups and Sunday School both concern themselves with balancing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  Primarily, what distinguishes a Life Group is its flexibility to meet beyond Sunday mornings, having a cap on the number participating for purposes of intimacy and accountability, and some sort of shared/common life denominator.  
 
 
       



 

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