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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

UMW Meeting – November 17 @ 2:00 in the Gathering Room

Our Daily Bread – takes lunch to the Melting Pot in Johnson City – Wednesday, November 20 @ 10:30

Thanksgiving Lunch – Thursday, November 28 @ 11:30

4Gs  – Tuesday, December 10 @ 6:30

Cantata and Meal – Sunday, December 15. Meal at 6:00; Musical at 7:00

Children’s Christmas Play – Wednesday, December 18 @ 6:30

Christmas Eve Services – 4:00 and 7:00

Fifth Sunday Worship Service and Breakfast – Sunday, December 29
 
for more information email dawn@grayumc.org
 


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.



Childrens play practice starting now.

Our children are practicing for the December 18th, 6pm Children’s Christmas play.  We have a part for every child, so drop by at

5pm Sunday evenings

for practice and a snack.  

Starving Children should be fed. 

 

With that said, please bring a snack to share for our Children’s Christmas play on

December 18 @ 6pm. 

Thank you in advance for supporting our little ones!



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.  


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.


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.


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. 
 
This special musical will be
Sunday, December 15 with dinner served at 6:00 and the concert at 7:00
 
A sign up sheet will be coming soon!


Youth Lock-in

Our youth Sunday School class will have a church lock-in on November 29th, 9pm-8am
 
Midnight bowling and a pancake breakfast are scheduled.


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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