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THE SPIRIT FOUNTAIN CITY UMC
AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER
FOUNTAIN CITY UMC 212 HOTEL ROAD KNOXVILLE, TN 37918 (865) 689-5175 www.fountaincityumc.org @fountaincityumc
Warren Webster, a retired missionary, once said:
“If I had to live my life over again, I would live it to change the lives of people, because you have not changed anything until you have changed people.”
As the people of God we are given the sacred task of changing our world in the name of Christ. But we cannot be agents of change until first we have experienced the transforming presence of Jesus in our lives. And that means continuing to grow in our understanding of Jesus, in our knowledge of God’s Word, in our relationship with God.
That is why I am very excited about our plans for Wednesday nights this upcoming year. Our focus in all of the groups we offer will be, “growing as disciples.” Whether you are young in the faith, struggling to grow in your faith, or very mature in your walk with God, there will be classes to help you continue to explore and grow. In the process of growing, we will become more effective in fulfilling our mission, to make disciples and to change lives!
I hope you will join us on that Wednesday night journey beginning this month.
A LOOK AHEAD MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE AT
UPCOMING AUGUST DATES TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 10:00 am : UMW Ruth Circle Meeting (Room 135) 1:00 pm : UMW Sarah Circle Meeting (Room 137)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 6:00 pm : Youth Fall Kick-Off (Old Fellowship Hall)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 11:30 am : Adults 50+ Lunch & Learn (Wesley Hall)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Children’s Ministries - Promotion Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 5:30 pm : Fellowship Meals resume (Gym) 6:30 pm : Wed. Night Activities resume (Churchwide)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 1:00 pm : Adults 50+ Coloring Fun (Room 137)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 4:00 pm : OffeRing resumes (Bell Room) 5:00 pm : Youth Choir resumes (Choir Room)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 9:00 am : Preschool Open House (Preschool Hallway)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 4:00 pm : Off-Broadway Kids resumes (Choir Room)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 5:00 pm : Pasta & Bluegrass Festival (off-site) 5:30 pm : Open Door Community Meal (Wesley Hall)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Faith Promise Sunday
SUNDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2 FCUMC hosts Family Promise
EMERGENCY ON CALL
August 4-6 : Amy Aycock (423) 276-1965
August 11-13 : John Gargis (865) 310-4783
August 18-20 : Randy Frye (865) 228-5510
August 25-27 : Amy Aycock (423) 276-1965
Gail Clift (865) 922-9408
Mary Bolton (865) 688-6277
Tom Harrington (865) 687-8460
SUNDAY JUNE 25
SUNDAY JULY 2
SUNDAY JULY 9
SUNDAY JULY 16
Sunday School 290 246 328 315
8:30 am Traditional Worship 183 132 198 160
11 am Traditional Worship 236 231 241 275
11 am The Journey 82 83 84 96
Celebrate Recovery 115 114 80 110
TOTAL WORSHIP SERVICES 616 560 603 641
June 19-25 $ 21,987.00 June 26-July 2 $ 27,949.61 July 3-9 $ 28,645.14 July 10-16 $ 16,302.73 July 17-23 $ 19,483.50
FAITH PROMISE FOCUS
Faith Promise Sunday will be on August 27. Please use the blue envelopes in the pew racks to make your Faith Promise commitment.
We extend our sympathy to the beloved family and friends of Norma Sue Lewis in her death on June 18.
We extend our sympathy to Becky Gargis and family in the death of her aunt, Francis Mobley Ladd, on July 8.
We extend our sympathy Cari Ann Moore and family in the death of her grandfather, Robert Wells Severence, on July 9.
We extend our sympathy to Walter Griffin and family in the death of his wife, Mary Jane Griffin, on July 18.
We extend our sympathy to Jim and Judy Whedbee and family in the death of their grandson, Bradley Gattis, on July 19.
GIFTS, AND SERVICE
FOUNTAIN CITY UMC PRESCHOOL OPENINGS FALL SEMESTER BEGINS AUGUST 28
Did you know our Preschool is one of only two preschools in Knoxville to receive the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation? We are now open for registration with the first day starting on August 28!
We have openings in all age groups, from infants to pre-K. To register your child or for more information on this wonderful program serving our community’s youngest children, please contact Susan Todd at email@example.com or (865) 689-5518.
15 Tastings of Competition Level Pastas Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Options available
Tickets: Adults $10 Children $5
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th • 5:00 to 7:00 Central Baptist of Bearden
6300 Deane Hill Drive • Knoxville, TN 37919
Live Bluegrass Music by The Y’uns
The Trinity Boys and more
Italian Market with artisan wares for sale
A United Way Partner
Buy Tickets online: www.eventbrite.com/e/pasta-and-bluegrass-festival-tickets-35148224285
KARM DRAGON BOAT RACE On June 17, Team FCUMC Feeding Frenzy participated in the 15th Annual Dragon Boat Race benefitting Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). While the team didn’t get past the last line of buoys quicker than anyone else, they were #2 Overall in fundraising with a total of $11,079.11 raised through donations, fundraisers, and support from friends and family of FCUMC! And congratulations to Les Gatto for receiving the Top Individual Fundraiser Award!
Many thanks to David Smith for organizing the team, as pictured below in all their paddling glory! KARM is a beloved ministry close to many of our hearts, and what a fun way to participate and support this wonderful ministry. Congratulations, Team Feeding Frenzy!
IN MEMORY & IN HONOR
FAITH PROMISE In Memory of Brian Jones by Emily Jones
OPEN DOOR COMMUNITY MEAL In Honor of Richard Bolus by Pairs & Spares SS class
GENERAL FUND In Honor of Craig Holtzclaw by Gordon & Ellen Fowler In Honor of Greg Smith by Gordon & Ellen Fowler
THE NET In Memory of USAF LT. Col. Jimmie & Katye Nelson by Valeria Nelson
THE NURSERY In Memory of Erin Sewell by Tom Cloud
CHOIR FUND In Memory of Mary Jane Griffin by Woody & Kathy Farrell
YOUTH FUND In Memory of Bradley Gattis by John & Anna Mays, Tom Harrington, and Ronnie Porter
8:30AM SERVICE Charles & Celia Thompson, Head Ushers Troy Lawson David & Debbie Vandergriff Rogan Oliver
11:00AM SERVICE Gary Hillard, Head Usher Jason Hillard Frank Faulkner Doug Cox Teresa Hillard Perry Benshoof Edd Templeton
THE JOURNEY Mark & Karmen Sharp Jen Smith Megan Redmon Paul & Angie Makres Richard & Sonja Bock Rich & Jenny Brown Danny Huffaker & Dee Dee Seals Vernon & Jeanette Coram
We celebrate and rejoice in the birth of June Middleton Hendrix on June 9 to proud parents Allison and Thomas Hendrix. Our congratulations on this sweet little squish to love on! May you experience God’s tender joy through beautiful little June! Congratulations, new mama and papa!
OUR PRESENCE CELEBRATING WITH OUR FCUMC FAMILY
AUGUST OCC DONATIONS SHOEBOX COLLECTION ITEMS
We are continuing to collect items for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive in November! This month’s donations are markers, colored pencils, and crayons.
In November, we will fill hundreds of boxes with basic necessities and toys to send to poverty-stricken countries through Samaritan’s Purse. Please drop off items at the Children’s Desk or in the marked boxes near church entrances. For more
information on OCC, please contact Betsy Castleberry or Beth Petersen.
NEWS, NOTES, AND
VBS BY THE NUMBERS We had a successful, record-breaking VBS week in June! For a fun recap of the week, please visit: http://www.knoxtn- today.com/kids-make-their-own-fun- at-fountain-city-umc-vbs/
Daily Average Attendance: 168 Unique Children Attending: 185 Youth & Adult Volunteers: 115
The Missions Focus was Operation Kid- to-Kid Group Cares and Living Water for Peru. Our folks raised and donated a total of $1,420, providing clean water for 284 people for an entire year!
The Robot Contest Winners were Stephen & Caleb Doubleday, Nate Ballinger, Sarah Underwood, and Hannah Gregg.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN : WHERE WE STAND BELONGING | CHANGING | GROWING
Our Capital Campaign is still well underway. To date, we have received 118 commitments totaling $734,218.00! Thank you for your generosity as we strive to meet our goal of $3 million!
The first priority of this campaign is retiring our outstanding debt of $1.1 million without adjusting current ministry budgets to accommodate the additional payments on the loan.
And we continue to look forward to future ministries and growth of Fountain City UMC, trusting in God’s purpose for us: making disciples and changing lives. We know our people believe in this mission statement for FCUMC, and we watch and wait with spiritual anticipation to see how God will move us forward into fulfilling His call and accepting H