As we consider the rest of 2017 and look forward, please let us continue to strive to move toward the overall stewardship definition in our daily lives at Cassidy:
‘FAITHFULLY PARTICIPATE BY OUR PRAYERS, OUR PRESENCE, OUR GIFTS (MONETARY & SERVICE), OUR WITNESS AND TO LIVE GENEROUSLY.’
We have made some progress in all these areas but obviously many opportunity still exists on the path and new challenges are found each day.
For Cassidy, many positives have been completed, are in progress, or are being planned for later in the year. We should keep very informed on these and the progress made and seek ways to help move ahead, applying the full definition of ‘stewardship’.
From a financial standpoint, our income is staying ahead of our expenses overall and hopefully each will strive to keep your commitments current as the year progresses.
From a ministries standpoint, our income is behind expected levels for the year. Review and recommitment to the individual giving level planned should receive a priority if possible. The Trustees are in the process of planning on the several campus future cost items: the sanctuary roof and interior revitalization, roofs on the two satellite buildings, church furnace, roof on the education wing, and a few others. All of these are significant costs and will be required soon. Continued support to the fund established for these items is a priority as well as our general budget needs.
From a service standpoint, there are still several opportunities for accepting positions at Cassidy that have not been filled yet and to serve in projects that are forthcoming soon-Bible School, specific missions, etc. Contact Pastor Tom and Tammy for details. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of these opportunities or others as they are publicized, if you have specific interests. All talents AND HANDS can be used within the church to further our mission!
From a membership standpoint, an effort has been started to update our membership list for the church. If you think that you might be able to assist in locating remote members, their current addresses, locations, etc., please see Tammy.
From an Outreach standpoint, how better to work to bring more people into our church than to reach out to those that are currently inactive members of Cassidy and invite back to the congregation. Tammy has lists of these so please go by and review for those you may know and reach out to them. The very least to be expected is a short chat and maybe the establishment of the fact that they are attending church elsewhere. The best would be that they might make an effort to come back to Cassidy and can be welcomed back! Either outcome, we continue to ‘sow the seeds’ as Jesus explained in Mark and He is in control of allowing them to grow and mature!
I ask that you continue to reflect on overall stewardship in 2017 prayerfully considering this information. Whether it is your gifts of time and talent to God’s ministries, your financial gifts (to the budget, the ministry campaign, or others), your weekly presence and your prayers or how can you “Live More Generously”, strive for making progress in 2017! Readily accept new ministry opportunities when asked, or better yet, volunteer for one of these ministries.
I look forward to what God has in store for us and Cassidy for the rest of this year. See you in church, and please invite others to join us!
Praise: : Praise that Aunt Cindy had a baby girl, Addy, and the return of Tammy to the church office.
Praying for Others:
Assisted Living: Betty Boyer Home: Dail Rodgers, Estelle Austin Illness: Bob Blazer, Misty Carroll (cancer), Virginia Harr, Jasper Ramey, Sarah Riggins, Betty & Boyd Tipton (Susan Gamble’s parents), Coach Jon Odum, Barbara Knight, Charlotte Osborne (Tracy Campbell’s mother), Tricia Klug (health), Don Schultz, Emma Harrod, Randall Kidd Recovering: Bonnie Blazer, Tim Hash, Shelby Skeens, Keirsten Thompson, Melissa Ramey, Janice Hutsell, Louise McMurray, Joann Simpson, Suzi Fleenor, Chelsea Garber, Joseph Pitz Special Concerns: Dennis Dykes (Afghanistan Veteran, illness), Erin Millington, South Sudan and Fred and Libby Dearing, Laure DiDomenico, Susan Gamble, Tim Herron, Zachary Beachley, Millie Jane McMackin (Wade’s daughter), Rick Owens, Dwight & Barbara Miller, Ryan Maxwell, Lindsey Rufenacht, Kristi Rhoten, Don Culbertson, VBS, guidance for finding a new job Serving Our Community: Matt Harrison, Lynn Feagins, Al James, Mark Lambert, Mike Laningham, Allen Faulk Serving our Country: Tommy Dull, Hunter Roberts
The following people have been on our prayer list for an extended period of time. We would like to be more intentional with our prayers for the people on the list. If you know of the situation, can you please contact Suzan Alley with an update?
Jasper Ramey, Sarah Riggins, Coach Jon Odum, Barbara Knight, Tricia Klug, Don Schultz, Tim Hash, Shelby Skeens, Keirsten Thompson, Dennis Dykes
This Week’s Scriptures:
Please send prayer requests to Don Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call or text him your requests at 423-967-6884.
Don will send out your prayer requests through email as the needs arise. If you would like to receive these emails in order to pray for one another, email Don at email@example.com.
Prayer Focus: Help us be the church to let people know they are loved; VBS; Mission Team in Costa Rica
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Take time to reconnect with your spouse or significant other tonight. Tell them how much Jesus loves them. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Give thanks for Jesus return to heaven on this Ascension Day.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Pray for a renewed commitment to let others see Jesus by our words and deeds. Pray to be mindful that the whole world is watching.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Pray for our family members who are living apart from the Grace of God. Pray to help them return.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Pray to be open to wherever the spirit is leading you today. Pray for the strength to lay aside whatever will keep you from following today.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Always remember the costs associated in living in a free country. Be thankful for those that gave their lives for our freedom.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Thank the Lord for those special people in our lives who always are there for us when we are down. Tell them how much they mean to us today.
Worship and Activity Schedule
Sunday, May 28
Tuesday, May 30
Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday, May 31
Bridal Shower for
Thursday, June 1
Monday, May 29
UMW Garden Party
Church Office Closed
Catch Fire in 50 days
Due to Labor Day
Saturday, June 3
Birthday blessings to the following people:
May 24 Grace Coffman
May 25 Doug Barnett
May 26 Chloe Campbell
May 27 Elizabeth Carey, Roy Smith
May 28 Al James, Morgan Lambert
May 29 Amelia Malcolm
If your Birthday is not listed, please notify the church office so that you can be added.
Living Christian Hospitality
Christian hospitality is rooted in the self-giving love and nature of God. As followers of Jesus, we live into Christian Hospitality by intentionally creating a sacred space and place for others to hear, experience and become a part of the ongoing story of God’s grace and love for the world.
Special Request for the Indian Springs Community Mission Center: We are running short on soap, tooth paste, and toilet paper. These cannot be gotten at Second Harvest or Bristol Operation Blessing. Please drop off your donations in the bin.
What do the colors in church mean?
Through the Easter season the color is white. White symbolizes purity and the Resurrection and is a festive joyful color. We also use white during the Sundays we celebrate Holy Communion.
Catch Fire in 50 Days
· Began Thursday, April 27 for 7 weeks
· Facilitated by Pastor Tom
· At the Parsonage
40 Days to a Closer Walk with God
· Begins Monday, June 12 at 5:30pm
· Facilitated by Margaret Deans
· At Church
Women’s Bible Study
· Every Tuesday,
· Facilitated by Whitney Cook
· At Church
The Youth Mission Trip to Project Crossroads, in Marion, VA, will be June 18-22. If any adults would like to go along to help and support the youth or would like to help provide food for the group, contact Jim Carey or Kristi Ponder.
Cassidy Children are going to participate in worship in a big way on Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Darren Malcolm will be working with the K-5th grade children and the Preschool Sunday School class at 9:35am in the Lighthouse every Sunday in May preparing special music. Mom’s and Dad’s, PLEASE make plans to have your children in Sunday School every Sunday in May-and be on time! You don’t want to miss any of the fun!
Looking for a place to serve at Cassidy? We could use nursery assistants in the church nurseries during worship. Deborah Doan and Pam Howell are our very capable paid nursery staff, but some Sundays they need an extra hand. Where else can you enjoy hugs and kisses, laughter, painting, and pictures, play-do sculptures and dress up in the space of one hour and then leave? Oh yes, and one more thing, loving on the least of our church family-letting them see Christ in you! Assistants are usually scheduled to serve twice a quarter. If you have questions or would like to sign up to serve in this wonderful ministry, please contact Elizabeth Carey at 323-3788.
HANDS-ON MISSION PROJECT 2017
FOOD BUCKETS For Zimbabwe
GOAL: Every Church Participates!
Pack in a NEW CLEAN food-grade 5-gallon bucket with lid.
1 corn meal (4-5 lbs) (can be white or yellow)
1 bag/box grits buttered flavored (can be instant)
1 bag of rice (2 lb) (white)
1 bag dried beans (2 lb) (any kind)
1 powered milk (10 oz or less)
1 box quick oats (18 ox or less) (1 minute)
1 bottle cooking oil (48 oz or less) (any kind of oil)
1 box Splenda (50 ct or less)
Canned Ham (one 2 lb size or two 1 lb size)
Hams have been donated. No need to purchase this item
Only purchase what is asked for. When going through customs all items have to be the same.
If an item is left out of a bucket, place a note on the bucket when delivered at drop off.
BUCKETS & LIDS – Do NOT put lid on bucket!
Purchase a new & clean food grade 5 gallon bucket with lid. No previously used buckets!
At the drop off, please leave lid OFF. The buckets have to be inspected before the lid is placed on it.
DROP – OFF: Crossroads UMC (200 Bays Cove Rd., Kingsport, TN 37660)
Tuesday, June 6: 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 7: 9 am – Noon Truck from conference will load at 1 pm!
$5/kit for shipping. Do not put checks in buckets.
VOLUNTEERS are always needed! Content inspection, truck loading, etc.
College students can use this as community service hours.
For questions, comments, concerns & to volunteer please contact our District Hands-On Mission Coordinator, Buddy Butler, at 423-429-3820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ladies of the church are invited to a bridal shower for Erin Millington on Sunday, May 28 in the Fellowship Hall from 2-4pm. Erin and Jonathan are registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Gift cards from Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, and Food City would be helpful. Also, a list of staple items that may be purchased as a gift are posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.
VBS Needs YOU!!
What: Cash donations for snacks and family Outreach Supper
Where: Drop at the Church Office
When: By May 28th
This year we will be supplying a health snack each day of VBS and water. By asking for a Cash donation we can make one trip to the store and buy exactly what we plan to serve. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
What: VBS Work Days
Who: VBS Leaders and Teams and anyone who would like to help with decorations.
When: Saturday, June 3 from 9:30-12:30
On behalf of my family, we so deeply appreciate your kind expressions of sympathy in the loss of my father, Jerry Bentley. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
To those of you who volunteered in the office on such short notice so that I could be with my sweet parents, those of you who sent those lovely cards that brightened my Daddy’s day, or those of you who came and sat and had prayer or brought snacks and food, the memorials you have graciously sent in his memory, the gift cards that we will use to take my dear mother out to eat, those of you who came and spoke the kindest words, and those of you who were not able to visit but sent prayers, whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you. I am so blessed to be a part of such a loving church family! I love you all and am thankful of the assurance of knowing where my Daddy is…of the promise that God wants us to be there! We cannot win our way into Heaven by our own goodness, because we will never be good enough; God’s standard is perfection. But God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins- and when we put our faith and trust in Him, all our sins are erased and Heaven’s door opens before us…and in the days ahead, we will all be reunited, praising Him!
Thank you again, dear friends, for everything!
I love you all!
Tammy Rogers and Family
After 25 years of serving Cassidy Preschool, I will not be coming back for the next school year. I have had a wonderful time and met and worked with some of the best people in the world but it’s time for me to leave. There are so many people to thank and I hope I have said thank you to you in the past. I hope and pray that Cassidy Preschool will continue to serve the church and the community for many more years to come.
The Preschool Committee will be in search of a director and teacher. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, applications will be in the church office. Remember what I’ve always said: You must love children more than money for a job like this.
I’m thankful for the opportunity of this service,
Thank you for the Certificate of Appreciation for the years I was blessed to be involved in Cassidy Kindergarten-Preschool. Cassidy has always had a special role in providing love, knowledge, and most important-teaching God’s will in the lives of our little ones.
May the next 50 years continue His blessings on our children and their families.
God Bless, Jerry Thomas
To the wonderful people of Cassidy Church, Thanks so much for my beautiful flower and appreciation picture. We loved every minute of our Preschool and I am so thankful for my Granddaughter (Elaine Faulk Harrison) working in preschool. It is so rewarding. Our prayers go out to all the teachers and children.
Thank you, Shirley Faulk
We are so excited to have Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford with us this coming Sunday, May 28, while Pastor Tom is continuing work with the Costa Rica Mission Team.
Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford is a native of Morristown, TN, where her family is active in First UMC. Lauri Jo first explored her call to ministry when asked to preach for Youth Sunday and then College student Sunday. She further explored her call to ministry while active in campus ministry at Emory University. After college graduation she worked for Atlanta Urban Ministries, an urban ministry of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her work with the homeless population in Atlanta solidified her call to ministry. The following year she entered Candler School of Theology, where she completed her Master of Divinity in 1997. Upon graduation, Lauri Jo moved to Dallas, Texas where she spent a year as a chaplain resident at Children’s Medical Center working with pediatric oncology patients. She returned to Holston Conference in 1998 and has served churches in the Oak Ridge and Johnson City District. She has served as the conference sexual ethics trainer as well as the chairperson for the Congregational Wellness Team who works with churches in chronic conflict. She was appointed as District Superintendent in 2015 and serves in the Kingsport District.
Help us show Rev. Cranford what an awesome and loving congregation we have here at Cassidy on Sunday morning! See you then!