As 2017 comes to a close, the Kid Junction team is happy to report another successful year. In our continuing mission to serve the community, we have served 68 families and 150 children. This was possible because of the support and generosity of our FUMC family. We thank you—each and every one—for your support and prayers as we continue this ministry. Also a very special thanks to our volunteers for the year: Betty Parks, Irene Turner, Janis Kurtz, Nancy Westmoreland, and Doris Ward.

Our 2017 backpack campaign brought in 46 backpacks and a large amount of school supplies. One or two backpacks are left and a small volume of school supplies, which are always needed during the school year.

We received about 10 coats for the 2017 coat campaign. Most of these were distributed during November and December, leaving only a few small sizes for the rest of this winter. When the children’s coats go on clearance, we will be able to restock. If anyone would like to make a monetary contribution for the 2018 children’s coat campaign, please note when turning into the church office. If you would like to donate a coat or coats we need sizes from 4-14 for both boys and girls.


Again this year the Prayer Shawl Ministry has contributed blankets, hats and scarves. Also, Janis Kurtz, one of our volunteers, keeps a supply of pocket prayer shawls available to distribute to the families we serve. Our team truly values the contribution these ladies have made with love and prayers for those who receive them.


As the numbers show, the needs in our community are there. The families that receive assistance are grateful and appreciative. When children are able to come with parents, many leave with smiles on their faces after receiving items such as hygiene items, school supplies, new coats, shoes, outfits, socks, underwear, pajamas, sweaters, story books, toys and/or stuffed animals.
All of us at Kid Junction feel just as blessed as the families we serve. We are proud to be a part of our church family, who has such a great heart for children.
If you have questions about KJ or would like to volunteer your time or talent, please contact any member of the KJ Team: Linda Murphy at 233-9102, Elsie Davis, or Dianne Marshall at 233-7841. We ARE in need of volunteers. If you would be willing to help change out clothes from one season to the next or come and assist on one of the Mondays, occasionally, we could use you!!!

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 (New King James Bible)

Children’s Bible Study

We were blessed to have 15 children at our December Children’s Bible Study. We had such a good time studying God’s message of Christmas with the children.

This was the first time some of the children had attended and we feel sure that it will continue to grow and become an important part of our Children’s program.

We invite you to stop by the children’s room and check out what we have been doing. Be sure and notice the bulletin board outside the door.

Thanks for all your prayers and support.
Ruth Sizemore, Co-Chair Children’s Committee

UMW News – January 2018

The UMW would like to thank everyone who supported the Cookie Walk.  Thank you to those who helped set up the event, made cookies, and donated their time.  All of your helped made this a great event! 

The knitting and sewing group will start meeting on January 4th at 10:30 a.m. for those who would like to join. 

The UMW will be hosting  a covered dish on January 7th following the 10:30 a.m. service in the fellowship hall.  The UMW will provide meat, bread, and drinks.  So bring your favorite side dish and join us! 

“New Year.”

“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” [Revelation 21:5 N.R.S.V]

January first begins a new year. For some people this is a major event. They celebrate New Year’s Eve. Many do this by making New Year’s resolutions, most of which are broken by January second. For others it is just another day, no different from December 31st or January 2nd.

For most of my life I found myself numbered among the latter group. The only real significant New Year Day had for me was that it marked, back in the day, the end of college football season.

However, this New Year has a real meaning for me. 2018 will be the year I take Retired Status with the Holston Annual Conference. Having reaching the mandatory retirement age, I have no choice in the matter. So in effect, this will be a new beginning.

John’s vision found in Revelation 21:5 has God promising to make all things new and assuring us that that promise is true. While we usually do not think of this promise except at funerals and those rare times we think about the end of time, I submit that God can and will do a new thing in our lives and in the life of our church beginning this year.

So make a New Year’s resolution to develop a closer walk with God, to deepen your spiritual life and to support your church with more of your money, time and talents than you ever did before. Another resolution I want you to make is to help keep me focused the first half of the year and if I start acting like a “short-timer” call me on it!

God gives us a new year, let us make the best of it!