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Support MAD in the CIty

Making a Difference (MAD) in the City is Church Street Youth's local mission project held each summer. We partner with the Wesley House Community Center to work with their students. In the mornings, we go to Wesley House and work with students on their academics as well as play with them, we provide them with great lunches, and take them on field trips in the afternoon. In the evenings, we have activities of our own as a group and spend the night at church. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in fellowship with one another while serving the Lord together!

MAD in the City is July 12-15, and is a big week for Church Street Youth. There are three specific ways you can support this week.
Prayers - Pray specifically for those involved with this week. Pray that we might love the Wesley House kids and each other well. Pray for safety as we travel around Knoxville. Pray for the Church Street Youth Ministry staff and volunteers as well as the staff of the Wesley House. Pray that we might truly be the hands and feet of Jesus as we serve together.
Financial Support - If you would like to donate to this cause, checks can be made out to Church Street UMC with MAD in the City in the memo line. Every little bit helps! The Wesley House is supporting 110 students this summer (higher than ever before) and the cost of providing this event is quite high. If you would like to donate specifically to support a Church Street Youth, you might consider making a donation to our Youth Scholarship Fund. The cost of this event for one youth is $125 - but donations of any amount are appreciated.
Presence - There are several opportunities to serve during this week in support of our students. You could serve breakfast or dinner to youth at Church Street. You could help us transport supplies to the Wesley House. You could help chaperone a youth event. There is plenty to do and we would love to have you!

If you would like to participate, please contact Jenny at This event is one that is very dear to the hearts of those involved with Church Street Youth. Our students, volunteers, and staff have a real passion for local missions and have a deep connection with the Wesley House and its ministries. Please consider supporting us in this endeavor - it is one that truly matters.

Posted: July 08, 2015 12:37 PM
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Register for Camp Hogwarts

The magic returns August 3 & 4 as kids with a love of the books, movies, or the world of Harry Potter are invited to attend our annual Camp Hogwarts. The day camp extends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and includes assembly in the Great Hall, Hogwarts-inspired classes, a magical lunch, and afternoon activities of crafts, music and recreation. The camp is recommended for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade and are Harry Potter fans.

The cost of the camp is $25 per child, with a maximum of $70 per family. If a parent volunteers to be a leader in the camp their child may attend for a reduced rate. Fees are due by August 1 and cover two lunches, two snacks, and all materials and supplies. Register now at Be sure to include your mailing address so your student may receive his/her acceptance letter.

Posted: July 07, 2015 07:41 AM
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Party in the Parking Lot

We hope you will join us for this year's Party in the Parking Lot on Sunday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m. We will begin the evening with dinner in the Magnolia Lot. Dinner will be $5 per person: hamburgers, grilled chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, chips and ice cream for dessert. Please make a reservation by calling 524-3048 or e-mailing by Thursday, July 2, at noon.

After dinner we will enjoy a performance by the local jazz group, the Marble City 5. Kids' activities will be available during the concert. After the concert, we will move to the gym for popcorn and "Paddington." We hope you will join us for this fun evening of fellowship.

Posted: June 29, 2015 11:39 AM
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Canned Foods Needed for Food Co-op

The Beacon of Hope Food Co-op is in need of canned goods. Please consider picking up some of these items the next time you're at the grocery store: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned pasta sauce and canned meat. Place the cans in the Beacon of Hope Food Co-op box outside the kitchen, located across from room 118. Together we all can support the food co-op ministry at Beacon of Hope!

Posted: June 22, 2015 02:30 PM
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Women's Bible Study Begins Monday

A new Women's Bible Study will begin next Monday, June 22. We will be studying Gideon: Your Weakness, God's Strength by Priscilla Shirer. This six-week study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God?s strength.

The study will meet at 6:30 p.m. in room 201-A. The cost of the book is $13. We hope you will join us!

Posted: June 21, 2015 08:59 AM
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Wed. Noon Adult Fellowship

Join us for our next Wednesday Noon Adult Fellowship on June 24, at 12:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Bob Kesling, "The Voice of the Vols." Bob was named lead announcer on the Vol Radio Network in 1999. He is the play-by-play voice for Tennessee football and basketball on the 70-plus stations that make up the Vol Network. Come hear more about his career and all things Vols. Make your lunch reservations by calling the church at 524-3048 or by e-mailing by Monday, June 22.

Posted: June 17, 2015 03:27 PM
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Beacon of Hope Yard Sale

The Beacon of Hope Yard Sale is this Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. - noon. We need lots of donations and we will accept most anything in good condition except clothing, books and computers. You may drop off your items at Vestal UMC on the following days:
Wednesday, June 17, 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 1-4 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 1-4 p.m.

There is a driveway between the main church building and the fellowship hall and volunteers will be there to help with the items on those days. We still need volunteers to help with the sale! Please contact Pat Bellingrath at 591-6274 or Richard Ginn at 599-5047 if you can help.

Posted: June 15, 2015 03:42 PM
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Reception for Pastor Andy

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee invites you to a reception honoring Pastor Andy to celebrate his retirement after 43 years of service in the United Methodist Church.

Please join us this Sunday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. in Parish Hall. If you would like to contribute to a love offering for Pastor Andy, please place a designated check in the offering plate or drop a check by the church office. You may also give online at

Posted: June 11, 2015 09:13 AM
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Adult Class at VBS

During Vacation Bible School (June 15-17), Rev. Rick Isbell, Minister of Discipleship, will offer an adult elective study based on the book by Adam Hamilton entitled, Making Sense of the Bible. The study invites participants into an honest conversation about the Bible and the questions we all have about the Bible. The study will involve video presentations by Rev. Hamilton and small group discussion. While purchase of the book is recommended, it is not required to participate in the class. If interested, please contact Rick Isbell at Please note: a minimum of 10 people are needed for the class to be offered.

Posted: May 27, 2015 12:32 PM
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Holston Home Offering

For 112 years, United Methodists and Holston Home have been a team, working together to minister to the needs of children, youth and families in the Holston Conference and beyond. Your offering on Sunday, May 31, makes a difference. Please give generously. You can also donate to Holston Home on by clicking on "Give Online" on the Home Page to make your donation to Holston Home.

Posted: May 26, 2015 12:53 PM
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