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Youth Travel to Resurrection
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Tonight members of the Church Street Youth Group will travel to Gatlinburg to participate in Resurrection. It's a three-day conference that brings youth together for a time of worship and fellowship.

Please be in prayer for our youth and their leaders as they participate in this event.

Posted: January 17, 2014 09:33 AM
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Acolytes Needed For Midweek Service
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The Midweek Communion Service is in need of additional acolytes. The acolytes not only bring the light of Christ into the chapel for the service, but serve as communion assistant and liturgist as well. Please prayerfully consider serving in this important role at Church Street. Training is available. Listed below are the dates acolytes are needed. For more information, please contact Pastor Ashley Helton at 521-0263 or ahelton@churchstreetumc.org.

January 29
February 12
February 26
April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28

Posted: January 16, 2014 01:31 PM
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Discover Church Street
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If you have been visiting Church Street or have recently joined, you are invited to the next Discover Church Street class on Sunday, January 26, from 4-7 p.m., in CLC 120.

Discover Church Street is a great opportunity to get to know the pastoral staff, learn more about the mission and ministry of Church Street and the major beliefs/practices of The United Methodist Church. If you are interested in attending or have more questions, please contact Rick Isbell, Minister of Discipleship at 521-0266 or risbell@churchstreetumc.org.

Posted: January 15, 2014 12:19 PM
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Financial Peace University To Begin Soon
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Plan to attend Financial Peace University (FPU) this coming year. Orientations for FPU will be held at 4 p.m. on Sundays, January 26 and February 9, in room 202. Cost for the 13-week course on how to budget, reduce debt, invest and more is only $75 for Church Street members and $100 for non-members.

Questions? Contact J.R. Hertwig at 384-7049 or by email at jrhertwig01@yahoo.com or visit the FPU website at: www.daveramsey.com/fpu

Posted: January 13, 2014 12:16 PM
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Master Arts Series Returns Next Week
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We hope you will join us on Tuesday, January 14, for the next Master Arts Series Concert. The Cornell University Glee Club, with conductor Robert Isaacs, will perform in the Nave at 7:30 p.m., along with the UT Men's Chorale. Admission is free and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Posted: January 11, 2014 12:14 PM
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Learn More About Small Group Ministry at Church Street
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You might have heard by now that we are going to be starting a new small group ministry this year. Many of you have expressed interest in starting or being a part of small groups made up of our church family.The time has come to get the ball rolling to make that happen.

You will be able to sign up to be a part of a small group starting in February. These groups will all look different because they will be designed to meet the varying spiritual and communal needs of our congregation. These groups will be designed by you and for you. My hope is that creating small, close-knit, family-like groups will provide an opportunity for everyone to be purposely connected to a Christian based community beyond Sunday mornings.

Acts 2:42 says that the members of the early church "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Small groups at Church Street will seek to build this type of relationship within their groups. Although individual small groups will look different, Acts 2:42 will serve as the guide for this new ministry. Each group will be asked to do three things whether they decide to have a weekly fellowship dinner in a home, an early morning prayer meeting at the church, or an in-depth bible study at a local coffee shop. The 3 guidelines are simple: 1) Pray for one another 2) Be in the Word together and 3) Fellowship regularly.

In short, the church universal does not need more teachers - it needs more family, more community. The launch of small group ministries at Church Street will aim to create more of just that - more people to help you raise your kids, more loved-ones to pull alongside of you during tragedy, more chosen-family to laugh with over meals, more friends who, as Proverbs say, stick closer than a brother. I am excited to see this ministry get started in 2014. I can't wait to join together and to get each of you plugged into the groups that will serve you best along your journey! Please do not hesitate to contact me at ahelton@churchstreetumc.org or 521-0263 for more information regarding the launch of small group ministries at Church Street or if you feel called to be a small group leader or host.

- Rev. Ashley Helton

Posted: January 09, 2014 11:58 AM
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Welcome to the New Blog
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Welcome to the new Church Street UMC Blog! Part of the church's new website design is a place for blog posts here on our site. You will continue to see content similar to our old blog. The difference is now you won't have to go to multiple sites to find it. We hope you will check back often for new content as numerous blogs are posted each week. For more information about the blog, you can contact Caroline Lamar, director of communications, at 521-0299.

To access the archive of CSUMC blogs prior to this date, please click here.

We're excited about our new blog home and look forward to sharing the missions and ministries of our church in this new platform!

Posted: January 07, 2014 03:53 PM
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