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20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. —John 20:1-18 It must have been confusing, that first Easter morning. People had thought they’d seen the end of Jesus—and to be sure had sent soldiers to guard the tomb and had hauled a huge stone to cover it so that no one could get in (or out, ha!). Saturday, with its “Sabbath rest” spent mourning and weeping, had finally ended and the women who had followed Jesus set out before daybreak to wash Jesus’ body with the customary spices. They walked quietly through the olive groves until they reached the surprise of the open tomb. Peering through the opening into the dark, they could see that Jesus’ body was gone! And something else: a shining man was there, with clothes that looked like they were made from lightning. “Don’t be scared,” the angel said. “You’re looking for Jesus, but this is a tomb and tombs are for the dead. Jesus is not here, he has risen!” The women were happy, but afraid. It had been a confusing few days. They fled the tomb— and Mary ran straight to Peter and John and told them the part that she could understand: Jesus’ body was gone. Peter and John run to the tomb and find what the women have already discovered: there really was no body in the tomb. The wrappings are there—but who would unwrap a dead body before stealing it? Peter and John believed the body was gone, but they didn’t yet understand that Jesus had risen from the dead. They wouldn’t understand until later that night, when Jesus would find them hidden and afraid. It was Mary who first knew and believed that Jesus was risen and not stolen; Mary who had run back with Peter and John and stayed even after they had gone back home. Jesus called her name and she knew him—and she was so joyful that Jesus had to tell her not to cling to him but go and tell the others. The whole Resurrection story is filled with people not knowing what to make of the empty tomb. Even with the Old Testament prophets and Jesus’ words, the disciples still couldn’t make sense of what the empty tomb meant. In the end, even though the linen strips and face cloth were interesting and worth wondering over, what convinced people that Jesus had risen from the dead was not the absence of his corpse but his living presence. Nearly two thousand Easters have taken place since Mary’s day, two thousand years of people proclaiming that the tomb was empty and the dead Christ alive among men to heal, to sustain, to transform. But it is not enough. If we are to believe in Jesus’ resurrection in a way that really matters, we must meet the Risen Lord for ourselves. Now, as then, it is not his absence from the empty tomb that convinces us, but his living presence. Our hope for resurrection, our hope for new creation, our hope for garden-walking with God is not the empty tomb, but the Risen Lord Jesus, who has called us by name and is the very power of life itself. –Magan Stubblefield

Maundy Thursday Service, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

On Maundy Thursday, the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. Our service will remember Jesus’ call to love one another as we break bread together in holy communion.

Good Friday Service, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. Good Friday marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Although Good Friday is one of the saddest days of the Christian year, we call it “good” because we believe Jesus’ suffering and death were not in vain but served to liberate humanity from the power of sin. We both give thanks and grieve for Jesus, the slain Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Sunrise Service

Our annual Sunrise Service will be on Easter Morning (April 1), beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Field of Dreams. If the weather is good services will be held on top of the hill. Feel free to drive to the top of the hill, where there's plenty of parking available. If the weather is bad, we will hold services in the pavilion. Easter Breakfast in the Pavilion after service.

Easter Sunday April 1 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service (FOD)—Top of the Hill Easter Breakfast (Pavilion) 9:00 a.m. Praise and Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service Come and worship with the Adult MUMC choir as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. April 8 at 10:30 a.m. The choir will present Sacred Places. Sacred Places explores the story of Christ's ministry, passion and resurrection, all emphasizing the locations where these great moments occurred: The Sea of Galilee, the Wedding at Cana, the Sermon on the Mount, Jerusalem, the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary, and the Garden of Resurrection. Please come and worship with us. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Record of Faithfulness

"I will support the church with my presence, prayers, gifts and service!" (Membership vow) S.S. Worship Offering February 4 11 18 25 March 4 11 18 25

S.S. 91 84 92 93 S.S. 93 65 81 68

9:00 am 54 51 56 69 9:00 am 53 43 57 58

11:00 am 78 86 76 57 11:00 am 64 73 71 84

$6,480 $3,419 $3,780 $5,094 $8,436 $3,168 $2,319 $3,960

Budget amount needed Budget amount received in 2018: $55,500 in 2018: $49,926 Louisville Christian Assistance Center: $1,221 Evangelism (Backpack) Ministry: $60 UMCOR: $466 Society of Andrew: $100 Wesley Woods Camp Scholarships: $1,000 Memorial: $325 Youth: $599 “Remember the Church in your will”

Calendar 4/1 Easter Sunday 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service (FOD) —Top of the Hill Easter Breakfast (Pavilion) 9:00 and 11:00 Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (Easter Egg Hunt, donuts, and Resurrection Story) 4/3 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Middlesettlements Cemetery Association 4/4 5:30 p.m. UMW Fundraiser 4/5 Thursday 12:00-noon Adult Ministries “Mousetrap” Dinner following the show at Catfish Cabin 4/8 Easter Cantata “Sacred Places” at 10:30 a.m. (one service) 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 4/14 Parent Book Club (Panera-Alcoa) 4/17 Tuesday 7:00 p.m. UMW home of Linda Hearon 4/20 Friday 6:00 p.m. Adult Ministries Games and Pizza 4/22 Sunday 6:00 p.m. Children's Play "Nailed It" th 4/29 5 Sunday offering, Holston Home for Children &Community Food Connection.

Birthdays in April April 1, Donna Moore April 3, Maggie Moore April 7, Ethan Davis April 8, Nancy Brown, Ronnie Talbott, Ann Smith April 9, Dee Carpenter April 13, LeAnne Moore, Steve Carico April 14, Van Shields April 16, Robin Turnmire April 17, Ben Carico April 18, Gavin Tefffeteller April 20, Barbara Roberts April 21, Mark Shaw April 23, Suzanne Gregg April 24, Laura Floyd, Linda Talbott April 25, John Davis April 26, Andi Love Lawhorn April 27, Jim Lifford April 28, Patricia Lifford, Jason Stubblefield April 30, Carolyn Moore May 1, Gary Kuhlman, Lois Malkemes May 3, Boots Loveday May 4, Margie Davis May 5, Chris Caldwell April Anniversaries April 3, Dee & Steve Carpenter April 5, George & Cindy Province April 11, David & Nell Jenkins April 24, Jeff & Tammy Rule May 3, Hank & Martha Vargas

April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Dinner Chicken Casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and dessert Sponsored by UMW Donations will go for UMW projects (Children and youth can eat off the adult menu, but we'll have something for the ones that don't like Chicken Casserole.)

Middlesettlements U.M.C. Church Council Ministries—March 6, 2018

Treasurer—David Lewis --Amount received as of 3/5/2018 = $40,484 --Amount needed for budget = $41,625 --Amount over budget = ($1,141) --We are $1,141 short of amount needed for the 2018 budget as of March 5. --We had to spend $2,600 on propane for heating. --We paid $3,600 for the district apportionment which will cover the year. Pastor’s Report—Magan Stubblefield --Maundy Thursday service planned. --Two Good Friday services planned. One is at Morning View. Nurture Ministry—Magan Stubblefield --The Wednesday night communion service has started back. --The Friday morning Bible study has started back. --The Adult Ministries schedule for 2018 has been planned. --The first Wednesday of the month will include a meal at 5:30 pm. --VBS will be in July. --The high school confirmation class is going well. Outreach Ministry—Karen Lewis --Backpack ministry will send an Easter meal to the families whose children have been receiving backpacks. Worship Ministry—Joyce Mays --The choir is preparing for a cantata for the April 8 morning service, which includes a string quartet. Joyce Mays suggests considering putting something in the Daily Times about it. Youth—Lane Garner --Prayers for Lane who is recovering from surgery. Trustees—Justin Marcus --We need volunteers to mow at the FOD. We need enough crews for two people to mow once per month. --Joel Puckett is working on replacing the door to the sound booth that is broken. --We may have an inexpensive fix to the door locks and key problem where keys don’t work. --We have a request to build a stage in the sanctuary. There are things to consider as far as how it would affect doors, altar rails, podiums, and instruments. Justin will contact someone to draw up ideas. SPR—Roland Mote --We have requested to keep Pastor Magan another year to serve at our church. --We have released a job description for a Children’s Coordinator.

Old Business -- Pastor Magan reported that a committee on security concerns needs to be formed. There are some things we can do to make us more secure from a situation such as an active shooter. New Business --The Ben and Frances Ross annuity funds have been received for this year. It totals $25,347.19. The Council agreed to distribute it as follows: $19,010.31 to the endowment; $3,336 to LCAC, $1,000 to the Middlesettlements School Backpack program operated by MUMC, $500 to Family Promise, $1,000 to Good Neighbors, and $500 to our local mission fund that helps people in our community. --Chris Caldwell requested to present information for a prolife organization named Choices Resource Center in Oak Ridge. This organization reaches several counties in the East Tennessee area to help young women facing difficult choices. There is a fundraiser on April 26 at Faith Promise Church that some of our members plan to attend. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, Blanche Class Room

Resurrection Run 5K! 5K Run + 1 Mile Fun Run and Walk Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:30 Start Door Prizes, 60 Awards Free for Kids under 9 All Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Blount County Sandy Springs Park Pavilion Online registration encouraged:

The Children's Play is Sunday, April 22 at 6 PM. It is called Nailed It. It is a story based on the parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock. This construction themed play teaches important lessons about the joys and challenges of building faith through the story of friends who set out to build a fort. It is a reminder to us all that we need to be "Fortified" in our foundation.

April 15, Movie Night May 13, Movie Night Will start May 10 preparing for Mission Trip June 14—19, Mission Trip July 11—13, Jesus’ Rally

Youth Information: The Youth meet at 10:00 Sunday for Sunday School—6:00 Sunday for Youth —6:00 Wednesday for Youth (Any questions please see Lane Garner 865.441.1540)

Adult Ministries Calendar

April 5, 12:00 noon “Mousetrap” Cumberland County Playhouse. Dinner following the show at Catfish Cabin. Cost is $48. April 20, 6:00 p.m. Games & Pizza—Cost $10 (FH) May 12, 4:45 p.m. Clayton Center “Riders in the Sky” and “The Quebe Sisters.” Dinner preceding the show at Sullivan’s (downtown Maryville). Cost $45 and deadline to sign up is April 8. June 9, 6:00 p.m. Games & Pizza—Cost $10 (FH) June 25, 5:00 p.m. Concert & Dinner at the Field of Dreams with our Fairview UMC friends. Dinner provided by Buddy’s BBQ. Music provided by “Sonrize.” Cost is $6.00 and deadline to sign up is June 17.

The Middlesettlements Cemetery Association

will meet Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Young Adult Class (old Royce Class).

Field of Dreams Mowing Schedule: It’s time to set up the summer FOD mowing schedule. The trustees would like to know if you would like to be on a team. Typically, each team would mow once a month during the growing season. Those interested need to be comfortable operating a zero-turn mower and/or Massey tractor, and have about three hours available to mow during the week. Please see John Davis (984-3607) or Donnie Hooks (982-4592) if you can help. We are currently searching for a Children's Ministry Coordinator! This is a new (paid) part-time position whose primary responsibilities will include developing and maintaining a weekly children's discipleship program, recruiting and developing volunteers, connecting children to the life of the church, and creating opportunities for children and families to grow in their faith together. Applicants should submit a cover email and resume to Pastor Magan at

Camp Scholarships: We need donations to send our children to camp! Please drop your donations in the offering plate and put "camp" in the memo, any amount helps. On average, most camps cost around $400 for a full week. This is expensive but very worth it! The campers learn so much about God and His creation. This summer's theme is: Here I Am! Send me! It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp! All the information you need to sign up for summer camp at Camp Wesley Woods can be found at Our church offers half off-camp scholarships. Please see Karen Lewis for more information (to get the scholarship code). Last summer, we had around 8 children go to camp from our church and they had an excellent time and drew closer to friends and GOD! This summer's theme is: Here I Am! Send me!

Middlesettlements United Methodist Church 2729 Middlesettlements Rd. Maryville, TN 37801


RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Staff Rev. Magan Stubblefield, Pastor Melinda Andes, Organist Kim Caldwell, Minister of Music David Wells & Justin Marcus, Praise Team Leaders Robby Clemens, Assistant Minister of Music Lane Garner, Youth Director Luanne Lovin, Pianist Joyce Overton, Secretary

Please be in prayer for our missionaries Kevin and Emily Ennis. Kevin and Emily are with the Pioneer Bible Translators and live in Salekhard, Russia. Their ministry is to minister to and translate the Bible for the Khanty people. The Khanty people are a seminomadic people who are reindeer herders, traders of fur, and fisherman that live in the Arctic Circle in Siberia, Russia. Emily is 37 weeks pregnant with their 5th child. She has been hospitalized with some complications. Please pray that further analysis comes back normal and that they can go home soon and have a healthy delivery in 2 or 3 weeks. Also, for strength for Kevin with the kids, they are officially on Spring Break and Sophie (the youngest) is sick.

Middlesettlements Memorial Fund Please write on your check to whom the memorials are for and put in mail box for Memorials outside the Church office, put in offering plate or mail to the Church. Given in memory of Merle Alloway by Mark and June (Love) Shaw Given in memory of Jean Turner by Mark and June (Love) Shaw by John and Margie Davis

2018 Hands-On Mission Project Zimbabwe Holston Annual Conference

Unlike school supplies, food items have expiration dates. Be sure and check the dates and make sure they do not expire until 2019 in order to cover transport time and having a useful life for the people in Zimbabwe.

The Maryville District has been asked to put together 400 Food Buckets for the 2018 Holston Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project. Note: A $5.00 donation for packing and shipping is to accompany each bucket. The $5.00 is to be on top of bucket (please do not put money in the bucket!). Deadline to turn your bucket in is Sunday, June 3. Canned Ham (one 2-lb size or two 1-lb size) 1 box Splenda/Sucralose (50 ct. or less) 1 box powdered milk (10 oz. or less) 1 - 2lb. Bag rice 1 - 4-5lb. Bag self-rising flour 1 - 2lb. Bag dried beans 1 box old-fashioned oats (18 oz. or less) 1 - 4-5lb. Bag Sugar 1 bottle cooking oil (48 oz. or less)

April Newsletter 2018  
April Newsletter 2018