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The Trinity Torch

Pastor’s Remarks

MAY 2011

Pastor: Rev. David Brannock, Administrative Assistant: Donna Lowery Financial Secretary: Jim “Chip” McKenna Director of Music: Jerry Long Director of Youth: Amy Brown Director of Children: Jennifer McHan Custodian: Tim Cansler Office e-mail: Office Phone: (423) 638-7521 Trinity Library: Web Page:

“Why are we conducting a Capital Campaign in this economy? Why are we trying to get this project done so fast?” If you or someone you know has asked these questions, the answer goes back to the “Meet the Pastor” sessions held in 2009. Some of the results are shown below. (The full list is on the board in the church office.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Trinity UMC “Meet the Pastor” results November 2009 A total of 88 people attended the 8 sessions I held. I asked the participants two questions about Trinity UMC: 1) What do you love about us? 2) What dream do you have for us? I looked for common themes. The following responses were stated most in the different groups. “10 dreams I have for Trinity” 1. An elevator because our facilities have a lot of steps and we have a number of older people. 2. A covered entrance (front or back of the church) so folk can be dropped off and stay dry from the car to the door. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Two years ago, the need for an elevator and a canopy were the top two most common dreams mentioned by the 88 people who shared their ideas with me. When the Building Committee was formed to get the plans drawn up, several times we were asked, “What is taking so long? When will ground finally be broken?” Some other thoughts: 1. Finance Chair B.J. Broyles says financially, Trinity is as strong as we have been in several years. We are debt free. All bills are paid on time. We aren’t struggling each month. 2. In this economy, construction costs are as low as they will ever be because companies are desperate for work. Interest rates on the loan we will take out will also be low due to the economy. If we wait for things to turn around, the overall cost of this project will rise considerably. 3. As of April 24 we have $37,056 in the Building Fund; once we receive $12,944 more to reach $50,000 in our Building Fund, we’ll break ground on our $250,000 project

to install an elevator and to add storage space and an extra room. To help repay the loan we will take out, we now have another $33,800 in pledges to be paid over the next 3 years. (These pledges include a one-time $5,000 grant we will be receiving from the Morristown District.) Our website has more information: 4. We’d like to finish the project by Christmas because so much happens in December. But the pledges to help repay the loan will be for 3 years. As Capital Campaign Chair Scott Bullington said during worship, this is what you plan to give over the next 3 years. If your circumstances change, you can always adjust your pledge later. Both the need and the cost to build won’t decrease, so we are moving ahead with this plan. On May 8 and 15, those who have not yet turned in a pledge form will have the opportunity to do so during the worship service. Blessings, Pastor David

Prayer List

For Our Known Bereaved


May 2011 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” John 20:18a

Praise! For God’s resurrection love and power. For Our Armed Forces Justin Sayler Brian Benton John Penland Justin Walter Thomas White Steven Sams Jay Burns

Kenneth Kelley Jamie Moseley Joseph D. Carson Steven Ayers David Jones Stanley Keselicka

Healing Needed from Cancer Dale Ann (Dyke) Ladd Lynette Bradford Hugh Well Karen Broyles Payne Susan Ramsey Glennon Smith Rick Felton Richard Arwood Roger Solomon Lynn Rollins Evelyn Blake Mark Johnson Leonard Harrell

Ronnie Hooten Mary Peters Jeff Rohn Earnestine Gray Albert Rasnake Victor Knapp Stanton Whittaker Charlotte Nicodemas Jimmy Carter Jerry Hackney Michael Renfro Eddie Boles Brenda Loveday

Families and Caregivers of those with cancer

For Trinity Members & Constituents Tom Lynch Buddy Kinser Jack Johnson Nellie Basinger Peg Wigle Patsy Reynolds

Mary Ann Broyles Helen Phillips

For Family Members & Friends Kay Ford Toni Weems Brandon Knipp Mrs. Douglas Gray Heather Chapman Ed Stalcup James Timothy Reynolds

For Our Nursing Home & Assisted Living Members: Dorothy Wilhoit Kenneth Blevins

Beryl Smith Helen Phillips

Bonnie Woody Anna Belle Hankins

Mabel Philbeck Evelyn Holley

For Our Homebound Members:

Church in Mission

Bob George

Fran Lynch Baxter-Willow AK Patsy Reynolds Steve Geegbe/Richard Tefley - Home in Liberia Faye Reynolds Virgie Gray Pastor Boo and Phyllis in Sudan For the Ministry of Our Church, Its Leaders, Pastor Brannock & Staff.

Nellie Basinger Kitty Knittel

Josephine Gilreath Belva Drake Virginia Stegall Doc Dowden Helen Jeffers

The Fine Arts are alive at TUMC! Our Lenten stories, Journalist’s Journey have brought together many of the fine arts as we explored ‘what might have been in Jesus’ life and passion.’ If your worship attendance was perfect during Lent and Holy Week, perhaps you can relive the stories as we give special

Thanks to TUMC Dramatists: Tracy Horner, Journalist Vance Walker: scribe of Isaiah’s writings; Mark Edwards: shepherd’s son Chris Edwards: crippled man’s friend; Jacob Cope: Samaritan’s boyfriend Carla Renner: Samaritan woman (solo); David Veley: writer of first gospel record Tom Garland: owner of the colt; Vance & Madge Walker: Passover pilgrims Mark Edwards: servant of high priest; Logan Sluder: servant of high priest Jennifer McHan: wife of Pilate; Marty Miles: mother of Jesus David Brannock: Jesus’ disciple; Joey Harmon: Roman centurion Thanks to TUMC’s production TEAM: Directors and assistants: Tracy Horner, Annetta Long, Lyle and Aileen Montieth and Rita Garland Backdrop production and set design: Becky Mallory and Holly Hope; Costumes: Jonnie Pierce Sound: Lyle Montieth; Lighting Jacob Cope

Thanks to TUMC Musicians: Trinity’s Chancel Choir; Kathy Hoard, accompanist; Children’s choir directors: Marcia Whaley, Jill & Carla Renner Instrumentalists: Laura Garland, Miranda Rasnake, Jessica Freshour, Mark Edwards, Robin Edwards, Lauren Edwards, Devin Lowe, Ashley Lowe, Tisha Harrison, Logan Sluder, Amanda Adams, Josh Bolling

Musicians, we will contact you as our May schedule sheds its Wonderful Wednesdays and takes on its new ‘look of summer.’ And A Very Special Thank you to Jerry Long - Director of Music

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Wilma Holley Ella Broyles Tiffany Wilhoit Carl Eikenberry Carol Smith Marty Miles Mary Lee Fields Patsy Dority Chris Bullington Douglas Crum Amie Douthat Brandon Rogers Charles Renner Harold (Buddy) Link Laura Garland Kay Jones Patricia Chesnut (Trish) Mitzi Holt Ryan Parkins Jerry Long Georgia Lister Katherine Parker Faye DeBusk Grant Jones Karen Close Lauren Morelock Mike Bueck Allison Holt Becka Gregory Christy DeBusk Don Wilhoit Allison Rogers Steve Tunnell Landon Kinser Victoria Harmon Diane Foreman Sharon Hill Cindy Fisher Eric Waldroup Mike Franklin Rene Thornhill Amy Gross B.J. Broyles Billy Broyles Carmel Rasnake Amy McDonald Becky Rotan Marma Lee Boles Tom Garland Marcia Whaley Jimmy Sams Tammy Knapp


MAY YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Amy Brown - Youth Director May 1: We will be having a regular Youth Meeting and be starting our new study. Following the youth meeting we will be having a Youth Feedback meeting at 7:30.

May 11th will be our last Wonderful Wednesday for this school year. For our last evening we will be cooking out at the Samson House and playing on the playground, there will be no program that evening.

May 8: There will be NO YOUTH due to Mother's Day

The end of May we will be in need of a 3rd,4th & 5th grade Sunday School teacher. Please be playfully considering if this may be a position God can use you in to bless our church.

May 22: Regular Youth Meeting with our new study.

May 15: We will be doing the Sunday Morning Service. This Sunday is Youth Sunday. As we prepare for summer we would like for you to mark your That evening we will be having the Senior Banquet. calendars for VBS July 17th-21st running from 6-8:00 each night. All the youth please attend to support those who are moving on.

May 27: We hope to have a Youth Lock-In this evening.

Calling volunteers!!! The Boys & Girls Club is doing a VBS June 13-15 from 9-12:00 and they are seeking help from area churches. I May 29: Regular Youth Meeting. feel this would be a great outreach for us and am asking for your YOUTH: Please do not forget FITSUM!!!!! help for this great opportunity. Please contact me A.S.A.P if you All FITSUM money should be in by May 22. are interested in helping me. ATTENTION Church Members: Don’t forget to Honor or Remember someone special on MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 8.

_________________________________________ ATTENTION: 2011 Graduates & Families

UMW NEWS May 9 - Ruth Group Meeting @ Joyce Kellis’s Home May 10 - Shalom Meeting @ Debbie Oldenberg’s Home

We are making a list of our high school, college, & grad school graduates.

May 12 - Maude Landmesser @ 11:00 Spiritual Enrichment Experience May 13-14, 2011, Lake Junaluska, NC

Please notify the church office @ 638-7521 or email @ so your graduate’s name will be included on this list.

Young Women’s Retreat May 14-15, 2011, The Lambuth Inn @ Lake Junaluska Lister Circle will meet Wednesday's @ 5:00, Jr. High Room

Trinity UMC Youth

Mother’s Day Flower Project Trinity’s Youth will be accepting donations this year for the adornment of the altar on Mother’s Day. Honor your loved ones by placing their names below to appear in the Sunday, May 8th Bulletin. DEADLINE: Monday May 2, 2011 Placed by:

In Honor

In Memory


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Greeneville, TN 37745 PERMIT 135

United Methodist Church 524 Tusculum Boulevard Greeneville, TN 37745



Announcing the Wedding of

Melissa Ann Ball to

John Patrick Walker on

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 6:00 in the evening at Trinity


(Reception to follow ceremony.)

Monthly Item Trinity’s Food Bank item for June is Peanut Butter. Donations can be placed in the cardboard boxes provided in either the Large Fellowship Hall or the Old Narthex outside the Sanctuary. Pick up will be June 5 .

___________________________________ ECHOES News On Friday evening, May 6th. the ECHOES group will be having their Monthly Dinner Meeting & Program @ 5:30, SFH. Menu: Roast Beef, Cream Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, Corn, Slaw, Rolls & Butterscotch Dessert. The meal will cost $6.00 a person. R.S.V.P w/ Lucille Cutshaw Entertainment: Jerry & Annetta Long

__________________________________________ The Current Library Computer Series is now finished. Computer Classes will resume in September. Thank you, Madge Walker

START NOW!!! Cleaning out closets & your basement, to get ready for the Church Wide Yard Sale to be held at Trinity UMC June 4, 2011 (8:00am - 12:00 noon) Sponsored by U.M.W., to help with missions giving.

How are we doing compared to last year? (Jan. 1- Mar. 31, 2010 vs. Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2011) 1st 3 months Worship Sunday School Revenues Expenses

_____ 2010 230 162 $73,568 $76,765

2011 220 159 $79,792 $70,659


Vacation Bible School is coming — mark your calendars!

Sunday - Thursday, July 17-21 (6-8 pm) Angel Carter, VBS Director

May 2011 Torch  

May 2011 Newsletter of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville, Tennessee