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The Trinity Torch

Pastor’s Remarks

JULY 2012

Pastor: Rev. Stuart Albee, 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:

TRANSITIONS As I write this, I am at my desk in Kingsport sitting in a sea of boxes and thinking about a big transition ahead. It is that time of year when many United Methodist churches experience a transition in pastoral leadership. It always happens following Holston Annual Conference (June 10-13) and it always happens on a Wednesday (this year, June 20). As most of you know, Trinity has not been spared being a part of that process this year, and that is why I am writing this article. Transitions are hard. Many congregations are grieving the loss of one pastor and simultaneously welcoming a new pastor. Two emotions experienced side by side. It is a strange phenomenon, unique to our tradition, but one to which we have grown accustomed. Both Wheeler UMC and Trinity UMC are doing just that this year. I do covet your prayers for my family as we make this transition, just as I have been praying for you. As I have looked back on my years in pastoral ministry, I have made this journey six times in three different states. This will be #7. None have been fun. Lots of tears have been shed. I come to you from Wheeler UMC in Blountville, TN where I served as pastor for the past nine years. Though I do grieve that loss, I do look forward to being your pastor and getting to know everyone here. It is a huge privilege for me to serve as anyone’s pastor. I still stand in awe of the fact that the Lord called me to this work. I know you grieve the loss of David Brannock. I count him to be a friend in ministry and deeply appreciate his work in extending hospitality and grace in making this transition as smooth as possible. In September, the Holston Conference will welcome a new Bishop. We say goodbye to Bishop Swanson and will say hello to a yet to be named Bishop. Best of all, through all these transitions, our Lord will be with us. As most of you know, our agenda will be somewhat fixed by the “Call to Action”, a ministry plan which has come down from our denomination, and calls us to focus on some areas where we may not normally or naturally would have focused. Another transition! Before we can do that effectively, we have to get to know one another a bit and one way you can help me with that is participating with me in a setting that I am calling “Listening Posts”. You will have the opportunity to stop by on Sunday afternoons and help me to get to know you, and thus the congregation, a little better. It might even help me to remember you name faster! During those times, you can ask me any question you like and I will try to answer . Your homework will be to consider these questions: 1) What brought you to Trinity UMC, 2) What keeps you here and, 3) If you had a magic wand and could change one thing about our church, what would it be? There will be other questions, but that is your homework. You may sign up for these 30 minute slots on Sunday mornings, and I will be praying that these will be productive times for us. I look forward to seeing you Sunday. Your fellow servant in Christ, Pastor Stuart

Prayer List JULY 2012 ...welcome Him, as you would welcome Me. Philemon 1:17 NRSV 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

For Trinity Members & Constituents Benna Bennett Brandon Fisher

Ron Bennett Stella Parton

Tom Yancey

For Family Members & Friends Frances Baxter

William Wright, Jr.

Tommy Collins

For Our Known Bereaved The Family of Violet Reynolds The Family of Rose Bowling The Family of Henry “Sylvan” Lowery

Healing Needed from Cancer Ronnie Hooten Mary Peters Hugh Wells Karen Broyles Payne Susan Ramsey Victor Knapp Rick Felton Richard Arwood Roger Solomon Lynn Rollins Evelyn Blake Leonard Harrell Patty Guinn Darnell Marie Barker Faye & Billy Kelton Edna Cutshaw Hugh Allen Shipley Teresa Krause’ Alan Eldridge

Ed Stalcup Benny Goodwin Earnestine Gray Albert Rasnake Carl Lacher Stanton Whittaker Charlotte Nicodemas Jimmy Carter Jerry Hackney Michael Renfro Brenda Loveday Max Cox Carrie Schrefer Avery Armstrong David Lamons Danny Starnes Jewell Hughes

Families and Caregivers of those with cancer

For Our Nursing Home & Assisted Living Members: Helen Phillips Beryl Smith

Church in Mission

Fran Lynch Baxter-Willow, AK Iva Walker Steve Geegbe/Richard Tefley - Home in Liberia

Anna Belle Hankins Mabel Philbeck Carolyn Tilson

For Our Homebound Members:

For the Persecuted Church around the world. For the Ministry of Our Church, Its Leaders, Pastor Brannock & Staff.

Bobby George Belva Drake Norma Cureton Doc Dowden Helen Jeffers

Kitty Knittel Faye Reynolds Virgie Gray Patsy Reynolds Frances Million

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2012 GRADUATES! HIGH SCHOOL Amanda Adams - GHS Preston Fields - GHS Hannah Lowery - GHS Tori Sell - GHS

Molly Kate Brannock - GHS Tammy Knapp - GHS Madison Ray- GHS Logan Sluder - GHS

COLLEGE & GRADUATE SCHOOL Tiffany Greene - E.T.S.U. Bachelor of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education Tammy Knapp - Walter State Community College Criminal Justice Degree Jessica Keup - Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. John Myers - Graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service

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Joyce Kellis Brett Kennedy Jason Hill Susie Jones Miranda Rasnake Jeremy Southerland Stan Reynolds Adam Sell Sarah Foshee Libby Albee Nicholas Fillers Abbi Fawbush Duane Clowers Eual Shelton John Gregory Kathryn Harmon Will Waldroup Lyle Montieth Bobby Boles Chip McKenna Amy Chesnut Ian Sayler Melissa Hall Cameron Foshee Frances Million Tricia Graham Susan Stokeley Madison Ray Ron Miles Bette Dowd Cherrise Armstrong Jeri Williams Julia Cooper Suzanne Feltman Terry Douthat Heather Walker Robert Keasling II T. W. Harrison Wade Harrison Norma Seneker Richard Walker Pat Ricker Max Cox Brenda West Laura Cooper Rick Brown Joseph Cope Lynnell Wills Nellie Faye Reynolds Alex Franklin Jamie Walker Kyle Reaves Ada Ruth Crum Betty Gregg Daniel Shelton Carolyn Bullington Heather Gass Jacob Cope Kristy Matthews Michala Durbin Rebecca Anderson Steven Sams


Children’s Director

JULY YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Amy Brown - Youth Director

We are going to “Sleep With The Sharks” July will be another busy month for us! @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies July 1: Regular youth meeting from 6-7pm. on Wednesday, July 25th. July 8: Regular youth meeting from 6-7pm.

The total cost is $56.96. We are hoping to have at least 40 attend, so that we can have the whole place to ourselves! Contact me through: Church office: 638-7521 Cell number: 823-8370 Email: Thank you, Jennifer R. McHan

July 14: We will be heading to Gatlinburg for the day to shop and hike. Please come out and join us!! July 15: No youth July 22: Regular meeting from 6-7pm. July 28: We will be going to Fountain City UMC to help with their mission project. July 29: No youth

Summer Choir continues! for the

5 Sundays in July, The TUMC ‘Summer Singers’ Will sing the themes of

Rev Albee’s ‘Gospel’ series. YOU still have an open invitation to be a ‘Summer Singer.’ It’s good that members of our chancel choir have been coming each week; it would be even better if you came also: rehearse with us at 8:45 am the song we’ll sing that morning.


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UMW News Ruth Sub Group - No July Meeting Shalom - July 10 @ 6:00, S. House Pavilion Maude Landmesser - July 12, @ 11:00, Location TBA UMW Reg. Unit Meeting - July 23 @ 6:45, Library ______________________________________________ Lister Circle News July 4 - Astros's Ball Game & Tailgating Party @ 5:30 July 21 - Car Show (cooking) for the Scottish Rites Greene County Shoe Drive (10-4) @ Big Lots ______________________________________________ PLEASE RETURN YOUR VBS YARD SIGNS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE. (WE WILL USE THESE NEXT YEAR.) _______________________________________________________________

Congratulations to

Molly Kate Brannock for receiving Holston Conference’s 2012 Harry Denman Award for evangelism (youth category)!

Monthly Item Trinity’s Food Bank item being collected during July is Oatmeal

or Dry Cereal.

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 August 5.


ECHOES News On Friday Evening, July 6 the ECHOES group will be having their Monthly Dinner Meeting & Program @ 5:30, SFH.

Menu: Pork BBQ, Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Chips, Variety of Pies, Tea & Coffee The meal will cost $6.00 a person. R.S.V.P w/ Lucille Cutshaw

Entertainment: Derrick Livingston

Thank you from the Brannocks We are grateful for the love and support we received June 10 at the reception in our honor. The gifts, cards, notes, and well wishes were priceless. The framed picture of the eagle family is over the mantle in my new office at the farmhouse. We offer the past three years to the glory of God. As we go to serve God in a new way, we pray for God to continue bringing growth as you fulfill “a common purpose” by planting and watering the seeds of the gospel. (I Corinthians 3:5-9)

ALBEE FAMILY Pastor Stuart & Libby Elizabeth Rachel

Love in Christ, David, Mary Ethel, & Molly Kate

Our new address 474 Old Shiloh Road Greeneville, TN 37745-0400 (no landline)

July 2012 Torch  

July 2012 Newsletter of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville, Tennessee.