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The Sunday morning schedule is:

 9:00: Sunday School Classes
10:00: Connection Time
10:30 :: Worship Service


Join us each Sunday for Connection from 10:00 to 10:30 in the Family Life Center.  Enjoy free breakfast while meeting others in the church and building Christian relationships.  Come and go anytime during the 30 minutes.  

From Pastor Dennis 

Born to Die

      During this season of Lent, we journey once again to the Cross where Jesus died.  For some, the Cross is just a failure of Jesus to take his movement and change the world.  But this is not what happened.  What happened is a story about a man who was born to die.  Jesus died for us and in Paul’s letter to the Romans Paul writes in Romans 5:8 that God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  But Jesus, when speaking of those follow him, said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”  This raises a question we need to think about this Lenten season.  If we too have a cross to take up, then what in us needs to die in us for Christ to be raised in us?  This will be addressed in my sermon this Sunday from Ecclesiastes 3:2 – “a time to be born, and a time to die.”  

Pastor Dennis

Our Prayer Requests for the Week.

These prayer requests were collected by our prayer team, and we ask that you include them in your prayers this week.  Prayer is very important in our lives, and we believe that praying together as the body of Christ is essential.

Please remember these people as often as you can this week.

The prayer requester is listed first, followed by the person they are requesting prayer for.

T. R. Barnes -  Greg Key - surgery recovery
T. R. Barnes - Nikki Anderson - her mother died 3/7/20 from breast caner
T. R. Barnes - Jan Orchard w/ flue
T. R. Barnes - The Emmaus team
T. R. Barnes - T. R. Barnes  lay director
Brian Lucas - family of Rosemary (sister) & Mike Van Brunt - their daughter Megan died (29)
Ann Bellamy - Bill Bellamy
Patti Frazier - uncle Dan Coakley

Urgent Prayer
Tracy Cassell - family of Erika Spence (she died at 29 leaving 4 children)

Additional Prayer Request: 
Ben Cassell - Anthony Basket diagnosed w/ non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Thank you for your prayers.


Thank you for your prayers.

News and Events

Community Outreach:  Every first Thursday each month (sponsored by G.O.D.S. Small group).
Free-Free-Free Community Meal, April 2, 6-7 pm at GUMC Family Life Center.   The first meal will be spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert. We welcome help with financial donations, dessert (cakes, pies, or cookies) help with set up and take down of tables/chairs.  This is a great way to fellowship with our Gray Community!  For more information contact Emilee Little.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated Sunday, March 8 to the Holston Conference Response to Tennessee Tornadoes.  We were able to send $ 625 to help our neighbors in need.  Thank you for your generosity!

What to expect during our Worship time this Sunday

 Sunday, March 15thst –  “A Time to Die, A Time to be Born” … Ecclesiastes 3:2

We hope to see you in the Family Life Center for a light breakfast during the Connection time from 10-10:30 am.  Do not feel rushed to get to worship "on time."  If you are having a great conversation with your church family, take the time and finish it, then come to worship together.

The worship guide for this week is Cathy Humphries, and she will guide us through the service.

Praise and Prayer

Want to be prepared to sing the music for Sunday? click here

Offering will be taken up during the third song this Sunday.

Scripture and Message

“A Time to Die, A Time to be Born” … Ecclesiastes 3:2
March 15, 2020
Ushers: Darrell Tegtmeyer, Lynn Walker, Collin Wood, Randy Humphries
Greeters:   At Kitchen Door: Richard Dennison
                 At Bottom Ramp Door: Cathy Humphries
                    At Doors A & B: Jimmy Fleenor
Crossing Guard: Scott Boyd 
Facility Monitor: Roger Hall, Bob Denney
Nursery:  Taylor Davenport
Meals on Wheels for 03/17: Steve Jones
Food Pantry:  Monday, March 16: Connie Ripley, Connie Helton
                         Friday, March 20: Dennis Zollinger, BJ  Holt

Co-Ed Softball

Adult Co-Ed Softball (ages 16 and older) games will begin in mid-late April and will go until the end of June. Games are played at Winged Deer Park and historically have been on Monday evenings. Sign-ups will start on Sunday, February 16, and continue until the end of March. Please sign-up on the roster located in the hallway near the church offices.  If you have any questions, call or text Jill Wireman (423-956-3187) for more info. 
We will be celebrating 
MARCH 21st, 2020.

Come and honor this precious lady who've you've come to know and love and meet some of the family.  We are celebrating in our church's Family Life Center starting at 2:00 PM and like always will do an "Open House" type of gathering. So even if you only have a few minutes to spare that day stop by; she will be thrilled to see each and every one of you.  We  are asking people to bring their favorite finger food instead of a gift...(she only has just so much space in her room )  : ) When you see Rodney or myself (Debbie) let us know if you plan on coming so we have an idea of how many tables and chairs to set up.  

There will be a country fried steak dinner on Sunday, March 15, at 12:30 P.M.  This will be held at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church and is sponsored by the Community Help Center.  Cost is a donation and all proceeds will be used to help those in need in rural Washington County.   
TWRA Hunter Education Class @ Gray UMC

There will be a TWRA Hunter Education class at the church the week of March 16, 2020. For more information go to the TWRA web site or contact Steve Jones.
Rev. Mike Sluder preaches March 22nd

The Rev. Mike Sluder will preach March 22 here at Gray United Methodist Church.  Mike is the Director of the UMC Connectional Ministries for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Many of you know Mike better as the son of Bill and Pauline Sluder, members of our church.  Mike grew up in Gray and Gray UMC still has a special place in Mike’s heart.  He is very mission minded and has a big heart for God, God’s church, and the people we all seek to serve in Christ.  Let’s make plans to welcome Mike home March 22.



Children’s Ministry News
Children’s Sunday Evening Group meets each Sunday evening at 5:00 pm.  Join us for play, music, snack and lesson!


Youth Sunday School

Joey Torres would like to invite all youth to attend Sunday school class.  Joey will be leading students in a Bible Jeopardy.  He kicked off this new format last Sunday and wants to extend an invitation for more to join.  Joey was part of the student ministry at GUMC before moving away for some time and getting married.  He has returned to the area and has a desire to share his love for Jesus with you all.  Please make an effort to join him at the Student Center (red barn) this coming Sunday!  You will be glad you did!
March 15th is the last Sunday to get in on the study.  If you are interested please come this week or talk with Pastor Dennis or Pastor Bryan.  

Lenten Study with Scholar N.T. Wright

The New Testament You Never Knew: Exploring the Context, Purpose, and Meaning of the Story of God
Most of us know the story of the New Testament.  We summarize it in the words, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  But did you ever want to know the rest of the story?  If so, then join Pastor Dennis as he leads this eight-week video study on N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird’s, “The New Testament You Never Knew.”  N.T. Wright is perhaps the most prolific, and respected evangelical scholar in New Testament studies today.  In this class you’ll discover things you may never have known about the biblical stories. Class starts Sunday, March 8 and ends Sunday, April 26.  There will be no class on EASTER SUNDAY.


Join us each Sunday for Connection from 10:00 to 10:30 in the Family Life Center.  Enjoy free breakfast while meeting others in the church and building Christian relationships.  Come and go anytime during the 30 minutes.  

Pastor Dennis'
Bible Study

Tuesday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Dennis is “12 Faith Journeys of the Minor Prophets”.  Classes meet at 10:00 am on Tuesdays in the Gathering room behind the church kitchen.  (Door G will be unlocked.)  

Food Pantry

Food Pantry News:
The most urgent needs for our Church Pantry this week are jelly and toothbrushes.  Thank you for all your donations!

Thanks again to all of our volunteers!  If you’d like to get involved, simply email


The Food Pantry Volunteer Schedule for the remainder of February and March is:
Friday, February 21st – Dennis Zollinger/Jean Holt
Monday, February 24th – Randy/Cathy Humphries
Friday, February 28th – Bryan Orchard
Monday, March 2nd – John/Joanna Baker
Friday, March 6th – Laura Weaver/Becky Oltermann
Monday, March 9th – Alex Beverly/Wendy Brock
Friday, March 13th – Bob/Sandra Denney
Monday, March 16th – Connie Ripley/Connie Helton
Friday, March 20th – Dennis Zollinger/Jean Holt
Monday, March 23rd – Randy/Cathy Humphries
Friday, March 27th – Bryan Orchard
Monday, March 30th – John/Joanna Baker
Upcoming Events
Sunday Morning Schedule
9:00 – 10:00: Sunday School Classes
10:00 – 10:30: Connection Time
10:30 – 11:30: Worship Service

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