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Sunday Morning Schedule

Sunday School @ 9am
Connection time @10am in the Family Life Center
Worship @ 10:30am in the Main Sanctuary


       They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  This quote, the internet tells, was invented in 1921 by an American named Frank Barnard.  The slogan came out as an advertisement on the sides of streetcars.  His ad on the side of these streetcars read, “One look is worth a thousand words.”
         As true as this is of pictures and streetcars, it is more true of the lives we live each day.  Every day you are painting a picture of the world by the way you live.  What will your picture say today about you, the way you look at the world around you, and the God you worship.  It gives credibility to another old age saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”  Paint good pictures.


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.

Bonna Moyer - Rita Snodgrass' husbands sudden death -Urgent
Nicki Salyer - Grandfather Herman Carrick Sr. and family - Urgent
      Requested that a card be sent to Herman Carrick 
Nicki Salyer - David Salyer - 39th birthday (1/26/20)
Nicki Salyer - local family pregnant w/ 1st child (that has fatal defects)
Nicki Salyer - Mamaw - 94 yrs old - health
Nicki Salyer - Aunt Ginger Curlee - struggling w/ care of her dad
Emilee Little - Uncle Lynn Walker
Debbie Russell - Sister Robin Whipple w/ cancer
Pat Cox - Pat has trouble with eyes (see Dr. on 1/22/20)
Brian Clohessy - Randy C. diagnosed w/ COPD
Brian Clohessy - George Walker
Brian Clohessy - Gray church
Brian Clohessy - Our military
Debra Sexton - Harold Williams (father) - healing from pancreatic surgery
Sandy Eagle - friend Don Jackman - flu at 79
Ben Boyd - Ben's great grandmother (Billie Coggins)
Regina Cline - Brother Jeff Jones - guidance for doctors

Added after Sunday-
Michael Haas
From Emily Wood for Brian Boggs
Pat Cox for Cindy Milligan (Mark’s niece). 

Thank you for your prayers.

News and Events

What to expect
during our Worship time on
Sunday January 26


This Sunday we will learn about seeing the work of the Holy Spirit in ourselves and others.

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 Beth Hall, and she will guide us through the service.

Praise and Prayer

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We will praise God through different types of music, and pray as a body for his presence to fill us as we worship. During the music, please sit or stand as you feel led.  Sometimes you may feel the need to sit and soak in the presence of God.  Other-times you may want to stand, raise your hands and lose yourself in worship. There is no right or wrong way.  We ask that you only do what you feel, and not worry what you think you should do. This section is less formal, so feel free to find the way you worship most freely.

Prayer is vital to the life of the church.  We ask that you bring your prayer cards to the altar at anytime during the opening section. While at the altar, members of our prayer team are available to pray with you, or you may take time to pray at the altar on your own.  Member of the prayer team will send the concerns that are shareable to you by email, so that you may pray over the concerns of your church family during the week.  If a concern is an urgent need, they will let our worship guides know so that we may pray over them immediately during the service.

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

Scripture and Message

Scripture: Acts 10

Ministry Servants for Sunday, January 26

Ushers: Darrell Tegtmeyer, Lynn Walker, Colin Wood, Randy Humphries
Greeters:   At Kitchen Door: Ron Bishop
                 At Bottom Ramp Door: Cathy Humphries
                    At Doors A & B: Phil and Dianne Sells
Crossing Guard: Barkley Mills
Facility Monitor: Terry Smith, Bryan Phillips
Nursery:  Taylor Davenport
Meals on Wheels for 01/28: Randy and Cathy Humphries


Volunteers Needed!

With the beginning of the new Sunday morning schedule, we need extra volunteers!  If you would be interested in serving as a crossing guard or greeter, or would be available to help clean up after Connection, please call Peggy at 423-477-3792 or email  Thanks for volunteering!

Our Children’s Sunday School class needs a helper to assist with lessons each week.  Regina Cline is the lead teacher and will be preparing the lessons.  Anyone interested in volunteering, please email or call/text Emily Wood at 423-571-7481. There will be a rotation, so a helper would be needed only once every 6-8 weeks.


Children’s Ministry News
Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm the Children’s Ministry team will meet to plan for this year’s Vacation Bible School.  Anyone who would like to help with our church’s VBS this year is welcome to attend.
Children’s Sunday Evening Group meets each Sunday at 5:00 pm. This Sunday, January 26 we will take a trip to Dairy Queen!  Join us for a fun evening of play, snack, music, and lesson!  
Ms. Alice will be having music time with the children each Sunday morning from 9:00 to 9:15.   The children will be singing in church Sunday, February 16.


UMW Meeting Rescheduled
The United Methodist Women meeting scheduled for January 26 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled to a later time. 


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.  
2019 Contribution Sheets

Anyone who would like their 2019 contribution sheet, please sign the sheet on the table in the narthex (where our bulletins are).  You can also contact Connie Helton or the church office (, 477-3792).  Thank you!

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.)  Class will resume from our holiday break on January 7, 2020.


The 4Gs dinner gathering was held Tuesday, JAN 14th @ 6:30PM in the Gathering Room (behind the kitchen) @ Gray UMC.

Join 4Gs on the second Tuesday of each month.  Mark your calendar now for the next gathering on February 11, 2020 @ 6:30PM @ GUMC.  Our guest speaker will be a representative from ‘The Isaiah 117 House’ which is a facility that provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement.  The meal will be ‘pot luck.’  Invite a friend to come, too.   REMINDER: – if Washington County (TN) schools are closed, or close early, we WILL NOT meet.  We would love for you to join us in February!

The first month of 2020 was devoted to making plans for the coming year.  Our devotion for the night was led by Debbie Russell.  Becky Olterman was our leader and talked about the 2020 vision for Gray UMC’s 4Gs group.  She explained that nothing would change about 4Gs this year and that her vision was for 4Gs to be about fellowship, getting to know each other better and serving our church and the community.  She reminded us of scripture from Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Each table was asked jointly to “brainstorm” about ideas of what they wanted for 2020 programs.  These were collected and will be reviewed by the 4Gs Council.

Jubilation 2020 

April 20 – 22, 2020!  This is the 20th anniversary for Jubilation, and this year the event will be held at the Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Jubilation is for our older adults, and offers workshops, Bible Study, music, and more!  Registration fee includes room, program, Monday dinner, and Tuesday lunch.  If you are interested in registering, please contact the church office and we will provide you with the information and forms needed.  The deadline to register is March 20, 2020.

Food Pantry

The Church Pantry needs are: laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid.

Our food pantry is open from 10 am to noon Mondays and Fridays.  If you can volunteer to help distribute food and talk with our neighbors, we would love to have your help!  To volunteer please contact Pastor Bryan at


The Food Pantry Volunteer Schedule for January is:
Friday, January 24th – Dennis Zollinger/Jean Holt
Monday, January 27th – Randy/Cathy Humphries
Friday, January 31st – Bryan Orchard
The Food Pantry Volunteer Schedule for February is:
Monday, February 3rd – John/Joanna Baker
Friday, February 7th – Laura Weaver/Becky Olterman
Monday, February 10th – Alex Beverly/Wendy Brock
Friday, February 14th – Bob/Sandra Denney
Monday, February 17th – Connie Ripley/Connie Helton
Friday, February 21st – Dennis Zollinger/Jean Holt
Monday, February 24th – Randy/Cathy Humphries
Friday, February 28th – Bryan Orchard
United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women have RADA cutlery and other items for you to purchase.  There is a poster and a catalog in the ramp area that will have descriptions and information about all their items.  

If you have any questions, please ask Sandra Denney, Debbie Russell, Sue Hall, Jill Flaugher or Lynice Broyles or email

Our hope is that we can help make some improvements to the projector so the sanctuary screen can be easier to read.

Want to see the catalogue click here.
Apple Butter Gang Supplies for Sale!

The Apple Butter Gang still has some supplies who are no longer needed.  If you would be interested in any of the following, please contact Don Hall at 341-3160.
            Quart jars                    -    $ 1 per box
            Fans, window-size       -    $ 5 each
            Apple peelers, used    -    free
            Used banana boxes    -    free
            New pint jar boxes      -    free
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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