Thursday, January 31, 2013

Help Support Budding Artists at the Church Street Preschool

Kids love to create art, especially the children at the Church Street Preschool. But all that art takes a lot of paper. That's where you come in! 

The Church Street Preschool is in need of scratch paper. If your work or business has any paper with one “good” side, no matter what the size or shape, the preschool will happily reuse it. They have many budding artists and have used up their store of scratch paper. Contact Miss Beth at 524-3511 or leave it in the main office.

Thank you for your generosity and for encouraging the artist in all the students at the Church Street Preschool. 

Reflections on Israel

Earlier this month, Sue Isbell led a group of travelers from Church Street on a trip to the Holy Land. Below are her reflections on this life-changing experience. 

On Thursday, January 17, twelve physically exhausted but spiritually energized pilgrims returned to Knoxville from a ten day trip to Israel. As tired as we all were after the 12 hour flight from Tel Aviv to Philadelphia and then the connecting flights home, none of us returned the same person as when we left.

This was my sixth trip leading a Church Street group to Israel and my first day back at church I heard the same two questions I always hear: “Did you see anything new?” and “What new things were there to see?’ There is a difference.

“Did you see anything new?” usually comes from someone who thinks returning to the same place over and over is pointless, or boring, or just a waste of time and money. This question usually comes from a tourist. “What new things did you see?” usually comes from someone who has either been to Israel and knows that there is always something new to experience or someone whose heart is quietly nudging them to make this special journey. There is eagerness in their eyes as they ask the question and a reflective nodding as they absorb the answer. Once you make this trip as a pilgrim, you are never the same.

Every time I have been to Israel I have seen or experienced something new but there are places I look forward to revisiting each time. My favorite place is a tiny church in Tabgha that recalls the “breakfast on the beach” story from John 21. Something about that church, the lapping water of the lake, and the grove of ficus trees that leads to it that makes me totally understand why Peter returned there to fish when his life seemed to be in chaos. I also cannot adequately describe each time I first glimpse the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock rising brilliantly in the distance. I always get chills, overwhelmed with the comfort of being in a holy but familiar place once again.

But my very favorite part of each trip is always the same: Watching my fellow travellers see the stories and places they have read and studied about all their lives finally come to life. And, since I have been before I can tell folks which side of the bus to sit on so they get the best first view of Jerusalem, or which direction to look to see the snow on Mt. Hermon, or what to expect for lunch at the kibbutz across the Sea of Galilee. But our experiences always go beyond the holy sites: Getting to know our Israeli guide and our Palestinian bus driver and seeing firsthand how their similarities and friendship are uniting and not divisive; watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee; experiencing a rare snow in Bethlehem; spending a free day exploring the markets in the Old City bartering for souvenirs; enjoying a relaxing lunch at an outdoor falafel stand while trying to figure out how much Israeli money we actually have left to spend. I have been a Christian educator all of my adult life and to me, this is the greatest classroom I can imagine.

A tourist can sightsee, learn about new places, and return home with great souvenirs and amazing pictures. A pilgrim does all these things too, but when he returns home his life has been changed forever on a different level. If you don’t believe me, observe one of our “Tennessee Twelve” as we journey through Holy Week this year. Easter will have new meaning for each of them because they have prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, they have touched the rock of Calvary, and they have seen the empty Garden Tomb. Amen!

Caesarea by the Sea

Mount of Olives

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Update: Imagine No Malaria Offering Kicks Off Church Street's Fundraising Efforts

Last Sunday, the United Methodist Women of Church Street kicked off our congregation's effort to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria. We learned more about the disease and about the Holston Conference's goal to save 100,000 lives before Annual Conference in June. Just $10 will save a life.

After both services on January 27, the UWM collected a special offering to kick-start our fundraising. $3,374 was collected in just one Sunday! That's almost 300 lives saved from malaria. Imagine what we can do over the next few months as we work towards the conference goal of 100,000 lives saved.

On Sunday, February 24, our Children's Department will host a special lunch to add to our fundraising dollars. Over the next week we'll have more information on how you can purchase tickets or volunteer to help at the luncheon. It's all part of our church's efforts to Imagine No Malaria.

Reminder: You can contribute to Imagine No Malaria directly on the church's website. Click here to donate today!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cocoa With the Kids

Today was a special day for the children of the Church Street Preschool. They invited the entire church staff to join them for a snack. Their smiling faces and delicious treats made for a wonderful morning and a nice break from our daily routines.

The staff extends their most heartfelt thanks to the children and their teachers for such a lovely morning!  We were blessed to spend time with you all and look forward to seeing you again soon.

If you'd like more information on the preschool at Church Street, please contact Beth Cooper-Libby at (865) 524-3511. You can also learn more about the program online by clicking here.

What's In Store For Downtown Knoxville?

Join us this Sunday, February 3 at 6 p.m. in Parish Hall for the next Sunday Night Live program. David Dewhirst will be our speaker. He and his firm, Dewhirst Properties, have been a vital part of renovation and development in downtown Knoxville for the past decade. Learn more about future developments in Downtown Knoxville. Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. Make reservations by calling the church office at 524-3048 or e-mailing by Thursday, January 31 at noon. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

What Resurrection Means to Me

Earlier this month, members of the Church Street Youth Group traveled to Gatlinburg to participate in Resurrection.  Today on the blog, 10th Grader Chloe Beth Armstrong shares what the weekend means to her.

Resurrection is the one of the big events our youth group does that involves everyone in youth who may or may not usually participate in choir or other activities. I really like how it is an opportunity to be on a trip with people whom I may not get to see every week at choir, Sunday school, youth, or basketball. Although it is cold every year and may require a lot of walking, people love to go to Resurrection because it is a chance to be reborn and refreshed spiritually. The sessions are packed with music, dancing, top-notch performances, and moving speakers.
This past weekend was very enjoyable. The speaker did not follow the "usual" Resurrection speaker style, but helped everyone grow closer to God in a new way. This weekend was also unique by trending #Rez13 on Twitter and Instagram. I found it very interesting to see photos and tweets about everyone's Resurrection experiences beyond my youth group.
Friendships are also growing during Resurrection because it allows a lot of time to hang out with people. It’s even a chance to meet people in other youth groups. Through the bus rides, the laughs, the tears, the new experiences, I always come home feeling like I grew closer to new people and strengthened bonds I've had with older friends.
Other good things about Resurrection include the annual trip to the Pancake Pantry, shopping around and seeing the endless tourist traps and gift shops, and occasionally witnessing one or two brave people take a splash into the outdoor pool.
Overall, Resurrection means a lot to me. It is one of my favorite youth events and every year I know it will be even better than the last.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sermon: Peter's Confession and Ours

Luke 9.18-27 The Great confession                                                                                     
20 Jan 2013

            In the 2006 movie, “Talladega Nights,” NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby gathers with his family for a dinner of every fast food that a teenager could crave: Domino’s Pizza, KFC, Taco Bell, and PowerAide. When it is time for the blessing, Ricky Bobby begins this way: “Dear Lord Baby Jesus, I want to thank you for this wonderful meal, my two beautiful sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, and my Red-Hot Smokin' Wife, Carley.” As he continues, he refers repeatedly to “Dear Lord Baby Jesus.”
            Carley interrupts him and says, “You know, Sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him Baby.”
            Ricky Bobby relies, “I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m saying grace. When you say grace, you can say it to grown-up Jesus or teenage Jesus, or bearded Jesus, or whoever you want.”
            Ricky Bobby continues his prayer, “Dear tiny Jesus, in your golden fleece diapers, with your tiny balled-up fists.”
            His father-in-law interrupts, “He was a man. He had a beard!”
            Ricky Bobby snaps back, “Listen, I’m saying grace, and I like the Christmas version best.”
            Ignoring the conflict between the two men, Ricky Bobby’s best friend Cal says, “I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt. It says like I want to be formal, but I’m here to party too.”
            One of Ricky Bobby’s sons says, “I like to picture Jesus a Ninja, fightin' off the evil samurai.”
            Cal then adds, “I like to think of Jesus with giant eagle wings and singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with an angel band.”
            Ricky Bobby returns to this prayer, saying, “Dear eight-pound, six-ounce, new born infant Jesus, who doesn’t even know a word yet – little infant, so cuddly but still omnipotent.” He then thanks Jesus for all his NASCAR victories and the millions in prize money he has won. He concludes the blessing by saying, “Thank you for all your power and grace, dear Baby God. Amen.”

Whew! After a theology lesson like that, the Bible seems pretty tame. Still, the movie raises a great question: Who is Jesus?
+Do we pray to the Baby Jesus of Christmas morning?
+Do we pray to the Jesus who commanded the storm to be still?
+Do we pray to the Easter morning Jesus who rose from the grave?
More to the point that Ricky Bobby raised: Do we get to pick the Jesus we will honor with our prayers? If we like the Baby Jesus of Christmas more than we like Grown-up Jesus walking the dusty roads of Galilee, do we get to choose?
            Well, you will not be surprised that I consider the Bible to be “the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine and teaching. The Bible bears authentic testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (2). As a result, I want us to turn this morning to the scriptures to find our picture of Jesus. Let the scripture provide be the definitive picture of Jesus for us.

            “Who do you say that I am?” No question has more power to change the direction of our lives than this one. It is a question that demands to be answered.
            The fact is that people throughout Jesus’ life wondered who he could be.
·       In John 7, Jesus went to a religious festival in Jerusalem. People were asking each other who Jesus might be. Some at the festival said, “He is a good man.” Others were saying, “No, he is deceiving the crowd.” And they began to argue among themselves who Jesus might be.
·       Just one chapter before the passage we have read this morning, Jesus was crossing the Sea of Galilee with his disciples in a boat.
23 While they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water…. 24  They went to him and woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?"
·       Mark 1 tells of a day when Jesus was in the synagogue. 23 There was a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." Oddly, the unclean spirit was more certain of Jesus’ identity and power than the *people* gathered around listening.
Who is this Jesus? You might say that the Four Gospels of the Bible were written in large part to answer that question.

II. Let’s look more closely at the scripture we have read together.
A. As usual, the scripture we read does not stand by itself. Things were happening in the story leading up to our passage; things will happen following our passage.
            1. In the beginning of the chapter, Jesus sent out the twelve disciples with the power and authority over demons, to cure diseases, to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal (Luke 9.1f). Jesus has the power of God. And he has the power to bestow God’s power on those who follow him.
            2. While they are gone, Luke tells us that King Herod began to hear about Jesus and to ask who Jesus might be. Luke says that he was *perplexed*. . .
“Because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, ‘John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?’”

Curiously, Herod tried to see Jesus himself.
            3. When the disciples return, they are elated at the power they have enjoyed. The crowds hear about all of this and they begin to follow Jesus wherever he goes. Then, at the close of the day, the disciples would have sent the people away, but Jesus insists that they feed the people before they go. With a few loaves and a couple of fish, Jesus feeds the multitude. Jesus has the power to multiply the loaves.
            It is only after all this that we come to the central passage of our morning. Jesus has demonstrated his power to do what only God can do. He has demonstrated the authority to delegate his followers to act with this same power. He has fed the multitudes a miraculous meal of bread and fish. And he has left King Herod wondering who Jesus might be.
            Now, Jesus turns to his disciples with the question: “Who do the crowds say that I am?” The answers are similar to those given in other gospels:
·       John the Baptist (long ago beheaded by King Herod);
·       Elijah (expected to return to announce the arrival of the Messiah)
·       “Or one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” This last one is interesting because Luke has changed the words from the other gospel writers a little bit. Instead of repeating the words from Mark or Matthew, Luke quotes from the earlier story about King Herod’s curiosity about Jesus. These were the words of Herod. The point is that the question Herod could not answer will be answered by Simon Peter in the Great Confession.
People were wondering, “Who is Jesus?” and Jesus himself asked, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

III. But, Jesus will not stop with the objective answer to the question. He turns to the disciples one day to ask, “And who do you say that I am?” This additional question goes beyond the objective answer; it asks further for their answer. This is the additional answer that makes Jesus’ question life-changing.
            Like the disciples, we must not stop with the merely objective answer. We also have to give our own answer. This answer of ours carries commitment, loyalty and trust. Answering Jesus’ question will have a life-changing impact.

[Story of Morah]
            Back in the late 70's, before our children were born, I was invited to attend a workshop at main hospital and training school for the mentally retarded in the state of Virginia. The purpose was to help us understand who the mentally retarded are and get over some of the fears people seem to have about mental retardation. In the course of the workshop, I met an 8-year old girl named Morah. She was born with hydrocephalus and spina bifida; she was also mildly retarded. My wife also met Morah, and we both fell in love in with her and decided to befriend her.
            When we talked with the training school staff about our plan to befriend Morah, they were supportive, but had a caution for us. They pointed out that Morah is quick to say to people, “I love you.” They warned us: She’ll say that to you a hundred times a day. She wants to get you to say it back to her, but you must not do that. You can be her friends, but you cannot take her into your home; you will have children of your own one day. Don’t set up hopes in Morah that can’t last. So we agreed to their caution.
            Over the coming years, we visited Morah many times--taking her off campus sometimes, visiting in her cottage other times. We often took her to our home and even camping one weekend. And a hundred times each day, Morah would say to us, “I love you; I love you.” Being faithful to the instructions of the training school staff, we carefully responded each time by saying how special she was to us. But we never allowed ourselves to say, “And we love you.” We wondered whether she noticed that we never said those words to her.
            We didn’t have to wonder for long. One day while we were with her, Morah pointed out, “I always say, ‘I love you’ to you, but you never say it to me.” I will never forget how hollow the staff explanation about why we must not say that to her sounded that day. Morah did notice that we did not say those words to her. She understood that the words, “I love you,” are about more than the present. They are also about commitment to a future we will make together. Those six words and the commitment were missing and she knew it.
            This from a girl who is supposed to be mentally handicapped.

            Jesus asked the disciples, “Who does the crowd say I am?” and they were glad to answer; it was an easy question. “John the Baptist or Elijah or another prophet like the prophets of old.” There is no commitment in that; it’s just an answer to an easy question.
A. But then he pressed them with six words which struck them to the heart: “Who do you say I am?” It was Peter who found his voice to answer that day: “You are the Messiah of God.” With this answer Peter responded to Jesus’ question with his conviction that Jesus was the Christ he had been waiting for and with his commitment to whatever future following the Christ would bring. Peter spoke for himself; he also spoke for the other disciples that day.
B. Why was this question so hard to answer? By this time the disciple had traveled long miles with Jesus; they had heard him preach; they had seen the lame walk and the blind blink their eyes with new sight after encountering Jesus. Indeed, the disciples had already risked their lives for Jesus. Why was it so difficult to answer this question?
            We all know how hard it is to be the first to say “I love you” to another, to be the first to break the silence with such a large truth. One does not say anything like that for the first time without sweaty palms and a dry mouth. We may hesitate, not because we doubt that the words are true, but because we know how powerfully true they are, and because having spoken the truth, we cannot ignore its implications for our lives.

C. What Peter said in answer to Jesus’ probing question that day ought to be our answer as well. Jesus was not asking for *a report*; he asked for a *present conviction* and a *commitment to a future*. “Who do you say I am?” The answer Jesus waits to hear will change everything from the moment it is spoken. Now, *What do you say?*

IV. Next, Jesus began to tell them:
"The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised" (9.22).

A. Jesus began to explain to them what a Messiah must be--not what they wanted a Messiah to be. It involves rejection by the most respected leaders in their lives; it means being killed on the Cross. And it means after three days being raised from the dead.
            I keep looking for a catchy way to re-state this part, but there is none. The cross is at the heart of Jesus’ definition of what the Messiah must be. Just that--the cross.
B. The second part about the cross is our commitment to take up the cross as Jesus did. Just as our little friend, Morah understood that love means commitment and an open-ended future together, Jesus understood it, too.
"If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it (Lk 9.23).


            Jesus gathered the disciples after their first success as solo evangelists; they were excited. Now, it was time to go further. “Who do the crowds say that I am?” He asked them. And after the easy answers were given, he asked, “But, who do you say that I am?” Peter spoke for them all, “You are the Messiah of God.”
            Peter’s answer was factual. But more than factual, it was an answer which spoke of his commitment to serve Jesus as the Messiah of God. It was Peter’s "I love you."
            And, what about us? What answer do we give? What commitment do we make? I invite you to sit quietly after our time together and make your own answer – and with it to make your own commitment to the Jesus who asks even us: “Who do you say that I am?”

1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, (movie) Colombia Pictures, 2006.
2. “Scripture,” The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2008, para. 104, p. 78 (2008 edition). 

Friday, January 25, 2013

UMW Sunday

On Sunday, January 27, Church Street will celebrate UMW Sunday. The United Methodist Women (UMW) at Church Street is a wonderful organization that allows its members to make the most of learning opportunities and mission education events, engage in a reading program to expand knowledge of mission at home and abroad, to be empowered by the history and heritage of the United Methodist Women, to develop new and meaningful friendships, and to enjoy the benefits of a Christian support group.

Questions? For additional details about Church Street's UMW, please contact Pat Bellingrath via email or by phone at (865) 591-6274. Read more below about UMW and how you can get involved!

UMW Purpose
The official purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Living the Vision, We:
  • Provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
  • Are organized for growth, with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
  • Equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.
  • Work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.
  • Provide educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.

Who Are We?
  • Ages 24 to 101
  • Working moms, stay-at-home moms, grandmothers, caregivers, business women, nurses, teachers, professors, retirees
  • Single, married, divorced, widowed
  • Of Chinese, Caucasian, Hispanic, and African American heritage
  • Committee members, Sunday School teachers, community volunteers
  • Basically, we are just like you, busy people with hearts and hands for mission, and there is a place for you in United Methodist Women.

Women join to grow spiritually, educationally and intellectually; to be stimulated, to gain leadership experience, to meet other women and to be involved in mission in a number of ways. If you want to become a member, there is a place for you, and you are invited to join.

For membership information, call the church office at 524-3048 or Dawn von Wiesenstein at 244-6649, the UMW Membership Coordinator.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Church Street Now Offers Online Giving

There are many ways you can share your tithes and offerings, and now Church Street has a new way to give. By visiting the online giving section of the church's website, you will be able to contribute to the general fund, to the memorials/honorariums fund, and to Holston Home for Children. You can make a one time donation, a payment, or set up a reoccurring donation.

Please note: You can purchase Vienna Boys Choir tickets on the site as well. 

We appreciate your continued support of the missions and programs of Church Street. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kay Senior Care Center & The Heel & Wheels Duathalon

The Heels and Wheels Duathlon raises funds for 15 different community nonprofit organizations. Because of our relationship with the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, the Kay Senior Care Center is able to be a part of this exciting event.   Each organization is responsible for getting a team of at least 20 people.  Each person on the team is asked to raise at least $100 and be a part of the event on April 13th.  All money that is raised by team members will support the Kay Senior Care Center. 

So if you like to run, bike, walk, or volunteer; Heels and Wheels Duathlon  is for you!  I have never enjoyed running or ran more than just a few steps. This year is different!  As much as running a 5K intimidates me, I have begun training to do just that! Not only will I get some exercise but I will be able to raise money for a ministry that means so much to me! It’s a win-win!

As of today the Kay Senior Care Center team includes; Beth Cooper-Libby, Bob Hertwig, Darryll Rasnake, and Judith Winters. Are you interesting in joining the team?  Call Judith @ 521-0293.  Visit for more information.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Imagine No Malaria

Malaria is a global health problem, affecting more than 500 million people and killing more than one million people every year. Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria. Malaria disproportionately affects young children and pregnant women. The people of The United Methodist Church have the unique opportunity to put discipleship into action to make a difference. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease and it is a fight we can win.

In 2013 the Holston Conference is joining the fight against malaria in Africa. Our conference has a goal to raise $1 million dollars for Imagine No Malaria. That's enough to save 100,000 lives. Just last weekend members of the Church Street Youth Group helped raise $32,000 for the cause at Resurrection. That's 3,200 lives saved because of the bold actions of our youth. We need to take note and follow their example. 

Over the next few weeks on this blog and in The Messenger, you will learn how you can help imagine a world with no malaria. We as a church can make a difference. We can save lives. Watch the video below to learn why this mission is so important. 

Leadership Celebration to be Held on Sunday

On Sunday, Jan. 27, immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service there will be a leadership celebration luncheon in Parish Hall for all elected committee members and chairpersons. The featured speaker for the luncheon is Ginny Weatherstone, Exec. Director of the Volunteer Ministry Center. Her topic is "Vision & Vitality:  3 Vignettes." Following her presentation there will be time for committees to have orientation meetings.

All persons should make reservations for the luncheon by calling the church office, 524-3048 or by going to

Luncheon and childcare reservations need to be made by Wednesday, Jan. 23 so adequate preparations can be made. We want to thank the Leader Development Committee for planning this special event for all our church leaders. See you there!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Reflections on Our Leadership Staff Retreat

In January every year our Program and Church Council leaders hold a one day planning retreat.  This retreat allows us to get to know one another as leaders of the church.  We also spend time talking about the big issues facing the church as well as our plans for the current year.   Specific plans and ideas always come from our time together. 

This year's retreat was held on Saturday, January 12th, at the House in the Woods at Maryville College.  Approximately 20 leaders and staff gathered to reflect on three "big" ideas:

1.       Which events or programs from 2012 were particularly meaningful and how do we make improvements or changes to our program ministries?
2.       What new things would we plan or launch in 2013 as part of our shared ministry?
3.       What are some challenges that we need to be addressing in our long term planning and visioning?

The list of "success" stories from 2012 was long and impressive.  Highlighting our need to communicate better was the fact that at least some of the reports shared were new information to other leaders.   Therefore one of the needs identified is to communicate in more and different ways to be sure that we are telling the Church Street story.   A related item on the list for improvement is better signage and accessibility for everyone.  We also identified the need for a stewardship emphasis that goes beyond giving and encourages year-round participation in the ministry of the church.    The Program Council will be asked to address these immediate needs as we work through this year. 

For new programs or ideas three areas were highlighted:  new media pieces and places that tell about our ministries and opportunities for service, a "connection" fair to encourage volunteer involvement, and increasing the number of opportunities for small groups.   The Program Council will also have responsibility to develop plans and programs around all of these issues. 

The long-range strategic planning ideas include increasing and retaining membership, financial stewardship and planned giving, and a shared vision, mission, and message.  All of these will require multi-year effort by many different areas of ministry in the church. 

At the close of our retreat, we shared a time of worship and Holy Communion.  Pastor Andy had a brief devotion on not forgetting to rely on God for help in the midst of our many successes, a great message to end our time away and give us a vision for 2013.   Overall it was a wonderful day and a great way to start a new year at Church Street.   

Darryll Rasnake
Associate Pastor

Thursday, January 17, 2013

No Evening Activities

All evening meetings/activities for Thursday, January 17 have been cancelled due to weather. We will keep you updated on tomorrow's schedule as the weather develops overnight.

Kay Adult Center Moving Forward

As the members of CSUMC and the population in general age, there is a growing need for assistance in their daily care.  One option is an adult day program like the Kay Center.

In June of 2012 the Kay Center Board contracted with the Knoxville Leadership Foundation as facilitator.  The goal being to evaluate the Kay Center ministry and to set forth a plan for the coming years.  The planning was divided into four key areas; Programming, Awareness, Board Development and Operations.  As this year progresses you will hear more about the progress and you will be able to refer Kay Center services to the families and friends of those in need.

For Kay Center participants the ministry provides meals, activities and camaraderie.  For the caregivers the center provides a respite so they can carry on their day-to-day activities whether it is continuing employment, taking care of daily errands like grocery shopping, banking, etc…, or just some time for themselves.

As members of Church Street United Methodist Church we want to hear from you.  How can the Kay Center better serve our members and the community? 

For more information about the Kay Adult Center or caring for seniors please contact Judith Winters, Director at 521.0293    or click on the link that follows;

Bob Hertwig
Kay Center Board Chair