Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sign Up Now for the "Gotta Know Knoxville" Class

The Adult Council is sponsoring a fun afternoon class in collaboration with the Knoxville Convention and Visitor Bureau.
       Please join other Church Streeters on Wednesday, September 18 for "Gotta Know Knoxville" from noon - 4 p.m.The activity is free and consists of meeting at the Knoxville Visitors Center for a classroom presentation (lunch is included). After lunch the participants will then take part in a two-hour walking tour of downtown Knoxville and a one-hour bus tour. This is a fun way to learn more about our city and all the things it has to offer. There is no cost for the class, but registration is required. To sign up please call the church office at 524-3048 no later than Monday, August 26.

Please note: This event is only open to those who did not attend the tour in previous years. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shepherds Needed for Sunday School

The Children's Department is in need of Shepherds during the Sunday School hour to help with Spirit Adventure. The year-long commitment begins on August 11. The Shepherds are responsible for taking roll each Sunday and escorting the kids to and from their classes. Please consider serving our children in this special way. It's a very important job and no sheep experience is necessary! Please e-mail Children's Director Sue Isbell at for more details or to volunteer.

Monday, July 29, 2013

UMW To Host Viewing of "The Dream is Now"

Join the United Methodist Women on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall for a viewing of the immigration film, “The Dream is Now.” Immigration is a huge focus of UMW, both locally and globally, and our unit here at Church Street invites all church members to come and learn more about this topic.  We realize that it is a very complicated, complex issue and we want to offer the opportunity for some thoughtful discussion. A nursery will be provided. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Prayer for the Children

At today's services, Pastor Andy shared a special prayer for the children of the world. Please take time this week to lift up the children in your life and be in prayer for children all across the globe. Below is the prayer Pastor Andy prayed this morning, including his introduction.

The children have been on my mind this week:
+children at the new Wesley House,
            +where the staff retreat began,
            +where youth and college mission groups cleaned and painted;
+children of this church who turned up on the cover of The Mountain,
            +children who were here for summer VBS;
+children of Syria where 70,000 people,
            including children, have been killed through two years of war;
            +Who did not have a VBS this summer,
            +many who do not have a home to which they can go home.
                                                                    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Lord God,
            Creator, who woke the world with your call,
            Lord Jesus, who worried your parents on your first trip to church,
            Powerful Holy Spirit, who fell on timid disciples bringing power beyond their own,

We pray for the children:
            who run with an ease that older folks imagine they once could,
            Who ask for seconds,
            Who steal second base,
            Who sing Bible School songs in the car.
Children who go to bed hungry in faraway places and just a mile away,
            Who wonder if they will have a bed tonight -- or parents or even supper,
            Who live everyday with war getting real people hurt and some killed.
Lord God Almighty, bring childhood back to the children of the world.
            Let there be places of expectation and play,
                        Places where children can discover the world and their possibilities.
            Help us to be wise parents for our children,
                        Help us to encourage others to be wise parents for their children.

Help us to be your answer of peace to the children of the world,
            To build a world where children can grow up one jungle gym at a time,
            To prepare them for life in this challenging world,
            To show them the way, by the way we live, to live in peace with everyone.
            To build a church where children and parents are safe to ask questions,
                        To explore, to close their eyes when they pray.
Help us to be neighbors to our neighbors:
            So that our children might see and learn from us…
            What we are doing when we treat people as neighbors.
                        Even when neighbors come in the middle of the night to ask a favor.
            How to welcome others as neighbors
                        even when they look different,                                                                                 
                        or believe different,
                        or have different ways than we do.
Help the grownups among us remember
            That, as we build a world safe for the children,
                        We build a world of opportunity and possibility for every one of us.
            That, as we work for peace on the playgrounds nearby
                        We bring peace around the world for people old and young.
Work among us, O God,
            Pouring down power beyond our own,
            That we might build the world you’ve had in mind all along.
We pray in the name of Jesus.

-Rev. Andy Ferguson

Friday, July 26, 2013

Staff Retreat 2013

The Church Street pastors and staff have just returned from the annual retreat. Each year the staff goes away for a few days to plan and brainstorm about big ideas and possibilities for our congregation.

This year we began our retreat at Wesley House. We prepped two classrooms for painting by cleaning the walls, removing staples from trim work and repairing holes throughout the rooms. Then we painted the rooms. There is still much to be done to prepare the new Wesley House location for the start of the school year. If you can help by volunteering or donating supplies, please call Wesley House at 524-5494.

After we ate lunch and cleaned up the painting supplies, we hit the road for the retreat center. It's a quiet place away from it all where we can clear our minds. After unloading our belongings, we sat down for our first session. Throughout our three days together we brainstormed big ideas for Church Street. We talked about goals for mission and outreach and about the formation of new small groups. We planned activities and services for the year to come and beyond. We also were able to fellowship over meals and get to know each other a better which was a wonderful blessing! Each day we would take time for morning and evening worship. Coming up in next week's Messenger, Pastor Andy will share more on some of the ideas that came from our retreat. It's a great time to be a part of Church Street and the staff are all very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful congregation. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Financial Peace University Coming Soon

Could you be more at peace with your money ? Make plans to attend the next Financial Peace University (FPU) at Church Street that begins in September. FPU is a nine-week program on personal finance designed to empower people to manage their money better, eliminate debt and build wealth. The material is Biblically based and taught via video by Dave Ramsey.

FPU is designed for you if...
  • You struggle with gaps in your financial knowledge. 
  • You feel as if money has control over you.
  • You struggle in your marriage due to financial problems.
  • You live paycheck to paycheck.
  • You think or say to yourself, "I can't afford this program.
Choose one orientation sessions to attend: Sunday, September 8 or Sunday September 15 at 2 p.m. The nine-week class begins Sunday, Sept. 22. Materials fee discount for Church Street Members Contact: Julia Kelley at or 228-0554 for more information. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sermon: July 14, 2013 - The Voice of the Prophet

Amos 7.7-17

What does it take to be a prophet in our time?
1.     It seems to me that *indignation* is not a good measure of prophetic ability.
2.     In the same way, I’m not sure that being in the *right* is much of a measure either. In this post-modern world, everybody gets to claim the authority of being “right,” because being right depends on your perspective. (We all get a perspective, after all.)
3.     Being right also depends on the possibility that your cause or your video or your tweet will go viral, thus crushing the competition with the tide of public opinion – even if your righteous tide only lasts a week.
Under this constant pressure, the work of the O.T. prophet has gone silent or has been lost in the noise of ten thousand voices. What is the work of prophecy? [DEF:] Prophecy is the work of calling people to see as God sees.
+      To see injustice, poverty and exploitation with the eyes of God.
+      To see the possibility of a world of justice and plenty and fairness that God sees in the promise of the Kingdom.
+      Without God as the reference point for all our seeing and our prophesying, we are just throwing out one more opinion, hoping for a hit.

            Amos went into the northern Kingdom of Israel around 760 BC during the reign of King Jeroboam II; there he spoke out at the center of the capital.
            It happened that the region suffered an earthquake during this time. The walls of the houses, being built of stacked stone, suffered a great deal of damage. This earthquake would have thrown down the stone walls of all kinds of buildings and would have left others leaning at dangerous angles. The plumb line would have been one of the tools available to the builders of that day. Thus, the earthquake probably led to the image of the plumb line, which we hear in the passage.
            The reign of King Jeroboam II was a prosperous time in the northern kingdom. Unfortunately, this prosperity was not shared by all, leading to divisions between the rich and the poor. According to Amos, the rich and poor not only lived different lives; the divisions between them led to abuses, which added to the misery of the poor:
+      The rich amassed fortunes by force and by fraud.
+      The use of false weights and measures was common.
+      The poor were literally enslaved to pay their debts, even though they were fellow citizens; this was never the practice in ancient Israel.
+      It became common practice to take a person’s cloak as collateral for loans, even though it meant the poor person would sleep with no covering at night.
Addressing these divisions was at the heart of Amos’ message.
            Amos the Prophet did not rise from the priestly or prophetic families. He was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees, thus his credentials were suspect by the establishment. His entire ministry lasted only a short time: some scholars estimate that his ministry lasted as little as a week.
            I find it odd that Amos’ message was remembered and written down in the scriptures. Logic would suggest that the words of a naysayer like Amos should have been buried at the first opportunity. The curious thing about Amos and about Israel’s attitude toward prophets is that his words have been preserved in the scriptures, while the words of the establishment priests and prophets in the King’s employ have been forgotten – except to the extent that they set the context for Amos’ words. That his prediction of destruction and exile came to pass only added to Amos’ reputation.
            In the 1960’s and 1970’s in this country, the Book of Amos became popular among those sympathetic to the Civil Rights and the Anti-War Movements. They saw divisions between the rich and poor just as Amos identified them in his day. Thus, the poets of that time feasted on the indignation of Amos’ strong prophecies.

II. The passage we read this morning from Amos reports an encounter between the Prophet Amos and the King’s Priest, Amaziah, who reports the whole matter to the king.
A. Amaziah is exasperated. Amos has challenged the king, blaming him for the problems that run throughout society. Amaziah vents his frustration by saying, “The land is not able to bear all his words.” Actually, you could read this, as Amaziah probably read it, as a strategy to overthrow the king. The king represents the establishment in Israel; Amaziah speaks up in defense of his king.
B. So Amaziah confronts the Prophet: “**O Seer, flee away to the land of Judah**” - to the south. At one level, Amaziah is throwing his weight around by commanding Amos to leave the north. At another level, he might have been protecting Amos from the wrath of the king – who could not be expected to appreciate the suggestion that he deserved to be deposed.
C. “**Make your living there**” – Amaziah’s charge is that Amos is preaching for profit, to make a living. If he can convince the people who are gathered to listen to Amos that he is just doing this to make money for himself, then he will undercut the urgency and integrity of Amos’ message. Haven’t we seen people use the same strategy to undercut critics in our own time?
D. In response to Amaziah’s criticism, Amos speaks eloquently:

“**I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son;
            but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees,
The Lord took me from following the flock,
            and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.**’”

Amos claims that his authority is God call; he had nothing more to claim. Amaziah enjoyed institutional authority; he had an office, he wore the official robes of the priest, he enjoyed the confidence of the King. Amaziah the Priest should win this shouting match. All Amos can claim is that “The Lord took me from following the flock” just as the Lord took young David from following the flock to become king over all the tribes of Israel.
E. Finally, Amos levels a terrible prophecy against Amaziah the Priest:

You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
    and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’
17 Therefore thus says the Lord:
‘Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city,
    and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
    and your land shall be parceled out by line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
    and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”

Amos’ prophecy stands as a reminder that *those who lead* bear responsibility for the nation or institution that follows them. In Amos’ mind, Amaziah’s priesthood will come to a terrible and final end.
F. What this report of the confrontation between Amos the Prophet and Amaziah the Priest provides for us is just that – a confrontation. They throw charges against each other; they make claims that their authority is greater than the other. Except that the stakes are so high and the language so eloquent, they might be boys on the schoolyard about to start a fight.

III. So, what do we make of all this confrontation? My first impression of the ancient confrontation is that it mainly sounds like the common confrontations that pass for debates.
+      Maybe one of these angry men will make the better point and silence the other.
+      Maybe one of them will win the shouting match, but the events won’t unfold as he predicts, so it all becomes pointless anyway.
+      They may define the terms of the argument however they want, but if the terms of the argument have nothing to do with the way God sees it, it all becomes pointless again.
What are we to believe? How can we act and speak out prophetically in our time?

A. You may not know the name, but recently (2013)Will Campbell died. His was one of the voices of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, silenced by retirement and by some surprising decisions he made. A white Baptist preacher, he appeared on the national scene working in the American South for the Civil Rights of African Americans. He took some unpopular stands; he suffered some threats for his trouble. He was a hero to many in that movement; he was villain to those who opposed that movement.
            At the height of the Civil Rights movement, he made what appeared to be a 180 degree turn in his life by beginning a ministry among the Klu Klux Klan. It was this decision which tarnished his star among the *bona fide* civil rights activists of the day. At the time, he made the point that the African Americans of the South and the rank and file members of the Klan were equally victims: equally poor, equally powerless, equally without a voice to address their station in this world. It was a position that he held alone for the most part.
            Recently, Will Campbell died at his home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Kyle Childress, also a preacher, wrote recently in *The Christian Century* about Will Campbell’s passing:

            Rev. Childress recalled his own efforts to speak out for racial equality and some of the heat he had taken for his stand. He wrote to Will Campbell expecting to hear an “atta boy” from the great Civil Rights legend. What he heard instead was counsel “to love my enemies and discover that they are my neighbors, my sisters and brothers whom Christ has reconciled.” Whether I decided to leave the ministry or to stay, Campbell said, “The issue is not right or wrong, justice or injustice, good or bad. It’s human tragedy, and in a tragedy you can’t take up sides. You just have to minister to the hurt wherever you find it.” Maybe some of your church members are [*terrible people* - my softening of Campbell’s language], but God loves them, and us, anyway.
            I heard that no ministry, no service, no action is the *gospel of Jesus Christ* if it is not incarnated in flesh and blood community, relationship, and friendship. For me, that means… living in hope in the midst of tragedy, and ministering to the hurt wherever we find it (2)

            I wonder if the better prophet for this world is the one who lives out a ministry of flesh and blood in community, relationship, and friendship, responding to the tragedy wherever we find it. It is certainly easier to send a blast to the twitter-verse or to make scathing comments on someone’s blog posting. The showy-er strategy is to march in a parade or join in the demonstration. But, standing at once with the oppressed AND with those fearful of change before the issues of this day is the more difficult path. The list of this day’s causes can be found on the nightly news. But, come back to watch the news tomorrow night, because the list will change quickly, even though the hurt is rarely resolved so easily.
            We are called to listen for the prophets of our day; they might be speaking the Word of God to a world afraid of their truth. We are called to speak our Truth; we might be the Amos for this day. We are called to live in welcome with those who get stepped on by this world. As Will Campbell said, “In a tragedy you can’t take up sides. You just have to minister to the hurt wherever you find it.”

3. Childress, Kyle. “The Steeple Dropout,” a memoriam for Will Campbell. The Christian Century, July 10. 2013
4. Clendenin, Dan. “Remembering Romero: The Prophet Amos vs. The Priest Amaziah,” Essay posted 5 July 2010 on

Register Now for Youth Choir Retreat

Sign up for for  Youth Choir Retreat 2013! 

August 24 & 25 
Lake Junaluska, NC 
Open to ALL Youth Grades 6-12 

Cost: $40 (if received by Sunday, August 11) 
Cost is $60 (if received after Sunday, August 11) 
Make checks to CSUMC  and return with registration form to the Music Office  by Sunday, August 11 

*Cost includes transportation, lodging and 3 meals. 
  • Chaperones include Tim Ward, Edie Johnson, Jenny Darden and Ann Marie Tugwell. Additional chaperones will be added as needed. 
  • Please arrive at the church to load the vans at 9 a.m. so we can get on schedule right away. We will arrive back at the church on Sunday at 4 p.m. 
  • Tennis courts, pool and paddle boats are usually available. 
  • Bring money for Saturday lunch at McDonald’s in Waynesville, bring individual wrapped snacks for six people. 
  • Bring your own toiletries. Dress is casual. Linens are provided. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sermon: July 21, 2013 The Healing of Naaman and Ours

2 Kings 5:1-14

            We live in a world that assumes any disease can be cured and any problem can be solved: from TB to putting an astronaut on the moon. At the same time, the world seems to reserve such accomplishments
·       for people who find just the right doctor or the right medical center,
·       for people who find the one helping person who will stay with my problem until it is solved,
·       OR for people who notice something that everyone else missed.
We have been taught to treat every problem as a technical problem. The message is: When you figure it out, your problem can be solved and your hurt can be healed.
            What is missing is the assurance that someone walks with us through the technical. What too often is missing is the hand on our shoulders AND the eyes that watch to see how we are doing. We can even wonder if God is lost in religious technicalities and only found at church surrounded by perfectly stained glass windows and announced by carefully robed events. Does God walk with us through the halls of hospitals and healing places of technical skill? We fear that God might not. Thus, we come to pray for healing. Healing our brokenness; healing our diseases; walking with us down those antiseptic corridors.
            Today, we are going to talk about healing – God’s healing. At the end of each worship service today, you will be invited to come to the altar to pray alone or with one of the pastors for the healing you want to see.

            Have you ever heard about someone else’s good fortune and reacted with disbelief? Why that guy? How did those people get in on that? What right did she have to get away with that? “The Healing of Naaman,” as this story is called, is one of those stories.

[I. Act 1: Naaman]
            The first fact you need to know is that Naaman was a General in the service of the King of Syria. He was a great general. In particular, God had given him victory over Israel. Naaman invaded Israel, defeated its army, destroyed its cities, and installed a puppet government. Even though the story makes no mention of it, all Israel had reason to hate this man. Among his atrocities, he has kidnaped a young, Israelite girl, as the spoils of war and presented her to his wife as a servant.
            The second fact you need to know about Naaman is that he suffers from leprosy. Now, leprosy was the AIDS of that day. There was no cure; the social stigma was immense. Lepers were sent out to leper colonies, living in graveyards so that they would not infect others. They were considered the walking dead – the zombies of their day. The result is that Naaman, the great General of Syria, is about to be sent away to live among the dead. Thus, he will not be able to enjoy the fruit of his accomplishments.
            It happens that the young Israelite slave girl, whom he gave to his wife, mentions a prophet in Israel who can cure his leprosy. Naaman is desperate enough that he asks his king for permission to go back to Israel to find him. The king immediately gives his blessing.
            Soon enough, Naaman arrives at the palace in Israel with a letter of introduction, a small army, chariots, and all the trappings of a victorious general. He marches up to the King of Israel. There he announces, “I have leprosy, and I’m here for the cure. Do it.”
            The King of Israel is terrified; he rightly exclaims, “Am I God to give life or death, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy?”
            Meanwhile the Prophet Elisha, out on the edge of town, gets word that the King has a visitor demanding a cure for his leprosy. And Elisha sends him a message: “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.”
            This is one of the places where the story of the Healing of Naaman causes a stir. I’m going to guess that there were lepers in Israel who would have been happy to receive healing for themselves. You see, if Elisha had already cleansed every leper in Israel, the king would have known about it. While I love the fact that God speaks to one particular person about their hurt, their disease, and their need for healing, I am also curious that such healing was not available to others. Why only one? Why this enemy? Where is the explanation about why one is chosen and others are not? No doubt, when the great Naaman came to Israel as a celebrity, he got everyone’s attention. But, does celebrity status give the Naamans of the world access to God’s grace and healing that the rest of us will never know? It does not seem quite fair.
            So, the question we must set aside for the moment is the question of God’s particularity: why does one get chosen and another does not? Why is one prayer answered while another is not? These questions about God’s ways are as old as time.

[II. Act 2: Elisha sends for Naaman the General]
            Naaman arrives at Elisha’s house with all the trappings of power and prestige. He has more than enough soldiers; he has the horses of a warrior. He travels to Elisha’s house; there he sends someone to the gate to announce his arrival.
            Unfortunately, Elisha sees no need to come out and appreciate the signs of power that Naaman brings with him. Instead, Elisha sends word to Naaman to go to the River Jordan to wash 7-times. If he will humble himself to do all this, he can be healed of his leprosy. Naaman is insulted and stomps off in a rage. The prophet has not treated him with required respect. The River Jordan is about the size of our Abrams Creek that drains Cades Cove. He will not lower himself to what this prophet requires.
            Luckily, cooler heads prevail. “If the prophet had asked you to do something hard, you would have done it. So why not do something easy?” Naaman finally agrees. He goes to the River Jordan; he washes himself as instructed. Suddenly, Naaman discovers that his skin is cured – like that of a young child.
            [APPLIC:] What do we make of Naaman’s healing? We can rejoice that his disease is removed, but many questions remain. How does washing in the Jordan cure? Does God prefer that water over all others? Does this mean that anyone who washes in the Jordan will be healed? We are still trying to figure out the trick to this. God, you see, is so far not visible.

[III. Act 3: Naaman, now cured goes back to Elisha.]
            Now, we come to the centerpiece of the story. Naaman returns to Elisha’s house. The whole entourage that we saw earlier in the story is still tagging along. Now healed, he rushes up to Elisha’s house with all the breathless enthusiasm of a young child.
            Naaman is a pretty good theologian. He has traveled far; he has met kings and prophets; he has washed himself in Abrams Creek. After all this, he looks around and confesses his faith that Israel’s God has done this. It was the God of Israel who healed him. “Now, I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.” Suddenly, he has all the evidence of God that he will ever need.
            But, just as quickly, he starts to compromise with his new faith. “Please let me two mule-loads of earth from Israel be given to me, so that I can worship God back home in Syria.” Naaman can confess the greatness of God, but he is afraid that Israel’s God only works where Israel is located. Thus, he needs some dirt, so he can stand in Israel wherever he is.
            Further, when the King of Syria wants me to go into worship Syria’s god, Rimmon, could you excuse me for going along? My life and the life of my family depend on me going along on this. Elisha replies to Naaman, “Go in peace.”
            In other words, Naaman has no sooner confessed his faith in the God of Israel, than he begins to compromise on the very confession he has just made.
+      Your God is the God over all the earth, but what if God doesn’t reach as far as Syria?
+      Your God commands that no other gods stand before Him, but I need to pretend to worship that other god to save my job.
+      Would that be OK?
Naaman is the story of faith that is not quite sure. When Naaman confessed his faith the Lord, his theology was simplistic, his understanding of God’s reach inadequate, his allegiance to God not without distractions. We laugh at his naiveté and we laugh at his quickness to compromise on God. Well, we should. We compromise, too.
            [APPLIC:] The lesson of Naaman’s healing is that we are just as unsure of God’s reach as he was some 2800 years ago. We read in the Bible that Jesus had the power to heal the sick, and we want to believe He still does. But where and when does that happen? We compromise away lest it embarrass us in front of the crowd at work/school/office.
            Let me remind you some places where God’s healing still happens. It happens:
+      When men and women are called to the work of medicine, everyday healing becomes commonplace. Think about it: Naaman was one who got the miracle; in our nation, effective medical care is reachable by almost everyone. This is no small thing.
+      When friends and families divided by old grudges and hatreds find reconciliation and forgiveness at the altar, healing is effective.
+      When memories of long-ago abuse or traumas are healed by the assurance of God’s watchful goodness, healing sets us free to live again.
God’s miracle of healing still happens – not to just a few, not limited to celebrities. It can arrive for all who come in trust.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Join the Come and Sing Choir

We will host our annual “Come and Sing” Choir at the 8:30 a.m. worship service on Sundays, August 4, 11 and 18. This is exactly as it sounds, and it literally means, ‘come and sing!’ Please arrive at 8 a.m. in the choir loft and we’ll have rehearsal for about 25 minutes to prepare an anthem for the worship service to follow. Dress appropriately, we will not wear choir robes! 

Singles Ministry Summer Picnic

The Church Street Singles Ministry invites everyone to the summer picnic on Sunday, July 28, at 5 p.m. The picnic will be held at the Fountain City Lions Club located at Fountain City Park on Broadway. The cost is $2 per person. Please bring a dish and enjoy a time of fellowship including music from local band Shotgun Railroad. Call the church office at 524-3048 to make a reservation. We hope to see you there! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wesley House Work Day

It’s almost time for school to start and for Wesley House to move to their new facility, but it needs lots of TLC before they move. Join Church Street for a workday at Wesley House on Tuesday, July 16. Cleaning supplies will be provided, but please bring your own gloves, a sack lunch and a drink.

Meet in the Magnolia Lot at Church Street at 9 a.m. and we will carpool or convoy to the 1719 Reynolds Street location, and we will work as long as we can that day. If  you can help out on Tuesday, July 16, please contact Dawn von Weisenstein (call or text 244-6649 or email

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Boomsday Carnival Needs Volunteers

The Kay Senior Care Center and Child Preschool will be hosting a Boomsday Carnival at Church Street on Sunday, September 1. All proceeds from the event will benefit these two programs. Volunteers are needed to make the night a success! Are you planning on coming to Boomsday? Do you wonder where you will park or if you will be able to find a convenient spot? 
  To guarantee you will have a place to park and enjoy the Boomsday festivities, consider volunteering or pre-paying for a parking spot ($10 plus four free carnival tickets).  You must arrive before 6 p.m. to guarantee a parking space. Located on the corner of Henley and Cumberland, you will be right across the river where the fireworks will be displayed. Inside, there will be games for the little ones, face painting, a bounce house, air conditioning, bathrooms, snack bar, and more! If you are interested, please stop by the main office.