In the Gospels, Jesus speaks poignantly about our welcoming the stranger. Jesus’ generous welcome to everyone is remembered in the Greek as philonexia, which is “the love of strangers.” Philonexia becomes the New Testament norm for hospitality. We must welcome the stranger so that the stranger is no longer strange to us.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Adult Discussion Forum
Today on social issues in Blount County – Homelessness, Food Insecurity… What does this look like? Where do we see evidence of this? What are the causes? What is my role in the problem, and what can I do to begin to address it? We all have a part to play. Come join us in the upstairs greeting room at 9:15 am.
A Message From George Brooks
Thanks so very much for the heart-warming reception. Most kind from so many brothers and sisters. The remembrances will last a life time. A special thank you to each and everyone, and the most generous Vestry for the send-off. But, like a bad penny, you all will see my face often as I enjoy my church family. God’s blessing to each and all.
Dr. Phil Hoffman will be directing the Warming Shelter again this year and is seeking volunteers from each church in Blount County. Shelter will open starting January 2020 any evening the temp. is 25 degrees or below and will be held at First Baptist Maryville. Requires two couples of four people to staff each session with support from the Warming Shelter Committee. Must be able to stay up all night during the session until 7:00 am the next morning. Volunteer sign up sheet upstairs in the Parish Hall. Dick Cox is your Chairperson for our Homeless Ministry and would appreciate your participation.
Go Deep In Self-Discovery
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique program in theological education based on small-group discussions and assigned readings. This four-year program (requiring only one-year commitments at a time) provides in-depth study, prayer, and reflection to deepen your spiritual growth and discern your call to Christian Service. Weekly meetings, fascinating readings, and eye-opening discussions bring the spiritual life to wide new realms of discovery. And you can sign up now for the 2020 year! See Adam Wilson or Nancy Cain for more information on this exciting avenue of Christian Education.
Community Food Connection
Our next times to serve at Community Food Connection will be November 27th & 30th from 9:45am – 12:00noon. Please let Elisa Barr know if you are planning to attend. 865-984-7920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Jackson Shue, youth from St. Andrew’s, will be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra at their Fall Concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Monday November 18th. Tickets are $5 for adults and students K-12 are free.
Holiday Bazaar Nature Table
Kathy Wilbanks, 865-719-8292, is looking for nature themed items, new or used, that can be sold at the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23. Please let her know if you are able to help out.
Women’s Book Circle
Sunday, we have a special Guided Visualization with Esther (and a few breakfast goodies). Meet down in the Library at 9:15. We will not meet Nov. 24 or Dec. 1, but will begin anew with Chapter 1 in Ruth on Dec. 8.
Altar Guild Breakfast
There will be no Altar Guild breakfasts in November or December.