Piney Grove United Methodist Church in Athens, Tennessee is a small church with a big heart. Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. and is followed by 11:00 a.m. traditional worship. Spend some time looking through our blog and then come see us. We welcome visitors and invite you to join us in worship. You may have just found your new church home!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunrise service at Piney Grove UMC

Piney Grove UMC is a warm happy place. The bright smiles can help you feel right at home. Here are some photos from our Easter Sunrise service. It started at 7:00 a.m.-ish with a gathering in front of the decorated cross. We held a time of devotion and then headed inside for a great breakfast. Sunday school and our regularly scheduled worship came next. Being with committed Christians is always a peppy upbeat occasion. Easter gives us the greatest reason to get together at Piney Grove UMC in Athens, Tennessee.

Easter Sunday at Piney Grove UMC, Athens
Breakfast gave us an opportunity to fellowship and shake off the cool sunrise air. Our menu for today was scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes,blueberries, fruit topping, sausage, ham and bacon! Is your mouth watering yet? No? I bet it will when I tell you that we had orange juice, apple juice, milk and coffee! Anytime that you get up this early coffee is a must.

Now I realize that some people may not have been able to come. That's okay because you have the chance to join us next Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We won't guarantee breakfast but we can guarantee warm hearts, hearty smiles and a big welcome.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Love Feast on Saturday

Our Easter Love Feast is on Saturday. The table will be set with olives, beef, soft farmer's cheese and rolls. As in the early tradition, we will be serving water. There will be times for praising, prayer and silent prayer. A testimony may be given if someone wishes to do so.

Service is central it the idea of a Love Feast. We will begin the service with a handwashing as an act of servanthood from one to another. This practice comes from the idea of a footwashing service and can be deeply meaningful to those who take part.

There is nothing that you need to bring. Dress is casual. We invite you to join us on Holy Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Etowah, Tennessee area Holy Week Services

The Etowah, Tennessee area Holy Week services for April 13-20, 2014 are as follows:

Piney Grove UMC Athens, TN Sanctuary
Easter Sunday, Sunrise

Piney Grove UMC Easter Sunrise service 
7:30 a.m.
767 County Road 750
Athens, 37303

Jones Chapel UMC 
Sunrise - 7:30 am.
Corner of County Roads 775 and 778
Riceville, TN 37370

6:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
824 Washington Avenue
Etowah, 37331

Good Friday:
7:00 p.m. - Tenebrae
St. Paul's UMC
815 Georgia Ave
Etowah, 37331

Friday, March 8, 2013

District mission kit collection for 2013

The Cleveland District has been asked to create health kits for the hands on missions project for 2013. The following items should be placed in a two gallon zip-style bag.The district is also asking for $5 for each kit for shipping.

Items needed for mission kits
There is only one drop-off date. We'll need to have the kits at 1st UMC Cleveland on Tuesday, June 4. Delivery is to take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Last year, I was able to pick up all of the items at the dollar store (except for the zip bag that I already had.)
Let's be thinking about how many kits we would like to put together. We'll talk about it on Sunday.

See you at 10:00 a.m. 

PS Don't forget to bring your nonperishable food item for the local pantry. They have already expressed appreciation for our help.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bring nonperishable food on Sunday

Just a reminder...

Please bring a nonperishable food item (or more) on Sunday. High heating bills make this a difficult time of year for many people. A food box makes a real difference to someone who is hungry. This outreach was well supported last time and I'm confident that we can do it again. There isn't any better way to show God's love than to feed someone who is hungry. It reassures them that someone cares and is an ideal way to honor Christ.

There are a few things to remember when buying nonperishable food:

Pantries often need...

Peanut butter
Canned meats
Powdered or canned milk
Mac and cheese (Please do not buy the kind that you mix with milk and butter. The recipient may not have the extra items. The mac and cheese with the foil pouches is a better choice.)
Personal care and laundry closet
Think about meal planning...
A can of spaghetti sauce and pasta is a meal for a family. Cereal and canned or powered milk go together. Large cans of canned pasta may also provide a meal for a family. A box of meal helper will only help if there is some type of meat to go with it. Canned side items are always fine.

 Jones Chapel UMC food pantry also has a personal care closet. Needs include:
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Ladies personal items

Thanks for distributing Christ's love to others! See you on Sunday.