Broadway Briefs
Nursery Worker
Broadway UMC is hiring! 
An additional nursery worker is needed to work with infants and preschool children in the church nursery during Sunday morning worship services (general time schedule from 8:15 to 12:15 p.m. at least 2 Sundays a month). Regular position is year-round but a summer worker is also needed. May also include occasional nursery work for special meetings and services. 
Pay is $12.50 an hour.


  • Sermon Series – Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess; Sunday, February 18 through Sunday, March 25.
  • Bless This Mess: Sermon Conversations with Pastor Laura (begins on February 28) – During Lent, worship will focus on a resource called Restored: Finding Redemption In Our Mess by Tom Berlin. As part of that focus, I’m inviting all who are interested to join in a series of “Bless This Mess: Sermon Conversations with Pastor Laura.” We’ll reflect on the lessons from the sermon and share in the challenges we face in living them out in our daily lives. “Bless This Mess: Sermon Conversations” will be offered each Wednesday (February 28 through March 28) at noon and 5:30 p.m. at McAllisters Deli, 466 Marilyn Lane in Alcoa. We will meet from 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Devotions for Lent – posted on the Broadway UMC Facebook page on Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent; sponsored by the Evangelism Interest Group and submitted by Broadway members.
  • Lenten Devotional Booklet – A devotional booklet including writings for Children or Adults. Copies available in the church office, in the narthex, and in the stairwell between the education building and the sanctuary.

Summer Worship Schedule on Broadway
10 weeks from June 3 – August 12

8:30 a.m. - Prayer and Praise Service (30 minutes; volunteer musicians)
9:00 a.m. - Sunday School
10:00 a.m. - Traditional Service
11:15 a.m. - Non-Traditional Service (with current Praise Band)
9:00 – 11:15 a.m. - Coffee Hour/Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday, April 29 – Combined Service (choir and Praise Band) at 10:30 a.m. w/ lunch to share plans with congregation
Follow-Up Combined Service w/ Lunch – first part of August to get input, feedback
•     Results from worship survey demonstrate need for growing families and younger adults
•     Respondents over 50 years- 168/220 surveys = 76%
•     Vision for reaching new disciples
•     Survey showed there are parameters to worship time options plus limits due to the importance of Sunday School
•     Demonstrated the need for another service option to meet needs/wants
•     Opportunity to invite and involve growing families to worship for the summer
•     Worship flexibility for summer schedules for current members and attendees
•     Coffee Hour/Fellowship Time connects people who currently do not attend Sunday School and an additional opportunity to connect for current SS participants
To check out the full report from the Let’s Grow Worship Task Force that was in our printed newsletter, click here .
3rd Sunday of Lent

"Bless This Mess"
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and all are justified freely by his grace through
 the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3: 23-24

Scripture: John 5: 1-9
Rev. Laura Rasor
Wednesday, February 28
4:30 Kids Club/Connect
5:30 pm - Sermon Conversations @ McAllister's
6:30 pm - Chancel Choir

Thursday, March 1
8:30 am - PDO
10:00 am - Circle of Fellowship
12:30 pm - 4H/STEM
2:45 pm - BHEA Swing Dance
6:00 pm - Girl Scouts 20801
7:30 pm - Epworth Bells

Friday, March 2
8:30 am - BHEA/Tapestry
11:00 am - Salvation Army Lunch
1:30 pm - BHEA/Culinary
3:00 pm - 4H STEM
6:00 pm - Girl Scout 20838

Saturday, March 3
Church Kitchen Closed for Cleaning

Sunday, March 4
8:30 am - Worship
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:35 am - Worship
1:00 pm - Trustees Meeting
5:00 pm - Youth
Monday, March 5
8:30 am - PDO
10:00 am - Knit Wits
6:30 pm - Little River Svc. Unit
7:00 pm - Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 6
8:30 am - PDO
3:30 PM - 4H Homespun
6:30 pm - Girl Scouts 20856
6:30 pm - Cub Scouts

Wednesday, March 7
8:30 am - PDO
10:00 am - FRInS & UMW
12:00 pm - Sermon Conversations @ McAllisters
4:00 pm - Confirmation
4:30 pm - Kids Club/Connect
5:30 pm - Girls Refuel @ Subs & Such
5:30 pm - Sermon Conversations @ McAllister's
6:30 pm - Chancel Choir

At the recommendation of our insurance carrier, our church is in need of a good and thorough clean out. Here's the plan: the Trustees are asking all groups large and small to take a good look at the items they have stored in various locations throughout the church. For safety's sake, the emphasis is in the basement and all closets that contain mechanical and electrical equipment, but all areas should be examined. As you evaluate your items, please label those things you want to keep with your group's name and THE DATE. Items you no longer need should be discarded. March 11th is the deadline to accomplish this task. After March 11th, any unclaimed or not labelled items will be brought to the Fellowship Hall. After one week, all items still unclaimed will be disposed of or donated to an appropriate charity. This is a big task, but if we all do our part, it will get done. Any questions, please feel free to call Melanie Ribble, Trustees Chairperson. Many hands make light the work.
The Broadway UMW Book Club will meet in the church library on March 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.  Debbie Taylor will review Global Girlfriends:  How One Mom Made it Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide by Stacey Edgar from the Leadership Development category.  Susan Daffron will review Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim from the Education for Mission Category.  Please bring a friend and join us!
March Odyssey Trip
The March Odyssey trip will depart March 29 at 8:30 a.m. from the church parking lot. First, we will visit the “Secret City” of Oak Ridge, TN for a 2 hour visit to the American Museum of Science and Energy. Admission is $5 or $4 for seniors over 65. After the museum we will have lunch at Big Ed’s Pizza!
Please make your reservation by clicking here, calling the church office or using the sign-up sheets in the pew on Sunday mornings. Please bring along your cash for the museum and lunch, and $2.00 for gas on the church bus. Alan Eleazer will be your driver and guide. (more info at and
Gather Your Friends To Make A Parcel Post Auction Box
Our Faith Community in Willow, Alaska, loves to receive boxes from East TN for their Parcel Post Auction. We fill a Priority Mail box, any size, with neat stuff like Smoky Mountains, Fort Loudon history, Cherokee art, local college and sports caps, good books, games, etc., and mail it to the Willow church. In March they will auction off the unopened boxes, open them up, ooh and ahh or laugh at what’s inside, maybe trade gifts around, and have a great party doing it all.
The money they make goes to their local food pantry. Sure, we could just send money – but then these folks wouldn’t have an opportunity to get together and have fun in the land of no sun and bitter cold!
Sunday school classes, choirs, church committees, families, or you and your best buddies can fill a box and send it off.

Mail to: Willow UMC, P.O. Box 182, 67.5 Parks Hwy, Willow, AK 99688.


  Before you close those boxes you are preparing for the Auction Party in Willow, AL,
the Knit-Wits want to give you a choice of some of our handmade items
to place in your box with all those other goodies. 
Surprise them with a cap or scarf to help them keep warm in that bitter cold weather. 
Please contact Martha McFarland by phone - 983-1064, or email -
Time to fill the Easter Eggs!
 One of my favorite things to watch is the Easter Egg Hunt. Kids are scurrying around at first afraid that they won’t get any eggs then worrying that they can’t fit all that they find in their Easter basket as it starts to overflow. It amazes me that there is always more than enough. I am not sure why, but it reminds me of God’s love. We sometimes worry that it is limited too. But as we move through life, we begin to learn that God’s love overflows for us.
 Beginning March 11 th, you will find bags of empty eggs waiting to be filled and brought back for our Easter Egg Hunt that is March 25 th at 2:00. We have three age groups, birth to 3 years of age, preK-2nd, and 3rd-5 th. It isn’t just candy that you need to put in the eggs. It could be stickers or small toys. If you would like to fill eggs with items more appropriate for the birth- 3-year-olds, please label them.
Eggs need to be back at the church Sunday morning March the 25 th. The youth will be hiding them after the 2 nd service. Feel free to join us! All are welcome.
The Youth White Elephant Sale will be Saturday, April 7. This fundraiser will go to support Youth mission efforts. As storage space in the church is at a premium and the Fellowship Hall will be used between now and then, we ask that you hold donations until Monday, April 2. If you will need assistance bringing your donations during the week of April 2-6 , you can contact Jim Gass .
Make plans Jubilation 2018 that will be held April 30 - May 2, 2018 at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge TN. The theme for this year is Anchor Your Soul with scripture verse being; Hebrew 6:19, We have this hope as an anchor for the soul , firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.
Registration open now thru March 30, 2018 online or by mailing in your registration form and check to:

Jubilation 2018
Holston Conference Center
P.O. Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701
Please click here for more information

Summer Fun at Camp Wesley Woods
From first grade through through high school, CWW offers a great experience for all. There are Day Camp, Half Week and Full Week sessions. A $50 gift certificate is available for every Broadway child who attends. Additional financial assistance is also available. Contact Pastor Laura before you make your reservation in order to receive the $50 or additional support. The deadline for this support is April 30.
Brochures with camp information are available in the church office or click here for more information.
  • John Stachel at UT
  • Jean Hubbs brother Tom, critical condition at Vanderbilt, continued prayers for Jean’s sister, Louise and her husband Minnis
  • Sympathy to Elizabeth and Bob Mize in the death of their nephew, Johnny Scronce
  • Krischy, family issues
  • Elaine, health issues
  • Addison
  • Nikki
  • Jack Sparks (Jake Sparks father) underwent a heart catheterization and stint placement today.

March 8:30 am Service
Deb Husk and Roberta Kuhne

March 10:35 am Service
4 - Bob and Elaine Russell
11 - Bob and Lil Tiebout
18 - Jack and Lana Parham
25 - Sonny and Alda Hamrick
Contact Ruthie Barton (
The next Food Pantry date
is scheduled for
March , 2018  9:00-11:00AM
Your prayers, your gifts, your service
and continued commitment
to this ministry is very much appreciated.

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The more the merrier!!! It costs nothing and helps minister to
many in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.
Broadway United Methodist Church
309 East Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 982-6192