Wildfire Assistance
**The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development**
Mobile American Job Center in Cocke County next week to help workers displaced by recent wildfires.  Two mobile job centers are currently open and assisting workers in Pigeon Forge.
Workers in Cocke County will be able to access the services of the Mobile American Job Center starting Monday, December 5.  It will operate on the following dates.

  • Monday, December 5         9:00-4:00    Newport Community Center
  • Tuesday, December 6        9:00-4:00    National Guard Armory
  • Wednesday, December 7   9:00-4:00    Newport Community Center

Two Mobile American Job Centers began assisting displaced workers Wednesday afternoon at the Community Resource Center in Pigeon Forge. A third mobile center will open at that location Thursday afternoon.  Those centers will remain open seven days a week until their services are no longer needed.

  • 149 Cates Lane, Pigeon Forge (former Boyd’s Bear Factory)
  • MondaySaturday  9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday  1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The American Job Center in Sevierville is also staffed and ready

to assist displaced workers on that side of Sevier County.

  • 1216 Graduate Drive, Sevierville
  • MondayFriday  8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3  9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday,   December 4  1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Extra Christmas Decorations?

SteppenStones Youth Treatment Services has opened two new group homes in Johnson City.
If you’d like to help them “deck their halls” for Christmas,
you can donate new or slightly used decorations and lights.
Please contact SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services, 110 SteppenStone Blvd, Limestone, TN
Phone (423) 257-8600 http://www.steppenstoneyouth.org

Francis Chan’s Crazy Love Bible Study
(for ages 13-18)
Thursdays through May 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bancroft Bible Camp
Contact Brett at (423) 967-0377 with questions. Dinner provided.

 2016 Special Events and Workshops at Sycamore Shoals State Park
 Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12 pm
Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit
Thorugh January 3rd, 2017
TuesdaySaturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Winterfest Art Show
Through January 3rd , 2017
Opening Reception:  Sunday, December 4,  1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Christmas at the Carter Mansion
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Many others from which to choose. Check their website or call for more information:
www.sycamoreshoalstn.org
www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals
www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals
www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org
To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.
  If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year,
please send your email address to jennifer.bauer@tn.gov

Bristol UMCs Present Advent Luncheon Series
Every Wednesday throughout Advent
Gathering time is 11:50 a.m.-12 p.m. Worship is 12-12:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served 12:30 to 1 p.m. at each host church
December 7, South Bristol UMC, 1809 Southside Ave, with Rev. Robert Kariuki of John Wesley UMC
December 14, Virginia Ave UMC, 1127 Virginia Ave, with Rev. Jeremy McMillan of St. Luke UMC
December 21, John Wesley UMC, 311 Lee St, with Rev. Liz Hamilton of Addilynn Memorial UMC
All are welcome.
276-669-2441
stlukeumc@bvu.net

The Great Christmas Stocking Giveaway

Saturday, December 3, from 1 pm – 4 pm
Aldersgate UMC,  off Blountville Highway, 2.5 miles from W State St, Bristol
The first 500 kids present can choose from an assortment of free stockings
to fill with candy, snacks and toys.

Christmas in the Country at the Exchange Place
Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Kingsport’s tradition-rich Living History Farm, located at 4812 Orebank Road.
Admission is free.
Christmas in the Country features fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations.  Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including hand-crafted wood items, handmade baskets, hooked rugs, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and jewelry.  Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions.  More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm.

The Evangelical Methodist Church’s District Song Service
Saturday, December 3, 6:00 pm
 Island Road Evangelical Methodist Church (corner of TN Hwy 394 and Island Road in Blountville) All are invited to attend

2016 Milligan Christmas Concert
December 3 & 4, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
The glorious sounds and sights of the season will be a great start to your Christmas festivities as the college’s music area presents its annual Christmas concert. The performance features choirs, orchestra, brass choir, and the organ in the beautifully decorated Mary B. Martin Auditorium inside Seeger Chapel. The evening also includes a carol sing-along and concludes with a moving candle-lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” The concert is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will be taken to benefit the college’s music program.
 www.milligan.edu/arts

Russell Bennett in Concert
Saturday, December 3, 4:30 pm
12.03.16 Cross Anchor Community Center will host gospel soloist Cross Anchor Community Center, 421 Old Baileyton Rd, Greeneville, TN

Brian Burchfield in Concert
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 @6:00 pm
BEECH GROVE FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH, 225 E SPRING ST S, BIG STONE GAP, VA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 @9:30 am
SMITHS CHAPEL UMC, 3385 MANVILLE RD, GATE CITY, VA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 @6:00 pm
GOLDEN GATE FULL GOSPEL CHURCH, 3875 ASHEVILLE HWY, GREENEVILLE, TN
EVERYONE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 423-345-2776

St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church will host Rev. Randall Russell
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am
St. Peter’s Church, 3321 Thornton Dr. Kingsport, TN
For information you may call Teresa Murray Smith @ 423-676-2609 or Earl Dunn @ 423-390-1480

Commodity Distribution
Thursday, December 8, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Gravley Baptist Church, 647 Gravely Valley Rd, Kingsport, TN
423-247-5149

“Lessons in Carols”
Sunday, December 18, 5:00 p.m.
St. Luke UMC, 105 North St., Bristol, VA
Several UMC church choirs from the Bristol area will sing pieces from their Christmas cantatas.
A reception will follow. All are welcome.

A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24, 6:00 p.m.
St. Luke UMC, 105 North St., Bristol, VA
All are welcome.

The Autism Society of East Tennessee’s fully-featured autism directory

 Asdhub.org has over 300 different autism-related listings for families and individuals to view, with more to be added over the coming months. There are many ways to search the directory, making ASDhub a simple and accessible site to use not only for those families and individuals affected by autism, but also for businesses who have an autism related service to provide.


VOLUNTEER Opportunities

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Massive Health Care Outreaches
RAM is in need of volunteers, church and civic organizations, dentists, and donations to help make these events successful. To register as a volunteer please apply at www.ramvolunteers.org.

Trail Life USA
A new organization in the Tri-Cities seeking leaders and participants.

Most guys want exciting outdoor adventure with their friends. We’ve got that! Trips and travel? That, too. Camping. Check. Physical and mental challenge? Yep. And awards? Of course! Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.


International Student Exchange
Seeking caring families to host international high school students.
(844) 556-6688


CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates)
Seeking volunteers to work with abused and neglected children.
423-247-1161


The Oasis of Kingsport
The Oasis is a Christ-centered women’s day center where women are considered “guests.” Guests can do 2 loads of laundry (including the laundry products), get free haircuts,  take free hot showers with towels and toiletries provided, and utilize free WIFI and computer access for job searching and college applications. The Oasis is looking for volunteers. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Dianne Scott at (423) 392-1137.

Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN
Holston Valley Medical Center has several volunteer opportunities: Main Lobby/Reception, CCU Waiting Area, Waterfall Lobby, Guest Services, Same Day Surgery, Outpatient Radiology, Beverage Cart, Mail/Magazine Delivery. Volunteers are also needed at Kingsport Hematology/Oncology and Johnson City Cancer Center. Hours vary. If interested, contact Karen Fox
at 423-224-6041 or email karen.fox@wellmont.org

Heavenly Homes (aka The Big Black Bus)
Heavenly Homes (aka The Big Black Bus) parks near Munsey Memorial Presbyterian in downtown Johnson City every Sunday morning at 8:30am. Bus Director, Tom Campbell, and volunteers provide a place to warm up, get a cup of hot coffee, a fresh doughnut, and other needed items such as winter wear, blankets and health and beauty aids. They also minister to the people one on one as well as have a time of worship and Bible study. If you know someone in need of hope or you would like to volunteer, please come or contact Tom Campbell, Assistant Pastor, The Vineyard 10campbellssing@gmail.com

Welcomes volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, care technicians, and maintenance help.
(423) 256-2408 visit the web site www.ofoneaccordministry.org

Welcomes volunteers to help with weekly food distributions, which take place at the church every Monday
from 8 – 11 a.m.,
and with monthly food deliveries, which are made every second Saturday and begin at 8:30 a.m. 
Canned food donations are also accepted.  For more information please visit www.chcckpt.org.

Lamp Light Theatre
Welcomes volunteers for parking attendants, ushers, and concession workers. Call (423) 348-7610

First Priority Blue Ridge
Welcomes volunteers for events such as concerts, Pledge 2 Purity and Campus Ministry Training.  If you wish to volunteer for these events, and/or want to be informed on what events are coming to our community, please email at haleywherry@firstpriority.org.

Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center
 Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a non-profit, Christian based organization that is looking for volunteers to come and help out with our Holiday Session (October 10 – December 9, 2016) We serve over 60 participants each week, and cannot do it without the support and volunteer power provided by our local community! Volunteers are able to help with student lessons as a sidewalker or a horse leader. Volunteers can also help with the daily barn routine that includes feeding, grooming, and lots of horse snuggles. As we enter the holiday season, we want to invite everyone to come out and enjoy a day at the barn to see how Small Miracles is positively impacting all students and volunteers! For more Information or to set up your orientation, please contact us at 423-349-1111 and ask for Natalie Hopland or Linda McBride.

You may mail your church and community news to us (two weeks in advance, if possible) to:
 WHCB 91.5 FM Church/Community News
PO Box 2061
Bristol, TN 37621-2061
or “Connect with WHCB”