FUMC Bristol Newsletter, July 20th-26th, 2016

   Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
July 24th, 2016
       Text:           Luke 11:1-13
    Title:        Dogged      Persistence    
 The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sanctuary 11:00, July 17
Chapel  10:45, July 24
Chapel 10:45, July 31
Cooperative Mission 
Update from the Field!!
As a Cooperative Youth Parish event,
John Mack, Pastor Michelle, and  4-6 teens from First UMC are on
their  Mission Trip to

Jubilee Project in Sneedville, Tennessee, Hancock County. 
Our group has joined 6 youth from Addilynn UMC and their pastor, Liz Hamilton and pastor Jeremy McMillan from St. Luke UMC.  We can’t wait to report about our adventure upon our return!

To learn more about the Jubilee Project and the incredible outreach ministries to the people of Hancock County, click on the link below.

Anderson Elementary School Supply List

It’s almost time for school to begin!

We have just 12 days to assemble

back-to-school supplies for

Anderson Elementary School.

You can pick up supply lists for Preschool through

6th grade this Sunday in the narthex, or clink on the link above to print a supply list and

start shopping now!

Please return your donated supplies to the narthex

Sunday, July 31st! We plan to deliver them the next day, August 1st.

Many thanks for your support of Anderson Elementary, our Reading Buddy School!

Weekly Christian Education Abounds!
While our discussions about the best way forward for Worship are underway, Sunday School for all ages resumed at 9:30a.m., Sunday, July 10.  Our numbers and smiling faces in adult classrooms reflected happy Sunday School participants!    We have 4 adult Sunday School classes for you to choose from including our “Old Kids” who meet on designated Sunday afternoons.
 Children’s Sunday School Update:
This was week three of the
Gifts of the Spirit Series
Suzanne Goyette writes:
“We had such an exciting day! The fruit of the spirit was Gentleness.
 We made a peach from fuzzy fabric, and we talked about how, even though fruit may be bruised if it hasn’t been handled gently, it still has wonderful sweet fruit. Our Lord is a gentle and good shepherd, caring for us in gentle ways.”
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
                                                        -from Psalm 23
 We love having volunteers to share in the weekly Christian Education of our children!  Remember the congregational vow we take at each child’s baptism?   
Along with their parents, we pledge to do our part to nurture the children in the Christian faith!
What a blessed opportunity! 
Point your kids in the right direction
 when they’re old, they won’t be lost.
 ~ Proverbs 22:6  The Message
Current Sunday Morning Schedule
(Listen out for any updates after July 31)
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m  Sunday School for All Ages
10:45 a.m.  Chapel Prayer, Reflection and Holy Communion
(posted schedule)
 11:00 a.m. Joint Worship Service, Sanctuary
Come find your
‘true north’ with us,
 Sunday mornings!
Pot Luck Picnic and Worship Conversation


Date:  Sunday, August 7

Time: 4:30 p.m-7:00ish p.m.
Location:  Strader Farm
Address: 338 Brookwood Drive
               Bristol, TN  37620
As our three-month worship trial is nearly over, some have asked to gather for a time of conversation to offer feedback. The Worship Team will be present as the entire church is invited to share thoughts on our Joint Worship experiment.
Help us discern best way forward!
Anytime Methodists gather, FOOD assures good conversation and happy guests!  So bring your favorite picnic foods 
and potluck dishes and enough to share; we’ll provide the paper products and drinks.
Dow and Johnnie Strader have graciously offered their farm as a place for our gathering. To make their task easier, we are looking for volunteers to both set up and clean-up.
Call  Michelle at 423.430.2335 to volunteer or e-mail her at
Sanctuary Skylight Update!
Around $2500-$3,000 shy of our collection goal of  $11,000 for 2 new skylights (but due to an anticipated $2000 price hike within the month), the Trustees have now ordered two new 2 skylights for our church sanctuary!  They will arrive within 4-6 weeks with a 1-2 week installation process if all goes according to plans!   Bless you for your generous contributions!  As we rushed to beat the 10% price increase, we are still collecting money to equal the match from the Trustees funds.  

We have chosen barrel vaulted skylights, double-paned and insulated as the best insurance against leakage. There is a 5-year warranty on the windows. PICTURED IS NOT OUR ACTUAL SKYLIGHT BUT MERELY AN EXAMPLE!

    Thanks to Jim Riden for arranging the incredible deal through his roofing company, Summit BSR. 

“Pay It Forward” Campaign

How are you doing with your cards?  Need more?
Replenish your supply this Sunday! 

Listen in worship for exciting

“Pay it Forward” Stories !

 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~ John 13: 35
Bristol Food Pantry
                        Monday, August    1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
                  Bobby Wright (Monthly)
                   Joneen Sargent (August)  
                                                        Are you familiar with the

Abingdon Advocate?

The Abingdon District of the United Methodist Church’s Holston Conference is composed of 91 churches spanning across seven counties in Tennessee and Virginia.

The Abingdon Advocate is the bimonthly newsletter of our Abingdon District.

Check out the spiritual growth and mission opportunities listed

 in The Advocate that abound within our area:

Flood Buckets Needed to Replenish Ones Used in the Recent West Virginia Floods.

Children in Poverty Social Action 2016 Banquet-Maryville, TN

Help Kids with Challenging Behaviors Training Event-State Street UMC, Bristol

The Academy for Spiritual Formation-Emory & Henry

From Membership to Discipleship: Growing Mature Disciples-Blountville UMC

For complete descriptions of these and more opportunities check out the July/August issue

Abingdon Advocate July/August Newsletter

Connecting with people beyond the church walls,

inviting them to experience the love of Jesus Christ,

building relationships that matter.

     This week’s offering is for         Local School Missions
Our generous giving helps families in need within the Bristol School system.
Upcoming Birthdays 

 July 20:   Mary Jane Bradbury

             Jeremy Spangler

 July 23:   Nate Hubbard

             Bill Olson

 Aug 3:    Madge Gray




July 28: Ray & Marty Moore

 Aug 3: Ron & Dorothy Carmack

     Aug 4: Bob & Ellen Mueller       Aug 6: Richard & Suzanne Rollins

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
                Week of July 20-26
Wed, July 20th:         7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, July 21th:    12:00 pm- Bridge Club
                           6:30pm- Yoga with Jean
Friday, July 22th:       5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                            6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 


Sunday, July 24th:      9:30am-Sunday School For All Ages

                           10:45am-Chapel- Prayer, mediation, communion

                           11:00am-Worship Service-sanctuary 



Monday, July 25th:      6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room

Tuesday, July 26th:     10:00am-Meals on Wheels

                           7:00pm-Martha Circle at Suzanne Rollin’s home

                           12:00pm-Bridge Club



 To make changes or additions to the calendar
contact Alan Gorrell 423-652-7377 or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.

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