FUMC Bristol Newsletter, August 3rd-9th, 2016

   Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
August 7th, 2016  
Text:  Luke 12: 32-40
Title:  Sabatoge, Saboteurs!
 The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Listen for updates on new communion schedule!

An Important Letter From Our Bishop,
 Our Global Council on Bishops
and Your Pastor
United Methodist Episcopal(Bishop) Symbol


Dear Church,
Last Sunday in worship, I announced the election of Holston Conference’s own, The Reverend David Graves as a newly-elected Bishop of the United Methodist Church.  David has been appointed episcopal leader (Bishop) of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and will begin his official duties there on September 1, 2016. The Holston Conference just announced Tuesday, the interim appointment of Bishop Richard Looney to Church Street UMC in Knoxville, Tennessee, David Graves’ previous appointment. We are so proud of David and wish him every blessing in his expanded leadership in our national and global United Methodist Church. 
At the same time,I also presented a letter from Holston Conference Bishop, Mary Virginia (Dindy) Taylor about both David’s election and the recent Western Jurisdiction of the UMC election of our first openly practicing homosexual bishop, the Reverend Dr. Karen Oliveto.  As I announced on Sunday, it just happens that I know both David and Karen personally, David from Holston Conference collegial relationship and Karen from twice-weekly on-line UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry coaching classes in which she and I both participated, January-March of this year.  
  While many applaud Dr. Oliveto’s election as a breakthrough for the UMC for what they consider decades of institutional exclusion of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals from the full ministry, leadership and fellowship of the church, others point to its direct violation of our current rules of the United Methodist Church as outlined in the UMC Book of Discipline and thus in violation of our covenantal relationship with each other.  Given our continued division on this issue, the May 10-20, 2016 General Conference of the UMC voted to form a globally-representative commission to study all issues of sexuality as it concerns the UMC.  The hope is to avoid a split in our overall church. In the words of Bishop Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops,  “We have a strong bias toward unity, reflected in our consecration vows,”  Ough’s statement said of his fellow bishops. “We are open to unity being defined in new, innovative ways.” 
 This appointed commission will begin meeting early Fall with a special called General Conference slated for early 2018 to consider a way forward on all matters related to sexuality for the UMC.  Since that time, several U.S Methodist Conferences have elected to vote their conscience on these matters by proceeding with the ordaination of gay and lesbian pastors and allowing their pastors to perform same-sex unions without penalty of church trial.  Prompted by this and the recent election of the Reverend Dr Karen Oliveto in the Western Jurisdiction, the global Council on Bishops have just released a series of statements to which you can find links below. 
As your pastor, I am committed to transparency on these matters.  This will include apprising you of official correspondence received from the Holston leadership, provision of additional information from recognized United Methodist news sources as well as personal pastoral visits (as requested)  in your homes, Sunday School Classes, small groups, in my church office, at Blackbird Bakery or a local restaurant!   We may also find that our newly organizing Educational Task Force around these issues may be a helpful for individuals and as a church-wide resource. Listen for more details around our task force in the coming weeks.

 To be sure, this issue is complex.  It is my prayer that regardless of our opinions on these matters, we will each commit to greater understanding and holy conferencing on how our decisions will affect the global, national, and local UMC as well as individuals both within and outside the church walls.  Let us equally commit to the responsibility and privilege to pray for our global episcopal leadership and for the newly forming representative panel tasked to discuss the matters which divide us at present.  The work before both will be challenging!

Finally, let us not lose sight of our mission as a United Methodist Church “to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”   It is our unequivocal spiritual compass. 
To access resources that I passed out in worship this Sunday, click on the links below

Profiles on both newly-elected Bishops:

The Rev. David Graves            (appointed to Alabama-West Florida Conference, September 1)
The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto      (appointed to  Rocky Mountain & Yellowstone Conferences, September 1)
Below is the official Council on Bishops (COB) Statement about the recent Western Jurisdiction election of The Reverend Dr. Karen Oliveto
Below is the latest letter from the Council on Bishops regardiing plans for the newly-elected commission on sexuality
Partners in Present and Future Ministry,
Cooperative Mission 
Update from the Field!!
Our Cooperative Youth Mission Team wants to tell you all about their week of mutual mission and learning at Jubilee Project in Sneedville, Tennessee, Hancock County.

immediately after worship in TANKERSLEY HALL!
First UMC was represented by John Mack and Pastor Michelle along with
1.  Max Hanson   2.  Sidney Hanson   3.  Mason Large  4:  Finley Large   5.  Kyler Hunt and 6. Marcus Hayes.    We joined pastor Liz Hamilton from Addilynn UMC and 7 of her youth.   For most youth present, it was their first mission trip ever!    What an honor to be part of such a formative time in the spiritual and social development of our teens.
Below is a collection of photographs, documenting but a snippet our work and our play. Thanks to Julie Blanton for masterfully compiling them!

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

Anderson School Supply

Donation Update

Pastor Michelle and Joe Rhymer delivered our kind gifts of donated books and school supplies to Anderson Elementary School. They are pictured here with the school secretary, Pam Hobbs.
We look forward to getting acquainted with Anderson’s
new principal,  Dr.Ginger Christian! 

Person who can come to the church sometime Monday through Thursday to refill the attendance folders used in worship and take them to the sanctuary for the ushers to distribute on Sundays.
One or more people who can come to the church on Wednesday or Thursday when bulletins are ready to be folded. You will be notified when they are ready.
Persons who can answer phones, do some filing for the pastor, and perform other easy office tasks when needed.
Contact Michelle 423.430.2335 or pastor@fumcbristol.wpcomstaging.com


Our Sunday School
series continues on 
Gifts of the Spirit
We were so pleased to have lots of smiling faces in the children’s wing on Sunday!
Suzanne taught about the gift of Faithfulness, and our wonderful children explored many ways that they are faithful in their home and church. 
                                             We made apple prints-

see the marvelous results on


the wall in the children’s wing!

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
Bring your
favorite picnic foods
and potluck dishes and enough to share; we’ll provide the paper products and drinks
(tea, lemonade, water) 
Johnnie Strader
 so we can ensure proper seating  and parking at

or call/ text Jonnie at 423. 914.2394 


1.  Haul tables on Sunday afternoon, August 7 after church to Strader farm
2.  Set-up and clean up at Straders on Sunday
(Monday, haul tables back to church)
Call  Michelle at 423.430.2335 to volunteer or e-mail her at
“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
Thanks to
Bobby Wright  & Joneen
for volunteering at the 
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry,
which works to put a dent in food poverty throughout the region.
Our own James Crussell & Julie Blanton
 got together last week at church to bake communion bread.
James is 13 years old, and already knows what profession he hopes to pursue later in life! Wishing to be a chef, he especially enjoys baking bread.
More interesting facts about James:
he has two pets at home, a dog & a cat; his favorite subject in school is math; his favorite person who inspires him is his grandmother.
Many thanks to James for helping to bake bread for the congregation.
Juniper Fiona Preptit
has arrived:
 July 15, 2016
  6 lbs, 9 ounces and
19 inches long
Proud parents are
Jamie Elizabeth and Manes Preptit 
and Big Brother, Atticus
Proud Grandparents are 
Leferne and Melila Preptit 
               Congratulations to one and all!                                           
(Juniper is wrapped in Mommy’s wedding dress in upper right panel) 
You are cordially invited to the Golden Anniversary of
Suzanne Rollins

Saturday, August 6
1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
First UMC
in Tankersley Hall

Please RSVP to Amy Rollins Probst at Preacheramy@gmail.com
or (865.202.3019)
Week of August 1st
Feed the Hungry
Bristol Faith in Action
BFIA is a cooperative   outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol & the local community; our generous donation helps to serve people whose circumstances leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.
Upcoming Birthdays 
Aug 3:   Madge Gray

Aug 9:  Brenda Estes          

          Adam Lewis,

          Pam Neal 

Aug 10:  Adam Graybeal

Aug 12:  Jessi Spangler

Aug 14:  Fred Kilday,

           Adam Wells

Aug 17:  Beverly McCallum




 Aug 3: Ron & Dorothy Carmack

     Aug 4: Bob & Ellen Mueller 

Aug 5: Ray & Kathy Feagins 

     Aug 6: Richard & Suzanne Rollins

  Aug 12: Dale & Sue Dietz

Aug 16: Mike & Tawana Teague

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
                Week of August 3rd-9th 
Wed, August 3rd:        7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, August 4th:   6:30pm- Yoga with Jean
Friday, August 5th:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                            6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 


Saturday, August 6th:   The Rollins’ 50th wedding anniversary
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m
Tankersley Hall 


Sunday, August 7th:    11:00 a.m. Morning Worship, Sanctuary

                                        4:30p.m. Potluck, Strader Farm

Monday, August 8th:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room


Tuesday, August 9th:   8:00a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                            6:30p.m. Yoga with Joe


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

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