FUMC Bristol Newsletter, August 24th-30th, 2016


Setting Healthy Boundaries:
A Series
Text:  John 8: 18-19, 31-36 
Week 2:  Boundary Myths
(And how to dispel them)
 The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, August 28, 10:45 Chapel Service
Sunday, September 4, 11:00 Worship
After more than a 3-month trial of convergent worship, you have provided us with important feedback.
A total of 35 worship surveys were turned in and have been prayerfully considered.  Additionally, conversations occurred with several Sunday School teachers including extended discussions with our Children’s Coordinator.  As such,  Pastor Michelle will make recommendations to the Administrative Council this Sunday evening  on what seems the best way forward.
It is true that we must all give some to gain some.  And the community is strongest that works together,
despite their differences or preferences.

“Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” remains our mission.
May this mandate be the compass in all our thinking and doing.
They’ll know we are Christians by our love…
 Algie Aubrey, Instructor
On September 11, we will begin the book “If  You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.” 
Historian Eric Metaxas ponders the ways in which Americans are losing the promises of the American Republic as citizens forfeit responsibilities and refuse to understand the intention of American ideals.

 On the eve of this important election this study is timely as we consider our responsibilities as Americans and as concerned human beings.
Come join us!
Church Financial Update
Watch this spot staring after Labor Day for regular financial updates.

Needed:  Gently used household items, books, toys, furniture and more
(No clothes, please)   
Saturday, Oct 1st,
Sunday, Oct 2nd,
Drop-Off Dates
at Tankersley Hall:


Fri, Sept 23, 9am-1pm
Sun, Sept 25, 9am-12pm
Mon Sept 26, 1pm-5pm
No need to price items, we will price for you!  
Hot Dogs and Funnel Cakes
For Sale!
Contact Marguerite Buckley with inquiries

mbnc51@yahoo.com  or  (704)281-3319

Watch this spot for Church member interviews!!
Tree of Eternal Life, Mexican Folk Art

 Memorials and Honorariums
A gift to Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter has been given
in loving memory of Charles “P J” Burns III by Ellen & Bob Mueller
and a gift has been given to the Skylight Replacement Fund
by Louise Carver
The following gifts have been given in honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Richard & Suzanne Rollins – 
To the Skylight Replacement Fund by Sue Bryngelson, Judy Ditmore,
Loetta Cornett
 To Meals on Wheels by Roy & Martha Ann Watson;
To Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter by John & Kathy Mack
UMW End of Summer Picnic
Sunday, September 25th,
immediately after church in Tankersley Hall, and outside on the church grounds, weather permitting.
We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixin’s.  Bring a dessert if desired.
Please join us for some time together and a good meal.You don’t need to go out to eat-come eat with your church family!
We will accept donations for our UMW mission projects.
Reading Buddy 2016- 2017 School-Year
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:00p.m.
Tankersley Hall
Seasoned Reading Buddies and those considering impacting the life of a child through the Anderson School Reading Buddy Program,
JOIN US!    Come find what it takes to be mutually blessed!
We will work with your schedule!
Dr. Ginger Christian
New Principal, Anderson Elementary.
“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
Family Promise
of Bristol
August 28th-September 3rd
Opportunities to help:
Evening Host: serve as the family’s host & advocate. 5:30p-8:30p.              Contact John Mack at  john@bristolymca.net
Overnight Host: stay overnight at the church with the family. 8:30p-6:00a. Contact Alan Gorrell at  423-652-7377
Set up/Tear down: set up, clean up rooms/wash linens.
Contact: Donna Kilday at  423-764-5054
                Meals: Cook, serve, and eat with the family.  
Contact Sue Dietz at  sue@cyberdietz.com
Thank you in advance for supporting this wonderful, worthy
mission project!
Annual Church Business Meeting
Save the Date:
Date:  Sun. October 30
Time: 3:00 p.m
 Location:  St. Luke UMC
First UMC will join with 18 other churches for
a 2016 Cluster Charge Conference.
  The Lay Leadership Team will begin meeting after Labor Day to project leadership for our 2017 Church year.  Please prayerfully consider your continued leadership for the upcoming 2017 year.  

Interested in first -time leadership or committee service?
Please inform Pastor Michelle.

As a volunteer organization, the vitality of the church is dependent on the commitment of its membership.   We appreciate all you are and do! .

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

 Aug 23:   Lucy Lewis,
Bradley Gorrell,

             Jean Slagle-Mills

 Aug 26:   Betty Hess

 Aug 28:   Andrew Hanson,

             Michael Raper

 Aug 29:   Suzanne Goyette

 Aug 30:   Dean Chafin

 Aug 31:   Dow Strader

 Sept 4:   Russell Basham

                                       Sept 8:    L.C. Hale



Aug 25:    Tom & Donna Felty

Aug 27:    Richard & Penny Reecher

Aug 28ish: Dow & Johnnie Strader

Aug 31:    Billy Lusk & Karen 

Sept 1st:   Rick & Kayte Rollins, and

      Larry & Kathy Wagner

Sept 3:     Ben & Joan Cole

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
     Week of August 24-30
Family Promise Week: August 28th-July 3rd
Wed, August 24:        7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, August 25:   6:30pm-Yoga with Jean
Friday, August 26:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                           6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sunday, August 28:     9:30am-Sunday School Hour
                           10:30am-Fellowship & Worship,Chapel
                           11:00 a.m. Morning Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m   Trustees 

                            6:00p.m.-Finance Committee

                            7:00p.m.-Administrative Council

Monday, August 29:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room


Tuesday, August 30:    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.

First United Methodist Church

 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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