FUMC Bristol Newsletter, August 31st-September 6th, 2016


Text:    Luke 14: 25-33
Title:  A Celebration of ‘Work’
and the Theology Behind It

        Help me build this week’s sermon.
Please bring objects/symbols of your ‘work’ (paid or unpaid) including skills and hobbies that have added value to your life and that of others.   I will weave your visual aids and stories into our sermon.
Join us as we find scriptural reference for our ‘work,’ and ultimately share the Sacrament of Holy Communion
as a Church family.
Beginning Sunday September 11
After reviewing some 39 completed surveys, talking extensively with our Children’s Coordinator, several Sunday School teachers, and pastorally seeking God’s guidance through prayer, the 
August 28 Administrative Council approved  my following  recommendations for our
Worship and Sunday School schedule,
beginning September 11:
9:30-10:30   The River
*9:30-10:30  Sunday School for All Ages
10:30-11:30  Sunday School II
11:00 Traditional/Covergent Worship

(Childcare and Christian educational instruction will be provided from *9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

 Parents can pick up their children at any time
during the Sunday morning schedule.
Rick and Sophia

 In order for our Children’s Program to be successful,
parents and congregants
will rotate through the Sunday morning schedule, sharing their giftedness/interests and leadership with our youngest disciples. 
Sunday School Update:
The Gifts of the Spirit Series ended with an exploration of the gift of Peace. The children made doves and they learned that peace makers are called “children of God.”
“If any one asks you who I am, tell them I am a child of God!”
-Suzanne Goyette
Tausha and the Triplets
  Born Friday August 26  in Nashville, Tennessee at
11:17 a.m.  11:18 a.m and 11:19 a.m  respectively
    4 pounds  11 ounces    Mary Harbert
 (Mary is from both sides of family and Harbert is Mary’s  Daddy!)

4 pounds  12 ounces    Elizabeth James
   (Elizabeth is from  both sides of family  Grandma/Great Grandma
and James in Grandpa Ronald James Carmack’s middle name)
    4 pounds  15 ounces   Dorothy Lucille Cline
  (Dorothy is from Grandma  Dorothy Carmak,
Lucille is a Grandmother and the name of Harbert’s sister and
Cline is Dorothy Carmack’s maiden name)

Proud parents are
Tausha and Harbert Alexander
(big sister Nora Ridley)
Proud Grandparents are  Ron and Dorothy Carmack!
The Sacrament of
Holy Baptism:
BellaShea Graybeal
Bella will be baptized in the Clinch River in
Hiltons, Virginia.
When given the choice on how her baptism would occur, she said assuredly,
‘I want to be baptized like Jesus.’ 
So a river it is!
 Pastor Michelle and Bella’s Great-Grandfather, will share in the rite of
Holy Baptism

  Date  Soon!

(Finalizing plans. Will publish date next week!) 
For more information on what United Methodists believe about Baptism, at what age baptism is ‘appropriate,’ the 3 different ways United Methodists baptize and MORE click on the link:
 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!
Saturday, Oct 1st, 
Sunday, Oct 2nd,
  Gently used household items, books, toys, furniture and more
(No clothes accepted, please)
Drop-Off Dates,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!
Contact Marguetire
mbnc51@yahoo.com  or  (704)281-3319
Church Financial Update
2016 Annual Budget:  $220,038
Amount remaining
September-December (17 weeks)
$114, 625  

(budget remaining plus amount owed to Designated Fund)

$6,562  needed per week
Average weekly amount received first thirty-five weeks:
$3,562 per week
May we each prayerfully and in timely fashion, do our part.

“Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.” 


With God, all things are possible
Matthew 19:26
Operation Envelope
  Sunday, September 11

An Opportunity to

Help Your Church


 Listen for more information.
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.
Church-Wide Work Day

September 24th, 9am-12pm

Projects: finish the berm bank walls and the playground. 
Bring: wheelbarrows and shovels  
Many Hands Will Make
Light Work
Contact John Mack for queries:
UMW End of Summer Picnic 
Sunday, September 25th,
immediately after 11:00 a.m. Worship 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.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
A day to play in the church yard and cook your own lunch.
We will learn about the nomadic people in the bible, Have Sunday school in the tent! A full day of games, learning, and just plain fun! We will be located on the Sparger Road side near the playground, as we are learning about
many Old Testament stories.
What do I need from you? A portable fire pit, or a dug fire pit, some extra hands when we cook if you have wee ones, and a sense of excitement as we experience shepherding, drawing water, cooking over a fire,
and welcoming guests into our home.
Children learn kinesthetically, they learn best
by using their own bodies and their hands.

This great day of fun will lay a foundation for Bible stories
for years to come.
Feel free to invite a friend but make reservations.

suzpoolq@gmail.com         Suzanne Goyette
“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
Annual Church Business Meeting:
Date:: Sun. Oct. 30
Time:: 3:00 p.m
 Location:  St. Luke
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! .

Feed the 
Hungry Offering
Bristol Faith in Action
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local community, formed to serve people with significant physical, emotional, social, or spiritual needs.
Upcoming Birthdays


 Aug 29:   Suzanne Goyette

 Aug 30:   Dean Chafin

 Aug 31:   Dow Strader

 Sept 4:   Russell Basham

 Sept 8:   L.C. Hale




Aug 31:    Billy Lusk & Karen Stanton

Sept 1:  Rick & Kayte Rollins, and Larry & Kathy Wagner

  Sept 3: Ben & Joan Cole      

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
     Week of August Aug 31-Sept
Family Promise Week: August 28th-July 3rd
Wed, August 31:    7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thurs, Sept 1:       6:30pm-Yoga with Jean
Friday, Sept 2:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                        6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sunday, Sept 4:     9:30am-Sunday School Hour
                        10:30am-Fellowship & Worship,Chapel
                        11:00 a.m. Morning Worship, Sanctuary

Monday, Sept 5:     Labor Day-Church offices closed

                       6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room


Tuesday, Sept 6:    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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 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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