FUMC Bristol Newsletter, August 7-13th, 2016


Text:    Romans 8: 35-39
Title:  ‘Ain’t No Mountain…’

        Join us this week as 15 years later we remember:
Where were you when you heard the news?
What were your first thoughts?
How has life has changed since that 9/11?
Where was God?
What ever happened to love?

Nothing can separate…

~Romans 8: 39
A Celebration of our Labor
If you missed this Sunday, ask someone about our Celebration of Labor Sermon given by the congregation, concluding with Holy Communion.
Confession!   We went longer than usual in order to cover most of the items brought to represent your work, skill or hobby!  It was fun to see how each of these has added value to your life and that of others.   Best of all, we learned a LOT about each other.   THAT IS WHAT COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT!
Beginning This 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:
“We are beginning a study of Old Testament stories. Thanks to a loom, already prepared, we talked about Joseph and his coat of many colors.”
-Suzanne Goyette
“If any one asks you who I am, tell them I am a child of God!”
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
 Pastor Michelle and Bella’s Great-Grandfather, will share in the rite of
Holy Baptism
Date: Sun. Sept 25
Time:  3:30 p.m
Location:  Hiltons, VA.
Clinch River
After the UMC Picnic that day, travel with us
 in the church van or follow in your car to Hiltons, Virginia for
Bella’s baptism.
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:
 Wednesday Nights Return
You asked for it on your recent surveys

    so plans are underway:

Mid-Week Food, Fellowship,
Fun  and Study 

 (maybe worship too)

  Join our planning team?  See Michelle.
Chapel Service Revisited
Many of you enjoyed our 3-month Taize/Monastic style Sunday morning Chapel Service.   Our plan is to continue offering the service with a combination of laity and clergy leadership. 

Most popular votes are for

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

 Which day and time works best for you?

 Algie Aubrey, Instructor

Coming September 11:

“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!
Suzanne Rollins and Brayden
 Family Promise Update
“Family Promise is a time to meet families who need some love and care. One mom said to me she didn’t realize there were so many nice people in the world.
What a way to show that Christians really do care and don’t judge, that we are pretty much the same in our basic needs and cares.”
                                                                                    –Sue Dietz
Safety For Our Youngest Disciples:
Adult Worker Training
Course One:

Children Safety Training 

Our insurance company has recommended that all persons who will work with children, take a class in “Child Abuse and Awareness and Prevention Training”. With this in mind we have put together a class on Sunday, September 18th at 12:00 pm with a pizza lunch and program. Training should run about 90 minutes and is the same course required of all YMCA staff prior to employment and renewed annually. It is a video facilitated course designed by the YMCA and it’s insurance company Redwoods.
Course Two:
How to Use an AED   
We have an AED located outside the sanctuary but does anyone know how to use it? Hands- On instruction in the care and use of an AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR will be provided on Sunday, October 9th after church for about 30 minutes. There will be videos and hands-on training certified by the American Heart Association. This is not a full CPR certification class but that would be an option at a later time.
Saturday, Oct 1st, 
Sunday, Oct 2nd,
                                                  12pm-3pm both days
  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
Amount Received Per Week To Date:

$3, 639

Amount Needed Per Week to Obtain
Balanced Budget by Year-End
$5, 233

May we each prayerfully and in timely fashion, do our part.

“Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.” 
Operation Envelope
 Coming this
  Sunday, September 11:
A Novel

 Opportunity to

Help Your Church

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 beginning Tuesday of this week to project leadership for our 2017 Church year.  Please prayerfully consider your continued leadership for 2017. 
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
Family Promise of Bristol
Our generous giving provides an opportunity to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
Upcoming Birthdays

         Sept 8: L.C. Hale

     Sept 10: Abigail(Abby) Rollins

       Sept 15: Jason Lunsford

        Sept 17: Lara McGrady

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
     Week of September 7-13
Wed, Sept 7:       7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thurs, Sept 8:      6:00pm-Reading Buddies Organizational meeting
                       6:30pm-Mankind Project
                       6:30pm-Yoga with Jean
Friday, Sept 9:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                       6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sunday, Sept 11 9:30-10:30am-The River
                      *9:30-10:30am-Sunday School for all Ages
                       10:30-11:30am-Sunday School II
                       11:00am-Traditional/Convergent worship
       (Christian education/childcare from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon weekly)

Monday, Sept 12:   6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room


Tuesday, Sept 13:  8:00a.m. -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                       6:00p.m.-Lay Leadership meeting

                       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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