Building A Community Where Anyone Can Become A Deeply Committed Christian.
FUMC Bristol Newsletter, August 7-13th, 2016
September 8, 2016
First United Methodist Church
(3 rosebuds for Alexander Triplets)
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Text: Romans 8: 35-39
Title: ‘Ain’t No Mountain…’
Join us this week as 15 years later we remember: 9/11
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.
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.”
“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
Pastor Michelle and Bella’s Great-Grandfather, will share in the rite of
Date: Sun. Sept 25
Time: 3:30 p.m
Location: Hiltons, VA.
After the UMC Picnic that day, travel with us
in the church van or follow in your car to Hiltons, Virginia for
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:
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.”
Safety For Our Youngest Disciples:
Adult Worker Training
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.
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
May we each prayerfully and in timely fashion, do our part.
“Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.”
Sunday, September 11:
Help Your Church
Reading Buddy 2016- 2017 School-Year
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
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 bankwalls and the playground.
immediately after 11:00 a.m. Worship in Tankersley Hall, and outside on the church grounds
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.
KIDS CAMPING DAY
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.