FUMC Bristol Newsletter, September 14-20th, 2016



 Sunday, September 18, 2016
Text:   Isaiah 37: 30-31,
Philippians 2: 12-13 and 3: 12-16
Title:  Roots, then Wings
The Reverend Mike Teague
Sunday Morning Schedule (as of 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/Convergent 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. 
The Sacrament of
Holy Baptism:
BellaShea Graybeal
 Pastor Michelle and Bella’s Great-Grandfather will share in conducting the rite of
Holy Baptism
Date: Sun. Sept 25
Time:  3:30 p.m
Location:  Hiltons, VA.
Clinch River 
After the UMW 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?

Sunday School Update:
We are working on a desert! Next week we will add pyramids and camels. What fun we had together! Traveling by caravan, we stopped at the oasis for water and doughnuts.
Church is fun….it is where we learn and where our friends are!
“If anyone asks you who I am, tell them I am a child of God!”
 Algie Aubrey, Instructor

“If  You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise
of American Liberty.” 

 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!
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 its 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.
Youth Update
Pontoon Battleship!
An epic mock naval battle between two pontoon boats manned by FUMC youth, parents, and friends occurred at Lake Watauga last Sunday to mark the end of our summer youth activities. Battle was intense as participants fired water balloons and blasters in a fight for Drenched Glory!

Our regularly scheduled 6:30pm Wednesday Night Youth Activity has resumed!

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 Marguerite
mbnc51@yahoo.com  or  (704)281-3319

Amount Received Per Week To Date:
9/4   $3,639
9/11  $3,708

Amount Needed Per Week to Obtain
Balanced Budget by Year-End
 9/4   $5, 233
9/11 $5, 081 
May we each prayerfully and in timely fashion, do our part.

“Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.” 
Operation Envelope:
A Novel Opportunity
to Help Your Church
To date
has been donated.
Envelopes with suggested donation amounts will be available in both Sunday services for the next few weeks. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to impact your church.

Church-Wide Work Day
September 24th, 9am-12noon

finish the berm bank walls and the playground.

wheelbarrows and shovels


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.
A gift has been given to The Skylight Replacement Fund  in loving memory of       
  Dr. Richard A. “Dick” Smith
by Larry and Kathy Wagner
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! .

This week’s
Feed the Hungry
offering is for
Local Missions.
Our generous giving helps members of our church family and other immediate local mission needs.
 Upcoming Birthdays

     Sept 15: Jason Lunsford

     Sept 17: Lara McGrady

     Sept 19: Sue Dietz, Claude Wood

     Sept 23: Jack Ford

     Sept 25: Nell Banks

     Sept 26: Bob Barrett

     Sept 28: Richard McCallum 

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
     Week of September 14-20
Wed, Sept 14:        6:30pm-Youth Activity
                         7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thurs, Sept 15:      6:30pm-Yoga with Jean
Friday, Sept 16:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                        6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Saturday, Sept 17:  9:00am-Holston Quilters
Sunday, Sept 18:    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)
                        12:00pm-Children Safety Training Workshop

Monday, Sept 19:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room

                         6:30pm-Abingdon District Charge Conference,

                                  Pleasant View Methodist, Abingdon,VA


Tuesday, Sept 20:   8:00a.m. -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                        6:00p.m.-Lay Leadership Committee

                        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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