FUMC Bristol Newsletter, Nov 23-29, 2016

Photography by Rebekah McGrady
Sunday, November 27

1st Sunday of Advent
Text: Matthew 1: 1-17

Title:  23andJesus

Don’t forget to bring favorite Advent/Christmas traditions stories/symbols to share during worship!
Photographic Celebration
United Methodist Women’s Sunday


Thanks to Kathy Wagner for leading us on a tour of the different altars and worship tables in our church.
We learned about the kneelers surrounding the sanctuary altar, then we wrote the things we are thankful for and posted them above our new Children’s worship table.
We won The Escape Game!
Recently our youth played Tri-Cities Escape Game,
a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit.

Way To Go FUMC-Bristol Youth and Leaders!

Weekly Lighting of the Advent Candles
Join us in either or both services as all configurations of ‘family’
light Candles on the Advent Wreath

The Four Sundays of Advent:

November 27, December 4, 11 and 18th
First Sunday of Advent
November 27th, 2016
Plan to join us immediately after the 11:00 a.m. service for
a Family-Friendly Event
as we decorate the church in preparation
for Advent and Christmas
  Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider Provided!
       Bristol Cooperative Parish Advent Worship and Luncheons

      11:50 a.m.-12:00 noon   Gather
12:00 noon-12:30 p.m.   Worship
12:30 p.m-1:00 p.m       Meal  (Provided by host church)

Wednesday, November 30 
Location:     St Luke UMC

       Preacher:   The Reverend Scott Spence, pastor Beech Grove UMC
Wednesday, December 7
      Location:  South Bristol UMC
      Preacher: The Reverend Robert Kariuki, pastor John Wesley UMC
Wednesday, December 14
      Location:  John Wesley UMC
      Preacher:  The Reverend Liz Hamilton, pastor Addilynn UMC
Wednesday, December 21
Location:  Virginia Avenue UMC

      Preacher:  The Reverend Jeremy McMillan, pastor St. Luke UMC
Just in Time for Christmas Hosting:
Family Promise  Volunteer Training
Monday, Dec. 12
6:00 p.m-7:00 p.m Tankersley Hall
Angie Sproles, Director Family Promise of Bristol  will lead us through Family Promise Volunteer Training.  Consider it a “refresher course” for seasoned volunteers and a fresh learning for new volunteers among us! 
Next FUMC Bristol Family Promise Dates:  
December 18-December 25
Chancel Choir Cantata
Combined Worship
Sunday, December 18
10:00 a.m.

Help us celebrate the birth of the King with “One Small Child,” a Christmas musical combining rich classic carols with powerful new songs!  The musical is created and arranged by Tom Fettke, one of the church’s favorite arrangers.

    Kid-Friendly Service! 
Invite your family, friends, and those who may be alone this Christmas Eve.
10:00 a.m. Combined Worship
December 25, Christmas Day:

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 
A Season for Giving:
 Christmas Offering 
As in years past,
the month of December will provide a unique opportunity to share extra gifts for ministry and in honor of Christ’s birth.
Look for an after-Thanksgiving special mailing from Pastor Michelle and the Finance Team about where this year’s gifts are designated and how
you can meaningfully participate! 

The Soup Kitchen
 Operated by the United Company Foundation
Located on the campus of the former Sullins Academy,
Delivers almost

1,000 meals daily to those in
need in Bristol, VA.
Please donate about an hour of your time to ladle soup
for this wonderful local cause! 
 Volunteers needed
December 1st-14th, weekdays only, 9:15am.
Contact Carol Taylor to volunteer or for questions.
423-989-3574 or ctaylor2@chartertn.net



Click on the group convener e-mail below to get more details and launch dates!
1.  Dinner Clubs/Groups:    Suzanne Rollins
       Meeting in homes or at local restaurants for food and fellowship

2.   FUMC Game Club         Rebekah and Andrew McGrady
       No experience needed.  Come play with us, make new friends. Board   games, card games, and more! Teaching included.
3.  The Bag Ladies (and Men, Youth, Children etc…)
 Sue Dietz
Cindi Carnahan
        Handcrafts, art and other service projects for the homeless and beyond
4.  FUMC Youth Group              John Mack
     Every Wednesday evening and myriad of other opps scattered throughout the year
5.  Book Club                            Michelle McKinnon-Young
        What are you reading these days?  Let’s study/discuss it together as a group over coffee!
6.  Bible Study                                 Kelly Logan
                                                   Michelle McKinnon-Young

Making connections between Scripture & life, building community and growing spiritually! 

    More group launches soon!  CHECK THIS SPOT!
(Gourmet cooking, spirituality/yoga, sports & outdoor fitness club, etc…)
New Small Group Has Launched!
The Bag Ladies
(plus Men, Youth, Children, etc…)
Join us to make handcrafts, art, and other service projects for the under-served.
Our first project is crocheted
made from plastic
grocery sacks!
for more information
contact Cindi Carnahan
FINANCE UPDATE FROM November 20th, 2016
     Amount Needed Until Year’s End: $  34,590
Contributions to Operating Fund 11/20/2016:

 $ 3,257
Amount needed weekly to balance the budget: $ 6,918
Operation Envelope:
 Gifts to date: 
$ 5,321.00
Envelopes with suggested donation amounts are
 still available in
the sanctuary.
Prayerfully consider what you can share. 
  Your gifts DO make a difference! 
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY continues this 1st Sunday in Advent November 27th 
Please present Estimate of Giving Cards during both of our morning worship services.  Extra cards will be available in worship!
You can also drop your sealed envelope by the church office during the week OR
mail it to us at:
322 Vance Drive
Bristol, TN   37620
Attention:  Carol Wright

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
This Week’s
Feed the Hungry
Local School Missions
Our generous giving helps families in need within the Bristol School System

Upcoming Birthdays
24:  Peggy Spangler
25: Sidney Hanson,
       Mary Tankersley
26: Edward Platz
29: Gina Carnahan
 November 25:


Dan Ashworth


Cindi Carnahan 

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of November 23-27
Wed, Nov 23:       7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal 
Thurs, Nov 24:     6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
                      6:30pm-Mankind Project
Friday, Nov 25:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                      6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sunday, Nov 27:    9:30-10:30am-The River
                     *9:30-10:30am-Sunday School for all Ages
                      11:00am-Traditional/Convergent worship 
(Christian education/childcare from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon weekly)
immediately after 11:00am service: Hanging of the Greens

Monday, Nov 28:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room 


Tuesday, Nov 29:    8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                       6:30pm- Yoga with Joe


Wednesday, Nov 30: 12 noon: Advent Worship and Luncheon
Location:  St. Luke UMC
Preaching: The Rev. Scott Spence, Beech Grove UMC 


 To make changes or additions to the calendar
          contact Alan Gorrell 


        or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.

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