FUMC Bristol Newsletter, Nov 30-Dec 6, 2016

Photography by Rebekah McGrady

Joseph and the Angel


December 4th, 2016
2nd Sunday of Advent
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Title: “Follow Your Dreams”
  Photographic Update!
Mr. Mike helped us make our own Advent wreathes and devotionals to use at home.
We also measured our sanctuary and compared it to the tabernacle in the Old Testament.


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
1st Sunday of Advent candle lighting with the Hubbard Family
Photographic Memories of 2016
Hanging of the Greens
       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       
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 

Baptism:  Juniper Fiona Preptit
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 your letter with the Christmas offering envelope in the mail this week or weekend.

Prayerfully consider how you might participate!



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…)
Next Wednesday, December 7th the Youth will be checking out
Speedway in Lights

and sipping hot chocolate!

This Week’s
Feed the Hungry
Holston Conference Wildfires
For more information on the status of the recovery efforts and/or if you prefer to donate on line, click the link below.

Holston Wildfires Online Giving

FINANCE UPDATE FROM November 27th, 2016
Amount Needed Until Year’s End: $29,100
Contributions to Operating Fund 11/27/2016:

Amount needed weekly to balance the budget: $7,275
Operation Envelope:
 Gifts to date: 
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 2nd Sunday in Advent December 4th 
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.”
  Upcoming Birthdays
 2: Robert Wright
 3: John Mack
 4: Alan Gorrell,
     Helen Harkleroad
 5: Lisa Gray
 Happy Anniversary!
  Dec 22:

Joe & Donna Camper

 Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of November 30-December 6
Wed, Nov 30:    11:50am-Gathering, Advent Worship & Luncheon
                   St. Luke UMC, Rev Scott Spence, pastor,
Beech Grove UMC  
                    6:30pm-Youth Activity    
                    7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal 
Thurs, Dec 1:     6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
Friday, Dec 2:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sunday, Dec 4:    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 12:30pm-Sun House Party
3:00-4:30pm-The FUMC “Old Kids” Book Study
at the Hubbard’s House

Monday, Dec 5:    1:00pm- Food Pantry Volunteers

                      6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room 


Tuesday, Dec 6:    8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                      6:30pm- Yoga with Joe


Wed., Dec. 7    Advent Worship and Luncheon South Bristol UMC

                   12:00-12-12:30    Preaching,The Rev Robert

Kariuki (John Wesley UMC)
12:30-1:00   Meal (provided by church)

 To make changes or additions to the calendar

          contact Alan Gorrell 


        or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.

First United Methodist Church

 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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