FUMC Bristol Newsletter, December 7-13, 2016

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Photography by Gina Carnahan


“Mary’s Song”, Part of “Visitation Series” by Ginny Baughman 


December 11th, 2016
3rd Sunday of Advent
Text: Luke 1: 46-55
Title: “Great Expectations”


  Always Exciting Photographic Update!

The children are learning about Advent and the coming of 
the Christ Child.

 Photographic Images of the
Advent Season

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 
Traditional Service, Rollins Family
River Service, Marguerite Buckley

       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 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.

 Your letter with the Christmas offering envelope should have already arrived in,and mail. We will have extra copies in Worship just in case!  

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


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

    More group launches soon!  CHECK THIS SPOT! 
(Gourmet cooking, spirituality/yoga, sports & outdoor fitness club, etc…) 

FINANCE UPDATE FROM December 4th, 2016
     Amount Needed Until Year’s End: $ 15,130       
Contributions to Operating Fund 12/04/2016:



Amount needed weekly to balance the budget: $5,043


Operation Envelope:
 Gifts to date: 
$ 5,471

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 3rd Sunday in Advent December 11th 

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

Family Promise of Bristol
Our generous giving provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.

  Upcoming Birthdays
    15:   Leon Lewis
    16:   Paul Biggs-Wells,
            James Crussell
    19:  Joe Camper
    20:  James Bittinger

 Happy Anniversary!

 Dec 22:

Joe & Donna Camper



 Calendar & Events Schedule 

 Week of December 7-13

Wed, Dec 7th:    6:30pm-Youth Activity    
                    7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal 

Thurs, Dec 8:     6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
                    6:30pm-Mankind Project
Fri, Dec 9:        5:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room
                   6:30pm-Belly Dancing-yoga room 
Sun, Dec 11:      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)


Mon, Dec 12:      6:00pm-Family Promise Training

                     6:00pm-Yoga with Jean


Tues, Dec 13:      8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                     6:30pm- Yoga with Joe

                     6:30pm-Martha Circle-Peggy Wilson’s home


Wed, Dec 14:   Advent Worship and Luncheon, John Wesley UMC

                         Preacher: Rev. Liz Hamilton, Addlynn UMC

                  Gather: 11:50am, Worship: 12:00pm, Meal: 12:30pm


                     7:00pm-Chancel Choir Rehearsal


 To make changes or additions to the calendar

          contact Alan Gorrell 


        or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.


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