FUMC Bristol Newsletter, December 14-20, 2016

Photography by Bekah McGrady



December 18th, 2016
Christmas Cantata 
Combined Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Invite your family and friends!
Join us for Advent Four
Candle Lighting
December 18
at 10 a.m.
  Mike and Tawana Teague
Juniper Fiona Preptit
December 25, 2016
Christmas Day
10:00 a.m
Combined Worship 
Daughter of Manes and Jamie Preptit
Granddaughter of
Leferne and Melila Preptit 
Bo Keith Elliot
January 1, 2017
New Year’s Day
11:00 a.m. Worship
Son of Brian and Annie Elliot
Grandson of
Earl and Peggy Wilson
Tim and Pauline Elliot 
Guest Preacher, January 1, 2017

 Deacon Tim Elliot  (Brian’s father)
Director of Diaconate and Deacon Formation
Diocese of Knoxville 
Both Deacon Tim and Pastor Michelle will officiate in Bo Keith’s Sacrament /Rite of Christian Baptism
Children’s Ministry

We continued our study of the Christmas story: the Nativity scene and the star of Bethlehem.


Christmas Party
The Fellowship Class with other church members celebrated Christmas with the residents of Sunhouse, a local adult residential facility. The folks received gifts based on their wish lists AND they shared a home cooked meal.
Morning worship will always be held as scheduled.
Use discretion in attending, depending on your own travel conditions, etc.
If the Bristol Tennessee schools are closed for the day

or close during the day
 all scheduled church activities are cancelled.
If the individual in charge of an evening event decides travel conditions have improved so that there is little danger to participants, he/she may decide to proceed with a scheduled event by contacting all persons involved.
Bristol Cooperative Parish Advent Worship and Luncheon

(not exactly served on China but regal, hospitable welcome!)
                   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 21
      Location:   John Wesley UMC
      Preacher:  The Reverend Liz Hamilton,
Pastor, Addilynn UMC

Just in Time for Christmas Hosting:
Family Promise  Volunteer Training 
A Big Success with 25 in attendance! 
Next FUMC Bristol Family Promise Dates:  December 18-25
    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 
Total contributed to date: $1,935
See an usher if you need a Christmas
Offering envelope!

 Book Study and Coffee with
Pastor Michelle
(Women’ Study or men too, depending on topic)
For those who have expressed interest, we are already in e-mail conversation about possible books, the best day, time and location for our study.   Please suggest book and schedule ideas to  

Orientation Group Meeting:  
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m

Tankersley Hall

FINANCE UPDATE FROM December 11th, 2016
  Amount Needed Until Year’s End: $ 14,360 
Contributions to Operating Fund

 $ 3,455
Amount needed weekly to balance the budget: $ 7,180
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 4th Sunday in Advent December 18th 
Please present your Estimate of Giving Cards in worship..  Extra cards will be available from the ushers.
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.”
December 18
“Feed the Hungry” Offering:
Local Missions 
Our generous giving helps members of our church family and other immediate local mission needs.
  Upcoming Birthdays,
    15:   Leon Lewis
    16:   Paul Biggs-Wells,
            James Crussell        
    18:  Amy Lippo
    19:  Joe Camper
    20:  James Bittinger
 Happy Anniversary!
  Dec 22

 Joe and Donna Camper


 Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of December 14-20
Family Promise of Bristol, Dec 18-24
Wed, Dec 14:    6:30pm-Youth Activity    
                   7:00pm- Chancel Choir Rehearsal 
Thurs, Dec 15:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
Fri, Dec 16:       5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sat, Dec 19:      9:00am-Holston Quilters
Sun, Dec 18:     *9:30-10:30am-Sunday School for all Ages
                    10:00am-Christmas Cantata/Combined service 
(Christian education/childcare from 9:30 a.m.-11:00a.m.)

Mon, Dec 19:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room

Tues, Dec 20:    8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                    6:30pm- Yoga with Joe


Wed, Dec 21:   12 noon   Advent Worship & Luncheon                                      Location: John Wesley UMC

                           Preacher: The Rev. Liz Hamilton,
Pastor, Addilynn UMC


                  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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 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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