FUMC Bristol Newsletter, Dec 21-Jan 3, 2016

Photography by Marguerite Buckley

Kid-Friendly Service
Join us for a special service of
Candle lighting and Holy Communion
 December 24 at 7 p.m 
Invite family, friends and anyone who
may be alone
this Christmas season!

The Spangler Family will light the last candle in our Advent Wreath,

The Christ Candle
10:00 a.m. Combined Worship
December 25, Christmas Day:

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 

Baptism:  Juniper Fiona Preptit
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
Just in Time for Christmas:  
A New Home for Alva and Stuart Reid
 Dear Church Family and Friends, 
Alva and Stuart Reid would like to announce their move to the lovely Oakmont at Gordon Park in Bristol, Virginia.  Pastor Michelle recently visited them in their “newly-decorated for Christmas” quaint but spacious apartment at the invitation of their children.
Alva and Stuart welcome your visits after the Holidays!
See Pastor Michelle for their room number.
Advent Season Photographic Memories

Inclement Weather Policy
Sunday Morning worship will always be held as scheduled.
Use discretion in attending, depending on your own travel conditions, etc.
Your SAFETY is our main concern!
WEEKDAYS:  If the Bristol Tennessee schools are closed for the day OR
 close during the day,  all scheduled church activities are cancelled UNLESS, conditions improving, the Team leader for the scheduled meeting/event notifies all persons of the plan to meet after all.  Once again, use your discretion in attending.
Oh the weather outside is….?
A Season for Giving:
 Christmas Offering 
Total contributed to date: $3,805
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 18th, 2016
  Needed to December 31 to Balance the Budget: $7,000  
Contributions to Operating Fund





Operation Envelope:
 Gifts to date: 
$ 5,771
Envelopes with suggested donation amounts are
 still available in the sanctuary.
Prayerfully consider what you can share. 
Your gifts DO make a difference!
Bless you for your pledged giving!
This helps us plan a more realistic 2017 Budget
We are still receiving 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 School Missions
Our generous giving helps families in need within the Bristol School System.
Upcoming Birthdays
23: Jim Fletcher
24: John F. Coppedge,
      Andrew McGrady
25: Dollie Cartwright
26: Emma Aubrey
 Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of December 21-Jan 3
Family Promise of Bristol, Dec 18-24
Wed, Dec 21:    6:30pm-Youth Activity    
Thurs, Dec 22:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
                    6:30pm-Mankind Project
Fri, Dec 23:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sat Dec 24:       7:00pm-Christmas Eve Service
Sun, Dec 25:      10:00am-Combined Christmas Worship Service 
                         ( No Sunday School today)

Mon, Dec 26:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room  

Tues, Dec 27:     8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                    6:30pm- Yoga with Joe


Wed, Dec 28:     6:30pm-Youth Activity CANCELLED Happy Holidays!

                                   7:00pm-Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Thurs, Dec 29:    6:00pm- Yoga with Jean

Fri, Dec 30:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room

                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room

Sun, Jan 1:      9:30am-Sunday School Hour

                   9:30am-The River-TH

                  11:00am-Traditional Worship Service, sanctuary

                      (childcare provided from 9:30am-12pm) 

Mon, Jan 2:     1:00pm- Food Pantry Volunteers

                 6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room


 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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