FUMC Bristol Newsletter, January 4th-10th, 2017

Photography by Marguerite Buckley

January 8, 2017
Epiphany Worship (Revisited)
Text:  Isaiah 60:  1-6
 Title:  How Motel 6                 Got it Right
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
  ~ Isaiah 60: 1, 3 and 6
Candle lighting and Holy Communion
Christmas Eve Service 2016

Photography by Gina Carnahan

Photographic Memories
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 
December 25th, 2016

Photography by Julie Blanton
Juniper Fiona Preptit

December 25, 2016
Christmas Day
Daughter of

Manes and Jamie Preptit
      Granddaughter of 
Leferne and Melila Preptit

Photography by  Gina Carnahan

Bo Keith Elliott
January 1, 2017
New Year’s Day
Son of
Brian and Annie Elliott
Grandson of

   Earl and Peggy Wilson

  Tim and Pauline Elliott
Guest Preacher, January 1, 2017
 Deacon Tim Elliott (Brian’s father)
Director of Diaconate and Deacon Formation
Diocese of Knoxville 
Common Ground Fellowship
Worship with First UMC:
     January 8
Chapel Worship Launch:
      January 15
Sharing Space
Partnering in Ministry and Mission
Studying and Eating Together
 Loving People into Relationship with Jesus Christ
 Building the Kingdom
Click here to find out more about

A Taste of Haiti
Church-Wide Meal and
Hearing the Story of Haiti
  Sunday, January 15
   6:00 p.m 
   Tankersley Hall
  Hosts:  Leferne and Melila Preptit &
Help for Haiti Committee
On the Menu:
  White Rice and Beans
 Sweet Potato Pie
 Haitian Coffee

 On Display:  Haitian Art

Come find out what it will take now and in the years to come to sustain our Help for Haiti Shetter.  Invite your friends to hear the story as told by Leferene and Melila Preptit themselves in story and photo.
Make your dinner reservations by Thursday, January 12 with
Pastor Michelle

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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.  Again, use your discretion in attending.
Glorious Financial Updates, 2016
Operation Envelope Net:  $5771
Special Christmas Offering:  $6755
Operating Budget:   Needed $7,000 to finish the 2016 in the black.  Collected it $7566 (includes above figures)

Because of your stewardship and sacrificial giving,
we ended the year IN THE BLACK!
Bless you for your generosity, Church!
Book Study and Coffee with 
Pastor Michelle
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

2016 Family Promise Recollections

Our church had the opportunity to host families five times last year including Christmas Week and Christmas Day in 2016!

Our thanks again

to all who worked with

Family Promise,

welcoming our guests and helping them feel at home.

  Some 35 FUMC volunteers, with the help of Common Ground and First Baptist Church, participated in this ongoing endeavor.

Suzanne and Family Promise child

January 8th
“Feed the Hungry” Offering:
Family Promise of Bristol
Our generous giving allows us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
Upcoming Birthdays 


    7: Brenda Hobbs

    9: Julie Blanton, Virginia Camper

    10: Annie Elliott

    12: Susan Spangler


 Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of Jan 4-10
Wed, Jan 4:    6:30pm-Youth Activity 
                  7:00pm-Chancel Choir    
Thurs, Jan 5:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
Fri, Jan 6:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sun, Jan 8:     9:30am-Sunday School hour
                  9:30am-The River service, TH
                  11:00am-Traditional Worship, sanctuary
                 (childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm)

           Common Ground Fellowship Worships with us Today!
                  5:30pm-Finance Committee
                  7:00pm-Administrative Council 

Mon, Jan 9:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room

Tues, Jan 10:   8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast

                  6:30pm- Yoga with Joe



                           LOOKING AHEAD 
  A Taste of Haiti Meal and Hearing the Story
      Sun, Jan 15, 6:00 p.m.       

 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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