FUMC Bristol Newsletter Feb 2nd-8th, 2017



                             and a Whole Lot More! 
Matthew 5: 13-20
February 5th, 2017
Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany
Carol Wright, Newly Hired at First UMC Bristol
Carol today

Announcing the Retirement of Carol Wright 
March 31, 2017
Hats off to Carol for Thirty-Two Years of over-the-top service!
Listen for updates from Sue Dietz and the Staff Parish Relations Committee for our Retirement Celebration for Carol.
Although there is no way we can replace Carol, we are busy advertising for a 20-hr a week Secretary  whom we hope for Carol to mentor before
her departure.
At this juncture, we are exploring other options for handling the Financial portion of Carol’s position.
Currently in the office all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings,  how about stopping by to show Carol your appreciation for 32 years of outstanding service and dedication to our congregation and community?!
Take her out to lunch or for a cup of coffee!
More details forthcoming.
Welcome New Mission Chairperson
Julie Blanton 
Did you know our church gave over $43,000 to Missions last year?   
This is truly something to celebrate!
Julie will be helping us find ways to feature “All Things Missions’
 in Worship, in our newsletter,
and in Missions Fairs (in our church and perhaps Cooperative Parish-Wide too!)
We will host our first Missions Team meeting in late February.
Way to go, Julie! 
Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Opportunities
Every 4th Tuesday 
Needed:  1-2 more Baked Spaghetti Casseroles
                   *  We will provide the recipe
                   * Can bake in advance and place in
                          church freezer

  One more driver for route with
6-8 persons.  Begin at 10:00 a.m and finish by 11:00 a.m or before
            Contact Brenda Hobbs at (423) 968-4391 or bjhobbs1@embarqmail.com
February 5, Beatitude Sunday
Blessing the Congregation
(Reverend Michelle McKinnon-Young and the Reverend Dr. Alan Gorrell)
Looking for an intentional way to prepare for Lent?  

Join us for this
Epiphany/Lenten Study 
Discover the power of tapping into your own spiritual geography.
Expect to connect our study to daily life in the church and community
When: 7 weeks:
Feb.1-March 22
 Wednesdays @ 1:00 p.m.
Where:  Tankersley Hall
                                                                                                  It’s not too late to join us!   Order your book today from Amazon!
         (Class of eight. Three people not pictured)
To read more about the 
author of our study
click on the link below
Game Day: New Small Group!
Our newest Small Group, GAME DAY
is led by Andrew and Rebekah McGrady. Come join us in February for
exciting fellowship and learn a new game! All people of all ages are welcome — bring some friends!
Sunday, Feb 12, 5pm-7pm (schedules did not allow for afternoon this time)
Sunday, March 19, 2pm-6pm
Email Rebekah with questions:
Breanne Nate Noah and Amalia
Breanne Hubbard
In case you missed it
last week!
*Great photos are appropriate year-round!
Trustee-Sponsored Church-Wide Work Day
Alan Hale, sink repair
 Many thanks to Alan Hale, 
              John & Kathy Mack, 
           and Tom Felty
             for doing some
            much needed repairs
           inside of our building!
Common Ground Fellowship:
our Guests at
Help for Haiti Dinner
Partnering in Ministry
             Read more about our new friends in ministry,  mission and shared space!
Sunday Morning Worship will always be held as scheduled.
Use discretion in attending,
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 notifies all persons of the plan to proceed.       BE SAFE! 
Worship Aesthetics
Among the many things we do to help create a spirit and atmosphere for Worship is the
placing of Flowers on the Altar.
Doing so is a great way to
honor or memorialize someone special, to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary or to express thanks. 


outside Skeen Chapel or call Kathy Wagner
at 423.323.5446 or cell at 423.534.6701.

More Photographic Images from Our Members

Photography by Julie Blanton
February 5th
“Feed the Hungry” Offering:
Bristol Faith in Action
BFIA is a cooperative Outreach ministry of

 the churches of Bristol and the local

and the local community, formed to serve people with significant physical, emotional,
or spiritual needs.

 Mark Your Calendars

 Sunday, March 5
     Vote for best time
   12:15 p.m. or 5 p.m 
Click link below
Teens February 2017 Schedule
Wed, 8th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Unique Games  
 with Andrew & Rebekah
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
        Week of Feb 2-8       
Thurs, Feb 2:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean
Fri, Feb 3:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sun, Feb 5:     9:30am-Sunday School Hour
                  9:30am-The River service, TH
                  10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
                  11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
(childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)
Mon, Feb 6:     1:00pm-Food Pantry volunteers  
                  6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                   7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

Tues, Feb 7:     8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH

                   6:30pm- Yoga with Joe


Wed, Feb 8:     1:00pm-Book Study, An Altar in This World

                             by Barbara Brown Taylor

                   6:30pm-Youth Activity – Games with Andy & Rebekah

                   7:00pm-Chancel Choir


 To make changes or additions to the calendar

          contact Alan Gorrell 


        or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.

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Building A Community Where Anyone
Can Become
A Deeply Committed Christian

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 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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