FUMC Bristol Newsletter Feb 9th-15th, 2017

photography by Gina Carnahan

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus instructs the crowd from
a Galilean hillside 
for some 3 chapters.
This week, the Teacher reminds us what was said of old,
compared to his new way of seeing and being in the world.  
So…is the law now defunct?
“You have heard it said, but I say to you…”

  ~Matthew 5: 21-37

The Story continues.  Where do you see yourself in it?
February 12th, 2017
Sixth 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!  
The UMW is hosting a
Retirement Celebration
for Carol.
More details forthcoming!
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!
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 
Where:  Tankersley Hall
It’s not too late to join us!  
Order your book today from Amazon!
To read more about the author of our study click on the link below
What is UMCOR?
The United Methodist Committee on Relief provides humanitarian relief during war, conflict, or natural disaster.
  UMCOR reaches people in over 80 countries, including the U.S.A.
Our 2017 Holston Conference Annual Conference Campaign is:
Health Kits for Liberia-2017
Last year the Abingdon District Churches donated 945 kits!
Start collecting today (through May, 2017)
click on the link below for a list of items to collect
Common Ground Fellowship:
at Worship in our Chapel
Sunday February 5, 2017
(Stop by and join them for singing!)
Partnering in Ministry
             Read more about our new friends
in ministry,  mission and shared space!
Coaching for the Church!

Pastor Michelle, New Mexico Clergy Coaching Class, October 2016
After one-year of certified coach training foundational classes, electives, 100+ coaching hours and professional credentialing, Pastor Michelle is one exam away from her International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACC Coaching Credential.   Thanks to each of you who have put your trust in her for personal coaching sessions.   She indicates that her door is always open to all for any pastoral care and personal/life/marital etc…coaching needs!
Click here to find more about Coaching for Clergy, the United Methodist pastor who founded it and how it can help resource the church!

Click below to see the notable difference between COACHING and COUNSELING.  
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!
Sunday Morning Worship will always be held as scheduled.
Use discretion in attending,
Your SAFETY is our main concern!
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! 
Family Promise
is just 3 weeks away!
click on the links below to email
the hosts for volunteer opportunities
Overnight Host Sign-up, call Alan Gorrell
to view the Meal Roster for the Week click below
Communion Sunday
Photographic Images from Our Members
photography by Rebekah McGrady, Kelly Logan, and Gina Carnahan

                     February 12
“Feed the Hungry” Offering

Family Promise of Bristol
Our generous giving gives us an opportunity to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in
the Bristol area.
Mark Your Calendars
 Sunday, March 5
 at 12:15 or 5 p.m 
Receiving entries for both Chili and Cornbread!  
Get out your recipes and
get ready!
Teens February 2017 Schedule
Wed, 15th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
 -at the church
 Like what you see in your church newsletter?  Why not
to a friend, neighbor or co-worker! 
Share some good news today!
 Calendar & Events Schedule 
        Week of Feb 9-15      
Thurs, Feb 9:  6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
                 6:30pm-Mankind Project
Fri, Feb 10:    5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sun, Feb 12:   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)
5:00pm-Trustee Committee- Library
5:00pm-Game Day with Andrew & Rebekah-TH
Mon, Feb 13:   5:00pm-Delta Kappa Gama-TH

                  6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

Tues, Feb 14:   8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH

                   1:00pm-Bristol Cooperative Parish Meeting

                   6:30pm- Yoga with Joe-Yoga Studio


Wed, Feb 15:   1:00pm-Book Study, An Altar in This World

                  by Barbara Brown Taylor- TH

                   6:30pm-Youth Activity

                   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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