FUMC Bristol Newsletter Feb 16th-22nd, 2017

photography by Kelly Logan


Take a deep breath.  I know it’s an edgy portrayal. To some it may even be offensive.  Yet the Gospel is often that way, countercultural and ‘in your face.’   When you look at this image, what do you see?   What feelings does it illicit in you?  What can we learn from this?
  Come join us and see what 10,560 feet or an extra
2000 steps-living looks like.
The oft iconoclastic sermon on the Mount continues….
 ~Matthew 5: 38-48
February 19th, 2017
Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany
Our Epiphany/Lenten Study continues 
Wednesdays February 1- March 22


Meet our newest book club member,

Natalie Tackett,

Decorative Artist.
Her work includes Venetian plaster, faux marble, granite and woodgraining.
She also does antique picture-framing repair and restoration.
Pastor Michelle met Natalie while out antiquing one day and invited her to join our book study

Welcome Natalie!
Health Kits for Liberia-2017

Start collecting today! (through May, 2017)

click on the link below for a list of items to collect
(lists and collection bins will also be available in the narthex, Tankersley Hall, & outside the chapel)
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 difference between COACHING and COUNSELING.  
Thanks to
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry Volunteers
 Robert Wright and helper Dale Dietz, substituting for Joneen Sargent who is at home mending.

Dale Dietz & Robert Wright at the Bristol  Food Pantry

The Food Pantry serves as the city’s major 

hunger-relief organization 

Ruthie, Nell, and Suzanne.
Good News! 
 Nell Banks and
daughter, Suzanne

Goyette are on the mend!
A recent visit with Nell and her daughters was filled with delightful remembrances of growing up at First-UMC.
Volunteers with a truck to replenish the raised bed garden boxes with new compost/mulch.
It’s time to prepare the soil for Spring planting!
contact Suzanne Goyette

or 423-612-6973
Welcome our New Bristol Faith in Action
Executive Director 
DeVonne Phipps is an experienced director of human services and an innovative program developer. She has worked as a direct service provider and director in various roles and programs since 1989. She is a Qualified Mental Health Professional, earned her Bachelors of Arts in Human Services and a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University St.Paul, MN.

DeVonne resides in Abingdon, Virginia.
With the hiring of DeVonne, our Executive Director position has moved to full-time!  A big step of faith!
First UMC is a partner church of BFIA and our pastor serves on the BFIA Board,
Who is Jesus? A teacher? A Miracle Worker? GOD’S SON!
Join us for a study of wonder this Sunday!
Sunday School: 9:30am      
Bristol Cooperative Parish Meeting, February 14, 2017
First UMC
(3 churches not in attendance)
Wednesday Mid-Day Community Lenten Lunches, begin Wednesday March 8
CLICK LINK BELOW to see our Lenten preaching/lunch schedule.
February Game Day!
Much fun was had learning new games, sharpening skills on some old standards, and enjoying each others company….not to mention the snacks!
Thanks to Andrew and Rebekah for hosting!

  Email Rebekah by clicking on the link below to vote for March Game Day date!
We are looking at the afternoon of
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.     
Family Promise
is less than two weeks away!
Feb 26th-Mar 4
Needed: Evening hosts 5:30pm-8:30pm for
Feb 26 & 28, Mar 1st,  2nd, & 4th
 click on the link below to sign-up with John
Logan Schoenhardt, 10 years old
Sympathies are offered to Ron Schoenhardt on the February 13 death of his grandnephew, Logan Schoendhardt. The 4th grader endured a long, brave battle with brain cancer.
Ron thanks each of you who prayed for Logan, his healing and for his loving family.

Photographic Images From our Members

Photography by Kelly Logan

                                                              February 12
“Feed the Hungry” Offering

Local Missions
Our generous giving helps
members of our church family and other immediate local mission needs.
   Mark Your Calendars

 Sunday, March 5 at 12:15
Our Youth will host
the event! 
Receiving entries for both Chili and Cornbread!  
Get out your recipes and
get ready!
Teens February 2017 Schedule
Wed, 22nd, 6:30pm-8:00pm
            Rock Band Extravaganzaon the BIG screen, TH
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
        Week of Feb 16-22
Thurs, Feb 16: 9:00am-Help for Haiti meeting-library
                  6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Fri, Feb 17:    5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sat, Feb 18:   9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild-TH
Sun, Feb 19:   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-Finance Meeting
6:30 pm-Administrative Council
Mon, Feb 20:   6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

Tues, Feb 21:   8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH

                   6:30pm- Yoga with Joe-Yoga Studio


Wed, Feb 22:   1:00pm-Book Study, An Altar in This World

                             by Barbara Brown Taylor- TH

                   6:30pm-Youth Activity-Rock Bank on Big Screen

                   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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