FUMC Bristol Newsletter March 16th-22nd, 2017

Photograph, Flowers and Arrangement by Kathy Wagner

If you want to get along in this world, it’s best to
know the rules and follow them.
That’s just the way the world works. Period.
If you choose to defy them and be different, well, there’s a price to pay!
Don’t expect us to run to your defense, we’ve got our own image to preserve!
What’s up with being different anyway? Why risk it?
Lenten Series: Giving it Up
Lent 3:  Giving Up Conventions

 John 4: 5-42

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Who’s in the Pulpit?
Sunday, March 26
The Reverend Mike Teague 
Ezekiel 37: ” Giving Up
Parched Living”
Sunday, April 2
The Reverend Kate Rollins
Psalm 23:  “Giving Up Fear”
Sunday April 9, Palm Sunday
Pastor Michelle
“Giving Up People-Pleasing”

Sunday April 16, Easter Sunday
Combined Worship 10:00 a.m
Pastor Michelle
“Giving Up Death” 
Sunday, April 23
Mr. Paul Bowman
United Methodist Foundation
“The Joy of Giving”
(Help for Haiti Scholarship Check presented in worship 4/23)
“Planned Giving” Workshop Following
Sponsors:  Church Finance Committee

Lenten Sermon Series:
Giving it Up 
March 5-April 16, 2017
With the arrival of Lent, the practice of shedding worn out habits  and “taking on” life-giving disciplines is in their place is nothing new to us.
But Lent is about more than giving up chocolate and Facebook for 40 days.
  Come and See!
Click here to see Giving It Up, Lent Series
Easter Sunday
 April 16 
10:00  a.m. Joint Worship Service in Sanctuary
11:15  a.m.  Easter Brunch (bring your favorite breakfast/brunch foods to share)
11:45 ish  Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday School classes
can decide whether to meet before, afterwards or take a break for the week.
Carol Wright’s Retirement Reception
 Sunday, March 26th
Tankersley Hall

Following 11:00 a.m. Service
         Drop by for cake and punch
Celebrate Carol’s 32 years of service and let her know how much we appreciate her!
UMW Sponsored Event
Sunday Morning Photographic Images

Health Kits for Liberia-2017
We have had several completed kits returned!

click link below for an item list


Liberia Health Kits 2017

Candy & 
Plastic Eggs Needed
   Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
April 16th
Looking for 100 eggs Pre-filled with candy OR bring the supplies and we will fill them!
Donation box in reception office.
Thanks for supporting our growing Children’s Ministry! 
Work Days
Plan Ahead!
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Saturday, April 1   
Saturday, May 6 
Saturday, June 3   
Note the extra hour
to sleep in!
Children’s Ministry Memories
Algie Aubrey
Three Rivers Conference
Girls’ Basketball
Coach of The Year!!!!
Photos from March 15 Cancelled Lenten Lunch…?!
Try to cancel a luncheon due to snow (which later melted) and frigid temps
and folks show up anyway!   (news did not travel fast enough!)
Thanks to all who prepared our delicious soups, breads, drinks and desserts.
The 12-15 or so who showed up enjoyed every last drop!
The Reverend John Roe of Weaver UMC stepped up to preach and
Pastor Michelle tickled the ivories.
Special thanks to Marguerite Buckley and Julie Blanton for making all food arrangements and Marguerite,for planning and executing the table decor
for a rustic Lenten ambiance. 
Worship and Mid-Day Food & Fellowship 
Wed. March 8-April 12
11:50 a.m. – 12 noon
 Gathering: 12 noon – 12:30 p.m. Worship: 12:30 p.m.- 1:00  p.m. Lunch
Wednesday, March 22
Location: Beech Grove UMC
Preacher:; The Rev. Barbara Doyle.
For complete schedule, click below

Lenten Worship and Lunch Schedule, 2017

1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded.  Pictured below are all recipients.

Blue Ribbon Prizes:
1st Chili:  Doug Taylor, Traditional Spicy Chili
1st Cornbread:  Rebekah McGrady, Jalapeno Cornbread
Thanks to First UMC Youth for sponsoring and hosting the event!   And thanks to each entry and attendee!
Collected:  $235 for youth events

Teens Wednesday Night Activity

March 22nd
Richard Nave, former member of the Blue Moon dinner theatre improv troupe, will be lead our Youth in improvisational acting games and scenes.
Click on the link below to see more exciting Youth events!

Trustee Work Day
Thermostats adjusted…sanctuary carpets cleaned…water fountain repaired…kitchen refrigerator cleaned…AND Children’s Department furniture relocated.


Thanks to Gary Carrier, John & Kathy Mack, Joe Rhymer, Louise Carver, Alan Hale, and Suzanne Goyette for their tireless service!

 March 19th
Feed the Hungry” Offering
Local Missions 
Our generosity helps members of our church family and other immediate local mission needs.
 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 March 16-22
Thurs, Mar 16:  6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Fri, Mar 17:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                  6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sat, Mar 18:    9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild
Sun, Mar 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)
1:00pm-area NA meeting-TH
2:00-6:00pm-Board Games -Library
5:00pm-Finance-Choir Room
6:00pm-Ad Council-Choir Room
Mon, Mar 20:   6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room

                  7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

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


Wed, Mar 22:  11:50am-1:00pm-Lenten Food & Fellowship Luncheon Series

Location:   Beech Grove UMC

Preaching: The Reverend Barbara Doyle
                   (Anderson Street and Virginia Avenue Pastor)

                  1:15 pm-Book Study, An Altar in this World

                                                                                            (last class)

                  6:30pm-Youth Activity

                  7:00pm-Chancel Choir



Looking Ahead:   Sunday, March 26, Carol Wright Retirement Reception

 To make changes or additions to the calendar
          contact Alan Gorrell 423-652-7377 
        or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.
Our Vision-
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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