FUMC Bristol Newsletter April 6-12th, 2017

 Display by Mary Jane Bradbury, photograph by Kelly Logan
A Palm Sunday Painting by Kai Althoff

“Giving up People Pleasing”
It’s almost here, God
the day that lives on in infamy, yet the day you willingly
faced on a hill now, not so far away.
But first the parade and party with an assortment of animated fans
turned rainy day friends tomorrow.
As we wave our palms today and surrender our coats for carpet
cause us to think twice about what it means to truly follow you
and not take so lightly that defying all celebrity and for love of us,
you will soon lay down your very life. Amen.
                     – Michelle McKinnon-Young
Palm Sunday
April 9th, 2017
Who’s in the Pulpit?
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  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
A Special Donation will be taken at the brunch for our Help for Haiti Mission
Sunday School classes
can decide whether to meet before, afterwards or to take a break for the week.
Carol Burgess Johnson
Our New Church Secretary
Carol comes to us with 27 years of secretarial and extensive office experience from ETSU, where in 1992, she won the
ETSU  Distinguished Staff Award.

Having started in an entry-level position at the university, Carol received her certification as a Professional Secretary in 1989 and retired in 2014 as an Office Manager of Continuing Medical Education.

During this time, Carol also earned her B.A in English.  
Carol is the mother of 2 daughters, Traci a psychiatric nurse and Cristi, a member of the Christian Folk duo, “Alathea.”   Cristi’s husband, Justin, coordinates international disaster relief for Catholic Charities.  And Traci’s husband, Brian, is a masters level music major and plays the bagpipes.
After some respite with family, friends, writing, visiting the elderly, babysitting, playing with grandchildren (Emmi,10 and Samuel, 6), Carol said it was time to return to work!
An accomplished musician, Carol is the part-time Pianist at Addilynn UMC
where she is also a member. 
 We are thrilled to welcome Carol Burgess Johnson as our new part-time secretary at First UMC as of Tuesday, March 28. 

Be sure to stop by the office to meet her and introduce yourself!

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, April 12

Location:  Virginia Avenue UMC, 1127 Virginia Avenue,
Bristol, TN
Preacher: Jeremy McMillan, 
St. Luke UMC
Congratulations to Elizabeth!
“Words cannot describe how proud I am of myself today and that is a feat I don’t admit often. I received a call a little while ago letting me know I have been offered an invitation into the McNair Program. 
This offers me a paid internship that gives me resources for Graduate School. Once I complete the summer internship, I am eligible to apply for a second internship during the semester working with a professor. I can then do research, publish papers, and go to conferences. 
There were only ten positions, and I have been blessed to be one of those ten.”
  – Elizabeth Hale
Stations of
the Cross
Our Stations of the Cross
are images that represent the stages of Christ’s
passion and death.
Visit each of the stations for a time of prayer and meditation
during Holy Week.
The eight stations will be displayed in the Sanctuary by the Faith and the Arts Team and created by our member artists.
Urgent Help for Haiti
Fundraising Drive
Our Help for Haiti mission group has been presented with a generous opportunity to receive matching funds from a group of State Street UMC donors for any money we can raise up to $7,500.
Most significantly, however, this donation will only be made if we can shore up the financial strength of our mission by raising at least $3,000 by the end of April.
The Help for Haiti leadership team has been working to reduce our operating expenses and has made difficult cuts to bring us within an attainable goal to insure we will be able to continue to house, feed, and educate our nine children for at least another year under the leadership of the mission’s director, Leferne Preptit, a Haitian refuge and FUMC-Bristol member for over two decades.

          However, we still need to bridge
our reduced funding gap and the opportunity we have this month is by far the best opportunity to do so.
successfully raising the $3,000 by the end of April, the chances of the shelter being able to continue to operate, even at a reduced level, past this summer are extremely low.
I know numerous church families and individuals are already donors; if, however, you have ever considered increasing your donation amount to more fully cover the cost of caring for the children, or to become a first-time donor, now is the time to act.
Ideally, we would still like to garner monthly donation commitments, but donations toward our minimum goal of $3,000 would also be greatly appreciated. Donations from outside our congregation would also be more than welcome. One-time donations can be made by simply putting “Help for Haiti” in the memo line of checks put in the offering plate. Brochures for monthly donation commitments are available in the church office.
Thank you for your continued support of this integral mission and please feel free to contact Nate Hubbard with any questions by clicking on the link below.
Art piece from Haiti, contributed by Leferne Preptit
Carol Wright’s Retirement Reception
A Note From Carol:
“First United Methodist Church Family:
Thank you all for the lovely reception last
Sunday in honor of my retirement from First UMC.
Special thanks to the ladies of United Methodist Women
who provided a beautiful table and refreshments.
All of you mean so much to me and I treasure the friendships
that developed over the years.
May God bless you today and always.
With much love and appreciation,”
                                                -Carol C. Wright
Leaving a Legacy Through Your Church
When it comes to favorite conversation topics, death & money are not our top picks. That’s why it is important to talk about both of them while we can!  

While many of us may want to bless the church in our death, we may lack creative ways to do so!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
       Mr. Paul Bowman. The United Methodist Foundation
TIME:  Immediately following Traditional Worship
Lunch will be provided
(Paul will preach that day on “The Joy of Giving”)

Sponsored by your Church Finance Team
The United Methodist Foundation
Children’s Ministry
Photographic Memories
Three Generations
of Scouting-
Richard, Rick, and Oskar Rollins
Our Oskar has been awarded the
 Arrow of Light Award
the highest award available to Cub Scouts. 
He also had his 
Crossing Over Ceremony,
 transitioning from Cub Scouts to the Boy Scout Troop.
Congratulations to Oskar – we are so proud of you!
Teens Schedule
Spring-April 2017
Wed April 12th, 6:30pm
Pinnacle Adventure
 Sunday, April 9th
“Feed the Hungry” Offering
Family Promise of Bristol
This program provides an opportunity for us to to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
Sunday Morning Images
Guest Pastor Kate Rollins, Twana Teague leading the choir,
 and Children’s sermon
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
        Week of April 6-12
Thurs, April 6:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Fri, April 7:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                   6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
Sat, April 8:     8:00pm-NA
Sun, April 9:     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)
4:00pm-Trustees Committee
Mon, April 10:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                    7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

Tues, April 11:   8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH



Wed, April 12:   11:50am-1:00pm-Lenten Food & Fellowship 

    Luncheon Series
Location: Virginia Ave. UMC
Preaching: Rev. Jerry McMillian, St. Luke UMC

                   6:30pm-Youth Activity

                   7:00pm-Chancel Choir


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