FUMC Bristol Newsletter April 13-19th, 2017

photo by Julie Blanton

          “Giving Up Death!?”                
Easter Sunday
April 16th, 2017
Maundy Thursday Service
     April 13, 2017
   7:00 p.m
Unique Service of Holy Communion
Tenebrae Service
A Service of Shadows
Friday April 14, 2017
7 p.m
Join us for a series of moving scriptural readings and Lenten music depicting the last week of Jesus life on earth.
The gradual disappearance of light is the feature of a service that  concludes in the total darkness of the Cross. 
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.
Who’s in the Pulpit?
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
Images representing the stages of Christ’s passion
and death.  
Visit each of the stations for a time of prayer and meditation during Holy Week.
Stations One Through Four
Stations Five Through Eight
The eight stations, on display in the Sanctuary,
  were created by the Faith and the Arts Team
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
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
Wedding Photos
Jason and Julia Hobbs
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Location: Rogersville Presbyterian Church, Rogersville, TN
Reception: General Morgan Inn, Greeneville, TN
Jason’s parents are Jim and Brenda Hobbs
Jason’s aunt & uncle are Dean and Vangie Chafin
Easter Baskets
were lovingly made by the Homebound Committee and
 recently delivered to these cherished members of our congregation.
Leaving a Legacy Through Your Church
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
Congratulations to
Nate Hubbard
Sports Editor
 Bristol Herald Courier
who recently won a
multimedia sports award
in the Annual Tennessee AP Broadcasters & Media Editors
Way to go, Nate!
Children’s Ministry
Photographic Memories

Kathy Mack with the children

The Little Mighty Methodists-On the Move!
Teens Schedule-Wed April 19th, 6:30pm
Awesome Game Night-
Unique Games
with Andrew & Rebekah
 Sunday, April 16th
“Feed the Hungry” Offering
Local Missions
This fund helps families in need within the Bristol School System. 
Palm Sunday Remembrances
 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 April 13-19
Thurs, April 13:   6:00 pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
                     7:00pm-Maundy Thursday Service
Fri, April 14:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room 
                     7:00pm-Good Friday Service
 Sat, April 15:    8:00pm-NA
Sun, April 16:   10:00am-Joint Easter Worship, Sanctuary
                   10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
                   11:15am-Easter Brunch
                   11:45am-Easter Egg Hunt
(childcare is provided from 10:00am to 12:00pm)
Mon, April 17:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
                    7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC

Tues, April 18:   8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH



Wed, April 19:  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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