FUMC Bristol Newsletter May 4th-May10th, 2017

Vital Congregation Sermon Series
This Sunday, we continue with week two of an important sermon series on what it takes for the 21st Century Church to become and sustain relevance viability with its own folks and the world around it (without compromising the changeless Gospel).

Last week, we discussed what it means to ‘make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world’ in a dialogical way that respects and listens to the views of others while sharing its own. Building relationships of love and understanding is our job, the Holy Spirits takes it from there! 

Join us this Sunday as we we will talk about how passionate, inspiring, thoughtful and diverse WORSHIP is a key characteristic of Vital, growing churches.
(Growth is NOT just numerically but maybe more, spiritually)

Which image above best resonates with your understanding of worship
and why? Is it possible they each have their place?
Come and See!
Vital Congregation Series
Drivers of Vital Churches
(Using Scripture, Denominational Statistics and Personal Interviews
to tell the story)
April 30:  “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”   (while listening to and respecting the stories of others!)
May 7:  Passionate, Inspiring, Thoughtful and Diverse Worship
(1st Sunday, Holy Communion)
May 14   Engaged Disciples in Mission and Outreach     (Mother’s Day)

May 21   Gifted, Empowered and Equipped Lay Leadership

May 28   Small Group Ministries and their Absolute Necessity for Future Sustainability   (It’s about belonging and community!)
June 4:  Strong Children’s and Youth Ministry Programs  (Holy Communion)

June 11:   “Weird Church” and Next Steps (Weird Church by Beth Ann Estock and Paul Nixon)
June 18:    Welcoming and New Pastor and Parsonage Family in a Vital Church Fashion!   (New pastor and family arrive late June, early July)
Father’s Day

                  Official pastoral departure and start dates upcoming!
In Loving Memory of Jo Ann Rotenberry Rorrer
 Church-wide Work Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gary Carrier working on the berm at the April Workday
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” National Food Drive
All food donated stays in the community, being distributed to local food banks,
 shelters, and pantries. 
The Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, which we support monthly with volunteers Robert Wright, Joneen Sargent and others, needs help from the local churches with this annual project.
Please lend a hand with unloading truckloads of food, boxing items, and stocking shelves at the Food Pantry. 
Help is need from 12pm-5:30pm
For more information click on the link below to email Julie Blanton,
or call 423-914-9820.
To read more about the Letter Carriers” Food Drive click below:
Happy 91st Birthday 
Mr. Paul Lee
Here we are in Paul’s home opening his birthday card from the church with all your signatures.
When you make it to 91, you deserve a card and a whole lot more!
    Paul always begins our visits with how blessed he has been with life and health.  No glasses and no hearing aids and still living in and maintaining his own home
(which has lots of character, by the way!)
 You’ll find Paul nearly every Sunday on the left back pew, sitting with the Basham’s and Madeline Helton UNLESS  he drives out-of-town to see friends (which he is known to do from time-to-time)  A former Food Pantry Volunteer every 1st Monday of the month, Paul continues his long-time service as a driver for Meals on Wheels  every 4th Tuesday.  Additionally,  Paul drives to Rogersville every Wednesday to help a dear friend with groceries and such.
Way to keep going, Paul!   Your church and pastor love you!
News from United Methodist Women
Several of our members recently attended UMW District Day Apart at Camp Ahistadi.
Twanna Teague, Sue Bryngelson, Donna Camper, Suzanne Rollins, and Peggy Wilson
The 2017 District Hands on Mission Project is
Bristol Recovery Road for Women,
a program that helps women in transition from incarceration back into society.
Donna Camper speaks about Recovery Road for Women
Sunday’s Feed The Hungry Offering
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering today is for Bristol Faith and Action. BRIA is a cooperative Outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local community, formed to serve any persons whose circumstances leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.
Bristol Welcomes Candi Blair as New Executive Director of Family Promise
In April, Candi Blair began managing Family Promise, which provides temporary housing and job placement assistance for homeless families in our community. Family Promise has worked with area churches since its beginning in 2012 to support families until they become self-sustaining.
Letter from Beth Rhinehardt,
Anderson Elementary School Librarian
On behalf of the students and staff at Anderson Elementary School, I am writing to express our most sincere thanks to you for your recent generous donation to our Scholastic Book Fair “All For Books” Program. This donation provided an opportunity for many of our students to select a book from the Book Fair who were not financially able to purchase a book. I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces when they heard their name called on the intercom that they had won a “Feelin’ Groovy” book coupon and the sparkle in their eyes when they selected their book at the Book Fair.
                                  Children’s Ministry
The lesson was on “feed my sheep.” The kids made mints from the recipe from Suzanne’s grandmother, and gave them out to the congregation. They were so excited and said, “We fed the adults today.”
Teen Schedule
Sunday, May 7
Biblical Exploration
Wednesday, May 10
Join us . . .
2017 Annual Conference
Lake Junaluska, NC
June 11-14
A large thank you goes out to the Banks Family for repairing the broken rope on our tower bell. The bell is now back in operating order for our children to ring.
Thanks again from the children, the Church and the Trustees for the safe repair of the bell rope in our very tall steeple.
                                           John Mack
                                           Chair, Board of Trustees
Get Ready!
First United Methodist Church and Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church Are Joining Forces for Great Times at…
 June 12-15
Tabletop Games
Everyone had a lot of fun at Tabletop Games. Don’t miss the upcoming June event!!
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
   Week of May 4 – May 10

Thurs, May 4:    6:00 pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio

                    8:00 pm-AA
 Fri, May 5:       5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
                6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room 
 Sat, May 6:      10:00am-Churchwide Work Day  
 Sun, May 7:    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)
2:00pm-Jennifer Daniel’s AP English 11 Class-TH
4:00pm-Trustees’ Meeting-Library
Mon, May 8:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
                   7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, May 9:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, May 10:    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.
Our Vision-
Building A Community Where Anyone Can Become
A Deeply Committed Christian

First United Methodist Church

 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


First United Methodist Church of Bristol Tennessee, 322 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN 37620