FUMC Bristol Newsletter June 1st-June 7th, 2017


Ed Guzman

Not so long ago, we were standing at high profile tomb celebrating the fact it was empty.  Today marks the 50th day or the 7th Sunday after that first Easter miracle.  In Christian vernacular,

it’s Pentecost Sunday.

Originally Pentecost (Feast of Weeks of Shavuot) was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover.  One of the three major feasts during the Jewish year, it celebrated Thanksgiving for harvested crops  For Christians, Pentecost marks the promised coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension.

The promised unfolded in a mighty rushing wind (in a church hall of sorts) and with flames of tongues that targeted heads of unsuspecting Disciples. 
Biblical history shows that after that, they were never the same.
Oh, let a flame light on my head!
Let a mighty rushing wind blow in these church halls and
every church hall, through and through.
It made for a Vital church then and it can do so once again.
Let it be!
Text:  Acts 2: 1-21
(Celebrating Holy Communion)
 Sunday’s Feed The Hungry Offering
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Bristol Faith in Action. BFIA 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.
    Brandon and Karoline Berg
     Noah, Sarah and Rebekah

Coming July 2!
           Church-wide Work Day
Join us this Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.to help with projects at the church. It is amazing how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time when several people are working together!!
If you can’t stay for the entire three hours, can you come and give an hour or two? Hope to see you there!!
Introducing . . .
 James Vance Kilday
Born: May 19, 2017
Weight:  8lb. 4oz
Proud and Loving Parents:
Jeremy & Yen Kilday
Especially Proud and Loving Grandparents:
Fred and Donna Kilday


    We Give Thanks for This Precious Gift of Life.

In Children’s Church last Sunday the lesson was about Peter being jailed and how the angel came and saved him.The kids were in Twizzler hand cuffs.

After the Bible lesson, the children made art with bubble paint . . .
And when all the fun and energy were expended that was possible for this little one to expend, he gave in to a few moments of rest.
The Abingdon District’s
2017 Mission Kit
project is nearing completion!
Soon the kits that we have lovingly assembled and donated will be on their way to help with basic hygiene needs for people in Liberia.
It’s not too late….bring your kit in by this Sunday, June 4th!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this crucial mission!
Wouldn’t YOU like to be a Super Hero?
Discover Your Strength In God!
June 12-15, 6 pm-8:30 pm
Conducted by Heroic Members of 1st United Methodist Church and
Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church at Addilynn UMC
BellaShea Graybeal Shadows 
Pastor Michelle
If you are nine years old and want to find out if you might like to be a pastor one day, you could ask to ‘shadow’ your pastor. That is exactly what BellaShea requested!
A little over a week ago Bella and Pastor Michelle took a full tour of the church, interviewed the custodian (who has been with First 30 years) and talked about how to prepare bulletins, newsletters and congregational letters. We also talked about performing marriages and officiating at funerals, and we discussed how a pastor counsels folks, helps plan and attends meetings, studies to prepare a weekly sermon and administers the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Bella got to see all the pastor’s vestments, including stoles and their symbolism. We also toured the sacristy to see where we keep all the accoutrements for Worship. We looked at the pastor’s library of books. We then prepared Holy Communion and took it to share with Shirley Olson at her new home at Brookdale. Bella, Shirley and Pastor Michelle were happy to share such an intimate time together. Then Bella and Pastor Michelle drove to see Bill Olson to visit with him, too.
They topped off the day with lunch at Macado’s and banana pudding at Blackbird Bakery. Bella had to take the ‘selfie’ to prove we spent the day together — a day I think we will both long remember and cherish!

We are excited for you BellaShea and trust that God will guide you to your perfect vocation!
When you see Bella, tell her you read about her in the church newsletter and ask her about her adventure!

Saying Goodbye Is  Hard To Do
On June 11, we will say goodbye to Michelle and Gary at a family covered dish lunch following the 11 o’clock service. Please plan to join us as we wish them a fond farewell.
In the next weeks we will be accepting contributions to a love offering. If you wish to contribute, please mark your check or offering as “Love Offering.”
Teens Hiking at Rooster Front Park
Teen Activities on Wednesday will be meeting as availability allows through the Summer. We are aiming for about every other week — next activity will be on June 7!
                           Christian Leadership Conference was strengthening – for the

body and spirit!
Gary and Joe hiked one and and one-half hours up
                         High Top Mountain (1,260 feet) — really close to God!
 2017 Annual Conference
Lake Junaluska, NC
June 11-14
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
   Week of June 1st – June 7th

Thurs, June 1:  6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio     


 Fri, June 2:    5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room 
 Sat, June 3:   10:00am-Church-wide Work Day

Sun, June 4:   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 Meeting-Library
5:00pm-Finance Committee-Library
6:00pm-Administrative Council-TH
Mon, June 5:    1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC


Tues, June 6:   8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, June 7:   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


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