FUMC Bristol Newsletter July 20th-July 26th, 2017

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. There I will go to the altar of God,
to God — the source of all my joy.
                                            Psalm 43:3-4 NASB


Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
 Weeds Among Wheat 
Pastor Brandon Berg
July 23, 2017
 Sunday’s Feed The Hungry Offering
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Local School Missions.
This fund helps families in need within the Bristol School System.
From the Pastor’s Pen
Once every Summer, the Berg household makes a trek to one of our Holston Conference Camps. This year we are at Camp Dickenson, an old farmstead on the meandering basin of the New River in Fries (“freeze”), Virginia.
You should come see it. If your image of camp is the deep, mountainous woods of Buffalo Mountain, Camp Dickenson will surprise you. It is open and spacious precisely because it is an old farmstead. Several acres of the property are mown for hay during the year, and the adjoining games field could probably host a football field.
We are here for the last week of the Summer Camp season, a time when counselors and staff ought to be exhausted and focused on what the next semester will bring. Sometimes, at some camps, during some Summers, that will happen, but not here and not this year.
The staff at Camp Dickenson this week are still energetic and enthusiastic about their campers, about showing the love of Jesus to them and to each other. It feels like the first week of camp, except that the staff are tightly bonded and working in sync because they’ve been practicing this for several intense weeks.
In fact, camp is always an intense experience. The Summer staff see each other in close proximity and in emotionally charged situations, with only short breaks over weekends. Some of them even choose to stick together during those weekends, so the close community continues without pause.
Lesser souls would grow weary. Our camp staff don’t.
After twenty-one years of being part of Holston Conference camping in one form or another, I am convinced that our camp staff don’t grow weary because what is powering them is more powerful than they are.
I’m convinced that God’s Spirit is at work in our camps.
I’m convinced that our camps are modeling the Kingdom of Heaven.
I’m convinced that the Kingdom of Heaven is breaking into reality with an intensity that we don’t see in any other ministry.
That’s why we come back, year after year. Camp is making a difference in Holston. Camp is making disciples. Camp is bringing heaven to earth.
If you haven’t seen it happen, it’s about time you did. There’s nothing like it anywhere else.
Pray for our camps. Pray for our campers and our staff. Pray for them as they shift back into everyday life. Pray that they keep letting the Kingdom of Heaven shine through them.
And as you pray for them, pray for you, too. See if the Spirit is moving you to get involved. Maybe camp can still change you, too.
Sunday, July 16
Genesis 25:19-34
Lord, we are strong-minded people.
Remind us to listen.
Lord, we are the inheritors of the birthright,
the Kingdom of Heaven.
Make us good stewards.
Lord, we are the bearers of many diverse gifts.
Help us to use them together.
The Chancel Choir sings Just a Closer Walk with Thee.
Pastor Brandon singing with the children
Pastor Brandon and Ms. Karoline teaching children of all ages lyrics and motions to the camp song, Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Whoa Baby, Let My People Go!
Michelle and Gary send our heartfelt greetings to all the good folk at First UMC of Bristol. While we miss you deeply we are loving Oregon, our new church and beautiful summer  weather with low humidity!
Please accept our belated thanksgiving for your more than generous love offering upon our departure. With it, we purchased a much-needed car carrier for our cross-country move. It served us so beautifully and we hope to use it here with kayaks or a canoe for Pacific Northwest nature outings.

Receive our continued prayers for your health, happiness and a wonderful pastoral experience with Brandon and his lovely family!

With Joy,
Michelle and Gary
In children’s Sunday School last week we studied Jonah and talked about God’s mercy. Even after all God did for Jonah, he pouted at God. God gives mercy when we least deserve it. 
What a great word to learn. Suzanne
. . . and for Adults,
Have You Been Thinking About Joining a Bible Study?
We cordially invite you to come to the Fellowship Class during
the Sunday School hour as we delve into 1 Peter.
Come listen as we compare this letter written by Peter
with the letters written by Paul to the churches at Ephesus and Colossae.
Join in discussions of what it means for the church today.
Can you help?
 A Volunteer is Needed for a Missions Project on
Monday, August 7
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This person will assist Bobby Wright with bagging groceries for
clients at the Food Pantry. 
 Please contact Carol Taylor for complete details.
    Let the Games Begin . . .
Sunday, July 23
1pm – 5 pm
Tankersley Hall — drop in and out as you need to. Games for all ages and skill levels — we’ll even teach you the rules!
What’s Cookin’?  (at Friendly Methodist Church)
Michael Raper has given the church a precious church cookbook written in 1959 by the Willing Workers of Friendly Methodist Church including his mom. As he said, each stain represents a meal she made for her family with love.
This small spiral bound book not only has printed recipes but a few hand-written ones. These along with “Beauty Hints,” “Household Hints,” “Spot and Stain Removal” and diets for several body types bring back memories of times when information was a bit simpler.
We thank Michael for this wonderful gift. A copy will be placed in the church library along with the original for you to look through and copy a favorite recipe you thought was lost forever.
Friendly was established in 1811 as a
Methodist Episcopal Church in Friendly, West Virginia.
On Sunday, July 9, following the 11 a.m. worship hour, we had a picnic to celebrate
the arrival of our new pastor, Brandon Berg, his wife, Karoline, and their children, Noah, Sarah, and Rebekah.

A Thank You Note

From the Friendly Folks at Common Ground Fellowship
We were delighted to be invited to the church-wide picnic honoring your new pastor and his family.
The food was delicious and the fellowship was warm and welcoming.
Thanks for including us in this special occasion.
Teen Schedule – August 2017
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
August 2    Hike to the Dam
                           Rock skipping contest
                           Mini-picnic, ice-cream floats
                           Planning Luke 14:28-33
Also/or Graduation celebration for Erica as she leaves high school behind and jumps into college and “adulting.”
August 9     Rock Band (on the BIG screen)
                           Praise God, Psalm 150:1-6
August 16   Disc Golf – Steele Creek
                           Bible passage to think about every hole
August 23   Hide and Seek and the Church
                           Jeremiah 23:23-24
August 30:   Game Night
                           How is life like a game?
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 Calendar & Events Schedule 
   Week of July 20th – July 26th
Thurs, July 20:  6:00pm-Yoga With Jean-The Upper Room Yoga Studio
 8:00pm-AA- Education Wing

  Fri, July 21:   5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Room 
 8:00pm-NA-Education Wing
 Sat, July 22:  8:00pm-NA- Education Wing
 Sun, July 23:   9:30am-Sunday School for All Ages
                   9:30am-The River Worship-TH
                  10:00am-Common Ground Fellowship-Chapel
                  11:00am-Morning Worship Service-Sanctuary
                             (Child care is provided from 9:30am-12pm.
                              Children may be picked up at any time.)
                   1:00pm-5:00pm Game Day-TH
                   8:00pm-AA-Education Wing
Mon, July 24:   6:00pm-Belly Dancing-Yoga Room
                   7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation-Activities Room
                   8:00pm-NA-Education Wing
Tues, July 25:   8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
                    8:00am-11:00am-Meals on Wheels
                    7:00pm-Martha Circle
                    8:00pm-AA-Education Wing
Wed., July 26: 
    To make changes or additions to the calendar contact
Alan Gorrell 423-652-7377 or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.
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Building A Community Where Anyone
Can Become
A Deeply Committed Christian
First United Methodist Church of Bristol Tennessee, 322 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN 37620