FUMC Bristol Newsletter August 24 – 30, 2017

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when we live together in unity!
                                   ~Psalm 133:1
 Matthew 16:13-20
Christ Gives Us Authority
Rev. Brandon Berg
August 27, 2017
Camp in the Community campers’ hands
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
On Tuesday morning this week, some of our saints gathered together to fellowship and cook and go out into the community to find some of the very loneliest people who live around us. Many of you know just how solitary life can become when something happens that makes it difficult or risky to go out of the house. Our folk at First Bristol who deliver meals to them – forty-six today! – help break that solitude and bring them some of the contact that they have lost.
You see, however introverted some of us may be, however much we may value our alone time, people are not solitary animals. We are created for community.
As it happens, Jesus has some things to say about how important that community is. Over the next five weeks, we’ll be looking at some of those, revolving around the idea of Being Church:
August 27: Christ Gives Us Authority
September 3: Christ Calls Us to Sacrifice
September 10: Christ Calls Us to Reconcile
September 17: Christ Calls Us to Forgive
September 24: Christ Calls Us to Work
I bet you have some thoughts about those things Jesus has to say, and I’d love to talk with you about them. Let them tumble around in your head and in your heart for a while, and let’s sit or walk over coffee or whatever. The best ideas, the most inspired, happen when two or more of us gather.
That’s community. That’s Church.
Last Sunday . . .

And are we yet alive,

and see each other’s face?

Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty


What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without,

and fears within, since we assembled last!


Yet out of all the Lord

hath brought us by his love;

and still he doth his help afford,

and hides our life above.

Pastor Brandon asked the children a question and was amused at their answers.
Prayer concerns and praises were spoken after which one of the church’s young men read the scriptures.
 Matthew 15: 10-28
Now go, to serve as God’s people.
We will work to remove all that divides us from others.
Now go, to share the grace of Jesus.
We will love others just as we are loved.
Now go, to be the Spirit’s community.
We will invite everyone to join us in this life of faith and service.
                                               ~Thom Shuman
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Local School Missions.
This fund helps families in need within the Bristol School System.
In Children’s Church last Sunday . . .
 the lesson was followed by a fun game of “Jump the Jordan River.”
Paul Lee
Morning Pointe
324 Mt. Bethel Road
Greeneville TN 37745
(423) 217-3304
Paul cannot easily pick up his phone. If you call and he does not answer after a few rings, please hang up and call back again. He enjoys your calls, cards and visits.
Family Game Day!
Join an Exciting Afternoon of Games and Friendly Competition
Sunday, August 27 • 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Library
BRMC Needs Volunteers
Do you have just 4 hours per week that you could donate to help your community? If so, Bristol Regional Medical Center is in need of volunteers.They have many types of volunteer positions available.
If you can help, call Becky Blevins, BRMC Volunteer Services Department, 423.844.2831.
You will be a blessing!
Next Youth Event:
Disc Golf at Steele Creek (meet at the Church)
Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.
We got rained out last time, so weather permitting, we’ll hit the Frisbee Golf course and discuss a Scripture at every hole.
If you have interest in being an at-large member to the
2018 Holston Annual Conference (June 10-13), there is a form to complete.
The enrollment deadline is August 31.
See Pastor Brandon for details.
There is still time to attach your Kroger card to the  Community Rewards Program before the new promotion begins September 1. 
Just go to the Customer Service Desk and say, “Sign Me Up!” 
Reading Buddies Orientation
September 7
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tankersley Hall
Coming Soon to the Church You Love . . .

 All Church Workday                   Saturday, September 9                      9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To:  The Ladies of First United Methodist Church
From:  The United Methodist Women
You are invited to a Fall Luncheon
Friday, October 14, 2017
11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, Tankersley Hall
If you are not yet familiar with who we are, the United Methodist Women (UMW) is the missions arm of the church. We plan and implement much of the mission work of
First United Methodist Church.
As UMW, we desire to establish a place where women of the church can come together to enjoy one another and lift up our work for the good of God. (For where two or three gather as my followers, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20 NLT) Our purpose is to unite women of our church into a community of supporters, encouragers and friends.
We are excited that Beth Green, a Christian singer, comedian and inspirational speaker will be our special guest at the October 14 luncheon!
Come — laugh with us — be inspired with us — share lots of good food with us. —
Together we can relax and enjoy fellowship with each other on this day planned just for us!
 An opportunity to contribute to our Haiti Children’s Mission will be available.
Please RSVP by October 2 to Suzanne Rollins
January 19-20-21
Everyone is invited to participate.
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Calendar & Events Schedule 

   Week of August 24 – August 30
Thurs, Aug. 24:    5:00pm-SPR Committee-Church Library
                      6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
                      6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
 Fri, Aug. 25:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Aug. 26:     8:00pm-NA
 Sun, Aug. 27:     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)
12:00pm-Finance Meeting-Choir Room
2:00pm-6pm-Family Game Day, TH
6:30pm-Administrative Council-Choir Room

Mon, Aug. 28:     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Aug. 29:    8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Aug. 30:    6:30pm-Youth Event-Disc Golf (weather permitting)
 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

Rev. Brandon Berg, Pastor (276.237.6498)

 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620


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