FUMC Bristol Newsletter September 14-20, 2017

Don’t be in debt to anyone, except for the obligation to love each other.
Whoever loves another person has fulfilled the Law.
                                                                                                     ~Adapted from the Common English Bible
 Matthew 18: 15-20
Christ Calls Us to Forgive
Rev. Brandon Berg
September 17, 2017
Last Sunday . . . 
At First United Methodist Church, everyone is invited to participate in worship- 
from the very young to our senior members – and everyone in between.
Message from God’s Word:   Christ Calls Us to Reconcile    Matthew 18: 15-20
Dean Chafin lights the eternal candle.
The church is not a building,
the church is not a steeple,
the church is not a resting place,
the church is a people.
I am the church!
You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!

~Richard K. Avery and Donald S. Marsh, 1972

Our deep love and
Christian Sympathy
are extended to Lisa Gray
in the loss of her mother,
Madge Gray.
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other immediate
local mission needs.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
With a monstrous splint covering half of my dominant hand, it’s a bit tricky to write a newsletter article, so I want to briefly share an idea with you.
The hurricanes that have plowed through the southeast in the last couple weeks have a lot of my attention. More specifically, the folks who have lost property and family and stability are weighing heavily on my heart. I don’t have the training to go and do something to help immediately, but I do know some things I can do to help. A recent article in The Call reminds me that quite a lot of folks around our Conference want to help, too.
The first thing I can do is share with you what I know we can do.
I want to encourage you to take advantage of our connection with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. If nothing else, you can give to Advance Special #901670, Disaster Response.
Photo above: Children at First United Methodist of Jefferson City, Tenn., pack hygiene kits for UMCOR.
If you’d rather send something a bit more tangible, you can put together a relief kit. Those are on their way to Sager Brown Depot as this article is being published, but new kits will be saved for the next time they are needed. By the way, a colleague informed me that supplies at the Dollar Tree are the cheapest around.
Now, if you want to get your hands dirty, the Holston Conference has a Disaster Response Team with whom you can connect. They will gladly train you and put you to work.
I have no doubt that you have been praying for our sisters and brothers all around the gulf coast. Keep that up! And remember that the prayers of the faithful are effective. They’re effective, I believe, because a heartfelt prayer is one that has feet.
So give your prayers feet and see how much God will use you and your gifts to bring life and stability back to ravaged communities!
Abingdon District Conference
First United Methodist Church
Marion, Virginia
Sunday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.
We will take the church van,
leaving from the church at 1:45 p.m.
Everyone welcome to attend.
SPR is looking for a music director and you can help!
Please let us know of anyone who might be interested in leading our music program and/or providing piano and organ music.
Choir Director: ability to work with pastor and volunteers; oversee children’s music at certain times of the year
Play Piano, Play Organ: availability for additional services, i.e., weddings, funerals, and liturgical occasions
Because of our very limited budget, we are requesting a resume’ and salary requirement for either position or combined positions.
In Children’s Church Last Sunday . . .
 We talked about
Eli and Samuel.
Samuel was awakened
from sleep by someone
calling his name.
He went to the priest,
Eli, and said,
“Did you call me?
Eli had not.
It happened again.
Eli told Samuel,
“If it happens again, say,
‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ “
Samuel did.
And God spoke to Samuel.

The children made listening ears
in Sunday School.
Have you ever prayed a long
 time about something?
How does God talk to us today?
FUMC received this note from Martha Dean:
… I miss First Methodist Church and especially the wonderful organ that I played for 21 years. Those were precious times for me! Give my dear friends my regards and that I am happy and safe here. Wishing FM much success and hope it will always be there.
Martha’s address is: 10100 Cypress Cove Drive, #162, Ft. Myers, Fl. 33908.
Disk Golf For Teens on August 27 –  What a Splash!
What’s Coming Up for Teens . . .
 Wednesday, September 20
6:30 p.m.
Rock Out with Andy
Good, Clean FUN
January 19-20-21
A Heartfelt 
Thank You
to volunteers of our congregation
who provided meals to the
  Wellmont Hospice House 
last week. 
A special thank you to everyone who participated in Church Work Day last Saturday.
Here is what was accomplished:
Work on the berms, weeding, windows cleaned and curtains washed and rehung in Tankersley Hall…
Work was begun on cleaning the drain in the dishwashing sink.
The projector on the stage in TH is in the process of being repaired.
 An inspection of other maintenance and facility needs was conducted.

Who’s This From?
 If Pastor Brandon sends you an email which your computer says is from Michelle, or even Joe-D, it is because “Michelle” or “Joe-D” is the contact name still associated with the pastor’s email address in your computer. You must go into your contacts list and change the contact associated with the pastor’s email to Brandon (or even better to FUMC Pastor so that you will never need to change it again). 
FUMC Supper Club
Join us on September 22 at 6 p.m.  for a covered dish inauguration of the FUMC Supper Club.  We will eat, learn more about one another and pull names out of a hat to make up our groups.
Each group will decide where and when to get together.  Usually plan for a once a month dinner at a restaurant (Dutch treat), at someone’s home, a park or whatever tickles your group fancy.

     Please join us!

To:  The Ladies of First United Methodist Church
From:  The United Methodist Women
You are invited to a Fall Luncheon
Saturday, October 14, 2017
11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, Tankersley Hall
 An opportunity to contribute to our Haiti Children’s Mission will be available.
Please RSVP by October 2 to Suzanne Rollins
 The YMCA will be holding a Trunk or Treat
Tuesday, October 31, 5-7pm
Will you help with this fun event for our community’s children?
Bring your decorated car filled with candy.
Be there by 4:30 to set up.
OOPS! Some of the earlier information provided in the Church Newsletter and Bulletin about Kroger’s Community Rewards
Program was incorrect. Please note changes:
Participants may enroll at any time within the current year.
Purchases will apply from point of entry.
Shoppers who participated in the program last year
must re-enroll to continue participation.
To Enroll: Go to www.kroger.com. If you already have created an account, sign in; if not, you must create one. Once signed in, look for the “person” figure and down arrow on the far right of your screen. Click the down arrow. Choose My Account. Scroll to the bottom of the page to Community Rewards and enroll. Search for First United Methodist Church, and select the one in Bristol. Or, search by our organization number, which is 85975.
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Calendar & Events Schedule 

 Week of September 14 – September 20
Thurs, Sept. 14:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
                      6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
                      7:00pm-Lay Leadership Meeting-Library
 Fri, Sept. 15:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Sept. 16:    9:00am-Holston Quilters’ Guild-TH
 Sun, Sept. 17:    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)
1:00pm-NA Area Meeting-TH

Mon, Sept. 18:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Sept. 19:   8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Sept. 20:   6:30pm-Youth Event-Rock Out with Andy
 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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