FUMC Bristol Newsletter September 21-27, 2017

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
                                                                                                     ~Fanny J. Crosby, 1875
 Matthew 20: 1-16
Christ Calls Us to Work
Rev. Brandon Berg
September 24, 2017
Last Sunday . . . 
A time of greeting and welcoming . . .
Alan introduces the
“Simmer Down” folk who prepare and serve meals from our church’s kitchen every Saturday from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Message from God’s Word:  
Christ Calls Us to Forgive   
Matthew 18: 21-35
The Chancel Choir sings Wade in the Water.
Mary Burns blesses us as Guest Soloist.
There is a fountain
filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
E’er since by faith,
I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
 ~William Cooper, 1771
From the oppression of powers and structures that bind us,
Free us, Lord!
From the oppression of ideology that turns our hearts to stone,
Free us, Lord!
From the oppression of grudges and unforgiveness,
Free us, Lord!
In Loving Memory of Dr. Raymond Moore, 1929 – 2017
Our deep love and
Christian Sympathy
are extended to Lisa Gray
in the loss of her mother,
Madge Gray.

We extend our deepest sympathy,

love and prayers to
Stuart and Alva Reid
in the loss of their son,
Stuart Spicer Reid.
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 . . .


 We talked about Samuel.
Samuel was the last Judge.   


The people wanted a King.
Kings can be a lot of trouble;
they take a lot of work.
God knew his people were
turning away from him,
but He gave them a King.



Samuel listened to God and anointed Saul.
FUMC Teens Work on Mission Activity
Youth make plastic yarn “plarn” from grocery bags for
Cindi Carnahan to make into bags for the homeless.
What’s Up With FUMC Teens?

Wednesday, September 27
6:30 p.m.
Prepping for Chili Cookoff (Oct 1!)
and board games
Good Clean FUN
FUMC Chili Cook Off
& Corn Bread Fundraiser
Sunday, October 1
Will begin serving after
The River at 10:30 a.m.
and again at noon, after
The Traditional Service.
Sign up to bring chili, corn bread or a dessert.
All donations go to the Resurrection Fund.
January 19-20-21
Thank You, Meals on Wheels Team!!


I continue to hear glowing remarks from our MOW recipients about the wonderful meals they receive!! and how much they appreciate the kindness of our delivery people!!


Thanks to each one of you for ALL you do to show God’s love to our MOW folks!!


Blessings to ALL,  Sandra

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.
Dear Congregation,
            Saying thank you for the support you have provided to the families with loved ones at the Hospice House just doesn’t seem like enough. We could never explain the gratitude expressed by the families for having hot meals provided and the shelves stocked. Your love for our program and families shines through with all the time it took to plan, prepare the meals, and the kind words you have spoken while here at the house. Please know that we truly appreciate each and every one of you. We couldn’t do it without you.
                                         In His love,  Wellmont Hospice employees and volunteers
A Very Special Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in Church Work Day!
 The ladies tackled the windows in Tankersley Hall. All the curtains were
laundered and rehung.
Pastor Berg helped with the window washing single-handedly! His cast (we hope) comes off this week.
The children helped Mike with the outside work – weeding and
tending to the berms.

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!
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.
Bristol Faith in Action
cordially invites you to attend its
Annual Meeting and Reception
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1534 Euclid Avenue
Bristol, Virginia
All pastors of member churches and their congregants interested in missions are invited to attend and meet the new Executive Director,
DeVonne Phipps, and to hear about BFIA activities.
Bristol Faith in Action
needs a volunteer receptionist on Fridays.
New volunteers are welcome for all positions including: receptionist, appointment setters, data entry personnel, and interviewers of clients.
DeVonne Phipps, Executive Director
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
Please 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.
Sat., Sep. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Craft Fair, St. Anne School Gym, Bristol, VA
Fri.-Sat., Oct. 13-14, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. St. Luke UMC Annual Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale
Sat., Oct. 28, King University’s “Coats for Kids” Day.  Donated children’s coats may be dropped off at King University at either the Administration Building or Maclellan Hall on the main campus in Bristol. Coats may also be dropped off at any Bristol, TN or Bristol, VA elementary school, YMCA, YWCA, or Craig’s Cleaners. Coats may be dropped off at one of the designated locations by October 13.


Sat., Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apples for Addilynn Fall Festival

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Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of September 21 – September 27
Thurs, Sept. 21:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
 Fri, Sept. 22:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                      6:00pm-Inaugural Dinner Club Pot Luck-TH
                 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Sept. 23:    10:00am-2:00pm-Simmer Down Serving Meals-TH
 Sun, Sept. 24:    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)
3:00pm-Abingdon District Conference (Church bus leaves 1:45pm)

Mon, Sept. 25:    6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Sept. 26:   8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
                     8:00am-Meals on Wheels
                     7:00pm-Martha Circle
Wed, Sept. 27:   6:30pm-Youth Event-Chili Cookoff Prep & Board Games
                     7:00pm-Choir Rehearsal
 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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