FUMC Bristol Newsletter September 28-October 4, 2017


 In the prayers and the praise, in the words and the wonder
we are given enough joy to live each day.  
October 1, 2017
Matthew 21:23-32
Will and Won’t: on Taking or Empowering Authority
Rev. Brandon Berg
Sunday is World Communion Sunday
The greatest table isn’t set inside a single home —
Oh no, it spans the continents, and no one eats alone.
The table in your dining room, a picnic bench, a tray,
A party tent, your beach blanket, a small sidewalk café.
A banquet hall, breakfast in bed, a lunch box, take-out sack,
The circle at a campfire roast, or any teatime snack —
Each one is just another leaf in one uncommon table,
Where all the guests have cooked or baked or brought what they are able,
Where all of us can help ourselves, and all of us are fed,
And no one has been turned away with just a crust of bread.
                                               ~Patricia Polacco
Last Sunday . .  (watch the sermon on our YouTube Channel )
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords;
to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word,
help us rise and pledge our word.
Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase,
fear will die and hope increase.
                                                                                                ~Fred Kaan, 1965
Message from God’s Word:  
Christ Calls Us to Work
Matthew 20: 1-16 
A Parable of Jesus . . . The Kingdom of Heaven is Like
the landowner who went out early one morning
to hire workers for his vineyard . . .
When they received their pay they protested to the owner,
Those people worked only one hour,
and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us
who worked all day in the scorching heat.
He answered one of them,
‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair!
Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage?
take your money and go.
I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you.
Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money?
Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’
So those who are last now will be first then,
and those who are first will be last.
                                                                                                                                                          (verses 1, 11-16 NLT)
(watch the sermon on our YouTube Channel )

Living for Jesus
who died in my place,
bearing on Calvary
my sin and disgrace,
such love
constrains me
to answer his call,
follow his leading
and give him my all.
 ~T. O Chisolm
We gratefully acknowledge gifts in memory of
Madge Gray
given by
Robert and Marie Broyles, Dorothy Cox,
Dick and Beverly McCallum, Julie Powell,
and Ron Schoenhardt.
This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to the World Communion Fund. This offering goes to support graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.
Annual Meeting and Reception
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1534 Euclid Avenue
Meet the new Executive Director,
DeVonne Phipps
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.
From the Pastor’s Pen…
We are quickly shifting out of Summer and into Fall, out of September and into October. When Bus 9 swings by the house to pick up Sarah and Rebekah, I’m seeing a daily increase in the number of sturdy oak leaves in our yard fallen out of our neighbor’s ancient tree. I feel like I just got the hang of mowing the yard!
Well, time passes, I suppose, and a lot more quickly than I’m ever ready for it to do. We are constantly moving into something different, something new.
As the leaves fall and the color of our yard begins to shift, I’m watching a different shift happen in my practice of daily prayer. The texts we are moving through right now include readings from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, a set of reflections on various proverbs that follow the model, “You have heard it said… but I say to you…”
It’s Jesus transforming our old understanding of the law into something altogether different, something more understanding, more merciful, more generous.
I suppose that when the seasons change, it seems like an annual cycle, always coming back to the exact same thing that happened the year before, but I think that if we pay a bit more attention, we’ll find that things change. Things transform. There is something new to see, to hear, to smell.
Maybe sometimes it’s not what we would consider a good change. I’m not such a fan of heavier traffic, more noise and light pollution, increasingly crowded neighborhoods.
But that’s not all that changes. We change, too. And if we allow it, God will change us for the better. God will age us like a fine wine, a smooth whiskey, or a mouth-wateringly smoky block of cheddar.
God is in the business of transforming us, of doing something new. The cycles may look familiar as we come back upon them, but we never come back quite the same.
And if we open ourselves to it, God will even transform the world through us.
I could dig on being part of that. How about you?
Last Friday evening  church members gathered for
FUMC’s Inaugural Supper Club.
And what a lovely time was shared by all !
In Children’s Church Last Sunday . . .
David was anointed as king by Samuel. Anointing is like baptism; it pours God’s spirit upon you.  We made sceptors out of fruit and enjoyed eating our work.
Who else but God would choose a little shepherd boy to be king?
Appreciating our children’s fine art.

Here’s What’s Happening, FUMC Teens:
SUNDAYS  9:30 a.m. Biblical Exploration
Sunday, October 1
FUMC Chili Cook Off
& Corn Bread Fundraiser
We’ll 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.
 Wednesday, October 4
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
YMCA Game-room & Swim Night
Together in Christian Fellowship


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Noah received Holston Middle School’s second place award for their meet at
Steele Creek Park on Saturday. He was HMS’s fifth finisher, and came in
41st of 230 middle school boys with a time of 14:12.8.
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
We Will Have Good Food, A Time for Fellowship and Entertainment by Beth Green
Christian Singer, Comedienne, and Inspirational Speaker
Our Purpose Is To Bring Women of Our Churches Together
To Build a Community of Supporters, Encouragers and Friends
We Do Mission Work and Want to Have a Place Where We Can Get
Together, Enjoy One Another and Lift Up Our Work for the Glory of God.
 An opportunity to contribute to our Haiti Children’s Mission will be offered.
Child Care To Be Provided.
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.
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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Here Comes October!
Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of September 28 – October 4
Thurs, Sep 28:   6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
                    6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
 Fri, Sep 29:     5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Sep 30:   10:00am-2:00pm-Simmer Down Serving Meals-TH
 Sun, Oct 1:      9:30am-Sunday School Hour
9:30am-The River Service, TH
10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
10:30am-Teen Chili Cook Off serving (and again, at noon)
11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
(childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)
2:00pm-6pm – Game Day, TH
Mon, Oct 2:       1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers,Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
                     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Oct 3:      8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Oct 4:      6:30pm-Youth Event – YMCA Game-room & Swim Night
                     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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