FUMC Bristol Newsletter October 5-11, 2017

 Instead of each person watching out for their own good,
watch out for what is better for others.
Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit,
But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him
and gave him a name above all names,
so that at the name of Jesus everyone
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
                                                                                                       ~Philippians 2 :  4 – 11

Sunday, October 8

Matthew 22: 34-46
Keep it Simple
Rev. Brandon Berg
Last Sunday . . . 
Worship began, and always begins, at
The River at 9:30 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
Brother, sister,
let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may
have the grace to
let you be my servant, too.
                          ~Richard Gillard
We celebrated World Communion Sunday.
The children learned that people all around the world were observing Communion on this very same Sunday.
By your Spirit help the body of Christ be one.
Help the left hand and the right hand work
   as one in ministry to all the world.
                                          ~The Great Thanksgiving
Message from God’s Word:  
Will and Won’t: on Taking or Empowering Authority
Matthew 21: 23-32 
One bread,
one body,
one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing
which we bless.
And we,
though many
throughout the earth,
we are one body
in this one Lord.
 ~John B. Foley
“Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We offer our deepest condolences, love and prayer support to Martha Ann Watson in the recent loss of her brother, Dr. Ronald Edwin Carrier.

A celebration of life for all family and friends will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Wilson Hall at James Madison University, where Dr. Carrier served as president for 27 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum or Carrier Library. Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.

We gratefully acknowledge gifts in memory of
Madge Gray
given by
Russ and Beverly Basham, Audrey Ketron,
Jacqueline Leonard, and Larry and Kathy Wagner
This week’s
 Feed the Hungry
 offering is for
Family Promise of Bristol. This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
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…
I love words.

Words are tools carefully configured to concisely communicate critical concepts. They are put to use with precision and parity. They can be as efficient or effusive as we intend them to be.

Words are toys that tantalize our senses and tickle our synapses. We play generously with them but we do well to remember that every toy can become a weapon when wielded unwisely.

Words are music. They are the clay of poetry; the rhythm of every idea, every motif, every scatted, rapped, bowed, struck, and puffed melody we express. They move us more than their meaning can measure, connected to ideas and experiences far deeper than a single life, reaching back through generations of linguistic development until their inception becomes lost in the mist of prehistory.

Words are also evolving.

I was educated to understand that language had set rules, that words had concrete meanings. Only through time and paradigm-shifting experiences was it revealed to me that contemporary meanings of words were only, in fact, contemporary, and that the rules that govern language are often movable guidelines, and occasionally are blindly arbitrary.

Friday of this week is October 6, a day on which a wordsmith named William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake by the Church because of his words. In 1534, the words he combined in The Obedience of a Christian Man inspired Henry VIII to break the Church in England from the Universal Church of Rome. In the previous two decades, he had published his own translation of the entire New Testament and at least much of the Old Testament, nearly a century before King James authorized a much-beloved translation of the Bible that owes the vast majority of its material to Tyndale.

Tyndale’s translation is groundbreaking not only because he had the newfangled printing press to bring his work to a wider population, but also because he had access to older manuscripts and to the Greek of the scripture that few, if any, had previously.

He took old, foreign words and made them accessible to contemporary audiences.

He coined turns of phrase that echo today:

“Let there be light”

“The salt of the earth”

“It came to pass”

Today, as we near the dies navitae of William Tyndale, I celebrate words. I celebrate their flexibility. I celebrate their musicality.

I celebrate the God who gives us tongues, breath, and imagination, the fundamental tools of language.

I celebrate language that is still changing today.

I invite you to celebrate with me.

October Is Pastor Appreciation Month.
We Need All Willing Workers . . .

Saturday, October 7
9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
(or any portion thereof)
A Cared for Church Is a Happy Church!
In Children’s Church this week . . .
We continued to learn about King David.
 Sharing more children’s pictures from September 24th . . .
David was anointed as king by Samuel. Anointing is like baptism; it pours God’s spirit upon you.  We made scepters out of fruit and enjoyed eating our work.
Who else but God would choose a little shepherd boy to be king?

Here’s What’s Happening, FUMC Teens:
SUNDAYS  9:30 a.m. Biblical Exploration
 Wednesday, October 11
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Unique and interesting new games with the McGradys…
Or a Corn Maze??


January 19-20-21
Cost through October is $75.00.
Price increases by $10 every month.
Sign up now, pay and save.
The Teen Chili and Corn Bread Cook off was a huge success with lots of delicious food and loads of fun. The youth raised over $300 for their Resurrection trip in January.
Noah received Holston Middle School’s
second place award for their meet at
Steele Creek Park on Saturday, September 23. 
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 to Suzanne Rollins
Thank you, Kroger shoppers! Based on your participation in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, the church received a check this month for $81.55.
If you shop at Kroger’s and have not yet enrolled in Kroger’s Community Rewards program, this is how to do it: Go to www.kroger.com.
If you already have created an online account, sign in; if not, you must create one. Once signed in, look for the “person” figure on the far right of your screen. Click the down arrow beside it. Choose My Account. Scroll down to and select Community Rewards. Search for First United Methodist Church, then select the one in Bristol.- Or, search by our organization number, which is 85975.
Tuesday, October 31, 5-7pm, YMCA
Will you help with this fun event for our community’s children? 
To do so, just drive your decorated car filled with candy to the YMCA. 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

Mission of the Month
Bristol Recovery Road for Women
Bristol Recovery Road for Women is a program dedicated to helping women who have been released from jail
 get back on their feet.
Founded in 2008, BRRW has programs in GED tutoring, parenting, nutrition & fitness, Bible study,
12-step meetings and more in a local facility which can house up to 8 women at a time. 
Monetary donations and supplies are needed so that Recovery Road can continue to help women in our community.
Most Needed Items: toilet paper, Kleenex, detergent, trash bags, Clorox, deodorant, Ziploc bags, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies. 
If you can help please place your donated items in the labeled bin in the narthex. 
For more information contact Donna Camper
423-968-5014       camperd743@gmail.com
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October Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of October 5 – October 11
Thurs, Oct 5:    6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room                     8:00pm-AA
 Fri, Oct 6:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                    6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Oct 7:     10:00am-2:00pm-Simmer Down Serving Meals-TH
                     9:00am-1:00pm-Church Work Day
 Sun, Oct 8:      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-Kids Sabbath Trip to Steele Creek Park 4:00pm-Trustees Meeting
Mon, Oct 9:       6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Oct 10:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Oct 11:     6:30pm-Youth Event – Unique & Interesting New 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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