FUMC Bristol Newsletter October 12-18, 2017

From the fire and smoke on Mount Sinai, God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You must have no other gods before me.
Do not make an idol for yourself–
no form whatsoever–
of anything in the sky above
or on the earth below
or in the waters under the earth.
Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance;
the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses God’s name that way.
Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy.
Six days you may work and do all your tasks,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
Honor your father and your mother
so that your life will be long
on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Do not kill.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Do not desire your neighbor’s house.
Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife,
male or female servant, ox, donkey,
or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
  ~Exodus 20: 1-17

Sunday, October 15

Matthew 22: 1-14
You’re Invited
Joseph Carrier
Last Sunday . . . 

Message from God’s Word:  Keep it Simple

But when the Pharisees

heard that he had silenced the Sadducees
with his reply, they met together to
question him again.
One of them, an expert in religious law,
tried to trap him with this question:
‘Teacher, which is the most important
commandment in the law of Moses?’
Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.’ ~Matthew 23: 34-46
 Children participated in the

lighting of the candles.


Adults and children
gathered around
Mr.  Mike to hear the children’s sermon.
Special music was shared by the Chancel Choir.
More like you, Jesus,
more like you.
Fill my heart with your desire to make me
more like you.
More like you, Jesus,
more like you.
Touch my lips with holy fire and make me
more like you.
~Scott Wesley Brown
You, who set your disciples on all creation, who calls us to go out today:
grow us up now; set us free from laws to follow your one law of Love.
October Is Pastor Appreciation Month.
This week’s 

Feed the Hungry
offering is for Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and
other immediate local mission needs.


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
Thank you for your help!
From the Pastor’s Pen…

The world is on fire.

As I write this, eleven people have died in wildfires ripping through some of the most picturesque landscapes California can offer.

North Korea seems bent on preparing firepower to declare itself a major player in the world’s military complex, and other developed countries seem to have no idea what to do about that.

An egocentric and xenophobic populism is burning bridges between cultures around the globe, and angry people on social media, together with power-hungry politicians, are stoking its flames.

The world is on fire because we have long been ensnared by spectacle and fear, allowing ourselves to be convinced by extremism and reaction to it. In every conversation, we look for opportunities to burst into glorious flame.

But flame is not glorious when it is consuming our neighbor.

There are many images of flame present in the Christian tradition. I would urge you, in the context of the fury that is consuming the world around us, to focus on one of those images.

The fire of Pentecost.

The fire of God’s Spirit alighted on the disciples and gifted them with the ability to share the good news of a resurrected savior in more languages than they knew, more languages than even were exercised in that day. It spread a message of peace, of hope, of loving-kindness. It spread a message that specifically contradicts the message of violence, of fear, of egocentrism that pervades our world today.

We celebrate that fire today. In our United Methodist churches, we celebrate it in our shared symbol: the cross and flame. The twin flame spinning alongside the cross is a remembering of the flame of Pentecost carried through the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical United Brethren, founded at the foot of the cross that brings all the children of creation together.

No language can keep us apart. No ideology can keep us apart. No power can keep us apart. No natural disaster is enough to rip the sisters and brothers of Christ apart from each other if we will simply come together to remember the hope that is present in the cross.

The Spirit is still spreading a flame today. It moves faster than the winds in California can spread today’s wildfires. It has more transformative power than the world’s nuclear arsenal. While the vitriol of public figures tears people down, the Spirit comforts and restores the soul.

The Fire of Pentecost will not stop the California wildfires, but it certainly can stop the fires with which we are determined to consume each other today. The power to wield either flame is ours. I hope that we will choose God’s transformative Spirit, not the destructive fire of anger and fear.

May the Spirit bring healing to us all. Come, Lord Jesus!

A memorial service for Dr. Raymond L. Moore, II is planned for Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church, Bristol.

Dr. Moore was a well-known and beloved minister and educator within in the United Methodist Church and academia, and he is remembered with special affection by the Bristol community-at-large.


Surviving family members are his wife of 64 years, Martha Esther McElrath Moore; his sister, Carolyn Moore Hess; son, John Stephen Moore; daughter in-law, Carol Sue Webb Moore; and grandson, Nicholas Webb Moore.
First United Methodist Church’s Charge Conference will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3 pm-5 pm.
All church members are welcome to attend. This is your opportunity to vote on issues such as the pastor’s salary and on leaders for the upcoming year.
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
A Productive Church Workday
A very special Thank You to Brandon Berg, Alan Hale, Karen Hale, Doug Taylor, Carol Taylor, Mike Teague, Tom Felty, Kathy Mack and John Mack for participating in Church Workday last Saturday.  These are the projects they accomplished:
Replaced ceiling tiles, Replaced light ballast
Weeded bushes, Weeded earth banks
Pulled ivy off building, Measured faucet to replace in Richard’s office
Made a plan to repair garbage disposal, Repaired screens kitchen windows
Scrubbed all caps on pews in River, Glued wood end cap
Took swath of material for sanctuary pew replacement
Cleaned wood support on River pews, Replaced outside parking light
Repaired corner of stage curtain, Repaired and rehung projector on stage
Stopped projector from vibrating, Removed clogs from parsonage gutters back of house
Installed gutter guards to gutters back of house
In Children’s Church this week . . .
The giant was BIG, and David was small . . .

. . . like us.

But David served a Great and Mighty God!

David killed the giant with rocks and a slingshot.


COME SUNDAYS AT 9:30 a.m. for Biblical Exploration
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Treasure Hunt
   Your first hint is . . .

The October 4th Adventure at YMCA

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.


January 19-20-21
Cost through October is $75.00.
Price increases by $10 every month.
Sign up now, pay and save.
Tuesday, October 31, 4-7pm, YMCA
Will you help with this fun event for our community’s children? 
To participate, just drive your decorated car filled with candy to the YMCA. Be there by 3:30 to set up.
 email joe@bristolymca.net to sign up
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 http://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.
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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October Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of October 12 – October 18
Thurs, Oct 12:    6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
                     6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
                     6:30pm-Girl Scouts-TBA
 Fri, Oct 13:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Oct 14:    11:30am-Ladies Fall Luncheon-TH
 Sun, Oct 15:      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)

Mon, Oct 16:      6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Oct 17:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Oct 18:     6:30pm-Youth Event – Treasure Hunt
                     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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