FUMC Bristol Newsletter October 19-25, 2017

We open our hearts.
We proclaim the good news.
The kingdom of God is near! 


Sunday, October 22

Matthew 22:15-22
What Belongs to Caesar
Rev. Brandon Berg
Last Sunday . . . 

We Celebrated Laity Sunday

Message: You’re Invited by Joseph Carrier

Matthew 22: 1-14



“It’s time for church!”


Brenda Hobbs led the Call to Worship,

Donna Kilday led A Time for Young Disciples

and Young at Heart,

and the Benediction was given

by Susan Dietz.

Alan Gorrell and Larry Wagner provided leadership and prayers.


O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend.
I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.
                                                                                   ~John E. Bode, 1866
This week’s

Feed the Hungry
offering is for
Local School Missions.
This money will be used to provide Thanksgiving dinners for families from Anderson School. The family is given a Food City certificate which specifically provides a turkey and trimmings for their Thanksgiving meal.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
This is a busy time of the year. Families are settled into routines of school and work and extracurricular stuff. Community organizations of all sorts are scheduling attention-getting events. Here in the church, it’s time for Charge Conference and planning for Advent and Christmastide.
There are a lot of other things going on, too.
I find myself running behind deadlines right now. There are some ways I’m on top of things, but getting to that point has required that I put a handful of items on the back burner, which means I’m scrambling to put some heat to them and finish them before they absolutely have to be presented publicly.
It’s at times like these that I relate to Douglas Adams’s opinion about timeliness:
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
That doesn’t really make me feel less pressed to get things done, of course.
With so many deadlines pressing in, I’m finding myself having conversations in casual company about getting things done. At our recent work day, one of our dedicated members mentioned that sometimes, when things seem not to be getting done, she will add very simple things to her to do list just to have something checked off.
I brushed my teeth today. Check.
I made coffee. Check.
I’m remembering to breathe. Check.
Those may seem like tiny things, unimportant details that are worth overlooking, but I’m not sure they are.
The ancient Hebrew practice of praying one’s way through the day celebrates each little thing. Every action and interaction of our day is a reason to bless the One who gives us the opportunity for that action and interaction.
And I have faith that, even when we overlook them, God celebrates each little detail with us.

So today, with what feels like a thousand deadlines flying by, I’m going to choose to try to listen to God’s voice:
You put your shoes on the right feet today. Good job!
You got the girls on the bus this morning. You are loving and beloved!
You remembered to shave. You care for this temple!
Maybe celebrations like that seem a little self-indulgent, but considering how easy it is to fall into the defeatism and self-hate that results from the overwhelming number of things that have to get done, or that don’t, it’s pretty important to remember that I am beloved of God.
So are you.
Let God celebrate you today.
SPR is pleased to announce that Phil Haga will be taking over the helm as Music Director on November 12.  We are so happy to welcome Phil back.  Betty Curtis will continue as accompanist.
Also, we want to thank Tawana Teague and Betty Curtis for their work from June to November. The leadership has been so appreciated and kept the choir going.
Starting November 12 choir practices will be held on Sunday after the 11 o’clock service, following a slight break. We hope this may enable some in the congregation to consider joining us.
First United Methodist Church’s Charge Conference will take place on
Sunday, October 22, 2017
3 pm-5 pm.
All church members are encouraged to attend. This is your opportunity to vote on issues such as the pastor’s salary
and leaders for the upcoming year.
Mission of the Month
Bristol Recovery Road for Women
Thanks to Donna Camper for making a terrific bulletin board for us, and for explaining to our folks about the much-needed service that Recovery Road provides. 
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
Meals on Wheels
Needs Your Help!
Brenda Hobbs is asking for
a donation of
Baked Spaghetti 
Just place a baked casserole in the church freezer, labeled Meals on Wheels. 
Don’t have a recipe? Call Brenda at 423-968-4391
Thank You for your generosity!!
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.
October Is Pastor Appreciation Month.
In Children’s Church this week . . .
Mr. Mike explained how one small jar of olive oil
became many, many jars of oil, and a jar of flour never became empty
for a widow and her son.
Biblical Exploration
Sunday, October 22
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Service Project… Or maybe a Corn Maze…? (If corn maze, meet early)

Wednesday, October 25th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Following Jesus’ Word . . . do for the least of them

FUMC Teens Demonstrate How to Make Rock Band Really Rock!!


January 19-20-21
Cost through October is $75.00.
Price increases by $10 every month.
Sign up now, pay and save.
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


Sun., Nov. 5, 3:00 p.m., Emory and Henry College Concert and Chamber Choirs in Concert at State Street United Methodist Church

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.
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October Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of October 19 – October 25
Thurs, Oct 19:    6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
 Fri, Oct 20:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Oct 21:     9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild-TH
                     1:00pm-Ray Moore Memorial Service-Sanctuary/TH
 Sun, Oct 22:      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-5:00pm-Charge Conference-TH
Mon, Oct 23:      6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Oct 24:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
                     8:00am-Meals on Wheels
                     7:00pm-Martha Circle
Wed, Oct 25:     6:30pm-Youth Event
                     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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