FUMC Bristol Newsletter November 2-8, 2017

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!
                                           ~Henry Van Dyke
Sunday, November 5
All Saints Sunday

Matthew 5: 1-12

 One Great Cloud of Witnesses
Rev. Brandon Berg

On Sunday, we will commemorate
All Saints Day with a reading of the
names of those saints in our community who have died in the past year and a lighting of candles to show the light of Christ they let shine though them.
We would love to share their images
with each other, as well, so if you have a favorite picture of a community member
who has joined the great cloud of witnesses,
please bring it to the church or email it by Thursday to
Thank you for helping create a meaningful and beautiful
celebration of the power of God’s Spirit through our saints.

Last Sunday . . .   

Message: Self-Destructive Behavior

Matthew 21: 33-46

“The stone that
the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful
to see.”
~Matthew 21:42

Guide and Guardian, you brought your servant Moses to the edge of the promise,

but he died as he lived: an outsider and a sojourner;

Lord, have mercy.

Our Steadfast Hope, you called the chief priests and Pharisees to tend your flock

until your Kingdom is revealed, but they succumbed to the corruption of power over their neighbors;

Christ, have mercy.

Today, we are wasting away because we have failed to hear your call,

and we have failed to live your love;

Lord, have mercy.  

Send us forth, Lord, to take on Elijah’s mantle, to step into your promise,

to build your Church on the Solid Rock,

and to proclaim that your Kingdom is real and is here now.


This week’s

Feed the Hungry offering
is for Bristol Recovery Road for Women. This program is designed to assist previously incarcerated women to move from detention, dependency, defeat and despair to responsible, confident and capable citizens of our communities. You can make a difference in the lives of individual women, their families, and our community as a whole.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
Life with young children is a whole lot of improvisation.
On Monday, the Reverend Dalton Rushing, my friend who pastors Decatur First UMC, shared this image and caption of his daughter:
Like we all should be, Emmaline is undergirded by the prophetic literature
The book being so gracefully warmed here is the
weightiest volume of the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary.
Swing by my office sometime and dig into it, or maybe
just do a few reps of deadlifts with it.
Volume VI lifts Emmaline a lot more effectively than a phone book of the greater Decatur area probably would, if such a thing is still published in the era of mobile communication. It might just weigh more than she. It’s quite a firm foundation.
I hope that our foundation as followers of Jesus is at least that firm. It’s pretty clear that the gospel authors understood Jesus’s ministry as undergirded by the prophets. His concern for the most vulnerable people of their day echoes the theme of everyone from Amos through Malachi that God is consistently on the side of the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the alien in our land.
In fact, Jesus expands that list and opens the door to include all sorts of people who are vulnerable in all sorts of ways. Remember?
“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me….
“I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”
If you haven’t spent much time in the prophets recently, I encourage you to dive back in. In fact, make it a daily practice. And every time you do, start with that “least of these” passage in Matthew 25. See if that informs your understanding of the prophets.
But don’t just read about it. That won’t do a fat lot of good. The prophets have to undergird not just our understanding, but our practice!
A caveat: I think that, as a church, First UMC, Bristol, is on the right track. I don’t think you’ll find a lot of churches our size with as many missional projects going on as we have.
But it’s clear that there’s a lot more to be done.
So I urge you to be in prayer for our ministries: for Reading Buddies, Recovery Road, Meals on Wheels, Help for Haiti, and for the several others we support. I urge you to pray that your prayer grows feet. I urge you to support our ministries not just with your prayers and your finances, but with your presence, your service, and your witness!
And if you need help figuring out what you can do, what getting more involved might look like, let me know. I have some experience with improvisation. I have three imaginations to keep up with every day. I bet we can dream that out together.
There’s a lot that needs to be done. There’s a lot God is calling us to do. There’s a lot that the Spirit is empowering us to do.
And if the Spirit of God is empowering us, y’all, what could possibly stop us?
Thank You
for donations of much-needed supplies to
for Women.
The congregation’s 

 support and donations

 are truly appreciated.

Mission of the Month
Did you know that our church has 11 volunteers who meet 
every 4th Tuesday to prepare and deliver warm, wholesome
 meals to needy seniors? 
An average of 50 meals per month are prepared in our church kitchen
 and go out to people who might not otherwise have a healthy meal or see a friendly face that day. 
Thanks to our faithful volunteers and to those in our congregation who donate to keep Meals on Wheels running smoothly.
Meals on Wheels at FUMC-Bristol is 100% funded by donation! 
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. 
Some pictures from the UMW Fall luncheon:
Great time, great meal, great fellowship and great entertainment!
Beth Green provided many laughs with her program of music and comedy.
It was all so much fun!
Thanks to everyone who attended and all who helped decorate, prepare food and serve.
Members of the UMW with special guest entertainer, Beth Green
Friends celebrate with Loetta Cornett her 98th birthday.

Another of FUMC’s Small Groups Gathered for an

Autumn Supper

In Children’s Church last Sunday . . .
The Children’s Room Prepared in Anticipation of Their Arrival
The Bible story was about how King David and the people danced
and played instruments as they moved the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem.
The children made crowns.
FUMC Teens and Pastor find way through Amazing Maize Maze!
Biblical Exploration
Every Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 4

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Abingdon District YMCA Fun Night

Fellowship of Christians
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30
Board Games and finishing the movie we started last week
We have begun filling our “plarn” bags crocheted by Cyndi Carnehan, but we need your help!
We will have a box set out in the vestibule to collect toiletries and supplies to bless some of our homeless neighbors this Thanksgiving.
Most needed supplies are:
• Socks                 • Body lotion
• Gloves               • Shampoo & conditioner
• Shower gel        • Combs and Brushes
• Small Mirrors   • Tissues
 • Toilet paper
God is not finished with me yet.
January 19-20-21
Cost through November is $85.00 (if space is available . . .)
Remember – time changes this weekend from
Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time.
Turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night.
Thursday, November 2, 4 pm-7 pm  Good Samaritan Ministries Open House
100 N. Roan St., Johnson City
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 p.m., Emory and Henry College Concert and
Chamber Choirs in Concert at State Street United Methodist Church
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October Calendar & Events Schedule 
 Week of November 2 – 8
Thurs, Nov 2:     6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
 Fri, Nov 3:       5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Nov 4:      9:00am-Simmer Down Catering until 2 pm-TH                      7:00pm-NA
 Sun, Nov 5:      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)
5:00pm-Finance Committee, Library
6:00pm-Administrative Council, TH

Mon, Nov 6:       1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers, Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
                     6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Nov 7:      8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Nov 8:      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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