FUMC Bristol Newsletter November 16-22, 2017

“God forbid that we ever leave the Lord to serve other gods!
The Lord is our God,
who brought us and our ancestors
up from the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage.
We too will serve the Lord.
The Lord is our God.”
                                                                                                                        ~Joshua 24, adapted from CEB
Sunday, November 19
 Missions Sunday
For Such a Time as This
Esther 4:14
Donna Camper 

Last Sunday

Message: Practice Makes Perfect

Matthew 25: 1-13

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids


We were blessed to welcome Phil Haga back into
our fellowship at First UMC as Minister of Music.

Be thou my vision
O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me,
save that thou art.
Thou my best thought,
by day or by night,
waking or sleeping,
thy presence my light.

 Be thou my wisdom,

and thou my true word;
I ever with thee
and thou with me, Lord;
Thou and thou only,
first in my heart,
great God of heaven,
my treasure thou art.
         ~Ancient Irish; trans. by Mary E. Byrne, 1905; versed by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912
Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet,
praise the Lord with the harp and lute,
praise the Lord with the gentle-sounding flute.
Praise the Lord in the field and forest,
praise the Lord in the city square,
praise the Lord anytime and anywhere.
Praise the Lord in the wind and sunshine,
praise the Lord in the dark of night,
praise the Lord in the rain or snow or in the morning light.
Praise the Lord in the deepest valley,
praise the Lord on the highest hill,
praise the Lord; never let your voice be still.
                                                                                     ~Natalie Sleeth
 The Pastor talked about Joshua with our children.
Pastor traded his sandals for tennis shoes.
God our Strength, the days are getting short and the air is crisping,
and the season of holidays is already wearing on us:
We already are so distracted by the hustle and bustle!
Lord, turn us away from other gods!
God our Provider, the money isn’t stretching, and a dollar won’t buy what it used to:
Give us oil in our lamps, Lord! Keep them burning!
God our hope, a good book and a cozy fire and a warm blanket are so tempting,
and we just want to let the season pass over us this year:
Keep us alert, Lord!  Keep us practiced and ready!

Please join us this Sunday as we focus on Missions.
We are a congregation motivated for service, as evidenced by the multitude of ministries
 that we support both in our community and abroad. 
 Many volunteers gather regularly to demonstrate Christ’s love 
with our hands, feet, and hearts,
 and many support our missional efforts with monetary donations.  
What a blessing for each of us to have the opportunity to participate in the
 missions of First United Methodist-Bristol.
-Julie Blanton, Missions Coordinator


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.
The Church gratefully acknowledges
a gift to the Memorial Fund
in Memory of Madge Gray
by John and Frances Coppedge.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
There are quite a few things in our church I’m still discovering. Some of them are characteristics and relationships of and between people, and I have to keep reminding myself that those discoveries will keep happening for my entire tenure at First, Bristol. But some discoveries are more material.
The other day, I finally unrolled a document that was clearly a blueprint of the church. Several years ago, there had been drawn up a plan of improvements to our space. It’s interesting to look at that and see, even within a few years, how priorities have shifted.
Behind that document, however, was a much more fragile one. I recognized the kind of paper I used to use to trace things when I was much younger and still fancied myself an artist.
I unrolled the old paper and discovered a blueprint of our parsonage.
No, not a blueprint. This draft isn’t a copy. It’s the original, drawn in pencil, carefully lined out, beautifully filled in and lettered.
Nobody does this kind of work any more.
Well, that’s probably not true. Somebody probably does.
This document is a work of art. Maybe after the rush of Advent, I’ll work on finding a way to carefully frame it to keep it from damage.
It’s a really astounding piece. It reminds me that, while we are coming to depend heavily on technology and more efficient techniques and designs, sometimes a beautiful work can be done with old methods. Sometimes God gifts us in ways that might seem obsolete or unwelcome, but doggone it, they still work!
I’m confident that God is gifting us today. I hope that you recognize that in yourself. No matter what your gift, it’s God’s gift to you. Even if it seems obsolete or unwelcome, I bet God intends you to use it somewhere.
Sometimes the trick is just figuring out where that somewhere is.
This Sunday, we’re celebrating the gifts God has given to us to go out in mission and ministry to our community. As we draw nearer, I hope that you’ll be in prayer about how God is calling you to use your gifts to bless our community. We have a whole lot of opportunities, and probably more than we are already taking, if we’d simply make ourselves available for God’s inspiring Spirit.
I hope you’ll come celebrate with us and get on board. If you’re receiving this newsletter and you’re outside of our immediate community, I hope you’ll pray for us and find a way to get connected – or maybe even better connected than you are – to your own community.
I think God has something great in store for us still. I hope you’re excited about the gifts God is empowering in you. I sure am!
Happy Birthday to Jimmy Sargent Bowen
who was 88 on October 31.

September 27, 2017

                Dear Friends,
                Thank you so much for your donation of $375.13 to
                Bristol Faith in Action.
                God bless you for your generosity.
                                                                  Joan Guest
                                                                  Board of Directors
Dear Church Family,
As of October 31, we are $14,356.22 behind in our budgeted giving for this year. We need folks to step up and dig deeper to be able to end the year in the black. (We are not out of money but borrowing from our Restricted Funds.) Please consider a special gift to the General Budget in your year-end planning.
The Finance Committee

Work Day at the Church

Saturday, November 18
9 a.m. – Noon
The church needs
Choir rehearsals are now being held on
Sundays after the 11 a.m. worship service,
following a slight break. 
If you sing, will you join us? 
We hope to see you Sunday!!
A Letter from Kayla Frank
Greetings! I pray that this letter finds you and your church family well. I am now in my third year of education at school. The Lord has been so faithful! He is doing wonderful things, and I know that He will continue to be faithful to finish the good work. He has started in me, especially these final years of school. As I finish my training, God has given me to the opportunity to go to Africa, not only to further my education, but also to join Him in His work there.
On May 20, I will be departing on a mission trip to the middle of Kenya for 21 days. The purpose of this mission trip is to provide much needed supplies, love, and life skills to orphaned children, most of whom have never experienced the Lord’s love. We anticipate to encounter hundreds of children.
The trip is being funded entirely through donations and by those going on the mission trip. Everything that will be used on the trip must be taken with us. This includes clothing, food, water, bibles, books, shoes, etc. Fundraisers are being held by those going on the trip. Every penny collected will be used to directly benefit the children of Kenya. Any unused supplies will be left with the missionaries.
I am excited about the opportunity to serve and to minister, and I ask you to join me in ministry. I am seeking your support and prayers for this mission trip. If you are able to assist with this trip, I would ask that you forward any donation to me with the check or money order payable to Kenya Mission Trip even if it is $10.00. Any amount helps tremendously. An accounting of all funds will be available, should you desire to see it, upon our return from Kenya.
I thank you in advance for your prayers and your financial support. May God bless you richly!
His therefore Yours,
Kayla Frank
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
In Children’s Church Last Sunday . . .
King Solomon was a wise king. He wrote the book of Proverbs.
King Solomon described how ants, being wise, work hard.
The children made ants.
The Youth have worked over the summer to recycle plastic shopping bags into “plarn”  — plastic yarn.
Cyndi Carnahan crocheted it into lovely waterproof bags
that we’d love to fill with toiletries and supplies to bless some
of our homeless neighbors this Thanksgiving.
Can you help?
We will have a box set out in the vestibule for
the next couple weeks.
Most needed supplies are:
* Socks
* Body lotion
* Gloves
* Shampoo & conditioner
* Shower gel
* Combs and Brushes
* Small Mirrors
* Tissues
* Toilet paper
Thank You!
Biblical Exploration
Every Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22
No Youth Group
Thanksgiving week
Thank God today and every day.

God is not finished with me yet.
January 19-20-21
Cost through November is $85.00 (if space is available . . .)
Community Thanksgiving Service
November 19 – Worship at 5 pm – Dinner at 6 pm
(FUMC is responsible for bringing desserts.)
Everyone Welcome!
Hosted by Addilynn Memorial UMC, 3225 Avoca Road
Our offering will benefit Bristol Faith in Action.
Please bring a canned good to support the Bristol Food Pantry.
(Sponsored by the UMC Bristol Clergy Cluster)
Bristol United Methodist Churches
Advent Luncheon Series
Every Wednesday
All are Welcome
Gathering: 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Worship: 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29
Host Church: Sinking Springs UMC: 208 VI Ranch Road
Preaching: Rev. Brandon Berg of First Bristol UMC
Wednesday, December 6
Host Church: First Bristol UMC, 322 Vance Drive
Preaching: Rev. Liz Hamilton of Addilynn Memorial UMC
Wednesday, December 13
Host Church: John Wesley UMC, 311 Lee Street
Preaching: Rev. Ray Amos Jr. of South Bristol UMC
Wednesday, December 20
Host Church: South Bristol UMC, 1809 Southside Avenue
Preaching: Rev. Caroline Hawthorne of St. Luke-Hunt Memorial UMCs
Wednesday, December 20
7:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 6:00)
Colonial Heights Christian Church
105 Meadow Lane, Kingsport, TN
and at Colonial Heights Church Office.
Family Promise of Bristol 1st Annual Gingerbread Cookie Fundraiser!
Are you looking to give the perfect Christmas gift while supporting families with children that are encountering homelessness?
Cookies are $25 each (order 10 or more for a reduced cost of $15 per cookie)
Several pick-up and delivery (Tri-cities area) dates available.
Call 276.494.0388 to place your order.
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Calendar & Events Schedule 
Week of November 16-22
Thurs, Nov 16:    6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
 Fri, Nov 17:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Nov 18:     9:00am-Holston Quilter’s Guild until noon-TH
                     9:00am-Church Work Day until noon
                     9:00am-Simmer Down Catering until 2 pm-TH 
 Sun, Nov 19:     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)
12:30pm-Choir Rehearsal
4:00pm-Trustees Meeting
5:00pm-CANCELLED-Mission Team Meeting,Library-CANCELLED
Mon, Nov 20:      6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Nov 21:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
                     5:30pm-River Planning Team-Library
Wed, Nov 22:     

 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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