FUMC Bristol Newsletter November 23-29, 2017

Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine;
let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in thine.
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious, bleeding side.
                                                                                                                        ~Fanny J. Crosby, 1875
Sunday, November 26
 Christ the King Sunday
  Matthew 25:31-46

The Reign of Christ:
What it Means to Say, ‘Christ Is Lord’
Rev. Brandon Berg 

Last Sunday Was Missions Sunday
 Message: For Such a Time as This

Esther 4:14

by Donna Camper

Julie Blanton prepared a display in the
back of the sanctuary of the missions our
church helps to support through
service or contributions or both.
These include:
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
Dorcas Mending Ministry
Feed the Hungry Offerings
The Soup Kitchen
Reading Buddies
   Bristol Recovery Road
Meals on Wheels
Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter
Habitat for Humanity
Family Promise
Homebound Connections
Sunhouse Christmas Party
Jubilee Project
Wellmont Hospice House
Anderson School Local Mission
UMCOR-Liberia Health Kits
Change for Children
Prayer Shawl Ministry


Come, ye thankful people,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin. God our maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.
                         ~Henry Alford, 1844
In every age, God has empowered people – ordinary people like you and me –
to enact the extraordinary work of God’s Spirit!
Perhaps we are here for such a time as this!

God never requires massive numbers or exemplary talent, but chooses

a stuttering Moses, an obstinate Jonah, a violent Paul.

Perhaps we are here for such a time as this!

And sometimes, when we refuse to listen, or we don’t want to hear the call of God’s Spirit,

God is calling us to speak an empowering word. So turn, right now, and remind your neighbor:

Perhaps you are here for such a time as this!

This week’s Feed the Hungry offering is for
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.
This offering helps feed the hungry people of Bristol-
the majority of whom are women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities.
Last year BEFP Services provided food to almost 14,000 hungry local people.
First United Methodist-Bristol supports The Pantry with two volunteers – Robert Wright and Joneen Sargent every 1st Monday of the month to help the staff during food distribution hours.
1. Volunteer 1st Monday of the month 1pm-4pm with food distribution
2. Make a monetary donation
3. Make a food donation
Contact Julie Blanton for more information (423.914.9820)
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
I’m at my desk on Monday facing a very short week.
That doesn’t mean there’s less to do. It just calls for a bit more efficiency. If you’ve seen my desk, you might be aware that’s not my greatest strength.
My desk is an ongoing exercise in attention deficiency.
So I’m facing down Thanksgiving and the end of a liturgical year, and the subsequent entering of the followers of The Way back into Advent; and I’m realizing that you’ll get this newsletter in your inbox just in time to shove Tom the Turkey in the oven.
You probably won’t read it this week.
If you do, it probably won’t be Thursday morning.
So, in the interest of efficiency, and with Christ the King Sunday coming to us, I want to offer the thoughts of Thom Shuman, a wordsmith far more concise than I. Chew these words a bit as you give thanks, and as we approach the close of this year.
And y’all, have a joy-filled Feast of Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8
   you were cradling
   children in a school
this morning,
   you are standing
   with the workers
   on the corner hoping
         for a day job;
   you will be
   wherever we are,
         even when we
      don’t notice.
(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
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
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 . . .
 Mr. Mike taught that Solomon built a temple where the
people could come together to worship God;
the children built a temple.
Biblical Exploration
Every Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 29
Speedway in Lights
Meet at the church at SIX pm for Hot Chocolate
…and God said, “Let there be light.”
God is not finished with me yet.
January 19-20-21
Cost through November is $85.00 (if space is available . . .)
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
The King University Music Department is hosting a  Christmas tree lighting and candlelight caroling event
Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
The event will take place on the Oval located on the main campus in Bristol, Tennessee.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni along with the local community are encouraged to participate.
The St. Luke Players will present a Christmas comedy, A Cricket County Christmas.
Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.
and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The public is invited to the free performances.
St. Luke United Methodist Church
105 North St., Bristol, VA.
Cast members are from St. Luke and Hunt Memorial United Methodist Churches.
Highlands Fellowship Church is hosting
Active Shooter Training
December 4 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
134 Commerce Court in Bristol, VA
The Bristol Virginia Police Department is conducting the training.
There is no charge to attend.
December 20
7:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00)
Colonial Heights
Christian Church
105 Meadow Lane
Kingsport, TN
Tickets at
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 23-29
Thurs, Nov 23:    6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
                     6:30pm-The Mankind Project-Youth Room
 Fri, Nov 24:      5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 Sat, Nov 25:     9:00am-Simmer Down Catering until 2 pm-TH 
 Sun, Nov 26:     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
2:00pm-Game Day-TH

Mon, Nov 27:      6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
                     7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Nov 28:     8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
                     8:00am-Meals on Wheels-Kitchen
Wed, Nov 29:     6:30pm-Youth Activity

 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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