This week’s Feed the Hungry offering is for Family Promise of Bristol.
This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and
Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
We have a three-day weekend coming up. Maybe you’ll spend it traveling to some warmer place, away from work and trouble.
I kind of work on Sundays, so that’s not an option my family can usually take.
But on Monday, the office of FUMC, Bristol, will be closed.
Personally, I’ll be investing the afternoon marching downtown to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are plenty of reasons not to participate in the march, of course. Not the least of those reasons is that my white, straight, male voice completely fails to resonate with persons who experience life and community as a minority or part of a marginalized population.
But I will march. And maybe I will have nothing to say, nothing of value to add to the conversation. Maybe the best thing I might do is listen and be present.
But I will be present. And I will listen. And I will let the voices I hear impress upon me with genuine urgency.
And that will shape my voice and my life.
I will be present. I will listen. I will march.
Because I believe that it is only by being present and listening and participating that I can value someone else’s experience.
And valuing the experience of another person is precisely what creates community.
And today, friends, we are in desperate need of community.
There is an opportunity coming up on Monday. I hope you’ll take it with me. I know not everyone will be able to. If you can’t, I hope you’ll take the next opportunity you have, whether it’s on the street, in our church, in social media, or somewhere else the Spirit is providing for you. I hope you’ll take that opportunity to grow community and bring the children of God back together.
Because, in the end, Jew or Greek, slave or free, wealthy or impoverished, dark or light, straight or gay, male or female, we are only God’s children.
Betty Curtis and Donna Felty
upon their retirement from
employment with King University.
Mission of the Month
The Soup Kitchen
Were you aware that every December some 20 volunteers from our congregation help
The Soup Kitchen
workers prepare freshly made soup for those in need?
Many thanks to Carol Taylor, who coordinates our yearly participation!
We gratefully acknowledge a gift to honor Brenda and Jim Hobbs
for Meals on Wheels
by Larry and Kathy Wagner.
Dear United Methodist Women,
A note of thanks for the red poinsettia you sent to us to enjoy during this Christmas season – so very thoughtful. Blessings to all.
Helen and Tim Harkleroad
Your kindness and concern have meant so very much
and will always be remembered. Thank you for your service
during our family’s hours of need.
The Cartwright Family
Nehemiah, the Renewal Expert
He built walls! He gave the exiles homes! He brought the law back!
On Wednesday, January 17, we will start a four-week study of the book of Nehemiah. For your convenience, I’d like to offer both a morning and an evening session. It would be helpful to know how many people I might expect, so let me know which session you’d prefer to attend.
I’m looking forward to exploring the world and experience of Nehemiah with you! Come ready to dig in!
On Wednesday morning, church members gathered for
The Great Dismantling of the Christmas Decorations.
What goes up, must come down. Thank you, faithful workers!
Matthew 2: 1-12
A beautiful solo by Donna Camper
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He.
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
~lyrics by Civilla Martin, music by Charles Gabriel, 1905
…Some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.
…And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts.
Matthew 2: 1-2, 9-11 NLT
Now, the Spirit illumines a different road.
So we may take our sisters and brothers by the hand
to walk in wonder and grace.
(c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
Sunday, January 14
Wednesday, January 17
with Pastor Brandon
Resurrection in Pigeon Forge, TN
Begins Friday, January 19
Leaving from the church at 4:00 p.m.
Returning Sunday, January 21.
Three days to explore our faith!
In Children’s Church Last Week . . .
We decorated treasure chests to celebrate Epiphany.
Ms. Donna brought frankincense and myrrh.
Bristol TN/VA will hold a community-wide march and celebration on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Legacy Lives will begin at 1:30 pm with gathering at the YMCA, Bristol TN or First Christian Church, Bristol VA.
The groups will walk down MLK Jr. Blvd. to the Bristol Train Station, meeting under the sign for photos before entering the station.
A program will begin at the Train Station at 2:30 featuring video interviews, readings from Dr. King, and music. Refreshments will follow. Handicap and senior parking will be reserved in the Train Station parking lot.