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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
 March 22-28, 2018
Loving God, there are so many choices before us every day. Choices offered by our friends, our families, our culture, our own past. Some of them encourage the well-being of the earth, ourselves and our neighbors; others are destructive. Help us to distinguish between them. May we learn from the choices of Jesus and embody compassion, justice, and inclusion in all we say and do.
April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday
Christ Is Alive
John 20: 1-18 CEB
Rev. Brandon Berg
Several of our Church Members have created Stations of the Cross,
visually depicting the events of Holy Week.
Be sure to take time this week to visit these Stations in our Sanctuary.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
On Thursday morning, this epistle will find its way to your inbox.
On Thursday evening, we will remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples.
On Friday evening, the world moves into darkness as the powers of evil slaughter the Ancient of Days.
And on Sunday morning, creation is redeemed by Christ our Victor.
Sometime between the darkness and light, you’re pulling this epistle out and seeing if I have anything of value to say to you for this time and this place, but I don’t have any idea at which time you might be reading this.
Let me try it from this angle:
We’re coming out of March this week and warming to April, and all around town are daffodils and Bradford pears moving out of their blooming stage and into their glorious green. On Tuesday afternoon, I noticed that the ground cover on the sanctuary’s western berm is coming into a full purple flower, too.
Out of hibernation and death, new life is bursting forth. It’s not the same as resurrection, but it’s a reminder of it.
So on this weekend when we move from death to life, from the ashes of Wednesday to the glorious bloom of the resurrection, which is halfway to the Spirit-fire of Pentecost, I encourage you to stop and smell the daffodils.
Stop and enjoy the beauty. Relish it. Reflect on death giving way to new life, on the cycle that keeps coming back around. Spend some time in thankfulness that, no matter how much death we may cause, God will find a way to bring life through us.
The Church Gratefully Acknowledges These Gifts:
To the Memorial Fund
In Memory of
Loetta Cornett
Jason and Julia Hobbs
Richard and Suzanne Rollins
Sue Bryngelson
In Memory of
Jean Porter
Sue Bryngelson
To the Dorcas Ministry
In Honor of
Donna Kilday

Special Easter Offering
FUMC will be collecting a special offering
on Easter Sunday toward the Help for Haiti children’s shelter overseen by FUMC
member Leferne Preptit. Though the
mission continues to have a strong
foundation of regular monthly donors,
we still need additional offerings in order
to be able to meet our budget each year
to provide housing, food and education for
nine children whose families were affected
by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Please
consider donating on Easter to support one of our church’s most vital missions.
  •  Bethchina size pant 10 / T- shirts 8 medium in junior girls section, shoe #9
  • Jenny size pant 5/6, T shirts, dress junior/small, shoe #7-1/2
  • Jeffreyna size 8/9 pant, medium T- shirts 6 small in girl section, shoe #6
  • Michlove size 6/7 pant T- shirts 6 small, shoe #4m
  • Dorvely size 5 pant/medium, T-shirts 5/6 small in girl section, shoe #4m
  • Christine Fleurent size 4/5 pant, T-shirts 5/6 small in girl section, shoe #13.0M
  • Wesley size pant 16 medium, shirt 11/12 medium in young boy section,
  • shoe size 9m
  • Yves Love size pant 8, shirt 8 s/p, shoe size 4m
  • Marvens size pant 8, shirt 6/7, shoe size 4m
2018 Clinch Mountain District
Sets Goal of 400 Health Kits
for Liberia
Put into a large Ziploc bags these items:
  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 washcloth
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 2 tubes toothpaste 6.4 oz. or less
  • 1 bottle shampoo 15 oz. or less
  • 1 bottle lotion 18 oz. or less
  • 1 bottle roll-on deodorant 4 oz. or less
  • 1 small spray perfume/cologne/body mist 4 oz. or less
Put the following items separately into a sandwich-size bag.
  • 1 tube antibacterial ointment 1 oz.
  • 1 bottle Tylenol/acetaminophen 500 mg. 24 count
  • Remove price tags from all Items.
  • Please use only the quantities listed.
  • NO SUBSITUTIONS or additional items are allowed due to Customs regulations. This includes notes, cards, photos, religious tracts or anything else that is not on the list.
  • A $5.00 donation is to accompany each kit – do not put money in the bag.
  • Delivery information to follow.
Last Sunday
Mark 11:1-11
Blessed is the Coming Kingdom
Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
~Jeanette Threlfall, 1873
God sends us forth in this week of holiness.
We will go to clothe those who are cold,
we will offer our hearts to those who are lonely.
Jesus walks with us through the pain of the week.
We will listen to those who cry out for help,
we will forgive those who betray us.
The Spirit comforts and strengthens us on this journey.
We will take the hands of all who stumble along the way,
we will lean on strangers when we cannot take another step.
                                                                                                       ~Thom Shuman
Easter Egg Hunt 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday
The Children’s Department will hold FUMC’s annual
Easter egg hunt for children.
It is not too late to contribute candy for this event.
Contact Mike Teague or Suzanne Goyette.
In Children’s Church Last Week . . .
This week Ms. Penny shared her flannel board. Mr. Mike brought
crafts and green snacks. We talked about Palm Sunday.
We decided if we saw Jesus coming, we would wave
palm branches too.
No Choir Rehearsal April 1
The choir will not rehearse this
Sunday, April 1 so members can continue celebrating
Easter with friends and family.
Church Offices
Closed Monday, April 2
Church offices will be closed
on Monday so staff may
observe an Easter Sabbath.
For Youth
April 4
Disk Golf at Steele Creek
6:30 p.m.
For more information contact John, Brandon, Andy, Rebekah, or Erica.
MAY 18-19
We are storing items in the former nurse’s office.
Do you shop at Kroger?
Why not participate in the Community Rewards Program?
It costs nothing to participate, but based on
the purchases of those enrolled on behalf of FUMC, Kroger will make a periodic
contribution to the church.
How To Enroll:
  1. Go to
  2. Create an account. Sign in.
  3. Look for the “person” figure and “down arrow” on the far right of your screen. Click the down arrow.
  4. Choose My Account.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page to Community Rewards and enroll.
  6. Search for First United Methodist Church, and select the one in Bristol. (Or, search by our organization number, 85975.
Clinch Mountain District Youth Retreat
When? April 13-15, 2018
Where? Camp Ahistadi
9863 TN-91 Laurel Bloomery TN 37620
(8 miles from Damascus, VA)
For: Youth Grades 6-12)
Speaker: Jason Roe
Come and join us for a weekend getaway and focus on God.
Meals for Friday night to Sunday lunch provided.
We will have fun, games, free time, music, voting for DCYM and CCYM
Fall 2018 reps and talent show!
Can only come for one day? No problem, you can still join us!
DEADLINE – April 1st! (1-2 adults from each church must be present.)
-no cost-
This event underwritten by a grant from the Holston Conference.
Conact: Caroline Hawthorne, Interim District Youth Coordinator,
at, or 423-963-9703.
Youth and adults need to bring sleeping bag, old clothes for service project, layers, tennis shoes, toiletries/towel, etc., and anything needed for talent show.
Antagonism in the Church:
Building a Healthy Congregational Culture
Sponsored by the Holston Conference Task Force on Clergy Abuse
An event for clergy and lay leadership
Be part of the conversation.
2 Events – Featuring Dr. David Brubaker
Saturday, April 21: Concord UMC (Knoxville)
Saturday, April 28: Emory & Henry College
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 (lunch provided)

Morning conversation about antagonism in the church
Afternoon learning opportunity with Dr. David Brubaker
Registration Open
April 30 – May 2, 2018

MainStay Suites, Pigeon Forge
A retreat for adults (50+) who desire to explore and enhance their relationship with Christ.
We have this hope as an anchor for
the Soul, firm and secure.
It enters the inter sanctuary behind
the curtain. Hebrews 6:19 NIV
Sponsored by Holston Conference United Methodist Church Foundation.
For details, go to the Jubilation website
Camp Bays Mountain
This year Holston Conference is excited to offer summer camp for children and youth, Grades 1 – 12, at Camp Bays Mountain.
Camp Director Jeff Wadley says, “The outdoor setting, camp activities and summer counselors are avenues for our campers to be introduced to Christ and to grow in faith. Our theme this summer is Here I Am! in which we will study God’s presence in our lives.This is the heartbeat of our camp curriculum.”
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Bristol Train Station
eliminating racism
empowering women
Christians will gather in May to learn
how to help brothers and sisters who are dying of opioid addiction.
Please join us at The Holy Friendship Summit
Friday, May 18th from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM
at Celebration Church in Blountville, Tennessee.
The Holy Friendship Summit is more than a conference or workshop.
It is a long term vision to produce networks, resource sharing opportunities,
and new publications. Clergy, clinicians, congregations, educators, non-profit leaders,
recovery program leaders, and neighbors are called and are coming together
in Holy Friendship.
Early Registration Ends March 31.
Send your photos and announcements 
for the Newsletter
or call Carol at 423.652.2811
M-Th, 9-2.
For each publication, information
is needed by noon on Wednesday.
Your Church Event and Planning Calendar
Week of March 29 – April 4, 2018
Thursday, March 29     
         6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
        7:00pm-Service of Word and Table and rite of footwashing – Sanctuary
Friday, March 30        
         5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
         6:30pm-Community Good Friday Service – Anderson St. UMC
         6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, March 31
         9:00am-Simmer Down Catering (until 2pm)-TH
Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday
         9:30am-Sunday School Hour
         9:30am-The River Worship Service-TH
        9:30am-Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
       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.)
Monday, April 2 – Easter Sabbath for Staff – Church Offices Closed
        1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers (until 4pm)-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
        6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
         7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tuesday, April 3
          8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, April 4   
           6:30pm-Youth Activity (Disk Golf Steele Creek)
            To make changes or additions to the calendar contact Alan Gorrell 423-652-7377
                                                   or Sandy Gorrell 423-652-1987.
First United Methodist Church
Rev. Brandon Berg, Pastor (276.237.6498)
 322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620
Our Vision
Building A Community Where Anyone
Can Become A Deeply Committed Christian
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