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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
 April 12-18, 2018
Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio, 1606
April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
Luke 24:36b-48
You Are Witnesses

Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
It looks like this is shaping up to be a busy weekend. I don’t have any sense of how many thousands of people are about to descend on Bristol and the area around the Speedway. I just know to avoid the area like the plague.
So this weekend, I’m going to hang out with young people from all around the Clinch Mountain District at Camp Ahistadi.
Rather than being surrounded by race fans, I’m going to be surrounded by teenagers.
I’m hoping that was a wise choice.
I’m sure several of you are taking this weekend as an opportunity to escape the madness that is Race Weekend, too. I know we also have some members of our community who are opening their homes to welcome travelers and race fans from around the country.
There’s something to that. It seems like the prophets and Jesus have something to say about welcoming the sojourner.
That’s easy for me to say, of course: I won’t be here.
But wherever you find yourself – at camp, at a science fair, at the race track, at the beach – be sure to keep your eyes open and your heart warmed. Show the world the inexhaustible welcome of God. Show them, as the psalmist reminded us last week,
How very good and pleasant it is
  when kindred live together in unity!
That’s it. That’s your challenge this week. That’s a pretty good challenge anytime, for that matter, but see if you can put it to work for the weekend.
Then see how God changes the world around you, the people around you, and, especially, how God changes you.
Our Feed the Hungry offering this week is for Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other immediate
local mission needs.
Mission of the Month
Our Homebound Connections Team
has the following needs:
  • Helpers for writing Christmas, Easter, birthday, get well, and other types of cards
  • Assisting with monthly visits and calling our Homebound members
  • Monetary donations; did you realize that the Homebound Committee is 100% funded by donation?
  • Join the Team! You will meet some wonderful people and your participation will help our Homebound to be connected when they can no longer be physically present in our worship.
For more information contact
Sue Bryngelson

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.

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges These Gifts
In Memory of Loetta Cornett
To Help for Haiti by Ron Schoenhardt
To the Memorial Fund by Betty Curtis
Last Sunday
John 20:19-31
And the World Will Live as One
Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.
When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Jesus’ touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.
                                                                         ~J.C Crum, 1928
Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth the song begin!
Let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.
                                                                                                     ~John of Damascus
Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song,
When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong.
Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs.
                                                                                     ~William M. James, 1979
Lord, every one of us is Thomas:
We have all deserted and doubted you.
In our doubt, bring us together;
In our unity, bring us comfort and courage.

Last Week in Children’s Sunday School
Ms. Kathy taught us about the transformation of Saul.
Some changes take time, and some come all at once –
like pouring vinegar and baking soda together.
Saul was transformed from someone persecuting Jesus’s
followers to a follower of Jesus himself.
Disk Golf at Steel Creek Park
Next Great Youth Event
April 18, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Walk at King University
For more information contact John, Brandon, Andy, Rebekah, or Erica.
MAY 18-19
We are storing items in the former nurse’s office.
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)
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
Summer camp for children and youth Grades 1-12
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.”
Kitchen Crew Needed for Camp Bays Mountain
Camp Bays Mountain seeks talented, passionate, creative,
and flexible Kitchen Crew members for the 2018 summer
Thursday, May 10, 2018
6-9 p.m.
Bristol Train Station
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Bristol, VA
eliminating racism
empowering women
2018 Tribute to Women Recipients:
Dr. Rebecca Buchanan, Dr. Dorothy Conley Dobbins, Dr. Marta Wayt,
Lisa Carter, Dr. Louise Fincher, Jimmie C. Miller, Karen Turnage Boyd,
Dawn Roller, Nita Summers
Dinner. Silent Auction. Tickets $125. RSVP to YWCA by May 1.
 Learn how to help brothers and sisters who are dying of opioid addiction.
Friday, May 18, 9:00AM–5:00PM and
Saturday, May 19, 9:00AM–3:00PM
Celebration Church, Blountville
Café Central Rivers Way
Café Central (est. 2014) is a community food initiative operated by youth and young adults with disabilities. The initiative is a partnership between River’s Way, Central Christian Church, Tennessee High School and Virginia High School. Café Central provides tasty and nutrition lunches to the public on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year. The hours are 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the cost is $5.00 per person.
Café Central is located in the Fellowship Hall at Central Christian Church at 424 Melrose Street in Bristol, TN, two blocks from Tennessee High School. For more information, contact Tom Hanion, Executive Director of River’s Way at To sign up go to
Annual Good Food for All Challenge
Launched by Local Citizens
Appalachian Sustainable Development’s food access program, Healthy Families-Family Farms (HFFF) has launched the Good Food for All Challenge to support local farmers and provide free, fresh vegetables to people in need who visit food banks/pantries. Since 2004, HFFF has donated over 1 million pounds of nutritious seconds produce to food banks and pantries.
Good Food for All Challenge will take place from now – May 15, 2018. All donations received during this time will have up to 30 percent added to it from HFFF. Donations can be made at Supporters can also mail checks to: Healthy Families-Family Farms, P.O. Box 791, Abingdon, VA 24212 with “Challenge” in the memo line.
Send your photos and announcements for the Newsletter
to 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 April 12-18, 2018
Thursday, April 12    
       10:00am-Bristol Cluster (until noon)-Library
        6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
        6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, April 13      
         5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
         6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, April 14
         9:00am-Simmer Down Catering (until 2pm)-TH
Sunday, April 15
         9:30am-Sunday School Hour
         9:30am-The River Worship 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.)
       12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal 
Monday, April 16
        6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
         7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tuesday, April 17
          8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, April 18 
           6:30pm-Youth Activity
            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