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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
 April 19-25, 2018
The Good Shepherd by Sieger Köder
April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter
John 10:11-18
One Flock, One Shepherd
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
Hi all,
This is a short week with a lot to get done, and I happened upon a different sort of offering by the Reverend Steve Garnaas-Holmes that speaks to my heart and says some things similar to what’s on my mind currently, so I’m going to yield this newsletter space to him and recommend all the rest of his reflections to you, as well. Thanks especially to Cindi Carnahan for pointing me in his direction months ago.
This morning we’ll be out in the rain cheering our niece Andrea, running the Boston Marathon. Thirty thousand runners, for almost that many reasons, sploshing through the wind and rain for 26.2 miles. Elite athletes will run it in a couple of hours. Some people will take 6 or 8 hours. It takes a lot of commitment, perseverance and spirit.
Second only to the commitment, perseverance and spirit of the runners is the commitment, perseverance and spirit of the spectators. They’ll stand out there for hours and hours even in the rain cheering all along, cheering every runner, cheering indiscriminately, selflessly, cheering with admiration, hope and encouragement.
I cheer today for everyone who is on a long, hard journey—physical, mental, legal, relational, medical, professional, marital, artistic, spiritual—whatever their marathon is. And I cheer for everyone who is out there cheering them on. This is what God means for life to be like: all of us cheering all of us, everyone wanting everyone to do their best, hoping for victory for each of us, encouraging, believing in each other, sharing hope and amazement. Maybe even a little inspired by each other.
Cheer somebody on today. Cheer indiscriminately. You don’t know what long, hard journey they may be on. And trust this: when you’re in the thick of it, struggling to keep going, slogging against wind and rain and exhaustion, you may not hear it, but God is there, cheering you on, believing in you—maybe even a little inspired. Keep your head up.
  —April 16, 2018
Our Feed the Hungry offering this week is for Local School Missions.
This fund helps families in need within the Bristol School System.
Mission of the Month: Homebound
Did you know that the
Bristol Public Library
delivers books to Homebound individuals?
When you can’t leave your home, simply call the library, request the book you want,
and a volunteer will deliver it right to your door.
To get more information or to sign up for the program contact the
Bristol Public Library
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.

Last Sunday
Luke 24:36b-48
You Are Witnesses
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose,
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
                                     ~Robert Lowry, 1874
Erica and Joe tell about the Health Kits for Liberia.
One of the children helped Pastor Brandon reenact the Bible story in Acts
in which God healed a man who had been lame since birth.
Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
Acts 3: 6-8 NLT
Phil Haga beautifully sang “Now I Belong to Jesus,” accompanied by Betty Curtis.
And he said,“Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things. Luke 24: 46-48 NLT
Go now into all those places where doubt is undermining God’s people;
We are witnesses to the faith of Christ.
Go now into all those places where certainty is blocking God’s Word;
We are witnesses to the mind-opening Spirit.
Go now into all those places where fear drives decisions;
We are witnesses to our peace-bringing Creator.
Last Week in Children’s Sunday School
The disciples helped Paul make a Great Escape.
They let him down over the wall in a basket.
Watching Ms. Suzanne feed the fish (and scoop out a dead one)
It was Bristol Race weekend; children built their own
version of a raceway, which included a train and zoo.
“I’m Alive!”
“Normal pressure here, but your foot is on the wrong leg!”
Photos from Recent 
Youth Disk Golf Escapade at Steel Creek Park
More Fun Adventure
For Youth –
Game Night
April 25
6:30 p.m.
For more information contact
John, Brandon, Andy, Rebekah, or Erica.
Flowers for Worship Services
The Altar Guild needs volunteers to provide flowers for the 11:00 worship services. Flowers may be given in memory of or in honor of special persons.
If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Kathy Wagner at 423.323.5446 (home) or 423.534.6701 (cell).
Dinner Group Enjoys Outing
Trinka Felty shared, “Our dinner group went to Olive Garden for lunch and to the movie, I Can Only Imagine, at Tinseltown Saturday for our fourth outing. We are making plans for our next event in May.”
Tonight Only –
A Beautiful Musical Experience Brought to Bristol
The Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, ETSU Chamber Orchestra, and
ETSU Chorale will present a concert
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN
With Director of Orchestras, David Kovac and
Director of Chorale, Matthew Potterton
Featured works include
Mozart – Divertimento in D Major, K. 136;
Britten – Simple Symphony;
Schubert – Mass in G Major, D. 167;
Bartok – Ten Pieces from For Children
Free admission, donations accepted
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)
April 30 – May 2, 2018
MainStay Suites, Pigeon Forge
Sponsored by Holston Conference United Methodist Church Foundation.
For details, go to the Jubilation website
A free, one-day camp for grieving children and teens
May 5, 2018 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Warriors’ Path State Park • Kingsport, Tennessee
The camp provides a safe, fun, and caring atmosphere to explore feelings of grief.
Campers will:
•Develop an age appropriate understanding of death
•Strengthen coping skills
•Improve self-esteem
•Reduce the feelings of isolation
•Develop relationships with others who have experienced similar losses
Contact Ballad Health Hospice at (423) 844-5252 to learn more about Camp Caterpillar.
Camp Bays Mountain
Summer camp for children and youth grades 1-12
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
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 19-25, 2018
Thursday, April 19   
      10:30am-Homebound Committee-Library
       6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
        6:30pm-Girl Scouts-TH
Friday, April 20      
      12:00pm-Emory & Henry Benefactors’ Luncheon 
        5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
        6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, April 21
         9:00am-Simmer Down Catering (until 2pm)-TH
         9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild  (until 12pm)-TH
Sunday, April 22
         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 
       4:00pm-Trustees Meeting-TH
Monday, April 23
        6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
        7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tuesday, April 24
          8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
          8:00am-Meals on Wheels-TH
          7:00pm-Martha Circle
Wednesday, April 25 
          6:30pm-Youth Activity-TH-Game Night
            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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