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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
 June 14-20, 2018
Happy Father’s Day
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
June 17, 2018
Mark 4:26-34
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Mustard Seed”
Rev. Mike Teague

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
Jesus deals with God’s kingdom first in Mark’s parables.
As in the Sermon on the Mount, concern for wealth and possessions get in the way of what really matters-a heart seeking the things of heaven.
Jesus asks us to view the world and the Kingdom of God with new eyes,
as in a seed growing mysteriously,
and something really great springing from something so insignificant as
a mustard seed.
–Rev. Mike

This week’s Feed the Hungry offering is for
Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other
immediate local mission needs.

Mission of the Month
How You Can Help
There are lots of ways you can support Reading Buddies-

Be a Reading Buddy: Just 30 minutes weekly during the school year helps a child sharpen their reading and interpersonal relationship skills
Donate: money is needed to fund background checks for all volunteers, food for Family Nights to introduce the program and assist parents, books for participating students, as well as other support costs. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Books: participating students need a library of age-appropriate books to choose from.
Contact Kay Ward, Reading Buddies volunteer coordinator, for more information

Last Sunday
Third Sunday After Pentecost
Rev. Brandon Berg

Finally, Jesus said:
What is God’s kingdom like? What story can I use to explain it? It is like what happens when a mustard seed is planted in the ground. It is the smallest seed in all the world. But once it is planted, it grows larger than any
garden plant.
Mark 26: 30-34

I pray that the Lord will listen when you are in trouble,
and that the God of Jacob
will keep you safe.

~Psalm 20:1

Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me.
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

~Clara H. Scott, 1895

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever and ever.

Last Week in Children’s Sunday School
Mr. Mike taught us about the birds not worrying because
God provides for their needs. He read from Matthew 6: 25-34.
Ms. Suzanne and Mr. Mike tended to the fish tank also.

Mr. Mike thinks that some kind of critter has been digging holes in the garden and eating the seeds that we planted last week- maybe a crow or a skunk!
We had a snack that Mr. Mike called
Mud and Worms! It is really chocolate pudding and Oreo cookies, with gummy worms also.

A quiet Sunday morning
in June

For the Youth
Life can be a game – Enjoy it!

Wednesday, June 20
Tankersley Hall
6:30 p.m.
Game Night
For more information contact
John, Brandon, Andy, Rebekah, or Erica.

Our Kids Need Your Support
Help shape a child by giving them a week to remember
at Camp Bay’s Mountain.
You can designate a donation to send an active church member’s child
(grades 1-12) to one week at UMC Camp Bay’s Mountain this summer.
Your donation can help give a kid the experience of a lifetime!
Total cost per child: $300-$500. Contributions of any size appreciated!

Register Your Child for Summer Camp
Send Your Pictures and Announcements
to Publish in the Newsletter

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 June 14 – June 20, 2018
Thursday, June 14
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, June 15
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, June 16
 9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild-TH
Sunday, June 17
  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, June 18
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, June 19
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, June 20
6:00pm-Worship Committee-Library
6:30pm-Youth Activity-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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