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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
 July 12-18, 2018
July 15, 2018

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Unity Sunday

Stained glass window in the church of Vasperviller
King David dancing before the ark of the Covenant under the disapproving gaze of his wife Michal

Mark 6:14-29
The Foundation of Worship: Thanksgiving
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
It is now Monday morning.
In the interest of getting back to a routine, I ran around the Tennessee side of the city this morning on the route I usually take. I was a good bit slower than usual.
Karoline is teaching something about robotics at Virginia Middle for their Summer school program. It took me a real effort to remember how to put her lunch together.
After spending half of yesterday driving from Michigan back to Tennessee, I decided to walk to the office this morning. Only as I stepped up to the church’s locked door did I realize I’d left my keys at home.
Getting back into daily practices is hard.
We humans tend to thrive in some form of routine. Some of us require more than others.
Sipping on my second coffee of the day, trying to get my thoughts in gear without stripping my transmission, is reminding me that we require some routine for our spirits to thrive, too. I had intended to get to church early enough to sing Morning Prayer before I stumbled through this article and began making phone calls. Forgetting my keys ensured the waste of fifteen or twenty minutes, so that early and personal item got dropped off my agenda.
I shouldn’t let that happen, I know, because practices like daily prayer and study are fundamental to the formation and maintenance of our spirits. Without those means of grace, without, as John Wesley puts it, “attending upon the ordinances of God,” our spirits become starved and we begin filling up on the junk food that the world would offer.
Personally, I’ve had enough vacation food. I’m ready to get back to a more gut-friendly diet.
I’m ready to get back into practice.
So if I can just find my keys, that’s what I’ll do.

What a joy to come into the church early in the morning and see your pastor
praying in the chapel . . .
-a Member

Due to the church picnic, there will be one combined service
at 11:00 a.m. on July 15. 

On behalf of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPR),
all are invited to a church cookout on Sunday, July 15,
directly following the service. 
SPR will provide burgers and hot dogs with the fixings,
as well as drinks. 
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. 
We hope to see everyone there!

For All Children – Wear or Bring Your Play Clothes!
We will have water guns and balloons for you to play with outside
after the picnic!

Ballad Hospice House Bristol
depends on the generosity of many volunteers to provide vital hospice services in a caring environment. In addition to preparing lunch one week per year to the families of patients, we can also serve in other ways.
Snacks are needed year-round to stock the kitchen: pop tarts, crackers, drinks, cookies, energy bars, etc. are welcomed.
Also, volunteers are needed at the facility for various duties.
Our own Beverly McCallum and others are Hospice House volunteers.
There is a bin in the narthex through July to contribute
non-perishable food items. Thank you-
Julie Blanton 423-914-9820

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

In Memory . . .

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges
a Gift to the Memorial Fund in Memory of
Leona Wyatt
Given by Louise Carver

Martha Circle Potluck Dinner
Thursday, July 26
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Home of Peggy Wilson

Saturday, July 28
9 a.m. – 12 noon
Your Church needs YOU!

Last Sunday
Donna Camper brought our message, Call the Repairman.
Our scripture text was Mark 6:1-13.

Happy Birthday!

Meeting and Greeting

He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
What e’er I do, where’er I be,still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see, since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
~Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God;
whose holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great Ruler.
Within its citadels God has proven a sure defense.
~Psalm 48:1-2

To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
Who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
~Fanny j. Crosby / William Doane

Someone is calling your name-
Calling you to a past not quite forgotten,
Calling us to a future not fully imagined.
Can you hear it?
What shall we do?

FUMC Youth
Rock Out to Rock Band
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 PM
Tankersley Hall

REZ 2019 Coming to Pigeon Forge TN
January 25-26-27
It is time to start gearing up! Last year was phenomenal.
This year will be, also!
Registrations paid by August 30 are $50.00.
Thereafter, the price increases as the date of the event draws closer.
Our cabin sleeps only twelve, so don’t delay! See John Mack for more
information and/or to sign up.

Last Week in Children’s Sunday School
Mr. Mike taught from the book of Luke the parable of the two debtors. Jesus used this parable to explain that the woman at the banquet who anointed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair loved him more than his host, because she had been forgiven of greater sins.
Mr. Mike prepared us a banquet feast of apple juice, fruit and marshmallows!
Ms. Suzanne taught us a song about a banquet, and we played a game about the parable.

Matching Funds Available for Bays Mountain Camp
through July 31

There are matching Bays Mountain Camp funds available. Someone is going to donate $25,000 if the Camp can receive $25,000 from individual donors by the end of their Camp season which is July 31!
Individuals can make a check payable to Camp Bays Mountain & mark it “MATCH” in the memo line.
Mail to: Camp Bays Mountain, P O Box 3706, Kingsport, TN 37664.
OR if the church wants 5 Star credit do the following:
Record amount on the tithe form and mark #101 – Camp Development Funds.
An email or note needs to be sent to Mary Boehms ( at the Camp stating the name of the donor and the amount that is being sent to the conference office. If mailing a note send to Camp Bays Mountain, ATTN: Mary Boehms, PO Box 3706, Kingsport, TN 37664.

Help shape a child/teen 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/teen
(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/teen: $300-$500. Contributions of any size appreciated!

Register Your Child/Teen 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 July 12 – July 18, 2018
Thursday, July 12
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, July 13
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, July 14
Sunday, July 15
  9:30am-Sunday School Hour
10:00am-Common Ground Service-Chapel
11:00am-Combined Worship-Sanctuary
                            (Childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
                             Children may be picked up at any time.)
12:10pm-Church Cook Out
 4:00pm-Trustees Meeting-Library
 5:00pm-Finance Committee-Library
 6:00pm-Administrative Council-Tankersley Hall
Monday, July 16
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, July 17
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, July 18
6:30pm-Youth Event-Rock Band-TH
            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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