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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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September 27-October 3, 2018
September 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Mark 9:38-50


Rev. Beth Tipton
Director/Campus Minister
The Wesley Foundation at UVa-Wise

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
If I come through this pastoring thing alive, I reckon I’ll have passed through the Revised Common Lectionary at least ten times. That, by the way, is the cycle of scriptures we address weekly in our liturgy. We don’t usually get to all four of them each week, but I at least try to afford each text a sidelong glance.
That’s three years’ worth of texts, each focusing on either Matthew, Mark, or Luke, and throwing John in occasionally just for fun. Three years’ worth of history, poetry, epistle, and gospel every week, and we still only glance at the richness of the library that is our holy scripture.
I bet some of y’all didn’t realize we were going through a regular cycle of texts. You’d be surprised how many of my colleagues follow the Lectionary calendar. It keeps us responsible to a lot more of the text than we’d like to deal with on our own. It makes us occasionally have to run into things like Psalm 137:
Happy shall they be who take your little ones
  and dash them against the rock!
And then we can choose to either ignore that particular bit or unpack and contextualize it.
I bet there’s a lot of the Bible you didn’t know was there. There are things that constantly surprise me, and I grew up in Sunday School from age ten.
I’m frankly really glad that our children’s Sunday School is introducing a new curriculum that parallels what we follow in worship. It’s probably the best curriculum I’ve seen out of any publishing house in a long time. It engages our children and sends them home with tools that can engage their whole family! I’m excited to see how our children start to engage in their discipleship and in their involvement in the greater work of the Church, because I think this curriculum really has the potential to grow our children into strong leaders.
I don’t guess we generally think of the Bible as a tool for developing leaders. It’s just a bunch of weird stories some folks told thousands of years ago, and if we’re lucky, we can learn a thing or two from them.
But I think there’s power in those stories.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Bible is magical. I know it’s not the Word of God. That’s Jesus. Jesus can’t be contained in any book.
But there’s power in those stories, because they’re the witness of countless generations of the way God is at work in the world around them. They’re the honest pleading of hearts yearning for God.
And maybe that’s what I appreciate most, and increasingly, about our scriptures. I can’t say that they’re entirely holy, because there are a lot of moments when they are ugly and unapologetically deadly and violent. They aren’t always holy but they are consistently honest, as honest as the author is able to be with him- or herself at any given historical moment.
They’re honest. They’re nuanced sometimes, because nuance is far more important than we tend to imagine, but they’re honest.
And that’s something I’m trying to be. That’s something that scripture is teaching me to be, and that, I hope, is making me a better disciple and a better leader.
And I think the generations after me are going to be better for living in our scriptures, too. For that matter, so will you.

This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to
Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, TN. 
For the children and staff of Holston Home, Fifth Sunday offerings
throughout our Annual Conference give children a chance
to encounter acceptance and love and hope for their future.

The church gratefully acknowledges these gifts:
To the Memorial Fund
In Memory of
Madeleine Helton
Given by Linda Ann Cross
To Building Repairs
In Memory of
Madge and James Gray, Jr.
Given by Robert C. Taylor

Last Sunday We Celebrated Unity Sunday
Mark 9: 30-37
Insider Talk

The River and Traditional fellowships of First UMC and
Common Ground came together for worship in the chapel.

We blended our voices in song and spent silent moments in prayer.
We shared prayer requests and praises,
and gathered at the Lord’s Table.
“Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in
his arms, he said to them, Anyone who welcomes a little child
like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone
who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also
my Father who sent me.” ~Mark 9:16 NLT

The Brunch that Followed . . .
Beautifully planned and decorated . . .
Lovingly prepared . . .
Gratefully received . . .
Enthusiastically enjoyed . . .
How You Can Help Families
Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Are you wondering how you can help? Hygiene Kits and/or Cleaning Kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) continue to be needed.
You may also give financial donations to UMCOR. Checks can be made to “Holston Conference” with “Florence response” on the memo line and mailed to: Holston Conference, PO Box 850, Alcoa, TN 37701.
You may also give online: UMCOR Online Donation.

One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d)
   *No screw lids
   *May be used, but must be free from all residual product
   *Advertisements on the outside acceptable
One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
   *No spray cleaners
One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)
One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
   *Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
One scrub brush
   *With or without handle
18 re-usable cleaning wipes
   *No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels
   *Remove from packaging
Five scouring pads sponges
   *No stainless steel pads with soap in them
   *Remove from packaging
36-50 clothespins
One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
24 rolls of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon sizes)
   *Remove from packaging
Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness)
   *No surgical masks
Two pairs kitchen gloves
   *Durable for multiple uses
   *Remove from packaging
One pair work gloves
   *Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Assembly Directions:
Place all liquid items in the bucket first.
Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items.
Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket.
Clothes pins may also be placed in a small re-sealable bag.
Secure the lid on the filled bucket.
Important Notes:
All items must be new with the exception of the bucket and lid.
All cleaning agents must be liquid form. No powders are accepted.
If items have been omitted, label bucket. Please indicate which items are missing.
Sponges have been removed from the list of supplies due to the challenge of locating the non-cellulose sponges that prevent mildew. Non-cellulose sponges will be added to each bucket upon arrival at the affiliate warehouse.
Do not include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits.
Contents of kits or the containers of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols.
Packing & Shipping Instructions:
Packed buckets cannot exceed 70 pounds.
Complete two packing lists, one for your records and one for the shipping box.
Place the shipping label/packing list on the outside of the box.
Please send a check to Sager Brown for the total number of buckets times $3 per bucket for the cost of sponges and shipping. One check may be written for the entire donation.  

Sunday, September 30
5:00 p.m.
John Wesley UMC

Five-Week Study in Progress
Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten by Bishop Kenneth Carder
offered in two sessions:
Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. – Tankersley Hall

5th and 6th Grade
Bible Study
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30-8:00

Join Us for
Movie Night
Wednesday, October 3
6:30 p.m.
Tankersley Hall

Youth Festival of Gifts and Talents
Annual Competition
Sunday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Pleasant View United Methodist Church
18416 Lee Highway
Abingdon, VA

Fellowship Study Group
A Spin-off of the Fellowship Class
Unafraid and Unashamed:
Facing the Future of United Methodism
by Wil Cantrell
Open to Any and All to Join
for Now or Any Time
First Meeting October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Bring a snack to share!
Starting in Tankersley Hall

Our Kroger Quarterly Giving
June 21 – August 31
21 Households
Organization Number: BE100

We need to cover
last summer’s campers
and give to support
next summer’s campers.
Cost per week of

What We All Need to Know About
FUMC’s Budget

Let’s get rid of the (Parentheses)
The General Budget account needs help! This is the account which pays our staff; keeps our lights on and the heat and water working; supplies teaching materials for classes; keeps our kitchen supplied with necessities; and supports other worship and administrative needs. The Finance Committee wants to share a weekly report of where the account stands to enable the congregation to know the facts. We are in this time together. 
(The last week of September and the first week of October will be reported late due to vacations.)
Account balance as of September 1        ($12,282.76)
Income to September 16                               10,019.00
Expenses to September 15                            -8,637.88
Account balance as of September 16      ($10,901.64) We are Not overdrawn on our bank account.

Charge Conference
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Weaver United Methodist Church
132 Peoples Road
Bristol, TN 37620
Please put this important meeting on your calendar.
This is our opportunity to voice your vote for leadership
within the local church.

Our Trinka!
2018 Holston Evangelism Conference
State Street UMC
Sunday November 4
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost $10.00 at the door.
Books available for purchase on site.
Childcare provided.
Sponsored by the Holston Conference Witness Team and Discipleship Teams.

Worship in Children’s Church Last Week
How do you think Jesus describes greatness?
Jesus said to be great, you must be a servant to all.
Ms. Penny brought her flannel graph and taught the lesson from Mark 9:30-37.
We compared and contrasted power from the world’s viewpoint
and from Jesus’s viewpoint.

Who serves you at school? At home? How can you serve others? 

Send Your Pictures and Announcements
to Publish in the Newsletter

Send your photos and announcements for the Newsletter
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 September 27-October 3, 2018
Thursday, September 27
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, September 28
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, September 29
Sunday, September 30
 9:30am-The River Contemplative Worship Service-TH
                            (Childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
                             Children may be picked up at any time.)
9:30am-Sunday School Hour
10:00am-Common Ground Service-Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship Service-Sanctuary
12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal-Choir Room
5:00pm-Unity Service-John Wesley UMC
7:00pm-Alzheimer’s Study-Library
Monday, October 1
1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 2
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, October 3
11:00am-Alzheimer’s Study-Library
5:30pm-Fellowship Study-TH (Bring a snack to share)
6:30pm-BeTween Bible Study (5th and 6th Graders)
6:30pm-Youth (MAFIA)-Disk Golf at Steele Creek – meet at the church
            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