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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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October 4-10, 2018
Celebrating World Communion Sunday
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
October 7, 2018

Mark 10: 2-16

Let Them Come to Me

Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
This morning, I used my phone like I usually do. I checked my usual apps, cleared out my email inbox, used Waze to tell me how close I was to being late dropping Noah at Elizabeth Chapel UMC for his bus and getting the girls back for theirs. I even kept the phone plugged in while I was driving to conserve the battery, because I’m smart like that.
Then I unplugged the phone and made a three-minute call to pay a bill.
Suddenly my phone alerted me that my battery was at 10% charge.
Y’all, I get that technology ages, and that it doesn’t age well, but that’s ridiculous.
Apparently I have to keep it plugged in no matter what I do.
Come to think of it, this is a day that has taken four major doses of caffeine to fuel, and it’s not even halfway over yet. Maybe the power drain isn’t just related to my phone.
Some days, and in some places, it’s more important to keep connected to a source of power.
This weekend, we have an opportunity to keep some folks connected to a source of power who likely wouldn’t be otherwise. World Communion Sunday is one of the many ways our United Methodist web of connections provides power to some folks who usually don’t have much of a place at the table. This particular connectional offering funds scholarships to ethnic minority students around the world, those persons who specifically are excluded from conversations and decisions made by powerful majority voices.
This is how we plug people in who don’t usually have access to power.
This is how we charge them up, because a minority voice takes a bit more power to be heard above the din of the majority.
And we really, really need those marginalized voices.
So I’m excited to offer us an opportunity to plug them in and empower their voices and their ministries. I’m excited to be a part of funding hundreds of ethnic minority scholarships again this year, and celebrating the part we have in making those scholarships happen.
There’s not a lot I can do about my phone aging and becoming less efficient, but I can – and you can – do something to bring the Kingdom of Heaven a little closer; and that’s got much more permanence than our technology does. This Sunday, let’s celebrate our worldwide connection and do our part to empower the voices we need to hear more often.

Thankful for our pastor . . .
This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to Bristol Faith in Action.
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local community formed to serve any persons whose circumstances leave them with significant
physical, social, emotional or spiritual needs.

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.  

Last Sunday We Welcomed Rev. Beth Tipton as Our Visiting Minister
Mark 9: 38-50

Come, now is the time to worship.
We welcomed visitors from Maryland.
Glenn, Edel, Iona, Roni, and Sandy stopped on their journey to their mission in Kentucky to worship with us at First Methodist on Sunday.
What a joy to have them join us! Please pray for them as they minister
and as they travel.

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
~Katholisches Gesangbuch, 1744

The Mission Offering we gave will support Holston Home for
Children in Greeneville, Tennessee.

The Children’s sermon was about prayer. Prayer is talking to God like we
talk to our friends.
Everyone who came to church wrote their name on a piece of paper and dropped it in a basket. During children’s time, each person in attendance received a name from the basket. We were asked to pray for that person this week. We may wish to tell the person that we are praying for him or her
by calling, sending an email or writing a card.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.
~Will L. Thompson, 1904

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side – let Israel now say –
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when foes rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
…the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
~from Psalm 124

“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin,
it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck.” ~ Mark 9:42
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
~Brennan Manning

May we go from this place as vessels for good news
Walking humbly with one another
loving the hurt and broken hearted
and living at peace with God and one another.
Go forth and live in the good news of God’s Kingdom
Bearing God’s Image to a broken world.

This Sunday is . . .
Please join us!
Sunday, October 7
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tankersley Hall

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

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
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Bring a snack to share!
Starting in Tankersley Hall

5th and 6th Grade
Bible Study
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00

Can you escape . . . The Escape Room?
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
meet at the church

Saturday, October 13
9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Jobs for Everybody
It’s so nice to be needed.

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.

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

Chili Cook-off
Sunday, October 28
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

M.A.F.I.A. Enjoying a Recent Hike to the Dam
Our Kroger Quarterly Giving
June 21 – August 31
21 Households
Organization Number: BE100

Recipes from Unity Sunday
Kathy Mack’s Summer Oatmeal (Muesli)
1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1c. Milk
1 Tbsp. low sugar fruit preserves, any flavor
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
Stir together. Cover and chill overnight. Stir in chopped fresh fruit or berries. Serves 2-3.

Click Links Below for Recipes to Karoline’s and Brandon’s Breakfast Bake and Ham & Egg Cups

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

FUMC Weekly Budget Update
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 23                               11,588.75
Expenses to September 22                           -14,290.35
Account balance as of September 23      ($14,984.36) We are Not overdrawn on our bank account.

Fall Cleaning?
There is a storage room at the church for our 2019 Spring yard sale items.
You may bring them any time during office hours, M-Th 9-2.

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.

District Discussion on General Conference
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
State Street United Methodist Church

Worship in Children’s Church Last Week
Ms. Misty taught us about prayer from James 5:13-20. We can pray in different ways and in different places. We don’t need to use big words.
We learned this prayer:
FOR life and food, FOR love and friends,
FOR everything YOUR goodness sends,
WE thank you, God! AMEN!
We made a prayer chain.
Ms. Misty taught us sign language for “pray.”
The children are collecting items to fill a bucket for flood victims.

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 October 4 – October 10, 2018
Thursday, October 4
9:30am-Help for Haiti Meeting-Library
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Friday, October 5
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, October 6
Sunday, October 7
 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
2:00pm-Game Day (until 6pm)-TH
7:00pm-Alzheimer’s Study-Library
Monday, October 8
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 9
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, October 10
11:00am-Alzheimer’s Study-Library
5:30pm-Fellowship Study Group-TH (Bring a snack to share)
6:30pm-BeTween Bible Study (5th and 6th Graders)
6:30pm-Youth (MAFIA)-The Escape Room-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