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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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October 18-24, 2018
Celebrating Laity Sunday
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
October 21, 2018

Mark 10:35-45
Well, that Didn’t Go According to Plan
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
On Monday of this week, the schedules of all three school systems with which the Bergs are associated came together to give us a single Fall Break day off. It was as though the stars had aligned.
So we went to Dollywood.
Now, y’all should understand that I haven’t been to Dollywood in a number of decades. The Smoky Mountain River Rampage was a relatively recent renovation, if I correctly recall. All the sky-reaching roller coasters that dwarf the forest canopy have gone in since then, so my mental picture of the park is little more than Silver Dollar City with a new name.
I went into the day with a pretty cynical attitude.
I’m not only thankful, but I’m downright impressed that the park’s improvements are noteworthy. We had a blast, every one of us, and I discovered again how very different our children are.
It’s not just their age that defines how they react to rides and attractions; there’s something fundamental in their reaction to anxiety and their approach to challenges that differs, too. Really, their personalities and gifts are all over the map. It was a joy to find the different activities that they enjoyed, and to watch how differently they reacted to each of them.
My scripting of this article is occurring between two Sundays when I particularly notice and celebrate the same kind of differences among the people of First UMC, Bristol. Last Sunday was Charge Conference, when we celebrate and call to task the different gifts of our leaders and ministers of all sorts.
And, while I’m talking about Charge Conference, I want to thank all of you who came out to celebrate and do the local church’s business with us. I’ve seldom seen a better-attended Charge Conference at a neighboring church. Y’all should be commended and be very proud of yourselves.
Next Sunday, meanwhile, is Laity Sunday, when we intentionally celebrate the non-clergy of the church and your diverse voices and gifts. It’s another of my favorite Sundays because I believe strongly that what we do on Sunday morning, our liturgy, is literally the “work of the people”; that the mission and outreach of the Church is directly related to the passions and giftedness of her members; and that we are, in fact, a Priesthood of All Believers.
I am thankful for the diversity of the gifts God has given to us all, and because you are so generous in bringing them to bear for the benefit of the Body of Christ, I believe that FUMC, Bristol, is one member through whom the Kingdom of Heaven is transforming our world with particular brilliance.
I am thankful for you. Keep praying. Keep dreaming. Keep your hands and feet busy for Jesus. Your specific gifts are vital to the Spirit’s work. You are important. You matter.
I thank God for you.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)

Missions Offering
This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other immediate local
mission 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.  

The Church gratefully acknowledges a
gift to the Memorial Fund

in Loving Memory of
Madeleine Helton
Given by
Louise Carver

Last Sunday
Mark 10:17-31
Then Who May Be Saved?

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
~ Robert Robinson, 1758

My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day be wholly thine!
~Ray Palmer, 1875

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth.
At Bethlehem I had my birth.
Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.
~Sydney Carter, 1963

There are a dozen doors through which we can enter and exit this church;
Thank you, Lord, for the foresight of the saints who afforded us egress here.
But when we leave here, the Spirit is calling us to something much more difficult;
And we may not be quite ready for it.
But lighten our load, Lord; prune from us all the excess;
We offer to you the gift of all we are, all you’ve made us,
so we could bring your Kingdom into our world.

A very special thanks for weeding goes out to Kathy Mack and Tom Felty for volunteering at Church Work Day last Saturday. We appreciate you!
Our Dinner for Eight group had a wonderful and relaxing meal at Amis Mill Eatery in Rogersville. Next up dinner and the theater in November.
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
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. starting in Tankersley Hall
Bring a snack to share!

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

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
meet at the church

Youth-Sponsored Chili Cook-off
Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. and noon.

Let’s get rid of the (Parentheses)
The General Budget account needs help! This is the account which pays our staff; keeps our lights, 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.
Account Balance as of September 16    ($10,901.64)
Account balance as of September 30    ($14,120.32)
Account balance as of October 16         ($ 7,283.21)   There are several bills and payrolls
to be paid

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

State Street UMC is hosting a training event for Early Response Teams on
Saturday, November 3.
This is a one-day, all-day event starting at 8:30 a.m.
Beth Tipton will lead the training.
Ralph Brock is the registrar at

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. Kathy taught from Mark 10 :17-31. Jesus told his disciples it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. What did this mean?
Ms. Kathy told a story about a very narrow gate called, “The Eye of the Needle”.
She brought a camel she made with its bundles, fancy tassels, a pretty saddle and a harness.
She built a wall to show us how the camel had to give up its bundles, fancy tassels,
pretty saddle and even its harness. Only then, and by bending
its knees, could the camel pass through the narrow gate.
Jesus wanted his disciples (and us!) to understand that they must not let anything
come between them and God.
If we are holding to things that keep us from God, we should let go of them.
Our snack was a camel we made using bread, peanut butter, pretzel sticks, raisins and chocolate chips.

Could you use a new magazine or
would you like to buy some delicious candy or nuts
while also helping the Girl Scouts?

Rebekah and Sarah Berg have online stores. Links are provided below.
The girls would like you to know they are working together to reach their goals.
Thus, please do not feel pressured to buy items from each of them.
Thank you in advance for your purchases!

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 18 – October 24, 2018
Thursday, October 18
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Friday, October 19
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, October 20
 9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild
Sunday, October 21
 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
4:00pm-Youth Festival of Gifts and Talents-Pleasant View UMC
4:00pm-Finance Committee-Library
Monday, October 22
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 23
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
8:00am-Meals on Wheels-Kithchen/TH
5:30pm-Martha Circle
Wednesday, October 24
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)-Downtown Photo Hunt-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