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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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October 25-31, 2018
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
October 28, 2018

Mark 10:46-52
Teacher, I Want to See
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
An “Indian Summer” is a time when a regularly progressing Autumn is suddenly disrupted by unseasonably warm weather that causes us to break back out the swimsuits and Bermuda shorts, right?
I ask for the sake of clarity. If that’s what an “Indian Summer” is, it seems a little different from what happened this year.
This year, Summer dragged on and on until Hurricane Michael spun his way onto the coast and whipped Late Autumn, bewildered, out of bed and into action.
He could have at least offered her a cup of coffee. Maybe then she could have slowly adjusted herself instead of dropping the average temperature twenty degrees overnight.
That was just rude.
As it is now, we’re in late October behaving like it’s late November after starting the month acting like August. Sometimes things don’t go quite the way we expect.
And here I am complaining about it. What good does that do?
There’s a space and time for lament, of course. The Psalms testify to that, as does a good bit of the Wisdom literature including Job. But God puts Job in his place for his nod toward questioning the Divine, and with about the degree of gentleness Hurricane Michael offered us.
I don’t think that’s quite fair of the Sovereign One, but who am I to tell God how to behave?
Sometimes it’s best just to deal with the hand we’re given.
How does Niebuhr’s prayer go again?
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
I can do about as much about the weather as Job could about his misfortune.
So I recognize the change, use a little time for lament to reflect on how I feel about Autumn’s rude behavior, and adjust so I can move on.
Now I’m thankful it’s sweater-and-hoodie weather.
(It’s also chili weather, so bring your best this Sunday for our youth fundraiser.)
Adjust. Take the next step. Have joy where you are.
God is there with you.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month
And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15

Missions Offering
This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to Local School Missions.
This fund helps families in need with the Bristol School System.

The Church gratefully Acknowledges Gifts to the Memorial Fund
in Loving Memory of
David Latham
Given by:
Carol and Doug Taylor
Newcomers and Friends of Bristol, TN/VA
D. Gayle and Richard Steinberg

Last Sunday was Laity Sunday.
Joseph Carrier brought the message
Mark 10:35-45

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme I will sing.
~Samuel Wesley, 1662

Let my whole being bless the Lord!
Lord my God, how fantastic you are!
You are clothed in glory and grandeur!
You wear light like a robe;
you open the skies like a curtain.
~from Psalm 104

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
~Folliot Pierpoint, 1864

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

God sends us forth as workers for justice.
To cover the oppressed with a flood of compassion.
Jesus invites us to work humbly by his side.
~Thom Shuman

Break out the beans, peppers, and your best chili recipe! Now’s your chance to show off your culinary skills and help raise some money for FUMC’s Youth Resurrection Trip! Plus, it’s an opportunity to win prestige and fabulous prizes!!
The chefs with the Winning Entries will receive
Bragging Rights and a Fabulous Prize!
To enter the Cook-off: Bring your chili or cornbread entry to Tankersley Hall no later than 10:45 a.m. Be prepared to list ingredients for allergens and HEAT LEVEL!
To be a judge: Come to Tankersley Hall Oct 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your appetite and some Voting Money. (The dish that raises the most money will be declared the winner.)

The perfect partner to a spicy, steaming bowl of chili is a piece of golden cornbread, so there will also be a competition (and prize) for the best cornbread! 
You can enter the chili cook-off, cornbread cook-off, or BOTH!

Fellowship Study Group

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

Hey, M.A.F.I.A.
It’s IMPROV Night
Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.
at the church

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 October 16  ($7,283.21)   
Account balance as of October 21  ($6,209.61)  

Summer Camp Mission
We need to cover last summer’s campers
and give to support next summer’s campers.
Cost per week of camping: ~$400.00

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
Our lesson came from Mark 10:35-45.
The disciples expected Jesus to be an earthly king. James and John wanted
to share his glory when he came to power.
In Children’s worship, we once again explored the idea that, in God’s kingdom, we are known, not by crowns or wealth, but by service to others.
We explored the scriptures through flannel graph, games, building with marshmallows and a video.
How can we be great? Serve other people. 

Although she was the first to lose her seat in the game, Ms. Misty was named the champion of Musical Chairs. Why? Because after she lost her chair, she helped the children continue their game by removing chairs.
Ms. Misty is a servant – and great in God’s Kingdom!

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Your Church Event and Planning Calendar
Week of October 25 – October 31, 2018
Thursday, October 25
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, October 26
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, October 27
Sunday, October 28
 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
11:00am-Chili Cook-off-TH
12:00pm-Chili Cook-off-TH
1:00pm-Choir Rehearsal-Choir Room
Monday, October 29
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 30
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, October 31
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)-Improv 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