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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
November 9-15, 2018
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 11, 2018

The Widow’s Mite, Jesus Mafa, Cameroon
Mark 12:38-44
A Place of Honor
Rev. Brandon Berg

Missions Offering
Our “Feed the Hungry” offering this week is for Family Promise of Bristol.
This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s
love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.

Last Sunday . . .
Unbind Him, and Let Him Go
John 11: 32-44

Walk hand in hand with me through all eternity
Have faith, believe in me, give me your hand.
Love is a symphony of perfect harmony
No greater love could be, walk hand in hand.
~Johnny Cowell

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting. Amen.

There’ll be joy in the morning on that day.
With the light of dawn, the dark is gone,
There’ll be joy, joy, joy!
~Natalie Sleeth

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast Their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Alleluia! Alleluia!
~William W. How

Send us, Lord, into your creation
enveloped in every moment by the prayers of all your saints,
that we might truly witness with all we are
to your glory, our Creator, our Resurrection, and our Breath of Life.

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

M. A. F. I. A.
(my Almighty Father is Awesome!)
Join us Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
at the Church for Rock Band.

Sunday School – Weekly at 9:30 a.m.
The Youth of FUMC would like to extend another huge “Thank-You”
to everyone who helped them with the Chili Cook-off on October 28.
What a wonderful success it was!
They now have the funds needed to participate in Resurrection 2019
coming up in January! Thank you to everyone who participated –
the cooks and planners, the guests and givers, the cleaner-uppers,
the encouragers and pray-ers. THANK YOU for loving young people!
They love you right back!

I will be out of the office for minor surgery Tuesday, November 13 through Thursday, November 15.
Bulletin. Next Monday, November 12, I will prepare the bulletin for Sunday, November 18. If you have information for that bulletin, please send it to me between now and noon on November 12.
Newsletter. Julie Blanton has graciously agreed to publish the church’s newsletter the week of November 15-21. If you have any announcements or photos to publish next week, please forward them to Julie at You may reach her by phone at 423.914.9820.
Thank you! Carol Johnson

Coming Soon!
(Let’s get rid of the MINUS)
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. 
This weekly report enables you to know the facts.  We are in this time together.
Account balance as of October 31
Balance as of November 5

Volunteers Needed for Soup Wagon
Ten volunteers are needed to serve soup from 9:15 a.m. until finished at the United Company Soup Wagon during the first two weeks of December.
If you can help, please contact
Carol Taylor at 423.989-3574 or

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

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

Worship in Children’s Church Last Week
Mark 12:28-34 . . . The first two commandments were in our Sunday School lesson.
We learned that we need to give ourselves to God . . .just like giving a gift!
You can’t just give the card, the fancy bow or the package – but give the card, bow, package and what is inside the package.
We learned that we should love our neighbors and that everyone is our neighbor.
Ms. Kathy hid hearts around the room and we had to find them. We then put the hearts in the right order to write out the Bible verse . . .
Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The Friends of the Bristol Public Library (FOL) are hosting an information session on FOL membership and launch party on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. They will meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library. Members of the Friends committee will be present to answer questions, speak about community membership and projects, as well as help interested participants sign up for their very own membership.
Event participants will have the opportunity to sign up early for the Friends of the Library, before the beginning of the new calendar year, and receive a special commemorative pin for their attendance. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or by email at

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
November 8-14, 2018
Thursday, November 8
10:30am-Homebound Committee-Library
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, November 9
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, November 10
Sunday, November 11
 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-Finance Committee-Library
6:00pm-Administrative Council-TH
Monday, November 12
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, November 13
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, November 14
5:30pm-Fellowship Study Group-begin in TH (Bring a snack to share)
6:30pm-BeTween Bible Study (5th and 6th Graders)
6:30pm-Youth (MAFIA)-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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