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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
November 15-21, 2018
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
November 18, 2018

The Ta Prohm ruins in Cambodia
Mark 13:1-8
“Not One Stone”
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
It’s a one-word mantra I have to use around this time of year. Well, it starts in September, I suppose, when we start to focus toward Charge Conference, and through Advent and year-end reports and into Lent and past Easter the pressure doesn’t really let up much. “This time of year” might, for me, be a bit more expansive than the next few weeks.
I hope it’s not for you.
But if it is:
Thanksgiving, for all the stress of preparing a massive feast for guests and dealing with difficult relatives who seem to want to press every button you wish you didn’t have, is a time of fellowship and joy. Advent is a time of anticipation and hope. Neither should be a season we exit with our fingernails nibbled to the nub.
Alas, they are.
So in all your preparation, in all your hosting, in all your highway-driving, no matter how close that semi is to your bumper and what choice words you might have in mind for that creep who was never taught that the left lane is for passing:
And if that doesn’t seem to work, step aside, maybe even outside, and remember: God is with you. That’s the great promise of this season we’re moving toward, the promise of Immanuel: God is with us. Step aside, away from the stress, and try the penultimate stanza of St. Patrick’s Breastplate:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
There is joy in every moment you encounter in this season. There is reason to give thanks. Don’t let it fall out of focus.
All is well.

Christmas Love Offering for Staff
November 18th and November 25th love offerings for the staff will be collected in the Feed the Hungry basket. The SPR Committee has elected to collect an offering to be split among the staff.
There is no money provided for this in the budget. Your gifts may be put in the basket or collection plate. Please mark gifts “Love Offering”.

Last Sunday . . .

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


Join us next Sunday
November 25th
Tankersley Hall for
Game Day!

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.
Homebound Connections Team
has been busy planning for the upcoming Winter Season.
Many thanks to the folks who minister to our members who
cannot regularly attend church events and worship services.
They help us to all keep connected!

I will be out of the office for minor surgery Tuesday, November 13 through Thursday, November 15.
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 November 5th
Balance as of November 11th

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

Worship in Children’s Church Last Week
Ms. Penny did a story on the flannel graph. Ms. Misty prepared our lesson and a special gift for the children. Mr. Mike did the children’s sermon.
What is the story of the widow’s mite(Mark 12:41-44) telling us about how we can be like Jesus? Jesus knows what is in our heart. He is impressed when we give quietly, faithfully, and humbly. He isn’t impressed by our earthly
appearance or showmanship.

What can we give? Our time, our special talents or gifts, our effort,
and yes, our money.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart!

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
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 15-21, 2018
Thursday, November 15
9:30am-Help for Haiti Committee-Library
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Friday, November 16
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, November 17
9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild
12:00pm-5:00pm Tankersly Hall reserved
Sunday, November 18
 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
Monday, November 19
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, November 20
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, November 21
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)
            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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