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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
November 22-28, 2018
Christ the King Sunday
November 25, 2018

Ecce homo by Antonio Ciseri
John 18:33-37
Christ Is Lord
Rev. Brandon Berg

Happy Thanksgiving!
Psalm 136:1-5 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.”
From the Pastor’s Pen
I am thankful.
I am thankful to serve you.
I am thankful to serve a church whose reputation in the community involves the word, “friendly,” in a sincere, unqualified way. Some of you are aware how rare a gift that is.
I am thankful to serve a church that welcomes people from outside her own community or background.
I am thankful to serve a church willing to be in ministry with groups whose denominational affiliation isn’t the same as ours.
I am thankful to serve a church willing to be in partnership with ministries that already exist in the community.
I am thankful to serve a church so missionally focused that I lose track of the number of mission and outreach programs in which we participate.
I am thankful to serve a church that values a variety of artistic expression.
I am thankful to serve a church that values a variety of liturgical expression.
I am thankful to serve a church with so many different leadership strengths among her membership, and so many people who uplift those gifts in each other.
I am thankful to serve a church who has lifted up my family, too, especially now that our children are beginning to much more intensely develop their own gifts and personalities.
Y’all make us feel welcome.
Y’all make me excited about what I do.
Y’all make this job easy. You make me excited about looking for new opportunities to challenge myself and to challenge us.
I am thankful for you.

Christmas Love Offering for Staff
A November 25th love offering 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 . . .
“Not One Stone” Mark 13:1-8

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining
his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning
the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side,
all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee,
thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still
our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation
escape tribulation;
thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!
~Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, 1626

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
~Henry Alford, 1844

Send us from here as people who trust you
rather than trusting the stones that will crumble;
Lord, send us out to be your true Church,
not made with hands,
but everlasting in your realm.

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 November 25
Tankersley Hall for
Game Day!

M. A. F. I. A.
(my Almighty Father is Awesome!)
Join us Wednesday, November 28
for Follow Jesus Road Rally.
Meet at Church at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday School – Weekly at 9:30 a.m.





Making Christmas Meaningful (Again)
Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be—
a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches our hearts and
the world around us.
In time for Christmas, this updated and revised book will share stories of the
impact this movement has made around the globe as well as give individuals and churches
even better, more practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that
truly can change the world.
We will meet for 4 sessions: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
beginning November 28 or
Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning December 2.
Books are available in the church foyer.
Join the Conspiracy.

It’s Throw Back Thursday!
Does anyone remember this handsome young family?
Dinner for Eight Group Enjoys Lovely Evening
On November 17, following a delicious meal and fellowship at Eatz, our Dinner for Eight group walked to the Paramount to catch a 7:30 p.m. performance of Fiddler on the Roof. John Mack took the pictures.
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your continued support of Anderson School. Through your generosity, we were able to provide Thanksgiving dinners to six deserving families with children attending Anderson. You have made a difference!
Kathy Mack

Are You Missing a Sewing Machine?
Several years ago in Vacation Bible School, our children made pillowcase dresses for the Haiti girls. At that time, someone generously loaned us a sewing machine to use. We would like to return it. If the machine belongs to you, please let Carol know and we’ll make sure you get it back.  

(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

Community Advent Services
November 28    Trinity UMC
December 5  Reynolds Memorial UMC
December 12    Virginia Avenue UMC
December 19    John Wesley UMC
All services begin at noon

Martha Circle will meet
at the home
of Peggy Wilson on
December 11 at 6 p.m.

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
Our lesson was from Mark 13:1-8 about the destruction of the Temple.
Things of this world get old, tear up, or are destroyed to make way
for something new.
When something ends, we must watch and wait to see what God does.
We built towers and tore them down.
We spelled out “watch”, and then “wait”.

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 22-28, 2018
Thursday, November 22
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, November 23
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, November 24
Sunday, November 25
 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
Monday, November 26
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, November 27
8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
8:00am-Meals on Wheels-Kitchen/TH
Wednesday, November 28
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