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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
December 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019
December 30, 2018

Luke 2:41-52
 Caring for an Abandoned Messiah
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
When this epistle reaches your inbox, it should be the day following Boxing Day. We’ll be three days into Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, and moving toward the marking of the New Year.
Maybe these are days you dedicate wholeheartedly to family, or to stepping away from work or digital media in favor of finding a deeper sense of peace than is usually afforded to you. Maybe this is just another Thursday.
I don’t know how you’re investing this time. I don’t know how you’re preparing for the transition into 2019. I don’t know if you even have a plan. I suppose I don’t, or at least I don’t have a concrete plan. I have some ideas, I guess.
I want to spend less time at my desk.
I want to spend more time with you.
I want to run 2019 miles in 2019.
I want to spend more time on whitewater.
I want to be more attentive to my family.
I want to be more attentive in my prayer.
Are those resolutions? I don’t think so. I’m not great at resolutions. Resolutions tend to backfire on me.
Are they goals? Maybe. Maybe it’s helpful for me to see some theme running through those, though. I think they’re about how I invest time and attention. I think they’re about being less distracted and more intentional. I think they’re about taking time and being thankful, about finding and lifting up joy in all the things I do. I think they’re about prioritizing people, about prioritizing you.
That’s what’s on my mind as we move toward a new year, as we move through Christmastide, a time when we celebrate God-in-Flesh, immanently present, prioritizing time with us. If that helps you shape your approach to a new year, great! If not, I hope God’s Spirit is inspiring you in a way that’s specifically meaningful and transformative to you.
May these days bless you.

Feed the Hungry Offering
This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to Holston United Methodist Home
for Children in Greeneville, TN. For the children and staff of Holston Home,
Fifth Sunday offerings throughout our Annual Conference give children a chance
to encounter acceptance and love and hope for their future.

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges a Gift
to the Memorial Fund
in Memory of
Earl and Lois Jenkins
and Harold Jenkins
Given by
Jim and Brenda Hobbs

(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 December 23
*The insurance bill came due. We pay over $9,000 a year to insure
the church property.
Please consider giving an end-of-year-gift to Operation Envelope and completing your pledge for the year.
All gifts must be postmarked or delivered to the church office by 2 pm December 31 to qualify as 2018 donations.

Operation Envelope Campaign
We are asking each of you to take an envelope from the $1 to $200 envelopes. Return the envelope with check (marked Envelope in the memo) or cash and your name. 
The envelopes will be placed outside the sanctuary and by the entry table in The River service.

Shepherds Needed
Please prayerfully consider becoming a Shepherd to First UMC. If you would like to receive more information or to accept the invitation, please contact Alan Gorrell.
Alan has placed a Sample Binder on the table in the foyer which contains
information about this ministry.

Volunteer Training
Led by Rev. Tony McDade with United Ministries
State Street United Methodist Church
300 West Valley Street
Bristol VA 24201
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm. 
Since it has been at least five years since we received training, everyone who plans to help with our Family Promise ministry is strongly encouraged to attend this training session. An updated training guides will be provided.
RSVP by calling 276-696-9425.

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
December 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Thursday, December 27
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, December 28
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, December 29
Sunday, December 30
9:30am-The River Contemporary Worship Service-TH
9:30am-Sunday School Hour
10:00am-Common Ground Service-Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship Service-Sanctuary
12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal
Monday, December 31
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group
Wednesday, January 2
6:30pm-M.A.F.I.A.-Games Extravaganza-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