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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
May 2 – 8, 2019
Third Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2019

John 21:1-19
Do You Love Me?
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
Your mind is occupied with myriad concerns and worries and tasks. Set them aside. Just for a moment, still yourself.
Let the sound around you catch your attention.
The hum of the computer fan. The whisper of the air conditioner. The settling of the house in creaks and pops.
Let them catch your attention. Take comfort, then set them aside.
The rustling of leaves. The song of birds. The arguing of squirrels. The play of children.
Let them catch your attention. Revel in them, then set them aside.
The air through your nose and mouth. The little ringing in your ear. The beating of your heart.
Let them catch your attention. Be thankful, then set them aside.
A voice. A word. An image.
Reach out the hand of your heart. Receive it. Grasp it. It is yours. It is a gift.
What is it?
It is unique to you. How does it change you, this divine gift?
Lift up the eyes of your heart to the Giver. Offer your thanks.
Open yourself to the creation around you. You are where you need to be. Take your gift and be fully present in that place with it.
You and that gift will transform the world.

Feed the Hungry Offering
Our Feed the Hungry Offering this week is for Bristol Faith In Action.
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local
community formed to serve any persons whose circumstances leave them with
significant physical, social, emotional or spiritual needs.

Clinch Mountain Mission Project
School Kits for Liberia
District Goal – 400 Kits

Sunday May 26th
is the last drop-off date
for School Kits.
After the kits are collected at the church-level the contents of each are checked for accuracy. Due to Customs regulations strict guidelines are followed.
Next the Kits are delivered to a district drop-off point, which for us is Pleasant View UMC in Abingdon.
Next week we’ll see what happens from there!

27th Annual Letter Carriers
Food Drive
On Saturday morning, May 11th, place donated food items in a plastic bag & place beside your mailbox.
Donations are sorted and taken to
As schools let out for the summer the need for additional food is greater, as young students don’t have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs.
Most Needed: canned meat, canned fruit & vegs, juice boxes, cereal.
NO perishables or glass jars please.
The Bristol Emergency Food Pantry will need volunteers Saturday, May 11th and possibly Monday, May 13th to unload food trucks and process
the Letter Carrier food donations.
Call Jim White, Food Pantry Director, to schedule a time to help.

Two Special Offerings This Month
On Sunday, May 19, our Feed the Hungry Offering will go to “Change for Children”.
This offering funds grants for Holston-related children’s ministries for
children in poverty (50 percent) and for children in Africa (50 percent.)

On Sunday, May 26, our Feed the Hungry Offering will go to the Holston
Conference-wide Opioid Addiction Response.
Please give generously to these life-changing ministries.

In Worship Last Sunday
John 20:19-31
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.
~Joachim Neander, 1680

Jesus is breathing Spirit on us today
and sending us with a task;
We will forgive, because Christ has forgiven us.
Jesus is opening our eyes today
so we may behold what he has done for us;
We will proclaim your goodness,
because you have revealed yourself to us.
In our troubled and uncertain moments,
Jesus is greeting us in the same way
that he tells us to greet each other;
We will be bringers of peace,
because you have ended fear.

Terry and First UMC Bristol welcome you!
Join us for worship and Sunday School this week!

Dr. Alan Gorrell teaches the Shaw-Anchor Sunday School
class at First UMC Bristol. Most Sundays begin with a
joyful singing of favorite hymns.

At The River service (our contemplative service which meets at 9:30 a.m.), busy hands help small ears to listen as families worship together. Activity boxes are provided by the Children’s Department to every young child to assist their participation in worship.

Jesus said, “I am the Alpha
and Omega, the Beginning
and the End.”

Fellowship Class will meet on Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. in the Church Library.
Bring a snack to share.

Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Tankersley Hall
Volunteer Sound Tech Needed

Experience helpful, but not required.
If you can turn on a computer, we can teach you the rest.
This is the Committee with Zero
Scheduled Meetings! Team members usually run sound only one or two times per month.
See Andrew or Rebekah McGrady
for more information.

Jeff Preptit

Congratulations, Jeff!
Jeff’s contact information:
2118 McClung Ave., Knoxville, TN

Your Church ‘Meals on Wheels’ Team Needs
Your Help to Continue its Ministry

The budget of Meals on Wheels is nearly depleted.
Meals on Wheels is not included in the church budget; rather,
it operates entirely out of contributions made directly into this ministry.
Help us continue to feed members of our community
each month by making a donation to Meals on Wheels today. When you
write your check to the church, put ‘Meals on Wheels’ on the memo line.

Light and Lively Concert at First UMC Bristol
Friday, May 10
7:30 pm
With Joy Smith-Briggs, Organist
and Tim Landis, Soloist

Invite friends, neighbors and relatives
Admission is by donation.

Be a Shepherd
Spring Yard Sale – May 31 and June 1
Items may be stored at the church until time for the sale . . .
put them on the right side of the stage in Tankersley Hall.

FUMC Worship and Picnic at Sugar Hollow State Park
Sunday, June 2

Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska
June 9-12

Pre-Conference Briefing May 19, 3:00 p.m., Lebanon Memorial UMC
Camp Bays Mountain Summer Camp
To register, go to and click on the Summer Camp tab.
Travel to the Holy Land
Tour the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome. 
$300 per person deposit upon registration
Final payment deadline May 30, 2019

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
May 2 – 8, 2019
Thursday, May 2
National Day of Prayer
Holocaust Remembrance Day
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
Friday, May 3
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Native American Ministries Sunday
Cinco de Mayo
9:30am-The River-Tankersley Hall
9:30am-Sunday School
10:00am-Common Ground Worship-Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship-Sanctuary
12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal-Choir Room
Monday, May 6
Nurses Day
1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers (until 4 pm)-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, April 30
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, May 7
National Teacher Appreciation Day
5:30pm-Fellowship Class-Library
6:30pm-Youth Activity-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