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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
May 23-29, 2019

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 26, 2019

“gratia in procella” Acrylic on canvas by Rick Morley. Inspired by the grace of God
evident in communities of faith living in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

John 14:23-29
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
Our vision: Building a community where anyone can become a deeply committed Christian.
I’ve been dwelling on what a future looks like for FUMC in the past few months. I have some ideas, some possibilities, maybe some concerns and even fears. But whatever I dream is only my personal dream. All I can offer is my own perspective. What I need is yours.
I’m convinced that FUMC has a lot to offer our community. We have a lot that is unique to us that will bring us to a point of thriving and vibrancy if we will lean into them. But we need to move out of a place of fear and into a place of boldness.
Maybe I should say that more personally, because I don’t think I’m quite there yet, either.
I need to move out of a place of fear and need to move into a place of boldness.
I need your help. I need you to help me envision what it looks like to build this community where any person can find and grasp the tools to become deeply committed in a journey of faith in Jesus Christ.
I wonder if it looks like what UMCNext is dreaming right now in Kansas City, whose organizers have gathered themselves around five fundamental tenets:
  1. We will not accept the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference.
  2. We are committed to being a church of justice and inclusion for all people.
  3. We call for the elimination of the incompatibility language and restrictions and penalties in the Disciple regarding LGBTQ persons.
  4. We are committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity that passionately embraces both the evangelical and social gospel as we seek to follow Jesus Christ.
  5. We believe this vision is the path to a hope-filled future for The United Methodist Church.
That sounds promising to me, but I am not the Church. That’s not how the song goes. It doesn’t stop there.
I am the Church!
You are the Church!
We are the Church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the Church together!
I’m convinced that it’s time to gather ourselves back together, to stop reacting and hiding, and to boldly offer the healing and forgiveness and deep love of Jesus that the Holy Spirit is pouring out in a unique way through us.
And I need you, all y’all, to envision that outpouring with me and go out with the mission of transforming our world into the family God intends us to be together.

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

School Kits for Liberia
This Sunday

Monthly Church Finance Report
April 30 Balance: (-)12,001.00
Before, during and after the storm,
remember His promises. Embrace His presence.
In Worship Last Sunday
John 13:31-35
A New Commandment

Effective mid-June, John and Kathy’s
address will be:
John and Kathy Mack
310 North Crest Dr.
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Phone numbers and emails will remain
the same.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God;
God, whose word cannot be broken, formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded, thou mayst smile at all thy foes.
See. the streams of living waters springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river ever will their thirst assuage?
Grace which life the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.
~John Newton, 1779

We are gathered here out of love for each other;
For hearts open and strangely warmed, we are thankful!
We are gathered here because Peter dreamed something extraordinary;
for minds that are opening, we are thankful!
We are gathered here because someone once welcomed us;
For doors that are opening, we are thankful!
We are sent from here to be bringers of beloved community
that is shown first by our Communal God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Sarah’s Bee Garden
Sarah completed and is maintaining a Bee Garden for the Church as one of her
Girl Scout Projects. If you have not seen it, be sure to check it out this weekend.
The flowers are growing, and it is pretty amazing! Be sure to thank Sarah for her
work to beautify our church.

A tremendous thanks goes out to Alan Hale, Karen Hale, and Tom Felty for replacing the rest of lights in the sanctuary with LED lights. They also replaced lights in the Chapel and ceiling tiles in Tankersley.  A special thanks to Alan and Karen for purchasing and donating all the new money saving LED bulbs. When God said “Let there be light” who knew it would involve so much high ladder work. And that ladder is a beast to move!
The youth had a good time making music at Rock Band Night,
one of their many exciting Wednesday evening activities.

Next Youth Event: Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Shepherd needed.
Spring Yard Sale – May 31 and June 1
It is Almost Here!

Plan to help with set-up Monday-Thursday,
May 27-30.

FUMC Worship and Picnic at Sugar Hollow State Park
Sunday, June 2. 9:30 a.m.

Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska
June 9-12

Camp Bays Mountain Summer Camp
To register, go to and click on the Summer Camp tab.
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 23-29, 2019
Thursday, May 23
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, May 24
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26
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 27 – SET UP FOR YARD SALE
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, May 28 – SET UP FOR YARD SALE
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
8:00am-Meals on Wheels-Kitchen
Wednesday, May 29 – SET UP FOR YARD SALE
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