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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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May 30 – June 5, 2019

Ascension Sunday
June 2, 2019

The Ascension of Christ, fragment, from the Laudario of Sant‘ Agnese by Pacino di Bonaguida, ca 1340
John 17:20-26

That They May All Be One
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
In Maryville, our neighbors had a pool. You know, the kind that’s a concrete hole in the ground with landscaping and a fence around it. The kind you can build if you’re a respected surgeon in a growing city. It had a shallow end and a deep end, and the deep end was my favorite. I particularly loved letting myself sink all the way down, nine feet below the surface, where I would cross my legs and open my eyes and watch the waves play with the sunlight.
Lots of other kids go to pools to play chicken and jump off diving boards or have splash contests. I wanted to see how long I could hold my breath. I wanted to prove I could handle the pressure. It wasn’t something I’d have known about myself at the time, but maybe I just wanted to be by myself.
Introverts and extroverts don’t necessarily recreate in the same way. Not everybody recreates in water, for that matter. Some people don’t like being wet. Some people prefer a good book. Some people prefer to walk or run or bicycle. Some people want to curl up with a good film.
I don’t suppose it much matters how you recreate, as long as you’re not hurting anyone or anything. What is important is that you do it.
The soul and mind and body need an opportunity to regenerate and repair. We need to rest.
God has gifted us with a beautiful world to play in and play with. It’s a real shame we feel such a need to wear ourselves so thin.
Maybe this weekend, as we gather at Sugar Hollow for worship, we can take some time to rest and recreate. And maybe this Summer, you can find some time to step away from all your busyness and let God recreate and repair and regenerate all your worn out places.
Spend some time in play. Spend some time in peace. Spend some time watching the light bounce through the waves.
I know I need that. I’ll wager you do, too.

Join Us for
Worship and Fellowship at Sugar Hollow State Park
This Sunday, June 2
Worship Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch Begins at 11:15 a.m.

Bring a covered dish and/or a dessert to share.
Beverages and paper/plastic products will be provided.
Bring a chair or blanket—dress casual
Following lunch—fellowship & swimming!

Going north on I-81 take exit 7. 
Turn left on Old Airport Road. 
Take second right onto Lee Highway/US-11/US19N. 
Continue to traffic light for The Highlands Shopping Center (Target) and
turn left at the light into Sugar Hollow Park (new entrance). 
Continue to Waldo Miles Pavilion sign – turn right.
(You will come to Waldo Miles Road before the Ranger Station –
There is no fee to enter Waldo Miles pavilion & pool.)

Halls of Heaven 
(mandee radford)
Even at two in the afternoon, 
the house still has a chill.
It sits in the shadows
right up against the hills.
I’ve been looking for the source 
of the reflections on the wall.
I walk out to the field,
feel the sunbeams fall.
It is holy
A little bit of glory escapes
From the halls of heaven,
A little bit of glory escapes.
Seems like everyone is waiting 
to cross over Jordan,
Eyes to the other shore
this one forgotten.
You can’t tell me the kingdom
of God isn’t here
as you watch the morning fog roll in
then disappear.
It is holy
A little bit of glory escapes
From the halls of heaven,
A little bit of glory escapes.
The silence of God is still
louder than our screaming.
We think He’s quiet
but oh, God is speaking
In the face of the suffering
who cry out to us.
When we touch, we are touching
the wounds of Jesus.
They are holy
A little bit of glory escapes
From the halls of heaven
A little bit of glory escapes.
It is holy
Oh the glory escapes
From the halls of heaven,
A little bit of glory escapes.

FUMC Worshiping Together in an Earlier Year
at Sugar Hollow

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.

School Kits for Liberia
Thank You for supporting our
Hands-On Mission project!
The kits that were generously assembled will soon be on their way.

Spring Yard Sale
Setup Continues Through Today
Sale Begins Friday!!
Ends Saturday at 2 p.m.
What fun! What bargains! What work!
Please join us!

Thank you, Family Promise Helpers
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in supporting the two families who stayed at our church last week. To Sue and Dale Dietz, Carol and Doug Taylor, Cindi Carnahan, Dan Ashworth, Sandy and Alan Gorrell, Mike and Tawana Teague, John and Kathy Mack, Donna Camper, Sue Bryngelson, Bekah and Andy McGrady, Mary Jane Bradbury, Betty Curtis, Debbie Gwaltney, Beverly Bowers, Erika Vest, Louise Carver, Dow Strader, Sandy Platz, Bob Mueller, Tonya McAllen, Ed and Sandy Platz, Misty Gorrell, Jen Daniel, Alan and Karen Hale, Leferne and Melilia Preptit, Randy Spangler, Jeremy Spangler, Harry Scanlon, Brandon Berg, Common Ground, First Baptist Church: You made a difference in the lives of those entrusted to us. Thank you!
Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you?
Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality?
Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these
my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
~Matthew 25:37-40

Monthly Church Finance Report
April 30 Balance: (-)12,001.00
In Worship Last Sunday
We Will Make Our Home with Them
John 14:23-29

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say.
My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.
Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me.
And remember, my words are not my own.
What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.
I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative-that is, the Holy Spirit –
he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
John 14:23-26

We Will Miss You!
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.

Sarah’s Bee Garden
Sarah completed and is maintaining a Bee Garden for the Church as one of her
Girl Scout Projects. Be sure to see it! It is pretty amazing! And be sure to thank
Sarah for her work to beautify our church.

Next Youth Event: Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Tankersley Hall

Shepherd needed.
Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska
June 9-12

Please be in prayer for our pastor, his family, all church leaders
and others who will be attending Conference.

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 30 – June 5, 2019
Thursday, May 30
9:00am-Setup for Yard Sale (until 6:00pm))-TH
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
Friday, May 31
8:00am-Yard Sale (until 7:00pm) Yard Sale-TH
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, June 1
8:00am-Yard Sale (until 2:00pm) Yard Sale-TH
Sunday, June 2
10:00am-Common Ground Worship-Chapel 
10:00am-Worship and Fellowship at Sugar Hollow
Monday, June 3
1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, June 4
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, June 5
5:30pm-Dinner for Eight (now 17)-TH
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