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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
June 6 – 12, 2019

June 9, 2019

John 14:8-17
Greater Works than These
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
I caught myself this week, following a sneezing fit, lamenting that what was left of Spring was a plethora of allergens with none of the color and bloom that ought to accompany them. That was a grumpy thought, though. What I enjoy most about Spring isn’t actually the color. It’s the sound.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes captures that sentiment better than I’m able, so I’m going to invite you to dive into the symphony of creation this week through his eyes and ears. Let it inspire you and send you out to revel in beauty.
“Spoken to”
Walking by the sea 
you listen to the language of the waves,
you wish you knew what they were saying,
their foreign tongue,
sonorous, untranslated,
the sibilants so smoothly pronounced,
their vowels so nuanced,
priestly chants, blessings, perhaps,
and for you, for you.
Standing still in woods, 
the wind in trees is a different dialect, 
the accents in other places,
but prayers, you are sure, 
of the same liturgy,
you want to pray the prayer.
Birdsong, unexpected, on a city street,
desert quiet, deep as sleep,
the tick of a patient clock,
the beat of your heart,
a voice without language
in the swaying of subway riders,
beloved, and what they mean, 
voice without words that comes
and goes like prayer, like dreams.
The voice in the pure song of silence.
Sometimes, as with a kiss,
you needn’t know the words,
only that you are being spoken to. 

Meeting at First Broad Street UMC-Kingsport
Thursday, June 6

Hello friends,
This Thursday, June 6, First Broad Street UMC in Kingsport will be hosting a report from Holston attendees of the UMC Next event that recently happened in Kansas City. The event had been organized around five principles:
  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.
If you would like to hear from the attendees and be in conversation about a path forward as welcoming United Methodists, please clear your calendar for Thursday evening. If more than a handful of us are interested, perhaps we can carpool and/or take the FUMC van. We’ll leave in time to be in First Broad Street’s Fellowship Hall for the 6:30 meeting.
It would be helpful to spread this word around if you are able.

Feed the Hungry Offering
Our Feed the Hungry offering this week is for Family Promise of Bristol.
This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families in the Bristol area.

School Kits for Liberia
Thank You for supporting our
Hands-On Mission project!
The kits that were generously assembled have been delivered.

Worship Last Sunday
John 17:20-26
That They May All Be One

Members of First UMC and Common Ground met for worship and fellowship
at Sugar Hollow last Sunday. It was a beautiful day.

“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them; and I will continue to do so.
Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” John 17:23, 25-26
~Jesus’ prayer for us

What a Wonderful Yard Sale it Was!
The United Methodist Women shout out a BIG
to everyone who helped make this year’s YARD SALE a HUGE SUCCESS!!
Thank you to those who contributed items to the yard sale – and thank you to everyone who helped by donating hours of your time. The ladies of the UMW have been blessed by your generosity of spirit and by the camaraderie we shared as we worked toward a worthy goal. You helped raise over $4,000.00 for our children in Haiti.
We have been blessed.

For Youth – Here’s What’s Happening . . .
Youth will meet for activities once or twice a month in summer
as schedules permit.
Check our website for the schedule:

First UMC Monthly Financial Report
May 31 Balance: (-$16,297.00)
Shepherd needed.
Holston Annual Conference
Convenes June 9-12

Please be in prayer for our pastor, his family, all church leaders
and others who are 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
June 6-12, 2019
Thursday, June 6
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
Friday, June 7
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9
9:30am-Sunday School 
9:30am-The River Contemplative Worship-Tankersley Hall
10:00am-Common Ground Worship-Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship Service-Sanctuary
12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal
Monday, June 10
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, June 11
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, June 12
            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