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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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July 18-24, 2019
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

July 21, 2019

 Luke 10:38-42
The Better Part
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen

I am thankful to you beautiful saints who responded to my call for articles for last week’s newsletter. Your responses are inspired and beautiful and diverse. Thank you to Kate, Roxanne, Sue, Suzanne, and Carol. Maybe I should ask for submissions more frequently.
I don’t personally always feel so inspired. I bet you can tell when that’s the case. Sometimes I’ll just ramble until I get to something that actually resembles a path. Sometimes the best I can do is look at an object or a situation until I uncover something within that resembles truth.
Frankly, approaching our scriptures is like that sometimes, too. Some texts are clear and easy to understand, and some of those are easy to expound upon, too. Not all of them are. But some texts stare back with a poker face and nothing remotely interesting or new to say.
Sometimes I need a little help with inspiration.
Maybe sometimes I need to hear what Nate Roark had to share. Maybe I need simply to trust that God is going to use me. Maybe I need to simply open myself to God and let the rest work itself out. Maybe I need to Faith it until God makes it.
I guess there’s not really much I need to be able to offer. I’m not the source of inspiration, after all. There’s nothing in me that’s shining out that’s original to me, nothing that comes from who I am. I’m just dust. What’s beautiful in me is that part of me that is divine. Anything beautiful that comes out is just God shining through.
Boy, that’s a relief.
Thanks, God, for being who I don’t know how to. Keep reminding me that this isn’t about me. It’s about you, and it’s about you working through me.
Good. That’s something I can work with.

Feed the Hungry Offering
Imagine No Malaria
is part of a global partnership; together with our partners our generation can beat malaria once and for all.
By improving the ways people fight the disease using bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, draining standing water, and improving sanitation we have already helped reduce malaria deaths by more than half.
Imagine No Malaria combines integrated health infrastructure, education and advocacy to address death and the debilitating effects of malaria in
sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges these Gifts
in Memory of Shirley Olsen
to the Memorial Fund
by Russ and Beverly Basham, Doug and Carol Taylor
Dr. Samuel and Phyllis Marcy
in Memory of Paul Lee
to Meals on Wheels
by Louise Carver, Dick and Beverly McCallum, Russ and Beverly Basham

In Worship Last Sunday
Pastor Berg’s Message, What Must I Do to Measure up? from Luke 10:25-37,
the Story of the Good Samaritan

O to be like thee! Blessed Redeemer, this is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, thy perfect likeness to wear.
O to be like thee! O to be like thee, blessed Redeemer, pure as thou art!
Come in thy sweetness, come in thy fullness!
Stamp thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like thee! Full of compassion, loving, forgiving, tender and kind;
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
O to be like thee! O to be like thee, blessed Redeemer, pure as thou art!
Come in thy sweetness, come in thy fullness!
Stamp thine own image deep on my heart.
~Thomas Chisholm

Go now and live lives worthy of the Lord.
Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
and bear fruit in every good work,
putting love and mercy into action for others
just as you would for yourselves.
~Nathan Nettleton

Martha Circle will meet
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.
in Tankersley Hall.
Bring a snack to share . . .

Group of Eight (Nine) Enjoys Mexican Fare and Friendship
Our Group of Eight (which was actually Nine, and we were missing a few) met for lunch
on Saturday at Puerto Nuevo in Bristol. The food was delicious and the fellowship, delightful.
We read a card from our still-missed former members, John and Kathy Mack.
The next gathering will be on Saturday, August 24 at noon at Gourmet and Company in
Johnson City.

Fall Fete 
Please join the fun! 
A Fete is a gala day · garden party · bazaar · fair · feast · festival · jubilee · 
Keep September 28 open for a fall celebration at the church. Plans are only forming but it is hoped to have a bake sale, craft and art sale, small yard sale, games and any other things you can think of for raising money for the general account and introducing folks to First UMC. 
Please contact Julie Blanton or Sue Dietz if you want to help plan and/or contribute to the craft and art sale. 
We need a few folks who enjoy working on publicity including posters, tv and radio and newspaper. 
How about a group sponsoring a bar-b-que sandwich and drinks sale?
If we work together and contribute our own talents, we could have an outreach time and help raise some money for the church. This is being sponsored by the Finance Committee. 

From the Children’s Department . . .
This week’s story is from Luke 10:38-42.
Whenever families get together, misunderstandings and stress can occur.
Mary and Martha experienced this long ago. Does your family experience this today?
Ask your family members who is a Martha and who is a Mary.
No matter what work has to be done, remember to enjoy your time together.

First UMC Monthly Financial Report
June 30 Balance: (-17,162.64)
The Installation Worship Service and Reception 
for our new District Superintendent
Jane Taylor
will be Sunday, July 28th, 3 p.m.
at State Street UMC
in Bristol, VA 
All in the Clinch Mountain District
are welcome!

2019-20 Holston Conference Handbook/Directory and Calendar

It is time to place orders for the 2019-2020 Holston Conference handbook/directory ($18 each) and Holston Conference calendar ($10 each). If you would like Carol to order a copy of either (or both) for you, please call the church office. Write your check to First United Methodist Church. One order will be placed to the District Office on behalf of the church. Deadline to submit your request to FUMC Office is August 22.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love suffers long, having patience with imperfect people.
Love is kind, active in doing good.
Love does not envy; since it is non-possessive and noncompetitive it actually wants other people to get ahead. Hence it does not parade itself.
Love is not puffed up, treating others arrogantly; it does not behave rudely but displays good manners and courtesy.
Love does not seek its own, insisting on its own rights and demanding precedence; rather, it is unselfish.
Love is not provoked; it is not irritable or touchy, rough or hostile, but is graceful under pressure.
Love thinks no evil; it does not keep an account of wrongs done to it; instead, it erases resentments.
Love protects others.
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, finding satisfaction in the shortcomings of others and spreading an evil report; rather it rejoices in the truth, aggressively advertising the best about others, credits them with good intentions, and is not suspicious.
Love hopes all things never giving up on people, but affirming their future.
Love endures all things, persevering and remaining loyal to the end.

Social Action Day
Gray United Methodist Church, Gray Tennessee
August 10, 2019
Pipeline to Prison: Krystal Gourley
Elder Abuse: Carolyn Phillips
Elder Abuse: Susan J. Sheldon
Questions? Contact Jonnie Faye Ball ~
Annual Meeting
Officer’s Training &
Spiritual Enrichment Experience
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
September 14 – 15, 2019
Spiritual Leader
Reverend Sandra J. Johnson
Questions? Contact: Lisa Black ~

Send Your Pictures and Announcements
to Publish in the Newsletter

Send your photos and announcements for the Newsletter
call Carol at 423.652.2811 Tu-Th, 9-2.
For each publication, information is
needed by noon on Wednesday.

Your Church Event and Planning Calendar
July 18-24, 2019
Thursday, July 18
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
Friday, July 19
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, July 20
9:00am-Holston Quilters Guild-TH
Sunday, July 21
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, July 22
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, July 23
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
8:00am-Meals on Wheels-Kitchen/TH
6:00pm-Martha Circle-TH
Wednesday, July 24
            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