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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

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July 25-31, 2019
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

July 28, 2019

Luke 11:1-13
Teach Us to Pray
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen

A colleague asked, via social media the other day, what United Methodists’ experience was using King’s Hawaiian Bread for Holy Communion.
You may have no experience with this phenomenon. FUMC does not currently use King’s Hawaiian for Holy Communion. Instead, we have homemade offerings by Cindi Carnahan and Karoline Berg, which are far superior to the sponge that is King’s. The round loaf in a tin pie plate is, however, incredibly common in United Methodist churches. In response to my colleague’s query, I wondered exactly why it was that King’s was so common. Is it for a reason similar to the development of Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine and its widespread adoption among Methodists?
I decided to dig a little into the thread to which my colleague had attached the question, and I discovered that someone else had already done the homework.
Never underestimate the power of distraction for doctoral students. The Reverend Lane Davis, an elder in the Tennessee Conference, took some time away from his studies at Southern Methodist University to explore the connection between King’s Hawaiian Bread and The United Methodist Church. I hope you find it as entertaining as I.
A brief and recent history of Kings Hawaiian Bread and communion in the United Methodist Church (a thread of very limited interest).
Kings Hawaiian Bread is a baker/bread manufacturer from Hawaii. If you’ve not had their bread, go get some. King’s makes a delicious, dense, sweet bread that goes perfect with many meals. King’s also happens to be a very popular choice for communion bread in the United Methodist Church and other denominations. It seems that, while other churches certainly use King’s, the UMC is by far its largest ecclesial customer. And from some very limited research (emails with old friends and some research into bread distribution patterns in the 1990s) I’ve come up with a theory.
United Methodists use King’s because of a bread distribution agreement from the 1990s. King’s began in the 50s and by 1977 opened their first mainland factory in Torrance, CA. It’s likely that the Western Jurisdictions of the UMC were the first to use King’s for communion. The turning point for communion bread came with King’s nationwide expansion in the 1990s. As the company grew, they signed baking contracts with national distributors. One of those happened to be a baker that distributed to a regional grocery chain called Ingles Markets.
Here’s why that’s significant: The Jurisdictional headquarters for the UMC is in a place called Lake Junaluska, NC. Lake J is just over the mountain from a small town called Waynesville. In Waynesville, in the 1990s, there were 3 grocery store options: Lion King, Food World, and Ingles. At the time, Ingles was the Cadillac of those three. They even had a video rental section inside their stores. Some Ingles’s still do.
And so, in the 1990s, many of those planning worship for regional events in the UMC were buying communion bread at the Ingles in Waynesville. And, you’re probably thinking…so what… 
During its peak in the late 1990s, Lake Junaluska was hosting over 300,000 Methodists per year from all over the world at one of its programs. And all of these Methodists were almost always having King’s Hawaiian, because that’s what we went and bought at Ingles. If you’ve had King’s Hawaiian for communion you get where I’m coming from. Think about 300,000 Methodists consuming the body and blood of Christ and going…”Hmm, that’s delicious…we should do that at my church.” That was what was happening at Lake J in the ’90s. If you remember suddenly having King’s Hawaiian for communion beginning somewhere in the early 2000’s or later, your church is likely a result of this sacramental downstream corporate distribution pattern.
There are other obvious benefits to King’s for communion of course 1) it doesn’t break up quite as much so you get less “floaties” in the intinction cup. Also, the loaf is dense and even looks like a piece of flesh, so when you tear it in half it has a really satisfying look and sound. My current evidence is limited, but I’m reasonably comfortable arguing that your Kings communion tradition probably has something to do with Waynesville, NC circa 1998. 

Feed the Hungry Offering
Our Feed the Hungry offering for this week is for Local School Missions.
This fund helps families in need within the Bristol School System.

School Begins at
Anderson Elementary August 8th
There will be a bin in the narthex through August 4th to donate school supplies. See the list below if you wish to contribute.
Crayons 24pk
Medium size pencil box
#2 pencils (No glitter or characters, do not sharpen well)
Glue sticks
Hand sanitizer
Clorox wipes
Sandwich bags
Elmer’s white glue
Safety scissors
Medium size backpack, no wheels
Paper towels
Wide ruled notebook paper
Colored pencils
Earbuds (for laptops)
Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walmart, other stores are offering great deals on
 school supplies,
AND….this weekend is TAX-FREE WEEKEND!

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges these Gifts
in Honor of Bill Olson
Given by United Methodist Women
in Memory of Shirley Olson
to the Memorial Fund
by Alan and Sandy Gorrell, Ben and Joan Cole,
United Methodist Women, Earl and Peggy Wilson,
Brenda and Jim Hobbs
in Memory of Paul Lee
to Meals on Wheels
by Larry and Kathy Wagner, Brenda and Jim Hobbs
H.A. and Betsy Shanks
in Memory of Glenn Jenkins
to Meals on Wheels
by Larry and Kathy Wagner

In Worship Last Sunday
Luke 10:38-42 “The Better Part”

The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord,
she is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride,
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.
We now on earth have union with God the Three in One,
and share through faith communion with those whose rest is won.
Oh, happy ones, and holy! Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.
~Samuel J. Stone, 1866

Soul, soul, you are worried and distracted by many things.
Take what focus you have gained this morning,
stretch it and make it last
so your busyness doesn’t overcome you;
One thing is necessary,
We will choose the better part.
It won’t be taken away from us.

We have been blessed with a welcome sign, beautifully crafted by our very own
Cindi Carnahan, to greet everyone who comes to The River.

Fall Fete – September 28 
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. 

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

You can place an order for a 2019-2020 Holston Conference handbook/directory ($18 each) and/or Holston Conference calendar ($10 each). Call the office to have Carol order either (or both) for you. 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.

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 ~

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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 25-31, 2019
Thursday, July 25
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean – The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, July 26
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, July 27
Sunday, July 28
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
3:00pm-Jane Taylor Installation Service-State Street UMC
Monday, July 29
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, July 30
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, July 31
            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