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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
September 26-October 2, 2019
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 29, 2019

 Luke 16:19-31
Rich Man Parable #2: Good Stewardship of People
Rev. Brandon Berg

Feed the Hungry Offering
This week’s Feed the Hungry Offering will go to Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee. For the children and staff of Holston Home, Fifth Sunday offerings throughout our Annual Conference give children a chance to encounter acceptance and love and hope for their future.

FUMC First Annual Harvest Fete Fundraiser

Saturday, September 28, 10am to 4pm

The time is nearly here! And we are nearly ready!
  • Friday afternoon and evening we will plan to set up Tankersley Hall. Some of the vendors may want to set up then. We will open at 8 am for vendors on Saturday also.
  • Have you signed up to help on Saturday? If not, and you are available, contact Sue Dietz.
  • If you have not already done so, tell your friends, neighbors, and extended family about our Fall Fete. Invite them to come join in the festivities this Saturday!
Let’s have FUN and work together!

If you would like to assemble an UMCOR disaster response kit
please bring it to the church by October 1st. The kits will then be dropped off at
our local collection site, State Street UMC.
Click on the links below for instructions on preparing kits.
Or donate to the greatest UMCOR need:

Mission Project for Liberia
Remember the “Hands -On Mission Project”
kits that we donated earlier this year?
The kits arrived in Liberia in late July.
Our Clinch Mountain District had a goal of
400 kits; the actual number collected was
1,000 kits!
Thanks to everyone who was able to
participate this year.

Bristol Faith In Action
Bristol Faith in Action is an
extension of member churches in the Bristol, Blountville, Bluff City, and Piney Flats areas.They use a Christ-centered approach to help people in financial crisis.
Currently BFIA has a critical need for non-perishable food, personal care and cleaning items. Please support them with these or monetary donations.

First UMC Monthly Financial Report

August 31 Balance:  (-$19,678.48)

Worship Last Sunday
Message by Rev. Brandon Berg from
Luke 16 :1-13 Rich Man Parable #1: Good Stewardship of Stuff

Weekly, Sue and others in the church have given their
time and talents in promoting and preparing for
First United Methodist Church’s First Annual Harvest Fete.
To all who have labored and continue to labor in love, THANK YOU!
It is not too late to get involved! We need Saturday workers.
Call Sue and report for duty! “Many hands make light work.”
Join us this weekend as we celebrate God’s goodness: for His abundance of
blessings to us; for His faithfulness throughout all generations (from our great grandparents to our great grandchildren — and way before and beyond their existence); and for His mercies, which are new every morning.
Lord, we give you thanks.

This place where we gather is a gift to us
from us, from generations before us,
but primarily from the Source of all things; For this place, we give thanks.
This place, this stuff:
these are gifts we are tasked to use wisely;
Lord, help us so steward these gifts that through them, the world is drawn to you.

As Autumn draws near, our Committee on Lay Leadership is prayerfully discerning the best teams to guide FUMC through 2020 and beyond.
If you have felt God tugging at your soul to take on or continue specific ministries within our church and community, please talk to a member of the Committee ASAP:
Brandon Berg, Rebekah McGrady, Alan Hale, Nate Hubbard,
Suzanne Rollins, Sue Dietz, Trinka Felty, Alan Gorrell

District Conference
Sunday, September 29
3:00 p.m.
Pleasant View
United Methodist Church
Abingdon, VA

CROP Hunger Walk –
We are five weeks away from the
Southwestern Virginia CROP Hunger Walk
on October 6 at Emory & Henry.

District Youth Festival of Gifts and Talents
October 20, 4-6 p.m.
Emory & Henry College

November 3
All Saints Sunday
November 17
Charge Conference
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Weaver Memorial UMC

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
September 26 – October 2, 2019
Thursday, September 26
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, September 27
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, September 28
10:00am-FIRST ANNUAL HARVEST FALL FETE (until 4:00 p.m.)
Sunday, September 29
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, September 30
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 1
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, October 2
6:30pm–Youth Activity

            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