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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
October 10 – 16, 2019
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

October 13, 2019

Ten Lepers Healed by Brian Kershisnik

 Luke 17:11-19
Promoting General Shalom
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
There is a couplet I learned in elementary school:
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus crossed the ocean blue
It’s one of few mnemonic devices that has stuck with me. I’ve been thinking about it this week, as we’re approaching Columbus Day, and I wondered why I’d never learned any more of the poem from which the couplet is extracted.
Then I wondered if there was, in fact, a larger poem. So I did some internet digging, keeping in mind that old adage of Abraham Lincoln, “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet.”
A larger version of the poem begins this way:
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
It continues on for several stanzas, roughing out the story and some of its significance. It turns out that’s not original, though. An older version in a widespread children’s book that predates the Civil War begins this way:
Columbus was a sailor brave, 
The first that crossed th’ Atlantic wave. 
In fourteen hundred ninety-two, 
He came far o’er the ocean blue, 
Where ne’er a ship had sailed before, 
And found a wild and savage shore, - 
Where naked men in forests prowled,
And bears and panthers roamed and howled.
It’s probably fair to expect language describing pre-colonial America as wild and savage, and for heavily garbed and elaborately decorated Europeans to see indigenous peoples as essentially naked, but I’m sure glad we’ve moved beyond those stereotypes. At least, I hope we have. The cultures that precede us on this continent are rich and deep with faith and tradition. It is tragic that we have sought, for several hundred years, to minimize and degrade them.
This Columbus Day, I’d really like to invest some attention in the cultures of the indigenous peoples of this continent. I think we have a lot to learn from them about stewardship of each other and of the earth. I think we need to recognize what we have done, as people of European descent, to erase their history and replace it with ours. I think we need to recover what we can and make steps to rectify the violence and theft we have brought upon them.
I suspect it’s time to move away from Columbus Day. His importance as an explorer should not be minimized, but neither should the violent colonial expansionism he embodied.
This year, I’d much prefer to focus on a day to celebrate Indigenous Peoples. That is much more respectful and closer to the kind of peace and goodwill we’re responsible for as bringers of Christ’s Kingdom.
So have a beautiful Indigenous Peoples Day, y’all. Go and share the good news.

Feed the Hungry Offering
Our Feed the Hungry offering this week is for Recovery Road.
Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc. is a faith based recovery program for women established to provide a safe and healthy facility for women.

Henderson Settlement
Next week’s Feed the Hungry offering will be for
The Henderson Settlement, a mission agency of the UMC within the Redbird Missionary Conference in Frakes, KY.
Their mission is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through service to the community by meeting basic needs in Appalachia.

Learn more about the Settlement in next week’s newsletter.

Worship Last Sunday
Last Sunday We Observed World Communion Sunday
Message by Rev. Brandon Berg  Luke 17:5-10, By the Waters of Babylon

There is only one God, there is only one King,
There is only one Body, that is why we sing:
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together.
Lord, bind us together with love.
~Bob Gillman

In all the world, God’s children gather today
to pray and sing and reflect
on the beauty of the Body of Christ;
We are your servants, Lord,
but better still, we are your children,
and today we remember that we are one.
Some lamenting by Babylon’s waters,
some dancing in Jerusalem’s streets,
some trembling in dark corners
and praying not to be found;
But, Lord, find us all where we are
and help us be your comfort and hope
to each other in all the world.

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

Administrative Council Meeting
Sunday, October 20
2:00 p.m.

The First Annual Fall Fete of First United
Methodist Church, Bristol, TN

A Review in Pictures
What a wonderful day it was! It took many hours of hard work to get ready, but we worked together and had a good time doing it!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped.
It could not have happened without you!

Balance end of 2018 -$ $9,457.92
Year-to-date 2019 -$17,197.49 
Total deficit -$26,655.90 
Fete earnings $ 1,770.42 
Total Balance as of September -$24,885.48 
Most General Budget spending this year has been for the building, parsonage, utilities, pastor insurance and pension, payroll and District/Conference payments. 
The Finance Committee will begin budget work for 2020 in October. Your ideas for committee members would be appreciated. 
Dale Dietz—Chair 
Larry Wagner—Treasurer 
Jennifer Daniels—SPR Chair 
Alan Hale—Trustees 
Alan Gorrell–Ad Board and Conference Rep. 
David SweckerAt-large 
Ron Schoenhardt—At-large 
Julie Blanton—Missions Chair 
Sue Dietz—Lay Leader 
Brandon Berg—Pastor

Look Who Came to Church!
This is Jean Bentley’s pup, Marco, who visited The River on Sunday, September 29.

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
October 10-16, 2019
Thursday, October 10
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Friday, October 11
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, October 12
Sunday, October 13
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, October 14
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, October 15
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wednesday, October 16
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