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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
October 31 – November 5, 2019
All Saints Sunday
Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
November 3, 2019

 Luke 6:20-31
Living with Authority under Authority
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
The forecast for Thursday evening is rain. Rain and plummeting temperatures. Will that keep children inside and away from the most magnificent candy collection of the calendar year? I doubt it.
Children probably look forward to this day as much as they look forward to Christmas. I wonder if they realize that Halloween isn’t actually the feast day; it’s the eve thereof. I guess that depends on how well we’ve educated them, and that probably speaks to our family’s priorities.
Maybe this year is a good opportunity for a change of pace, or of pattern. Once the kids have roused themselves on Friday morning from their chocolate hangovers, invite them to light a taper for the saints you mourn in your family or in your circle of immediate relationships. Explain to them why we celebrate the Feast of All Saints.
Tell them how, every year on November 1, we remember. Our lives are shaped and enriched by the people who have taught us about love and patience and goodness. Our hearts are warmed by the people who have taught us about the power of Jesus to change lives. Embrace those beautiful little disciples and tell them that this year, some of those people have left our lives and are cuddled up with Jesus. Today is a day we remember them and we celebrate how they have made our lives more beautiful and more blessed.
Name them. Share their pictures. Light a candle to show the light they’ve brought into your life.
Today is for remembering.
Today is for giving thanks for them.
Tell them.
Then pack some of that candy into their lunches. Their teachers will appreciate it.
Have a blessed Feast of All Saints.
Peace,
Brandon

In Loving Memory of First UMC Saints
Jimmy Sargent Bowen
October 31, 1929 – December 16, 2018

Clara Jean Fields
December 30, 1974 – May 10, 2019

Paul S. Lee
May 1, 1926 – July 9, 2019

Shirley Olson
May 18, 1933 – June 22, 2019

Mary Alice Wright
March 13, 1955 – August 1, 2019

This Week’s Feed the Hungry Offering
Our Feed the Hungry offering today is for Bristol Faith in Action.
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local
community, formed to serve any persons whose circumstances leave them with
significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.

A Reminder . . . to Reset Your Clocks
Charge Conference
Sunday, November 17
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Weaver Memorial
United Methodist Church
132 Peoples Road
Bristol, TN 37620

Paper Recycling
Needed: a person or two to keep an eye
on recycling bins and transport when full.
Join the discussion by contacting Rev. Brandon
or Julie Blanton.
423-652-2811 or 423-914-9820

Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
Annual Food Drive
Saturday, November 16th
Volunteers needed to work 2 hour shifts from 10am to 6pm.
Call Jim at the Food Pantry
to sign up.
423-571-4449

Worship Last Sunday
Message by Rev. Brandon Berg
from Genesis 18:9-14, Righteousness and Self-Righteousness

Children of Zion,
rejoice and be glad in the Lord your God,
who will give you the early rain as a sign of righteousness;
who will pour down abundant rain for you,
the early and the late rain, as before.
Job 2:23

We have offered praise and prayer to our God,
who sends us out to offer peace and hope to others.
We have heard the call of Jesus in the silence and singing,
and we will join him in speaking for the voiceless.
Filled by the Spirit with faith and trust,
we go to serve others, humbly and lovingly.

It Was a Grand Chili Cook-off!
And the winners are . . .
Doug Taylor won BEST CHILI for the second year in a row!
Sue Dietz won BEST DESSERT for her amazing Triple Chocolate
Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Lara won the award for BEST CORNBREAD!
CONGRATULATIONS DOUG, SUE, and LARA!!
A HUGE THANK-YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!!

Group of “Eight” Outing Planned
On Saturday, November 2, the Group of “Eight” will meet at the church at noon to go to the Mountain View Restaurant in Limestone, TN, an hour’s distance.
After lunch, there will be opportunity to shop in the Amish store located next door. For non-shoppers, rocking chairs and picnic tables abound outside.
Please contact Trinka to let her know if you plan to go or not so that she can make the reservation.

UMW Fundraiser
The UMW made over $300 on the sale of knives at the Fall Festival !!!
These high-quality knives are still available and make wonderful gifts.
Think ahead for Christmas . . .
Contact Kathy Wagner at (423) 323-5446.

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 30 -$24,885.48 

November 4, 2019
9:15 a.m. King University Memorial Chapel
The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History
7:00 p.m. Lee Street Baptist Church, Bristol, VA
Racial Reconciliation and Christian Witness

The Frederick Buechner Lecture-November 18, 2019
9:15 a.m. King University Memorial Chapel
Receiving the Saints: Augustine and Monica through Painters’ Eyes
4:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN
A Conversation with James K. A. Smith
7:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN
Testimony as Poetry, Augustine the Artist

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 31 – November 5, 2019
 
Thursday, October 31
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
8:00pm-AA
Friday, November 1
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 7:00pm-NA
Saturday, November 2
 
Sunday, November 3
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
 8:00pm-AA      
    
Monday, November 4
1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers- (until 4pm) – Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
              
Tuesday, November 5
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-Tankersley Hall
 8:00pm-AA
  
Wednesday, November 6
6:30pm-Youth Activity-Tankersley Hall

            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