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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
November 7 – November 13, 2019
 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 10, 2019

Luke 20:27-38
God of the Living
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
God, I am overwhelmed.
I know, it’s my fault. I said yes. Then I said yes again. Then I ran out of time and the thing went all wrong and the other thing got dropped… I know, I did this to myself.
And I know I’ve been asking for your help all along. I guess I’ve messed up somewhere along the way. I know there have been times when I’ve backed down when I should have held my ground. I know there have been times I should have prioritized relationship but I tried to meet the deadline.
But I’ve been trying so hard, God.
Yeah, I guess it’s not always my fault. Things happen sometimes. People get sick. People fight. People have their own priorities that don’t match mine and what you’ve convinced me yours are.
I hope I’m not misunderstanding you.
But this thing is falling apart, God. I need you to put it back together. I need you to help me put it back together. I need you to bring me the people who can help me put it back together.
And I need you to make it obvious when you’re making our paths cross. I need you to baby-step me through asking for their help for the right thing at the right time. I get pretty ignorant and clumsy sometimes. You know that.
I need you to do this with me.
Actually, I need you to do this in spite of me.
I know, I know. That’s not right either. There’s nothing about me that you need to work in spite of. I know you built me with your own hands. I know… I just have a hard time admitting it to myself…
I am your treasure.
I am your beloved.
Can you just say it to me again? I need to hear it.
OK, show me how to put these pieces back together. Show me what to do. Perhaps I’m here for such a time as this.
I’m here for you, God. Thank you for reminding me again that you’re here with me.

This Week’s 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.
Bristol Recovery Road for Women is a program dedicated to helping women who have been released from jail to get back on their feet.

Board member Ginger Addison began housing women in her own home through a program called The House of David, which merged with BRRW when the program was founded in 2008.
“There are so many women that end up going back to jail because there is no one to help them once they get out,” Addison said. “We have connections with the jail ministry and probation officers so the women are referred to us and we can help them get a better education. We help them find employment, and we try to help them get back on the right road and help them be more productive in society.”

BRRW is a recovery program that offers many services, including GED tutoring, parenting, nutrition and fitness classes, driver tutoring, a 12-step rehabilitation program, Bible study and more. Services are adjusted to meet the needs of each woman.

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

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.

All Saints Sunday
Message by Rev. Brandon Berg 
Luke 6:20-31
Living with Authority under Authority

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and your love towards all the saints
and for this reason
I do not cease to give thanks for you
as I remember you in my prayers.

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
as you come to know him,
so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened,
you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe,
according to the working of his great power.

God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the age to come.
And he has put all things under his feet
and has made him the head over all things for the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1: 15-23 (NRSV)

Pastor Brandon shared about Helen Harkleroad’s new book for children, Potpourri: A Book of Children’s Original Story Poems. Helen’s book is available on Amazon.
We remembered members of our church who went to be with our Lord
during the past year.

Blessed are you who have known Christ’s saints;
Our lives are transformed through theirs.
Blessed are you who grieve today;
Our lament is a sign of the love we have been shown.
Blessed are you who are Christ’s saints now;
We will let God’s Spirit make disciples of Christ
and transform the world today.

Remembering More Saints
Robert (Bob) Duerk
Friend and Co-worker of John Mack
March 28, 1959 – July 26, 2019
Bob spent his career at the YMCA in Findlay, Ohio, where he was the Director of Activities. He was also a longtime volunteer with the Special Olympics. Bob is survived by his two children, Robert L. Duerk and Brittany L. Duerk both of Lima, Ohio.

Christy Ann Van Huss
Heart Sister of Melissa Wright
March 19, 1975 – April 2, 2019

The Church Gratefully Acknowledges
A gift to the Trustees Fund
In Memory of
Robert (Bob) Duerk
Friend and Co-worker of John Mack
Given by
Kathy and John Mack

You’ve Got Mail
Look for your letter!
It’s from the Church Finance Committee. 
We need your estimate of giving as soon as possible to build a budget. The future of the church is in God’s hands. The budget is in ours.
If you do not receive a letter, let Carol know. We will send out one immediately. You don’t have to be a member to help.
Thanks in advance for helping. Your gifts are all appreciated.
Let’s step up!

A Children’s Book By First UMC’s
Very Own Helen Harkleroad!

This Book of Poems was designed to help promote a child’s ability to read and to help understand how reading can be fun and engaging. This book, with the short stories and the poems, all with delightful and colorful illustrations, is the perfect teaching tool.
Pampered Chef Fundraiser
Sunday, November 10, 2019 2pm
Please join us for an afternoon of fun! Fellowship and cook together, learn about the Pampered Chef Products, and help raise money to support sending the kids of FUMC to Camp Bays Mountain!
RSVP to Karoline at or 276-233-8367

If you can’t make it to the party, but want to still help with this fundraiser, you still can! Just go to . You can also use the QR Code provided above . . .
See Karoline Berg or Jennifer Daniel. We have catalogs we can share with you and assist you in taking your order.

Group of “Eight” Enjoys Lovely Fall Weather,
Delicious Meal and Camaraderie at
Mountain View Restaurant Last Saturday

UMW Fundraiser
The UMW is selling knives with proceeds used for missions projects.
Think ahead for Christmas gifts.
Contact Kathy Wagner at (423) 323-5446.

End of October
-$25,049.35 General account
+3034.35 Designated reimbursement account
The Finance Committee has established a Designated Reimbursement account. 
The seed money for this account was the money earned by the Fall Fete. 
Since then there have been gifts from others in the church. 
If you wish to contribute to this just mark your gift Designated Reimbursement. 
This gift would be above your normal giving. 

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
November 7-13, 2019
Thursday, November 7
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
Friday, November 8
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
 6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Saturday, November 9
Sunday, November 10
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, November 11
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, November 12
 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-Tankersley Hall
Wednesday, November 13
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