Latest News – Jan 2-8, 2020

First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
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January 2 – 8 , 2020

January 5, 2020

Matthew 2:1-12

Your Light Has Come

Rev. Brandon Berg
From the Pastor's Pen
Is anybody reading this approaching 2020 with a sense of hope?

If you are, that’s outstanding! Does your sense of hope outweigh your sense of dread or anxiety?

I mean, you can have hope alongside fear. The two coexist pretty consistently.

And we have a lot to be concerned about. The climate is on the verge of irreversible disaster. Our government, from top to bottom, is increasingly invested in bolstering the power and wealth of the already powerful and wealthy at the expense of folks who have spent generations in poverty. Our church is ripping at the seams because we refuse to hear the call of the Spirit to welcome God’s children. The regions who can afford to welcome refugees from poverty and war are closing their borders and incarcerating children separate from their parents.

Just to name a few things.

How do we find hope?

I guess that asking that question is a good place to start, but we can’t just shout it into the void and shut ourselves off to the possibility of an answer. That’s what we do when we drown ourselves in the bad news that sells so well in our media market. “Where is hope?” we cry, “Why is everything so broken?”

Well, it’s primarily because we refuse to be part of the repair.

So let me suggest a resolution for us all as we step into the new year: Do something.

Be part of a solution. Be active. Be involved. Be attentive. Pray and discern and then get on your feet and on the phone and in the thick of things to make change happen.

God is empowering and inspiring you right now. I am convinced of that. So don’t let anxiety and dread halt you. Be the change God is inspiring you to be in your community, in your family, in your politics, in our Church.

Let God do a new thing through you this new year.

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 circumstance leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.
Last Sunday at First UMC
Not Welcome by Rev. Brandon Berg
Matthew 2:13-23
Lord, let Your light, light of Your face
Shine on us
Lord, let Your light, light of Your face
Shine on us
That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way in the darkest night
Let your light shine on us.

Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand,
Fall on us
Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand,
Fall on us
That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way in the darkest night
Let Your grace fall on us.

Lord, let Your love, love with no end
Come over us
Lord, let Your love, love with no end
Come over us
That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way in the darkest night
Let your love come over us.

~Michael W. Smith
Elk Garden Community Ministry
Elk Garden School Community Ministry has an immediate need for these items:

  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Ravioli
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned chicken
Add an extra item or two to your grocery cart whenever you shop. You may already have some of these items in your pantry.

A collection bin is located in the narthex.
Finance Report
All of the money needed to clear our church's budget deficit has been received!

We are beginning 2020 with a clean slate!

Thank you, Church Family, for your generosity and for your love of Christ, the Church, and one another which inspires your giving!

Thank you, God, for providing us with the resources to do it!
It is now time for the family to pull together with outside-of-the-box money saving ideas. Pledges are down, so the Finance Committee will need to set a very tight budget for 2020. If committee chairs have not submitted budget requests, please do so. We welcome Ron Schoenhardt as Finance Committee Chair in the 2020 fiscal year.
Camp Bays Mountain

Our community and local churches have a need that Camp Bays Mountain is fulfilling. Last year forty-two campers made first time decision to follow Christ and thirty-nine indicated a call into ministry while at summer camp.

Consider a gift to enable Camp Bays Mountain to complete its funding.
When you give to camp, you are investing in the next generation.
Mail checks to Camp Bays Mountain, PO Box 2706, Kingsport, TN 37604.
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
January 2-8, 2020
Thursday, January 2
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room

Friday, January 3
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio

Saturday, January 4
12:00pm-Group of Eight-Carrabba's-Johnson City

Sunday, January 5
9:30am-The River Contemplative Worship Service-TH
9:30am-Shaw-Anchor Adult Sunday School
10:00am-Common Ground Worship-Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship Service-Sanctuary
12:15pm-Choir Rehearsal
4:00pm-Trustees Meeting
Monday, January 6
1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, January 7
Wednesday, January 8
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)
Our Vision
Building A Community Where Anyone
Can Become A Deeply Committed Christian
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