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First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
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February 27 – March 4, 2020

First Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2020
The Temptation on the Mount by Duccio di Buoninsegna
Matthew 4:1-11

Wilderness Days: Life and Death

Rev. Brandon Berg
From the Pastor's Pen
We have two cats. They’re siblings, and not just because we’ve adopted them. They’re litter mates. We’ve had them since they were kittens, and watching them grow has been fascinating like watching children grow.
Clara is the smaller of the two. You wouldn’t know it looking at her, but she’s an eight- or nine-pound fur ball. She is patient and kind and quiet. Rarely will she speak to us when she needs something. She seems to understand that if she waits politely, we’ll follow her wherever she needs to go.
Oswald is no Maine Coon, but he’s a big dude. He’s a shorthaired Tabby with a pounding gait and a paranoid fascination with the wiggly tip of his tail. He has no unspoken thought. His language is loud and whiny and impatient. How I am the only person he wakes in the morning is a mystery beyond my comprehension.
I have a favorite.

It’s really just because I dislike whining. I’m annoyed by circular conversations. When you have something to say, say it clearly and stop talking. Oswald doesn’t stop. He says something, says it again, says it more loudly, says it more slowly, and says it at a run when I finally have a chance to stop what I’m doing and follow him.

He is the woman who keeps coming to the judge to be granted justice. He’ll do it just to get her to stop nagging him.

That trick isn’t repeatable. It’s not that it stops working after a while, but because it’s a practice that breaks down community.

I know that sometimes we drop responsibilities or tasks or put them on a back burner or bury them in an inbox. Sometimes we need to be reminded of something. But the difference between that and Oswald’s nagging whine is more than just nuance.

Be like Clara. Be patient. Use fewer words. Make them count.

That is a much better exercise for building community. And who knows? It might actually help you listen a little better to the other voices around you, too.


Our Feed the Hungry Offering This Week
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.
How do we walk with Christ—daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him?
Plan now to participate in this five-week study led by Pastor Berg.

Starts Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 Tankersley Hall.

Books cost $14.00 each. You may make a $14.00 donation to the church for your book, but it is not required to participate in this study.

We will share a meal together prior to the study.
March 4: Supper by Sue Dietz and Carol Johnson
March 11: Supper by Rick and Roxanne
March 25: Supper by Sue Bryngelson, P.G. Mueller, and Lucy Lewis
March 18 and April 1 are still open for volunteers. See Carol to sign up.

Much excitement has been generated in anticipation of this study!
We have given out the first six books. Six more are awaiting pickup at the post office!
If you are thinking about coming Wednesday, please do!
We have counted around 12 who have committed thus far;
it is not too late to join that number!
We will place another order for books with joy
so that we may study and fellowship together.
Last Sunday at First UMC
Transfiguration Sunday
Matthew 17: 1-9 It Is Good to Be Here
by Rev. Brandon Berg
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone.

As the men watched, Jesus' appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Peter exclaimed, "Lord, it's wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I'll make three shelters as memorials – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,

"This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.
Listen to him."

The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

Then Jesus came over and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid."

And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.

~Matthew 17: 1-7 NLT

Special Moments of Worship at The River

The body of Christ, given for you.
The blood of Christ, given for you.

The flowers on
the altar Sunday
were presented
in loving memory of
Mrs. Viola Nichols'
February birthday by
Mary and Charles Burns
Feb. 26 – St. Luke UMC – (Jane Taylor, DS)
March 4 – Reynolds Memorial UMC – (Sean Glenn, Bluff City UMC)
March 11 – First UMC (Natalie Justice, Marion, VA)
March 18 – State Street UMC (David Jackson, Emory UMC)
March 25 – Addilynn Memorial UMC (Annette Warren, Cedar Bluff UMC)
April 1 – Virginia Avenue UMC (Estel Williams, Edgefield UMC)
April 8 – Sinking Springs UMC (Mary K Briggs, Emory & Henry)
Services on Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch served 12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Everyone welcome.
Stand Up for Caregivers!
Protecting and advocating for the health and wellbeing
of adult caregivers
We have been given access to en excellent resource for adult caregivers.
Click on the link below to benefit from all the valuable information provided by
Ms. Beverly Nelson. Our special thanks to Ms. Nelson for making her research
available to us.
Lenten Noon Organ Meditations
Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave.
Wednesdays 12:05 p.m.
March 11 – Alice Sanders – Organist of First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
March 18 – Nick Andrews – Organist of St John's Episcopal Church, Johnson City, TN
March 25 – Jacob Moorman – Organ Student
April 1 – Stephanie Yoder – Organist – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bristol, VA

Admission is free, but donations to the music program are gratefully accepted.
Dinner and Live Music
Saturday, March 14, 5 – 8 p.m.
St. Luke United Methodist Church
105 North St., Bristol VA
Dinner includes: pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls, salad, dessert, beverages

$10 per person

Purchase tickets in advance at St. Luke,
Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Limited Seating.
Call 276-669-2441 for more information.
No ticket sales at the door. / Sponsored by St. Luke Men's Club.
"Sacred Conversations on Race:
Working Toward a Beloved Community"
April 26
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pleasant View UMC
May 5-15, 2020
Holston Annual Conference
June 7-10, 2020
Lake Junaluska, NC
Coming this Summer…
Worship at Sugar Hollow
July 12
A beautiful time to commune with God, nature, and one another.
Save the date.
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
February 27 – March 4, 2020
Thursday, February 27
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room

Friday, February 28
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio

Saturday, February 29
3:00pm-Hebraic Christian Fellowship (until 8 p.m.)-TH

Sunday, March 1
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-Choir Room
Monday, March 2
1:00pm-Food Pantry-Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 4
12:00pm-Lenten Service-Reynolds Memorial UMC-(Spkr: Sean Glenn, Bluff City UMC)
6:00pm-The Walk Book Study-TH
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
    First United Methodist Church of Bristol Tennessee | 322 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN 37620