Latest News: March 12-18, 2020

First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
March 12-18, 2020

Third Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2020
Woman at the Well byJoseph Kleitsch
John 4:5-42

Wilderness Days: Drought and Flood

Rev. Brandon Berg
From the Pastor's Pen

I was talking with a colleague recently about a few new ministries that are developing around her, and I was struck by how creative and different they seemed. With churches shrinking all around us, we could easily give in to despair and fear, but instead there are places where diminishing resources are leading to think of new and different ways of doing things.

I think that’s really exciting.

One might even argue that it’s an ancient way of doing church. What the early Jerusalem church did was something unusual and unique to their community. They were empowered by the Spirit, every one of them, and didn’t depend on the Temple hierarchy to give them support or focus. They did what they needed to do, shared what needed to be shared, and they let the Spirit transform lives through them.

It just made sense at the time.

And it was a practice that seemed to originate from within the community.

Some of y’all have really stellar ideas. I hope you’ll feel bold enough to share them. We need your creativity. We need your imagination. We need your hope. I’m convinced that the Spirit is speaking through you, leading us in exciting new directions.

Maybe for Lent, try giving up despair and fear. Take on creativity and hope. I bet it’ll deeply shape you and bring us into places and ministry we would never have imagined.

Our Feed the Hungry Offering this Week Is
for Local Missions.
This mission helps members of our church family and other
immediate local mission needs.
Wednesdays at 6:00 Tankersley Hall.

We will share a meal together prior to the study.

March 18: tba
March 25: Sue B., PG, Lucy
April 1: Common Ground
April 8: tba

For March 18, Week 3:
Essential Practice #3: SERVE

Here I am, Lord, Send Me.

"Part of what is necessary to serve Christ by serving
others is our willingness to be interrupted."

~Adam Hamilton
Last Sunday at First UMC
John 3:1-17 Blessing and Cursing by Rev. Brandon Berg
To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God,
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

~Fanny J. Crosby
We celebrated Girl Scout Sunday. In honor of the day, daisies were given to
all former Girl Scouts by current Girl Scouts in remembrance of the founder,
whose name was Daisy.

The flowers gracing the Altar area Sunday were given to the glory of God and in honor of Martha Ann Watson's March 5th Birthday by Greg and Marianna Watson-Cox.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

~Fanny J. Crosby
Days of wandering have come upon us,
Now is the time to decide what path to follow.
Go into the wilderness, friends,
outside of the protection of family and friends.
Go into the wilderness
and proclaim there the trustworthiness
of the God of these wilderness days.
We Had A Beautiful Lenten Service
and Luncheon
at First UMC on March 11
A very sincere Thank-You to the United Methodist Women who planned, prepared, and served a wonderful meal for 90 attendees at the Lenten Service on Wednesday. You have been a blessing to many!!
Guess What Else Happened on Wednesday?
At 11:00 a.m., before the Lenten Service was to begin at 12:00 noon, two cranes arrived and proceeded to remove the old air conditioning unit from the education wing and replace it with the new one!
Group of "Eight" Meets Saturday!
The Group of "Eight" will be heading to Abingdon, Virginia on Saturday, March 14
for a noon luncheon at the Peppermill Restaurant. A table in the downstairs
 has been reserved. Please RSVP to Kathy Wagner.
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.
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.
Lenten Noon Organ Meditations
Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave.
Wednesdays 12:05 p.m.
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.
Holy Week at First UMC
Holy Monday, April 6
Holy Tuesday, April 7
Holy Wednesday, April 8
Maundy Thursday, April 9
Good Friday, April 10

All Services 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
An Invitation
The Hebraic Christian Fellowship will be celebrating their Passover meal in Tankersley Hall on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. They have graciously extended an invitation to anyone from our church community who would like to join them. The cost of the meal is $25.00 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Gary or Darlene Huff at immediately so that they may include you in their count.
The menu: Matzo ball soup and salad, Roasted Lamb, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and dessert prepared by Gingerbread Catering, Bristol, TN
Easter Sunday

Then came the morning
Night turned into day
The stone was rolled away
Hope rose with the dawn
Then came the morning
Shadows vanished before the sun
Death had lost and life had won
For morning had come.
~Guy Penrod
Combined Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
Brunch at 11:30 a.m.
Egg Hunt for Children Provided by the Youth

We are requesting bags of individually wrapped candies for the Children's Egg Hunt. Candies should be small enough so that 2-3 pieces and perhaps a tiny toy can be placed inside a plastic egg.

We do not need plastic eggs – we have plenty remaining from last year.

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.
From the Finance Committee:
Thank you to those who are giving faithfully this year. The Walk study that starts this week talks about the importance of corporate as well as individual worship. because we are FAMILY, and we are here to support each other. Our report for February is not in the black but it is well up from last month’s final report. Thank you for supporting the family known as First Bristol.
If you donate goods to the church, turn in your receipt and we can give you a statement proving you donated. You will receive the statement and your receipt back for tax purposes. Keep the documents for your 2020 tax work next year. These donations can include food for a meeting, items for worship, trustee purchases…most things you buy and for which you do not receive reimbursement. (Used equipment needs to be approved by the Trustees.) Or you can ask for reimbursement and then sign the check back to the church. These donations appear on your annual statement.
Month end was -$587.70

"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

Save the date.

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
March 12-18, 2020
Thursday, March 12
6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room

Friday, March 13
5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio

Saturday, March 14
3:00pm-Hebraic Christian Fellowship (until 8 p.m.)-TH

Sunday, March 15
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
4:00pm-Board of Trustees-Library
Monday, March 16
9:00am-Lectionary Study Group-Library
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Tuesday, March 17

Wednesday, March 18
12:00pm-Lenten Service-State Street UMC-(Msg. by Rev. David Jackson, Emory 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
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