Newsletter: July 1-7

First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
July 1-7, 2021

Welcome to In-Person Worship Again….

We rejoice in once again gathering together for in-person worship!

If you are uncomfortable with worshiping in person or unable to join us for whatever reason, please tune in as we live-stream the service on Facebook.

  • Enter the narthex doors beside the sanctuary.
  • Wear a cloth mask that covers your mouth and nose until you are seated if you are vaccinated; if you are not fully vaccinated wear your mask continuously.
  • wear your mask when participating in singings and readings.
  • Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and anyone outside of your immediate household.
  • Minimize your use of the lavatory and sanitize the spaces you use, and
  • Exit the Sanctuary through the side doors closest to the parking lot.

Schedule Adjustment:

In-person worship at 11:00a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary
can also be viewed on the church Facebook page.

If you have not connected to FUMC via Facebook,
please go do that. You can also connect to Rev. Berg
on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
He will try to share uplifting and empowering things
on those media.

6th Sunday After Pentecost
USA Independence Day

July 4, 2021

Mark 6:1-13
"The God of Hosts is With Him"

Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor's Pen

This weekend is seeing the arrival of one of the country’s celebrations of grilling, socializing, and watching things blow up. I’m sure we’ll do some of that in my family, but I hope that at some point we’ll pause and have a conversation about why we’re doing it.

It’s the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s a big “yay America” party. It’s a celebration of pride in the state.

What I’d invite us to ponder is what it is that makes us proud.

I’m not actually interested in taking up this space and your time today being critical of the United States of America or the values we represent. I simply want to encourage us to more deeply consider what it is we’re celebrating on the Fourth of July. I don’t want to offer any answers. I would only suggest that when you dig up those things you take pride in, those reasons you celebrate, you juxtapose them against Jesus’s example and teaching.

You can do that, by the way. You are a private citizen not acting on behalf of a government entity. It is entirely okay to let your faith guide your decisions and values. It is even encouraged.

So take some time this weekend to examine yourself. What is it you’re celebrating? If you don’t like it, what are you doing about it? If you do like it, what are you doing to support it?

Somewhere between the hamburgers and the macaroni and cheese, find the space to evaluate your festivities. It’s a good first step toward making yourself a better, more faithful person.

While we are practicing social distancing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak,
FUMC will not be keeping regular office hours.
If you need to reach Rev. Berg, he will still be responding by email at
and by text or call (276) 237-6498

Last Sunday

5th Sunday After Pentecost

Greeting and



Sue Dietz

First Reading

led by Rev. Berg

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
New International Version

After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.

David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

“A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!

“Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.

“Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.

“From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.

“Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.

“How the mighty have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women.

“How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!”

Opening Hymn
"Give Thanks"
TFWS 2030

sung by Phil Haga

The Lord's Prayer

led by Rev. Berg

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass
against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Last Week's Sermon

"Lament and Healing"

Rev. Brandon Berg

Closing Song

"Make Me a Servant"
TWFS 2176

Phil Haga
Betty Curtis

Adult Sunday School

join us!

  • MASKLESS, if you feel comfortable
  • vaccinated people may attend
  • 9:30am-Shaw Anchor Classroom
  • study materials available on main hallway literature table

Health and Safety


For Service Attendance

Click on the link below to read the changes now in effect.

A Note From Our
Lay Leader…..Suspended

Unfortunately Sue Dietz will take a leave of absence from her article-writing.
She fell this last Monday
and broke her wrist.

Sue, we will miss hearing from you each week and we hope to have you back
very soon to share your wisdom with us once again.

on weekday mornings in the 8:00am hour.

Share your prayer requests with him
or join him online.
Remember that you can mail your offering or bring it to the church at
or give online at
Send your photos and announcements for the Newsletter
to or call Julie at 423.914.9820.
For each publication information is needed by noon on Wednesday.
Calendar of Events
July 1-7, 2021

Thursday, July 1

Sunday, July 4 USA Independence Day
9:30am-Sunday School, Shaw Anchor Classroom
11:00am-Sunday morning service IN-PERSON and live-streamed on Facebook

Tuesday, July 6

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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