Newsletter: July 29-Aug 4

First United Methodist Church
Bristol, Tennessee
Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule
July 29-Aug 4, 2021

Welcome to In-Person Worship Again….

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.

9th Sunday After Pentecost

August 1, 2021
On August 1, we will worship virtually together.
A link to the service and the order of worship on YouTube
will be emailed and posted on Facebook soon.

John 6:24-35

"Bread of Life"

Rev. Brandon Berg

A Note From Julie

This is the last newsletter that I will help to produce and I want to say what a joy and a wonderful opportunity it has been to be involved with the church newsletter. I had the good fortune to be trained by two dedicated ladies before me, Carol Wright and Carol Johnson; I learned so much from them!

I want to thank everyone who submitted information over the years and thus were involved in the creation of a weekly newsletter.

Brandon and the Communications Team have been working on new ways to keep you all informed and connected; these new ways may or may not involve the same weekly format that you are used to, but rest assured that you will stay informed of happenings in the church.
Thank you again…


Julie Blanton
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

The Berg family will be on vacation through August 1.
We covet your prayers as we travel and step away from our busyness.

Also, Rev. Caroline Hawthorne will serve as an emergency pastoral contact
while I am on vacation. Her number is (423) 963-9703.

  • Methodism 101 Update: the in- person class has been cancelled but if you want to join the zoom class please email the district office by clicking below

  • Charge Conference will be at First Bristol on November 7, and we will host the Bristol TN Missional hub and the Washington County Missional Hub.

Last Sunday

8th Sunday After Pentecost

First Reading
2 Samuel 11:1-15


Sue Dietz

Last Sunday's Sermon

"It is I; do not be afraid"

Rev, Alan Gorrell

Opening Hymn
"Now Thank We All Our God"
UMH 102

sung by Phil Haga

Gospel Reading

led by Dr. Alan Gorrell

John 6:1-21
New Revised Standard Version

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

Closing Song

"My Hope is Built"
UMH 368

Phil Haga with Betty Curtis

Adult Sunday School
Will Not Meet
this Sunday, August 1st.
The church will be closed and
the Sunday service will
be conducted virtually

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
Calendar of Events
July 29-Aug 4, 2021

Thursday, July 29

Sunday, Aug 1
Sunday Service available for viewing on Facebook and You Tube

Tuesday, Aug 3

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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