First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee
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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.
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.
August 8, 2021
“Out of the Depths”
Rev. Brandon Berg
From the Pastor’s Pen August 5, 2021 I used to enjoy watching David Letterman and his late night comedy and interview show. At the time, Jay Leno was competing on a different network for his time slot, and I appreciated Letterman’s humor much more. Not everybody appreciated everything on the show, though, and a lot of people made a point of telling him and his team as much. They would mail comments to the network with such frequency that his team made a segment out of reading them, and the jingle that opened the segment still resonates every time I hear the word: Letters. We get letters. We get sacks and sacks of letters. Letters! People like to voice their opinions, especially when something makes them unhappy, and one of the most dependable ways of making folks unhappy is to initiate change. Well, we’re doing that now. For a handful of reasons, we’re shifting away from a Constant Contact-generated newsletter to publishing directly on fumcbristol.org. We’ll continue our presence on Facebook, and I hope you’ll use at least those two media to keep up with our goings-on. I know you’ll have an opinion about the change and the way it’s published or formatted. I hope you’ll let us know your opinion. We might just be able to do something about it. We might even recruit you to help do something about it. I’m kidding. Well, no, I’m probably not. But let us know anyway. Keep in touch. Pay attention. Sure, as we’re reminded in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun, but it sure feels like our comfortable old stuff keeps getting yanked out from under us. We’re just trying to be the best stewards of our gifts that we can. I hope you’ll help out. Peace, Brandon
Last Sunday at First UMC
9th Sunday After Pentecost
A Service of Morning Prayer, Rite II
Psalm 93, 96
2 Samuel 6:12-23
by Rev. Brandon Berg
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Holston Annual Conference 2021
Friday, August 27th
3 pm, Memorial Service
7 pm, Ordination and Commissioning Service
Livestreamed at ac.holston.org
Saturday, August 28th
12-6 pm, Annual Conference
Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport
Calendar of Events
Aug 5 – 11, 2021
Thursday, August 5
8:00pm – AA
Sunday, Aug 8
11:00am – Sunday Service at FUMC and available for viewing on Facebook and You Tube
8:00pm – AA
Tuesday, Aug 10
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