Newsletter: August 12-18, 2021

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

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.

August 15, 2021
John 6:51-58

“Everlasting Covenant”
Rev. Brandon Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
August 12, 2021

I’m sure y’all are familiar with the experience of weariness. I sure am. I’m weary of COVID-19. I’m weary of folks who refuse to get vaccinated. I’m weary of waiting for General Conference. I’m weary of kids not listening. I’m weary of meetings that are too long because a handful of folks need everybody else to listen to them.
…just to name a few things.
I have a hard time remembering how to deal with weariness.
I have a hard time remembering:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)

I’m weary because I worry and because I try to handle things myself. I forget that worry is fruitless and that there is never anything I have to handle by myself. I forget to let Jesus take my burden and transform it, hand it back to me as something I can totally handle.
I just make things too hard sometimes.
But Jesus’s job for me is easy and weightless.

Breathe. Relax. Let go of your weariness. Give it to Jesus.

He’s totally got this.


Last Sunday at First UMC

11th Sunday After Pentecost

August 8, 2021

Prelude – He … by Jack Richards .. Phil Haga,Organist

121 – There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

Responsive Reading: Psalm 130

Gospel: John 6:35, 41-51

“Out of the Depths”

by Rev. Brandon Berg

399 – Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated…by H. A. Malan… Phil Haga, Organist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.

Morning Prayer

Rev. Berg streams morning prayer live on Facebook on weekday mornings in the 8:00 am hour.
Share your prayer requests with him or join him online.

There’s been some busyness at FUMC this week. Tom Felty and David Swecker have enlisted the help of professionals to replace floodlamps in the ceiling that are no longer in production. We hope that this will turn out to be an enlightening experience on Sunday.

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Holston Annual Conference 2021
Friday, August 27th
3 pm, Memorial Service
7 pm, Ordination and Commissioning Service
Livestreamed at
Saturday, August 28th 
12-6 pm, Annual Conference
Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport
Also livestreamed

Calendar of Events

Aug 12 – 18, 2021

Thursday, August 12

8:00pm – AA

Sunday, Aug 15

11:00am – Sunday Service at FUMC and available for viewing on Facebook and You Tube

4:00 pm – Board of Trustees

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Aug 17


Friday, Aug 27

3:00pm – Holston Annual Conference Memorial Service

7:00pm – Holston Annual Conference Ordination Service

Saturday, Aug 28

12:00pm – Holston Annual Conference in-person session

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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