Newsletter: September 23-29, 2021

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 continuously.

> 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.

Healing the Land by Debbie Clark

September 26, 2021

James 5:13-20

“When People Pray”
Rev. Beth Tipton

From the Pastor’s Pen
 September 22, 2021

Atop your shoulders, mounted by a slinky whose best trick is to locate all your daily stress and hold it in a death grip, is a hard shell that contains a hemisphere of mush. In that halved ball of grey noodles is all your potential for creativity, logic, communication, and function, bouncing back and forth with tee-tiny little electric impulses.

I have now exhausted my potential to describe brain function.

Some of y’all can do a lot better. Some of y’all can point out exactly where I’m wrong and why that’s a horrible set of images. Some of y’all just won’t appreciate my humor.

Shut up. I’m a lot funnier than you think.

But keep thinking anyway. You’ll do amazing things when you think. You’ll come up with ways to say things that haven’t occurred to people before. You’ll come up with a brilliant new invention nobody ever realized they needed, like a cat door. You’ll teach the rest of your lanky frame to do something it didn’t realize it could. You’ll figure out, a few weeks later, how to recover from doing that.

I just want to be thankful for the brain today, for science and vaccines and public health practices, for wonderful wordsmithing, for the constant back and forth of art and life, for all the deeply cool stuff the brain does. It keeps us in care for ourselves and for our neighbor in more ways than we really ought to try to list, and that’s a pretty nifty thing.

Love with all your mind, y’all. Be thankful for your brain.


Last Sunday at First UMC

17th Sunday After Pentecost

September 19, 2021

Prelude, Blest Be the Tie That Binds by A. C. Moore; Phil Haga, Organist

Opening Hymn 2025, As the Deer

Psalm 1

Mark 9:30-37

A Low Profile Moment

Hymn of Benediction 396 O Jesus, I Have Promised
Postlude I Love to Tell the Story by Wm Fischer; 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.

It’s not too late to join us in a thought-provoking book study

Rev. Berg is leading the Wednesday 6pm study. Sign up here.

From the Finance Committee:

Red Number Report from Finance

As of September 1, we were-$9,929.91 in our General Fund.  There are no more loans to count on.  If you have not had the opportunity to give to the church, please consider donating at this time.  There are three months left in our fiscal year to change the report to BLACK Numbers.

Elk Garden School Community Ministries needs 600 cans of SpaghettiOs or Ravioli for Holiday Boxes. Rev. Natalie Justice will pick them up by November 15th.

It’s Charge Conference Time!

Charge Conference is the Election Season of the local United Methodist Church. The mission and the membership (that’s you!) of the local church is represented in the work of multiple teams, including (but not limited to):

Administrative Council

Finance Committee

Board of Trustees

Staff Parish Relations Committee

Lay Leadership Committee

Missions Team

Worship Team

I hope you’ll do a handful of things in preparation for this year’s Charge Conference.

  1. Pray. We need the power and guidance of your prayer for us, but also because prayer (as noted below) guides you to…
  2. Get Involved. The gifts you bring to Christ’s Body are unique and beautiful and important. You see the needs of our community and the gifts of our church in a way that nobody else does, and we need your voice, your hands, and your feet.
  3. Be Present. Charge Conference is the one regularly scheduled time we, as a church, are democratic. This is when your vote counts loudly and clearly. This is also when we get to see what ministries and miracles other churches around us are celebrating, and that’s an exciting thing to hear!

So put Charge Conference on your calendar, and in the meantime, talk to your Lay Leadership Committee about how God is nudging you to get involved and active at FUMC Bristol this year. We need to hear from you.

The Lay Leadership Committee is:

Brandon Berg

Sue Dietz

Sandy Gorrell

Trinka Felty

A Note From Our Lay Leader

Have you found the sacred today?

I watched the pink zinnia that sits in a bottle by my kitchen sink this morning. It’s only been there for two days.  I hope it will last for several more days.  Have you ever just studied a single flower, a web covered with dew or a hummingbird feasting on a colorful flower?  There are big things that bring the sacred too.  Sunrises or sunsets at the ocean, snow covered fences, cool brooks on a hot day.  All of these bring joy.  They are gifts from our wonderful creator.  We might try to duplicate them, but we will only fall way short.   Do you take time to acknowledge the sacred?  It’s not always easy during our busy days. We’ve heard about listening to the still small voice.  These sacred moments are a time, I think, to worship and listen.  Try to make time… a short walk, a piece of symphonic music, prayer with a dear friend.  These are God given times to turn your face toward God and find the sacred.

Sue Dietz

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Calendar of Events

Sept 23-29, 2021

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Wednesdays 6:00 pm

Book Study
Lee Camp’s Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians

Live on Zoom. Sign up through the Southern Christian Coalition.

Thursday, Sept 23

8:00pm – AA

Sunday, Sept 26

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

Guest Preacher: Reverend Beth Tipton, Campus Minister, Wesley Foundation at UVA-Wise

4:00pm – Board of Trustees

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Sept 27


Oct 3

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

World Communion Sunday

8:00pm – AA

October 13

King Institute for Faith and Culture Lecture Series: Maria Liston, Professor of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

7:00 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church, Bristol VA Looking Back to Earlier Pandemics: Plagues, Pestilence, and the Origins of the Hospital in Early Christian Thebes, Greece

October 14

10:00 a.m. Memorial Chapel A Tale of Two Wells: Mothers, Midwives, and Infant Mortality in Ancient Greece 

Nov 1

King Institute for Faith and Culture Lecture Series: Malcolm Guite, Poet, priest, and musician, University of Cambridge

9:15 a.m. Memorial Chapel An Unexpected Music: Poetry and Renewal

7:00 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bristol, Va. Songs and Sonnets: An Evening of Poetry, Song, and Story

Nov 7

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

All Saints Sunday

8:00pm – AA

Nov 8

King Institute for Faith and Culture Lecture Series: Peter Croft, Founder, J.B. Phillips Society

9:15 a.m. Memorial Chapel J.B. Phillips: The Ring of Truth and the Price of Success

7:00 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bristol, Va. J.B. Phillips: The Fresh Air of Heaven

Nov 14

2:30pm – Charge Conference: Bristol Missional Hub at John Wesley UMC

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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