Newsletter: October 21-27, 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.

October 24, 2021

Mark 10:46-52

“The Lord Delivers”
Rev. Berg

From the Pastor’s Pen
October 21, 2021

I hope you have some peace today.

Maybe not all day. Maybe not for a whole hour. Maybe peace is something you catch a glimpse of. Maybe it’s something that brushes past your arm. Maybe it breathes softly on your cheek.

I hope you notice it.
I hope you pay attention to it.
I hope you let it shift something in you that’s less than peaceful.
I hope it blows your mind. That is, I hope it passes all your understanding.

And then I hope you notice that it’s been there all along. It’s the enfolding love of the Comforter, the Advocate and Guide, the Third Person (but really, you can’t differentiate the Persons anyway).

Peace is exactly like Love. It never fails. We just don’t always look for it.

In that moment when anger flares, when frustration starts to boil, when panic starts to set in, breathe. Pause. Shut out all the noise. Listen. Look for peace.

It’s always there.


Last Sunday at First UMC

21st Sunday After Pentecost

October 17, 2021

Prelude For the Beauty of the Earth by John Anderson; Phil Haga, Organist

Opening Hymn UMH 368 My Hope Is Built

Psalm 104

Mark 10:35-45

Who Can Be Saved? – Dr. Alan Gorrell

Hymn of Benediction UMH 451 Be Thou My Vision

Postlude – Lift High the Cross by Sydney Nicholson; 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.


The Preptits are most concerned about the missionaries and family members who have been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti.  This is another worry on top of so many for them.  Can you imagine if this happened in our country!  Please pray for the Haitian people and the Preptits and the missionaries.

The items collected for the Haiti earthquake are on their way to Haiti.  The Preptits took them to Memphis to start them on their way.  There is a person chosen to pick them up and save them until they can be used.  Right now the Preptits are not able to travel to Haiti. The situation is just too dangerous.

Please pray for the Haitian people and the Preptits.  This is a most difficult time.

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.  As of September 30 we are -$27,253.18
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

Annual Conference Nominees Needed

Each District of the Holston Conference is allotted a certain number of at-large members of the Annual Conference in addition to those elected at Charge Conference and in other ministry areas. There are currently more laity positions available than nominees. If you are interested in being a member of the Holston Annual Conference in 2022 with full voting rights, please contact Rev. Berg or our Clinch Mountain District Administrative Assistant, Monika Hunter. 

The Emmaus Ministries Virtual Walk and Challenge takes place October 1 – November 12, 2021. During this six-week period, we challenge you to walk 14,000 steps (7 miles/ 11.5 kilometers) (approximately the distance between Jerusalem and Emmaus) at your convenience and in the area of your choice, wherever you might be. Learn more here or at the registration link above.

A Note From Our Lay Leader

Happy New Year

  The start of school and fall have always signaled a new year to me.  Now school seems to start in mid-summer and fall often ushers winter in quickly.  The new year now seems to start when the cool comes and stays for a few days.  After this summer I welcome that new year with excitement and some missing responsibilities. 

A broken wrist and poison ivy give me a chance to slow down and listen to what that quiet voice was telling me.  I’ve stepped out of two volunteer jobs and found support on another.  And guess what…the world didn’t stop.  I feel my attention needs to be on our church currently. 

My hope is you will focus on the church too.  You need to come and meet some new folks. If you have missed Sunday School, there is a vibrant class before the worship service.   You need to look at all the stuff that has collected for a yard sale.  You need to help make decisions on what we do to work with our finances. (See the Finance Report) We need to work together. 

If you are called and asked to serve, please consider your answer thoughtfully. 

We can do this together.

Sue Dietz

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Calendar of Events

Oct 21-27, 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, Oct 21

8:00pm – AA

October 24

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

4:00 p.m. Board of Trustees

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Oct 26

8:00pm – AA

October 31

Reformation Sunday

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

8:00pm – AA

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

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

Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday

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

8:00pm – AA

Nov 25


Nov 28

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

United Methodist Student Sunday

First Sunday of Advent

Bristol Missional Hub Advent Services will be virtual this year, posted on Wednesdays during Advent.

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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