Newsletter: November 11-18, 2021

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

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Photo by Penny Hudson

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.

Organ and Tissue Donor SundayNovember 14, 2021

1 Samuel 1

“Bursting with God-News”
Jennifer Daniel

Last Sunday at First UMC

24th Sunday After Pentecost

November 7, 2021

All Saints Sunday

Prelude Near to the Heart of God by Roger Dorman; Phil Haga, Organist

Opening Hymn UMH 711 For All the Saints

Isaiah 25:6-9 (selections)

John 11:32-44

“Take Away The Stone” by Rev. Berg

Hymn of Benediction UMH 415 Take Up Thy Cross
Postlude Forward through the Ages by Arthur Sullivan; Phil Haga, organist

From the Pastor’s Pen
November 14, 2021

The quiet of early mornings is finding itself punctuated by whispers. Scurrying leaves are telling dried-up secrets to each other, and to us if we will listen. They are the deep secrets of things that have outlived most of us, or that soon will. They are patient, allowing this little death to happen again as the earth leans back away from her source. They do not need to understand the cycle of life and death in order to lean into it.

They do not fear. They do not need to console themselves that this death is only for now; that life will return as the earth tilts again, as the Sun spends more time with us. They simply are.

So they slowly withdraw, huddling up and pulling their energy away from hanging on to their thousands of solar collectors, letting the wind whip them away just as far as she would like. In a few seasons, they will have folded themselves back into the earth and will give themselves to nourish neighbors again.

Right now, in this moment, they are no longer needed.

Let go. The Wind of Creation will flutter away all the detritus that is no longer nourishing. Trust the Cycle. Trust the Cycler.


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.

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.

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.

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. 

A Note From Our Lay Leader

Did you know?

I’d never paid much attention to ladybugs. Now each fall I run into an invasion somewhere.  Today I read an article that talked about these little beetles that seem to be in the way.  You might notice you find them basking in the warm sunny places as fall takes over.  They come in different colors.  Their black spots are all different sizes and shapes. 

Photo by Pixabay on

Those beetles made me think of our world.  We are each an individual made and loved by God.  We often move and work in groups.  But, do we take time to “warm in the sun?”  I’ve been driving myself crazy to do too much.  Yesterday it finally hit, and I took a day off.  I read a mystery and watched some Netflix.  I didn’t scold myself for resting.  Today I feel like a new person. Those things that need to be done are waiting more patiently for their turn now.  

There is so much stress in today’s world.  Are you doing something for you?  Even Jesus wanted to rest at times.  Look into yourself and see what is driving you “crazy.”  Can you let it go for a day?  For an afternoon? For an hour?  Then take that time to renew you.  You are more than worth the time.

Please join me in remembering God’s promises and looking for the good even in the troublesome.  We always have God with us.  Take time to quiet the noise and talk to God.  You know the best time for you…in the morning, in the evening or even when you are driving.  

Sue Dietz

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.

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Calendar of Events

Nov 11-17, 2021

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Nov 11

8:00pm – AA

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

Tuesday, Nov 16

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.

Dec 24

6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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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