Newsletter: November 24-December 1, 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.

First Sunday of AdventNovember 28, 2021

Luke 21:25-36

“Stay Alert”
Rev. Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

26th Sunday After Pentecost

November 21, 2021

Christ the King Sunday

Prelude Sweet Hour of Prayer by Hartley Boyer Phil Haga, Organist

Opening Hymn UMH 131 We Gather Together

Responsive Reading: 2 Sam. 23:1-7 

John 18:33-37

Christ Is King

Hymn of Benediction TFWS 2036 Give Thanks
Postlude Children of Christ, Give Thanks by Thomas Perlier; Phil Haga, organist

From the Pastor’s Pen
November 25, 2021

I hope you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving. I hope you can do that in a way that’s meaningful and life-giving to you. I hope you can be a peacemaker in whatever gathering you’re finding.

I hope you can find time and attentiveness to be thankful for every gift that you encounter this day. I hope you can find a way to realize that everything you encounter is a gift.

I hope that practice is something you can sustain after today.

I hope you can find ways to exercise all the fruits of the Spirit today.

Even self-control.

I’m thankful for you. I hope your day is full of joy. I hope that in all things today, you give thanks.


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.

Church and Society Announces 

2021 Winter Webinar Series 

Climate & Community: A Faithful Action for Climate Justice 

Held on Zoom December 6-9, 2021

Register for each session below! 

December 6, 2021, 2 PM (ET) Climate Justice as a Global Movement

December 7, 2021, 2 PM (ET) Theological Reflection on Climate Justice

December 8, 2021, 10 AM (ET) Climate Change and Front-Line Communities

December 8, 2021, 2 PM (ET) Indigenous Climate and Water Justice

December 9, 2021, 10 AM (ET) En-Roads Climate Workshop – Simulating Global Solutions  (This is an interactive workshop. Please come prepared to engage with the facilitator and fellow participants. This workshop will not be recorded.)December 9, 2021, 2 PM (ET) Envisioning a Just Green Transition – Panel Discussion

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.

A Note From Our Lay Leader 


Two Sundays ago pastors and laity from all Bristol churches met at John Wesley UMC.  I left that meeting so glad to be a Methodist in Bristol.  Several of the Virginia churches have formed a “hub.”  They do things together and have had great things happen.  This includes a woman who they are presenting for approval for the ministry.  The prayers made my heart sing.  We are getting ready to burst forth from this time of Covid.

So now is time to think about a South Bristol hub.  Think of the things our churches have to offer if we combine some of our ministry…youth for a group, kids for a confirmation class, singers for a combined choir, women for a combined UMW.

At First,  talk has started about a River service on Wednesday evenings.  Eventually we could enjoy meals together.  Working with other churches it would be a time to get to know each other.  We also have a yard sale to plan to empty several places in our church to prepare for more activity.  There is already a Sunday school class meeting.  We are ready to come back to life as soon as possible.  

Are you ready?  Can you dream?  I am, and I can.  Join me?

Sue Dietz

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. 

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Calendar of Events

Nov 24- Dec 1, 2021

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Nov 25


8:00pm – AA

Nov 28

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

First Sunday of Advent

United Methodist Student Sunday

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

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Nov 30

8:00pm – AA

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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