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.
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.
Last Sunday at First UMC
First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 2021
Prelude O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Thomas Helmore; Phil Haga, Organist
Opening Hymn UMH 196 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Advent Candle Liturgy: The Berg family
Special Music Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (from Night of Miracles) by John W. Peterson; Phil Haga, soloist, and Betty Curtis, pianist
Gospel: Luke 21:25-36
Stay Alert by Rev. Berg
Hymn of Benediction UMH 202 People, Look East
Postlude Star Child by Carlton Young; Phil Haga, organist
From the Pastor’s Pen December 2, 2021 Deck the halls with boughs of holly or cedar or rhododendron maybe construction paper chains or pictures of Kermit whatever recalls what is always green and full of life Fa la etc. ’Tis the season to be jolly or close enough for radio so prepare your heart as you can because the time is near Fa la etc. Don we now our gay apparel and ugly sweaters and seasonal attitudes so try to keep yourself light and avoid stress and worry because that isn’t the way that is prepared Fa la etc. Troll the ancient Yuletide carol that is to say out loud boisterously big and bold a joyful noise and share the joy everywhere Fa la etc. Peace, Brandon
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 FinanceAs 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
What is going on?
Do you ever feel you are out of control or the world is or maybe both? I’ve had that feeling for a couple of weeks. First I laid it at the feet of getting ready for Thanksgiving. But it has continued. One good thing I did find car keys that had been lost for a few years, but how weird is that! I’m not alone. Dale is having some of the same experiences. I’m not ready for Christmas. It has come so fast in a strange year. Breaking my wrist didn’t help since I like to make most of my gifts. Well if I’ve hit a note with you, I’m glad to have company. Some of you are facing life challenges. To you I apologize for complaining about such really small challenges.
I’ve been thinking about Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. I can’t imagine just how out of control they must have felt. Or maybe not! They listened to God and followed his instructions. Maybe if I’d slow down and not try for yet again “the perfect” holiday my days would not be so crazy. Why not follow the lessons we can learn from Advent.
Now let me see, where did I put….?
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
Dec 1-9, 2021
Sundays 6:08 pm
Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC
Thursday, Dec 2
8:00pm – AA
11:00am – Sunday Service at FUMC and available for viewing on Facebook and You Tube
Second Sunday of Advent
Bristol Missional Hub Advent Services will be virtual this year, posted on Wednesdays during Advent.
8:00pm – AA
Tuesday, Dec 7
8:00pm – AA
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