Newsletter: December 9-15, 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.

Third Sunday of AdventDecember 12, 2021

Luke 3:7-18

“On the Incineration of Waste”
Rev. Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Second Sunday of Advent

December 5, 2021

Prelude Betty Curtis, Pianist

Opening Hymn UMH 211 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Advent Candle Liturgy: The McGrady family

Luke 3:1-6

Prepare the Way by Rev. Berg

Hymn of Benediction UMH 382 Have Thine Own Way, Lord
Postlude Betty Curtis, Pianist

From the Pastor’s Pen
December 9, 2021

Edward Pola and George Wyle must have been cold-weather people. You’d have to be to consider this the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I consider this the “Time of Year to Cuddle Under a Quilt with a Nice Hot Latte.”

Maybe that’s not entirely true. If I’m up and moving about and not doing sedentary work or standing and waiting for something to happen, I’m pretty comfortable most of the time. If I can coerce myself out of the covers to go run in the dark when it’s 28º outside, it’s only my toes and fingers that really feel the chill.

The trick is getting moving.

I feel a lot better when I’m moving. I’m not only warmer; I’m also more relaxed and happier. When I sit, tension starts building in my shoulders and soreness sets in in whatever muscle groups I’ve been recently working. When I sit, my brain seems to realize what I’ve done and it shuts everything down within a matter of minutes, and consciousness becomes an unattainable standard.

I’m sure that’s not true for everyone, but in general, the body is built for activity. The brain is built to function more efficiently with more oxygen pumping into it. The spirit, frankly, thrives when we are mobile and engaged.

I might not go so far as to say that is the sole reason Jesus and his crew wander around Greater Galilee for the majority of his ministry, but I think there’s something to it. The children of Israel might just be spiritually healthier when they’re wandering through the desert (with some clear exceptions). Quite a few of the Psalms are songs of ascent, because the physical motion of drawing near to God informs the mind and heart what’s going on. The earliest Christians first called themselves Followers of the Way, because they knew there was a trajectory they were following.

Moving is important.

I need to remember that the next time the couch seems like the best place to get something done. I need to keep moving. That’ll make just about any time a whole lot more wonderful.


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 30 we are -$27,253.18. As of October 30 we are -32,253.74 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.

A Note From Our Lay Leader 

A Happy Report

I’ve just returned from a very lovely visit with Ernestine and Julie Blanton.  I got to be the one to deliver her poinsettia from the UMW.  (Thank you, Sue Bryngelson.)  We met in Ernestine’s studio.  It is filled with plants and sunlight.  The conversation went in many directions.   The one thing that stood out was talking about the church being a family.  Have you thought about that?  When one member is in distress, we all feel that distress too.  When one is celebrating, we sure know how to celebrate.  Please consider coming for services if your health permits.  Your family is waiting for you.  Let’s celebrate together.

Sue Dietz

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Calendar of Events

Dec 9-15, 2021

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Dec 9

8:00pm – AA

Dec 12

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

Third Sunday of Advent

3:00 p.m. Staff Parish Relations Committee

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

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Dec 14

8:00pm – AA

Dec 19

Fourth Sunday of Advent

4:00 p.m. Board of Trustees

Dec 24

6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Jan 6

Epiphany (observed on Sunday, January 9)

Jan 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson at Lee Street Baptist Church

Jan 18

10:00 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: Beauty from Ashes: A Purpose and a Call by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson at King University Memorial Chapel

Jan 24

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: George Floyd Could Have Been Me by Isaiah McKinnon at King University Memorial Chapel

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: Surviving in a Violent Society by Isaiah McKinnon at Central Presbyterian Church

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

One thought

  1. Met Rick Rollins at Food City the other day. We commented on the number of lights that must be on the large Christmas tree–when one strand would go out, we would just go buy another and an extension cord and
    add to the tree. Mike Teague


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