Newsletter: December 24-29, 2021

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

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.

> 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

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 after ChristmasDecember 26, 2021

Luke 2:41-52

“Kids in Church”
Rev. Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 19, 2021

Prelude Infant Holy, Infant Lowly by Austin Lovelace; Phil Haga, Organist

Opening Hymn UMH 217 Away in a Manger

Advent Candle Liturgy: Jennifer Daniel and Adam Graybeal

Special Music: selections from “Night of Miracles” by J.W. Peterson

Phil Haga, soloist

Betty Curtis, accompanist

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Magnificat by Rev. Berg

Hymn of Benediction UMH 219 What Child is This
Postlude Good Christian Friends, Rejoice by Gary Alan Smith; Phil Haga, Organist

From the Pastor’s Pen
December 21, 2021

Hello, friends. I want to offer a piece that’s tumbling around in my mind and shifting around some of the furniture that lives there. I hope it transforms you, too. It’s from Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes.


              Joseph also went 
           from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, 
           to the city of David called Bethlehem, 
           because he was descended from the house and family of David. 
                           —Luke 2.4

We grew up on stories of Jesus born in a stable, 
homeless and rejected. 
But that’s not what Luke describes. 
Theirs was a family-centered culture. 
Joseph’s kin would have welcomed him into their home. 
The “inn” is a poor translation of what really was 
the upstairs guest room (crowded with all the kinfolk!). 
The manger was not out in a stable 
but in the lower room of the house, 
where the animals were fed at night. 
Luke isn’t portraying a baby born in the outskirts, 
but born among family—
crowded, noisy, and probably festive. 
As an adult Jesus spent lots of time 
among the outcasts, the un-familied. 
But his roots are in family. 

So. Finding family among the marginalized isn't hereditary.
It's a choice. 
Much like God's choice to come be with us,
to dwell with us, to choose us as family. 
Maybe Christmas is about choosing family
among whoever needs it. 

       God, thank you for choosing us as your family.
       Help me to choose as wisely, and as widely, as you.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve
Steve Garnaas-Holmes 
Unfolding Light
December 20, 2021

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 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.

From the Finance Committee:

Red Number Report from Finance

As of October 30 we were -$32,253.74 in our General Fund.
As of October 31 we are  -$40,417.75 in our General Fund
Fall brings many annual expenses.  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.

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Calendar of Events

Dec 24-29, 2021

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Dec 23

8:00pm – AA

Dec 24

6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec 26

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

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Dec 28

8:00pm – AA

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

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