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.
> 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
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 Christmas – December 26, 2021
“Kids in Church”
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. Peace, Brandon 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 www.unfoldinglight.net December 20, 2021
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.
From the Finance Committee:
Red Number Report from FinanceCAN YOU HELP?
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
6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
11:00am – Sunday Service at FUMC and available for viewing on Facebook and You Tube
8:00pm – AA
Tuesday, Dec 28
8:00pm – AA
Epiphany (observed on Sunday, January 9)
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
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
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