Newsletter: January 13-20, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

Photo by Rebekah McGrady

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.

Second Sunday after the Epiphany January 16, 2022

John 2:1-11

“What Brings Us Together Today”
Rev. Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Baptism of the Lord Sunday

January 9, 2022

Prelude Walk Hand in Hand by Johnny Cowell

Opening Hymn UMH 127 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

I Have Called You by Name; You Are Mine – Rev. Berg

Hymn of Benediction UMH 157 Jesus Shall Reign
Postlude Now Thank We All Our God by J.M. Wheeler

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.

From the Pastor’s Pen
January 13, 2022

A confession:

I have always assumed that athletic qualities like balance or throwing a ball we’re things that people either could or couldn’t do. Some folks were naturally gifted, and those gifts could be honed; and some folks were clumsy and didn’t stand a chance of being anything else.

I’ve belatedly taken on strength and core training to supplement my running addiction. I kept getting injured and finally took to heart the advice of friends and professionals I’ve been ignoring for years. I’m discovering that I, who struggled to walk a straight line stone cold sober, have developed enough tone to hold Warrior 3 and move smoothly into another pose. 

Who knew?

Now, I still can’t make a spherical projectile go in the direction I intend, but I’m learning that, at 45 years old, I can still learn new tricks. I think that’s kind of cool. 

If I can do these things, I wonder what other stuff I might be able to do that I’d always assumed was outside of my potential. It’s a little late for New Year’s resolutions, but those are overrated anyway. Maybe I could make a list of things I’m sure I can’t do, and then see what kind of things I need to do to get closer to them. 

Like making a list. That would be a good thing to learn to do. 

I don’t know, y’all. Maybe sometimes we just need to start small, find our successes where we can, celebrate them, and build from there. 

I bet we’re all a lot more capable than we thought we were. 

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, right?

Some of them just take a little practice. 


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.

A Note From Our Lay Leader

I want to tell you about a song that’s been with me today; you know, you want to remember it all but only parts seem to surface? It begins, “Have you seen Jesus my Lord, He’s here in plain view.”  It goes on to talk about his presence in sunsets, family problems, wherever you need help or want to praise. It’s the only song I know that covers the good and bad times in our life. 

Maybe the first line is all we need to remember.  We are the hands and feet of our Lord.  So when we see something good happen we can be certain the Lord had some part.  When we see bad happen we know the Lord is there to help if we can just trust through the trouble.  

Let’s try to show Jesus to others.  We are the church.  We are the hands and feet.  


From the Finance Committee:

Red Number Report from Finance

The Committee hopes to have a financial report for 2021 in next week’s newsletter.  Due to the slower mail service we have still been receiving gifts for 2021.

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Calendar of Events

Jan 13-20, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Jan 13

8:00pm – AA

Jan 16

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

4:00 p.m. Board of Trustees

8:00pm – AA

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

Tuesday, 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

8:00pm – AA

Jan 23

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

8:00pm – AA

Jan 21-23

Resurrection: A Ministry to Youth at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge

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

Feb 14

Feast of Saint Valentine

Feb 27

Transfiguration Sunday

Feb 28

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: In Concert: the Becky Fuller Band at King University Memorial Chapel

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: In Concert: the Becky Fuller Band at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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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