Newsletter: February 10-16, 2022

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

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.

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 13, 2022

Luke 6:17-26

“Blessed Are You”

Rev. Brandon Berg

A Night of Music and Missions

Join us for a night of Christian Music with Jonesborough Repertory Theatre performer Brittany Whitson.

Cost: Donations accepted
Learn about the impactful ministry of Elk Garden School Community Ministry in Russell Co, VA. All proceeds of this event will go to Elk Garden.

*FUMC Bristol requires that all people wear masks fully covering nose and mouth while inside the building.

Last Sunday at First UMC

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 6, 2022

Prelude I Waited for the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn; Phil Haga, organist

Opening Hymn

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty; UMH 64

Responsive Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

Gospel Reading: Luke 5:1-11

Here I Am

Hymn of Benediction Jesus Calls Us; UMH 398
Postlude God of Grace and God of Glory by John Hughes; Phil Haga, organist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.

Three Springs United Methodist Church has issued a challenge to the churches of Bristol. They are turning Super Bowl Sunday into Souper Bowl Sunday and collecting soup for the Proverbs 3:27 Mission at Hunt Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Terry Fleenor has already been promised $1000 of product from Food City, and is working on other connections. What do you think we can do? Let’s put our hands to work to feed our local folks who live with housing insecurity. We are Christ’s hands today!

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Camp News

February 2022

Current Camp Needs

We are currently looking for used EMPTY Lysol wipe containers, they do not need to be the Lysol brand just the cylindrical containers. If you would like to help us accumulate these please let us know by contacting us at 423-349-8401. We appreciate your generosity. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, 75 Ct Each, Pack of 3  (Package May Vary) : Health & Household

Amazon wish list 

We have an Amazon Wish List that has been created for Camp Bays Mountain. There are multiple items on the list that we will need before summer camp gets started. If you are interested in purchasing something from our wish list please follow this link.

We are Hiring! 

If you are someone you know is interested in working at camp this summer please apply online. We are looking for counselors (18+ years old), support staff (16-18 years old), and adventure staff (21+ years old).

From the Pastor’s Pen
February 10, 2022

I’ve been at Ministers’ Convocation this week hearing speakers talk about hospitality. Quite a large chunk of what was shared related to the work done at the front of the church to help folks feel welcome in our space, in our community. That’s important stuff, and it might be that we’re neglecting some of it right now, or that we can do some of it better, but I’m concerned that it doesn’t address a much deeper problem.

I hope you’ve heard this before, by the way.

Folks seem to remember a time in the middle of the last century when people went to church because it was the thing you do. All we had to do to evangelize was open the doors. I don’t know if that was ever really the case, but our stories of full pews and our focus on doing the right thing inside sure makes it clear that that’s what we remember.

Whether or not that was ever true, it certainly is not today.

Generations of folks have been turned off by churches for a lot of reasons. They will not come just because we hope they do, or because we open the doors, or even because we invite them.

And you know, that’s okay. Bringing people in our doors isn’t the mission of the Church, anyway.

Christians are called to follow a Christ who did the vast majority of his ministry outside, meeting people where they are, feeding and healing and loving and proclaiming good news and showing them that the Kingdom of God is right here, right now, in the places where those things happen.

And that’s still true.

So it’s time to step out and be the Church. It’s nothing new; it’s just not the way it’s typically done anymore. It’s time to bring food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned. It’s time to bring the good news of Jesus Christ out of our doors and into our lives and into the lives of the people around us.

And there are a lot of places and ways to do that. I hope you’ll step into one today. The world needs good news right now. The world needs Jesus.


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.

Sign up here


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.

The Love Beyond Borders campaign aims to raise funds for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The initiative has emerged from First United Methodist Church, Boise, ID and seeks to engage The United Methodist Church in supporting COVAX alongside UNICEF, the key vaccine delivery partner.

All funds raised will be sent to UNICEF for this project. More information about Love Beyond Borders is here.

A Note From Our Lay Leader

I have a full grown case of spring fever!  The sun these past days has been such a midwinter treat. I must remember the clouds are as necessary as the sun.  I still have trouble admitting we can’t move the “clouds” from friends and family.  Do you try to remove clouds too?  I’m learning more and more as the years pile up to try to have faith that God is with us and I should listen for what He needs done.  Calls, food, cards all can show His love.  Remember that hands and feet thing in the Bible?

I think I talked about feeling like the little toe sometimes when we talked about being the hands and feet.  Well, when the telephone rings and you are asked to help with a meal, a volunteer job or participation, just say sure and what else can I do to help.  God will give us the ability and strength.  In this case “Just Say Yes to God.”


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From the Finance Committee:

The year-end report is not good.  We finished with a -$41,348.27 balance.  This means we have borrowed that much from our restricted accounts. We owe that much to ourselves!  Also, you may remember we have had two PPP loans during the pandemic.  

We have some money left in the restricted accounts.  The Trustee Committee can free this money for other uses.  To date they have not had to do that.  We are getting rent from three sources. All of those involved in church work have done their best to hold down expenditures.

We are not alone in this financial position.  This has been the story for many churches.  What can you do or suggest to make 2022 a year we begin to build back?  We have a history of missions and community involvement.  Let’s come out of our Covid coma and know God is with us in this time of worry.

Memorials for Richard Rollins

Carol and Doug Taylor

Kathy and Ray Feagins

Newcomers and Friends of Bristol TN/VA

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Calendar of Events

Feb 10-16, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Feb 10

8:00pm – AA

Feb 10

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

Feb 13

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

Feb 14

Feast of Saint Valentine

Tuesday, Feb 15

8:00pm – AA

Feb 17

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

Feb 24

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

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

March 3

Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 10

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 14

Feast of Saint Patrick

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 21

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: Peter Gorog, Holocaust Survivor at King University Memorial Chapel

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: Peter Gorog, Holocaust Survivor at First Baptist Church

March 28

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: An Unexpected Music: Poetry and Renewal by Malcolm Guite at King University Memorial Chapel

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: Songs and Sonnets: An Evening of Poetry, Song, and Story by Malcolm Guite at Emmanuel Episcopal 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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