Newsletter: February 17-23, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

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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

LOCATION Adjustment:

Due to the sound problems in the sanctuary, Administrative Council has moved the Sunday service to Tankersley Hall until the sanctuary sound equipment is updated. (In process…)

In-person worship at 11:00a.m. Sundays in the Tankersley Hall (temporarily) 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.

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

February 20, 2022

Luke 6:27-38

“Living as Siblings”

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

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 13, 2022

Prelude I Love to Tell the Story by Wm Fischer; Phil Haga, organist

Opening Hymn UMH 702 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

Responsive Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-10

Special music O How He Loves You and Me by Kurt Kaiser;

Phil Haga, soloist; Betty Curtis, accompanist

Luke 6:17-26

Blessed Are You

Hymn of Benediction UMH 733 Marching to Zion

Postlude Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated by A. Cesar Malan; Phil Haga, organist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.

Clinch Mountain District welcomes nationally-known United Methodist author, coach, and speaker Kay Kotan.

Is your congregation seeking new people but unsure about how to attract them?  Are you wondering: “How do we develop relationships with unchurched people? How do I share my own story or experience of Jesus with others? How can my church build a culture of invitation? If you or your church are asking these questions, come join us at the Get Their Name Workshop at Addilynn Memorial UMC on Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sunday Training – 3p.m.-5p.m. will focus Cooperative Parish Ministry and Missional Hub training. 

Church Leadership Teams, Vision and Planning Teams Encouraged to Attend

Clergy Will Receive 0.6 CEU’s!!!

The cost for this event is $15 which includes lunch on Saturday and 2 of her books Get Their Names and Eight Game Changers for Being the Church in a Post Pandemic World with your pre-registration.  This training will help everyone learn how to invite others to our church.

To pre-register for this exciting event please click HERE. We hope to see you there!

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 17, 2022

It occurs to me that I haven’t recognized Black History Month. I apologize for that, recognize it as an act of privilege, and defer to the Reverend James Lawson, featured currently at


Black History Month: Wisdom from an Icon

In honor of Black History Month, we share this video of the Rev. James Lawson, an iconic civil rights leader and United Methodist pastor, whose ministry and life have been built on the belief that nonviolence is the only way. You can also hear from other United Methodists who share MLK’s dream.

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

Gone grand dog sitting for a few days. Back next week.


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.

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Calendar of Events

Feb 17-23, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Feb 17

8:00pm – AA

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

Feb 20

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

8:00pm – AA

Tuesday, Feb 22

8:00pm – AA

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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