Newsletter: March 3-9, 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

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.

NEW PROJECT at FIRST
A substantial memorial has been given by Peggy Callison for Russ Basham. This has been designated for the planned audio/visual upgrade in the sanctuary. 

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.

First Sunday of Lent

March 6, 2022

Luke 64:1-13

“Saying the Right Words”

Rev. Brandon Berg


Last Sunday at First UMC

Transfiguration Sunday

February 27, 2022

Prelude My Jesus, I Love Thee by Adoniram J. Gordon; Phil Haga, pianist

Opening Hymn UMH 185 When Morning Gilds the Skies

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 34:29-35

Responsive Reading: Psalm 99

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36

On the Mountain and Back Down Again

Hymn of Benediction UMH 384 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Postlude Sing Them Over Again to Me by John Ribble; Phil Haga, pianist

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!


Deadline to Register March 18 

May 2-4, 2022

Black Fox Lodge

3171 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN


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. 

Amazon.com: 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. https://campbaysmountain.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4a17cbf2bb496b3ced2b9319b&id=8beadc862d&e=f23250abd0

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). https://campbaysmountain.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4a17cbf2bb496b3ced2b9319b&id=1bf8d98617&e=f23250abd0


From the Pastor’s Pen
March 3, 2022

I was coming up the stairs by the chapel this morning when I heard a loud bird call from just above me. I looked up (because I’m more likely to respond to animal calls than people, I guess) and I could just make out a splash of red on the top of the big steel cross that grows from Loetta Cornett’s garden. I’m no bird expert, but I was pretty sure, based on his vocabulary and the brightness of his red, that he was a woodpecker. Atop a steel cross seemed like a strange place for him to be.

“What are you doing up there?”

(I’m also more apt to talk to animals than to people, I guess.)

I had mounted a few more stairs when the hollow steel of the cross suddenly rang a drumroll.

Definitely a woodpecker. Definitely trying to get bugs out of a steel tree.

I’d offer a comment about animals lacking intelligence, but honestly, I’ve done some pretty futile things in my life, too. I’ve probably done some pretty futile things this week. Maybe even a handful this morning, and it’s only a quarter after nine.

(“These people aren’t drunk,” says Peter to the Pentecost crowd, “It’s only nine in the morning!”)

The degree of foolishness we can exercise in a very short time is mind-boggling.

I don’t expect that woodpecker will be back. I imagine he has learned that the steel tree in Mrs. Cornett’s garden won’t yield him any breakfast, and he’ll just hurt himself trying to find some.

I hope we can learn from our mistakes, too. Maybe that would even make a good Lenten practice: don’t repeat exercises in futility.

I feel like that’s part of our Christian striving toward perfection. Some of that is pretty mundane stuff. It’s not all Bible study and prayer. Sometimes it’s just not doing dumb stuff over and over again.

Thanks, Woody. I needed that reminder today.

Peace,
Brandon

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.


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HELP FOR HAITI UPDATE

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

Dear Lord, how much more can this world endure?  Where are you? 

Turn on news to see how God is in the middle of this awful war.  Have you seen the Polish people at the border welcoming with food, hugs, welcome words for refugees?  Poland is demonstrating the love and hands and feet of Jesus.  A world-renowned chef has come to provide food for all who need it.  Demonstrators risking their lives to protest an unwarranted war.  Other countries are also offering aid, refuge, and prayers. 

What can we do? I pray that the answer to this question will soon appear.  UMCOR may guide us.  Until the time we get our “marching orders,” let us pray.  Let us help those closer to home.  Let us know God is in the midst of all.

Sue


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Calendar of Events

Mar 3-9, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Mar 3

8:00pm – AA

6 pm Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 6

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

March 9

Wednesdays during Lent: Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheons

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at Addilynn Memorial UMC

6:00 p.m. The River begins again

March 10

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 13

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

March 16

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at South Bristol UMC

March 17

Feast of Saint Patrick

Southern Christian Coalition Book Study

March 20

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

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 23

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at Reynolds Memorial UMC

March 27

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

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

March 30

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at Three Springs UMC

April 3

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

3:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: In Concert: Bill Linderman at King University Memorial Chapel

8:00pm – AA

April 4

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: In Concert: Bill Linderman at King University Memorial Chapel

April 6

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at Saint Luke UMC

April 10

Palm Sunday

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

April 11

9:15 a.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: The Stewardship of Pain: A Case Study by Jeffrey Munroe at King University Memorial Chapel

6:00 p.m. Holy Monday Service

7:00 p.m. King University Faith and Culture Speaker Series: On Paying Attention: Frederick Buechner and the Art of Listening to Your Life by Jeffrey Munroe at Central Presbyterian Church

April 12

6:00 p.m. Holy Tuesday Service

April 13

12:00 p.m. Bristol Missional Hub Lenten Luncheon at State Street UMC

6:00 p.m. Holy Wednesday Service

April 14

6:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

April 15

6:00 p.m. Good Friday Service

April 17

Easter Sunday

9:30am – Sunday School in the Shaw-Anchor room

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

8:00pm – AA

First United Methodist Church
Rev. Brandon Berg, Pastor (276.237.6498) 
322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620
www.fumcbristol.org

Our Vision – Building A Community Where Anyone Can Become A Deeply Committed Christian

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