Newsletter: March 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

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.

Second Sunday of Lent

March 13, 2022

Luke 13:31-35

“Making and Keeping Promises”

Rev. Brandon Berg


Last Sunday at First UMC

First Sunday of Lent

March 6, 2022

Prelude What Wondrous Love Is This, Paul J. Christensen; Phil Haga, pianist

Opening Hymn Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Responsive Reading: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1-13

Saying the Right Words

Hymn of Benediction UMH 377 It Is Well with My Soul

Postlude Children of Christ, Arise, Jon Barlow; 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 10, 2022

It’s entirely my fault that the newsletter is late this week. Yesterday was a very busy day that followed several other very busy days, and this epistle I’m typing up here didn’t quite make it onto my to-do list. I apologize for that. Blame me. Don’t blame the editor.

Yesterday was busy because I had some pretty exciting stuff going on, the best part of which were two services of worship that hadn’t happened in person since March 2020.

At noon, 65 people gathered at Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church for our annual Lenten Luncheons with a bright mixed green and fruit salad, deep orange homemade pimento cheese sandwich, a refreshingly pickly tuna salad sandwich, and a powerful word brought by out District Lay Leader, Earl Maines. It was enlivening to gather with folks from many of our Bristol Missional Hub churches.

Later that evening, a small group gathered for the reboot of The River. We sang, we prayed, we read and chatted about scripture, and we let God’s Spirit calm our spirits and refresh our minds. It was good. Like God says about all God’s creation, it was good.

My hope is that we can keep this bit of momentum up. This feels like walking outside after a deep, dark Winter; like pushing our way up out of cold earth to feel the sun on tender new leaves. It is a rebirth, or maybe a metamorphosis. I don’t think we’re the same as we were two years ago. And that’s okay. Maybe it’s even good.



So I celebrate this new beginning. Even if it’s got me a little behind right now, I celebrate it. And I hope to see you poking your head out of your own cocoon soon, too. Come be reborn, transformed, transfigured with us. God is doing something amazing!

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

Our hearts continue to ache for Ukraine and it’s brave people.  We here at First had the opportunity to meet Slava, a young Ukrainian citizen who helped Michelle and Gary begin a church in Prague.  He is now singing in Operas.  He blessed several churches in this area with music when he visited.  Do you remember?

We are now collecting money in the Feed the Hungry basket for UMCOR Ukraine.  It is a visible way to help.  It is a safe way to help.

Sue


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Calendar of Events

Mar 10-16, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursday, Mar 10

8:00pm – AA

6 pm 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

6:00 pm The River Service

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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