Newsletter: April 7-13, 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.

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.

Palm Sunday

April 10, 2022

Luke 19:28-40

A Time for Celebration”

Rev. Brandon Berg

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on

Last Sunday at First UMC

Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 3, 2022

Prelude O Crucified Redeemer by David Evans; Phil Haga, pianist

Opening Hymn UMH 298 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21

Responsive Reading: Psalm 126

Gospel Reading: John 12:1-8

Stewardship Mary’s Way

Hymn of Benediction UMH 453 More Love to Thee, O Christ
Postlude Forward Through the Ages by Arthur Sullivan; Phil Haga, pianist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.


Richard Rollins

     To the Sound System by the Rollins Family

It’s been a long winter, as they say, but we have wonderful news!

We’re delighted to announce 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗲 will be in concert again, May 14, 3:00 & 7:00 pm, at the ETSU Martin Center for the Arts! Proceeds benefit Isaiah 117 House, a marvelous ministry that serves kids awaiting foster care placement.

Need convincing? Have a sneak peek:

Book your groups TODAY–and together, we will celebrate what God is doing for precious foster children in East TN & beyond!

$25 individual, $20 groups of 10 or more. See you soon!

Deadline to Register March 18 

May 2-4, 2022

Black Fox Lodge

3171 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Camp News

April 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
April 7, 2022

Holy Week is coming around again, friends. If we’ve been attentive to our Lenten disciplines — and I know there have been a LOT of distractions — we’ve been increasingly aware of our need for Jesus, our selfishness and our violence that need to be transformed into generosity and lovingkindness. We’ve been mindful of the deepening shadow of the cross, and of the call of Jesus to take up our own and join in his sacrifice.

If the distractions this season have been overwhelming and you haven’t quite given this season the attention it deserves, I totally understand. But there’s one more week, and it’s a bit like jumping into the deep end.

Palm Sunday starts Holy Week off with celebration, and we’ll gather at 11:00 for our usual time of worship.

We will open up the church every weeknight at 6:00 for Holy Week services. On Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we will journey through the story together. On Maundy Thursday we will sit with Jesus and the disciples for the final meal they shared, and we will remember Jesus’s call to us to serve each other as we wash each other’s feet. On Friday we will live into the last steps toward the cross and plunge into the darkness and hopelessness the disciples experienced when hope itself was sacrificed.

I profoundly hope that you’ll join us this week. This is a time that can be deeply transformative if we open ourselves to the inspiration of God’s Spirit. Let Holy Week shape you this year. Come walk the road to the cross together. This is where Jesus is calling.


Tips for April 2022

Refuse fast fashion allure and consumerism pressures. Reduce the amount

of clothing you buy. Reuse your garments for many years. Repair minor problems like a missing button or a loose hem. Recycle textiles responsibly. Remember the “lilies of the field” and Jesus’ assurance

(Matthew 6:28-33).

From our UM Social Principles: “We urge United Methodists to adopt sustainable habits and practices, including refraining from overconsumption, repurposing and recycling materials, avoiding products that pollute or otherwise harm the environment, and reducing the carbon footprints of individuals and families by reducing overall reliance on fossil fuels for heat, transportation, and other goods.”

Go thrifty; save the earth! When you purchase from a thrift or second-hand store, your choice uses fewer resources, generates fewer emissions and less waste, gives other people work, extends the life of the clothing, and keeps textiles out of the landfill. Try Thred Up, an online source, or one of the 4,245 Goodwill stores. Some churches also offer “nearly new” clothing at low or no cost. 

Read the clothing labels. Avoid fossil-fuel-based synthetics (polyester, nylon, acrylic, spandex, lycra). Choose items made of natural fibers (organic cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp), recycled materials and fibers (including polyester), or sustainable plant-based Tencel.

Have eco-friendly fun with friends. Host a party for passing along the clothes children outgrow so quickly or for exchanging outfits with friends of the same size. Set a stitch-it-up time for learning the how-tos of mending, getting the repairs done, and talking about caring for the earth and one another.

When you need to buy clothing, shop for the company not just the product. Support businesses that practice sustainability and fair worker treatment in their products and production. Here’s a list of 35 Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands.

Make your clothes last longer. Wash them in cold water, which is less damaging than hot. Wash a full load, which reduces the agitation’s wear-and-tear on the items. Add a few pinches of salt rather than color-“safe” chemical bleaches, which are hard on the materials. Choose other natural remedies for getting stains out.

Avoid the landfills. Charities, thrift stores, “upcyclers,” and selected manufacturing all benefit from your donations through Retold, a mail-in service for recycling not just clothing but also household textiles, such as blankets, towels, and so on)—even wedding dresses. Retold takes items in poor condition as well as those worthy of resale. By carefully sorting through donations, the company has already diverted 18 million tons from landfills.

Look at what you are wearing. Whose hands cut the fabric? Whose labor stitched the pieces? Were they safe in their working conditions? Were they paid a living wage? Pray and advocate for garment workers. When you dress, say a blessing for those who provide for you.

Nurdles (microplastics) leached from the wastewater of washing machines cleaning clothing made of synthetic (petroleum-based) fibers, end up in the water systems of the world. Untold numbers of fish and other marine life try to eat them and starve to death. Untold numbers of people eating fish are ingesting plastic. Switch to clothes made of organic fibers or use a GuppyFriend Washing Bag to stop microwaste.

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 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 hate goodbyes and love hellos.  Last week I had the sad duty to let you know that Brandon and his family will be moving to serve in Norris, TN.  This is a hard time for them so please show your love.  Some of us met our new minister Casey Irwin.  She will be with us half time.  Before you bemoan not having a full time pastor let me assure you there are exciting plans in the making.  (Refer to my article last week.)  

As Holy Week begins shortly, please consider joining us in the Chapel for services.  (See the calendar above.)  Holy Week services will enable you to experience more fully the Easter Celebration.


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Calendar of Events

Apr 7-13, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursdays 8:00pm

AA Meetings

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

May 2

Jubilation 2022 at the Black Fox Lodge, Pigeon Forge

May 8

Mother’s Day

May 24

Aldersgate Day

May 5-8

Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center

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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