Newsletter: April 14-20, 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.

Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022

John 20:1-18

Christ Is Risen!”

Rev. Brandon Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Palm Sunday

April 10, 2022

Prelude There Is a Place of Quiet Rest by Duncan Osgood; , Phil Haga, pianist

Opening Hymn UMH 278 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Responsive Reading: Psalm 118

Gospel Reading: Luke 19:28-40

Special Music The Palms by Jean-Baptiste Faure; Phil Haga, soloist; Betty Curtis , pianist

A Time for Celebration

Hymn of Benediction UMH 277 Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Postlude For the Beauty of the Earth by Oscar Martindale; Phil Haga, pianist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.


Richard Rollins

     To the Sound System by Dale and Joneen Sargent

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

Male Camp Counselors needed!!
We have a great group of young adults already secured to work at camp this summer. We are still looking for two young adult males to finish our crew. We need these counselors to love Jesus, love working with children, and love the outdoors. They must be 18 years or older when camp starts (June 5th). The weekly salary starts at $325. We pay for all training certifications along with housing and food while they are at camp. They can apply online at

Registration is open!

We have reached almost 50% of our registration goal! Help us to get to 400 campers this summer. Spots are filling up, so if you want to make sure your camper is at camp this summer register today! Register online at

Amazon Wish List
Are you wondering how you can help Camp Bays Mountain? Well purchasing something off our Amazon Wish List would help us tremendously. Please have the items shipped to the camp at 500 Hood Rd Kingsport, TN 37660. 

From the Pastor’s Pen
April 14, 2022

I’m borrowing from my friend Andrea Lutzo, who has been sharing stunning pictures and beautiful memories on Facebook and Instagram recently. I invite you to let this particular story shape the end of your Holy Week and your Easter celebration.


When I was in elementary school, there was a homeless vagabond who wandered our town.
He was of the variety that would accept aid for his condition but did not want to be saved from it.
Cowboy is what he called himself.
My parents knew his routine and on the weeks that he meandered into our neighborhood, my mom would cook extra helpings of dinner. We would make sandwiches and leave them in our garage where he slept.
I did not like Cowboy. He was frightening and dirty and grouchy. Once, I saw him throw away one of the sandwiches in the dumpster. When I went to tattle on him, my parents told me that they already knew. “Sometimes he does that,” they said, unphased.
My dad often spent his days off from the church working on some piece of machinery. Bored one afternoon, I join him. I putter around the tools, and make my way over to the makeshift bed of blankets that abides in the corner. I nudge the edge with my shoe.
“Dad, why do we help Cowboy?” I ask, my tone defiant.
“God doesn’t play favorites, Andrea,” he says. “Neither do we. Someone comes to us for help, we help. Besides, you never know, we may be entertaining an angel.”
I give him a side-eye. “Cowboy? One of God’s angels?” I ask with a sarcastic drip.
Chuckling, he retorts, shakes his head. “You just wait. You’ll see God use lowlier people than Cowboy.”
He extends a palm,
I pass over a wrench.
He tinkers away.

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 am looking for a recipe to make for the family Easter dinner.  What I have found is a trip through my adult life!  As I go through my old recipe box I find recipes I’ve not made in years, I also find memories I’d not thought about in years. Recipes from a favorite aunt, recipes from a wedding shower, recipes from Mom and Dale’s mom, recipes from those first years of marriage when the budget was really tight.  Recipes from people I still don’t quite recall. You know, someone in your family has one of those magic boxes stashed away. 

I’ve also been enjoying memories from First UMC.  The Wednesday night dinners with Lula Ray.  Burger cookouts at the parsonage.  The choir cantatas.  Those memories are different for each one of us.  I miss those days and sometimes wish we could go back.  But, as we emerge from the Covid Coma, I have thoughts of what we can do now and in the future.  It’s not going to be the same, but if we pull together as a church and as Methodists, we will make new memories together. 


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Calendar of Events

Apr 13-20, 2022

Sundays 6:08 pm

Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

Thursdays 8:00pm

AA Meetings

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

June 12

Last Sunday for Rev. Berg

July 3

First Sunday for Rev. Casey Irwin

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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