Newsletter: May 19-25, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

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.

Pentecost is coming soon! On June 5, dig your best red out of the closet and let’s celebrate the Holy Spirit spreading God’s good news through the world like wildfire.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 2022

John 14:23-29


Rev. Brandon Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 15, 2022

Prelude My Jesus, I Love Thee (Theme and Variation) by A. J. Gordon; Phil Haga, pianist

Opening Hymn UMH 66 Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven

Responsive Reading: Revelation 21:1-6

Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35

Could I Stand in God’s Way?

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.

Many Hands Make Light Work, So Please Lend Us Yours!

Opportunities to help FUMC clear space and raise funds:

Yard Sale: Let’s organize a Yard Sale and turn all those donated items into much-needed funds for our church and ministries. We’re looking at a weekend in June or July and we’ll need volunteers to access, price and photograph goods; move tables and items to set up beforehand; work the register and help people shop and check out during the event. If you can help with any of this, or want to be involved in the planning process, contact us using the form below.

Harvest Fete: It’s time to plan the Fall Harvest Fete! It was a successful, fun event when we had it pre-covid, so let’s come back better than ever! We’re needing people to begin planning on a Task Force, so if you can help with Kids Activities, Vendor Coordination, Jumble Sale Organization, Art Auction, Bake Sale, Advertising, Food Truck/Snack Sales, or Volunteer Coordination, then please fill out the form below.


Helen Roberts-Evans Director, Department of General Education and Ministry, Liberia Conference of the UMC.  The local church should write one check for total kits to their district office (EX: 10 kits x $5 = $50).  Please do not put money in the container! We will be collecting Hands on Mission buckets and kits once again this year.  Collection date will be June 1st-2nd at Fairview UMC in Maryville.  The local pick up will be

Clinch Mountain: School Kits — Goal 400 Pack all items in a 2-gallon Zip-Loc bag.

  • 1 12” ruler
  • 1 small calculator
  • 1 10-12 pk. pens (blue or black)
  • 1 coloring book
  • 1 10-12 pk. pencils
  • 1 pack erasers
  • 1 100-150 sheet pk. notebook paper (wide-ruled)
  • 1 small dictionary (new or used)
  • 1 box crayons or markers (24 ct.)
  • 3 spiral notebooks (70 ct.)
  • 1 pair flip flops (adult M-L size)
  • 1 poncho (adult).

Mission School Kit Drop-OffTuesday and Wednesday – May 24 & 259am – 4:30pm

Reynolds Memorial UMC Bristol, VA

Need Mission Kit Receiving Team Help!

We need help Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24th and 25th, 9am – 4:30 pm.   

Please email or call the District Office ~or~ (276) 628-4421


We have 55 Dictionaries here at the Clinch Mountain District Office if anyone needs some.  $1.00 to purchase.  Please call or email the District Office.  

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
May 19, 2022

There are several deer who wander around the Holston neighborhood. They tend to graze fairly early, and disappear by the time we’re getting kids out the door, so I don’t often catch a glimpse of them. What I can take note of is the path of their destruction.

In our front garden are three large rose bushes. I was concerned, after our first late freeze, that we might have lost them, because they had just enough time to send out their first wave of tender leaves when the frost destroyed them. Thankfully they’re hardy, and they have filled out nicely, but they ought to have flowered much more by now.

I wondered about that early this week when I was dumping coffee grounds at their base (I read somewhere that they like that), so I took a slightly closer look. What I discovered was that where there ought to have been flowers, there were cut stems. I knew exactly how to make sense of that. The deer have done that every year, although their appetites seem to be a bit more voracious this season.

This is just part of the greening up of the world every year, though. What is decor to me is food to somebody else. Everything has its own sense of value and beauty. I’m happy for the beauty of the roses, and I’m happy ours is a neighborhood that’s safe for deer.

There is, I suppose, a season for everything. A time for roses and a time for deer.

Turn, turn, turn.

I guess I should just enjoy them while I can. I should stop and smell the roses before they’re devoured. That way everybody gets a turn.

Enjoy the Spring, friends. It apparently won’t last long.


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

Farmers’ Market

Last Saturday I went to the Bristol Farmers’ Market at the downtown Mural.  What a great experience to be back to what seemed normal.  The first vendor I talked with has been there for several years.  BUT I didn’t recognize her!  Her hair was gray, not black.  I found most of the vendors were the same but changed.  I think that’s the way we all are right now.  Life went on during a time that seemed to stand still. It will take me time to understand the two years we “lost.”

But, did we really lose those two years?  Or, did we and will we learn from the pandemic?  I think I grew in my appreciation of home and family and how important they are.  I grew in realizing just how much my church means to me.  I grew in understanding the things we deal with in our lives changes but God is still there to help us through.

We went to our granddaughter’s graduation at the Charlotte race track last weekend.  To see cars with graduates circling around the track and knowing what Gillian had gone through to earn that piece of paper gave me hope for the future.

Our church has missed so many and struggled through hard times.  We can’t afford what we could before, but there is hope.  We have much work to do and need everyone to pitch in!


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Calendar of Events

May 19-25, 2022


9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship

6:08 p.m.: Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings

Thursdays 7:00pm

AA Meetings


6:00 p.m. The River: a Service of Contemplative Evening Prayer

Thursdays 7:00pm

AA Meetings

May 24

Aldersgate Day

June 5-8

Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center

June 8


June 12

Last Sunday for Rev. Berg

June 19

Father’s Day

Dr. Alan Gorrell preaching

4:00 Board of Trustees

June 26

Mia Foote preaching

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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