Newsletter: June 9-15, 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:

UPDATE: Sound System revamp is in motion. We are waiting on parts to come in to begin the installation.

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.

1st Sunday after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022

God in Community

Rev. Brandon Berg

Last Sunday at First UMC

Sunday of Pentecost

June 5, 2022

Prelude Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet by Natalie Sleeth; Phil Haga, pianist

Responsive Reading: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Hymn O Spirit of the Living God – UMH 539

Gospel Reading: John 14:8-17

 Will Pour out My Spirit upon All Flesh

Hymn of Benediction Spirit Song – UMH 347

Postlude Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated by Stewart Christen; 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.

Camp News

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

June 9, 2022

This is the top female finisher of this year’s Holston Annual Conference 5K. We’ve been organizing the run/walk since 2013, I think: eight years of a beautiful, easy course around Lake Junaluska.

This is also a picture of three other participants in the 5K. If you pay attention to Annual Conference publications, you’ll recognize at least one of them. She is Bishop Debra Wallace-Padget, the resident bishop of the Holston and North Alabama Annual Conferences.

In every previous iteration of the run/walk, we’ve had very little representation from our Annual Conference staff. Never did Bishop Swanson or Bishop Taylor offer their presence at the event. That’s fine: Annual Conference days are very busy days, especially for the person presiding over the Conference. I’m not sure I’d invest my time and attention in a 7:15 run when I was expected back on the floor or stage of Stuart Auditorium by 8:30.

But Bishop Wallace-Padget did. In fact, she signed up for the 1 mile walk, started it at a run, and decided just to keep going. How she managed to get cleaned up in time for the morning session, which I’ve never successfully done, I have no idea. But she was there with a smile, at our tiny informal 5K. To me, at least, that speaks volumes about her character.

Sometimes all we have to do is show up. Sometimes that’s enough to change hearts, shift the tone, make an impression. Sometimes all someone really needs is for us to show up.

I’m impressed, anyway. And I’m thinking of all the ways I do and don’t show up in my own ministry. Maybe my life and heart are transformed, too. I hope so.



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

The Third Way…

Last week I listened to a dear friend talk about a family member with whom she could not agree on politics.  I know there have been many families and friendships that have been harmed by our division in this country.  I could tell this woman was in pain about the division in her family.

My friend and her relative pray for each other!  Do we cancel each others’ prayers when they are for the opposite thing?  How can you pray in a situation like this?  I asked Brandon on Sunday.  He quickly said, “Pray to see another person through God’s eyes.”  I felt as if a new world had just opened.  Rather fitting on Pentecost!  I’m often so busy praying for what I feel is the best answer that I forget God really is the answer.  I need my eyes to see what he sees.  

God, please help me remember the Third Way to ask for your help.


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Calendar of Events

June 9-15, 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

Tuesdays 7:00pm

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings


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

Thursdays 7:00pm

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings

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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