Newsletter: June 16-22, 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.

> Masks are now optional – please respect the safety concerns of others.

> Minimize your use of the lavatory and sanitize the spaces you use

> If you are unwell, particularly with a cough or fever, please stay home and join us virtually.

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.


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 after Pentecost

Father’s Day

June 19, 2022

What are you doing here?

Dr. Alan Gorrell

Last Sunday at First UMC

Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022

Prelude There Is a Place of Quiet Rest by Geo. Parsons; Phil Haga, pianist

Hymn of Praise 61 Come, Thou Almighty King

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Responsive reading: Psalm 8

Gospel: John 16:12-15

Peace with Justice

Hymn of Benediction 64 Holy, Holy Holy!  Lord God Almighty
Postlude Lift High the Cross by S. H. Nichelson; Phil Haga, pianist

Find the order of service here

and come pray with Rev. Berg here.

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 16, 2022

Thank you.

Thank you for welcoming my family into the community of First UMC Bristol for the past five years. Thank you for being the first church I’ve served that Karoline has felt comfortable enough with to become a member. Thank you for loving our children into their teenage years, and for praying for and encouraging us as we’ve become Parents of Teenagers.

Thank you for being a missional church; for caring enough about our community that you actively advocate and work to make it better. People notice that. They know it’s the Holy Spirit at work in you and through you. You have done important, transformative, Kin-dom inbreaking work. To some degree, I’m sure that’s why we’ve seen our share of crises in the past five years. Folks who don’t want to see things change, who don’t like the look or feel of the new thing God’s Spirit is doing, allow coldness and anger to enter their souls, and they let the Evil One work through them – usually with the best of intentions – to do everything in the Accuser’s power to destroy God’s transformative members.

The good news is that Satan will not have the last word.

God is still doing unique, transformative work through you and through this church. Keep running that race. Look for all the ways God is empowering you and the folks around you to bless this beautiful community. Just like Paul writes to the church in Philippi:

From now on, my siblings, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.

Stay focused on that. Persist. Persevere in all lovingkindness, and the fruit you bear will nourish this community into health and faith.

I have confidence in you. Now it’s time for me to step aside into a new adventure. Welcome the Reverend Casey Irwin with even greater love than you’ve shown my family, and show her what a powerful witness God’s Spirit is shining forth through you.

I love you. I will miss you. Thank you for being who God is calling you to be.



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

Sunday was a happy/sad day.  We said an official goodbye to Brandon and his family.  (If you have a pastoral need, Brandon will be here for a couple weeks.)  Casey Irwin will take her place as our pastor on Friday, July 1.  The potluck that we had after the service was glorious.  Common Ground joined us and we were together for the first time in two years.  Folks had a chance to say their personal goodbyes.  The weather was perfect. 

Your help is so important as we move forward.  Your presence, your presents, your gifts and your service will be needed.  Are you ready for a yard sale to empty the stage and two classrooms?  How about a fete this fall?  Missions work, the thing we “brag” about needs review and planning.  There is to be a Vacation Bible School. We will have the opportunity to serve with other members of the hub.  More information on the hub in a few weeks.

We hopefully will soon have the sanctuary ready for worship.  Right now we await the necessary items that have been ordered.  Then we will need to get in line for our electrician.  

We are also making masks optional dependent on the CDC.  They have a “color” system to advise whether we are in a green zone, red zone, etc.  Let’s pray we remain green!  
Your support for our pastor and choir director is so appreciated.  Let’s become that church off the Parkway where people want to visit and join. 


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Calendar of Events

June 16-22, 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

Thursdays 7:00pm

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings

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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