Newsletter: June 23-29, 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.

Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 26, 2022

Why Worry?

Mia Foote

Last Sunday at First UMC

Second Sunday After Pentecost

June 19, 2022

Prelude He by Jack Richards; Phil Haga, pianist

Responsive reading: Psalm 42

1 Kings 19:1-15a

Hymn of Praise God Will Take Care of You, UMH 130

Gospel: Luke 8:26-39

“What are you doing here?” Dr. Alan Gorrell

Hymn of Benediction Because He Lives, UMH 364
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 19, 2022

Gracious God:
We come before You as a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquities.
We repent, O God, for the 500-year oppression of people of color.
We repent of the smug self-satisfaction with our material prosperity—prosperity rooted in exploitation.
We repent of our church, steeped in the cultural values of consumerism, comfort, and White supremacy.
We repent of tithing mint and dill and cumin while neglecting justice and mercy and faith.
We have, indeed, strained out a gnat and swallowed a camel.
We repent of our deliberate ignorance about race and racism, the practiced innocence and convenient naiveté that protect us from acknowledging the truth.
We repent of the myths we tell; the lies we defend; the unearned, undeserved privileges we like to call blessings.
We repent of the institutions we have built, the systems and structures, the policies and practices that created and perpetuate White supremacy.
We repent of blaming the oppressed for their oppression, masking our hate with pity and contempt.
We repent of our self-serving complacency, our pretense that time equals progress, our insistence that we are one of the good guys.
Father, forgive us, for we know exactly what we do.
Lord, hear our prayer . . .

Prayer of Repentance for White Supremacy,” Hope College, Holland MI.

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

A lesson learned.  

I have been glued to the January 6 hearings.  Yes, I’m one of those.  The last one brought tears to my eyes as I heard about a family with a daughter who was in her last stages of cancer.  She had to listen to obscenities about her father. Then a daughter testified about the threats and harassment she, her mother, even grandmother falsely   received.  “They” did that!”  

Before those witnesses who were hurt by their honesty or false accusation,  three men testified to their upholding the rules even under great duress.  Christian faith played a part in at least one man’s decision to do what he felt right even if it caused him much discomfort. It did bring much pain!  (They were also “They.”)

These were all “they.”  You can’t define a group without really knowing them. 

My mind has begun to open, and I don’t want to be “us” and “them.”  Families can’t agree on everything. Why do I think our churches or country can!  It’s time to find those things we agree about and cherish. Then leave those we don’t  at the door. Can we?

It’s time to do the work of the church.  


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For each publication, information is needed by noon on Wednesday.

Calendar of Events

June 23-29, 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 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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