This week’s Feed the Hungry offering will go to the World Communion Fund. This offering goes to support graduate racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual amount reserved for ministries beyond the United States. Donations also provide for undergraduate U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.
Annual Meeting and Reception
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1534 Euclid Avenue
Meet the new Executive Director,
Bristol Faith in Action
needs a volunteer receptionist on Fridays.
New volunteers are welcome for all positions including:
receptionist, appointment setters, data entry personnel, and interviewers.
From the Pastor’s Pen…
We are quickly shifting out of Summer and into Fall, out of September and into October. When Bus 9 swings by the house to pick up Sarah and Rebekah, I’m seeing a daily increase in the number of sturdy oak leaves in our yard fallen out of our neighbor’s ancient tree. I feel like I just got the hang of mowing the yard!
Well, time passes, I suppose, and a lot more quickly than I’m ever ready for it to do. We are constantly moving into something different, something new.
As the leaves fall and the color of our yard begins to shift, I’m watching a different shift happen in my practice of daily prayer. The texts we are moving through right now include readings from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, a set of reflections on various proverbs that follow the model, “You have heard it said… but I say to you…”
It’s Jesus transforming our old understanding of the law into something altogether different, something more understanding, more merciful, more generous.
I suppose that when the seasons change, it seems like an annual cycle, always coming back to the exact same thing that happened the year before, but I think that if we pay a bit more attention, we’ll find that things change. Things transform. There is something new to see, to hear, to smell.
Maybe sometimes it’s not what we would consider a good change. I’m not such a fan of heavier traffic, more noise and light pollution, increasingly crowded neighborhoods.
But that’s not all that changes. We change, too. And if we allow it, God will change us for the better. God will age us like a fine wine, a smooth whiskey, or a mouth-wateringly smoky block of cheddar.
God is in the business of transforming us, of doing something new. The cycles may look familiar as we come back upon them, but we never come back quite the same.
And if we open ourselves to it, God will even transform the world through us.
I could dig on being part of that. How about you?
Last Friday evening church members gathered for
FUMC’s Inaugural Supper Club.
And what a lovely time was shared by all !
In Children’s Church Last Sunday . . .
David was anointed as king by Samuel. Anointing is like baptism; it pours God’s spirit upon you. We made sceptors out of fruit and enjoyed eating our work.
Who else but God would choose a little shepherd boy to be king?
Appreciating our children’s fine art.
Here’s What’s Happening, FUMC Teens:
SUNDAYS 9:30 a.m. Biblical Exploration
Sunday, October 1
FUMC Chili Cook Off
& Corn Bread Fundraiser
We’ll begin serving after
The River at 10:30 a.m.
and again at noon, after
The Traditional Service.
Sign up to bring chili, corn bread or a dessert.
All donations go to the Resurrection Fund.
Wednesday, October 4
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
YMCA Game-room & Swim Night
Together in Christian Fellowship
Sign up by Sept. 30 and save $25.
The price goes up every month.
Sign up now, pay and save.
Noah received Holston Middle School’s second place award for their meet at
Steele Creek Park on Saturday. He was HMS’s fifth finisher, and came in
41st of 230 middle school boys with a time of 14:12.8.
To: The Ladies of First United Methodist Church
From: The United Methodist Women
You are invited to a Fall Luncheon
Saturday, October 14, 2017
First United Methodist Church, Tankersley Hall
We Will Have Good Food, A Time for Fellowship and Entertainment by Beth Green
Christian Singer, Comedienne, and Inspirational Speaker
Our Purpose Is To Bring Women of Our Churches Together
To Build a Community of Supporters, Encouragers and Friends
We Do Mission Work and Want to Have a Place Where We Can Get
Together, Enjoy One Another and Lift Up Our Work for the Glory of God.
An opportunity to contribute to our Haiti Children’s Mission will be offered.
Please help with this fun event for our community’s children.
Bring your decorated car filled with candy. Be there by 4:30 to set up.
Fri.-Sat., Oct. 13-14, 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. St. Luke UMC Annual Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale
Sat., Oct. 28, King University’s “Coats for Kids” Day. Donated children’s coats may be dropped off at King University at either the Administration Building or Maclellan Hall on the main campus in Bristol. Coats may also be dropped off at any Bristol, TN or Bristol, VA elementary school, YMCA, YWCA, or Craig’s Cleaners. Coats may be dropped off at one of the designated locations by October 13.
Sat., Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apples for Addilynn Fall Festival
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Here Comes October!
Calendar & Events Schedule
Week of September 28 – October 4
Thurs, Sep 28: 6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-The Upper Room
6:30pm-Mankind Project-Youth Room
Fri, Sep 29: 5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Sat, Sep 30: 10:00am-2:00pm-Simmer Down Serving Meals-TH
Sun, Oct 1: 9:30am-Sunday School Hour
9:30am-The River Service, TH
10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
10:30am-Teen Chili Cook Off serving (and again, at noon)
11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)
2:00pm-6pm – Game Day, TH
Mon, Oct 2: 1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers,Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Oct 3: 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Oct 4:6:30pm-Youth Event – YMCA Game-room & Swim Night