News from First United Methodist Church, Bristol, TN
First United Methodist Church
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March 22-28, 2018
Loving God, there are so many choices before us every day. Choices offered by our friends, our families, our culture, our own past. Some of them encourage the well-being of the earth, ourselves and our neighbors; others are destructive. Help us to distinguish between them. May we learn from the choices of Jesus and embody compassion, justice, and inclusion in all we say and do.
Several of our Church Members have created Stations of the Cross,
visually depicting the events of Holy Week.
Be sure to take time this week to visit these Stations in our Sanctuary.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
On Thursday morning, this epistle will find its way to your inbox.
On Thursday evening, we will remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples.
On Friday evening, the world moves into darkness as the powers of evil slaughter the Ancient of Days.
And on Sunday morning, creation is redeemed by Christ our Victor.
Sometime between the darkness and light, you’re pulling this epistle out and seeing if I have anything of value to say to you for this time and this place, but I don’t have any idea at which time you might be reading this.
Let me try it from this angle:
We’re coming out of March this week and warming to April, and all around town are daffodils and Bradford pears moving out of their blooming stage and into their glorious green. On Tuesday afternoon, I noticed that the ground cover on the sanctuary’s western berm is coming into a full purple flower, too.
Out of hibernation and death, new life is bursting forth. It’s not the same as resurrection, but it’s a reminder of it.
So on this weekend when we move from death to life, from the ashes of Wednesday to the glorious bloom of the resurrection, which is halfway to the Spirit-fire of Pentecost, I encourage you to stop and smell the daffodils.
Stop and enjoy the beauty. Relish it. Reflect on death giving way to new life, on the cycle that keeps coming back around. Spend some time in thankfulness that, no matter how much death we may cause, God will find a way to bring life through us.
The Church Gratefully Acknowledges These Gifts:
To the Memorial Fund
In Memory of
Jason and Julia Hobbs
Richard and Suzanne Rollins
In Memory of
To the Dorcas Ministry
In Honor of
Special Easter Offering
FUMC will be collecting a special offering
on Easter Sunday toward the Help for Haiti children’s shelter overseen by FUMC
member Leferne Preptit. Though the
mission continues to have a strong
foundation of regular monthly donors,
we still need additional offerings in order
to be able to meet our budget each year
to provide housing, food and education for
nine children whose families were affected
by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Please
consider donating on Easter to support one of our church’s most vital missions.
Bethchina size pant 10 / T- shirts 8 medium in junior girls section, shoe #9
Jenny size pant 5/6, T shirts, dress junior/small, shoe #7-1/2
Jeffreyna size 8/9 pant, medium T- shirts 6 small in girl section, shoe #6
This year Holston Conference is excited to offer summer camp for children and youth, Grades 1 – 12, at Camp Bays Mountain.
Camp Director Jeff Wadley says, “The outdoor setting, camp activities and summer counselors are avenues for our campers to be introduced to Christ and to grow in faith. Our theme this summer is Here I Am! in which we will study God’s presence in our lives.This is the heartbeat of our camp curriculum.”