Our “Feed the Hungry” offering today is for Bristol Faith In Action. BFIA is a cooperative Outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local community formed to serve any persons whose circumstances leave them with significant physical, social, emotional or spiritual needs.
From the Pastor’s Pen . . .
The appointments I’ve held prior to First Bristol have been small, multi-church charges. On any morning, I might walk into the church and find I am the only person in the building. My office hours were quiet, secluded, set apart, even lonely.
As I’m writing this article, however, I’m catching the end of the Men’s Prayer Group, from which folk are dispersing either back home or to different responsibilities and conversations around the church. I walked in the door with Jeff Neal coming in to care for our shared space. Carol Johnson came in shortly thereafter to help keep us all organized and informed.
Most days are punctuated by people asking to meet me, or showing up at my office door because they are accustomed to the pastor keeping regular hours. That’s really different from the small churches I’ve served previously. I’ve always had to hunt people down to find out what their needs were, to find out who was sick or hospitalized, to find out what I can do to help grow their ministry.
Not here. Here at First Bristol, people have been seeking me out. It’s unusual, atypical in a really good way. It’s as though y’all are invested in doing the work of ministry.
It’s really exciting, y’all. There is stuff actually happening here! There are things going on! There are people involved in doing ministry!
Of course, not everybody is, and that’s pretty typical of a church. Of any organization, really. Not everybody is committed or involved to the same degree. Some folks have too much going on somewhere else, are tired or ill, or feel like they’ve already had their turn and it’s about time some of these younger whippersnappers stepped up and took the reins.
But the Apostle Paul describes the Church as a Body. And if we are a body, all our various body parts have to work together to get things done.
I remember one day, when I was a little older than our kids are now, my family took a trip from Maryville to Gatlinburg. I sat awkwardly in the car, with a leg tucked under me, and I had no idea that it fell asleep while we were driving.
How one doesn’t notice that process, I’m not sure, but somehow I missed it.
So when I got out of the car and put that foot down on the ground, it completely gave way under me and I crumpled onto the pavement.
That’s the kind of clumsiness we are subject to when one part of the body decides not to cooperate, not to pull its weight.
God’s Spirit is urging us into really exciting ministry together, but it’s going to take all of us together to make it happen. It’s going to take all of us committing our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness to be together the vibrant Body that God is calling us to be.
We’re off to a great start, and I am proud as a peacock to be joining you in the adventure you’ve started. I hope you’re on board, and if you’re not yet, I pray you will be and I encourage you to pray and talk with me and other folk about the gifts you have to offer to Christ.
We’re going to do some amazing things, y’all! Jesus is going to bless this community through us in ways we’ve never seen before!
Come on, y’all! Get on board!
Last Sunday . . .
… and every Sunday,
Worship begins at The River at 9:30 a.m.
and continues through a Traditional Service which begins
at 11:00 a.m.
Practice before the service makes for a smooth candle lighting during the 11 a.m. worship service.
Pastor Brandon shares from
Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
What Gift Can I Bring?
The Chancel Choir sings, Forward Through the Ages
Pastor Brandon teaches the children about altar kneeling
cushions and treasures.
Go, friends, and bring God’s Kingdom;
bear it with joy to all the world,
bring the Ancient of Days who is doing a new thing on this day,
until all the world shares this abundant treasure
that brings new life everywhere it is shared.
We gratefully acknowledge a gift to the Memorial Fund
in memory of Nell Banks
by Chuck and Deborah Henry and Family.
We, the Memorial Recovery Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, thank you for your continued support. Without the use of your facility we could not function.
All of our meetings are open to all alcoholics and their friends and family. If any of your parish members would like to know what an AA meeting is like, they would be welcome. Thank you.
During this Sunday’s Children’s Time, we are going to do a
Blessing of the Backpacks. We’ll be praying for and commissioning all our students, teachers, and everyone else
involved in our children’s education.
In Sunday School, the lesson was on Naaman and how he was healed of leprosy after he submerged himself seven times in the river.
The children made “mud” out of chocolate pudding, crushed oreos and gummy worms – and ate it!
Did you know that God can use his weakest as his greatest speakers? He even used a slave GIRL! Thank you, Mr. Mike for a great lesson on Elisha and people who want complicated answers. Suzanne
This wonderful teacher invites
you to class!
Kelly Logan teaches men and women
of the Fellowship Class
during the 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School hour.
Come join an invigorating, life-challenging study of
This seat is reserved just for you!
Rockin’ out with Rock Band
Rock Band (on the BIG screen)
Games, and a little celebration for
Erica Rakes High School Graduation!
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
Psalm 150: 1-6
Bring a friend!
Pigeon Forge, TN
Experience the life-changing power of Jesus Christ –
the One who is the
Resurrection and the Life.
See John Mack for details.
Yoga with Jean
I imagine some don’t think of our yoga class as part of the church. But we do. It’s loving, sharing, caring community. It’s connection to self in a more positive way. It’s connection to something bigger than you. Sometimes it’s even connection to the healing and blessings of animals.
It’s one of those things that can’t ever be described enough for someone else to “get it.” It is felt and learned only by doing each day you practice. You don’t have to be able to get on the floor, but you might be surprised to find you can after several months of playing with us on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Jean Bentley
Church Receives Check for $81.66
Nine households participated in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program during Cycle 11 (March 1 – May 28, 2017). As a result, last week the church received a check for a percentage of the total sales from their Kroger purchases.
If you are a Kroger shopper, consider attaching your Kroger card to the Community Rewards Program. 3rd quarter begins in September.
Can you help?
A Volunteer is Needed
Monday, August 7
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Assist with bagging groceries for clients at the Food Pantry.
Contact Carol Taylor for details.
What Do You See at First United Methodist Church that Blesses You?
Can you capture it in a picture, or a few words, for the rest of us?
Thank you to those who contribute pictures and articles for the FUMC newsletter.
You, the providers of information, are the newsletter’s makers and creators.
For each publication, information is needed by noon on Wednesday.
Let your eyes become eyes for everyone.
And may Christ’s Vision be the Vision which inspires us all.
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Calendar & Events Schedule
Week of August 3 – August 9
Thurs, Aug. 3: 5:00 pm-SPRC
6:00 pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Fri, Aug. 4: 5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-Yoga Studio
Sat, Aug. 5: 8:00pm-NA
Sun, Aug. 6: 9:30am-Sunday School Hour
9:30am-The River Service, TH
10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)
Mon, Aug. 7: 1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers-Bristol Emergency
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, Aug. 8: 8:00am-Men’s Prayer Group-TH
Wed, Aug. 9: 9:00am-Help for Haiti Meeting-Church Library
6:30pm-Youth Activity-Rock Band-on the Big Screen!