11-17-2010-newsletter by cuiliqing


									                                                                                      Wednesday, November 17, 2010

                                                             Publication of First United Methodist Church, Bristol Tennessee

                                                  The First Edition
   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in
 him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and in-
visible...all things have been created through him and for him. He himself
 is before                                                                   all things,
   and in                                                                      him all
                            THIS THANKSGIVING,
   things                                                                      hold to-
gether. He         WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?                               is the head
   of the                                                                    body, the
church; he                                                                   is the be-
 ginning,                                          CHRIST THE                 the first-
  born of                                                                    the dead,
so that he
  come to
                                                  KING SUNDAY!                  might
                                                                             have first
  place in                                                                      every-
thing. For
                                     November 21, 2010                       in him all
  the full-                                                                    ness of
 God was                                                                    pleased to
dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
 whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his
               cross. Colossians Chapter one, verses eleven through 20 NRSV

                                                                                   Feed the Hungry Offerings
Two Services to Choose from every Sunday Morning                                      Sunday, November 21
                                                                               Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
9:35 a.m.—The River—Chapel                                              Providing food for community families in need
9:35 a.m.—Sunday School for all ages                                                 Sunday, November 28
                                                                                United Methodist Student Day
10:55 a.m.—Traditional Worship—Sanctuary                                  Helping to furnish scholarships and loans for stu-
                                                                         dents attending United Methodist-related and other
                                                                                 accredited colleges and universities.

423 652-2811   * fumcbristol.org * firstedition@fumcbristol.org *   page one
  Youth Ministry
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 “GOD LOVES YOU JUST THE                                                                    e, follo
REFUSES TO LEAVE YOU THAT                                                                    It is raining right
           WAY”                                                                   now. The kids are laughing        Victoria Hanson
                                                                                  in the room behind me. It’s
              I love what Max Lu-                                                 a good moment, a night rain and kids in the
              cado writes in his de-                                              house laughing, but it’s only a moment. Soon
My            votional Just Like Je-                                              it will be dry and still outside and in a short
              sus. I thought you        Gabriella “Gabby” Provenzano
                                                                                  decade this house will be still as well. I try
Almighty might love it too.                                                       to think like this so that I pay attention and
              “When my daughter, Jenna, was a toddler, I used                     appreciate my life. We are spirits on a hu-
Father        to take her to a park not far from our apartment.                   man journey here on this spinning ball called
              One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-                    Earth. My hope is that your spirit is enjoy-
In            cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a                     ing the raindrops, the giggles, and the dry
              treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw                   still moments as they fall into your human
Action        her mouth was full of sand. Where I intended to
                                                                                  life on the spinning ball.
              put a delicacy, she had put dirt.
                 Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Abso-
                                                                                                                See you Sunday!
lutely. Was she any less my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of
course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her                                                    Victoria Hanson
mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused
to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain
and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
   God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain.
                                                                                       Commitment Sunday Update
“Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got some-                     So far 49 church families and individuals
thing better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth: immoral-                   have turned in their Generosity Com-
ity, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the                 mitment Cards totaling $162,796.40.
cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice
cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim.                           10 new commitments - $23,180
Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has                         25 have increased their commit-
                                                                                        ments over last year by $15,828.40
a better offer. He wants us to be just like Jesus.”
                                                                                      17 indicated that their amount is a
                                                     God Bless, Gabby                   tithe of their income
                                                                                      11 indicated that they have
                                                  First UMC Sending                     “stepped up” towards a tithe
                                                62 Shoeboxes through
                                                  Samaritan’s Purse
                                                      Operation                           Would you be interested in
                                                   Christmas Child                           Electronic Giving?
                                              8 Million Children received
                                                                                  It has been suggested that First United Meth-
                                                 shoe boxes last year
                                                                                  odist Church might offer a way to contribute
                                              Over 130 Countries have
                                                 received shoe boxes since 1993
                                                                                  monetary gifts through Direct Debit - Elec-
                                                                                  tronic Transfer of funds from a donor’s
                                              One Mission: To demon-
                                                strate God’s Love in a tangible
                                                                                  checking or savings account.
                                                way to needy children around
                                                the world, and together with      Many people are now paying their bills on-line.
                                                the local church worldwide        One member family says that the check written
                                                share the good news of Jesus      to the church is the only check written each
                                                Christ.                           month. We would like to know if this option
  Louis Hyde, Missions Chairperson,                                               for giving is one in which you would be inter-
 prepares the shoe boxes for delivery to            Thank you to all who          ested. If so, contact Carol at 423-652-2811 or
       Boone, NC, for processing                       participated!              carol@fumcbristol.org.

First United Methodist Church—Bristol, Tennessee– fumcbristol.org                               The First Edition, 11/17/2010, page 2
         CHIRSTMAS IS COMING,                                                               Advent and
                                                                                        Christmas Calendar
   THE GOOSE IS GETTING FAT.             PLEASE TO PUT A PENNY IN                    Nov. 28—First Sunday of Advent
    THE OLD MAN’S HAT. IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT A PENNY, A                                 Preacher: Rev. John Wilson
                                                                                     Dec. 1—Mid-week Medley
                                                                                     Christmas Crafts –
                                                                                     something for all ages
                        THEN   GOD BLESS YOU!                                        Dec. 5—Second Sunday of Advent
                                                                                     Sermon: John the Baptist, Matt 3:1-12
                                                                                     Dec. 8—Mid-week Medley
                                                                                     Preacher & Performer John Ousley—
                                                                                     Christmas Done in Style

              I    love that Christmas is Coming song. I learned it in Eng-
                  land. I think it was also used in one of the Muppet movies.
              It is true, isn’t it? Christmas is coming…a very short 45 days
                                                                                     Dec. 12—Third Sunday of Advent
                                                                                     Sermon: Mary & Joseph, Matt 1:18-25

              away! I pray that this Christmas, God will bless you again and         Dec. 15—Mid-week Medley
                                                                                     Stories of Christmas led by Joe-d
   Joe-d      again and again.
DowlingSoka                                                                          Dec. 19—Fourth Sunday of Advent

              t is our tradition here at First Methodist to have a little bit
              of an alternative Christmas blessing. Oh yes, we still deco-
rate the church and sing carols in worship. We will have a wonderful
                                                                                     The River Emmanuel Matt. 1:23
                                                                                     Traditional Make Room for Christmas;
                                                                                     A Musical sung by the Chancel Choir
Christmas pageant and delightful Candlelight Communion Services on
                                                                                     Dec. 22—Mid-week Medley
Christmas Eve. Christmas is a blessing at First Methodist. And the alter-            The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
native Christmas blessing adds even more.
                                                                                     Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Candlelight &

W      e invite every one to honor Jesus’ birthday by being generous                 Communion Celebrations
       through the Jesus Birthday Gift. During the month of December
the Feed the Hungry mission jar is where you place your birthday gift to
Jesus. In the past the Jesus Birthday Gift has paid teacher’s salaries in a          Dec. 26—First Sunday of Christmas
                                                                                     Sermon: Three Wise Men, Matt 2:1-12
United Methodist School in Sudan, Africa, built new housing at Holston
                                 Home for Children in Greeneville TN,                Sunday Morning Services
                                 paid utility bills through Bristol Faith in         9:35—The River meets in the Chapel
                                 Action, and funded ongoing ministries               10:55—Traditional meets in the Sanctuary
                                 through Holston Conference of the                   Wednesdays Mid-week Medley
                                 United Methodist Church. This year                  5:45—Supper
                                 the Jesus Birthday offering will go                 6:30—Program
                                 to help fund First Methodist’s Chil-
                                 dren Shelter in Port-au-Prince

                                    T  hrough Leferne Preptit, following
                                       the devastating earthquake of Janu-
                                  ary 2010, First Methodist established a
                                                                                                               Thanks for
                                                                                                        Nate & Breanne
                                  shelter for children who were living in                                  Hubbard
Port-au-Prince’s tent city. In a house that was not damaged by the earth-
quake, we house, feed, clothe, school and care for ten children between                              Help for Haiti
the ages of 2 and 13. These children are not orphans. Their parents who                      Children’s Shelter
do not have employment or a place to live other than a tent, have
                                                    See Jesus Birthday Gift page 4
First United Methodist Church—Bristol, Tennessee– fumcbristol.org                             The First Edition, 11/17/2010, page 3
Jesus Birthday Gift continued from      that for the Christmas season you can        your loved ones. You may not give as
page three                              do without – such as a coke a day, or        much “stuff” as in the past, but with
entrusted their children with us. They eating out once a week, or a monthly          creativity you just might give more
know that at least their children are   movie and popcorn. And then give             deeply. Remember, it isn’t how much
safe, fed, dry, clothed and in school.  that amount that you sacrificed for          stuff we give; it is how much we give
Parents visit with their children often through the mission jar during the           of ourselves that matters.
and can remove their children from      singing of the first hymn.                                      4. Honor An-
our care at any time. It is our expec- 3. Gift-giving Expanded: This re-                                other: Honor
tation that once                              quires the most effort of the                             someone by giving
these families are on                         four and it is the most generous.                         a gift in their name
their feet again, par-                                                                                  to the Jesus’ Birth-
ents will do just that.                                                                                 day Gift. We will
At this point,                                                                                          send them a card
though, there are                                                                                       informing them of
very few jobs and                                                                                       your gift. (More
very little housing to        Micheala                                                 Wesley
                                                                                                        about this in next
be obtained.                                                                                            week’s newsletter.)
There are four ways I know of to give                                                                     The Jesus Birth-
your Jesus Birthday Gift. (You might                                                                      day Gift is a great
                                              First United Methodist’s Help for Haiiti
think of another.)                                                                                        way to remember
1. Donate your change: At the end             CHILDREN’S SHELTER                                          that Christmas is
of each day gather your change into a                                                                     Jesus’ birthday that
special place and then each Sunday         Figure out how much you expect to           we get to celebrate.
bring all your saved change and place      spend on all the Christmas gifts you
                                                                                       Blessings upon you as you plan the
it into the mission jar during the         intend to give this year; then, take
                                                                                       ways you will be celebrating the birth
singing of the opening hymn.               half that amount. Give one half to
                                                                                       of Jesus this year. Joe-d
                                           the Jesus Birthday Gift – helping
2. Self-sacrifice: Choose something
                                           children survive in Haiti – and half to

                                                  The Jesus’ Birthday Gift
                     You are invited to honor or remember a special someone at Christmas time
                     with any contribution to our Jesus’ Birthday Gift. Gifts given “in memory”
                     will be listed in the church bulletin on Sunday, December 19. A card will be
                     sent to the person or family you would like to honor.

                Use this form to list names (add another sheet if necessary) and send to the
church office or drop into the offering plate by Sunday, December 12.

Names in honor (write address also if not in church directory)

Names in Memory                                                     Names in Honor

Given By

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                                                         From Our Parish Nurse
                         “FLOSS ONLY THE TEETH                       treatment.
                                  YOU                                Set up a dental savings ac-
                             WANT TO KEEP”                           count for expensive procedures
                                                                     like crowns and braces. You may
                   National Flossing Day is Fri-                     also be able to have your employer
                   day, November 26, 2010, according                 withhold a predetermined amount
 to the Hope Health Letter. “Children can start floss-               from your paycheck for medical
 ing when they have two teeth that begin to touch.” An               and dental expenses.
 animated video which teaches children proper floss-
 ing may be seen on the website of the American Den-                                                          Vivian Eckerson
 tal Association: www.ada.org.                                       November is the month for many
                                                                     other Health Observances, some of which are:
 The 2010 Hope Health Calendar published the
 following information from the American Dental As-                      American Diabetes Month
 sociation suggesting ways to fight high dental costs:                   National Alzheimer’s Disease
                                                                          Awareness Month
 The first and most effective thing you can do to                        National Epilepsy Month
 lower dental costs is to brush your teeth twice a day,                  National Healthy Skin Month
 floss at least once a day, and get regular dental clean-                National Hospice Month
 ings and checkups. If you do have a minor problem,                      Prematurity Awareness Month
 seek treatment right away - don’t let it turn into a root
 canal or, even worse, an extraction.                                I do not know of any of the above observances which
                                                                     has not touched one or more persons in my family or
 Ask for information about fees and payment                          circle of friends. If you want to know more, please
 plans before treatment. If you don’t understand any                 contact me by leaving a message on the general mail-
 part of what your dentist recommends, ask for an ex-                box or by e-mailing me at fsu1x@hotmail.com.
                                                                     Better yet, come to see me in person. I welcome your
 Ask how treatment options differ in cost, which                     visits!
 solution will last longer, and if all the options solve
 the problem. Your dentist may be able to prioritize a                                          Love in Christ,
 treatment plan to help you distinguish between prob-                                           Vivian Eckerson, RN
 lems that need care right away and those that are less
 urgent. Be sure you understand the risks in delaying

                      Mid-Week Medley
        No Mid-Week Medley Wednesday, November 24                       Bristol Community Thanksgiving
                                                                                Combined Service
                    Wednesday, December 1
    5:45 p.m. Meal - Tamale Pie, Nachos/Cheese, Corn Bread                          6:30 p.m.
             Salad, Cobbler with ice cream - cost: $6                          Sunday, November 21
               (children, youth, first-timers - free!)                  Addilynn Memorial UMC - Bristol, TN
       6:30 p.m. program - Christmas Crafts for Every Age              Addilynn Memorial, Elizabeth Chapel and Virginia
                                                                       Avenue United Methodist Churches are coordinat-
                                                                       ing this worship service. Please bring canned food
                               Music & Worship                         to be donated to one of the local food pantry pro-
                             Director - John Wilson                    grams.
                  The Staff Parish Relations Commit-
                                                                        St.Luke United Methodist Church
                  tee is pleased to announce that John Wil-
                  son, currently FUMC's interim Music and                Men’s Club Thanksgiving Dinner
                  Worship Director has accepted the position                      105 North Street - Bristol, VA
    John Wilson as our full time Music and Worship
                                                                            Thursday, November 25 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  Director. He will be leading the music in The River                               Turkey, Dressing and all
  and Traditional Services in addition to directing the                            the Trimmings (no charge)
  choir. With his background, education and experience ,                  Call 276-669-2441 if transportation is needed
  FUMC is truly blessed to have John on staff and in this po-
  sition.                     - Kathy Feagins, SPRC Chair

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Sunday Worship 9:35 & 10:55 am
Sunday School at 9:35 am
- Nursery provided for both services
Church office—423-652-2811
Pastor—Reverend Joe-d DowlingSoka
         - cell 423 202-4436

Thanksgiving Elves...
                                                                          Thursday, November 18
Many thanks to the elves who have been working anonymously                    3:30 pm    Yoga
around the church. Somebody cleaned up the Vance Drive parking lot        Sunday, November 21
of pine straw, leaves and other debris. Somebody else spread dirt to          9:35 am    Sunday School for All Ages
fill the low places on the Sparger road side yard. Many thanks to             9:35 am    The River—Chapel
these wonderful thanksgiving elves!                                          10:55 am    Traditional Worship – Sanctuary
                                                                              2:30 pm    Beth Moore Study—Ed wing
We are still looking for someone who would like to take the church’s          4:00 pm    Women’s Prayer Group

                                                                                                                                      Calendar—November 18-28
recyclables on a regular basis to the recycling center. Talk with Carol   Monday, November 22
at 423 652-2811 if this is a job you would like to tackle.                   10:00 am    Intercessory Prayer—Sanctuary
                                                                              7:30 pm    Highlands Youth Ensemble
                                                                          Tuesday, November 23
                                                                              6:30 am    Men’s prayer breakfast—TH
                                                                              6:30 am    Women’s prayer breakfast—Library
                                        Sunday, November 7                   10:30 am    Meals on Wheels
                                            Sunday School— 35                 6:30 pm    Junior League - TH
                                               The River– 36                  7:30 pm    Chancel Choir Rehearsal
           November                      Traditional Worship—74           Wednesday, November 24
                                                                              5:45 pm    NO Mid-Week Medley
                                       Offering to Operating -$6,013
                                                                          Thursday, November 25 - THANKSGIVING DAY
  17   Victoria Hanson                   Bristol Faith in Action—
                                                                                         Church office closed
  21   Matthew Hess                              $159.02                  Friday, November 26 - Church office closed
  24   Donnie Corsanico                                                   Sunday, November 28
  25   Sidney Hanson                    Sunday, November 14                   9:35 am    Sunday School for All Ages
  25   Mary Tankersley                      Sunday School— 37                 9:35 am    The River—Chapel
  26   Tommie White Cox                        The River–32                  10:55 am    Traditional Worship – Sanctuary
  26   Ed Platz                          Traditional Worship—104              4:00 pm    Women’s Prayer Group
  26   Beau Lippo                      Offering to Operating-$3,630
                                       Anderson Elementary School         (AA meets every Sun., Tues., Thurs. at 8 pm—NA meets Mon.
  26   Sidney Cox                                                         at Noon, Wed., Fri., and Sat. at 8 pm — Education Wing)

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