First Presbyterian Church  |  701 Florida Avenue  |  Bristol, TN 37620  |  423-764-7176  |  fpcbristol.org

In This Issue
Worship
Deadlines & Subscriptions
In the Pulpit June 17
In the Pulpit June 24
Sign Up by August to Contribute an Advent Devotion This Fall
Fun Family Fellowship Wednesday Evening
Can You Help Move Our New Head Pastor?
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
They Toil Not, Neither Do They Mulch Themselves
Dad Would Approve
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Worship
June 17
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lessons
Psalm 1
Luke 15:11-32
Sermon
The Father's Day
Larry Sharrett
Hymns
It Is Good to Sing Your Praises
Loving Spirit
God of the Fertile Fields
Anthem
It Is Well with My Soul

June 24
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sermon
Tim Meredith
Hymns
I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art
Give Thanks
Come Labor On
Anthem
O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
Attendance
June 3: 8:30: 111; 11:00: 106
June 10: 8:30: 92; 11:00: 73
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on First Presbyterian Church

June 14 & 21 , 2018
In the Pulpit June 17
Larry Sharrett
serves Eastern Europe from his base in Sofia, Bulgaria, as a missionary with The Antioch Partners. He earned a Master of Divinity degree with a cross-cultural emphasis from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Education degree from East Tennessee State University. He is continuing the ordination process with the PC(USA). Larry and his wife, Courtney, are members of our congregation who grew up in Kingsport. They have one child, Julianna.
In the Pulpit June 24
Tim Meredith
is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and the former pastor of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church. He is currently serving as supply as needed with FPC of Johnson City.
Sign Up by August to Contribute an Advent Devotion This Fall
The Worship Committee invites members of the congregation to participate in our 2018 Advent Devotional Book by submitting a brief devotion. Your contributions will enhance our time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you would like to provide a devotion, please email Candy Phelps at cphelps3@yahoo.com or call her at 423-538-8801 by August 1. She needs to hear from you to determine whether we will have the number of devotions required for a booklet. If we do, devotions will need to be submitted by October 1, and Han Ong will collect them. You may email your devotion to him at hanchuanong@king.edu or leave it in the church office.
Fun Family Fellowship Wednesday Evening
Come to the church for Fun Family Fellowship Wednesday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. We'll be serving hotdogs and chips and providing water. Please bring any sides and desserts you choose. Don't miss this fun evening! It always lives up to its name!
Can You Help Move Our New Head Pastor?
We are looking for volunteers to help with our new senior pastor's move to Bristol. As you may know, Sam Weddington's mother and grandmother will be living with the Weddington family. Sam would be very grateful for help with moving them to his home in Forest Hills. They live in Abingdon, VA, just off Old Jonesboro Road and a little less than a mile on the Bristol side of I-81 exit 14. The move dates are July 6 and 7. The work will involve moving furniture and loading and unloading a U-Haul truck. If you are available on either or both of these dates and would like to help, please call Randy Cook at 423-956-1541 for details. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Weddingtons in a very informal, and most likely sweaty, setting! Thanks in advance from your PNC, now the Pastor Nurturing Committee! / Randy Cook
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
FPC needs volunteers immediately for the following tasks:
  • Vacation Bible School. Teachers, storytellers, shepherds, and crafts helpers. VBS will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-11. Contact Lilly Osborne at losborne@fpcbristol.org or 423-764-7176.
  • Female chaperone for high school trip. One more chaperone for the June 24-July 1 trip to Orange Beach, FL. Contact Katie Arnold at karnold@fpcbristol.org or 423-764-7176.
They Toil Not, Neither Do They Mulch Themselves
Lilies, and any flower you can name, may toil not, but fortunately for us, Heidi Harkleroad does. She took the initiative to mulch the flower beds around the church building. Thank you, Heidi!
Dad Would Approve
This Sunday is Father's Day, and the church lawn will be up to Dad's standards, thanks to Pat Flannagan, who mows June 13-16. Jim White, June 20-23, and Aaron Brooks, June 27-30, will round out the month for the mowing team.
Join the team! We welcome men and women, adults and teens. Even families: younger children can move debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, and you can mow only once or, if you choose, even thrice. Simply contact Randy Cook at npolecook@aol.com or 423-956-1541. If you're new to Scag mowers, he will be happy to give you a lesson on ours.
Music Notes
Music participants June 17 and June 24: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Music for Sunday, June 17: Our anthem, "It Is Well with My Soul," is a well-known hymn tune and text ( Glory to God, #840). The text was written by a Chicago attorney, Horatio Spafford, who seemed to have everything going for him. However, Spafford (1828 -1888) endured the tragic death of his son, the loss of much of his wealth in the Great Chicago Fire, and the loss of his four daughters, who perished in a shipwreck. When traveling to comfort his wife, he wrote the poem that would be set to music by Philip Bliss (1838 -1876). Bliss was a Pennsylvania school teacher who moved to Chicago and became a song leader for Dwight L. Moody. Tragically, Bliss and his wife were killed in a train derailment.
Percy William Whitlock
Organist's footnotes: Percy William Whitlock (1903-1946) was an English organist and post-romantic composer. He studied at London's Royal College of Music with Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams. From 1921 to 1930, Whitlock was assistant organist at Rochester Cathedral in Kent. He served as Director of Music at St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth, for the next five years, combining this from 1932 with the role of that town's borough organist, in which capacity he regularly played at the local Pavilion Theatre. After 1935 he worked for the Pavilion Theatre full-time. A tireless railway enthusiast, he wrote at length and with skill about his interest. Sometimes, for both prose and music, he used the pseudonym "Kenneth Lark." He worked closely with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra; the orchestra's conductor from 1935 to 1940 was Richard Austin, whose father, Frederic Austin, dedicated his Organ Sonata to Whitlock.
Whitlock was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1928. Near the end of his life, he lost his sight altogether, and he died in Bournemouth a few weeks before his 43rd birthday. For decades afterwards he was largely forgotten. This neglect has eased in recent times, in particular through the activities and publications of the Percy Whitlock Trust, founded in 1983.

Music for Sunday, June 24: This will be the final Sunday until August 1 that our Sanctuary Choir will sing in worship. Our anthem, "O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus," is a text by Trevor Francis (1834 -1925), who was a British merchant and sometime hymn writer. The music for this setting is by Gilbert Martin (b. 1941), an Ohio composer whose music has been heard frequently in this church.
M. Searle Wright
Organist's footnotes: M. Searle Wright (1918-2004) was born in Susquehanna, PA, and grew up in Binghamton, NY. In his teens he earned money on weekends playing the Wurlitzer at the Capitol Theater there. He studied classical organ in New York City with T. Tertius Noble, and composition at Columbia University. He taught at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, where he had earlier studied improvisation. He was the director of chapel music at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, served a term as president of the American Guild of Organists, and later became Link Professor of Music at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Wright was a deeply religious man who created many choral works, writing in a style that was quite tonal and conservative. Our prelude June 24 is perhaps his most popular composition, Prelude on "Brother James's Air."
Janet Linker (b. 1938) has published works for organ and choir and more than 60 works for organ and handbells with a dozen church music publishing houses. After receiving her bachelor's in organ performance from Capital University, she did her master's study at the University of Michigan under Marilyn Mason. She taught at Capital University for more than 30 years and is organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington, OH.
Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971) was a New Zealand-born British organist, composer, and music teacher. Our postlude is his best-known work, Tuba Tune for Organ (Op. 15), a favorite of recitalists. This dashing little piece, which owes its title to the boisterous melody sounded forth on the organ's tuba stop, begins in the style of Handel but has some brief key changes in its central section that could belong to no century except the 20th. Lang's numerous other works for organ include the lengthy Sonata in D minor (Op. 47, 1947), the Introduction and Passacaglia in A minor (Op.51, 1952), the Fugue-Trilogy on E.G.B. (Op. 58, 1952), and many hymn preludes and sets of preludes and fugues.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Blaine Hunigan
Don Moneyhun
Chuck Thompson
 
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
June 17         Julia Abel, Drew Bailey, Laura Bassett, Emily Hyder, Bill Whisnant
June 19         Kevin Buck, Noelle McInnis, Parker Sword
June 20         Paul Blair, Stuart Parker
June 21         Con Sauls
June 22         Melinda Akard, Lucas Kingsley, Robin North
June 23         Jon Blankenship
June 26         Tom Faucette, Jon Lundberg, Mollee McClain
June 27         Kaye Crutchfield, Robert Havlik, Erin Kingsley
June 28         Nora Smith
June 29         Noah Ong
June 30         Peggy O'Dell, Julia Sikorski
Gifts to the Church
Memorials and honoraria are published in the newsletter only after the family has been personally notified by our business office. Today we gratefully acknowledge gifts made to the church in memory of the following individuals:
Betty Mott (mother of Betsy Galliher): to the Capital Fund from Ernie & Karen Pennington
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch):  to the Capital Fund from Ernie & Karen Pennington; to the Memorial Fund from John & Karen Vann
Church Calendar
Sunday, June 17
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Committee, Room 117
Tuesday, June 19
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, June 20
5:30 p.m.       Fun Family Fellowship, Church
7:00 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, June 21
7:00 a.m.        Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Sunday, June 24
8:30 a.m.        Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.        Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, June 25
7:00 p.m.       Session of Elders, Room 123
Tuesday, June 26
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, June 27
7:00 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, June 28
7:00 a.m.        Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Officers
ELDERS
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
David Hyde
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
DEACONS
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Adam Abel
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Nancy Butterworth
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
David Ginn
Greg Roberts
Brenda Lawson
Rett Stocstill
Nate Sproles
Barbara Thompson
Ann Woods
Bill Whisnant