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In This Issue
About Windows
Worship
Strangs to Report on East Africa Mission
Let There Be Music!
And Here Are the Winners
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount
Keep an Eye Peeled for Pumpkins!
Music Notes
In the Pulpit Sunday
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Officers
Church Calendar
About  
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Worship
October 22
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Lessons
Exodus 33:12-23
John 1:14-17
Sermon
Seeing God
Rev. Elizabeth Patrick
Hymns
God of the Sparrow
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
In the Midst of New Dimensions
Anthem
Enter Now This Place
Sanctuary Choir
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 72; 11:00: 110

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on First Presbyterian Church

October 19, 2017
Strangs to Report on East Africa Mission
Cecily and Fred Foy Strang
In our Adult Learning segment next Wednesday, October 25, Drs. Fred Foy and Cecily Strang will present a program on their current mission project with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya.
Fred Foy is the founder and president of Maasai Special Projects Fund and is the East Africa Partner for The Antioch Partners. He, Cecily, and their sons, Jesse and Jacob, have all served as missionaries among the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. Cecily earned a PhD in Nursing Research and Education from the University of Tennessee and applies her special area of expertise, malaria care, among the Maasai.
While on the faculty at King, Fred Foy coordinated our early worship service. He holds degrees from Furman University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the University of Edinburgh, and he has served as Adjunct Professor of Missions, Philosophy, and Religion at King University; Adjunct Associate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary; and Adjunct Professor at Presbyterian University of East Africa.
Before the evening programs for adults, youth, and children, we will share a fellowship dinner of pork chops with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, salad, and dessert at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Learning segment will follow at 6:15; the Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00; and High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00.
Let There Be Music!

While there is no formal Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol for 2017-2018, several programs of interest to music lovers will be presented in our sanctuary from November through May. Program details are below; please note admission fees for two of the concerts.
The Great Outdoors. A Voices of the Mountains Concert with selections including "Frostiania" by Randall Thompson and "Song of the Open Road" by Norman Dello Joio. Friday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. $15 admission.
King University Band Fall Concert. Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
Lessons and Carols. Presented by King University Choir and local church choirs. Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 p.m. Free admission.
King University Christmas Concert. Annual Christmas concert presented by choral groups from King University. Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. with reception to follow. Free admission.
Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy Christmas Concert. Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
Vivaldi's Gloria. Presented by FPC Sanctuary Choir and instrumentalists. Sunday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m.
Sensational Strings. A Symphony of the Mountains Concert including Serenade Op. 20 in E Minor by Edward Elgar, Colburn Variations by Steven Stucky, and The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. Featured soloist: Lucia Kobza, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughan Concerto Competition winner. Saturday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. $25 admission.
King University Spring Band Concert. Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
Appalachian Men's Ensemble (AMEn) Spring Concert. All-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices. Friday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
And Here Are the Winners ...

Congratulations to the FPC T-shirt winners, Matt Peltier and Lisa Holmes! We greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to peruse our new website and give us such great feedback. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, please do! You'll find it here.
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount
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We are continuing to collect boxes of vanilla wafers for snacks for Fairmount Elementary School students. About 80% of the children get help with lunch, but their families can't afford to buy snacks to get them through the afternoon slump. That's where we come in. We collect the snacks from our generous church family, and the Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to the school. Please bring your boxes to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our friends at Fairmount get through the long fall afternoons. Thank you!
Keep an Eye Peeled for Pumpkins!
Whether you wannabe a jack-o'-lantern or wannabe a saint, your day is coming: only two Sundays remain before All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Day. Keeping an eye out for errant pumpkins is David Moore, who takes care of the lawn this week. Right behind him is Randy Olson, who will reform the grass for Reformation Sunday. After that comes a big night for decorative gourds, with all the saints marching right behind.
You can join our mowing team at any time of the year by contacting Team Captain Randy Cook. Tap him on the shoulder at church, email him at npolecook@aol.com, or call him at 423-956-1541. We welcome men and women, adults and teens, and even small children, who can move debris to the curb. If you're unfamiliar with Scag mowers, Randy will be happy to give you a lesson on our Tiger Cat. 
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Sunday's anthem, "Enter Now This Place," was composed by Jane Marshall, who also wrote the text. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, with both a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. She has served in a
Jane Marshall
number of United Methodist churches in Texas and taught both in public schools and at Southern Methodist University. A strong advocate of congregational song, Marshall has written a number of hymn tunes and served on the editorial committees of several hymnbooks. A contributor to music journals, she is the author of Grace Noted, a collection of homilies, essays, and poems published by Hope Publishing Company. In subsequent decades, she concentrated on texts from the Psalms, releasing in 1986 Psalms Together, a collection of six unison antiphons for cantor or choir and congregation using psalm texts from the Common Lectionary that can be performed in a variety of ways. Marshall has also written many sacred choral compositions with nonscriptural texts. She has consistently and purposefully selected meaningful, unhackneyed texts for her compositions. Thus has Jane Marshall altered the landscape of sacred choral music in America.
Organist's footnotes: Each Sunday in October we are exploring new compositions from the Augsburg Organ Library's publication, Reformation, recently released for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
If you listen closely to our prelude, "Werde munter" ("Come with Us, O Blessed Jesus"), you just might recognize it as the melody Bach used in "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." The melody can be heard floating serenely above a relentless stream of rapidly moving eighth notes. The arranger, Wolfgang F. Rübsam (b. 1946), has the impressive distinction of having published more than 130 recordings, including two recordings of the complete organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude, Felix Mendelssohn, Joseph Rheinberger, César Franck, Louis Vierne, and Jehan Alain, as well as recordings of Franz Liszt, Johann Pachelbel, and Max Reger!
In this quiet setting of our offertory, "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend" ("Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now"), the melody is played by the feet, while the hands accompany. The arranger, Donald Busarow (1934-2011), was Professor of Music and University Organist at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Our postlude, "Du är helig" ("You Are Holy"), is a busy piece of music! After a frenzied introduction in the organ's Swell division, the hymn tune is heard in the Great division. A high descant melody in the Ruck Positif division is introduced in the middle section. Then in the fortissimo concluding section, we hear a recapitulation of the hymn tune, with the descant melody now belted out by the Trompette en Chamade (horizontal trumpet), played on the pedals. The composer of this setting, Rick Seaton (b. 1964), is Director of Music and Organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. Together with his wife, Barbara, they run Seaton Studios, a private instruction studio specializing in piano and cello in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
In the Pulpit Sunday

The Reverend Elizabeth Patrick is an active member of our congregation, an ordained
pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a graduate of Erskine College, Duke Law School, and Princeton Seminary. Elizabeth served as solo pastor of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs, South Carolina, before moving to Bristol in 2008 to marry Dr. Bill Linderman, Professor of Mathematics at King University. Since then, she has served as pulpit supply at a number of churches in the Tri-Cities and beyond. Currently, Elizabeth spends most of her time building Lego creations and otherwise caring for sons Henry and Ben.
Pray for One Another
An extensive list of prayer concerns, "Pray for One Another," is available for pickup at the church each week.
 
In Our Prayers
Becky Busler
Wayne Creel (Sherry Ratliff's father)
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Vivian Hill
Don Moneyhun
Tony Raccioppo
Sam Samuel
Cassie & Michael Thornton
 
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
October 22      Cliff Bailey, Peachy Bane, Nancy Cook, Gwen King, J.T. Scott
October 23      Junella McClellan
October 24      Trent Dowdell, Alice Graham, Lance Tudor
October 26      Martin Kent
October 27      Ralph Booher, Peggy Hill, Peggy King
October 28      Eddie Hill, Claire Pruner
Gifts to the Church

We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts in memory of the following individuals:
Mack Blevins: to the Brazil Mission Fund, from Dotty Royston; to the Ethiopia Mission Fund, from Dotty Royston; to the Memorial Fund, from Frances Rowell
Fred Frazier: to the Christian Hands Ministry Fund, from Frances Rowell
Church Officers
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Elders
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Ann Abel
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Beth Flannagan
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Tom King
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
Ernie Pennington
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
John Vann
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
 
Deacons
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Jim Mayden
Adam Abel
George Linke
Mark Mervis
Nancy Butterworth
Greg Roberts
Robin North
David Ginn
Nate Sproles
Jordan Pennington
Rett Stocstill
Bill Whisnant
Byron Schiesz
Ann Woods
 
Church Calendar
Sunday, October 22
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
6:30 p.m.       High School Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
Monday, October 23
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Session of Elders, Room 123
Tuesday, October 24
9:00 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, October 25
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
4:45 p.m.       Savior's Singers Children's Choir
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Committee, Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:15 p.m.       Adult Learning Program, Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, October 26
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117