October 1, 2020
Second Saturday Circles: Faith and Fellowship for Women
FPC Women’s Ministries announces Second Saturday Circles, a series of gatherings for women of the church. The first circle is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m., both in person and online. Saturday Circles won’t be quite like Presbyterian Women Circles of the past, but they will provide us with some of the same benefits: the edification of Bible study, the joy and comfort of Christian fellowship, and the blessing of shared prayer. We hope you and your friends will join in!

You are invited:
To a time for Bible study, discussion, and prayer. Some groups will meet in person at the church; some will meet online. In-person meetings will be outside, if possible. We ask that masks be worn inside and, if not socially distanced, outside.

The topic for October:
What does it mean to not be anxious during a pandemic?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

How to participate:
To attend a circle in person, just come to the Fellowship Hall on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Bring a Bible, a lawn chair, a mask, and your own beverage. Some chairs will be available.
To participate in the online circle, please call or text Elizabeth Patrick at 423-956-9716 or email her at

For more information:
Contact Elizabeth as noted above.
Connect Teams Starting Up
We’re developing new resources for church communication, and we want you to be a part of this vital ministry, sharing your time and talents. Are you interested in helping others in the church stay current and connected? Do you have the skills, gifts, and time to make a quick call once a month to approximately eight members of the church, to see how they are doing and share what’s new at FPC? If so, let Dave Welch know. Please, contact him at or 423-764-7176.
Home Group Leaders Check-In
We’re going to have a Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. for all Home Group leaders. It will be an opportunity to check in and check up on how things are going. If you would like to be included, and have not received an email invitation, please contact Dave Welch or Katie Arnold.
Please Help Us with AV
We need you on our audiovisual team! No experience is necessary. We will train you to control the cameras, modulate the sound, or run the videos and graphics. Just contact the church office to join.

Give Safely
During the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to give by way of our website or by text or mail. Your continued, faithful giving ensures that we have the resources to continue our ministries. You can give online by going to and clicking on “Give” in the upper right corner. You can send your pledge, offering, or special gift by texting fpcbristol to 73256. You can also mail your checks directly to the church. Thank you!
Rainfall, Early Autumn
The rain is back, and that means our mowers have their work cut out for them. David Moore (Sept. 30–October 3) mows this week for World Communion Sunday, coming up October 4. Randy Olson takes over October 7–10, as fall settles in.

Study the Bible Online
We are continuing to offer two adult studies on our YouTube channel. The Sunday Bible study, Praying With the Psalms, looks at the Book of Psalms through the lens of prayer. All you need is a Bible and an open heart. We also post a short study every Wednesday. If you subscribe, you will be notified when new studies become available.
Cheerios for Fairmount
We are collecting boxes of Multi Grain Cheerios for the students of our Fairmount school. Please drop your contributions in the little red house in the Fellowship Hallway or leave them on Dottie Havlik’s porch. For more information, email Dottie at or call her at 423-956-6747.

Pray for the World
As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking you to spend more time in prayer for our church, our community, our nation, and the world. Pray for our leaders, first responders, frontline workers, and the vulnerable. We also ask that you pray for an end to this disease.
Music Notes
Our anthem this week, “Lord, You Have Searched Me Out and Known Me,” is by American sacred composer David Hurd. Born in 1950, Hurd has held numerous positions as organist, director of music, and professor throughout America. He is now Director of Music at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square, New York City. He studied at Juilliard and Oberlin before receiving honorary doctorates from Yale, Seabury-Western, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He has published more than 100 choral and organ works, and his compositions are regularly used in churches of all denominations. The lyrics of Sunday’s anthem reflect on our personal relationship with God and affirm that, as our Creator, He knows us better than we know ourselves. /Chris Bingham

Organist’s footnotes: Our composer du jour is Eugène Gigout. Gigout (pronounced “zhee-goo”) was born March 23, 1844, in Nancy, France, and died December 9, 1925, in Paris. He studied in Paris under Saint-Saëns at the Niedermeyer School, where he subsequently taught. For 62 years Gigout was organist at St. Augustin, in Paris. From 1911 until his death, he was professor of organ and composition at the Paris Conservatory. He was renowned as an expert improviser, and his output as a composer was considerable. Widely known as a teacher, he founded his own music school. His nephew by marriage was Léon Boëllmann, another distinguished French composer and organist.

The 10 Pièces pour orgue (composed in 1890) include the “Toccata in B minor” (Sunday’s postlude), Gigout’s best-known creation, which turns up as a frequent encore at organ recitals. Also fairly often played, and to be found in the same collection, is “Scherzo in E major.” Other notable pieces by Gigout are Grand chœur dialogué (1881) and “Marche Religieuse” (our prelude).

His pupils included his nephew Boëllmann, Victoria Cartier, André Fleury, Henri Gagnon, André Marchal, André Messager, and Albert Roussel. /Robert Greene
Pray for One Another
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