Stewardship Campaign 2021
The FPC Stewardship Committee sent the following letter to the congregation September 23. It has been edited for Windows.
Dear church family,
Reflecting on the disorienting changes we have all experienced in the past year, we are reminded of the refrain from one of our most-loved hymns:
“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand hath provided, “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord unto me!
God has indeed been faithful to First Presbyterian Church amid all the upheaval we have seen in the world around us this year. In 2020, God blessed our church with the ability to eliminate our longstanding mortgage debt through the generosity of faithful members like Dot Copenhaver and Marynan Smith, who remembered the church in their wills. We have expanded our ministry far beyond our local region, with investments of new technology and volunteer service to livestream our worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many members of our church have sacrificed their time to sew masks, serve on responder teams, and staff the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry during a time of great need. This faithful stewardship of our gifts has also provided crucial food and operational relief to our partner congregations in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Brazil.
Our ministry has continued even as the world has shifted under our feet, because you have freely given of your God-given time, talents, and financial resources. Even though we have been physically distant from each other for several months now, we have still used our communal gifts to come together in spirit to be a light in the darkness. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
When each member of the body contributes in faith, we become “More Than the Sum” of our individual efforts. Christ knits us together as a faith community and multiplies our gifts to Him and to our community in ways that we cannot imagine!
Considering how God has blessed us and how faithfully our church has stewarded His gifts, please pray about your financial commitment towards our 2021 pledge goal of $653,000. With visitor and loose offerings expected to be affected well into 2021 as a consequence of continued distancing and lower worship attendance, pledging has never been more important. If each of us pledges as we did for 2020, and others, perhaps, make a pledge for the very first time, we will be able to continue the work of the church utilizing a modest budget reduction for 2021. And if God has blessed you with the ability to give even more, we ask you to consider increasing your pledge to help make up this difference or to cover for a brother or sister whose financial situation doesn’t allow them the same freedom.
Please return your 2021 pledge card by Sunday, October 25. You may mail it to the church, place it in the offering at one of our worship services, or drop it off at our offices during normal business hours. On Sunday the 25th we will commit these pledges to God’s service.
For more information about pledging and stewardship, please see our stewardship videos on the FPC Bristol channel on YouTube. Thank you for the generosity of your prayers, service, and commitment to this church and to our community both near and far!
The FPC Stewardship Committee
Blake Bassett, Rhonda Comer, Chase Mitchell, Laura Ong,
Matt Peltier, Karen Pennington, Annette Tudor, John Vann
Stewardship 2021 Campaign Details
Our friends on the Stewardship Committee have created a wonderful video to help kick off our campaign. Be sure to watch it by clicking here
Also, please join us in person or by livestream on October 25 for our Stewardship Sunday worship service. During the service, we will be asking those present and those at home to come together in a time of prayer for our church, as we dedicate our pledge cards.
If you do not receive a pledge card, or would prefer to pledge digitally, please give Betsy Galliher a call at the office at 423-764-7176. If you live outside Bristol but enjoy worshipping with us, we ask that you consider making a first-time pledge to help us minister in Christ’s name. We are all one in Christ Jesus.
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Last Sunday’s Attendance
In person: 9:00: 53; 11:00: 43
Sunday, October 4
Worship, Fellowship Hall & Livestream
Monday, October 5
Board of Deacons,
Tuesday, October 6
Staff Retreat, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, October 8
Men’s Bible Study,
Meals on Wheels,
Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Human Resources Comm., Room 123
New Look for Windows
This issue is the first in our redesigned Windows on First Presbyterian Church
e-newsletter. As we (the editorial we) grope our way in the darkness that is the new version of Constant Contact, we hope to find a clear and appealing way to communicate church news with the congregation. We covet your feedback and forbearance. Please contact the editor at email@example.com
with your suggestions, ideas, inspirations for improvement. Thank you for reading!
Join Us Online
Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the livestream of our early worship service and other activities. Go to YouTube.com and type in “FPC Bristol.” Click on the link and hit “subscribe.” You will receive notifications of new videos. We also suggest that you connect to our various Facebook sites. Go to Facebook and type in “FPC Bristol,” and several accounts will show up. Some are open to the public, while others are restricted. In either case, “like” the page, or ask to join a group if it is closed.
Subscriptions & Deadlines
To subscribe to our free e-newsletter, send an email with your name and preferred email address to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can read the same version of Windows
on our website
. The e-newsletter is emailed shortly after midnight on Thursdays and posted to the website later that day. Deadline for contributions is the Monday
of the week of publication.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 fpcbristol.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Our love and sympathy are with David Mills in the death of his mother, Mona Lee Bryant Mills, September 23.
Our congregation can rejoice in two recent births! Henry Floyd Rutherford, born September 17, is the son of Tyler and Brittany Rutherford; and Leah Marie Tallman, born September 24, is the daughter of Bradley and Kristen Allerton Tallman and the granddaughter of Nancy Allerton.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Oct. 4 Brian Miller, Deborah Whitaker
Oct. 6 Rusty Felty
Oct. 7 Ann Blevins, David Hankins, Rachel Kent, Elliott Yates
Oct. 8 Patty King, Tom King, Bill Linderman, Reed Miller,
Oct. 9 Kathleen Dotterweich, Chris Winters
Oct. 10 John Adams, Laura Linke
In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Blountville Presbyterian Church
Bristol Tennessee School System
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Community, nation & world
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
First responders & medical &
Goddards (missionaries in Paraguay)
Martha & John Graham
Conor Haaser & squadron
Nate & Angela & newborn Higgins
Kate Hill (missionary)
Davan & Kristi Johnson
Marty Keys & family
Josh & Morgan King & family
Danae & Dan Kreiss
Family of Bob Millard
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