October 8, 2020
Confirmation Course Kicks Off Oct. 18
Our fall confirmation class will be held on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. beginning October 18. Anyone in seventh grade or older who is interested in participating should contact Katie Arnold at We will learn, discuss, and ask hard questions about faith, God, and more. At the conclusion of the two-year course, participants will be invited to confirm their faith and join the church.

Each class builds on the information from the previous week, so class attendance is very important. We ask you to make a commitment to attend every Sunday. If you miss a class, we can help you make it up, but we ask all confirmands to take this commitment seriously.

As you learn through discussion and activities, you will find the confirmation journey to be a time of both individual growth and relational growth with your church family. You will play games, watch videos, and meet friends in new ways. And in addition to your teachers, you will have two mentors, an adult and a high school student, to help you as you go through the process. 
Treat Folks to Leaf Raking
on Halloween Morning
It’s no trick! We’re getting together for some leaf raking Saturday, October 31, from 8:00 to noon. If you have a leaf blower, a rake, and a servant heart, then please join FPC’s Deacons, Boy Scouts, and other volunteers to rake leaves for folks who can use the help. If you need help removing leaves from your yard, please contact the church office at 423-764-7176. For more information, contact Dave Welch at
rake and leaves
FPC Fights Hunger in Brazil
With gifts provided by FPC, our mission partners in Natal, Brazil, were able to purchase and distribute two tons of food to food-insecure neighborhoods in August and September. Teams of workers sorted food and packed bags for the people in the neighborhoods of the churches in Felipe Camarão and Cidade Nova. “Hungry people were satisfied,” Pastor João Batista and Pastor Gil said. “It was a tremendous blessing. Thank you very much from your brothers and sisters in Christ in Brazil!” /John Vann
New Circles Roll Out Saturday
The women of the church will begin a new series of gatherings this Saturday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m. Second Saturday Circles are Presbyterian Women Circles for the pandemic, bringing us Bible study, the joy and comfort of Christian fellowship, and the blessing of shared prayer. We hope you and your friends will join in! Our topic for October is, What does it mean to not be anxious during a pandemic?

Some groups will meet in person at the church; others will meet online. In-person meetings will be outside, if possible. Please wear a mask indoors and, if not physically distanced, outdoors. To attend 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.
Connect with a Connect Team
We’re developing new resources for church communication, and we ask you to share your time and talents in this vital ministry. 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, please let Dave Welch know. 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!
Reaching for the Sky
Grass grows under rain and sun, and our church family, too, perseveres in a rough season. We all strive and grow. The stewards of our church grounds continue their faithful work as if to illustrate that our stewardship campaign is under way. Look! Randy Olson mows October 7–10, and JB Madison takes over October 14–17.

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.
Organist's Footnotes
Benjamin Carr (1768–1831), “decidedly the most important and prolific music publisher in America during the 1790s (as well as one of its most distinguished composers),” was born in London, England. He studied organ with Charles Wesley and composition with Samuel Arnold. In 1793 he traveled to Philadelphia with a stage company, and a year later went with the same company to New York, where he stayed until 1797. Later that year he moved to Philadelphia, where he became a prominent member of the city’s musical life.

He established a publishing house in Philadelphia and opened a branch in New York that he ran from 1794 to 1797, when it was acquired by James Hewitt. In 1794 Carr began publishing “a new song every Monday.” The initial offering, “The Kentucky Volunteer,” is noteworthy as the first song copyrighted under the new US Constitution. This song was composed by Carr’s friend and fellow English immigrant, Raynor Taylor. This “each Monday” series, however, lasted only five weeks.

Carr composed “Voluntary for the Organ” (1801) for the dedication of a new instrument. It had two manuals without pedals, but the manual compass went lower than on our modern organs, so the lower notes must now be played on the pedals. This composition has a very free, improvisatory style. Carr precisely specified his choice of stop registrations. He probably wanted to demonstrate all the stops of this new organ. I have divided this longer composition into smaller sections to play as our prelude, offertory, and postlude for today.

You can watch the September 27 late service here and the October 4 late service here. /Robert Greene
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 in memory of:

  • Alice Caldwell (sister of Margaret Wade): to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Chad Cline (son of Karen White): to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Martha Ginn (mother of Dave Ginn): to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Diane Glymph (mother of Mary Ellis Rice): to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Vivian Hill: to the Christian Hands Ministry from Barbara Daniel
  • Lisa Holmes: to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Virginia Long (mother of Lilly Osborne): to the Children’s Ministries Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Virginia Rutherford: to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Barbara Daniel, from Barbara Duncan, from Eddie & Peggy Hill
  • Bill Whitesides (brother of Dave Whitesides): to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Pray for One Another
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