November 12, 2020
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
After traveling a very long road, we are now approaching Advent. The first Sunday in the church’s season of anticipation, preparation, and waiting is November 29. Members of FPC have prepared a booklet of devotions to help us as we reflect on the coming of Christ. The Advent Devotional will be available in the narthex, in the Fellowship Hallway, and on our church website. To receive a devotional by mail, contact Scottie Bales at or call the church office at 423-764-7176. Please take only one booklet per family.
Do We Have a DIY Project for You!
Cleverly disguised as a little red brick house, the big box on rollers in the Fellowship Hallway has served us for years as a collection bin for items we intend to take elsewhere, such as snacks for Fairmount students and nonperishable items for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. This old house has served us well, but there is no denying that it is a little rundown. We welcome anyone with an idea for how to renovate it to take it home and get to work. And we invite anyone with an idea for a different form of receptacle to speak up. We think the little house would fit in most vehicles, but you would be wise to measure first. If you want to brainstorm ideas, email Beth Flannagan at Otherwise, come and get it!
We Work with Sharing Christ Saturday
Our hometown missionaries will serve our hungry neighbors at Sharing Christ Mission downtown this Saturday, November 14. It will be FPC’s last service day of the year in that ministry. It will also be the last in the gifted hands of Dottie Havlik, who will pass the reins to the wonderful team of Beth Flannagan and Becca Tate for 2021 and beyond. We thank all the volunteers who make this ministry possible, and we thank the indomitable Dottie for communicating needs, coordinating volunteers, arranging cooperation between mission and FPC folks, and cooking countless casseroles!
Pledge Reminder
We are grateful to all who have returned their pledge cards for 2021. We are writing our letters of thanks now! If you haven’t returned your card yet, please send it as soon as possible. Your pledge helps us plan for the new year.
7-12-7 Campaign
That’s not a date but three points in the day when we ask that all members of the congregationwho canjoin us in prayer. We are asking prayer partners to join with us at their choice of 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. Together in prayer we will ask for God’s guidance, deliverance, and mercy for our church, community, nation, and world. The challenges 2020 has presented are great, but God is greater still.
Victory over Leaves Day
On a bright Halloween morning, Chad McCracken led Boy Scout Troop 3 against the autumn leaves that had brazenly parachuted into yards all over town. Matt Kingsley, Ron Fox (representing the Deacons), J.B. Madison, and Dave Welch, all armed with leaf control weaponry, joined them to turn back the mass invasion. The enemy was curbed!
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.
Cheerios for Fairmount Snacks
We are collecting boxes of Multi Grain Cheerios for the students of our neighborhood school. Fairmount teachers use them for math lessons at snack time, and the whole grains are just sweet enough to appeal to the children. Please drop your contributions in the little red house in the Fellowship Hallway or leave them on Dottie Havlik’s porch, only four blocks from the church. For more information, email Dottie at or call her at 423-956-6747.
Give Safely
During the pandemic, 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 at 701 Florida Avenue, Bristol, TN 37620.
Please Help with AV in Worship
We need you on our audiovisual team! We will train you to control the cameras, modulate the sound, or run the videos and graphics. Just contact the church office to join.
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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:

  • Bob Millard: to the Memorial Fund from Jack & Anne Southerland, from Bill & Margaret Wade
  • David Mott (brother of Betsy Galliher): to the Technology Fund from Ann Abel, from Jack & Anne Southerland
Organist’s Footnotes
Sunday we will hear three pieces all named “Sinfonia”; sinfonia is the Italian word for symphony. In English it most commonly refers to a 17th- or 18th-century orchestral piece used as an introduction, interlude, or postlude to an opera, oratorio, cantata, or suite. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) used the term for his keyboard compositions also known as three-part inventions.

All three pieces Sunday are by Bach. The prelude is an example of the sinfonia as introduction, in this case to Cantata No. 29, “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir” (We thank you, God, we thank you), BWV 29. He composed it in Leipzig in 1731 for Ratswechsel, the annual inauguration of a new town council, and first performed it on August 27 of that year. The text by an unknown author includes the beginning of Psalm 75 in the second movement and the fifth stanza of Johann Gramann’s “Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren” (Now praise, my soul, the Lord) as the closing chorale. Bach scored the work in eight movements for four vocal parts and a festive Baroque orchestra of three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings, obbligato organ, and basso continuo.

The offertory is an example of the sinfonia as an interlude, this one from Cantata No. 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (I had much grief), BWV 21, composed in 1713 and first performed at the palace church in Weimar (pictured), where Bach was the court organist, on June 17, 1714.

The postlude is an example of the third definition of sinfonia. It is No. 13 of Bach’s 15 Three-Part Inventions, all contrapuntal pieces. He composed them as “Praeambula” and “Fantasiae” for his eldest son’s clavier booklet, Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and later rewrote them as musical exercises for his students. I have adapted this one for the organ by giving the third part to the pedal.
Pray for One Another
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