November 26, 2020
Several Ways to Get Our Advent Devotional
This Sunday, November 29, is the first in the season of Advent. Members of FPC have prepared a devotional to help the congregation reflect on the coming of Christ. You will find paper copies in the narthex and Fellowship Hallway (please take only one per family) and a PDF here.

If you have not already joined us on Facebook, now is a good time to do so. Each day’s devotional will post automatically to both our public Facebook page and our private Facebook page.

You can also receive a devotional by mail by contacting Scottie Bales at or calling the church office at 423-764-7176.
Home Groups: distancing to the max!
Join Us for a Baptism This Sunday
Give thanks to the Lord! After gathering with family and friends and eating turkey on Thanksgiving, you can continue the celebration by joining us for the 9:00 service this Sunday, November 29, when we will give thanks with Tyler and Brittany Rutherford on the baptism of their son Henry.
November Financial Report
In this season of Thanksgiving, the Finance Committee of First Presbyterian Church wishes to express its appreciation for your continued commitment to the work and mission of the church through your giving. By the grace of God and thanks to your support and the diligence of our church staff, FPC has maintained financial stability throughout 2020. Your support has allowed our staff to focus on meeting the needs of our church community through adapted worship and study and responding to the needs of our community and our local and global missional partners during these unprecedented times.

We have each had to adapt to a “new norm” through these uncharted and unpredictable times, but one thing remains clear: God’s faithfulness through times such as these sustains and strengthens the Body of Christ in ways we never would have imagined. As we finish 2020 and prepare for 2021, we pray for your health and safety and thank you again for your ongoing financial commitment that enables FPC to respond to the spiritual and physical needs of those God is calling the church to serve. To God be the glory! /John Vann
Connect and Communicate
Can you make a quick call once a month to approximately eight members of the church, to see how they’re doing and share what’s new at FPC? If so, please let Dave Welch know. He wants you on this ministry team! Please contact him at or 423-764-7176.
Goldfish for Fairmount Students
We are now collecting Goldfish, the cute little cheese crackers, for the students of our neighborhood school. Please drop your contributions in the little red house in the Fellowship Hallway (or in the office, if some kind soul has taken the little house away for repairs). Thank you for caring and sharing with the children in our neighborhood!
Please Pray with Us
We are asking all members of our congregation to join our 7-12-7 Prayer Campaign. Please choose the time convenient for you (7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.) and join us daily in prayer. Together we will ask for God’s guidance, deliverance, and mercy for our church, community, nation, and world. If you cannot pray at those hours, please pray when you can! We are facing great challenges, but God is greater still.
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.
Deadline & Subscriptions
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Shabby Not Chic
We are looking for a volunteer to renovate the little red house that has been in a corner of the Fellowship Hallway for many years. It’s really a big, rolling collection bin for items we’re donating elsewhere, such as Fairmount snacks and food pantry items. It has worked so hard that it has become a bit rundown. If you can think of a way to repair or replace it, please contact Beth Flannagan at to brainstorm or stop by the church, take the box home, and get to work. We think it would fit in most vehicles, but you would be wise to measure first.
Organist’s Footnotes

One of the most easily identified hymns of Advent is “O come, O come, Emmanuel” (“Veni, veni, Emmanuel”). This austere hymn captured my attention when I was a young child and stood out from all the other Christmas hymns. It has its origins more than 1,200 years ago in monastic life. I find it hard to believe it was not sung to its most famous tune until 1851. It is from this tune that all three organ pieces today are arranged. I was keen to draw on the wealth of new (to me) material I recently acquired to find interesting arrangements. I believe I have done that.

James Woodman (pictured) has written “Little Partita for Advent” in four short sections, all of which I will play for Sunday’s prelude. Woodman (b. 1957 in Portland, Maine) was appointed the first Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, and now serves as Monastery Organist for the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is frequently sought as a composer of organ and choral works; recent commissions include work for Harvard University’s Memorial Church, concert organist and recording artist Peter Sykes, and the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

John Bertalot (b. 1931) is an English organist who served at Blackburn Cathedral and Trinity Church, Princeton. He studied organ at the Royal College of Music and was then organ scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from 1955 to 1958. He is the author of John Bertalot’s Immediately Practical Tips for Choral Directors, Five Wheels to Successful Sight-Singing: A Practical Approach to Teach Children and Adults to Read Music, and How to be a Successful Choir Director, all of which I own. His arrangement of “Veni Emmanuel” (Sunday’s offertory) has interesting harmonies that do not necessarily change with the melody.

Robert J. Powell (b. 1932 in Benoit, Mississippi) is an American composer, organist, and choir director. He has composed in nearly all genres common to church music, including anthems, service music, hymn concertatos, organ music, music for handbell choir, and large-scale oratorios. His arrangement of “Veni, Emmanuel” is spirited and lively, perfect for a postlude.
Pray for One Another
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