November 5, 2020
Library Project Rewards the Work
Efforts to make our church library a more inviting place in which we can read, review, and study have continued despite the pandemic. Becca Tate and Beth Flannagan have been working—safely!—on this project over the past several months. They would love to talk with anyone who is a decorator or designer or simply savvy about using space. If that sounds like you, please contact Beth at

Meanwhile, Becca and Beth keep striking gold as they dig into our collection. One of their recent finds is a comprehensive article in the Bristol Herald Courier in March 1963, prior to the church’s relocation from downtown to its “new” campus adjacent to King College (now University). Another nugget they uncovered is a history of the church by Dorothy VanCleve, written in 1959 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an MA from East Tennessee Teachers College (now ETSU). That work was followed in the early 1970s by Ann Harrison’s history, A Long Communion. Who knows what they’ll discover next?
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.
Organist's Footnotes
We welcome a guest organist Sunday, Joy Smith-Briggs, who hails from Indiana and is Organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia. She will play Malcolm Archer’s “Cantilene” for our prelude; John Dixon’s “Voluntary on ‘Restoration’” for the offertory; and Gordon Young’s “Passacaglia” for the postlude.

Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) has had a distinguished career in church music that has taken him to the posts of Organist and Director of Music at three English Cathedrals: Bristol, Wells, and St. Paul’s. For 11 years, he served as Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. He has for many years directed the choir for the Jean Langlais Festival in France. He holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Guild of Church Musicians, the latter two awarded for his many years of service to the church as a choir trainer and composer.

John S. Dixon (b. 1957) grew up about 50 miles east of London, near the Thames River estuary. Although he did not choose to make music his major field of study or his career, he was active in music and theater while studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oxford University and later at Harvard, where he earned an MBA. When he moved to America permanently in 1988, he became a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, where he now serves as Organist and Composer-in-Residence. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Gordon Young (1919–1998) was educated at Southwestern College (Winfield, Kansas) and the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia) where he was a student of Alexander McCurdy. After serving churches in Philadelphia and Kansas (where he also worked as a radio organist and newspaper critic), Young became the music director (for 15 years) at First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, where he was a visible and important presence in the American church music scene. He also taught organ on the faculty of Wayne State University. Young published voluminously, and his organ and choral works were in the catalogs of most major American publishers. Numerous works of his were also issued in the Netherlands, where his music has remained very popular. Young is best known for his organ work “Prelude in Classic Style” (from Nine Pieces for Organ, Sacred Music Press, 1966), which has entered the worldwide standard organ repertoire.

Watch our video of last Sunday’s 11:00 worship service here.
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:

  • Harriette Massengill: to the Memorial Fund from John & Karen Vann

  • Bob Millard: to the Memorial Fund from Joe & Patti Hagerty, from Eddie & Peggy Hill, from Debbie & Shawn Johnson, from Carl & Elliott Moore, from Frances Rowell, from Dotty Royston, from Roger & Donna Sikorski, from John & Karen Vann; to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Barbara Duncan, from Peggy Peters, from Cora Lee Raccioppo

  • Mona Mills: to the Memorial Fund from John & Karen Vann
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