March 11, 2021
Second Saturday Circle March 13
We invite the women of our church and community for fellowship, prayer, Bible study, and discussion this Saturday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. Please join us, either in person or on Zoom, as we help one another find the peace of Christ.

In-person: First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall (masks and social distancing)

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For more information, please contact Elizabeth Patrick at 423-956-9716.
The actress and singer Rosa McClendon was the model for this statue of the character Serena from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. It was sculpted by Harlem Renaissance artist Richmond Barthé.
New Podcast for Adult Bible Study
Having heard from several folks who follow FPC’s adult Bible studies on YouTube, I am now adding a podcast version of this semester’s study, The Message and Meaning of the Minor Prophets. This version is for those who prefer to listen only, while doing something else. A podcast can be downloaded and accessed much like a radio program. If you need help or have questions, please email me or call 423-764-7176. Both the YouTube version and the podcast will always go live on Sunday mornings at 10:30. /Dave Welch
Make Reservations Now for Easter Services
As we look forward to gathering in person for worship during Holy Week, we are mindful of the need for continued caution. Therefore, all services at the church on Easter Sunday will be limited to 110 seats; they will, of course, also be livestreamed. If you plan to attend in person, you will need to reserve your seats online or call the church office. 
Good Friday Performance
of Stabat Mater
For Good Friday this year, we are presenting a special performance of the seminal Late Baroque work, Stabat Mater, by Giovanni Pergolesi. In this work, the believer stands with Mary before the crucified Jesus. Stabat Mater will be performed in our sanctuary at 7:00 on April 2 by a string quartet and vocal soloists from King University. Please join us in person on online as we observe the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus on this evening of solemn worship.
New Date for Egg Hunt
Grab your basket and get ready for some fun! The Children’s Ministries invites kids ages 18 months to fourth grade to an Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds on Saturday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, at 1:00 p.m. While we wait, we seek donations of candy, stickers, and small toys to stuff into the eggs. Please bring your donations to the church by this Sunday, March 14. Questions? Contact Lilly Osborne. Thank you so much for your help!
FPC Helps at Bristol Faith in Action’s Food Pantry
Thank you, Nancy Allerton, David and Teresa Mills, Laura and Han Ong, and Sam and Joan Weddington, for your work at Bristol Faith in Action’s food pantry on Saturday. You spent the morning well: restocking shelves, sorting through expired canned goods, and getting rid of old boxes. Through you, FPC helped BFIA to better serve our community!
Join Us for Community Prayer and Home Group Review Friday
Please join Pastor Sam on Friday nights at 7:00 for community prayer and a brief offering of the Home Group curriculum. Our emphasis will be Scripture reading and prayer, but there will be time for conversations as we grow in faith together.

Topic: FPC Community Prayer
Time: March 12, 7:00 p.m.
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Join a Home Group
Have you joined an FPC Home Group? These groups allow us to continue weekly fellowship and Bible study while staying safe during the pandemic. A Home Group is an in-home or online gathering of friends, neighbors, or one or more families. Each week, FPC gives every group an intergenerational Bible study, and the Sunday sermon reflects on its theme.

If you’re not already in a Home Group, go to the webpage, register yourself or start a group, and let us know. If you have questions, please reach out to Dave Welch, Katie Arnold, or Lilly Osborne for answers. Meanwhile, watch for Home Groups updates in Windows and on the FPC Bristol webpage.
Just a Few More Steps to Sharing Christ March 27

On Saturday, March 27, we will help our neighbors at Sharing Christ Mission. We will serve dinner on Saturday night and give diners sack lunches to take away for Sunday. If you have never participated in this rewarding service, please consider doing so now.
We are happy to report that we have everything we need for the sack lunches, but we are still working on dinner. We don’t expect any one volunteer to provide all of anything, so if you can give a single case of water or one can of beans or make one casserole, please do!
For dinner on March 27 we need:
·     A few more volunteers to prep, serve, and clean up at the mission (4:30–7:30ish)
·     A few more chicken-rice casseroles
·     3 industrial-size cans of green beans
·     3 industrial-size cans of corn
·     100 bottles of water
We can store several casseroles in the church freezer, or you can take yours to the mission by 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday. Remember that the church office is open from Monday through Thursday, and that you will need to call ahead to make sure someone can let you in when you plan to deliver.
We will be masked and six feet apart. If you have questions or want to help, contact Beth Flannagan or Becca Tate. Sharing Christ Mission is located at the corner of Sixth and State streets in downtown Bristol.
Lock the Doors!
Turn Off the Lights!
If you see Larry Connolly, our Facilities Manager, combing through the choir loft and peering under pews, ferreting through the Fellowship Hall and raking the corridors by lantern light, step boldly up to him and say, “I know what you’re looking for, and you have found it.” You will be volunteering to make sure the doors are locked and the lights are off each Sunday after the 11:00 serviceafter everyone has left the buildings. (No prisoners!) If you can check locks and lights, please, email Larry or call the church office at 423-764-7176.
Gardeners Wanted
We are seeking a gardener or a gardening team to maintain the trees, shrubs, flowers, and small lawn in our lovely courtyard. Volunteers will trim, prune, and weed one or two hours a week through the growing season. Tools provided! If you can help, please contact our Facilities Manager, Larry Connolly, by calling the church office at 423-764-7176.

A view of our courtyard as it looked last spring.
Goldfish for Fairmount Students
We are collecting Goldfish, the little cheese crackers, for the students of our neighborhood school. Please leave your contributions in the corner of the Fellowship Hallway where the little house usually stands.
How to Join Us Online
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the livestream of our early worship service and other activities. Just click here and hit “Subscribe.” You will receive notifications of new videos. We also suggest that you connect to us on Facebook. On Facebook, 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.
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 the church office know. We want you on the team!
Give Safely
During the pandemic, we encourage you to use text, mail, or our website for your continued, faithful support of 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 First Presbyterian Church, 701 Florida Avenue, Bristol, TN 37620.
Deadline & Subscriptions
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Organist’s Footnotes

In February, Vicki Fey (pictured), former organist here at First Presbyterian Church, presented an online program for the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her program, Organ Music for Lent and Holy Week, featured some newer, less familiar settings of Lenten hymn tunes, including one of my own compositions. You will find her entire YouTube program here. She chose my setting of “Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive,” which is based on the shape-note hymn DETROIT, originally found in Supplement to Kentucky Harmony, 1820. Rosamond E. Herklots wrote the text that inspired my arrangement of this hymn:

1    “Forgive our sins as we forgive” you taught us, Lord to pray;
But you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
2    How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?
3    In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew,
What trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you.
4    Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease.
Then bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.

My setting (Sunday’s prelude) follows the imagery found in each verse. Verse 1 has soft, ethereal chords played on the manuals, while the pedals play the melody in short fragments. Verse 2 makes a complete contrast, with dark, foreboding sonorities in the reeds. Verse 3 contains brilliant arches of sound under which the pedals hold firm on the melody. Verse 4 makes a sturdy, final statement on the organ’s powerful Trompette en chamade to wrap up this sturdy shape-note hymn.

Our offertory is also based on DETROIT. Paula Foley Tillen recently published a setting for piano. She has been a professional musician in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area for the past 36 years, with posts as Director of Music at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Waukesha and director of the Carroll University Women’s Choir and Handbell Choir.

Wilbur Held’s 1984 setting of DETROIT (our postlude) has a tempo marking of “brisk” with a metronome marking of “half-note = 100,” which changes the character of this tune completely. I imagine it sounds more akin to the way shape-note communities have sung it for generations.
Pray for One Another
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