March 25, 2021
Reserve Your Seat for Easter by Wednesday
If you plan to worship in the sanctuary or Fellowship Hall on Easter morning, you must reserve your seats online or by calling the church office, so that we can seat you safely. Seats are still available for the 10:30 and the 12:00 services; the 9:00 service is full. If you come to the church on Easter but have not registered, you will be directed to the chapel for the livestreamed service. You must be on time to keep your reservation. At the start of each service, we will release unclaimed seats to those in overflow. Easter reservations will close at 6:00 p.m. March 31.
Patience and Hope Will Bring Us Together Again
The session of FPC is asking that, for the time being, folks continue to wear masks and practice social distancing while in the church and during in-person worship services and Sunday School. We are doing our utmost to follow the best guidance we can from local sources like Ballad and national resources like the CDC. Although the CDC has changed its guidelines to allow for small, unmasked gatherings for groups where everyone has been vaccinated, this guideline does not address larger gatherings of people, especially where there is singing or uncertain vaccine status. Our session is awaiting more data on vaccination rates, in particular, as well as trends in overall infection rates, especially in our area.

We have a great deal of hope for the future. As more our population is vaccinated and rates trend downward, the closer we come to relaxing restrictions. We ask that you please be patient with us, pray for the church, and pray especially that we might overcome this terrible virus as a community. We pray that we will soon be able to resume normal gatherings. Things have already begun opening up since the start of 2021, and we encourage you to return to (masked and distanced) in-person worship when you are comfortable doing so. Meanwhile, please continue to worship with us online. /Pastor Sam
Five Cents a Meal Offering Sunday
We will collect our quarterly Five Cents a Meal offering this Sunday, March 28, at both services and online. You can give this offering remotely here. (Click on the arrow on the Fund line, then scroll down and click on Five Cents a Meal.) The suggested offering is $13.65 per person, or about a nickel for each meal in a three-month period. Feel free to round up! The monies we collect for hunger relief will go to Bristol Emergency Food Pantry and Holston Presbytery Hunger Ministries. Please be generous in these difficult times!
Listen Up! New Podcast
For all you listeners out there, Dave Welch has added a podcast version of this semester’s study, The Message and Meaning of the Minor Prophets, to FPC’s offerings on YouTube. Both the YouTube version and the podcast will always go live on Sunday mornings at 10:30. Podcasts are perfect for those who want to listen while doing something else. If you need help or have questions, email Dave or call 423-764-7176.
Upcoming Children’s Gatherings
Hey, kids! We have several opportunities for children age 18 months to fourth grade to gather during the coming weeks. Our Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. We will dye eggs, hunt for eggs, and pet the sweet little bunnies in the Bunny Truck! This event will be held on the church grounds, and children must be accompanied by an adult. (A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, at 1:00 p.m.)

Gather with us about five minutes early for either service on Palm Sunday. We will process into the worship space with palms and instruments, shouting “Hosanna!” This year we will have kid-friendly options for our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Kids will have the option of leaving the service during the sermon, as they do for Kids’ Kirk. On Maundy Thursday, Pastor Sam will teach the children about the meaning of Passover and how it points to Jesus. On Good Friday, Pastor Dave will teach the children about the crucifixion. Both services are at 7:00 p.m., and the nursery will be available. Questions? Contact Lilly Osborne. I am excited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with you this year! /Lilly Osborne
Mustering Mowers
Swords of grass strike upward from the ground but will fall to blades of steel come April. We have sighted mowers on the horizon, but their ranks are diminished and their faces pale. They cannot carry on the good fight alone; they must have reinforcements. Please join them! FPC welcomes all ages and genders to the Battle of the Lawnchildren can move debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. Volunteers suit their own convenience by mowing once during the growing season, or twice, or more, as they choose. To enlist, email Randy Cook or call him at 423-956-1541. If you’re new to Scag mowers, he will be happy to give you a lesson on ours.

Randy leads the charge on the church lawn (April 1–3), and JB Madison (April 7–10) will leap in after him.
A corner of our courtyard last spring.

Do You Want to Play Outside?
We are seeking at least one gardener to maintain the trees, shrubs, flowers, and small lawn in our secret garden. This volunteer opportunity calls for trimming, pruning, and weeding one or two hours a week through the growing season. We provide the tools! If you can help, please contact our Facilities Manager, Larry Connolly, at 423-764-7176.
You Don’t Have to Put the Cat Out
We are looking for volunteers to make sure the lights are off and the doors are locked each Sunday after everyone has left the church. If you can help keep the church secure and energy efficient, please email Larry Connolly or call 423-764-7176.
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 26, 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.
We’re Sharing Christ!
This Saturday, March 27, we serve our neighbors at Sharing Christ Mission downtown. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making this ministry possible! Special thanks to the hands at the helm, Beth Flannagan and Becca Tate!
Goldfish for Fairmount
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.
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.
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:
David Akard Jr.: to the Local Missions Fund from Lilly Osborne
Logan Smith (son of Melissa Galliher): to the Minister’s Discretionary Education Fund from Lilly Osborne
Organist’s Footnotes

Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830–1914) was a French baritone. One of the most famous opera singers of his generation, Faure was also a composer and a collector of Impressionist art. A singing teacher at the Paris Conservatory from 1857 to his retirement, he wrote practical and educational treatises on singing: La Voix et le Chant (1886) and Aux jeunes chanteurs (1898). Faure left two collections of sacred music, including “Les Rameaux” (The Palms), the liturgical song of Palm Sunday, which Enrico Caruso recorded in 1913. For our prelude Susan Perkins (pictured) will play it as an instrumental piece on the violin, accompanied by the organ.

A native of Michigan, Raymond H. Haan (b. 1938) is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan. In addition to an extended career of teaching middle and high school English, Haan was Director of Music at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church for more than 50 years. His body of more than 500 published compositions includes music for organ, choir, handbells, and other solo instruments. His arrangement of “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” is scored for viola and organ. The lower register of the viola is especially effective for this somber piece, played for our offertory by Susan Perkins.

Because of the difference in their styles, it is thought that the prelude of J.S. Bach’s (1685–1750) Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BWV 535, our postlude) was composed early in his career and the fugue many years later. In the prelude’s unusual middle section, the hands keep switching keyboards as the music descends the whole scale in semitones. Just before that, there is a phrase in the pedal that Bach seized on (probably some years later) for his three-voice fugue. The responses become livelier throughout the piece, especially in the final use of the theme in the pedal. With a few virtuoso streams of notes as a coda, Bach repeats elements from the prelude.
Pray for One Another
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