July 29 & August 5, 2021
One of our Home Groups meeting last year.
Home Groups Kick Off Sept. 6

We want to provide ways for our church family to grow in relationship and faith, so we are inviting youindividuals and familiesto form Home Groups to meet together for fellowship and Bible discussion. On September 6 we will begin a 12-week Home Group study of the parables of Jesus, and we pray that you will commit to it. The parables study will be available on the church website and in the Home Groups Facebook group. Groups are invited to Wednesday evening fellowship.

Home Groups are open to all ages and genders, and they can meet at any time and in any place. If you want to join, lead, host, or register a Home Group, we encourage you to sign up! We look forward joyfully to seeing how God will use and help both you and your Home Group to grow through this experience. Register here and join the Home Groups Facebook group for resources and sharing. /Katie Arnold
If You Plan to Contribute a Devotion, Let Us Know by Sunday

If you wish to contribute a reflection to our 2021 Advent Devotional, please let Han Ong or Candy Phelps know by this Sunday, August 1. Devotions should be a maximum of 300 words. To submit a devotion, email it to Han by October 1.
You're Invited!
Lakeside Celebration Aug. 15

Come to Doe River Gorge Sunday, August 15, for fellowship and fun on a summer afternoon at the lake. This event is free. We will gather at 1:00 and can stay until 6:00 p.m. You can enjoy a sandy beach, blob, zip lines, obstacle course, and sports. The evening will conclude with baptisms in the lake and dinner. If you would like to be baptized, please contact Pastor Sam.

Bring your friends and family for a day of celebrating all God has done for us as a church family. When you register, let us know how many people are coming with you and how many plan to eat dinner. Doe River Gorge is located at 220 Doe River Gorge Road, Hampton, TN.
Wednesday Nights Return Soon

Live from the Fellowship Hall, it's Wednesday Night! On August 18 we will resume our Wednesday night programming. We will return to our pre-COVID-19 custom of gathering at 5:30 for a community meal in the Fellowship Hall, followed at 6:15 by a program in the chapel. We strongly encourage those who are not fully or partially vaccinated to wear a mask.
August 1
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 1
Listen Up
Sam Weddington
August 8
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 3
Loyalty and Faithfulness
Sam Weddington
July 18: 9:00: In person: 137;
Livestream: 28; Playback: 86
11:00: In person: 70;
Livestream: 15; Playback: 51
July 25: 9:00: In person: 106
11:00: In person: 80
All worship services are also livestreamed.

Sunday, August 1
9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship
Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship

6:00 p.m.
Student Pool Olympics
Williams Home

Monday, August 2
6:30 p.m.
Board of Deacons
Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, August 3
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Room 123
7:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 3
Scout Hall
Wednesday, August 4
5:30 p.m.
Family Pool Party
7:00 p.m.
Praise Band Practice
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, August 5
7:00 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
5:30 p.m.
Scout Roundtable
Fellowship Hall
Sunday, August 8
9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship
Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship

6:00 p.m.
Student Paint Wars

Monday, August 9
7:00 p.m.
Building & Grounds Comm.
Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.
Worship Comm.
Room 123
Tuesday, August 10
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Room 123
7:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 3
Scout Hall
Wednesday, August 11
7:00 p.m.
Praise Band Practice
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, August 12
7:00 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
8:30 a.m.
Meals on Wheels
Fellowship Hall
Clef by Clef, Choir Returns

The Sanctuary Choir resumes its role in leading worship in August. The choir will return to lead worship in stages: the men of the choir will sing on August 8, the women of the choir will sing on August 15, and the entire choir will be back on August 22.

It would be wonderful if a few new faces would wander upstairs and try us out for a while. We’re actually very friendly and fun to hang out with. But we take our role as worship leaders (not performers) very seriously. From my perspective, the purpose of a church choir is to enhance worship and to illuminate the Word through a musical expression. A church choir is not intended to be a performing ensemble. The choir works hard at doing things correctly, but offerings of anthems are authentic expressions of faith and a significant part of stewardship for those who feel called to participate.

Are we a volunteer church choir? No! The choir is an ensemble of God’s people responding to a call to serve. If God is, perhaps, warming your heart to service through singing, feel free to speak with me or simply come to the choir room on Wednesday evenings at 7:15. Our choir has an age range from 15 to 80, and we will find a place for anyone who is responding to God’s call.

In her recent sermon, Katie Arnold challenged us to respond to a call that might make us uncomfortable but lead to new relationships and new rewards: “Where is God calling you to step up and step in? Who might God be calling you to invest in?” Come make some music with your friends. /Pat Flannagan
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 the church.
Two of our own young adult volunteers. They most recently helped make VBS both fun and effective.
Ah, Youth!

In August, the thoughts of those compiling the PCUSA planning calendar turn with measured tread to the young people of the church. The first Sunday of the month is designated Celebrating Young Adult Volunteers, and the second is College and Young Adults Sunday. We are sure that David Moore (July 28–31) and Ron Fox (August 4–7) will have those visions before them as they mow the church lawn. Larry Connolly (August 11–14) will have the tricky task of balancing Youth in the Church and the World with Day of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula when he mows for August 15. JB Madison (August 18–21) will no doubt ponder Public Education: Young Adult Volunteer Commissioning Sunday as he mows for August 22. Fred Harkleroad (August 25–28) and those keeping score at home will want to know that the calendar planners gave August 29 a blank look.
Organist's Footnotes

August 1: I have chosen Sunday’s pieces because of their simplicity, beauty, and elegance. Two were written just after World War II. They exude an air of freshness, wonder, and innocence, qualities one might expect upon emerging from a long period of darkness.

“Aria voor orgel” (Aria for Organ) by Flor Peeters (pronounced PAY-TERS) was composed in 1946. An aria is a self-contained piece for one voice. The term can refer to any expressive melody, and is usually (but not always) performed by a singer. Peeter’s Aria carries its one voice with a solo stop, under which an accompaniment of gentle quarter-note chords pulses in ¾ time. Peeters (b. 1903) was a Belgian composer, organist, and academic teacher. He was director of the Conservatorium in Antwerp, and organist at Mechelen Cathedral from 1923 until his death in 1986.

“Chant de Paix” (Song of Peace) was composed by Jean Langlais (1907–1991). It is one of nine pieces (Neuf Pièces pour Grand-Orgue) published in 1945. The piece has long, ethereal chords played on the string stops of the recit (swell division), over which ascending figures are played on the flûte stops of the pedals and other manuals. The overall effect is one of complete serenity. Langlais described himself as “Breton, de foi Catholique” (“Breton, of Catholic faith”). His works include masses and organ music, some based on Gregorian themes, enhanced by polymodal harmonies. It was as an organist that Langlais made his name, following in the footsteps of César Franck and Tournemire as organiste titulaire at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris in 1945, a post in which he remained until 1988.

“Postlude pour la Fête Dieu, on Pange Lingua” by Pierre Camonin (1903–2003) is written in toccata style with lush impressionistic harmonies. Phrases of the chant, played by the feet, are interspersed throughout. The piece concludes with a fanfare-like coda. Camonin was Vicar of the Verdun Cathedral, and the titular organist from 1935 until his death—some 68 years!
August 8: Every once in a while a new piece of music just happens to fall into my lap. Such is the case with the music I will play August 8. On July 14, I attended a concert across town at Central Presbyterian Church. Organist and composer John S. Dixon was there to perform a concert of his own compositions. He is on a personal mission to perform his own compositions in all 50 states in 10 years.

I had heard of John Dixon before. At each of the AGO (American Guild of Organists) National Conventions I’ve attended (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018), there would be a sample of John’s music in the packet of materials handed out at registration. At this concert on July 14, John explained his rationale for doing this. He said he personally prints 2,000 copies for convention workers to stuff into each packet. “If you can’t get people to buy your music, then you give it away.”

John is indeed a generous and gracious man. He had a number of copies of his music at the concert, free for the taking, as well as his published materials. I ordered one of his books, and in his confirmation email to me, he attached PDF copies of the piece I will play next Sunday: Variations on LEONI. I will play “Prelude” for the prelude; “Intermezzo” as traveling music for the children as they leave for Kids’ Kirk; “Aria” for the offertory; and “Fantasia” for the postlude.

John’s compositions are immediately appealing to listeners because they are largely based on familiar tunes. And they appeal to organists because, as John says, “I never write anything I can’t play myself.” Most of John’s compositions are also short for one simple reason: “I hate having to turn pages.”

John was born in England in 1957, and grew up about 50 miles east of London, near the Thames River estuary. Starting piano studies at age 6, he progressed to pipe organ at age 11. His first composition for public performance was the score to an original book for a youth theatre production when he was 16. Although he did not make music his major field of study or his career, he was active in music and theater while studying for his BA at Oxford University and later while earning an MBA at Harvard.

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. At first, John concentrated on writing for church use: anthems for choir and organ voluntaries. More recently, he has been writing for professional performers, small ensembles, and full orchestra. His music has been performed all over the world.
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 the following gifts in memory of:
  • David Gomola: to the Student Ministries Fund from Tom & Leigh King
  • Ron Grubbs: to the Minister’s Discretionary Education Fund from Barb Thompson 
  • Bonnie Haskins: to the Minister’s Discretionary Education Fund from Barb Thompson
  • Gene Haskins: to the Minister’s Discretionary Education Fund from Barb Thompson
  • Kitty Vann: to the Brazil Mission Fund from Barb Thompson
  • Bill Wade: to the Church Library Fund from John & Alice Graham, from Marshall Robinett McCorkle for the families of Marshall E. Robinett & Dr. William "Bill" McCorkle, from Barb Thompson; to the Memorial Fund from Dot Mattison
  • Jim Wiseman: to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund from Barb Thompson
Pray for One Another
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
for August
To help protect your personal data, we no longer list birthdates in Windows. Instead, we publish an alphabetical list of those having birthdays in a given month in the issue closest to the first day of that month.

Aaron Addison
AJ Arnold
Katie Arnold
Mary Bailey
Ellie Beck
Zach Beckner
Mechala Blankenship
Suzee Bolick
Gracie Buckles
Susan Buckles
Jackie Burt
Michael Cleland
Roan Collins
Ann Davis
Briggs Evans
Molly Keller
Dan Kreiss
Ben Linderman
Juliana Linke
Nora McCracken
Riley McCracken
Vance McCracken
Sam Meredith
T. Rex Meredith
Mark Mervis
Peggy Nicar
Jane Nickels
Sydney Peltier
Jon Pruner
John Ratliff
Madison Ratliff
Rose Rosser
Remington Rutherford
Mary Lee Schiesz
Molly Shaw
Katy Sikorski
Roger Sikorski
Jack Smith
Jack Southerland
Brittany Starnes
Katy Stigers
Pete Stigers
Penn Story
Rebecca Tate
Winston Taylor
Loretta Thomas
Logan Tudor
Jim White
Jeannie Williams
Sherry Worley
Our love and sympathy are with Laura Linke and her family in the death of her grandmother, Audrey Page, on July 16.

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers the members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.

Jean Addison
Bristol Tennessee City Schools
Bud & Marg Branscomb
Becky Busler
Lynn Carter
Nicole Crockett
Randi Edwards
K.D. Forsha
Garrett Foster & family
DeeDee Galliher
Deborah Garritson
John Graham Sr.
Emma & Gina Grubbs
Sandra Grubbs
Lou Hebb
Eddie Hill
Kathy Hyde
Davan & Kristi Johnson
Kaduna State, Nigeria
Jim & Joan Keith
Marty & Kara Keys
Morgan & Josh King & family
Cole Lambert
Brenda Lawson
Nancy Lilly
Dot Mattison
Roger McCracken
Kathy McGlothlin
Alice Moore
John & Phyllis Morris
Doug Myatt
Abigail Myers
Robin North
Ginny Osborne
Palestine & Israel
Nelson Pyle
Cora Lee Raccioppo
Brittany Salter
Joyce Samuel
Julie Schureck
Malcolm Sprinkle
Teacher & administrators as school starts soon
Jay Vanderventer
Margaret Wade
Michael Weller
Wendy White
Deadline & Subscriptions
Monday is the deadline for contributions to Windows. Subscribe to our free e-newsletter, by sending your name and preferred email address to the editor.
701 Florida Avenue | Bristol, TN 37620 | 423-764-7176 |