August 19, 2021
Spaghetti on Walls

Endure trials for the sake of discipline.
Hebrews 12:7a

A saying that has stayed with me since I was starting out in ministry many years ago is, “Let’s throw it on the wall, and see if it sticks.” I blush when I think about how many harebrained schemes we cooked up, all tucked snugly under that simple metaphor. Rethinking a ministry, or doing worship in a different way, doesn’t have much to do with whether boiled spaghetti will stick to a wall.

Still, there was a truth hidden in that saying. We needed to try things. We needed to plan in one direction, see if things were working, make changes, or let things simmer a little while longer. The needs varied. The one constant that remains, however, is that there must be an experimental component to life, especially when planning things in ministry. Some things work, others don’t. Conditions change. Sometimes the recipe isn’t right, and we need to reset the timer.

We’re all feeling our way through COVID-19, trying to return to normal, resetting in light of the variants, and the list goes on. We’ve made plans in one direction, but conditions have changed. One of the plans we made was to return to our Wednesday night programming this week, on August 18. We even had the menu planned (thanks, Sarah!).

However, conditions changed, and now we need to push the date back until at least September 8. Here’s why. Three staff members, including myself, were exposed to someone with COVID. As I write this, I’m in hour 48 of my quarantine, waiting for hour 72 to roll on by so I can get a rapid test. The same is true for other staff. We faced a choice of going ahead with Wednesday night programming without staff present (in case of a positive result), or canceling our plans for this Wednesday. We took into consideration that COVID-19 cases in our region are skyrocketing, and even if we averted disaster this Wednesday, we’d likely face another dilemma the following week and the weeks after that. Add to this the indications from folks that they would likely pull out for a few weeks until the surge abates, and the decision to postpone until at least September 8 seemed reasonable.

The pasta wasn’t done, the spaghetti didn’t stick, and things needed a little more time.

So, forgive us. Be patient. We’re all doing our best. Many of us have desperately missed the opportunity to gather, fellowship, and share table on Wednesday nights. We can’t wait to get back to normal. But the time isn’t right. Yet.

I close with the admonition from the writer of Hebrews, the first half of verse 7 in chapter 12. Our call is to endure, and in the running, in the patient waiting, in the time between, we are conformed ever so slowly to the Lord Jesus who endured all things for our sake.

We’ll get there, just not today. We will get there. The Lord has promised, the Lord has a plan, and the Lord is always faithful.

In Christ,
Pastor Sam
August 22
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 1
Proverbs 9
Matthew 7:13–14
Narrow v. Wide
Sam Weddington
Last Sunday’s Attendance
9:00: In person: 101;
Livestream: 41; Playback: 118
11:00: In person: 72;
Livestream: 20; Playback: 55
Celebration at Doe River Gorge: 150
All worship services are also livestreamed.

Sunday, August 22
9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship
Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship

Monday, August 23
7:00 p.m.
Session of Elders
Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, August 24
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Room 123
7:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 3
Scout Hall
Wednesday, August 25
7:00 p.m.
Praise Band Practice
Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.
Sanctuary Choir Practice
Room 202
Thursday, August 26
7:00 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
Wednesday Night Programming Suspended

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our area, we are suspending Wednesday night fellowship dinners, adult Bible study, and activities for children and teens, until at least September 8. The Sanctuary Choir and the Praise Band will continue to practice as usual.

To recap our new COVID-19 safety policies:
  1. The session strongly encourages everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask while indoors at the church.
  2. The session strongly encourages everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to practice social distancing.
  3. The session strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so.
Children’s Ministries Adopts New Security Measures

Children’s Ministries is adopting a new, simple system for signing children in and out. When parents sign a child in each Sunday, they will be given a ticket with the child’s assigned number for the week. Parents must present this ticket when they collect their child after services or Sunday School.
Memorable Doe River Celebration

The church had a wonderful time gathering together for a time of fellowship at Doe River on Sunday afternoon. Along with many activities, we were able to celebrate three baptisms as a church family. Thank you to all 150 who attended and made this a memorable day. Thanks be to God! /Justin Miller
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. To connect to us on Facebook, type in “FPC Bristol,” and several accounts will show up. “Like” the page, or ask to join a group.

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.
Home Groups Start Sept. 6
We are inviting individuals and families to form Home Groups 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. Home Groups are open to all, and they can meet at any time and in any place. If you want to join, lead, host, or register a Home Group, please sign up here. Join the Home Groups Facebook group for resources and sharing.
Gully Washers

If JB Madison (August 18–21) can dodge Fred this week, he will take care of the lawn for us, although he might find a squeegee more useful than a mower. Next week the final mower of August, Fred Harkleroad (August 25–28), may still have to persuade the Tiger Cat to get its feet wet.
Organist's Footnotes

Pierre Du Mage (baptized November 23, 1674; died October 2, 1751) was a French Baroque organist and composer. His first music teacher was most likely his father, organist of Beauvais Cathedral. As a youth, Du Mage moved to Paris and studied under Louis Marchand. He also befriended Nicolas Lebègue, who in 1703 procured for him a position of organist for the Saint-Quentin collegiate church. In 1710 Du Mage was appointed titular organist of Laon Cathedral, but because of strained relations with his superiors in the cathedral chapter, he left on March 30, 1719, at the age of 45. He became a civil servant and apparently neither played nor composed music professionally during the remaining 32 years of his life. Shown left is the south tower of Laon Cathedral, where Du Mage worked in 1710–1719.

Du Mage’s only surviving work is Premier livre d'orgue, published in 1708 and dedicated to the chapter of Saint Quentin. It contains a single Suite du premier ton (Suite on the First Tone, i.e., D minor), comprising eight pieces in the traditional French forms: Plein jeu, Fugue, Trio, Tierce en taille, Basse de Trompette, Récit, Duo, and Grand jeu. In the brief preface, Du Mage explains that these are his first works, modeled after the music of his former teacher, Marchand. Du Mage’s music is, however, of very high quality and entirely representative of French organ music of the period. He presented a second book of compositions for organ to the chapter of Laon Cathedral in 1712, but it has never been found.
Pray for One Another
In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers the members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.

Jean Addison
Bill & Betty Bingham
Bristol Tennessee City Schools
Bud & Marg Branscomb
Becky Busler
Edivânia (Cidade Nova)
Randi Edwards
K.D. Forsha
Garrett Foster & family
DeeDee Galliher
John Graham Sr.
Sandra Grubbs
Lou Hebb
Eddie Hill
Porter Hillery
Davan & Kristi Johnson
Kaduna State, Nigeria
Jim & Joan Keith
Marty & Kara Keys
Morgan & Josh King & family
Nancy Lilly
Dot Mattison
Roger McCracken
Kathy McGlothlin
Alice Moore
Abigail Myers
National & international leadership
Breanna Necessary
Palestine & Israel
Cora Lee Raccioppo
Malcolm Sprinkle
Teachers & school administrators
Margaret Wade
Michael Weller
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 |