September 2, 2021
Word from the Pastor:
Spaghetti, Walls,
You Know the Drill

When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.
2 Timothy 4:13

As best we can tell, Paul wrote 2 Timothy from prison in Rome to his young friend and co-laborer Timothy, who had been a pastoral presence in Ephesus for a number of years. There is, of course, scholarly debate about whether Paul penned all or part of this letter, but I tend toward seeing most of the letters ascribed to Paul as being written by Paul himself. But that is an argument for another time.

The letter reads as an appeal to, and a last set of instructions for, this young pastor from a friend who believed his time was coming to an end. At the end of the letter, Paul seems to expect Timothy to come visit him in prison, and if he makes it in time, it may well be their last visit. He tells Timothy to be bold in his ministry (1:7), cling to the good message given him (chapter 2), and stand strong in the face of opposition (chapter 3).

All of this sounds great. It is brave. It is bold. It stands on the heart of the Gospel, which is the lordship of Jesus. Paul is quite the striking apostle. But then we get to these weird instructions in chapter 4. Evidently, Paul couldn’t plan for everything, and he was running out of supplies. He even lacked a good, warm cloak! We often ask people what they would wanta book or the liketo keep them company on a desert island. Evidently, besides the books (we can assume they were Scripture), if you are in prison, you need a good blanket.

I point all this out because for all Paul did to proclaim the Gospel, and all the ways God used him to be a mighty witness, it was in little details like this one that we see that our best-laid plans and preparations are always in flux. Things change, as we have grown fond of saying, and we don’t have all the answers. Sometimes, we just need to wait a bit, anticipate that warm cloak, and sit tight. Sometimes, the spaghetti we were throwing at the wall a few weeks ago not only didn’t stick and needs to boil, but it also needs more water or something else.

So, as you will discover, our revised plan is to have Wednesday night programming at 6:15. We’ve prepared well for that, and we hope you will come out to participate. Still, for all our boldness to proclaim the Gospel, we’re going to need to wait a bit on the food. Like Paul and his cloak, books, and parchment, we need to await a little more relief.

Bear with us. I leave you with Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:17: “But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” May it be so with us.

In Christ,
Pastor Sam
September 5
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 34:1–8
Mark 10:46–52
Lord Have Mercy
Jerry Swam Sidi
Last Sunday’s Attendance
9:00: In person: 102;
Livestream: 35; Playback: 119
11:00: In person: 54;
Livestream: 23; Playback: 64
All worship services are also livestreamed.

Sunday, September 5
9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship
Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship
Monday, September 6
Church offices closed for Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Room 123
6:30 p.m.
Board of Deacons
Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 3
Scout Hall
Wednesday, September 8
6:15 p.m.
Adult Enrichment
High School Small Groups
Student Room
Wednesday Night Kids
Education Wing

7:00 p.m.
Praise Band Practice
Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.
Choir Practice
Thursday, September 9
7:00 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
8:30 a.m.
Meals on Wheels
Fellowship Hall
We’re a Few Pages Short of an Advent Devotional
We need your help to fill a few empty pages in our forthcoming Advent Devotional. If you are willing to write a devotion of no more than 300 words to help us all prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, email Han Ong or Candy Phelps as soon as possible.
Wednesday Night Programming Begins without Meals

The session has decided that we will begin our new slate of Wednesday Night enrichment programming September 8 at 6:15. However, we will not serve fellowship meals before October 6.

Adults will meet in the chapel for Bible study and worship, children’s programs will be held in the children’s wing, and Student Ministries will meet in the student wing upstairs. Choir, Praise Team, and other rehearsals will go on as scheduled.

The Home Groups curriculum will lead our thoughts and reflections, so we encourage you to check out the lessons that are already posted here. We also encourage you to sign up for the Home Groups program via our Facebook site.
Seminarians scrambled to rooftops to escape the rising waters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 17.
(Photo by Owar Ojha Ojulu)

Pray for Mekane Yesus

Please pray for our brothers and sisters at the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On August 17, heavy rains caused a flash flood that badly damaged the seminary, killed three children and five adults, and displaced more than 98 people. The Rev. Dr. Bruk Ayele Asale, the President of Mekane Yesus, has posted a video detailing the damage.

On August 25, Presbyterian News Service reported: “’The Seminary is on the banks of a river that grew six feet in three minutes,’ said Sharon Kandel, World Mission’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa. ‘There was no warning, so students and faculty did not have time to get out. Many people survived by getting on the roofs of the buildings.’”

Mekane Yesus must rebuild. If you want to help, you can donate to FPC’s Minister’s Discretionary Fund by clicking Give on our website (write “seminary” or “flood” as a note), or by texting “fpcbristol” to 73256. We will send a donation on to help our brothers and sisters. Please pray for them!
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Home Groups Start Monday

This Monday, September 6, we will begin a 12-week Home Group study of the parables of Jesus. The study will be available on our website and in the Home Groups Facebook group. Home Groups help individuals and families grow in relationship and faith by meeting together for fellowship and Bible discussion. 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.
The Right Address

Snow, rain, and gloom of night stay these mowers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, but we have a mountain of evidence proving that heat does not. Roger Sikorski (September 1–4) and Pat Flannagan (September 8–11) must dart between storms and sun to find the best way to address the church lawn this week and next. We are sure they will do so with dispatch.
Organist's Footnotes

Herbert Norman Howells (pictured, c. 1915) was an English composer, organist, and teacher, best known for his Anglican church music. Three Psalm-Preludes, Op. 32, was published in 1921, and No. 1 (our prelude) dates from 1915. It is a sweeping, romantic piece, conveying a multitude of rapidly changing emotions. It is based on Psalm 34, verse 6: “This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.”

Howells (1892–1983) composed “Paean” (our postlude) in 1940, and it was published in 1953 in the collection Six Pieces for Organ (No. 6).
Pray for One Another
To the Church Triumphant
Alice Crenshaw Moore
August 28, 2021

Our love and sympathy are with Brad Arnold in the death of his father, Glenn Robert Anderson, on August 23.
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Bristol Tennessee City Schools
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Kaduna State, Nigeria
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