September 9, 2021
Wednesday Programs Continue; No Meals before Oct. 6

Our fall semester began Wednesday night with full programming for all age groups. At 6:15, adults meet in the chapel for Bible study and worship, children meet in the children’s wing, and Student Small Groups meet in the student wing upstairs. Choir, Praise Team, and Handbells all practice as scheduled. We hope to resume fellowship meals by October 6.

The Home Groups curriculum leads our thoughts and reflections this semester, so please see the lessons posted here. This week we began a 12-week study of the parables of Jesus. We encourage you to sign up for resources and sharing.

Home Groups help individuals and families grow in relationship and faith as they meet together for fellowship and Bible discussion. To join, lead, host, or register a group, sign up here.

Online Home Group Meeting
Those wanting an online Home Group meeting option can join us on Friday nights at 7:00. Download the curriculum in advance here. Here is the connection information:

Topic: FPC Virtual Home Group
Time: Sept. 10, 2021, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Friday

Meeting ID: 831 6494 2420
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Please Help Us Prepare for Advent
We need a few more reflections from our congregation to fill blank pages in our forthcoming Advent Devotional. If you are willing to write a devotion of no more than 300 words to help us all to prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, email Han Ong or Candy Phelps as soon as possible.
September 12
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 51:3–9
2 Samuel 12:1–15
Mark 4:10–12
One Little Lamb
Sam Weddington
Last Sunday’s Attendance
9:00: In person: 81;
Livestream: 33; Playback: 93
11:00: In person: 60;
Livestream: 25; Playback: 71
All worship services are also livestreamed.

Sunday, September 12
9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship
Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship
Monday, September 13
7:00 p.m.
Building & Grounds Committee
Fellowship Hall
Worship Committee
Room 123
Tuesday, September 14
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Room 123
7:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 3
Scout Hall
Wednesday, September 15
6:15 p.m.
Adult Enrichment
High School Small Groups
Student Room
Wednesday Night Kids
Education Wing
6:15 p.m.
Handbell Practice
7:00 p.m.
Praise Band Practice
Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.
Choir Practice
Thursday, September 16
7:00 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
And There’s the Kickoff

As our fall semester kicks off, Pat Flannagan (September 8–11) is on the field for FPC. Coach sends Bruce Gannaway (September 15–18) in midmonth.
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.

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.
Organist's Footnotes

William James Mathias (1934–1992) was a Welsh Anglican composer noted for choral works. His compositions include large-scale works, including an opera, The Servants (1980), three symphonies and three piano concertos. Much of his music was written for the Anglican choral tradition, most famously the anthem “Let the people praise Thee, O God,” written for the July 1981 royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, which had a television audience of an estimated 1 billion people worldwide.

“Canzonetta, Op. 78, No. 2” was composed in 1978. This “little song” has a solo voice which seems to be in search of something as it meanders above austere chords and countermelodies. The piece ends with seven long chords for a resolution that feels unresolved.

The chorale “Easter 1966” is a slow, quiet piece whose unusual sonorities move in parallel motion in chorale style. Mathias creates interesting harmonies by juxtaposing seemingly unrelated tonal triads, the effect of which is oddly conducive to meditation.

“Postlude” was composed in 1962. This is an unabashedly joyful piece, featuring quick-moving staccato chords and short melodic fragments that spiral upward.
Pray for One Another
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In Our Prayers
Please also pray for the members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Jean Addison
Anderson family
Anna Arbo & family
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.
Emma & Gina 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
Diana Mattison
Dot Mattison
Roger McCracken
Kathy McGlothlin
Montana Indian Ministries
Family of Alice Moore
Abigail Myers
National & international leadership
Breanna Necessary
Palestine & Israel
Jessie Pennington & family
Phyllis Phares
Pastor Bruce Plummer
Cora Lee Raccioppo
Frances Roberts
Michelle S.
Malcolm Sprinkle
Family of Stan
Teachers & school administrators
Margaret Wade
Michael Weller
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