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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
Holy Week Rides In
Two Easter Egg Hunts This Weekend
No Wednesday Night Fellowship in Holy Week
Easter Sunrise Service with First Baptist Church
Request for Graduation Information
Sing Sistah Sing! Here Monday Night
Bristol Sings for Bristol Faith in Action
Billy Kim Brings Korean Children's Choir to FPC
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
How the Bro-Down Showdown Went Down
Register Now for Family Camp Weekend at Windy Gap
Help Fairmount with TNReady Assessments
Final Week of Fairmount Snack Collection
Grass, Palm, Donkey, Stone
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
April 14
Palm Sunday
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Luke 19:28-40
Dave Welch
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!
Ride On, King Jesus
Last Sunday's Attendance
9:00: 122; 11:00: 96
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on First Presbyterian Church

April 11, 2019
Holy Week Rides In
We invite and encourage you to worship with us during Holy Week, which begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday on April 14. You will find the schedule of the week's seven worship services below, and more information elsewhere in this newsletter.
Holy Week 2019
April 14, Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m.
Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
April 18, Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
April 19, Good Friday
7:00 p.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
April 21, Easter Sunday
7:00 a.m.
Sunrise Service, East Hill Cemetery
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Hallway & Chapel
9:00 a.m.
Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.
Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
Two Easter Egg Hunts This Weekend
Our Fusion group of fifth and sixth graders will hunt for glow-in-the-dark eggs at the church Friday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. That's tomorrow night! Participants will meet in the Fusion classroom. On Saturday, April 13, the annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt for ages 4 through 4th grade will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00 p.m. with an Easter drama and songs, followed by a hunt behind the church.
No Wednesday Night Fellowship in Holy Week
Our regular fellowship programs will be suspended next Wednesday, April 17, in the midst of Holy Week. We will have opportunities for worship on Thursday and Friday of that week; see the Holy Week schedule at the head of this newsletter for details. Our Wednesday night fellowship will meet again on April 24 for an intergenerational event.
Easter Sunrise Service with First Baptist Church
We will hold a sunrise service with First Baptist Church at 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21, in historic East Hill Cemetery. We have invited participants from First Baptist to join us for a continental breakfast at 8:00 at our church. This is a rare worship and fellowship opportunity. Please plan to join us!
Request for Graduation Information
We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our church family by publishing news about upcoming graduations. We ask you for your graduate's name; school or program being completed; degree, certificate, or rank achieved; and future plans, if applicable. Please email this information to or call the church office at 423-764-7176. We look forward to sharing this news in Windows later this spring.
Sing Sistah Sing! Here Monday Night
World-renowned mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker will perform Sing Sistah Sing! in our sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 15. A mixture of storytelling, jazz, blues, opera, art song, gospel, and (on that evening) the rollicking piano of Peter Maleitzke, this show has won great international critical acclaim. Sing Sistah Sing! is both a celebration of the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice and a heartfelt retelling of inspiring life stories. It brilliantly weaves together these women's struggles in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom at home and abroad. Augmenting this theme, Baker is scheduled to talk about Civil Rights/Truth and Reconciliation with Pauline Moore from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. this Sunday, April 14, at Lee Street Baptist Church.
Bristol Sings for Bristol Faith in Action
Bristol Sings!, an evening of music to benefit Bristol Faith in Action, will be presented Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church. Featured performers include musicians well-known to our congregation: Shannan Miller, Tim Landis, Robin Ringer LaPointe, and Janeeva Brown. The UMC Community Choir and the choirs of Lee Street Baptist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Tennessee High School, and Vance Middle School will add their stirring voices, and Dr. Doug LaPointe, emcee, will further enliven the evening with his comedy.
Admission is free, but a donation of $10 is suggested. State Street UMC is located at 300 W. Valley Drive in Bristol, VA. You can find more information about BFIA at WWW.BRISTOLFIA.ORG and on Facebook.
Billy Kim Brings Korean Children's Choir to FPC
We have an extraordinary treat in store for our church and community on the Sunday after Easter. At 6:30 on April 28 the celebrated Korean Children's Choir will bring their songs and dances to our sanctuary. Other churches they have visited have described their concerts as "a blessing, beyond our expectations" and "a glimpse of heaven."
Fifty colorfully costumed professionals between the ages of seven and thirteen will sing American folk arrangements, patriotic songs, sacred and popular music, contemporary Christian songs, and traditional Korean songs, and all in English. This energetic choir has performed at Disneyland, Disney World, the Pentagon, Walter Reed Medical Center, and at too many conventions, churches, universities, and music festivals to name. The children are selected through a rigorous audition process and receive instruction from a voice trainer, a choreographer, and a conductor.
Billy Kim
The choir will be accompanied by "the Billy Graham of South Korea," evangelist and broadcaster Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim. Dr. Kim was president of the Baptist World Alliance from 2000 to 2005 and is now chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, which organized the Children's Choir as an international outreach ministry.
The choir does not charge an admission fee, but we will collect a love offering for their ministry. Plan to be there!
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
This week the Student Ministries volunteer spotlight is on Stuart Parker. Stuart has served our students through teaching high school Sunday School. His passion for students to know truth is contagious. He has a great vision for building relationships and walking with teens as they grow in faith. He looks for special ways to celebrate and encourage them to be committed to seeking truth and growing with their church family. He is down-to-earth, consistent, and genuine, and our students love and respect him. He is a gift to our Student Ministries, and we are so thankful for his love and commitment to share truth with students. Stuart, thank you for loving our students so BIG!
Any member of the congregation who feels called to serve in Student Ministries can contact Katie Arnold at She would love to have you on the team!
How the Bro-Down Showdown Went Down
Around the campfire.
More than 30 middle school and high school guys gathered at the church last Thursday for a night of eating like kings, competing like Vikings, and broing down as only bros can. The group at the Student Ministries Bro-Down Showdown played games, focused on what it looks like to be a Christian bro, broed it up around a bonfire, and if they were lucky, got a few hours of sleep. The fun even led them to King University's Kline Gym for a couple of hours of archery tag. A big thank you to King University and Chase Arndt for hosting our guys!

At the gym.

In the blanket fort!
Register Now for Family Camp Weekend at Windy Gap
FPC has planned a family camp weekend for August 23-25, and registration is open! We will go to the Young Life camp in Windy Gap in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for adventure, relaxation, and family fun. Each family will transport itself to Weaverville, NC, and staff will be waiting for us at the camp.
Women and girls will be housed together, and men and boys will be housed together, all in first-rate cabins. Rates per person: ages 12 and up: $140; ages 3-11: $80; ages 2 years or younger: free. A deposit of $25 per person is required to hold each spot.
Only 75 spots were available when registration opened, so register   here now.  More information is available at the Windy Gap Camp website here .
Help Fairmount with TNReady Assessments
If you can find one to two hours in your schedule, the teachers of Fairmount Elementary School would greatly appreciate your help with proctoring the TNReady assessments, the state-mandated tests given at the end of every school year. You would sit in a classroom to provide adult supervision while a teacher administers an online exam. All the tests will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be finished by 10:30 a.m. Testing dates are Wednesday, April 17; Tuesday, April 23; Wednesday, April 24; Thursday, April 25; Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1; and Tuesday, May 2. For more information, contact Dave Welch at or Lilly Osborne at
Final Week of Fairmount Snack Collection
This is the final call of the spring semester for bags of goldfish crackers for snacktime at Fairmount Elementary School. Please bring your donations to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway. We will make sure they are taken to the teachers for distribution. We will resume collecting snacks when the fall semester gets under way. Thank you for all you have done for the children of our neighborhood school!
Grass, Palm, Donkey, Stone
Let us conclude the lesson for Lent by contemplating the simple steps that lead us to the complexity of Easter, where, among the followers of Jesus, we find our mowers. They will not process around the Fellowship Hall or down the aisle of the sanctuary on Sunday, but they will process the lawn in preparation. There will be no long fronds waving out front on Palm Sunday, for Jim White (April 10 -13) will have made sure the leaves of grass are prepared for the celebration of Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem, followed these millennia later by our Sunday stroll into church. Randy Cook (April 17 -20) will help us onward through Holy Week, toward the empty tomb and the rolled-away stone, as with an eye toward Resurrection, he, too, tends the lawn.
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Moses Hogan
Sunday's music: Palm Sunday is the festival of remembering our Lord's entry into Jerusalem. The service is often celebrated by the blessing and waving of palm branches. We know the outcome of Jesus' time in Jerusalem, but this festival focuses upon his arrival in the city. Our anthem, "Ride On, King Jesus," is an African American spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan (1957-2003), who reignited a fervent interest in performing the spiritual as serious music and not merely as a closer to a concert or as an encore. The text of this spiritual emphasizes the kingship of Jesus, whom "no man can a-hinder."
Organist's footnotes for Palm Sunday: "All glory, laud, and honor, to thee Redeemer King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring." Thus begin the words to the familiar hymn to which our children , and youth acolytes, adult choir members, church staff, and clergy, all process at the beginning of our Palm Sunday service. This hymn tune, known both as "St. Theodolph" and "Valet will ich dir geben," is the basis for all three organ pieces Sunday. Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956)
Emma Lou Diemer
starts her arrangement of "St. Theodolph" (prelude) in a lively, hard-to-walk-to, 7/8 meter. However, the middle and ending sections do change to the usual 4/4 meter, allowing us better equilibrium. The short setting of "Valet will ich dir geben" (offertory) by J.S. Bach (1685 -1750) is from his Cantata No. 95 Christus, der ist mein Leben. The transcription for organ is by Carl F. Pfatteicher. The Chorale (melody) weaves in and out one phrase at a time, so listen carefully for it. Finally, Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927 and still actively playing!) has arranged a wild, energetic setting of "Valet will ich dir geben" (postlude) to send us off.
Richard Redhead
Organist's footnotes for Maundy Thursday: Both prelude and postlude in Maundy Thursday worship are based on the hymn "Go to Dark Gethsemane," which we will sing at the end of the service. This tune is known by several names: "Petra," "Redhead No. 76" (named for its composer, Richard Redhead, 1820 -1901), and "Gethsemane." Philip Moore's (b. 1943) thick-textured, rich setting uses the shape of a Spanish "Tantum Ergo." David Cherwien's (b. 1957) setting alternates from a procession of slow-moving quarter notes played on Principals (pipes), to even slower ethereal sections played on light Strings (thinner pipes), which will make for a quiet ending to our service.
Max Drischner
Organist's footnotes for Good Friday: Max Drischner (1891-1971) was a German composer, Kantor, organist, and harpsichordist. His setting of "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" ("Out of the depths I cry to you") [prelude] was composed in 1918 and based on the first eight notes of Martin Luther's hymn. Drischner takes these eight notes as the basis for a passacaglia, repeating them over and over again in the pedal, each time adding more and more stops and increasingly complex accompaniment, building tension right up till the final cadence.
The Sanctuary Handbell Choir will play a transcription of W.A. Mozart's (1756-1791) simple yet profound choral anthem "Ave Verum Corpus." The text of that anthem reads:
"Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary,
having truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for mankind,
from whose pierced side water and blood flowed:
Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death!
O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen."
Sanctuary Handbell Choir: We have a very important rehearsal April 17 to prepare our music for Good Friday and Easter. Join us for practice in room 212. You can reach Bob Greene at or 423-341-0378.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Johnny Ball
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Tammy Connolly
Nicole Crockett
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
FPC Ethiopian Mission Team
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
Elizabeth Graham
Martha Graham
Erika Greene
Ron Grubbs
Greg Hand
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
Dot Mattison
Bob Millard
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Sharon Potter
Don Preston
Reeves family
Larry Roberts (Greg Roberts's brother)
Gary Robertz
Earl Rose Sr.
Louise Rutherford
Virginia Rutherford
Sikorski family
Stigers family
Katrina Thomas
Chuck Thompson
Bill Wade
Sam Witcher
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
April 14       Wes Buckles, Wade Witcher
April 15       Rett Miller
April 16       Adam Abel, Dorothy Dollar, Joel Kreiss
April 18       Julianna Sharrett
April 19       Betty Kirksey, Jeff McMillin, Barb Thompson
April 20       Manda Fox, Mike Longnecker
Church Calendar
Sunday, April 14
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship
Andrea Baker
Monday, April 15
7:00 p.m.       Andrea Baker & Sing Sistah Sing!, Sanctuary
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
12:30 p.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, April 17
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
4:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, April 18
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Maundy Thursday Worship, Sanctuary
Friday, April 19
7:00 p.m.       Good Friday Worship, Sanctuary
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth