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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
In the Pulpit Sunday: Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi
Joint Easter Sunrise Service with First Baptist Church
Order Easter Lilies by Monday
Join Us for Bluegrass Mass Wednesday Night
A Full Wednesday Night Concludes Study of Resurrection
Acclaimed Mezzo Sings Us a Story April 15
Dynamic Korean Children's Choir Comes to FPC
New Members Class Begins after Easter
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
Fun at the FPC Speedway Saturday
Spring Fling at Fairmount Tuesday
Fusion Glows in the Dark April 12
Pennies for Treats and Supplies
FPC Family Camp Weekend at Windy Gap in Late August
Sighting on the Lawn
Help Fairmount with TNReady Assessments
Catch Some Goldfish for Fairmount
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
April 7
5th Sunday in Lent
2 Kings 7:8-11
Romans 10:13-15
This Is a Day of Good News
Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Agnus Dei
Last Sunday's Attendance
9:00: 142; 11:00: 117
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April 4, 2019
In the Pulpit Sunday: Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi
Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi ministers to those on the margins in Kenya.
This Sunday, Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi will preach at both services. He and his wife, Susan, with their three sons (Baraka, 29; Kim, 24; and Job, 23), serve the Lord in Kenya. They have a great passion for the welfare of the less privileged in society and especially for orphans, vulnerable children, youth, widows, and poor women. Their calling as a family is giving hope to the poor through a practical Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah is the Presiding Bishop of Visions of Glory, a nondenominational church that aims to contribute to people's spiritual, social, and economic life by loving, caring, and building them into what God intended them to be.
In Kenya in 2001, Bishop Jeremiah established a charity school, Magnet. There, orphan and poor children can get the education they need to improve their lives through the sponsorship of well-wishers and others who have a big heart for poor children. Since Magnet's establishment, more than 1,500 children have gained an education, and their lives have been positively impacted. Today 420 children attend the school, but only 140 of them are sponsored. Bishop Jeremiah and Susan are in the USA seeking support for the remaining 280 children, who each need a sponsorship of $35 per month. They also seek partnerships in mission that will enable them to help more needy children.
Joint Easter Sunrise Service with First Baptist Church
Early risers, mark your calendars! We will hold an Easter Sunrise Service with First Baptist Church at 7:00 a.m. April 21 in East Hills Cemetery. We have invited participants from First Baptist to join us after the service for a continental breakfast at our church. This is a rare worship and fellowship opportunity. Please plan to join us!
Order Easter Lilies by Monday
We are a few days away from the deadline for ordering Easter lilies to adorn our sanctuary in the name of those we love and honor. Opportunities to order the $15 plants are available until Monday, April 8. To order, fill out a form and return it with payment to the church office. To ensure correct acknowledgment in the Easter worship bulletin, please print all names exactly as you wish to see them. You can find order forms on the kiosk in the office hallway and in the sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and the church office.
Join Us for Bluegrass Mass Wednesday Night
At 7:00 p.m., after Wednesday night fellowship April 10, dozens of gifted musicians will present Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass in our sanctuary. The King University Symphonic Choir and Collegium Musicum will join our Sanctuary Choir and special guests the Chuck Nation Band. Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsey have arranged ancient texts of the church with gospel hymns and bluegrass to give us an unforgettable experience. Come join us for an evening of great music! Admission is free and the public is invited.
A Full Wednesday Night Concludes Study of Resurrection
We have been considering the difference that 2,000 years can make to our understanding of the crux of Christian belief. Please join us April 10 for the conclusion of our study of the scholar N.T. Wright's Resurrection DVD series. Stay for A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass in the sanctuary at 7:00.
The evening's fellowship will begin at 5:30 with a fried chicken supper. The Adult Learning study of Resurrection will begin at 6:20. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. The choirs will not rehearse.
Acclaimed Mezzo Sings Us a Story April 15
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. April 14 at Lee Street Baptist Church.
Dynamic Korean Children's Choir Comes to FPC
Be sure to save this date: Sunday, April 28. At 6:30 that evening the much-loved Korean Children's Choir will sing and dance in our sanctuary, and that's putting it mildly. 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. Choir members 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 world-renowned evangelist and broadcaster Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim, who is often called the Billy Graham of South Korea. 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 performed in Bristol two years ago for the Rotary Club. "People left here today with tears in their eyes," Bobby Griffin told WCYB afterward. He worked with our staff to arrange the choir's visit to FPC.
The choir does not charge an admission fee, but we will give them dinner before the concert and collect a love offering. Plan to be there!
New Members Class Begins after Easter
So you've recently joined our congregation and want to know more about the Presbyterian Church in general and us in particular. Our new short-term adult class is for you! For six to eight Sunday mornings, we'll talk about church history, worship traditions, service and fellowship opportunities, what and why we believe, and even where you fit in. The class begins Sunday, April 28, in room 125 (off the Fellowship Hallway). It will be taught by Dave Welch, so we can confidently advertise it as engaging, informative, and entertaining. You have to be there.
Student Ministries Volunteer Spotlight
Nathaniel Sproles
The Student Ministries volunteer in the spotlight this week is Nathaniel Sproles. Nathaniel leads worship and a small group at Student Fellowship on Sunday nights. He comes early to help the student-led worship band organize and rehearse, then he sings and plays guitar with them for worship. He tells us that he felt a tug on his heart to pour into the guys and lead them spiritually. He recalls how transformative his teenage years were for his faith, and he is passionate about helping teenagers to know Jesus.
We are so thankful for Nathaniel's leadership and passion for students! He does a wonderful job of walking with students and coaching them as they grow in their ministerial gifts. Nathaniel, we are so thankful for you! Thank you for serving and loving our student ministry so BIG!
Katie Arnold asks anyone in the congregation who feels called to serve in Student Ministries to contact her at She would love to have you on the team. / Katie Arnold
Fun at the FPC Speedway Saturday
Kids, start your engines! This Saturday, April 6, bring your bikes, scooters, or other vehicles to the church parking lot at 10:30 a.m., 'cause we're gonna ride. There will be bumpin' and racin' at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but it will have nothing on us! Bring a picnic and we will sit outside and enjoy lunch together. For more information, email Lilly Osborne at
Spring Fling at Fairmount Tuesday
Come on out to Fairmount Elementary for Spring Fling Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and enjoy what spring can bring! There will be carnival games, craft booths, and snack stalls, and volunteers from FPC are needed to help run them. This promises to be a fun evening! For more information or to volunteer your help, contact Dave Welch at or Lilly Osborne at
Fusion Glows in the Dark April 12 
Our Fusion group of fifth and sixth graders will hunt for Easter eggs in the dark next week. They'll start their search in the Fusion classroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 12. They'll know where to go by the glow!
Pennies for Treats and Supplies
We are looking for donations of loose change as well as plastic eggs and candy (chocolate is fine) for our annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt. This event for ages 4 through 4th grade will take place Saturday, April 13. We will start in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00 p.m. with an Easter drama and songs. Then we will go out back and do some hunting!
Rather than candy, we will put pennies or other loose change in the eggs the children will look for. At the end of the hunt, they will exchange the change in the eggs they've found for a treat bag. The change will go toward needs at Fairmount School.
Please bring your donations to the church by Monday, April 8. You will find a collection box near the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway, near Lilly's office. For more information or to learn how you can help, email Lilly at
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 Windy Gap in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for adventure, relaxation, and family fun. Don't miss out on:
Adventure! We are going to a Young Life camp marked by high adventure and excitement. You may choose to relax in a rocking chair on the front porch of the dining hall or you may find it more exhilarating to fly down the 400-foot zipline into the lake, play archery tag, or take a ride in the giant swing.
Fun! Entertainment, music, and activities will fill the weekend with humor and fun. You can also enjoy the pool, gym, volleyball court, game room, and hiking trails.
Family! Our speaker at each of our Family Times will bring a message focused on families and faith. Your kids will have time with our Kids' Club workers to hear a message geared toward their age group.
Getting there. Each family will transport itself to Weaverville, NC, and staff will be waiting for us at the camp.
Lodging. Women and girls will be housed together, and men and boys will be housed together, all in first-rate cabins. If you have any special housing requests, the camp will strive to accommodate you.
Rates. Adults (ages 12 and up): $140. Children (ages 3 -11): $80. Babies (2 years or younger): Free. A deposit of $25 per person is required to hold each spot.
Register. Only 75 spots are available, so register here now.
More information is available at the Windy Gap Camp website here.
Sighting on the Lawn
A mower in the grass is the surest sign of spring, unless, of course, it is foraging before first frost. We are not quite done with frost, despite some warm days, but we have already sighted a mower on the church lawn. None other than our mowing team captain, Randy Cook, is helping the Tiger Cat break its winter fast. Next week, Jim White will continue to feed it up. It has to build its strength to face the effects of coming spring rains. Let us thank these diligent gentlemen for the care they take of that growling, prowling object and our church lawn.
Help Fairmount with TNReady Assessments
If you can find one to two hours in your busy 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
Angling for Goldfish at Fairmount
The anglers among us are invited to drop their lines where goldfish crackers lurk. We need bags of them for snacktime at Fairmount Elementary School. Please bring your catch to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway. We will make sure they reach the children.
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 gifts in memory of:
Betty Millard: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Lee & Robin North
Tony Raccioppo: to the Sound System Fund from Karen & Ernie Pennington, from Peggy Peters
Music Notes
Sunday's Early Worship
You can hear the songs we'll sing in the 9:00 service here.
Sunday's Late Worship
Participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, King University Symphonic Choir.
Morten Lauridsen
Music: On Sunday the choir will sing another setting of the "Agnus Dei" ("Lamb of God") text for the final time this Lent. Our setting this week is by Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)), a celebrated American composer who is considered the finest composer of choral music in the past 50 years. His music has been recorded on more than 200 CDs and has become the all-time best-selling music ever published by Theodore Presser, which has been in business since 1783. Lauridsen was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush in 2007. In December of 2008, Lauridsen spent a week in residence at King College that culminated in a performance of his music with the Symphony of the Mountains.
Organist's footnotes: Sunday's organ pieces are based on the day's hymns, "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."
David Bednall
David Bednall's (b. 1979) setting of the PASSION CHORALE (prelude) is quite dramatic. It begins quietly with strings and solo flute, builds greatly in volume and intensity in a drumlike section, reaches full organ, then diminishes back to strings for a hushed conclusion.
David Schelat's (b. 1955) setting of HAMBURG (offertory) is much less dramatic. In the style of the Baroque masters, Schelat takes the chorale tune and ornaments it greatly. The tune is there, but you have to listen for it. For this ornamented tune, Schelat calls for the use of the "Cornet" (pronounced COR-NAY and no relation to the brass instrument), a combination of pipes at 8 ', 4 ', 2-2/3 ', 2', and 1-3/5 ' that produces a distinctive timbre of one voice.
Diane Bish
Diane Bish's (b. 1941) setting of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" (postlude) is typical of her flamboyant style. It begins quietly with strings and a solo reed, changing mid-melody to a modified Cornet (see above). Then she triples the strings by adding 16 ' and 4 ' couplers and some flutes, then takes all that away. Finally, she builds her registrations toward the finish in the style of a toccata, with flowing arpeggios and a soaring melody on top.
Sanctuary Handbell Choir: Because we will have the privilege of hearing the High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass in our sanctuary next Wednesday night, the handbell choir will not practice April 10. They will meet again April 17 for a very important rehearsal before Good Friday and Easter. To join them, contact 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.
Beck family
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
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
Ron Grubbs
Greg Hand
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
JB Madison's mother
Dot Mattison
Bob Millard
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Karen Pennington
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 7         Anne Southerland
April 8         Ginny Sword
April 9         Alie Bassett, Savannah Burt
April 11       Libby Crutchfield, Virginia McRee
April 13       Vivian Hill, George McClellan, Spencer Pruner
Church Calendar
Sunday, April 7
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
Monday, April 8
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, April 9
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
5:30 p.m.       Spring Fling, Fairmount School
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, April 10
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning
7:00 p.m.       Bluegrass Mass, Sanctuary
7:15 p.m.       Brazil Team, Room 123
Thursday, April 11
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
8:30 a.m.       Meals on Wheels, Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
4:30 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
6:30 p.m.       Scout Troop 3 Game Night, Scout Hall
Friday, April 12
7:00 p.m.       Fusion Egg Hunt, Fusion Classroom
Saturday, April 13
All Day           Confirmation Retreat, Rutherford Home
1:00 p.m.       Children's Easter Egg Hunt, Fellowship Hall
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