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About Windows
Stay for the Picnic after ONE Worship Sunday
Sunday Deadline to Suggest New Elders, Deacons
Back to School for All
Pray for One Another
Memorial Gifts
Church Calendar
About Windows
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Windows is a publication of First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN. Please direct questions and suggestions to the editor, Kathy Acuff,
August 6
ONE Worship
Psalm 90:12
Luke 12:13-21
The Meeting
Stuart Wilson
God of Grace and God of Glory
Seek Ye First/In My Life
God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me (O Christ, Surround Me)
July 30: 8:30: 90; 11:00: 99


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August 3, 2017
Stay for the Picnic after ONE Worship Sunday
Come enjoy a picnic on the grounds this Sunday, immediately following ONE Worship. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If it rains, we'll stay there for our picnic. Sunday School will begin 15 minutes early, at 9:30.
The church will provide hot dogs, chips, and drinks; the Boy Scouts will provide grills and cooks. Please plan to bring one of the following dishes with you, according to the initial of your last name:
We look forward to sharing a wonderful morning with you!
Sunday Deadline to Suggest New Elders, Deacons

This Sunday, August 6, is the deadline for suggesting FPC members to begin serving as church elders and deacons in 2018. You may turn your suggestions in at the church office or place them in the offering plate during worship. Nomination forms are available in the narthex and Fellowship Hallway. Feel free to consult any member of the Church Officer Nominating Committee for more information. Members are Dottie Havlik (Chair), John Graham, Chad McCracken, Brian Miller, and Donna Sikorski. Our plan is to elect officers at a congregational meeting after One Worship on September 17.
The Duties of Elders
The Book of Order, G-6.0304, states: "It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed. They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures which may need special attention. They should assist in worship. They should cultivate their ability to teach the Bible and may be authorized to supply places which are without the regular ministry of the Word and Sacrament. In specific circumstances and with proper instruction, specific elders may be authorized by the presbytery to administer the Lord's Supper. ... Those duties which all Christians are bound to perform by the law of love are especially incumbent upon elders because of their calling to office and are to be fulfilled by them as official responsibilities."
The Session of First Presbyterian Church is composed of 15 elders who serve on a three-year rotation.
Current FPC Elders
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Ann Abel
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Beth Flannagan
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Tom King
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
Ernie Pennington
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
John Vann
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
The Duties of Deacons
The Book of Order, G-6.0402, states: "It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord's Supper."
The Board of Deacons of First Presbyterian Church is composed of 15 members who serve on a three-year rotation.
Current FPC Deacons
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Jim Mayden
Adam Abel
George Linke
Mark Mervis
Nancy Butterworth
Greg Roberts
Robin North
David Ginn
Nate Sproles
Jordan Pennington
Rett Stocstill
Bill Whisnant
Byron Schiesz
Ann Woods

Back to School for All
The city schools are back in session this week, and our own fall semester of educational and fellowship opportunities begins midmonth. We are prepared, but first we'll have one last go at summer fun. If we aren't rained in this Sunday, our annual church picnic will be held out front on a pitch-perfect lawn, thanks to Pat Flannagan. Larry Connolly's facility with lawn maintenance will set out the big, green welcome mat for churchgoers next Sunday.
We welcome men and women, adults and teens to sign up for our mowing team at any time of the year. Families too: younger children can move fallen branches and debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, it doesn't take much time, and you won't have to mow more than three times a year. If you're unfamiliar with Scag mowers, Team Captain Randy Cook will be happy to give you a lesson on our Tiger Cat. If you can mow even once during the growing season, please email Randy at or call his cell at 423-956-1541. Thank you!   
Pray for One Another
An extensive list of prayer concerns, "Pray for One Another," is available for pickup at the church each week.
In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Bill Goforth
Ron Grubbs
Jo Ann Hatcher
Vivian Hill
Tony Raccioppo
Virginia Rutherford
Sam Samuel
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
August 6        Suzee Bolick
August 7        Keith Blair, Ben Linderman, Mark Mervis, 
                        Katy Sikorski, Jeannie Williams
August 8        Ellie Beck, Mechala Blankenship, Mary Lee Schiesz
August 9        Sydney Peltier
August 10      Loretta Thomas
August 11      Juliana Linke
August 12      Madison Ratliff, Penn Story
Memorial Gifts

We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts in memory of the following individuals:
Fred Frazier: to the Capital Campaign Fund/MEP, from John & Karen Vann, from Barbara Thomas
Neil Ottenfeld: to the Brazil Mission Fund, from Ann Abel
Church Calendar
Sunday, August 6
9:30 a.m.        Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship, Fellowship Hall
11:30 a.m.     Church Picnic on the Grounds
Monday, August 7
7:00 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Room 123
Tuesday, August 8
9:00 a.m.        Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, August 9
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Committee, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, August 10
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