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In This Issue
End of Newsletter Year
Christmas Draws Nigh
Come to Early Worship Sunday for Bluegrass Carols
New Time for Caroling
Night of Worship and Music Sunday
Student Ministries Alumni Christmas Party Sunday
Christmas Eve Is Cookie Morning
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
Christmas Eve Offering Helps Those Near to Us
Wednesday Women's Bible Study Takes a Break
Our November Financial Summary
Year-End Planned Giving and FPC
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
December 23
4th Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5
Luke 1:39-55
Where's Your Joy?
Sam Weddington
Lift Up Your Heads
Savior of the Nations, Come
Advent Hymn
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 135; 11:00: 132

December 24
Christmas Eve
Candlelight Communion
Sam Weddington
A Child Is Born in Bethlehem

December 30
1st Sunday after Christmas Day
1 Samuel 2:18-20
Luke 2:41-52
Who Is This?
Dave Welch
Love Has Come
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
From Heaven High
End of Newsletter Year
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December 20 & 27, 2018
Christmas Draws Nigh
We warmly encourage you to join us Sunday and Christmas Eve for holiday worship services filled with special music. Be sure to take advantage of one or more of the other opportunities below for holiday worship, service, and cheer!
Sun., Dec. 23
8:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Service
Christmas Caroling
Night of Worship
Student Ministries Alumni Party
Fellowship Hall
Off Campus
Fellowship Hall
Katie Arnold's Home
Mon., Dec. 24
10:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
Cookie Delivery
Candlelight Communion
Fellowship Hall
Come to Early Worship Sunday for Bluegrass Carols
Come to early worship December 23 for an all-bluegrass service! We will sing Christmas carols to the music of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, bass, and percussion. If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, come to the Fellowship Hall at 8:30 Sunday morning: problem solved!
New Time for Caroling
FPC goes a-caroling this Sunday, December 23, and we hope you will join us! We now plan to meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:00 p.m. then go out to sing our way through the Fairmount neighborhood. Dress warmly and prepare to give and receive the spirit of the season!
Night of Worship and Music Sunday
In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we invite you to pause for an hour, come to the Fellowship Hall, and renew yourself in a night of music led by Annie Osborne and Aidan Moore. They will provide a space on Sunday, December 23, at 7:00 p.m. where you can be still and rejoice in the hope we have in our Savior! Enjoy Christmas refreshments and allow your heart to be refreshed by the joy of this season. Child care will be available, so you can bring the whole family.
Student Ministries Alumni Christmas Party Sunday
We are having a Student Ministries Alumni Christmas Party this Sunday, December 23, at 8:30 p.m. at the home of Katie and Brad Arnold, 900 Oakwood Street, in Bristol. All 18-to-20-somethings are invited to enjoy dinner and fellowship as well as Christmas games and a white elephant exchange. Gifts for the exchange should cost no more than $10. Come celebrate and catch up with your FPC family!
Christmas Eve Is Cookie Morning
Wake up and smell the cookies! We invite the bakers among us to spread Christmas cheer among the folks in our community who work on our behalf on Christmas Eve. We invite each cookie-baker in the congregation to bake a batch or two of your favorite Christmas recipe and bring them to the church. You may leave your cookies in the kitchen before Christmas Eve, if that will help your holiday schedule. This Monday, December 24, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. to box assortments of cookies and take them to the firefighters, police officers, nurses, and others who must work on Christmas Eve. This is a very rewarding effort, and we encourage you to participate!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
Please join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Pastor Sam Weddington will bring the message, and the evening's special offering will go to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. Please join us Monday, December 24, for this beautiful worship experience. Bring the whole family; our nursery will be open!
Christmas Eve Offering Helps Those Near to Us
The Christmas Eve offering is specific to First Presbyterian Church and helps to fund the Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used at the Pastor's discretion to assist members of our congregation and the Bristol community with rent, food, utilities, medical, and other emergency needs. When you give to this offering, you are helping people you may know or see as you go about your day. Please be generous!
Wednesday Women's Bible Study Takes a Break
The Wednesday morning Women's Bible Study will take a break for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The group will not meet December 26 or January 2, but will resume January 9 at the same time, 9:30 a.m., and in the same place, room 117. All women of the church are welcome to join and bring a friend.
Our November Financial Summary
We are happy to report that pledges, regular offerings, and special offerings continue their positive effect on our ministries and financial health. Here we present the highlights of our financial status through November 30.
  • Pledges & Offerings through November 30 outpaced expectations by $49,472.
  • Other Gifts, Income & Reimbursements are ahead of budget $2,004, getting a boost from special offerings.
  • Expense Notes:
    • Evangelism & Outreach's benevolences were paid in October. Just as the income exceeds the budget, the expenses exceed budget because of the distribution of the special offerings.
    • Programming and ministry areas of Worship & Music and Christian Education & Nurture continue to track favorably year-to-date. These program areas typically expend their full budget by year-end.
    • Administrative expenses continue to be below budget through November. This trend should continue to be seen through fiscal year-end.
    • Building & Grounds expenditures continue to track favorably to budget through eleven months. However, with some expected expenditures related to security enhancements in the Children's Wing entries, B&G should come in at or slightly over budget for the year.
    • Capital Loan: The balance with Eastman Credit Union November 30 was $496,215. This represents a year-over-year principal reduction of $62,540. Interest expense on the loan (which flows through our Operating Budget) was $18,162 for the ten months ending November 30. For the same period last year, interest was $20,271.
November Actual YTD ($)
November Budget YTD ($)
Annual Budget         ($)
Total Pledges
Other Gifts , Income & Reimbursements
Total Income:
Evangelism & Outreach
Worship & Music
Christian Education
Building & Grounds
Fellowship & Stewardship
Total Expense:
Year-End Planned Giving and FPC
Christmas is upon us, and amidst our long shopping and to-do lists, you may be planning your year-end benevolences. We thank you for your support of the church in 2018, and we want to encourage you to consider First Presbyterian of Bristol in any other year-end planned giving you hope to do. Every dollar you share with us goes to support the ministry and mission of your church. If you have a specific project in mind, like debt elimination, music, children or youth ministry, or some other element of our congregational witness, please specify that on the memo line of your check. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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 the following individuals:
Jackie Leonard (mother of Robin North): to the Children's Ministries Fund from Chuck and Barb Thompson
Don Moneyhun: to the Memorial Fund from Frances Rowell
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Kenton Coe
Sunday's music: Our anthem, "Advent Hymn," was composed by a friend, Kenton Coe, a native of Johnson City. Coe studied at Sewanee Academy, then Hobart College in upstate New York for two years, before entering Yale University, from which he graduated as a History of Music major. He studied composition at Yale with Paul Hindemith. He worked privately for three years in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, at both the Paris Conservatory and the Fontainebleau School, and received two French Government scholarships at her request. Sponsored by Aaron Copland, Coe received two fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where he began his first full-length opera, South, which was premiered in 1965 by the Opera of Marseilles. An active member of the Episcopal Church, he has been commissioned to write numerous anthems for various parishes. The Tennessee Music Teachers' Association named him Composer of the Year and commissioned the cantata Handwriting on the Wall for the 25th anniversary concert in Nashville in 1978. Tusculum College awarded him its highest honor, the Samuel Doak Award. Our anthem is based loosely on a familiar hymn tune, STUTTGART, which has been used throughout our Advent season as a processional hymn.
Organist's footnotes: Heathcote Statham's arrangement of VENI EMMANUEL, better known as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (prelude), seems to take into account the meaning of the somewhat somber text. There is an underlying sense of restlessness, as the music constantly shifts tonality, building in volume and intensity. Finally, near the end, the music of the refrain can be heard quietly and clearly, "Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel." Heathcote Dicken Statham, CBE (1889 -1973), was a British conductor, composer, and organist of international repute.
Aaron David Miller
In contrast is Aaron David Miller's (b. 1972) charming setting of the African-American spiritual GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (offertory). Here, the Good News of Christ's coming is expressed with pure, unabashed joy, as the music dances from beginning to end in a playful gigue. Miller is the Director of Music and organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
English organist David Blackwell (b. 1961) has created a setting of ADESTE FIDELIS (postlude) for "O Come, All Ye Faithful." His setting can be described as a toccata (meaning "to touch"), where the hands move quickly, lightly touching the keys, while the pedals carry the melody. Blackwell is co-editor (with American Rebecca Groom te Velde) of the popular series Oxford Hymn Settings for Organ.
Christmas Eve music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Handbell Choir, Michael Long.
Christmas Eve music: Most of the music for Christmas Eve consists of familiar carols to be sung by the congregation. The text of the anthem for Christmas Eve, "A Child Is Born in Bethlehem," is an English translation of a traditional Latin hymn, "Hodie Christus natus est," and dates back to the 14th century. Philip Stopford composed our setting. Until recently, Stopford was the Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral in Northern Ireland. He is now the Director of Music at Christ Church in Bronxville, New York, and will be the clinician at a workshop in Kingsport in the spring.
Erik Routley
Music for Dec. 30: Martin Luther (1483-1546) composed both text and music for today's anthem, "From Heaven High." He wrote the poem as a Christmas gift to his children to teach them about the incarnation of Christ. A shorter version is #111 in our hymnal. This arrangement was prepared by the prominent British hymnologist Erik Routley (1917-1982), who taught for many years at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Organist's footnotes for Dec. 30: Christmas is a wonderful time to enjoy many traditions, including the singing of beloved carols. Today we will hear arrangements of three such carols: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (prelude), "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" (offertory), and "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" (postlude). All three arrangements are found in the Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists. I have taken these wonderful arrangements for organ, composed by three wonderful contemporary American composers, and incorporated a solo violin part for our wonderful guest violinist, Michael Long. We hope you have a wonderful experience listening to them!
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers several members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Becky Busler
Barbara Daniel and Family
Titus Dawson
Ethiopia, especially our Christian brothers & sisters in Oromia State
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
Elizabeth Graham
Ron Grubbs
Eva Dot Hawk
Jonya Kennedy
Nancy King
Dot Mattison
Marty McCloud
Larry Mullins
Nick Niosi
Osborne Family
Karen Pennington
Phyllis Phares (Mary Connor's mother)
Don Preston
Virginia Rutherford
Sproles Family
Chuck Thompson
John Wizorek (Annette Tudor's father)
To the Church Triumphant
Wayne Allen Sheffey
December 17, 2018
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Dec. 23       Tom Carter
Dec. 24       David Ratcliff
Dec. 25       Pat Flannagan, Wesley Foster
Dec. 29       Derek Dowdell, PJ Stigers, Dottie Whitesides
Dec. 30       Jason Kreiss, Teddy Testerman
Dec. 31       Dave Ginn
Jan. 1          Patsy Frizzell, Dee Ginn
Jan. 2          Charlotte Parker, Leigh Beth Phipps
Jan. 4          Scott Sams
Jan. 5          Sujean Bradley, Maria Poteat, Jim Wiseman
Church Calendar
Sunday, December 23
8:30 a.m.       Bluegrass Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
3:00 p.m.       Caroling, Fellowship Hall & Off Campus
7:00 p.m.        Night of Worship, Fellowship Hall
8:30 p.m.        Student Ministries Alumni Christmas Party, Katie Arnold's Home
Monday, December 24
8:30 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Off Campus
10:00 a.m.      Cookie Delivery, Fellowship Hall & Off Campus
7:00 p.m.        Candlelight Communion, Sanctuary
Tuesday, December 25
Church office closed
Wednesday, December 26
Church office closed
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, December 27
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Sunday, December 30
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, December 31
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
Tuesday, January 1
Church office closed
Wednesday, January 2
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, January 3
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
David Hyde
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Adam Abel
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Nancy Butterworth
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
David Ginn
Greg Roberts
Brenda Lawson
Rett Stocstill
Nate Sproles
Barbara Thompson
Ann Woods
Bill Whisnant
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill