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In This Issue
About Windows
The Season of Lent
In the Pulpit Sunday
Remember Your Lenten Devotional
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
Special Offerings in 2018
Our Ailing Sanctuary Sound System
Family Game Night Coming Up March 2
Teddy Grahams for Fairmount
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
February 18
1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Luke 13:31-35
Getting Your Hen On
Chuck Thompson
The Glory of These Forty Days
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Forty Days and Forty Nights
Agnus Dei
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 94; 11:00: 117
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February 15, 2018
The Season of Lent
Our worship Sunday observes the season of Lent, the seven weeks of the church year preceding Easter. Recalling Jesus' 40-day temptation in the wilderness, Lent invites us through introspection and penitence to consider the costliness of Christ's sacrifice for our sin. Lenten worship is hence more subdued, signified by the purple liturgical color as well as by the temporary absence of flowers and "alleluias."
In the Pulpit Sunday
Chuck and Barb Thompson
Chuck Thompson, his wife Barb, and their three children, CJ, Sarah, and Erin, came to Bristol and First Presbyterian Church 28 years ago. Chuck is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. He is also the Director of Counseling, an Associate Professor of Psychology, and an Adjunct Professor of Religion at King University. Chuck has written four applied theology books, a novel based on the Epistle of James, seven mystery novels set in Bristol, and two Appalachian fantasy series. 
Remember Your Lenten Devotional
If you haven't picked up your Lenten devotional booklet, you can still do so this Sunday. This year's publication, Jesus and the Prophets, presents challenging daily reflections, scripture readings, and prayers. You will find the booklets in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway. Please note that we can offer only one booklet per family.
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
Please join us next Wednesday, February 21, as Con Sauls talks about prayer in our Adult Learning segment; the program begins at 6:15 p.m. But first come to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy fellowship over "breakfast for dinner." The Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00. 
Special Offerings in 2018
In the January stated meeting, the FPC Session of Elders approved the following special offerings and dates. Please note that, although the dates for the Five Cents a Meal collection have changed, the special offerings are the same. Quick descriptions of each offering follow, and more information is just a keyboard tap away on the internet.
  • Five Cents a Meal: Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member, of all ages, to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus' command "You give them something to eat." When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" as they are received and dedicated. Gifts then go to meet hunger needs and hunger awareness programs locally and internationally. Last year, in response to requests from the Five Cents a Meal offerings, FPC received "grants" from the Presbytery for Ethiopia, Brazil, Haven of Rest, and Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. For more information, see
  • One Great Hour of Sharing: A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, food to the hungry, and empowerment to the poor and oppressed, through ministries and programs of the national church. We participate in this offering on Easter. More information is available at
  • Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving offering is a special offering through FPC directed locally to Bristol Faith in Action. Bristol Faith in Action was established in 2001 as a coordinated effort of 13 Bristol area churches to better meet local needs in a unified manner. The mission of BFIA is to provide financial assistance with rent and utilities to local residents facing temporary financial crisis as well as to distribute commodity items, financial and mental health counseling, and referrals to other social service agencies, thereby promoting long-term financial stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Joy Gift: Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Through the Christmas Joy offering, we honor this gift by assisting to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. Specifically this offering focusses on the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, Racial Ethnic schools, and Leadership development. More information on these missions is available at
  • Christmas Eve: Unlike the previous three offerings, which are denominationally oriented, the Christmas Eve offering is specific to First Presbyterian Church and helps to fund the Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to meet emergency needs of members and the Bristol community with rent, food, utilities, medical or other needs at the discretion of the Pastor. 
Special Offerings in 2018
Five Cents a Meal
February 25
One Great Hour of Sharing
April 1
Five Cents a Meal
April 29
Five Cents a Meal
August 5
Five Cents a Meal
October 28
November 18
Joy Gift
December 9 or 16
Christmas Eve
December 24
Our Ailing Sanctuary Sound System
An analog sound-mixing board.

If you've worshiped with us in the 11:00 sanctuary service over the past month, you may be aware that we are experiencing intermittent problems with several of the microphones, including the pulpit's, wireless, and hearing-assisted headphones. A local sound engineer has determined that the mixing board, the heart and head of the entire sound system, is beginning to fail. It was purchased used and has served us for more than 12 years, which is beyond the normal life expectancy. Because of the design of the analog-type system, the engineer does not feel it is worth the cost to repair. (Just as with a car with 200,000 miles on it, we may repair one problem, but another will soon develop.) He suggests that we replace the entire unit with what is now the industry standard: a digital (computer based) rather than analog (circuit board based) model. The staff and the Session are exploring options and will keep the congregation informed.
Family Game Night Coming Up March 2

Teddy Grahams for Fairmount
We are collecting boxes of Teddy Grahams for snacktime at Fairmount Elementary School. Most of the children there get help with lunch; their families can't afford to buy snacks to get them through the afternoon slump. That's where we come in. We collect snacks donated by our generous church family, and our Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to our neighborhood school. Please bring your boxes to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our young friends at Fairmount concentrate on their afternoon lessons. Thank you!
Music Notes
Sunday's music: Throughout the season of Lent, the choral anthem each week will be a
Viktor Kalinnikov
setting of "Agnus Dei," which recognizes that Christ is the Lamb of God, the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Sunday's setting was composed by Viktor Kalinnikov (1870-1927). This is a choral setting of the final section of text in the Christian mass and is based on the words of John the Baptist in 1 John:29, "Behold the son of God who takes away the sins of the world." Kalinnikov was a Russian choral composer, conductor, and pedagogue. He was the younger brother of the better-known symphonic composer Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901). Viktor studied at the seminary in Oryol, then at the Moscow Philharmonic School, taking oboe and music theory. From 1899 to 1901 he headed the orchestra of the Moscow Art Theatre. Viktor attended and then taught at the Moscow Synodal School of Russian Orthodox Church music, where he composed 24 sacred choral settings for the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy. From 1922 to 1926 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory.
Organist's footnotes: Lent is a time for reflection and introspection. We focus our attention on the Passion narrative, the great story of Christ's suffering and death on the Cross. So for the several Sundays of Lent, I will be concluding our time of worship together with quiet, reflective postludes. Please remain seated to listen to these short pieces.
Specifically, I will be exploring several of Johannes Brahms' (1833-1897) Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122. These miniature masterpieces for the organ were the last works Brahms composed, in May and June of 1896. They are based on old German hymns that Brahms knew from his childhood. Although the texts of the chorale preludes are not sung, the tunes were familiar enough to the informed listener to bring the intended associations to mind and give the pieces profound spiritual significance. The texts speak of reconcilement with death, resignation, and even joyful longing for the world to come.
Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537 (our prelude) is, to my ear, the perfect piece to get us into a Lenten frame of mind. The opening notes of the Fantasia seem to be lamenting some tragic loss or other. This sense of desolation is reinforced by the deep droning of the organ notes in the pedal. The lament does not lessen on the introduction of the second theme, as now the notes continue their descent in pairs. It is hard to imagine a greater contrast with the Fugue that follows. We are plunged into the energetic first theme of the Fugue. This is
James Biery
reaffirmed by the second theme, as the notes are crammed together more and more by the increasing chromatics, with generous help from the pedals.
"Erhalt uns, Herr" (our offertory) is the name of the tune of our opening hymn, "The Glory of These Forty Days." James Biery's (b. 1956) arrangement intersperses isolated phrases of this tune, played on a reed stop, with descending chromatic harmonies. Like the marking of time by sand falling through an hourglass, this piece moves slowly forward, invoking the sense of waiting inherent in this season of Lent.
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
Briggs Evans
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Linda Pridemore
Sam Samuel
Chuck Thompson
Karen White
Our love and sympathy are with Lila Ray in the death of her brother, Neill Roderick McGeachy Jr., February 9.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Feb. 18     Josh Kite
Feb. 19     Bob Millard
Feb. 21     Peggy Rutherford
Feb. 22     Mary Lynn Connor, Dillon Pendley
Feb. 23     Jean Addison
Feb. 24     Sara Reuning, Chris Shaw
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts to First Presbyterian Church in memory of the following individuals:
Graham Barr: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Linda Darnell; Bob & Betty Jones; Julie King; Dot Mattison; Ernie & Karen Pennington; Peggy Peters; Dotty Royston; Rodney G. Taylor; Barbara Thomas; Chuck & Barb Thompson; Bill & Patsy Ward
Charles "Chili" Ishmael: to the Brazil Mission Fund from Chuck & Barb Thompson
John Warner: to the Music Projects Fund from Frances Rowell
Elders and Deacons of FPC
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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

Church Calendar
Sunday, February 18
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
6:30 p.m.       High School Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
Monday, February 19
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
Tuesday, February 20
9:30 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, February 21
6:00 a.m.       10th Grade Girls Bible Study, Blackbird Bakery
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:15 p.m.       Adult Learning Program, Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, February 22
6:00 a.m.       9th Grade Girls Bible Study, Blackbird Bakery
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Friday, February 23
Heart to Heart Women's Retreat Begins, Blowing Rock