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In This Issue
About Windows
In the Pulpit Sunday
Five Cents a Meal Offering Sunday
The Season of Lent
You're Not Hearing Things
Learn from a Friendship Evangelism Seminar
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
History of Our Women's Prayer Group
Hot Dog! Pizzas and Games Next Friday
Collecting Afternoon Snacks for Fairmount Children
ETSU Presbyterian Campus Ministry Holds Open House
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
February 25
2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Mark 8:31-38
Alexander (Whit) Whitaker
The God of Abraham Praise
Why Have You Forsaken Me
The Church of Christ in Every Age
Agnus Dei
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 106; 11:00: 126
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February 22, 2018
In the Pulpit Sunday
Alexander (Whit) Whitaker
Alexander (Whit) Whitaker is president of King University. He has a law degree from the University of Virginia and an international law degree from Georgetown University. He has also earned graduate theology degrees from Duke Divinity School and from Trinity School for Ministry, where he is a trustee. Whit and Maria came to King in 2016 from Berry College, where he served for a decade in executive leadership positions, and where many years earlier they met as undergraduates. Before beginning his higher education career, he served as a Navy judge advocate, retiring as a captain after more than 25 years on active duty. The Whitakers live in Bristol. They have three grown children and a granddaughter.
Five Cents a Meal Offering Sunday
We will collect our quarterly Five Cents a Meal offering this Sunday, February 25, at both services. The suggested offering is $13.65 per person, which represents about a nickel for each meal in a three-month period. Your offering will provide hunger relief through both local and global ministries. Last year, in response to requests from the Five Cents a Meal offerings, FPC received "grants" from the Presbytery for Haven of Rest, Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Please be generous! 
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."
You're Not Hearing Things
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.
Learn from a Friendship Evangelism Seminar
Ever feel reluctant to talk about your faith with a friend?
FPC's Evangelism & Outreach Committee commends an incredible training opportunity to our congregation. Sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the training is free and available at three locations in the Tri-Cities. Discover the "why" and "how" of doing Friendship Evangelism. Jesus was called "a friend of sinners." We are all called to be a friend. At this seminar you will learn how to take the fear out of sharing your faith story with your friends.
Choose the date and location best for you:
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
Thursday, March 8
7:00-8:30 p.m.
7:00-8:30 p.m.
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hosanna Fellowship
Fellowship Chapel
Sullivan Baptist Church
715 Sunset Dr.
201 Crockett St.
4152 Maplewood St.
Johnson City
If you'd like to carpool on either Monday, March 5, or Tuesday, March 6, call the church office at 423-764-7176 or email Diana Mattison, our church secretary, at by noon on March 5 to sign up.
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
Please join us next Wednesday, February 28, to hear more from Con Sauls on the subject of prayer. He will speak on this important discipline at 6:15 p.m. in our Adult Learning program. Come first to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a dinner of chicken divan, rice, salad, and dessert. The Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00. 
History of Our Women's Prayer Group

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
For more than 43 years God has heard and answered our prayers according to His will.
Our story begins with two dedicated women. Mattie Robertson asked Dotty Royston to organize a group of ladies to meet each week to fill a void in the church for organized prayer.
In the 1970s, Dotty was one of the first Prayer Advisors for the Bristol Christian Women's Club, and she served for two years. She was so thrilled with the Christian Women's Club prayer coffee meetings, she agreed to help Mattie form the Women of the Church's Prayer Group for sharing prayer concerns.
Joining Mattie and Dotty to form the original Prayer Group were Louise Cowan, Eloise Hagy, Ann Harrison, Elizabeth Henninger, Anna Laura King, Otye King, Edith Knoll, and Mary Leslie. Later members of the Prayer Group have been Joan Freels, Sandy Nelson, Jane Nickels, Billie Peterson, Millie Pippin, Lynn Richards, Virginia Rutherford, and Marguerite Sentelle. Current members are Nancy Cook, Linda Darnell, Sandra Grubbs, and Selma Jennings. Over time, the Women of the Church became the Presbyterian Women, and the Prayer Group was renamed the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group.
When the Prayer Group began, each lady prayed in silence and prayed for a family in the church. The group has evolved in many ways from the early days of noting concerns on index cards. They now consult a five-page list accompanied by a hot list of the day's concerns. Included in the lists are those who need healing of body and soul, the bereaved, missionaries, military personnel, at-home members and those in care facilities, new mothers and unborn babies, church staff and congregational leaders, the Friendship Class, and our community and country. The group also prays each week for the members of our congregation having a birthday that week. This allows them to lift up every member of the congregation once a year. Request for prayer is confidential.
Joseph Harrison built the wooden prayer box and Stephen Henninger built the shelf in the narthex that holds it. Among the prayer requests slipped into this box, the Prayer Group has also found money and children's artwork.
In addition, the Faucette's box (so called because it came from the department store that used to be on State Street) served the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group's needs for many, many years. It held the key to the prayer box in the narthex, prayer requests on index cards, thank-you notes for the Prayer Group, and so forth. When the Prayer Group moved from using cards, about 15 years ago, to using computerized lists printed on regular paper, they retired the small Faucette's box and now use a shoebox.
The work of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group continues in faith and trust.
Hot Dog! Pizzas and Games Next Friday
Come to the Fellowship Hall next Friday, March 2, for pizza and games! The fun begins at 6:00 p.m., and we'll head home at 8:00. This is an event for all ages, so do make plans to join us!
Collecting Afternoon Snacks for Fairmount Children
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!
ETSU Presbyterian Campus Ministry Holds Open House
ETSU Presbyterian Campus Ministry invites us to an open house Tuesday, April 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be a brief presentation at 6:15; light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Olivia Marenco, Campus Ministry Director, at, or on Facebook at The campus is located at 1412 College Heights Road in Johnson City. For more information, contact Olivia at the preceding email address or at 423-926-2522.
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Our anthem, "Agnus Dei," was composed by John Leavitt (b. 1956), a composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher, whose music continues to captivate listeners
John Leavitt
and musicians of all ages. The anthem text is the Latin version: "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us." Leavitt received his undergraduate degree (music education) from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, a master's degree (piano and composition) from Wichita State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts (conducting) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2010, Dr. Leavitt was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Art's "American Masterpieces," to write a new choral work in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the State of Kansas. In 2012, Dr. Leavitt was honored with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Alumni of the Year.
Organist's footnotes: Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) was born Alan Vaness Chakmakjian. In 1944, after his mother's death, he changed his last name, stating that "nobody ever
Alan Hovhaness in 1983
pronounced it right." Hovhaness was a very prolific composer, having written more than 500 works of music during his lifetime. Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer, his output assimilates the music of many cultures. "Prayer of St. Gregory" (our prelude) illustrates Hovhaness's style of despair. Depicting St. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church who was imprisoned for twelve years, this musical piece embodies a powerful and stirring prayer, a cry for help and forgiveness. It is scored for trumpet and strings, and often performed with piano or organ accompaniment. In this transcription, the solo trumpet part is played by the organist's feet.
"Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten" (our offertory) is the first line of my mother's favorite hymn, which she can sing from memory in her native German. We know it as "If thou but suffer God to guide thee." Georg Neumark wrote the text and the melody of this hymn in 1641, not long after he was robbed, beaten, and left for dead while traveling to another city to study law. Its seven verses deal with the Christian putting trust in God. Aaron David Miller's (b. 1972) arrangement uses the form of a "ground," a short melodic phrase (normally from four to eight measures long) that is repeated over and over again as a bass line, with varying melodies and harmonies added each time in the upper parts.
"O Welt, ich muß dich lassen" ("O World, I Must Leave You") (our postlude) is the third piece of Johannes Brahms' (1833-1897) "Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122." This shorter organ pieces in this set are the last works Brahms composed; in fact, "O Welt" has been verified as his very last piece.
During this reflective season of Lent, please refrain from talking during the postlude, so that those who wish to listen may do so.
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
Don Moneyhun
Chuck Thompson
To the Church Triumphant
Sam Samuel
February 20, 2018
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Feb. 25         John Connor, Bart McMillin
Feb. 26         Amy McCracken
Feb. 27         Chris Phipps, Colt Stocstill
Feb. 28         Aidan Haaser
March 1        Christian Bolick, Jack Hyder
March 3        Darlene Pollard
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts in memory of Graham Barr to the Minister's Discretionary Fund, from Harold and Sara Barr; Richard L. Barr; David and Patty Browning; Linda C. Franklin; Joe and Barbara Sue Kurre; Virginia B. Long and family; Frances Rowell; H.A. and Betsy Shanks; and Ernie and Linda Sprouse.
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 25
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Fellowship
6:00 p.m.       High School Fellowship
Monday, February 26
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Session of Elders, Room 123
Tuesday, February 27
9:30 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, February 28
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, March 1
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Friday, March 2
6:00 p.m.       Pizza & Game Night, Fellowship Hall