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In This Issue
About Windows
In the Pulpit Sunday
We Ordain and Install New Officers Sunday
Program Year Kicks Off Next Wednesday
Bristol Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
January 14
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Service of Ordination and Installation of New Officers
1 Samuel 3:1-11
John 1:43-51
I Am about to Do a Thing
Dr. Don Hudson
You Are before Me, Lord
Be Thou My Vision
Christ Be Beside Me
Fairest Lord Jesus
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 79; 11:00: 90
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January 11, 2018
In the Pulpit Sunday
Dr. Don Michael Hudson teaches Biblical and Religious Studies as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department at King University. He lectures and writes in the areas of Hebrew Language and Literature, Religion and Politics in a Global Context, Levantine Archaeology in the Late Bronze/Iron 1, and Religious Radicalism. He serves on the governing board of the King Institute of Faith and Culture and manages King's participation in the Tel Azekah archaeological dig with Tel Aviv University and Heidelberg University. He is the author of books and articles in the academic and trade arenas and is the cofounder of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
We Ordain and Install New Officers Sunday
At both services this Sunday, January 14, we will have a service of ordination and installation for our new church officers.
To be ordained to the office of Elder and installed on the Session of Elders:
Rebecca Beck
David Hyde
Jordan Pennington
To be installed on the Session of Elders:
Nancy Allerton
Jerry Poteat
To be ordained to the office of Deacon and installed on the Board of Deacons:
Brenda Lawson
Barbara Thompson
To be installed on the Board of Deacons:
Blake Bassett
Sujean Bradley
Program Year Kicks Off Next Wednesday
Our first fellowship night of the new semester has been rescheduled to next Wednesday, January 17. Dave Welch will speak. At 5:30 p.m. we will share a fellowship dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert in the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Learning segment will follow at 6:15, and the Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00. Please join us!
The Legacy Lives! Bristol Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bristol TN/VA will hold a community-wide march and celebration on Monday, January 15, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Legacy Lives will begin at 1:30 p.m. with gatherings at the YMCA in Bristol, TN, and First Christian Church in Bristol, VA. The groups will walk to the Bristol Train Station and meet under the sign for photos before entering the station.
A program will begin in the train station at 2:30 featuring video interviews, readings from Dr. King, and music. Refreshments will follow. Handicapped and senior parking will be reserved in the train station parking lot. For more information, call the YWCA at 423-968-9444 or email
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Our anthem, "Fairest Lord Jesus," was composed by Charles Forsberg. Forsberg served as organist/keyboardist at Colonial Church of Medina, MN, from1968 to 2016. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Music
Charles Forsberg
Theory/Composition from the University of Minnesota, studying with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. Beginning in 1972 he taught music theory, counterpoint, analysis, instrumentation, and composition at St. Olaf College. He retired as professor of music in January 2011. During his tenure at St. Olaf, he chaired the Department of Music and served as Division Chair of Fine Arts, Associate Dean, and Faculty Coordinator of Assessment. Charles performs at the piano and pipe organ as well as jazz keyboard. His choral and instrumental works have been performed and premiered/commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Venice (FL) Symphony, the Wilson Foundation, John Rutter, Henry Charles Smith, the Mostly Madrigal Singers in Chicago, Bob James, the St. Olaf Choir, and various churches and chamber ensembles. This familiar text has been set to a German folk tune.
Organist's footnotes: This Sunday we will explore two selections from the Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists, Volume 2: Epiphany.
John Bell
Our prelude is "Kelvingrove," a Scottish traditional melody. John Bell (b. 1949) set his hymn "The Summons" to this tune after being accepted into the Iona Community in 1980. The first four stanzas of his hymn are understood to be the voice of Christ calling his disciples. "Kelvingrove" is here set as a lilting air for organ by composer Matthew H. Corl (b. 1965). Corl is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music in 1987.
The tune of our postlude, "Was lebet," is from the Choral Book of Johann Heinrich Reinhardt, 1754. It is most commonly associated with the hymn "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness," written by J. S. B. Monsell and published in 1863. This organ setting by Christopher Tambling (1964- 2015) is typical of his compositions, which are often characterized by a romantic, expressive, and easy-to-get style. Tambling was city organist and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of Glenalmond College in Perth, Scotland. He was later Director of Music at Downside School and organist and Choirmaster of the Schola Cantorum at Downside Abbey, leading the choir to international success. Tambling died in Somerset in 2015 and was survived by his wife and two sons, both of whom are professional musicians.
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
Ron Grubbs
Chili Ishmael (Claire Pruner's father)
Linda Pridemore
To the Church Triumphant
Amy Davis Sumerell Elmore
January 2, 2018
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Jan. 14      Chris Blankenship, Fritz Reuning
Jan. 16      Tom Daniel, Dale Davis
Jan. 18      Maddox "Bebo" McClain, Adrianna Nelson
Jan. 19      Amanda Hankins, John Peters
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
George Linke
Blake Bassett
Nancy Butterworth
Greg Roberts
Sujean Bradley
David Ginn
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Rett Stocstill
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Ann Woods
Church Calendar
Sunday, January 14
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:30 p.m.       Finance Committee, Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Fellowship
6:00 p.m.       High School Fellowship
Monday, January 15
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
Tuesday, January 16
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, January 17
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.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Committee, Room 117
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, January 18
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117