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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
Vote for Church Officers Sunday
Pastor Sam in Pittsburgh
Martin Dotterweich Preaches Sunday
Heaps of Success from December Mission
Choir Prepares for Concert with Voices of the Mountains
Supper with Corinthians Next Wednesday
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Bristol
Smooth Rolling at Skating Party
Parents' Night Out Jan. 31
"ReGenerate" at Women's Retreat
Registration for Mission Overnight Closes Tonight
Let's Feed These Kids
Cheerios for Fairmount
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
January 19
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 49:1-7
John 1:19-42
Where Are You Staying?
Martin Dotterweich
Praise Him!
Last Sunday's Attendance
9:00: 137; 11:00: 114
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on First Presbyterian Church

January 16, 2020
Vote for Church Officers Sunday
Please plan to attend our annual congregational meeting this Sunday, January 19, at 10:10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of the meeting is for the congregation to receive an annual financial report, vote on the terms of call for the senior pastor, convene as the corporation, and elect officers. Everyone is invited to the meeting, but only members may vote. The Nominating Committee will present the slate of officer nominees, all for the Class of 2022, and the floor will be opened to nominations.
Pastor Sam in Pittsburgh

Pastor Sam is in classes for his doctoral degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary this week, but he will be back in the office Monday. He cannot answer his phone in class, but he checks messages as often as he can. If you need him, please leave a message in the church office, and a staff member will contact him.
Martin Dotterweich Preaches Sunday
Dr. Martin Dotterweich will preach at both services this Sunday. Martin is a specialist in the Reformation in Scotland and the history of the Bible in English as well as Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at King University. He attended Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Edinburgh, where he earned a PhD. Martin and his wife, Heather, have been members of FPC since arriving in Bristol in 2004. They have two children, Kathleen and Peter.
Heaps of Success from December Mission
FPC's mission emphasis in December was on collecting hats, gloves, and scarves to put under and on our two Christmas trees and then give to Bristol Faith in Action and the Resource Center of the Bristol City School System. Both agencies were overwhelmed by our congregation's support and are excited beyond words to be able to offer these as gifts to families in need. Thank you! / Dave Welch
Choir Prepares for Concert with Voices of the Mountains
Carami Hilaire and Kenneth Overton
After late worship this Sunday the Sanctuary Choir will rehearse for an hour in room 202 to prepare for their upcoming collaboration with Voices of the Mountains. All are welcome to attend; sheet music will be provided. For more information, contact Chris Bingham at
Our choir is preparing, with other church and collegiate choirs from the region, to join Voices of the Mountains for their February 15 concert, Our Voices Rise Together: The Magic of Heroes Celebrating Black History Month. The concert is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 401 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport.
On the concert program are the overture to Verdi's La Forza del Destino; Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies; highlights from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; and Mechem's Songs of the Slave. Soprano Carami Hilaire and bass-baritone Kenneth Overton will be the featured soloists.
Supper with Corinthians Next Wednesday
Please join us Wednesday, January 22, at 5:30 for a fellowship supper, followed at 6:00 by activities for children and youth. At 6:15, our Adult Enrichment program will resume the study of 2 Corinthians, picking up at chapter 4, verses 16-18 , with Pastor Sam. Except when we have special presentations, we worship on most Wednesday evenings by praying, singing, and studying God's Word together.
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Bristol
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Sunday, January 19, the Reverend Mary Buford of Canaan Christian Church of Louisville, KY, will speak at Lee Street Baptist Church. Her talk is titled, "Becoming Reacquainted with Our Roots." The Tri-Cities Mass Choir, including some of own church members, will sing under the direction of Deacon Troy Shelley. A special collection will be taken up to benefit the MLK Scholarship Fund. Everyone is invited.
On Monday, January 20, everyone is invited to observe MLK Jr. Day by gathering at 1:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre for the 2:00 march down State Street to the Bristol Train Station, where there will be a special program. In the evening, everyone is invited to Lee Street Baptist Church to hear Father Gregory Boyle give a talk titled, "The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness." Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises and provides critical services to thousands of men and women seeking a better life. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.
At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, Father Boyle will speak in the King University chapel on "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship." The talks on Monday and Tuesday are sponsored by the King Institute for Faith and Culture.
Smooth Rolling at Skating Party
Sunday's roller skating party was fantastic! We estimate that nearly 100 FPC folks laced up for late-afternoon winter entertainment. Whatever the number, it was a lot of fun, and I am thankful to everyone who helped make it so! / Lilly Osborne
Parents' Night Out Jan. 31

The Children's Ministries will hold a Parents' Night Out from 6:00 to 8:30 on Friday, January 31, in the Education Wing. This event is for newborns through sixth graders. Please let Lilly Osborne know the number and ages of the children you will bring so that she can provide dinner and materials for all of them. To sign up, email Lilly at, call or text her at 423-383-5476, or use the Children's Ministries Facebook page.
"ReGenerate" at Women's Retreat
Women of FPC, save February 21 -23 for a weekend of connection and renewal in beautiful Blowing Rock, NC. Bring your friends to our annual women's retreat and ReGenerate! Details to come.
Registration for Mission Overnight Closes Tonight
Join FPC Student Ministries this Sunday, January 19, as we travel to Roanoke to partner with REACH, an organization that renovates abandoned houses to provide homes for low-income families. We will leave Sunday morning at 8:00 and return late Monday evening, giving us time to take an in-depth look at the cycles of poverty and participate in a poverty simulation. On Monday we will work on homes and serve with local agencies. The trip is not limited to students but is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Register by tonight (Thursday, January 16) for an unforgettable experience with your church family! The cost is $25 and includes all travel, lodging, and meals. You can pay with cash or check,  or here .
Let's Feed These Kids
Student Fellowship needs folks to provide dinners on Sunday nights. You can orchestrate dinner all by yourself or work with others. Make a family project of it! Whether you cook or pick up and deliver, we need you to help feed teens on these dates: January 26, February 9 and 23, and March 1, 8, and 29. If you can pitch in, please contact Katie Arnold at or Sarah Gannaway at
Cheerios for Fairmount
We are collecting boxes of  Multi-Grain Cheerios for Fairmount Elementary students. About 80% of the children get help with lunch, but their families can't buy snacks to help them through the day. That's where we come in. Please bring your donations to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to give our young friends at Fairmount a boost on long winter days. Thank you!
Music Notes
Sunday's music: Our anthem this week is an uplifting song of praise in mixed meter by
Bob Burroughs
Bob Burroughs. With fun piano accompaniment and canonic voice writing, "Praise Him!" offers praise for all of God's beautiful creation. Burroughs was born in Tazewell, Virginia, and holds degrees from Mars Hill College, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on faculty at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; Mercer University in Atlanta; and Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, Florida. He retired in 2002 as Director of the Church Music Department of the Florida Baptist Convention and now lives in Birmingham.
Organist's footnotes: Christmas is past, but we will prolong it a bit by playing Bach's Pastorale, which many associate with Christmas. Very little is known of the precise origins of this organ work, BWV 590, in the key of F major. It is usually known as the Pastorale in F, or Pastorella in some sources. It comprises four sections, and most scholars think it was written for performance during Christmas services held at the main Leipzig churches with which Bach was closely associated. The work was therefore written presumably around the year 1720. No autograph copy has survived, nor is there any plausible indication of how the work fit into the Christmas liturgy. Authorship having long been disputed because of the lack of clearly attributable material, it is now regarded as definitely Bach's work.
Certain galant-style features place the Pastorale late in his career. The most interesting is the use in each of the first two sections (which I am playing for the prelude) of piffero or piping style, based on the drone bass line and skirling bagpipe melodies widely used in Italian Christmas folk music. The ancient tradition of bagpipe-playing shepherds processing through small towns is still upheld at Christmas to recall the shepherds' journey to Bethlehem.
The third movement (offertory) is far more sophisticated, and its aria-like theme has a special symbolism. The three-flat key signature and triple meter were often used to represent angels, and the assumption is that Bach intended to depict their appearing to the shepherds in Luke 2:8-15.
The concluding section (postlude) of the work is a gigue in fugal form. Christoph Wolff has traced the melody to the early medieval carol "Resonet in laudibus," often sung at Christmas to portray the shepherds' rejoicing upon finding the infant Jesus.
Join us!
Join the handbell choir: Come join the Sanctuary Handbell Choir and make music ring out! We practice from 6:15 to 7:15 on Wednesday evenings in room 212 upstairs, and play for the late worship service about once a month. Contact Bob Greene at or 276-696-9091 to join us.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Sujean Bradley
Becky Busler
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Betty Jo Cox
Helen Davidson
Dorothy Dollar
Charlie Dolpp
Tucker Dorton
Sarah Ellis
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
Garrett Foster
DeeDee Galliher
Diane Glymph
Kay Martin Grott
Ron Grubbs
Sarah Haas
Bonnie Haskins
Lou Hebb
Rita Holifield
Marty Keys & family
Krista Martin
Dot Mattison
Lisa May
Roger McCracken
Alice Moore
Breanna Necessary
Eric Page
Pat Rippetoe
Peggy Rutherford
Virginia Rutherford
Joan Sams
Glenn Sanders's family
John Scott
Grayson Smith & family
Al Thomas
Bethel Tulama
John & Karen Vann
Van VanNostrand
Bill Wade
Vicky Wood
Bill Woods
Our love and sympathy are with Greg Roberts and his family in the death of his brother, Larry Gene Roberts, December 30 in Bristol.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Jan. 19        Amanda Hankins, John Peters
Jan. 20        Drew Porter
Jan. 21        Lisa Lundberg
Jan. 22        Dick Ladd
Jan. 24        Claire Hankins
Jan. 25        Matt Kingsley, Karen Pennington
Church Calendar
Sunday, January 20
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
10:10 a.m.     Congregational Meeting, Fellowship Hall
10:15 p.m.     Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
12:15 p.m.     Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Comm., Room 117
Tuesday, January 21
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
4:30 p.m.       Christian Education Comm., Room 123
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, January 22
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
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.       High School Small Groups
6:15 p.m.       Adult Enrichment
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Choir, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
Thursday, January 23
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
4:30 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth