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In This Issue
Newsletter Deadline & Subscriptions
New Security Measures in Place This Sunday
Pastor Sam Returns This Weekend
Wednesday Fellowship: Race, Culture, Reconciliation
Join Us in Blowing Rock for Women's Retreat
Fundraiser for Alie Bassett's Queen of Hearts Campaign
Holston Summer Camp Registration Begins Monday
Pretzels for Fairmount School
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
February 3
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Revelation 1:1-8
Revelation 5:1-6:2
Chain of Command
Sam Weddington
For Everyone Born
God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me
May the Grace of Christ Our Savior
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 133; 11:00: 138
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on First Presbyterian Church

January 31, 2019
New Security Measures in Place This Sunday
As we all know, safety and security is a pressing issue in our society. In light of various acts of violence in houses of worship over the past few years, the Session has decided to take some measures to reduce risk to our congregation. Here is the plan we will roll out this Sunday, Feb. 3:
  1. New security doors with keycard passes are being installed in the rear breezeway entrances to both the church and the education wing. The keycards will be effective only at specific times during the services.
  2. Keycards will be issued to parents who drop their children off in the nursery. Parents will need to sign their infants in to receive the keycards, and they will return the keycards when they sign them out.
  3. At each breezeway entrance there will be a basket with a few keycards for parents who need immediate access to elementary age students. If you take a keycard, you will need to return it immediately after using it.
  4. The doors will be open in the mornings on our usual schedule, with the exception of the large, wooden doors at the front of the church. Those will not be opened until 10:00. Anyone wishing to enter the church before 10:00 will need to use a different door.
  5. All doors to the church will be locked 10 minutes after the start of the early morning service. If you arrive late, we will have someone on hand to let you in through the Fellowship Hall door. Parents who need access to their children in the education wing can reach them as outlined in points 2 and 3.
  6. During late worship, all but the wooden front doors to the church will be locked. Parents can reach children in the education wing through the rear breezeway by using keycards issued to them or available in the baskets.
  7. Ushers will be issued air horns with which to warn the congregation in case an assailant enters the church through the front doors. The ushers will also have access to their cellphones and 911.
  8. We ask that others in the congregation have cellphones ready to make an emergency call.
  9. We are having panic buttons installed in the pulpit of the main sanctuary as well as in the sound booth in the Fellowship Hall.
  10. Between services (from 9:45 to 11:10), the main doors of the church will be open. There will be less risk then because congregants will be dispersed throughout our campus and not collected together as easy targets.
We want to lift up to you that these measures come at significant cost to the church. In total, the doors and keycard readers alone will cost more than $11,000. If, in response to the measures we have taken, God leads you to contribute to our efforts, we ask that you make a special gift to the church and write "Security - Door Installation" on the memo line of your check. We ask especially that you pray for our church to be spared such violence.
In Christ,
Pastor Sam
Pastor Sam Returns This Weekend
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Pastor Sam has been at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for two weeks of intensive coursework for his doctoral degree. He will return to Bristol late Friday night, and will be back in the pulpit on Sunday.
Wednesday Fellowship: Race, Culture, Reconciliation
In our Adult Learning program Wednesday, February 6, Pastor Sam will kick off our new series, Race, Culture, and Reconciliation. We live in a rapidly changing world where technology "connects" us more than ever. However, despite this "connection," there are racial, cultural, and linguistic barriers that fragment the unity of the church. In this series, we will share stories of overcoming the boundaries that threaten our Christian fellowship. We will talk about strategies we might adopt to understand and connect with others who are different from ourselves, so that we might reflect the unity to which we are called. Please join us for this timely discussion.
The evening's fellowship will begin with a fried chicken dinner at 5:30. The Adult Learning program will begin at 6:20 p.m. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. Handbell ringers will practice in room 212 at 6:15.
Join Us in Blowing Rock for Women's Retreat
Registration is under way for our February 22 -24 Women's Retreat at Blowing Rock Conference Center. Join us for a weekend of reflection, group discussion, worship, and communion in the mountains of North Carolina. There will be free time on Saturday afternoon for fellowship, hiking, sightseeing, shopping, or rest. Restoration is a given!
We are all looking forward to hearing our guest speaker, the Reverend Grace Kim, who has titled her talk, "Just As I Am." Our own Grace is an ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, has served congregations in New Jersey, and now serves three small rural churches in Virginia. She and her family lived in Korea for three years before returning to the US.
Fees include four meals, coffee, hot tea, and two nights in hotel-style lodging. Occupancy rates are single, $228; double, $158; triple, $138. If you need a more accessible or ground-floor room, let us know. If you need a partial scholarship, please ask the church office for a form. Registration and a $25 deposit are due Friday, February 15. For more information about the conference center, visit
Fundraiser for Alie Bassett's Queen of Hearts Campaign
Alie Bassett
The American Heart Association has honored Alie Bassett by naming her the Junior Class candidate from Tennessee High School in the 2019 Queen of Hearts campaign. Alie will hold a fundraising brunch at Cafe Alona this Sunday, February 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The buffet brunch will feature three meat-based entrees. Donations will be greatly appreciated and will be used to fund cardiovascular research that will have a direct impact on our community.
In the Queen of Hearts campaign, local high school representatives are selected to recruit a team, learn about heart health, and run a small business operation to raise funds to be used in building healthier lives. Many candidates go on to pursue careers in the medical field as a result of their experience.
Cafe Alona is located at 1154 Highway 126 in Bristol. RSVPs are appreciated but not required and can be made by calling the cafe at 423-574-3333, emailing, or visiting
Holston Summer Camp Registration Begins Monday
Ready for the best summer ever? Register for Holston Summer Camp! Staff members have crafted a schedule full of fun for a wide range of ages and interests. On foot, on wheels, or on water, from the mountains to peaks of art, there are special camps and activities for everyone from the youngest, first-time campers to Boomers! The camp will take sign-ups beginning Monday, February 4. You can review the 2019 Camp Calendar/Schedule and register at Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center is located at 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Pretzels for Fairmount School
We are collecting pretzels as winter snacks for the children of Fairmount Elementary School. We need small pretzels or pretzel sticks, which teachers can easily arrange into individual servings. Please bring your donated pretzels to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to perk up Fairmount students when their energy begins to wane. Thank you!
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Burton Bumgarner
(Patrick Sullivan, Hendersonville Times-News)
Sunday's music: Our anthem for the day, "May the Grace of Christ Our Savior," was composed by Burton Bumgarner (b. 1951 ), a friend to many in our congregation. Formerly the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Burton now serves a Lutheran congregation in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In addition to being a composer and church musician, Bumgarner is also an accomplished playwright, having published more than 75 plays and received many awards for his work. Our anthem is a setting of a text by John Newton (1725 -1807) and is based upon 2 Corinthians 13:14.
Organist's footnotes: Sunday's service music comes from the Augsburg Organ Library in a volume called Marriage. David Evan Thomas (b. 1958; prelude, "A Rose Unfolding") is a freelance composer, and Composer in Residence of the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. Benjamin M. Culli (b. 1975; postlude, "Hymn to Joy") is Senior Keyboard Editor for Hal Leonard Corporation as well as Organist and Choir Director at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Both communion pieces are based on the tune "Love Unknown" by John Ireland (1879 -1962). This hymn is #209 in Glory to God. The two organ settings are by Karl Osterland (b. 1956), who is Church Musician at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, and Matthew H. Corl (b. 1965).
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers several members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Todd, Danielle & Emma Noel Booher
Becky Busler
Don & JoLynn Evans
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
John Graham
Will Hankins
Eva Dot Hawk
Hunigan family
Jonya Kennedy
Nancy King
Dot Mattison
Beth Neal
Nick Niosi
Osborne family
Eric Page (Laura Linke's uncle)
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Don Preston
Tony Raccioppo
Anne Raven
Sikorski family
Jeremy Spencer
Stigers family
Chuck Thompson
Jeremy Weaver
John Wizorek (Annette Tudor's father)
Our love and sympathy are with Virginia Rutherford in the death of her brother, Otis "Pokey" Warren, January 26 in Anniston, Alabama.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Feb. 3      Josh Pruner
Feb. 4      John Graham
Feb. 7      Grace Kim, Ann Rowell
Feb. 9      Lorri Looney
Church Calendar
Sunday, February 3
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
TBD                 Student Super Bowl Parties
Monday, February 4
6:30 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Rooms 117 & 123
Tuesday, February 5
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, February 6
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.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, February 7
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 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