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In This Issue
Deadlines & Subscriptions
Serve with Sharing Christ July 28
In the Pulpit July 15
In the Pulpit July 22
Sign Up Now to Contribute an Advent Devotion
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Fun Family Fellowship at Steele Creek Park Next Week
Congratulations to Troop 3!
Do the Right Thing: Eat Ice Cream, Maybe Lasagna
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Elders and Deacons of FPC
July 15
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 24
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Steve Playl
God of Grace and God of Glory
O Beauty Ever Ancient
Blessed Assurance
Ride the Chariot

July 22
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elizabeth Patrick
The Church of Christ in Every Age
There Is a Place of Quiet Rest
O Christ, the Great Foundation
How Great Is the Goodness of God Almighty
July 1: 10:30: 163
July 8: 8:30: 87; 11:00: 102
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July 12 & 19 , 2018
Serve with Sharing Christ July 28
FPC at the Sharing Christ Center
Our next opportunity to help our neighbors through Sharing Christ Downtown Mission will be Saturday, July 28. We expect to feed approximately 120 people at dinner and send them out with sack lunches for Sunday. It's a rewarding time of service to our neighbors in need, and your church friends will be there to show you exactly what to do!
As of July 11, we needed two more chicken casseroles (easy recipe provided), two more people to serve and clean up (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.), and 100 ready-to-serve rolls. We can usually store several casseroles in the church freezer, and you can also bring yours directly to the mission by 4:30 p.m. on the 28th.
Sharing Christ Mission is located at the corner of Sixth and State streets in downtown Bristol. If you have questions (or need the casserole recipe!) or want to help, contact Dottie Havlik at 423-956-6747 or Thank you!
In the Pulpit July 15
The Reverend Steve Playl
was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, and graduated from Western Kentucky University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve served as pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church for 28 years. He is currently the staff chaplain at Bristol Regional Medical Center, writes a weekly column for the Bristol Herald Courier, and teaches at King University as an adjunct instructor. He and his wife, Sammie, have lived in Bristol for 30 years; they have four children and many grandchildren. In addition to their ministries, Sammie and Steve enjoy being the caretakers of their vintage house in the Historic Fairmount neighborhood and traveling ... every chance they get.
In the Pulpit July 22
The Reverend Elizabeth Patrick
is an ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a graduate of Erskine College, Duke Law School, and Princeton Seminary. She served as solo pastor of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs, South Carolina, before moving to Bristol in 2008 to marry Dr. Bill Linderman, Professor of Mathematics at King University. Since then, she has served as pulpit supply at a number of churches in the Tri-Cities and beyond. Elizabeth is active in our congregation but says she spends most of her time building Lego creations and otherwise caring for her sons, Henry and Ben.
Sign Up Now to Contribute an Advent Devotion
The Worship Committee invites you to submit a brief devotion for our 2018 Advent Devotional Book. Your contribution will enhance our time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you would like to provide a devotion, please email Candy Phelps at or call her at 423-538-8801 by August 1. She needs to hear from you to determine whether we will have the number of devotions required for a booklet. If we do, devotions should be submitted to Han Ong by October 1. You may email your devotion to him at or leave it in the church office.
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs

FPC needs volunteers immediately for the following tasks:
Care Shepherds. The goal of each team of volunteers practicing this ministry is to show Christian love and care to those in need in our church family. Volunteers serve as needed during a one-month period. They may provide meals to folks just home from the hospital, visit our shut-ins, or comfort those in distress. Each team of volunteers is coordinated by a deacon (Sujean Bradley, David Ginn, Brenda Lawson, Barb Thompson, Ann Woods). We now need volunteers to serve for a month in the period from August through December. Feel free to sign up now for 2019! Please pick up a sign-up sheet during one of the worship services. They are available in the narthex and Fellowship Hallway.
School supplies. With the beginning of school just around the corner, we are receiving requests from families that need help securing school supplies for students of all ages. If you would like to help families get supplies, please contact Dave Welch at He has lists of needed items and family names.
Fun Family Fellowship at Steele Creek Park Next Week
Join us for Fun Family Fellowship at Steele Creek Park Wednesday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. We won't be hard to find; we'll be having so much fun, you won't be able to miss us!
Congratulations to Troop 3!
We continue to celebrate our scouting tradition: congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 3! It now has a total of eight members who have been trained and become part of the National Youth Leadership Team!

Do the Right Thing: Eat Ice Cream, Maybe Lasagna
The rest of the month promises more heat, a little rain, and maybe even drama by way of thunderstorms. It also brings us National Ice Cream Day, appropriately enough on a Sunday (yes, yes, Dear Reader, we know the homophone is spelled sundae), National Lasagna Day, National Hot Dog Day, National Cheesecake Day, and other opportunities to indulge ourselves after getting out there and cutting the grass. We hope that Larry Connolly (July 11-14), Roger Sikorski (July 18-21), and Pat Flannagan (July 25-28) will be as good about rewarding themselves for the task they take on for the rest of us as they are about caring for the church lawn.
Join our mowing team! We welcome men and women, adults and teens, even families: younger children can move debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, and you suit your convenience, mowing once or up to three times. Simply contact Randy Cook at or 423-956-1541. If you're new to Scag mowers, he will be happy to give you a lesson on ours.
Music Notes
Music notes for July 15: Our anthem, "Ride the Chariot," is another arrangement of an African-American spiritual. This arrangement was written by William Henry Smith (1908-1944), who was a music professor at Wiley College in Texas. Once again, the text is in code for the people oppressed by slavery. "Ride the chariot in the morning" was code for "escape to freedom tomorrow." On another level, the chariot has been seen as a vehicle for deliverance between sin and forgiveness.
Organist's footnotes for July 15: Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) was a German composer of considerable fame in the early twentieth century, best known for his choral lieder, chamber music, and compositions for piano, organ, and harmonium. Born in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany, he studied music at the Leipzig Conservatory, where he became a staff member in 1919. Notable influences of his work include composers Claude Debussy, Aleksandr Scriabin, and Arnold Schoenberg. His favorite instrument to compose for was the Kunstharmonium, a versatile French creation that allowed him the range of colors he preferred.
Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Karg-Elert's works, especially those for organ, enjoyed reasonable popularity in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. His performance skills were less admired, and his single tour of the United States in the early 1930s was not well received. He succumbed to a long illness in 1933, and is buried in Leipzig. The popularity of his compositions declined for a period before a successful revival in the late 1970s.
Our prelude for July 15 is from his 33 Portraits für Harmonium (1913), a collection based on the styles of composers ranging from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina to Schoenberg. Karg-Elert composed "Ein Siegesgesang Israels: Lobet den Herren mit Pauken mit Zimbeln schön" ("A Victory Song of Israel: Praise the Lord with the Drums and Cymbals") alla Händel, in the style of George Frederick Handel. The composer indicates pomposo e festivo, and this "pompous and festive" piece does indeed resemble the music of Handel, minus the master's genius.
Karg-Elert's first and most extensive works for organ are his Op. 65-66 C horal-Improvisationen für Orgel (1908-10). The day's offertory, "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen" ("Blessed Jesu, How Hast Thou Offended"), is No. 17 in this collection. We would associate this tune with the Lenten hymn, "Ah, Holy Jesus," if we could actually hear it. Karg-Elert has hidden the tune in isolated fragments deep within the thick texture, which he indicates is "in Heinrich Schütz'scher Manier, 5 stimmig" ("in the style of Heinrich Schutz, in five voices").
Our postlude, "Nun danket alle Gott: Marche triomphale" ("Now thank we all our God: triumphant march"), is No. 59 of the Choral-Improvisationen für Orgel. Karg-Elert indicates pomposo e con brio (pompous and with vigor), and the score lives up to that directive. While the familiar tune is virtually indistinguishable, nevertheless the overall effect of the music can be thrilling.
Music participants for July 15: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Men of the Sanctuary Choir.

Composer's footnote for July 22: In the summer of 1997, I attended the Choristers Guild conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Among the classes offered to the adults was a composition class lead by Hal Hopson. On the first day of class, Hal asked to
Our own Bob Greene
see the scores we had brought to share in class. I was stunned: I hadn't realized we were supposed to bring scores with us; mine were all at home in Virginia! So that evening I sat down and composed the piece you will hear July 22. The next day I shared it with the class. I'll never forget Hal's reaction. He said to me, "That is a GREAT melody!" He clearly liked it very much, which meant a lot to a struggling composer like me.
Later, I sent it one of my friends, Miranda DiMarco, whom I met at Montreat earlier that same summer. I dedicated it to the choral group she both founded and directed, the Gap Creek Singers of Greer, SC. It became a favorite of their repertoire.
Later still, I arranged it for SATB chorus and introduced it to Mark Davis at First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport. It remains a favorite anthem of theirs to this day. They recorded it, and I sent the recording to Mark Schweizer at St. James Music Press, who agreed to publish it. The version used for our anthem July 22 is the original solo version with piano accompaniment.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Ann Arnold
Jim Arnold
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Chuck Thompson
To the Church Triumphant
William James Stone Jr.
July 9, 2018
Birthday Prayer Fellowship

July 15      George Huber, Linda Pridemore
July 16      Lisa Bailey
July 17      Carol Tudor
July 20      Bryan Boyd, Allyson Dowdell
July 21      Brad Arnold, Lily Hankins, Ginny Osborne
July 22      Rebecca Beck, Don Preston
July 23      Mark Comer, Liz Graham, Porter Hillery, Denny Samuel
July 24      Nancy DeFriece, Leigh King
July 25      Gracie Brooks
July 26      William Bane
July 27      Barbara Daniel, Cyndi Madison
July 28      Ralph Booher, Jennifer Kennedy
Gifts to the Church
Memorials and honoraria are published in the newsletter only after the family has been personally notified by our business office. Today we gratefully acknowledge gifts to the church in memory of:
Tyler Boggs (great-nephew of Karen Boone): to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Tom & Leigh King
LaVerne Frazier: to the Flower Fund from Alice Moore; to the Operating Fund from Cora Lee Raccioppo; to the MEP from an anonymous donor; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Tom & Leigh King
Matthew Newton (son of Joel & Cathy Newton): to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Tom & Leigh King
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch):  to the Memorial Fund from Molly & Dale Keller
Church Calendar
Sunday, July 15
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
Tuesday, July 17
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, July 18
5:30 p.m.       Fun Family Fellowship, Steele Creek Park
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, July 19
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Sunday, July 22
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, July 23
7:00 p.m.       Session of Elders, Room 123
Tuesday, July 24
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, July 25
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, July 26
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Saturday, July 28
4:30 p.m.       Sharing Christ, Downtown Bristol
Elders and Deacons of FPC
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