First Presbyterian Church  |  701 Florida Avenue  |  Bristol, TN 37620  |  423-764-7176  |

In This Issue
Deadlines & Subscriptions
We're Celebrating Next Sunday
Five Cents a Meal Offering August 5
We Stand on the Threshold of a New Era
Current FPC Benevolences
Sharing Christ Saturday
Wednesday Fellowship Suppers Return, with Your Help
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Get Your FPC T-Shirts Here!
Back-to-School Bash Wednesday
Dinner & Devos at Katie's
Last Chance to Sign Up to Submit an Advent Devotion
Sharing God's Word
Ultimate Adventure at Holston Camp
Marginal Note
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
July 29
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 4:42-44
John 6:1-21
Food for Life
Dave Welch
Your Faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure
Lord Jesus, Think on Me
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
All Good Gifts
July 15: 8:30: 91; 11:00: 104
July 22: 8:30: 115; 11:00: 85
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July 26 , 2018
We're Celebrating Next Sunday
We will hold a churchwide celebration to thank our church leaders and welcome the Weddingtons next Sunday, August 5, under the trees at the church. We will be celebrating the goodness of God and the new season he is leading us into. Games for all ages will start at 4:00 p.m. on the front lawn and in the parking lot. We will share a BBQ pork and potluck supper at 5:00 p.m. The church will provide the BBQ pork, and members are asked to bring sides. We will hold an informal vespers service under the trees at 6:00 p.m. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket, your side dish to share, and your voice to sing!
Five Cents a Meal Offering August 5
We will collect our quarterly Five Cents a Meal offering next Sunday, August 5, at both services. The suggested offering is $13.65 per person, or about a nickel for each meal you eat 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!
We Stand on the Threshold of a New Era
Last Sunday, Tom King spoke to the congregation on behalf of the Stewardship Committee. His remarks, edited for the newsletter, appear below.
The mission statement of First Presbyterian Church, Bristol reads:
                As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
                                we are a community of believers,
                                called by God to glorify and serve God
                                through worship and witness.
                Empowered by the Holy Spirit,
                                we reach out to share God's saving love and grace
                                with people in Bristol and throughout the world.
Following the death of Moses, God spoke directly to His servant Joshua: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).
In John 14:12 Jesus spoke to His disciples, saying: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
As our mission statement says, we are disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, empowered by the same Holy Spirit that assured Joshua of His constant abiding presence with him as he led the Hebrews into the promised land, and who will empower us to do even greater things than Jesus accomplished in His three-year ministry on earth. Our church is on the threshold of a new era as we anticipate the arrival of the Reverend Sam Weddington and his wife and family next month. They have already witnessed the love and care of this church through the Pastoral Nurture Committee and all those who showed up to help move the belongings of his grandmother and mother into their new home last week. Now is the time for us as a church to demonstrate to them, to our local community, and to the world our dedication to fulfill our church's mission through the humble sacrifice of our time, talents, and treasure.
Your Stewardship Committee challenges each of you to ENGAGE in the life of this church with the boldness of Joshua and with the zeal of Christ's apostles. We want to thank all of those that volunteered for the Vacation Bible School this past week, which according to all reports was a joyous time of Bible stories, crafts, puppetry, and much more for the children of our church family and neighborhood families.
Our church supports 37 benevolences: missionaries from our church family; international Christian ministries; programs sponsored by the PC(USA). The Stewardship Committee has prepared a list of these benevolences; you can pick up a copy at the church. [ Ed. note: The list is immediately below this article.] This diverse outreach ministry is a direct result of your sharing of your time, talents, and treasure with this church. We have 450 members in our church family, representing 253 single members and family units that make annual financial pledges to our church. We support missionaries, Christian churches, or schools in Brazil, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, and Bulgaria; however, there are 195 countries in the world.
In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) Jesus said: "[G]o and make disciples of all nations." The challenge before us is to expand the ministry of this church through the sacrificial giving of our time, talents, and treasure. As we stand on the threshold of this new church era under new leadership, let us join together to be the instruments for God's glory that He has called us to be.
Current FPC Benevolences
The following benevolences are supported by pledges and offerings to FPC Bristol.
Abortion Alternatives
Habitat for Humanity
Abuse Alternatives
Haven of Rest
Adult Mission Travel
Healing Hands Health Center
Boy Scout Troop 3*
King University
Brazil Mission
                School Scholarships
                Capital Projects
                General Support
Living Waters for the World
Marthina Chapel
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry
Minister's Discretionary Fund
Bristol Faith in Action
Mission Festival
Christian Hands Ministry
Missionary Couple - Bulgaria
Christmas Joy Offering
Missionary Couple - Ethiopia
Community Bible Study
Missionary Couple - Kenya
Cooperative Presbyterian Mission
Missionary Couple - Other
Ethiopia Mission
One Great Hour of Sharing
Fairmount Elementary School
Sharing Christ Worship Center
Family Promise of Bristol
Student Ministries Mission Events
Five Cents a Meal
The Salvation Army
Girl Scout Troop
Venture Crew 3*
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Young Life of Bristol
*FPC is the chartering organization.
Sharing Christ Saturday
FPC at the Sharing Christ Center
FPC's wonderful volunteers will take nourishment and God's love to the folks at Sharing Christ Downtown Mission this Saturday, July 28. They'll serve dinner Saturday evening and hand out sack lunches for Sunday. We ask that your prayers go with them in their ministry to our neighbors.
Wednesday Fellowship Suppers Return, with Your Help
In just a few short weeks, on August 15, our Wednesday evening gatherings will resume. While the familiar routine of family-style supper at 5:30 followed by programs at 6:10 will remain unchanged, we are making a few changes.
Because we have reassigned Scottie Bales to work as our Financial Assistant, we will be limiting her work on the fellowship dinners and streamlining meal preparation and cleanup. That means we need your help! You can support the new plan by volunteering weekly, biweekly, or monthly. A signup sheet will be available on upcoming Sunday mornings, or you can volunteer by contacting Scottie at or 423-764-7176. You will find a list of specific needs under "Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs," below.
We plan to have three meal rotations each month: fried chicken with side, salad, and dessert; lasagna with salad and dessert; and BBQ sandwiches with beans, slaw, and dessert. Make your reservation weekly through the Fellowship Register or by email to Scottie ( We hope you will come break bread with us around the table!
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 signup sheet during one of the worship services. They are available in the narthex and Fellowship Hallway.
Celebration Party Event Team. Here's how you can help with the Celebration Party the church is giving August 5. These are the service opportunities:
  • Food. Help with kitchen duties and set up food and beverage tables. Contact Dave Welch at
  • Setup. Come to the church at 3:00 p.m. and help set up tables, chairs, and games. Contact Larry Connolly at
  • Cleanup. Help put away tables and chairs, clear away after the games, collect trash. Contact Larry Connolly at
  • Fun & games. Be a party starter! Help run games for different ages and facilitate laughter. Contact Katie Arnold at
Katie is also your contact for general information, or call the church office at 423-764-7176.
Driver. An FPC member who no longer drives needs a ride to and from the 11:00 service every week. Contact Dave Welch at for more information.
Kid's Kirk. We need rotating helpers for both services and Sunday School. These are helpers/assistants and not teachers. Volunteers can sign up for one week, one month, or a specific time, like a particular Sunday of every month. For more information or to sign up, contact Lilly Osborne at
Kitchen Volunteers. We need folks to help us give our Wednesday fellowship suppers. The start date for the new semester is August 15. To sign up, contact Scottie Bales at There are several ways to help:
  • Shop. Do the one-stop shopping at Sam's Club then deliver groceries to the FPC kitchen on Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Prep. Spend an hour or two from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays chopping veggies, making tea, preparing sides, and so forth.
  • Set up. Those who don't care to cook can help, too. Set the tables from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.; no training required! Simply set out plates, napkins, utensils, and salt and pepper.
  • Clean up. Be one of the crew that cleans up right after dinner. We will be using disposable plates and cups for more efficient cleanup.
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 by emailing or calling the church office at 423-764-7176.
Student Ministries. There are several ways you can become involved in Student Ministries. At the moment, we need:
  • SM Planning Team. Meet monthly with the Director of Student Ministries to plan, vision, and pray for student ministry. Assist with SM tasks and events.
  • Small Group Leader. Invest in the lives of a few students to encourage authentic faith. Attend Sunday night Student Fellowship (5:30-8:00). Assist with activities and spend time with teens through dinner, games, and worship. After worship, lead a guided discussion with a small group of teens.
  • Dinner Coordinator. Coordinate volunteers to bring dinner to Sunday Student Fellowship.
  • Student Fellowship Setup/Cleanup. Set up dinner and special event activities; clean up after meal and activities.
Get Your FPC T-Shirts Here!
You can still get a T-shirt bearing our new logo to proudly show your love for FPC. Our new shirts are available in dark navy blue only, but they come in all sizes. Shirts are $10 each and will be available in the Fellowship Hallway for the next several Sundays after early worship and Sunday School.
Back-to-School Bash Wednesday
Our Fun Family Fellowship folks are holding a Back-to-School Bash at Middlebrook pool at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 1. All are welcome to enjoy swimming, hotdogs, and fellowship.
Dinner & Devos at Katie's
FPC high school students are invited for Dinner & Devos at Katie Arnold's house at 6:00 p.m. on August 1. Bring a friend!
Last Chance to Sign Up to Submit an Advent Devotion
Wednesday is the deadline for signing up to submit a brief devotion to 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, you should submit yours by October 1 to Han Ong at or leave it in the church office.
Sharing God's Word
The men of Gideons International extend an invitation to the men of FPC who would like to learn more about this ministry over dinner on Monday, August 27. If you are interested, please contact Dave Welch by emailing or calling the church office at 423-764-7176. Gideons International is an association of Christian business and professional men dedicated to telling people about Jesus by associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and providing Bibles and New Testaments.
Ultimate Adventure at Holston Camp
Space is still available for the Ultimate Adventure Camp to be held from July 29 to August 3 at Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center in Banner Elk, NC. Open to all ages, it features a strenuous 10-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, a campout, and whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River. Holston will provide backpacks, food, and gear; campers need to bring a lightweight sleeping bag. The price of $499 covers room, board, the hike, and a T-shirt. For more information and to register, click here.
Marginal Note
July has been a bit over the odds, no matter how you calculate it, with more heat than we care for and assorted storms from out of the blue. We find ourselves in the unexpected position of longing for August, August!, and the return of the everyday. While we await calmer, cooler days, the calmer, cooler heads of Pat Flannagan (July 25-28) and JB Madison (August 1-4) will bring peace to our souls through their artistry on the lawn mower. As always, they will beat blades of grass into smooth, lovely lawn, ploughshares being out of the question. We simply cannot thank them enough.
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
Sunday's music participants: Mary Ellis Rice, Bob Greene.
Stephen Schwartz
(Photo: Ralf RΓΌhmeier)
Sunday's music: All our special music for July 29 comes from the popular musical Godspell, first published in 1971 by Stephen Schwartz. Even though it endured much criticism when it first opened, the show has enjoyed many revivals on Broadway, most recently in the 2011 -2012 season. The musical is structured as a series of parables, mostly from the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns. The odd thing about Godspell is that most of the lyrics are scriptural, much like Handel's Messiah.
Organist's footnotes: David See (b. 1957) and I have known each other since we were both students at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He and I were active in the Oberlin Christian Fellowship and did a fair amount of hanging out together back then. After graduation, we went our separate ways and lost touch with each other. When I moved my family to Bristol in 1994, I was pleased to renew my friendship with David, who, I discovered, was now living in Johnson City and married to ETSU Professor of Piano, Dr. Lynn Rice-See. Until David and Lynn relocated to the New York City area, we saw each other frequently at meetings of the Greater Tri-Cities Area Composers Consortium (GTCACC). David was involved in both Artistic Reflections programs here in this sanctuary.
David's tongue-in-cheek arrangement of "The Little Brown Church in the Vale" (our prelude) makes me smile every time I play it. He delves into some pretty adventurous harmonic twists and turns in the middle section, before settling back down for an (almost) quiet ending. Enjoy! By the way, there really is a Little Brown Church in the Vale, near Nashua, Iowa, with a website ( On one of our cross-country trips, my family stopped to visit this historic church, which is home to an active congregation affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. The Little Brown Church is a favorite venue for weddings.
David's short piece, "A Quiet Moment" (our offertory), was written for the piano, but it works equally well on the organ.
John S. Dixon's (b. 1957) "Hornpipe in D" (our postlude) is written in a very straightforward classical style. Dixon serves as organist and composer-in-residence at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. You can visit his website at
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
July 29         Shawn Nelson
July 30         Lisa Holmes
August 2      Dan Kreiss, Peggy Nicar
August 3      Jon Pruner
August 4      Changsub Shim, Young Shim
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:
LaVerne Frazier: to the Flower Fund from Chuck & Barb Thompson; to the Memorial Fund from the Blue Stocking Club and from John & Karen Vann
Mary Lynn Rankin: to the Memorial Fund from John & Karen Vann
Bill Stone: to the Building & Grounds Fund from Ruby Clifton and from Alice Moore; to the Capital Campaign from Tom & Leigh King
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch):  to the Brazil Mission Fund from Chuck & Barb Thompson
Church Calendar
Sunday, July 29
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
6:00 p.m.       Youth Groups Worship, Roan Mountain
Monday, July 30
5:15 p.m.       MEF, Room 124
Tuesday, July 31
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
1:00 p.m.       Jackie Burt's Heartsburn Bible Study, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Court of Honor, Chapel
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, August 1
5:30 p.m.       Back-to-School Bash, 
Middlebrook Clubhouse
6:00 p.m.       High School Dinner & Devos, 
Katie Arnold's Home
6:30 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir Picnic, Holler Home
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, August 2
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 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
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill