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In This Issue
Deadlines & Subscriptions
Come to ONE Worship This Sunday
In the Pulpit July 8
Sign Up by August to Contribute an Advent Devotion This Fall
Final Opportunity for VBS Training This Sunday
Engaging Volunteers: Moving Our New Pastor
All Together
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Elders and Deacons of FPC
July 1
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
ONE Worship
Psalm 130
Mark 5:21-43
Dave Welch

July 8
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Job 38:1-11
Mark 4:35-41
Dan Kreiss
Come, Christians, Join to Sing
O God in a Mysterious Way
Will You Come and Follow Me
Steal Away
June 17: 8:30: 72; 11:00: 97
June 24: 8:30: 71; 11:00: 82
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June 28 & July 5 , 2018
Come to ONE Worship This Sunday

Please come to the Fellowship Hall this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for ONE Worship. Sunday School will begin fifteen minutes early, at 9:30. We look forward to seeing you!
In the Pulpit July 8

Dan Kreiss, Dean of the Peeke School of Mission at King University and active in our congregation, was recently ordained by Holston Presbytery. He is currently seeking a call.
Sign Up by August to Contribute an Advent Devotion This Fall
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.
Final Opportunity for VBS Training This Sunday
A final opportunity for volunteer training for Vacation Bible School is scheduled for this Sunday, July 1, following the ONE Worship service. Child care will be available. I will have materials ready for Sunday's trainees, and we will briefly discuss the Bible stories and points, songs, decorations, and the overall theme, Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Any volunteer who cannot attend should contact me for materials at VBS will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., from next Sunday, July 8, through Wednesday, July 11.
I ask everyone to pray for the children who will attend, for God's Word to penetrate hearts and lives, for our volunteers and staff, and for all the plans and preparations still to come. I look forward to a fantastic time together sharing God's great love with the children in our church and community! / Lilly Osborne, Director of Children's Ministry
Engaging Volunteers: Moving Our New Pastor
We are looking for volunteers to help with our new head pastor's move to Bristol. Sam Weddington would be very grateful for our help with moving his mother and grandmother to his home in Forest Hills. They live in Abingdon, just off Old Jonesboro Road and a little less than a mile on the Bristol side of I-81 exit 14. The work will be moving furniture and loading and unloading a U-Haul truck. The move dates are July 6 and 7. If you are available on either or both of these dates and would like to help, please call Randy Cook at 423-956-1541.
All Together
We gather together for ONE Worship on July 1, which, appropriately, is Immigration Sunday in the PC(USA). Aaron Brooks (June 27-30) mows the church lawn for that integral day. When Vacation Bible School kicks off July 8, the lawn can report all present and correct, thanks to Fred Harkleroad (July 4-7). Larry Connolly (July 11-14) leaves the building to perform lawn maintenance for July 15.
Join the 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 can mow only once or, if you choose, even thrice. 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 for July 8: Our anthem, "Steal Away," is a well-known African-American spiritual. It falls into a category of spirituals known as code songs, in which the lyrics had double meanings. On the surface, "steal away to Jesus" meant dying and going to heaven, but it also meant escaping and finding freedom ("I ain't got time to stay here"). There is considerable evidence to suggest that the lyrics and tune of "Steal Away" may have been written by Nat Turner or, perhaps, by Wallis Willis.
Organist's footnotes: Kenton Coe is a classical composer whose works have been significantly inspired by Appalachian melodies and themes. Coe created operas, choral works, anthems, film scores, and orchestral compositions that reflect a strong sense of place (in terms of concept and function); they have been performed by major symphony orchestras and other ensembles across the United States and in Europe.
Kenton Coe
The son of a US Army Corps of Engineers officer and his wife, Coe was born November 12, 1930, in Johnson City. He began his formal musical training at age seven at the Cadek Conservatory in Chattanooga. After moving to Knoxville with his family, he took after-school folk dance classes directed by Ethel Capps, who later became a well-known music and dance instructor. During these sessions, Coe was first exposed to the traditional Appalachian music that would inspire him throughout his career.
He graduated with a degree in music history from Yale University in 1953, then spent three years in Europe at the Paris Conservatory and Fontainebleau School studying with Nadia Boulanger. Returning to the United States, Coe took a job as production manager at Vox Records in New York City and, receiving a MacDowell Colony fellowship, began to work on his first major composition in collaboration with French playwright Julien Green. That work, the opera South, was successfully premiered by the Opera of Marseilles in 1965. Staged by the Paris Opera in 1972, it remains the only opera by an American composer ever performed by that prestigious company.
Coe went on to produce numerous other works, including the opera Rachel (about the wife of President Andrew Jackson), for which fellow Tennessean and Emmy Award-winner Anne Howard Bailey wrote the libretto. Coe has also composed film scores for James Agee Film Project documentaries, many of which explore topics related to Appalachia.
Coe returned to Johnson City in 1974. He received the prestigious Lyndhurst Prize in 1985 and the Tennessee Governor's Award in the Arts (individual artist category) in 1990. He currently lives in Easley, SC (near Greenville).
The three pieces heard July 8 are from his collection of Hymntune Preludes and Postludes - Book I: Southern. Kenton dedicated a number of these pieces to organists in our area, including Richard (Dick) Webb, Stephen Hamilton, David Hendricksen, and Andrew Hicks.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Blaine Hunigan
Don Moneyhun
Bill Stone
Chuck Thompson
To the Church Triumphant
LaVerne Riddle Dunn Frazier
June 16, 2018
Mary Lynn Mattison Rankin
June 23, 2018
Our love and sympathy are with Joel and Cathy Newton in the death of their son Matthew Lee Newton on June 22 in Nashville.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
July 1             Nancy Hoffer
July 2             Wyatt Gross
July 4             Andy Mumpower
July 4             Campbell Kent
July 6             Kay Wiseman
July 7             Barbara Duncan
July 8             Baine McInnis
July 9             Harold Rutherford
July 10           Jan Eads, Ray Osborne
July 11           Lelia Matney
July 12           Olin Mumpower
July 12           Jeff Looney
July 13           Moses Ong, Jane Sheffey
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 a gift to the church in memory of:
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch):  to the Memorial Fund from Ann Abel
Church Calendar
Sunday, July 1
9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship, Fellowship Hall
Monday, July 2
5:15 p.m.       MEF, Room 117
Tuesday, July 3
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 4
Church office closed for Independence Day
Thursday, July 5
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
Sunday, July 8
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
2:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 123
6:00 p.m.       Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 9
6:00 p.m.       Vacation Bible School
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
Tuesday, July 10
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
1:00 p.m.       Jackie Burt's Heartsburn Bible Study, Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Vacation Bible School
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 p.m.       Vacation Bible School Celebration
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, July 12
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
8:30 a.m.       Meals on Wheels, Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
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