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In This Issue
About Windows
A Season of Prayer
The Season of Lent
In the Pulpit
Order Easter Lilies by March 26
Learn More about the Faith of Appalachian Melungeons
Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt Next Friday
Small Pretzels for Fairmount Students
You Can Still Help with the Will Graham Celebration
Will Graham Celebration Events
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
March 18
5th Sunday in Lent
Genesis 18:1-21
Mark 10:23-37
All Things Are Possible
Con Sauls
Hymns (11:00)
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
Anthem (11:00)
Agnus Dei
Last Sunday's Attendance
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March 15, 2018
A Season of Prayer
Several elders and FPC members met in the chapel Sunday for continued prayer and discussion regarding the pending budget. Topics included the need for additional pledges in order to support two ministerial positions, the effect on the budget of the remaining capital campaign balance, and the need for more open communication between the congregation and the Session of Elders.
Randy Cook delivered a message from the Session to Sunday morning's congregation about the importance of pledging. He reminded members that the budget is based on the amount of pledges for the year. The proposed 2018 budget reflects several cuts, including the Minister for Discipleship position, and is based on the pledges to date. The Session will vote on the proposed budget at the March 26 meeting.
The church has an outstanding balance on the loan that financed facility improvements: windows, insulation, replacement/expansion of the HVAC system, and other needs. The obligations for that loan will have an impact on the budget until it is paid off.
Elders are committed to improving communication through various media formats and by including the congregation in the flow of information as well as face-to-face meetings. Every church member with questions or concerns is encouraged to reach out to any elder or deacon. A policy and practice of open communication is necessary for the well-being of our church body.
A Season of Prayer will continue for the next two Sundays, March 18 and 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Please plan to take part.
The Season of Lent
Our worship Sunday observes the season of Lent, the seven weeks of the church year preceding Easter. Recalling Jesus' 40-day temptation in the wilderness, Lent invites us through introspection and penitence to consider the costliness of Christ's sacrifice for our sin. Lenten worship is hence more subdued, signified by the purple liturgical color as well as by the temporary absence of flowers and "alleluias."
In the Pulpit
Con in the Mountain City pulpit.

Con Sauls will deliver the message in both services Sunday morning. We know him well through his long service to our church in many capacities, including his work as an Elder. He now serves Mountain City Presbyterian Church as its pastor. Let's give him a warm welcome!
Order Easter Lilies by March 26
Easter lilies will be placed in our sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1, in memory of those we love and honor. To order a lily plant, simply fill out a form and return it, with payment, to the church office by Monday, March 26. To ensure correct acknowledgment in the Easter worship bulletin, please print all names exactly as you wish to see them. Order forms are available on the kiosk in the office hallway and in the bulletin, the sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and the office. Lilies cost $15 per pot.
Learn More about the Faith of Appalachian Melungeons
In our Adult Learning session at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, Katie Vande Brake will present the second of two programs on Melungeons in Appalachia and their Christian faith. Everyone is welcome first to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a dinner of baked ziti, salad, bread, and dessert. The Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00.
Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt Next Friday
FPC's Children's Ministry will have an Easter celebration next Friday, March 23. We will gather in the children's education wing at 7:00 p.m. to make Resurrection Eggs. Weather permitting, we will head outside to hunt glow-in-the-dark eggs when the sun goes down. Bring a basket! We will be finished by 8:30.
Small Pretzels for Fairmount Students
We are now collecting small pretzels or pretzel sticks, which teachers can easily put into individual servings, for the students of our neighborhood school. Most of the children at Fairmount Elementary get help with lunch, and their families can't afford to send snacks to school with them. That's where we come in. We collect the snacks from our generous church family, and our Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to the school. Please bring your offerings of small pretzels to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help the youngsters at Fairmount stay alert through the long afternoons. Thank you!
You Can Still Help with the Will Graham Celebration
A major Will Graham evangelistic celebration has been scheduled for April 27 - 29 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is sponsoring this event. FPC's Evangelism & Outreach Committee wants to encourage you to prayerfully consider how you may want to get involved in this wonderful outreach effort, which is devoted to leading the unchurched in our community to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and to connecting them with a church in their local community. For more information, see the Celebration website at , email , or call the Celebration office at 423-461-0057.
You can still participate by serving as an usher. Minimum age is 16. Enrollment forms are available online at or at the Celebration office, located at 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 600, Johnson City. All usher volunteers must participate in one of the following training sessions:
  • Tuesday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Cornerstone Church, Johnson City
  • Thursday, April 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Indian Springs Baptist Church, Hill Road Campus, Kingsport
Will Graham Celebration Events
Four big events have been planned for the Will Graham Celebration, and all will be held in Freedom Hall Civic Center, located at 1320 Pactolas Road in Johnson City. Admission to each event is free. No ticket is required.
  • Adults & Families: 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • KidzFest: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28
  • Youth Night: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28 (Adults & families welcome!)
  • Adults & Families: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Several other preparatory events for participants in the process will take place before the Celebration:
  • Follow-up Breakfast & Workshop/Promotion Materials Distribution Day: Thursday, March 22, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Kingsport, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. For pastors and discipleship leaders. Information will be provided as it relates to the follow-up of those who come forward at the Celebration as well as strengthening your current follow-up procedures. RSVP for the breakfast by notifying the Celebration office at Publicity materials, invitations, and posters will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Final Prayer Gathering: Sunday, April 22. For all participants, University Parkway Baptist Church, Johnson City, 7:00 p.m.
  • Counselor Rehearsal: Thursday, April 26. For those selected to serve as counselors, Freedom Hall, Johnson City, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Bob Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, Bethany Dawson (cello).
Sunday's anthem: Throughout the season of Lent, the choral anthem each Sunday has been a setting of Agnus Dei, "Lamb of God," the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. This is the
Thomas Morley
final choral setting of Agnus Dei that our choir will sing this Lenten season; it is based on the words of John the Baptist in John 1:29, "Behold the son of God who takes away the sins of the world." Today's anthem was composed by Thomas Morley (1557-1602), a British composer who held a number of significant musical positions in his life, culminating in 1592 when he was sworn in as a "gentleman of the Chapel Royale." It seems likely that Morley converted to Roman Catholicism (a crime at the time), and he composed a great deal of music for both the Anglican Church and the Church of Rome, as well as several books of English madrigals. In 1596, Queen Elizabeth granted Morley the monopoly on music publishing in England. This enabled him to promote his work throughout Europe. Morley is mostly remembered and celebrated as the "Father of English Madrigals," but our anthem displays his mastery of the sacred realm as well.

Janet Reinholz's contrabass flute.
Organist's footnotes: In the fall of 2015, I was approached by a member of the Morningstar Flute Ensemble to compose a piece for the contrabass flute, the largest of all flutes, sounding two octaves below the standard C flute. It was invented primarily to bottom out the bass line in flute ensembles. With Janet Reinholz performing, "Elegy" was premiered on November 8, 2015, at State Street United Methodist Church, Bristol, Virginia. The following spring, I heard clarinetist Gary Robertz perform an entire program on his bass clarinet for the Bristol Music Club. I wondered how "Elegy" might sound on that instrument, and in June 2016 I got the answer: it sounded wonderful. At the same time, I kept wondering if the cello might be an even better match for this piece. I asked Bethany Dawson to read through a version of "Elegy" for cello and organ with me. Once we did, I realized it was a cello I had heard in my head all along when I composed this piece. Today's performance is the world premiere of "Elegy for Cello and Organ." It is dedicated to the memory of the many precious souls who have fallen victim to the horrors of gun violence, just as it was in 2015.
This Fifth Sunday of Lent concludes with one more selection from Elf Choralvorspiele für die Orgel ( Eleven Chorale Preludes for the Organ), Op. 122, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Brahms wrote these short pieces in 1896 near the end of his life, and they were published posthumously in 1902. They are based on verses of nine Lutheran chorales, and "Herzlich tut mich verlangen" is one of the two chorales that are set twice. Christoph Knoll in 1611 wrote the lyrics, a prayer for a blessed death, beginning "Herzlich tut mich verlangen nach einem sel'gen End" ("I do desire dearly a blessed end"). The melody, which we know as the Passion Chorale, was adapted from a secular song by Hans Leo Hassler. Brahms keeps this melody going throughout this short piece. It can be heard in the soprano voice, though it is disguised by much ornamentation, while beneath it churns Brahms's ever-shifting harmonies.
Pray for One Another
An extensive list of prayer concerns, "Pray for One Another," is available for pickup at the church each week.
In Our Prayers
Briggs Evans
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Don Moneyhun
Joan Sams (mother of Scott Sams)
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
March 18     Brenda Rogers
March 19     Tammy Connolly, Izzy Gross, Angelica Poteat
March 20     Lilly Osborne, Cooper Peltier, Erin Reardon
March 21     Brie Kite, Issac Reardon, Finnegan Sproles
March 23     Louise Bowdoin, Brooklyn Madison
March 24     Alison Looney, Roby Witcher
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 made to the church in memory of the following individuals:
Graham Barr: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Tom & Leigh King; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Mrs. Robert L. Combs, and from an anonymous donor
Betty Millard:to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Greg & Annette Cochran, Carl & Marian Galliher, Dale & Molly Keller, Chris & Jennifer Kennedy, Alice Moore, Jane Nickels, Angus & Carolyn Shaw, Bill & Margaret Wade, Bill & Patsy Ward , and from an anonymous donor
Sam Samuel: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Tom & Leigh King; to the Meals on Wheels Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Ann Abel, Tom & Barbara Daniel, Bill & Margaret Wade
Elders and Deacons of FPC
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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

Church Calendar
Sunday, March 18
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
5:00 p.m.       Season of Prayer, Chapel
Tuesday, March 20
9:30 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, March 21
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 & 35
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Student Small Groups
6:15 p.m.       Adult Program, Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m.       Adult Handbell Choir
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, March 22
7:00 a.m.        Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Friday, March 23
7:00 p.m.       Easter Celebration, Creation Station