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In This Issue
Newsletter Deadline
Holy Week Services Prepare Us for Easter
Spiritual Gifts and the Fruit
Learn Secrets of Great Leaders Next Wednesday
Dembi Dollo Urgently Requests Prayers
Will Graham Celebration Opportunities
Pretzels for Pupils
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
April 1
Resurrection of the Lord
ONE Worship
One Great Hour of Sharing
Isaiah 25:6-9
Mark 16:1-8
Easter Movement
Dave Welch
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
The Day of Resurrection!
The Strife Is O'er
O Sons and Daughters of the King
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 96; 11:00: 112
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March 29, 2018
Holy Week Services Prepare Us for Easter

We have special opportunities for worship tonight and Friday as well as two services on Easter Sunday morning. Please join us! On Easter we will collect an offering for the PCUSA's One Great Hour of Sharing program, which enables us to share God's love with those in need around the world. The many ministries and projects in this program provide relief in natural disasters, food for the hungry, and empowerment to the poor and oppressed. More information is available at .
March 29, Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
March 30, Good Friday
7:00 p.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
April 1, Easter Sunday
7:30 a.m.
Sunrise Service, Courtyard
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Hallway & Chapel
9:30 a.m.
Sunday School
10:20 a.m.
Brass and Organ Music, Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.
Worship, Sanctuary
From the Stewardship Committee
Spiritual Gifts and the Fruit

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms" (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
A symphonic orchestra is a large collection of finely tuned string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments played by talented musicians and functioning as one assemblage to perform a large, complex piece.
Think of the orchestra as an analogy to the church as the body of Christ. The Bible teaches us that we are a part of the body of Christ and that each of us is gifted with specific Spiritual talents. We are each made in different ways with different gifts, but our various gifts come from one Spirit. A trumpet is not a flute, a drum is not a harp, and a violin is not an oboe. No singular instrument can serve every function in an orchestra. Each instrument and musician performs a unique purpose as part of the collective. Likewise, each of us belongs to all of the others in the body of Christ in the same manner that the musicians act in unison to perform their musical piece. Therefore, we must serve in unity. Also, as with the symphonic orchestra, acting as the body of Christ takes practice.
The Bible also teaches us that, as true believers, we expect our Christian lives to bear fruit in service to God by serving others. The attributes of a Christian life are listed for us in Galatians 5:22 -23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
Please note that these are the characteristics of the "fruit" of the Spirit, a singular noun. This is not a list of nine different fruits, rather it is one fruit with all nine of these properties. This isn't a menu from which we get to select the attributes we prefer. We are expected to practice all of these attributes in our everyday lives while we employ our Spiritual gifts. In fact, when we read about one of these attributes in the scriptures, it is often in context with one or more of the others. They are inseparable traits of the whole Christian life.
The bad news is that we cannot sustain these characteristics on our own. The good news is that we don't have to. The Holy Spirit is available to us and within us to make these traits a natural part of our being, just as the conductor's directions and the composer's score are transformed by each musician into harmonious euphony. So, while each of us is uniquely gifted with different capabilities by the Spirit, we are to be led by the Spirit to live the singular fruit of the Spirit out of love for Christ. When He dwells within us, we are transformed.
We are richly blessed both individually and as a congregation. Accordingly, may we be good stewards of these blessings, our gifts from God. Please, pray for the Holy Spirit to unify our church family in service to others.
Learn Secrets of Great Leaders Next Wednesday
Join us next Wednesday, April 4, at 6:15 p.m. for the first of three Adult Learning programs on leadership, led by FPC member  Davan Johnson, an insurance and risk management specialist for Freedom Financial Group. The first presentation, "The Secrets of Great Leaders," will address current business challenges and "the five secrets all leaders know and do." Everyone is welcome first to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a dinner of barbecued chicken, vegetables, salad, 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.
Dembi Dollo Urgently Requests Prayers
Children at our partner school in Dembi Dollo in 2013.
In the wake of continuing political unrest and subsequent violence in different parts of Ethiopia, our mission partners in Dembi Dollo have contacted our church and requested prayers for peace and safety. A state of emergency throughout the country was declared in recent weeks upon the resignation of the country's Prime Minister and will remain in effect until another is selected. Of most recent and significant concern has been the movement of 20,000 government troops into Dembi Dollo, where our brothers and sisters in Christ reside. Our prayers are urgently needed.
Will Graham Celebration Opportunities
A major Will Graham Celebration, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been scheduled for April 27 -29 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. Admission to each event is free, and no ticket is required. Four big events have been planned:
  • 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
FPC's Evangelism & Outreach Committee wants to encourage you to prayerfully consider how you can become involved in this wonderful evangelistic 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.
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
For more information, see the Celebration website at, email, or call the Celebration office at 423-461-0057.
Pretzels for Pupils
We are collecting small pretzels or pretzel sticks for the students of our neighborhood school. The families of most of the children at Fairmount Elementary cannot afford to send snacks to school with them. That's why we collect donated 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!
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, Jenn Sproles, Brass Quintet.
Music Notes: Our anthem for Easter Sunday, "O Sons and Daughters of the King," was composed by K. Lee Scott (b. 1950), a composer who resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott holds two degrees in choral music from the University of Alabama School of Music,
K. Lee Scott
where he studied under Frederick Prentice. He has served on the music faculty of the University of Alabama School of Music, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music, and the Samford University School of Music. Scott's original hymn, "Shades Mountain" ( Glory to God, #226), has become one of the important hymn settings of our time and is found in more than a dozen hymnals. The text ("O filii et filiae") is attributed to Jean Tisserand (d. 1494), a Franciscan monk from France. The text is an Easter narrative taken from Matthew 28:1-10 and concluding with a passage from John 20:19-29. The text is often divided into two Easter narratives and next week the choir will, indeed, sing a second anthem based upon another portion of the text.
Organist's footnotes: The brass quintet arrangement of the prelude, "Easter Hymn," was originally composed as an organ solo. It came about because I was frustrated that none of the arrangements I found treated this hymn with any sensitivity. I wanted an arrangement that begins quietly, reflecting the predawn sadness following Christ's crucifixion. Then, as the first glimmers of hope appear and grow, so does the music, becoming more and more animated, raucous, and joyful.
The offertory, "I Am the Resurrection and the Life," is an arrangement of a double-chorus work, "Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben," composed by Heinrich Schütz (1585 -1672). As one can hear in this piece, his music includes a great deal of imitation but is structured in such a way that the successive voices do not necessarily enter after the same number of beats or at predictable intervallic distances. The text of "I Am the Resurrection and the Life" comes from the passage in the Gospel of John just prior to Christ's raising of Lazarus from the dead: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die" (John 11:25 -26). Schütz is generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach. From 1609 to 1612 he studied music with Giovanni Gabrieli, the only person Schütz ever referred to as being his teacher.
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
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Don Moneyhun
Joan Sams (mother of Scott Sams)
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
April 1           Beth Flannagan
April 2           Brenda Johnson, Karen White-Smith
April 4           Betsy Galliher
April 5           Landon Brooks, Larry Sharrett
April 6           Rett Stocstill
April 7           Anne Southerland
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 Eddie & Peggy Hill; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Kevin & Kaye Crutchfield & their girls
Chili Ishmael: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Eleanor Evans Looney: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Neil McGeachy: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Betty Millard: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Eddie & Peggy Hill; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Roger & Arlene Bennett, Kevin & Kaye Crutchfield & their girls, Ann Galliher, Mrs. Frank Leonard, Frances Rowell
Sam Samuel: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Eddie & Peggy Hill; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Holston Medical Group and from Dale & Molly Keller
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
Easter Sunday, April 1
7:30 a.m.       Sunrise Service, Courtyard
8:00 a.m.       Breakfast, Fellowship Hallway & Chapel
9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
10:20 a.m.     Brass & Organ Music, Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, April 2
Church office closed for Easter holiday
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
6:15 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Room 123
Tuesday, April 3
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, April 4
9:30 a.m.       Heart to Heart Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care
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.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
6:15 p.m.       Adult Learning, Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, April 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