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In This Issue
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FPC Springs into Changes Sunday
Adults Begin Study of Resurrection Wednesday Night
Local Police to Teach Class on How to Respond to Shooters
Eat Some Spaghetti. You'll Help Students' Brazil Mission
Please Volunteer for a Bereavement Team
We're Not Rolling in It Yet
Pretzels for Fairmount School
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
March 10
1st Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 53: 4-6
Luke 4:1-13
The Weight of Our Iniquity
Sam Weddington
The Glory of These Forty Days
We Cannot Measure How You Heal
Lamb of God
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 146; 11:00: 115
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March 7, 2019
FPC Springs into Changes Sunday
Daylight Saving Time springs out of the darkness and shakes us out of our beautiful dreams an hour earlier Sunday morning and, while we are stumbling to the coffeepot, ushers in our new worship and Sunday School schedule. Do not call 911; we want these changes.
New Times for Early Service and Sunday School
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before closing your eyes Saturday night, and you should get to the church on time for everything that's happening here Sunday morning. Early worship, formerly at 8:30, will now begin each Sunday at 9:00, followed by Sunday School at 10:10. Late worship will stay in its 11:00 slot.
New Door Schedule
New hours for Sunday morning activities require a new door schedule. Beginning this Sunday morning, the doors will lock and unlock at the following times:
8:30:       Doors unlock as the church gathers
9:10:       Doors lock 10 minutes after the start of worship
9:55:       Doors unlock a few minutes before worship ends
11:10:     Doors lock 10 minutes after the start of worship
12:00:     Doors unlock a few minutes before worship ends
Any person or group who needs to enter the building while the doors are locked must make prior arrangements to do so. If you need help with this, please let Pastor Sam and Larry Connolly know, and they will see what can be done to accommodate you.

New Members Received
Also at 10:10 Sunday morning, immediately after the early service, the Session will meet in the chapel with individuals and families interested in joining the fellowship of FPC. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Dave Welch at A New Members Sunday School class, for those who have recently joined or want to learn more about FPC, will begin April 28.
Adults Begin Study of Resurrection Wednesday Night
The most startling claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead after being executed on a Roman cross 2,000 years ago. Could it possibly be true? What difference would it make to us today? In his DVD series, Resurrection, scholar N.T. Wright will walk us through the political, historical, and theological issues at stake then and now, bringing clarity and insight to the most profound mystery in human history.
Please join us in our Adult Learning program March 13 and 27 and April 3 and 10 to pursue this Lenten study. The evening's fellowship will begin with a supper of barbecued sandwiches, baked beans, slaw, and dessert at 5:30. The adult program will begin at 6:20. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. The Sanctuary Handbell Choir and any adult who wants to join them will practice in room 212 at 6:15.
Local Police to Teach Class on How to Respond to Shooters
The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class on Wednesday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tennessee High School auditorium. This class will teach what action to take immediately to save your life before law enforcement arrives. Participants will also learn how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during such an attack, including how to assist police and limit casualties.
The course was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University and is designed around the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" strategy. The class will use real-life examples, videos, and hypothetical training to explain what to do when an intruder enters a room, the importance of knowing where the exits are, and what to do if the exits are blocked.
There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to RSVP. To sign up, or to find out more about the class, contact Sgt. Brian Hess at or 423-989-3453.
Eat Some Spaghetti. You'll Help Students' Brazil Mission
The school in Felipe CamarĂ£o.
On May 26, Student Ministries will travel to Natal, Brazil, to work with our sister church and school in the village of Felipe CamarĂ£o. We will return June 4. In preparation for the trip, the team will host a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 on Sunday, March 24. Mark your calendars and come hear all about the trip and how you can be part of our 19-year partnership with this beautiful Brazilian community!
Meanwhile, meet our 2019 Brazil Team!
Alie Bassett
Ethan Moore
Katie Arnold
Gracie Buckles
Reece Proffitt
John Vann
Autumn Cathey
Kloey Tester
Karen Vann
Hope Godsey
Lance Tudor
Sam Weddington
Cole McBrayer
Lauren Turner
Linda Welch
Riley McCracken
Nolan Wishon
Please Volunteer for a Bereavement Team
Our FPC bereavement teams urgently need at least four more cooks and a couple of folks to help set up and clean up. Men of the church: don't be shy about stepping up! Bereavement teams work in rotation to provide a meal (if requested) when a church family has a death. Each volunteer provides one dish when it is his or her team's turn. We usually deliver the meal to the family's home, but occasionally we need to set up elsewhere and clean up after the meal. If you can serve in this ministry in any capacity, please call or text Nancy Butterworth at 423-341-3734. Thank you!
We're Not Rolling in It Yet
If you were one of the outdoorsmen or -women who took advantage of the sunshine and higher temperatures last week to rouse your mower out of hibernation and search for edible green stuff in your yard, you could be a candidate for the FPC mowing team. We're looking for people who can't wait to get out and show the herbage just who is atop the food chain. We're also looking for people who simply want to help the church, so either way you're in.
Please join us! Our mowing team welcomes everyone, from teens to elders. Joining is as simple as contacting Captain Randy Cook at or 423-956-1541. If you've never used a Scag mower before, you can learn on ours in one easy lesson from Randy.
Pretzels for Fairmount School
We are collecting pretzels as winter snacks for the children of Fairmount Elementary School. We need small pretzels or pretzel sticks, which teachers can easily arrange into individual servings. Please bring your donated pretzels to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to perk up Fairmount students when their energy begins to wane. Thank you!
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 in memory of:
Tom Daniel: to the Capital Campaign from Raymond & Margaret Feierabend; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Margaret Wade; to the Memorial Fund from Lee & Robin North
Joy Huber: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Margaret Wade
Don Moneyhun: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Margaret Wade
Wayne Sheffey: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Margaret Wade
Music Notes
Sunday's Early Worship
You can hear the songs we'll sing in the 8:30 service here.
Sunday's Late Worship
Participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Music: Today is the first Sunday in Lent, the church season when we are encouraged to reflect upon the sacrifice that Christ made for each of us. Sometimes, personal sacrifices (such as abstaining from meat, chocolate, alcohol) are a part of the observation of this season. The choir will acknowledge this season by singing a different setting of the text "Agnus Dei" ("Lamb of God") on each Sunday during Lent. The text will be sung on some Sundays in Latin and on others in English, as it will this week. This week's anthem, "Lamb of God," was composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1803 -1847). Our congregation is very familiar with Mendelssohn's music, and today's anthem is a short, straightforward setting of the English translation of the text.
Organist's footnotes: The "Cathedral Prelude and Fugue" (our prelude) is also listed in various Bach catalogs under the nicknames "Little" or "Petite." At about five minutes, it is among the shorter preludes and fugues, and thus its simpler moniker may be more appropriate than the seemingly nondescript "Cathedral" listed in the bulletin. This work was likely written during the first few years that Bach (who lived from 1675 to 1750) spent in Arnstadt, the city where he served as organist at the Neue Kirche from 1703 to 1707. It probably preceded his study, begun in 1705, of Buxtehude's works, which would have a profound influence on his keyboard compositions.
Norman Coke-Jephcott
A complete change of style is found with "In the Cathedral" (our offertory), a 20th-century composition by Walter P. Zimmerman. "Cathedral Procession" (our postlude) was composed by Norman Coke-Jephcott (1893 -1962), an English composer and organist who worked in both his native England and the US. Regarded by his colleagues as one of the world's greatest masters of organ improvisation, he had also to his credit more than 20 published works. He was Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York from 1932 to 1953.
Sanctuary Handbell Choir wants you: Come swing with the Sanctuary Handbell Choir! We want you to ring a bell every once in a while on a Sunday morning and most Wednesday evenings at 6:15, when we practice in room 212. Come join a group of people who enjoy learning and making music together. Just email Bob Greene at or ring him at 423-341-0378.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Mendy Bechtold
Becky Busler
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
Austin Frye
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
Ron Grubbs
Will Hankins
Eva Dot Hawk
Jonya Kennedy
Marty Keys & the Thomas family
Nancy King
Dot Mattison
Bob Millard
Beth Neal
Nick Niosi
Osborne family
Eric Page (Laura Linke's uncle)
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Don Preston
Anne Raven
Earl Rose Sr.
Virginia Rutherford
Sikorski family
Jeremy Spencer
Stigers family
Chuck Thompson
Jeremy Weaver
John Wizorek (Annette Tudor's father)
To the Church Triumphant
Tony Raccioppo
February 27, 2019
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
March 10         Amy Pannell
March 11         Marynan Smith
March 12         David Hyde, Candy Phelps
March 13         Will Hankins, Bob O'Dell
March 14         Jenny Harkleroad
March 15         Blakesley Bassett, Michael Bryant
March 16         Kevin Crutchfield
Church Calendar
Sunday, March 10
2:00 a.m.       Daylight Saving Time Begins
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Session Receives New Members, Chapel
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
2:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship
Monday, March 11
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, March 12
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, March 13
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
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.       High School Small Groups
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, March 14
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
4:30 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Scout Order of the Arrow & Court of Honor
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth