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In This Issue
Deadlines & Subscriptions
In the Pulpit
Office Closed on Memorial Day
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Please Send Legacy Letters by June 1
Meet Our Summer Youth Intern
Enter the Good News Golf Tournament
Report from Alliance Stamp Ministry
The Eternal Everyday
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Summer Newsletter Schedule
This Week at FPC
Elders and Deacons of FPC
May 27
Trinity Sunday
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
The Spirit of Adoption
Brian Alderman
Holy, Holy, Holy
Restore in Us, O God
In Christ There Is No East or West
At the Name of Jesus
Last Week's Attendance
8:30: 65; 11:00: 83
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May 24 , 2018
In the Pulpit

Dr. Brian Alderman , an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), serves as Chaplain and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at King University. A native of Galax, VA, Brian pastored Madisonville Presbyterian Church and served as Chaplain at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN, before joining the faculty of King. He also taught Biblical Studies and Religion at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, for six years. He and his wife, Monica Cooley Alderman, have one daughter, Ella Kate.
Office Closed on Memorial Day
The church office will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. It will reopen Tuesday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. Normal office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
FPC needs volunteers immediately for the following tasks:
  • Vacation Bible School. Teachers, storytellers, shepherds, and crafts helpers. For details, contact Lilly Osborne at or 423-764-7176.
  • Female chaperones for summer camps. Camp dates are June 10-15 for Great Escape and June 24-July 1 for the High School Group's trip to Orange Beach, FL. For details, contact Katie Arnold at or 423-764-7176.
Please Send Legacy Letters by June 1

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).
FPC Student Ministries is asking all those who want to show support for our graduating high school seniors to write Legacy Letters to one or more of them. These messages can be in the form of a letter, a card, or an email. Legacy Letters describe ways in which the senior has affected the writer's life. They may share memories, stories, lessons learned, or significant moments. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our graduates in future plans and faith as well as to acknowledge the beautiful gifts God has given them. The letters will be a beautiful collection of love and truth that they can read as they begin a new journey after high school, and they will serve as a reminder of the loving community cheering them on their way!
Class of 2018
AnnaLee Adams
Madyson Kent
Lauren Patterson
Blakesley Bassett
Judson McCray
Rose Rosser
John Blair
Adison Minor
John Thomas Scott
Bailey Jones
Aidan Moore
We will continue to collect Legacy Letters through Friday, June 1. Please email yours to or send them to:
First Presbyterian Church
Attn.: Katie Arnold
701 Florida Avenue
Bristol, TN 37620
Thank you for joining us as we mark this milestone in the lives of our students! For more information, please contact Katie Arnold, Director of Student Ministries.
Meet Our Summer Youth Intern

Our 2018 youth intern is Zach Botheroyd, a native of Grayson, GA, who loves student ministry. Zach just graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. He played an active role in his youth group in middle school and high school, helped lead the student praise band, and volunteered with the children's ministry. While in college Zach helped lead worship at a local church and was active in college ministry. Although he has not felt God calling him to ministry as a career, he is confident in his call to minister to students in other capacities. He looks back on his years in youth group as a pivotal time in his life. Through that community of friends and caring adults who poured love and spiritual nurture into him, his young faith grew, and a strong theological foundation was built. Zach is passionate about student ministry and is excited about the opportunity to lead and love teenagers this summer at FPC. Stop and say hello to him when you see him around. / Katie Arnold, Director of Student Ministries
Enter the Good News Golf Tournament
FPC's Evangelism & Outreach Committee invites the golf enthusiasts in the congregation to enter the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, June 2, at Clear Creek Golf Course. You can enter individually or put together a team. The $75 entry fee includes an 18-hole, four-man Captain's Choice; a Shotgun Start (at 9:00); green fees and golf carts; and the postgame awards luncheon. The team fee is $300.
This is a major fundraiser for the Good News Jail Ministry, and they would welcome new teams. Anyone interested in playing should call Chaplain Kent Pugh at 423-279-6089 or email him at The deadline to enter is May 30. Registration will be from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. June 2. Clear Creek Golf Course is located at 732 Harleywood Road in Bristol, VA.
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry is one of the local ministries that our church supports. Through this program, Sullivan County and Bristol, VA, City Jail chaplains serve with volunteers to provide a nondenominational ministry to both inmates and correctional staff.
Report from Alliance Stamp Ministry
The stamps you place in the collection bin in the Fellowship Hallway help support the preparation, publication, and distribution of a Spanish-language Sunday School curriculum through the Alliance Stamp Ministry. More than 50 lesson series provided by this ministry are now being used by 40 denominations in Latin America, Spain, and the US.
In 2016 the Alliance Stamp Ministry set an annual record of $46,000 for this Sunday School project; in 2017 the total was $29,000. These annual totals raised the grand total collected since the Stamp Ministry's inception in 1972 to $975,000. As of April 30, $14,000 had been generated so far this year in support of this program.
Thank you for your canceled stamps! Please continue to bring them in, remembering to leave at least a quarter-inch border around each one.
The Eternal Everyday
One of the appealing things about mowing grass is that it is down to earth in every possible sense. It is not beyond human understanding. There is no mystery involved. Grass grows, and we mow it down. It is one of those eternal cycles, like day and night. We get it. Coming round again this weekend, on May 27, is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the divine mystery of three beings in one. We will walk into the church on the solid ground of the everyday, covered in well-clipped grass (the ground, not ourselves, unless we get a little carried away), thanks to Jim White, who mows for us May 23-26. We will exit contemplatively, not without reason. This is a very tough act to follow. Yet David Moore will take up the challenge May 30-June 2 to prepare us for the first Sunday in June, which we all may be relieved to know is in the realm of Ordinary Time.
Combine the eternal with the everyday: join the 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 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
Sunday's music participants: Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Our anthem, "At the Name of Jesus," was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 -1958), who was the finest British composer of the early 20th century. RVW studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in London at the Royal College of Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams
under two major figures of the late 19th century renaissance of English music, Sir Charles Stanford and Sir Hubert Parry. In 1897-98 he studied in Berlin under the noted composer Max Bruch and in 1909 in Paris under Maurice Ravel. About 1903 he began to collect folk songs, and in 1904-06 he was musical editor of The English Hymnal, for which he wrote his celebrated "Sine Nomine" ("For All the Saints"). After artillery service in World War I, he became professor of composition at the Royal College of Music. His studies of English folk song and his interest in English music of the Tudor period enhanced his talent, enabling him to incorporate modal elements into a musical style at once highly personal and deeply English. The author of the text of this anthem was Caroline Maria Noel (1817-1877), the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. Her scripture references for this hymn or anthem are many: Phil. 2:6-11 John 1:1; Ps. 33:6-9; Col. 2:15; Acts 1:11.
Organist's footnotes: Trinity Sunday is a day when the three persons of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are celebrated as one being in God. What better time to play a work that consists of three completely independent voices, played on one instrument?
Johann Sebastian Bach allegedly wrote his Trio Sonatas as exercises to keep his many musical children busy. And busy pieces they are! Playing them is a bit like trying to juggle three balls in the air, something I have never been able to accomplish. Hopefully I'll keep myself from getting tied up like a pretzel, another thing created to illustrate the concept of the mysterious "three in one."
If the offertory seems a bit on the long side, remember it is marked adagio (slow), and it does have repeats. Bach is the one who wrote it; I just play it. Relax and meditate on the Holy Trinity, while the beautiful music plays on ... and on ... and on ...
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
Ann Arnold
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Blaine Hunigan
Don Moneyhun
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
May 27         Jerry Poteat
May 28         Sylvia Kingsley, David Tudor
May 29         Trevor Dowdell, Sandra Grubbs
May 31         Ernie Pennington
June 1           Emily Estes, Madyson Kent, Sandi Nelson, Annette Tudor
June 2           Bella Bane, Heather Dotterweich
Summer Newsletter Schedule
Our summer schedule of biweekly issues of Windows will begin next week. You will receive a newsletter covering a two-week period on May 31, June 14, June 28, and July 12. We will return to weekly newsletters with the issue of July 26. Thanks for reading!
This Week at FPC
Sunday, May 27
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, May 28
Church office closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m.       BSA Court of Honor, Chapel
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, May 30
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, May 31
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
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