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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
Communion on Pentecost
Mission Team Arrives Safely in Brazil
Seeking Musicians and Audiovisual Personnel
Shall We Publish an Advent Devotional?
Meet Chris Bingham
Thank You, Lilly and Katie!
Katie McInnis Reflects on Her Interim Role
And Lilly Osborne Shares Thoughts on Hers
It's a Pounding!
Middle School FISH June 3
High School Dinner & Devos June 5
Vacation Bible School Begins July 14
Summer Is Announced
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for Arndts in Kenya
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
June 2
7th Sunday of Easter
Isaiah 43:1-3
Romans 8:10-17
What's in a Name?
Dan Kreiss
We Are One in the Spirit
Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
The Souls of the Righteous
Attendance May 26
9:00: 118; 11:00: 68

June 9
Day of Pentecost
Psalm 133
Ephesians 2:21-22
Sam Weddington
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun
Come Down, O Love Divine
For Pentecost
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May 30 & June 6, 2019
Communion on Pentecost
Recognizing Pentecost as the gift of the birth of the church, Communion Sunday for June will be on the second Sunday of the month, June 9, instead of on the first. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Welch at
Mission Team Arrives Safely in Brazil
The Brazil mission team, which includes Pastor Sam, has arrived safely at their destination. With a layover in São Paulo, they spent a day as tourists. By Tuesday they had reached Felipe Camarão, Natal, where they were greeted at the church with a beautiful homecoming. Katie Arnold reports, "The team is doing great! It has been fun to reconnect with old friends and meet so many new friends!" The team will return to Bristol June 3.

2019 Brazil mission team

At the school
Seeking Musicians and Audiovisual Personnel
Make a gift of your talent and enthusiasm for music to our 9:00 a.m. congregation, and have a good time doing it! Our early worship group is looking for volunteer musicians and audiovisual personnel. For more information or to volunteer, email Anthony Childress, Director of Contemporary Worship, at
Shall We Publish an Advent Devotional?
The Worship Committee invites the congregation to participate in our 2019 Advent Devotional by submitting devotions of no more than 300 words. Your contributions 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 share a devotion, complete the form available at the church (beginning June 2) and place it in the offering plate or leave it in the church office. The committee needs to hear from you by August 1 to determine whether we will have the number of devotions needed for a booklet. If we do, they will need to be submitted by October 1; Han Ong will collect them. You may email your devotion to him at or leave it in the church office. If you have questions, please contact Candy Phelps at or 423-538-8801. / Candy Phelps
Meet Chris Bingham
Chris and his family
We will have the pleasure of welcoming Chris Bingham and his family when they are Introduced in worship June 9. Chris will begin his ministry as our new Director of Traditional Worship June 10.
How We Found Him
The Search Committee for the Director of Traditional Worship began working in November 2018. Members of the committee were Bill Linderman, Mary Ellis Rice, Becca Tate, and Charles Webb, with Ann Holler as chair. Pat Flannagan and Pastor Sam Weddington served as ex officio members.
The committee conducted email and virtual online interviews of top candidates and unanimously chose Chris to bring in for an interview. We were impressed by his love of choral and church music, his training and experience, and his thoughtful answers to our questions.
Chris arrived on April 23 and spent nearly a week learning about our church and community. Search Committee members and other church members had opportunities to interact with him during that time, and assisted with his visit. He was impressed by the fact that on Sunday, April 28, he heard four different styles of music: praise music at our early service, traditional music at our 11:00 service, gospel music at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and the Korean Children's Choir. He also enjoyed a singalong at a study group gathering on Thursday evening.
Where He Comes From
Chris grew up on the West Coast, attending college and grad school at Southern Oregon University and the University of Southern California, where he earned a Master of Music degree in choral conducting. He has served several churches in Oregon and California.
Why does he want to come to our church? He says that it is important for him to work at a church where music is important, and FPC clearly cherishes music. He is also looking for a church home. The kindness of FPC members during his time with us has proven that he and his family will be readily "adopted" by the greater FPC family. His own faith journey has led him to our church. Chris and his wife are ready to move away from the culture of the West Coast. His wife, Hannah, lived for a time in North Carolina and is familiar with life in the Southeast. They have a daughter, Lola, who will be five years old by the time they arrive. As far as we know now, the Bingham family will be traveling across country with Hannah's mother and her husband. They will arrive on or about June 7.
How We're Helping with His Move
Members of the Search Committee and the Sanctuary Choir, as well as Jerry and Linda Poteat, are facilitating the Bingham family's move into a new home. If you would like to participate in some way, please contact Charles Webb or Randy Cook. / Ann Holler
Thank You, Lilly and Katie!
Thank You - Katie and Lilly
Thank You - Katie and Lilly

We thank Lilly Osborne and Katie McInnis for seven unstinting months of service as interim worship leaders in our early service. Anthony Childress, our new Director of Contemporary Worship, put together this short video to express the gratitude we all feel toward them. The beaming face behind the credits belongs to Finn Sproles. Lilly and Katie share their thoughts on their experience in articles below.
Katie McInnis Reflects on Her Interim Role
Katie and her family
Serving with Lilly in worship over the past seven months has been such a precious blessing.
We are the body of Christ, and the body needs all the parts to work. God knit the hearts and abilities of Lilly and me. He had already gone ahead of us and prepared the way, as He always so faithfully does.
I learned to never say no to something just because I'd never done it before or didn't know how to do it. Our inadequacies are an open door and an invitation from our Abba Father to lean in close and depend on Him. So often we think that we can only serve if it's something we are good at. I sing, but I don't play an instrument, and I don't read music. I had also never previously led worship, with the exception of the women's retreat the previous year. Truth be told, I was terrified, but God was faithful, and each week brought with it greater joy and growth.
What has been greater than learning the ins and outs of leading worship is how deeply this process has changed my heart and relationship with Christ. Being submerged in worship and the word of God takes you into the presence of God, and you can't help but be changed in His presence. I have loved being able to worship with you. I will continue to serve on the worship team and am so thankful for and excited for the leadership of Anthony Childress. / Katie McInnis
And Lilly Osborne Shares Thoughts on Hers
Lilly Osborne
It has been such a pleasure and blessing to serve with Katie McInnis as worship leader/coordinator for the early service. I have loved music from as early as I can remember (my mother told me I sang before I talked). Although I don't have any degrees in music, I took piano lessons from the age of 8 to college and took some organ lessons as well. I played the organ for Bethel Presbyterian in Kingsport, when I was a student at King.
Although I have a musical background, worship leading was a new endeavor for me! I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and to serve with Katie. We complemented each other well, and we both learned and grew in this experience. As we planned and led, I discovered that my faith and relationship with Jesus grew. It was truly a wonderful experience, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. I plan on still serving as part of the worship team from time to time, and I'm looking forward to Anthony's servant leadership! / Lilly Osborne
It's a Pounding!
We are blessed to have  Anthony Childress,  Director of Contemporary Worship, and Chris Bingham, Director of Traditional Worship, joining our church staff. We want to give them a good start, so we're having an old-fashioned, bring-something-for-a-friend pounding to stock their fridges and pantries. So please, bring a pound of this and a pound of that for Anthony and Chris and their families! Drop nonperishables such as canned goods and staples in the labeled boxes in the Fellowship Hallway. Label items that require refrigeration and take them to the little kitchen. Gift cards to local stores are also welcome. It's all good! Questions or ideas? Call Beth Flannagan at 423-764-7875 or Becca Tate at 423-573-2141 or 404-790-1223. Let's do this!

Rebekah and Anthony Childress
Middle School FISH June 3
Seventh and eighth graders will FISH for the first time this summer Monday, June 3, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. FISH stands for Fellowship in Someone's Home, and we are now looking for hosts in whose homes we can share a short lesson or devotion and have a lot of fun. We'll announce the location of our first meeting when we've found it!
We need folks to provide a meeting place, snacks, drinks, and an activity to give our kids an opportunity for fellowship. Activities in previous years included swimming, volleyball, Minute to Win It, The Amazing Race, and bonfires. For more information or to volunteer, email Katie Arnold at
High School Dinner & Devos June 5
Summer Dinner & Devos kicks off Wednesday, June 5! FPC high school students are invited to bring a friend and share a meal, a devotion, and fellowship from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Katie Arnold's home. Make this the harmony over your summer drumbeat! For more information, contact Katie at
Vacation Bible School Begins July 14
Take a safari this summer with FPC's Vacation Bible School! On the evenings of Sunday through Wednesday, July 14-17, kids can Roar! on an African adventure, right here on Florida Avenue. Students will learn that God loves them forever, while they sing, play, perform fun science experiments, and more. Sign up with Lilly Osborne (, and ask her if she needs any help!
Summer Is Announced

Sumer is i-cumen in -
Lhude sing, cuccu!
Groweth sed and bloweth med
And springth the wude nu.
Sing, cuccu!
As this mid-13th century verse announces, summer is here now, despite what the calendar says. Mowing the med before it gets to blowing height is David Moore (May 29 -June 1), clearing the way to the first Sunday in June. Pentecost Sunday follows on June 9, and keeping the growth from graduating into flammable brush is Randy Olson (June 5 -8). Trinity Sunday, also Father's Day, demands double or, more correctly, triple attention from Pat Flannagan (June 12 -15), who will be newly sprung from musical direction duties. No cuckoos here, but loud sing all!
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 the following gifts in memory of:
Patsy Frizzell: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Patsy Ward; to the Technology Fund from Ann Abel, from Jim & Pat Blair, from Tony Blevins, from Gene & Kathy Kistner, from Mr. & Mrs. Myers Massengill, from Triten Insurance
Louise Rutherford: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Dot Mattison, from Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pierson, from Bill & Patsy Ward
Music Notes
June 2 music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Geraint Lewis
June 2 music: Our anthem will be "The Souls of the Righteous" (in memory of William Mathias) by Welsh composer Geraint Lewis (b. 1958). Written for a performance in St. Paul's Cathedral in 1992, it has become a contemporary classic, recorded more than 12 times. Lewis was a pupil of the legendary George Guest at St. John's College, Cambridge. On graduating, he was appointed to lecture at the Music Department of Bangor University under William Mathias. Academically, he has worked with H.C. Robbins Landon on Haydn and Mozart. In 1985 he edited the 80th Birthday Tribute to Sir Michael Tippett, and he is currently engaged on research into the music of William Mathias. Lewis has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, the New Grove Opera Dictionary, and the National Dictionary of Biography. He has composed some 150 works in virtually all genres. His church and choral music is widely performed by cathedral and college choirs throughout the UK. Lewis now lives in Cardiff, where he teaches, lectures, broadcasts, writes, and composes.
Organist's footnotes: The tune, KING'S WESTON, with which the text "At the Name of Jesus" is associated, was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1925. John Hebden Schaffner (1945 -1995) used motivic material derived from "At the Name of Jesus" in his "Organ Motet for Christ the King" (prelude). Motets are usually described as mainly vocal musical compositions from the late medieval era to the present. Schaffner weaves the voices of the organ to "sing" his motet in a style straight out of the Renaissance, sounding simultaneously old yet new. A self-taught pianist and organist, Schaffner composed and published a number of keyboard works.
The subtitle of Dale Wood's "Voluntary on a Tune of Many Names" (offertory) lists HESPERUS, WHITBURN, QUEBEC, ELIM, and VENN as different names for the same tune. Under the name QUEBEC, this tune is used for our closing hymn, "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts." Henry Baker (1835-1910) composed QUEBEC in 1854, when he was a student at Exeter College, Oxford. In 1861 the London Penny Post advertised for a suitable tune for John Keble's text "Sun of My Soul." A friend who had seen QUEBEC shortly after Baker wrote it submitted the tune anonymously. It was selected and published in Rev. John Grey's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church (1866). Its reference to the Canadian city and province is unknown.
"They'll Know We Are Christians" (postlude) is an arrangement by Wilbur Held (1914-2015) of our opening hymn. Peter Scholtes (1938-2009) wrote it while he was a parish priest at St. Brendan's on the South Side of Chicago in the 1960s. At the time, he was leading a youth choir in the church basement and was looking for an appropriate song for a series of ecumenical, interracial events. When he couldn't find one, he wrote the now-famous hymn in a single day. His experiences at St. Brendan's and in the Chicago Civil Rights movement influenced him for the rest of his life.

June 9 music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Handbell Choir.
John Weaver
June 9 music: Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem. The day is recognized as the beginning of the Christian church. Our anthem, "For Pentecost," illustrates the chaos that might have been part of the church's beginnings. It was composed by John Weaver (b. 1937), who wrote the text as well. Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970 -2005), Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972 -2003), and Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School (1987 -2004).
Organist's footnotes: I composed "Danza del Espiritu Santo" (prelude) for Pentecost Sunday when I was Organist and Choir Director at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in Niagara Falls. Originally titled "Carillon," it won First Prize at the 2011 Regional Convention for the American Guild of Organists, Region V, in Lexington, KY. "Danza" is dedicated to my organ teacher, J. Melvin Butler, former Canon for Music at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. Butler's performance of it at the convention in Houston aired on National Public Radio's Pipe Dreams. He performed it while on tour in Japan, and I'm sure it has been performed countless other times since its publication by Morningstar Music.
During the Lord's Supper, the Sanctuary Handbell Choir will play a brand-new (2019) arrangement based on the hymn "Spirit of the Living God" (#288 in Glory to God). Both the words and music of this prayer-song were written in 1926 by Daniel Iverson, a Presbyterian minister from Tarboro, NC. The words were initially inspired by Jeremiah 18:1-6; a friend helped Iverson set them to music during an evangelistic meeting in Orlando, where the song was first sung.
Emma Lou Diemer's (b. 1927) arrangement of Psalm 104 (postlude) is based on the tune SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT, from the Bohemian Brethren's Kirchengeseng, published in 1566. The tune is played with the feet on the pedals throughout, while the hands remain busy with four-against-six 16th note configurations on the manuals.
Pray for Arndts in Kenya
Arndt family
Audrey and Chase Arndt are now in or traveling to Kenya, where for three years previously they served as missionaries. They are going back to reconnect with the pastors and families they trained and to share in God's grace through the continuing ministry. Chase and Audrey covet your prayers for safe travel and for fellowship that witnesses to God's glory in Christ.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Brazil Team
Rebecca Campbell
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Elizabeth Graham
Martha Graham
Ron Grubbs
Kevin Harkness
Kristi Johnson
Mike Jonson
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
Bob Kitchen
Dot Mattison
Mac McElroy's family
Bob Millard
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley family
Sharon Potter
Don Preston
Larry Roberts (Greg's brother)
Gary Robertz
Virginia Rutherford
Marynan Smith
Brittany Starnes family
Stigers family
Story family
Barbara Thomas
Ashley Thomasson
Chuck Thompson
Van VanNostrand
Bill Wade
Rachel Weller
To the Church Triumphant
William M. McElroy II
May 21, 2019
John Randolph Roberts
May 19, 2019
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
June 2         Bella Bane, Heather Dotterweich
June 3         Nancy Butterworth
June 4         SallyBuck
June 5         Laurie Boyd
June 6         Stella Kite, Lisa McClain, Lynne Testerman
June 7         John Roberts
June 8         Beckham Schiesz
June 9         Rob Nicar
June 12       Blair Jane Gannaway, Van VanNostrand
June 14       Robert Pollard
June 15       David Moore
Church Calendar
Sunday, June 2
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, June 3
6:30 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Rooms 117 & 123
7:00 p.m.       Middle School FISH, Off Campus
Tuesday, June 4
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, June 5
6:00 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
7:00 p.m.       High School Dinner & Devo, Off Campus
Thursday, June 6
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Sunday, June 9
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, June 10
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
7:00 p.m.       Middle School FISH, Off Campus
Tuesday, June 11
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, June 12
4:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:30 p.m.       Fun Family Fellowship, Steele Creek Park
6:00 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.       High School Dinner & Devo, Off Campus
Thursday, June 13
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
7:00 p.m.       Scout Order of the Arrow, Scout Hall
Saturday, June 15
2:00 p.m.       Bales Baby Shower, Parlor
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