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In This Issue
Deadline & Subscriptions
Shake 'N Bake 'n' Stewardship
We Believe in the Church
FPC-Assisted Panel Looks at Local Recycling Tonight
Noted Author, Cultural Critic Here Monday
Please Lend a Hand in the Basement This Saturday
Study of 2 Corinthians Continues Wednesday Night
Help Us Share Christ Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Offering to Benefit Local Residents in Need
Regenerate at Women's Event Dec. 2
You Can Still Get a Discount on BigStuf
Get the Super-Discount for Great Escape
Registration Link for Passion 2020
We're Still Fishing for Snacks for Fairmount Children
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
November 17
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Revelation 7:9-17
1 Peter 2:4-12
I Believe in the Church
Sam Weddington
God, the Lord, Is My Strength
Last Sunday's Attendance
9:00: 139; 11:00: 113
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November 14, 2019
Shake 'N Bake 'n' Stewardship
When the official 2020 pledge campaign ended last Sunday, we had reached 86.6% of our $689,000 goal. We thank God for the $596,790 in pledges to date! Some of us may have forgotten to turn in our pledge cards or may still be in prayer over the decision. We trust that God will use whatever gifts we have in their various forms.
More than a few years ago, there were TV advertisements for a food preparation product called Shake 'N Bake. It consisted of bread crumbs and spices to be shaken in a bag with chicken or pork to coat the meat. The meat was then baked rather than fried. The process was very simple, and the results were delicious.
There was always a young boy or girl in the commercials who happily helped Grandma with the process, demonstrating how easy it was to prepare the food. While the family enjoyed the meal, commenting on how good it was and wondering about Grandma's fried chicken secret, the camera turned to the smiling face and twinkling eyes of the child, who said, "It's not fried. It's Shake 'N Bake, and I helped!"
Pledging and giving is a lot like Shake 'N Bake. When performed in the manner God desires, it is done simply, joyfully, and with positive results. Simple giving, with no fanfare or strings attached, is what God expects. Joyful participation in the process, knowing that good will come of the effort, and happy to be a part of it, is an intrinsic benefit for us. Here at FPC, the positive results of pledging and giving are evident from the schoolchildren in Ethiopia and Brazil to the families in our own neighborhood.
If you have not yet pledged, we invite you to do so. Then when our heads hit the pillows each night, we can feel the joy of knowing that our pledge goal was met, and we helped! Thank you and may God continue to bless you. / Stewardship Committee
We Believe in the Church

All adults are invited to study the Apostles' Creed in tandem with Pastor Sam's new sermon series. This short-term class uses video and discussion to explore what an ancient statement can say to us now about the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are meeting in the chapel at 10:10 throughout the series. For more information, see Pastor Sam or Dave Welch.
FPC-Assisted Panel Looks at Local Recycling Tonight

Drs. Han and Laura Ong, Instructor Josh Rudd, and Pastor Sam have been working with the King University Environmental Club and Bristol Mayor Margaret Feierabend to create For the Beauty of the Earth, a series of discussions on environmental stewardship. The first event, at 7:00 p.m. tonight , Thursday, November 14, will highlight the importance of recycling programs in Bristol and answer questions from the audience about recycling in our area. The developers of this program hope to follow up in the next few months with another panel on the question of the spiritual and moral imperative to care for the environment.
In addition to those from the City of Bristol and King University, representatives from two local companies, Revolution Curbside Recycling and Eastman Chemical, will be on the panel. Pastor Sam will moderate the discussion. All are welcome. Please join us in the King University Student Center Boardroom (on the mezzanine).
Noted Author, Cultural Critic Here Monday
James K.A. Smith
We will have several opportunities this Monday to hear from and speak to award-winning author, cultural critic, and philosopher James K.A. Smith. On his third visit to Bristol, he will give the Frederick Buechner Lecture in the King Institute for Faith and Culture. He will come to FPC to take part in an hour of conversation, after which we can meet him at a reception then hear his lecture. (See schedule below.)
Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Image, a quarterly journal devoted to dramatic, incarnational art, to "works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel."
Dr. Smith is the award-winning author of Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?, How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor, and You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. His theological trilogy Desiring the Kingdom, Imagining the Kingdom, and Awaiting the King has been widely read in Christian colleges as they find their institutional mission. His latest book, On the Road with Saint Augustine, presents the ancient African thinker as a pilgrim guide for spiritual devotion in our complicated times, the "patron saint of restless hearts." His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, First Things, and the Los Angeles Review of Books as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He and his wife, Deanna, have four children, and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Smith's schedule for November 18:
  • 9:15 a.m. (King Memorial Chapel): "Receiving the Saints: Augustine and Monica through Painters' Eyes"
  • 4:30 p.m. (FPC): A Conversation with James K.A. Smith
  • 5:30 p.m. (FPC): Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. (FPC): "Testimony as Poetry: Augustine the Artist"
Please Lend a Hand in the Basement This Saturday
This is not the church basement, but you get the idea.

T his Saturday, November 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m., is Basement Cleanout Day! We need volunteers from the congregation to help with this task. There may be some treasures in the basement that the church no longer needs, so come on out! There is a large quantity of slate from previous roof replacements that those of you with an artistic flair could put to use. We're asking $2 apiece for roofing slate (we have to pay for the dumpster somehow!). If you can help, please contact Randy Cook at 423-956-1541 (text preferred) or email
Study of 2 Corinthians Continues Wednesday Night
Please join us Wednesday, November 20, for a fellowship supper at 5:30, followed at 6:00 by activities for children and youth. At 6:15, our Adult Enrichment program will continue the study of 2 Corinthians. Except when we have special presentations, we worship on most Wednesday evenings by praying, singing, and studying God's Word together.
Help Us Share Christ Nov. 23
If you can share some food or a smile with your fellow Bristolians, please volunteer for our ongoing service project with the downtown Sharing Christ mission. Our turn comes round again Saturday, November 23, the weekend before Thanksgiving. As always, we need people to come to the mission that evening and serve from 4:30 to 7:00-ish, and we also need a family or group to prepare and deliver food, either to FPC's little kitchen by 4:30 on Thursday, November 21, or directly to the mission at the corner of State and Sixth streets by 4:30 on November 23. For more information, or for an assignment, please contact Dottie Havlik at or 423-956-6747.
Thanksgiving Offering to Benefit Local Residents in Need
We will collect our annual Thanksgiving offering at both services Sunday, November 24. Please be generous, for this special offering will benefit Bristol Faith in Action. FPC was one of the 13 area churches that worked together to found this ecumenical mission for the purposes of providing aid to local residents in temporary financial crisis and distributing commodity items, financial and mental health counseling, and referrals to other social service agencies. The aim is to help in emergencies while promoting long-term financial stability and self-sufficiency. More information is available on the BFIA website,
Regenerate at Women's Event Dec. 2

Join the women of the church Monday, December 2, for a night of connection, fun, and fellowship with speaker Jessica Stollings! A graduate of King University, she is the founder of ReGenerations, an organization that specializes in connecting generations. She last spoke to us at our 2015 forum on the makeup, identity, and values of the different generations and how to minister to them. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, and desserts will be provided, and the nursery will be available.
You Can Still Get a Discount on BigStuf

Wanna go to the beach in June? FPC high school students are invited to spend a week in Panama City Beach, Florida! We will leave from the church on June 19 and return June 27. We're going to BigStuf Camp for worship, engaging speakers, mission opportunities, and tons of beach time with hundreds of high school students from around the country. We will stay in a beachfront hotel at the convention center.
Spots are limited, so invite your friends and register now on the Student Ministries webpage.
  • Early Bird Price: $450; pay the $100 deposit by January 12
  • After January 12: $500 plus $100 deposit
The price for this amazing week includes:
  • Transportation & travel lodging
  • Beach lodging
  • Meals (excluding travel meals)
  • Camp
  • Mission days
  • T-shirt
Get the Super-Discount for Great Escape
Join the FPC Middle School Ministry for Christmas at the Great Escape! We'll leave from the church Sunday, June 7, and join middle school students from all over the country at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. We'll have a wild 'n' crazy week of incredible music, captivating speakers, engaging entertainment, and the messiest games you can imagine. One day will be devoted to an off-campus adventure! We will return to Bristol around noon on Friday, June 12.
Register through our Student Ministries webpage by December 1 and pay the super-early bird price of $415 and a $100 deposit. Register by January 26 and pay the early bird price of $450 and a $100 deposit. After February 3 the price rises to $475. The total balance is due May 1. Scholarships are available upon request.
The price for this amazing week includes:
  • Transportation to & from camp
  • Camp programming
  • 5 nights of lodging
  • 13 meals
  • T-shirt
  • Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River
Registration Link for Passion 2020

Start the new year right with FPC Bristol at Passion 2020! We're going to join thousands of 18 -to-25-year-olds at the Benz in Atlanta from December 31 through January 2. Passion is filled with incredible worship, dynamic speakers, and sweet time with your church family. The cost is $150 if you register by December 1 and pay a $50 deposit. After December 1, the cost rises to $200. Register here. For more information, contact Katie Arnold at
We're Still Fishing for Snacks for Fairmount Children

We are collecting Goldfish for snacktime at Fairmount School, where the snacks go quickly. At least two children in each of 16 classrooms need food assistance. We take donated snacks to the school, and the teachers divide the contents into child-size portions. We need to provide 20 portions per child per month. Please remember our Fairmount children the next time you shop, and bring your donations to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway. 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:
Nancy King: to the Memorial Fund from the Blue Stocking Club, from Susan Caldwell & Family, from Joan Crockett, from Rita Gayewski, from Diane Harrison, from Peggy Nicar, from Frances Rowell
Chuck Thompson: to the Student Ministries Fund from Jeff & Lorri Looney
Music Notes
Ann Holler
Sunday's music: Our anthem this week is "God, the Lord, Is My Strength" by local composer and FPC member Ann Holler. This piece is a beautiful setting of words adapted from the book of Habakkuk that affirm the reality that, throughout difficulties, God will provide a source of strength that endures. A notable element of this work is Ms. Holler's ability to seamlessly flow between keys that are not closely related in the circle of fifths. The work opens and closes with a solo sung by Mary Ellis Rice.
Ms. Holler holds music degrees from King College, Virginia Intermont College, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her compositions have been performed in the US, Italy, Scotland, and England. Several of her compositions are published through ALRY Publications and GIA Publications. Ms. Holler is a member of several professional organizations for musicians and has taught music theory courses at King University and ETSU.
Organist's footnotes: Sunday's organ music centers around this phrase in the Apostles' Creed: "the holy catholic [universal] church."
French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908 -1992) composed "Apparition de l'église éternelle" ("Apparition of the eternal church") in 1932. The piece is in arc form, beginning in pianissimo and building up to a fortissimo climax featuring a C major chord, then receding back to pianissimo. Richly colored chords alternate with open fifths, on top of a throbbing bass that repeats a simple rhythmic pattern. Programmatically, the piece describes the appearance of the eternal church, which then fades away. This imagery has been compared to Dante's description of the Inferno. Messiaen described the piece by quoting from the hymn "Cœlestis urbs Jerusalem": "Scissors, hammer, suffering, and tests, tailoring and polishing the elected persons, living stones of the spiritual edifice," stating that the throbbing bass depicts the incessant work of construction. He also wrote the following poem:
"Made out of living stone, Made out of heavenly stone, It appears in heaven: It is the Lamb's bride! It is the heavenly church Made out of heavenly stone Which is the chosen's souls. They are in God, and God is in them For heavenly eternity!"
Like Messiaen's early organ piece "Le Banquet Céleste," the piece is in extremely slow tempo, and can take up to 10 minutes to perform.
John Ferguson
The offertory, "Den store hvide Flok" ("Behold a Host, Arrayed in White") by John Ferguson (b. 1941), is based on a 17th-century Norwegian folk tune sung with an English text in Lutheran congregations. Ferguson's arrangement for organ is quiet and ethereal. The melody is played in the pedals with 4 ' and 2 ' stops, accompanied by celestial string stops in the manuals.
The postlude is a setting of AURELIA by English organist and composer John Edward Marsh (b. 1939). AURELIA ("golden") was originally a setting for the hymn "Jerusalem the Golden." Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 -1876), grandson of Charles Wesley, composed the tune in 1864. We now sing "The Church's One Foundation" to this tune. The lyrics were written by Samuel Stone in 1866. He based his text on Article 9 of the Apostles' Creed: "The Holy Catholic (Universal) Church; the Communion of Saints; He is the Head of this Body."
We've got the bells: You have the hands! Come join the Sanctuary Handbell Choir for low-key fellowship and upbeat music! We need new regular members, but we would also love to have people who can serve as substitutes. We practice from 6:15 to 7:15 on Wednesday evenings in room 212 upstairs, and play for the late worship service about once a month. We hope to play for the final service of this month on Christ the King Sunday, November 24. Come to our next practice and get in the swing! Contact Bob Greene at or 276-696-9091.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Ackley family
Elizabeth Blankenship
Becky Busler
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Dorothy Dollar
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
Bobby Fleu
Garrett Foster
FPC Pledge Campaign
DeeDee Galliher
Diane Glymph
Ron Grubbs
Lou Hebb
Jackson family
Selma Jennings
Marty Keys & family
Emma Lester
Dot Mattison
Lisa May
Roger McCracken
Ashley & Jeremy McGlaughlin
Betty McGlothlin
Kathleen McGlothlin
Debbie McMillin & family
Bob Millard
Alice Moore
Music Ministries of FPC
Donald Page
Matt Richardson
Larry Roberts (Greg's brother)
Peggy Rutherford
Virginia Rutherford
Joan Sams
Katlin Smith
Stigers family
Ashley Thomasson
John & Karen Vann
Herb Van Nostrand
Nancy Ward
Russ & Carolyn Weekley's family
Karen White
Doug Williams
Bill Woods
Our love and sympathy are with Debbie McMillin and her family in the death of her father, Jack P. Fleming, November 8 in Kingsport.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Nov. 17       Sarah Galliher
Nov. 18       Rebecca Porter, Susan Solomon
Nov. 19       Sarah Gannaway, George Linke, Grayson Phipps, Courtney Sharrett
Nov. 20       Mary Jo Gilley, Dave Whitesides
Nov. 21       Drew Rice
Nov. 22       Andy Arnold, Glennda Cleland, Rhonda Comer, Taylor McInnis, Mimi Tilley
Church Calendar
Sunday, November 17
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
3:30 p.m.       Christmas Play Rehearsal, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Fusion Skating, Bristol Motor Speedway
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship, Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, November 19
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, November 20
9:30 a.m.       Women's Wednesday Bible Study, Room 117
5:15 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.       Adult Enrichment
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Choir, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 220
Thursday, November 21
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
4:30 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
Friday, November 22
7:00 p.m.       FPC Arts Series: Zachary Hughes, Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Sanctuary
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