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In This Issue
About Windows
In the Pulpit Sunday
Important Congregational Meeting This Sunday
Combined Adult Sunday Class Emphasizes Stewardship
We'll Collect Thanksgiving Offering Nov. 19
Video Bible Study Concludes Wednesday Night
We Need More Servers for Sharing Christ This Saturday
What Do We Do with Family Promise?
Care Packages for Abuse Victims
Sign Up Now for Fall Cleanup Day
Warm Up at Chili Cook-Off Nov. 19
Going to Knoxville for Thanksgiving?
How to Order Flowers for Worship Services
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Officers
Church Calendar
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November 12
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-251
Thessalonians 4:13-18
Until the Coming of the Lord
Rev. Brian Alderman
For the Fruit of All Creation
The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound
How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
Sanctuary Choir
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 110; 11:00: 107


on First Presbyterian Church

November 9, 2017
In the Pulpit Sunday
Brian Alderman

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, Virginia, Brian pastored Madisonville Presbyterian Church and served as Chaplain at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee, before joining the faculty of King. He also taught Biblical Studies and Religion at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, for six years. He and his wife, Monica Cooley Alderman, have one daughter, Ella Kate.
Important Congregational Meeting This Sunday
We will elect the next class of church officers, and a trustee, this Sunday, November 12. If you are a member of First Presbyterian Church, be sure to come to the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. to vote. The following FPC members have been nominated to serve as officers for three-year terms beginning in 2018. (For a roster of current elders and deacons, see "Church Officers" in this newsletter.)
Slate of Officer Nominees
Peggy Hill
Nancy Allerton
Blake Bassett
Rebecca Beck
Sujean Bradley (2 yr.)
David Hyde
Rhonda Comer
Jordan Pennington
Brenda Lawson
Jerry Poteat
Claire Pruner
Barb Thompson
Combined Adult Sunday Class Emphasizes Stewardship

Next Sunday, November 19, all adult Sunday morning classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45, for a special class led by Nell King Bieger. Her emphasis will be on stewardship in estate planning and planned giving. There will be a question-and-answer period after the presentation.
Nell King Bieger
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about this aspect of stewardship from a highly regarded expert. The Bristol native is a member of the local firm Jones, King, Downs & Peel, P.C., and an authority on tax law. Nell has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for trusts and estates each year since 2003. She has also been named to Super Lawyers in Tennessee, Virginia, and the Mid-South. She is a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. She has lectured frequently and published estate planning related articles in Tax Practice and Virginia Lawyer.
We'll Collect Thanksgiving Offering Nov. 19

We will collect our Thanksgiving Offering in both services November 19. You will find envelopes for that purpose in the late worship bulletin and on seats in the Fellowship Hall. If you write a check, please note "Thanksgiving Offering" on the memo line. 
Video Bible Study Concludes Wednesday Night

Our current Adult Learning Bible study concludes next Wednesday, November 15, as Dave Welch leads the third part of a three-week video series. Please join us! Before the evening programs for adults, youth, and children, we will share a fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. On the menu are spaghetti, bread, salad, and dessert. The adult Bible study will follow at 6:15; the Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00; and High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00.
We Need More Servers for Sharing Christ This Saturday
We need a few more volunteers to warm and serve the food we'll feed our neighbors at Sharing Christ this Saturday. All you have to do is show up at the mission on the corner of Sixth and State streets at 4:30 p.m. on November 11. We'll show you what to do. We're usually finished by 7:30 p.m., and you can go on with your evening. Please let us know that you're willing to help by texting, calling, or emailing Dottie Havlik at 423-956-6747 or
What Do We Do with Family Promise?
As we look toward the new year and our church's commitments to community ministries, the Evangelism & Outreach Committee wants to hear your opinions and answer your questions about our church's participation in Family Promise of Bristol. Please join committee members during one of two opportunities for conversation on the morning of Saturday, November 18. The first session will be at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate our fall cleanup crews as they head out for their own day of service. The second session will follow at 9:00 a.m. for anyone else who'd like to talk with E&O members about this program.
Family Promise of Bristol is the community ministry that helps homeless families become independent again by providing them housing and food, while training them in job skills so that they can support themselves once again. We take a turn in rotation with other local churches, housing families at FPC once every three or four months. Church volunteers bring meals in the evening, eat with the families, and stay overnight at the church. Early the next morning, the families go to the day center for their training sessions.
We'll have coffee or tea and some pastries, so we can have a comfortable chat about Family Promise. We're inviting folks who have volunteered for this ministry, past and present, but we also seek input from church members who have never been involved. No reservations are necessary! Just show up on November 18 at either 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. We'll be so happy to see you!
Care Packages for Abuse Victims

FPC member Geneva King, along with the provisional class of the Junior League of Bristol, is collecting donations through the end of November for local victims of domestic violence served by Abuse Alternatives and the Children's Advocacy Center. They need basic toiletry items for women and craft supplies for children; please see the lists below. A labeled bin for donations is in the Fellowship Hallway. For more information, email Geneva at Thank you!
Care Package Needs
Abuse Alternatives
Children's Advocacy Center
Popsicle sticks
Googly eyes
Body wash
Detergent (small bottles)
Pipe cleaners
Sign Up Now for Fall Cleanup Day
Our annual Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, from 8:30 until noon or a little later. We are now enlisting cleanup crew members and seeking church members who would like some help with the inevitable fall chores of cleaning gutters, changing smoke detector batteries, raking leaves, and so on. You will find sign-up sheets in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway on the next two Sundays. To request help or to volunteer, call the church office at 423-764-7176 or email Diana Mattison at by Wednesday, November 15.
Warm Up at Chili Cook-Off Nov. 19

Come to the Fellowship Hall at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, and take the chill off with steaming hot chili! Bring your best chili for the taste contest or simply be prepared to judge and vote. We'll play games outside if weather permits, and we may even line dance. This annual event is always a blast of warmth, no matter how you measure it, so be there!
Going to Knoxville for Thanksgiving?
Photo Credit: Gary Heatherly

If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving in Knoxville, please get in touch with Bob Rhea. He needs assistance traveling there to spend the holiday with family. Bob has offered to compensate his driver or rent a car. You can reach him at
How to Order Flowers for Worship Services

Fresh flowers add much to the beauty of worship. After the service, we like to send them on to church members, including shut-ins, for birthdays and other special occasions. If you would like to order flowers for worship, please contact Karen Boone at 423-538-8423.
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Our anthem, "How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord," was composed as a hymn by Hubert Parry (1848-1918), an important British composer and teacher (Ralph Vaughan Williams was his composition student). Parry was influential in the revival of
Hubert Parry in 1916
English music at the end of the 19th century. Parry's Scenes from Prometheus Unbound (1880) was the first of a series of choral works that showed his gift for the massive effects that characterized English music of the rest of the 19th century. His unison song "Jerusalem" (1916), a setting of words from William Blake's Milton, became almost a second national anthem during and after World War I. In 1883 Parry was appointed choragus (festival conductor) of the University of Oxford and joined the staff of the Royal College of Music, London, becoming its director in 1894. In 1900 he became professor of music at Oxford. He was knighted in 1898 and created a baronet in 1903. He died without sons, and the baronetcy became extinct. This tune and text can be found in our hymnal at #432.
Organist's footnotes: The Revised Common Lectionary lists Matthew 25:1-13, the Parable of the Ten Virgins, as today's Gospel lesson. Jesus told this story as an allegory for the End Times, underscoring the importance of being prepared and ready for the coming of the Kingdom. Philipp Nicolai's hymn "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (1599) is based upon this parable.
J.S. Bach's cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) is based upon Nicolai's hymn text. Bach used movement 4 of the cantata as the basis for the first of his six Schübler Chorales, BWV 645, (named for the publisher), which is the piece I am playing for the prelude. My organ teacher thought it would be "good for me" to learn this piece from a version employing Bach's original alto and tenor clef signs.
Years later at a used music sale, I acquired a set of the Schübler Chorales previously owned by Mary Landrum, former faculty member at King University. She evidently had purchased this edition many years ago when she herself was a still a student, before her marriage to Graham Landrum, because she signed her name "Mary W. Fisher." Mary, well-known for her sense of humor, had written spurious words under the quickly moving obligato part. "We all do play the organ, organ, ever so clear and lightly. We play the six sonatas, natas, ever so clean and brightly ..." Then when the slower chorale melody comes in, "J.S. Bach we do adore thee. We hope our playing does not bore thee ..." I hope MY playing does not bore thee!
The prolific Jean Langlais (1907-1991) composed 254 works with opus numbers. It was as an organist that Langlais made his name, following in the footsteps of César Franck and Tournemire as organiste titulaire at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris in 1945, a post in which he remained until 1988. Our offertory, "Chant de Paix" (Song of Peace), is the third of his Nine Pieces, published in 1945. I would like to thank Jane LaPella, Organist Emeritus of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, for introducing me to this beautiful composition.
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
Becky Busler
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Vivian Hill
Don Moneyhun
Jason Mumpower
Tony Raccioppo
Sam Samuel
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Nov. 13         Samuel Hankins
Nov. 15         John Crewey, Conor Haaser, Sam Jennings, Billie Whisnant
Nov. 16         Cass Madison, Joyce Samuel
Nov. 17         Sarah Galliher, Wayne Sheffey
Nov. 18         Susan Solomon
Church Officers
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Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Ann Abel
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Beth Flannagan
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Tom King
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
Ernie Pennington
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
John Vann
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Jim Mayden
Adam Abel
George Linke
Mark Mervis
Nancy Butterworth
Greg Roberts
Robin North
David Ginn
Nate Sproles
Jordan Pennington
Rett Stocstill
Bill Whisnant
Byron Schiesz
Ann Woods
Church Calendar
Sunday, November 12
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
3:30 p.m.       Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Fellowship
5:30 p.m.       Finance Committee, Room 117
6:00 p.m.       High School Fellowship
Monday, November 13
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Committee, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Committee, Room 123
Tuesday, November 14
9:00 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, November 15
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
4:45 p.m.       Savior's Singers Children's Choir
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
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 Committee, Room 117
6:15 p.m.       Adult Learning Program, 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 rake and leaves
Thursday, November 16
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Saturday, November 18
8:30 a.m.        Fall Cleanup Day