First Presbyterian Church  |  701 Florida Avenue  |  Bristol, TN 37620  |  423-764-7176  |

In This Issue
Subscriptions & Deadline
Season of Prayer and Budget Information Sharing
Whiteboards for Prayer Requests
Enough Rope
Five Cents a Meal Offering Oct. 28
Fall Cleanup Day Nov. 3
Next Wednesday: Comfort Takes Many Forms
Early Music Trio Ensemble Chaconne Comes to FPC
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount Students
Gallants Throw Down Their Cloaks
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
October 14
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31
Go! Sell! Give! Come! Follow!
Sam Weddington
Come Sing, O Church in Joy!
Trust in God
Come Thou Fount
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 113; 11:00: 106
Subscriptions & Deadline
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October 11 , 2018
Season of Prayer and Budget Information Sharing
All interested parties are invited to participate in a pair of open prayer and discussion meetings. The purpose of the meetings is twofold. First, to enter into prayer, earnestly asking God to guide our church and instill in us the energy needed to move forward on his ministry for us. Second, to provide an open forum for questions and discussion regarding the 2019 operational budget.
The meetings will be hosted by Elders and members of the Finance and Stewardship committees. Participants will be able to ask questions regarding the 2019 operating budget, the pledge campaign, and any other matters related to the church.
The expectation is that our prayers will be answered and members will gain a deeper understanding of the operating budget. The meetings will be held in the chapel from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the Sundays of October 14 and 21. / Jerry Poteat
Whiteboards for Prayer Requests
We have put up whiteboards at the entrances to our worship spaces so that worshipers can easily make known to us their requests for prayers. We will collect information from the boards to use in the morning's worship service.
Enough Rope
Larry Connolly has added an extension to the tower bell pull, so anyone who is around five feet tall and capable of walking up the stairs in the tower can now have the thrill of ringing the bell. If you'd like to do just that, come to the tower at 10:40 this Sunday morning and learn the technique. Contact Beth Flannagan, or 423-764-7875.
Five Cents a Meal Offering Oct. 28
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We will collect our quarterly Five Cents a Meal offering Sunday, October 28, at both services. The suggested offering is $13.65 per person, or about a nickel for each meal you eat in a three-month period. Your offering will provide hunger relief through both local and global ministries. Last year, our Five Cents a Meal offerings enabled FPC to help feed the hungry in Bristol through Haven of Rest and Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, and in Ethiopia and Brazil through our missions in those countries. Please be generous!
Fall Cleanup Day Nov. 3
rake and leaves
Our annual Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 to noon (cleanup crew will meet in the church parking lot). We are now recruiting volunteers for the crew and seeking church members who would like help with raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and changing smoke detector batteries. You will find sign-up sheets in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway on the next two Sundays. You may also call Scottie Bales in the church office at 423-764-7176 to request help or to volunteer.
Next Wednesday: Comfort Takes Many Forms
Sydney Peltier
will lead our Adult Learning session at 6:20 p.m. next Wednesday, October 17, in the Fellowship Hall. His topic will be "Cigarettes, Prozac, and a Father's Heart: Reconciling our vices and vulnerabilities in a broken world." Come early, at 5:30, for fellowship and a comfort food: lasagna, salad, and dessert. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. Handbell ringers and anyone who would like to learn (we urgently need one more bell handler) will head upstairs to practice at 6:20.
Early Music Trio Ensemble Chaconne Comes to FPC
The first program in our new season of the FPC Arts Series will be held in our sanctuary Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Chaconne, an early music trio from the Boston area, will perform masterpieces of 18th-century European chamber music on period instruments. The concert is free and open to the public; the suggested donation is $10.
The members of Ensemble Chaconne are Peter H. Bloom, baroque flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; and Olav Chris Henriksen, baroque lute and (the rarely heard) English guitar. They will perform works by George Frideric Handel; Antonio Vivaldi; Johann Christian Bach; viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel; famed oboist Johann Christian Fischer; illustrious violinist Felice de Giardini; and lutenist/harpsichordist Rudolf Straube, a favorite student of J.S. Bach.
Ensemble Chaconne performs internationally, with tours in England, Ontario, and the United States. The group has been acclaimed for "virtuosity, balance and charm" (The Portland Press Herald) and praised for "vitality and character ... style and verve" (MusicWeb International). The trio has performed at London's National Gallery, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, The Royal Shakespeare Company's residency at Davidson College, the Edison Theatre in St. Louis, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, and the Yale Center for British Art.
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs

FPC has something for everyone who likes to be of service to our congregation and our neighbors. Just run your eye down the list below! To volunteer, call the church office at 423-764-7176 or get in touch with the contact person listed for each opportunity.
Fusion. We need a male helper for our great group of fifth and sixth grade boys. Contact Lilly Osborne,
Halloween Help. We need volunteers to decorate car trunks and donate treats for our contribution to Haunted Halls at Fairmount Elementary School. The event will be held Thursday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. You will need to be in the parking lot early enough to set up and be ready for trick-or-treaters. We are also accepting donations of candy without the car! Contact Lilly Osborne,
Handbell Ringer. We urgently need one more ringer for the Sanctuary Handbell Choir, which practices Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. Contact Beth Flannagan,, or Bob Greene,
Kitchen Cleanup. We still need folks to clean up after our Wednesday fellowship suppers. Please pitch in! Contact Scottie Bales,
Nursery. We need volunteers in the nursery during both services and Sunday School. Sign up for one week, one month, or a specific day. Contact Lilly Osborne,
Tower Bell Ringer. Breaking news: If you can walk up the stairs in the bell tower, you can ring the bell. We've made the bell pull longer so that shorter folks can use it. Those interested can come to the tower at 10:40 this Sunday morning and learn the technique. Contact Beth Flannagan, or 423-764-7875.
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount Students
We are collecting vanilla wafers for the many students of Fairmount Elementary whose families can't buy them snacks for the afternoon break. We collect snacks from our generous church family, and the Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to the school. Please bring boxes of any brand of vanilla wafers to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our friends at Fairmount pay attention through the fall afternoons. Thank you!
Gallants Throw Down Their Cloaks
It is raining as we write this, and although we are promised sun in the next few days, today we wrap ourselves in the gray quiet as in a cloak against the storm. Those who volunteer to care for the church lawn are made of sturdier stuff. We are sure they laugh at rain, but we have not ventured out to confirm that for ourselves. No matter, David Moore (October 10-13) and Randy Olson (October 17-20) will be steadfast to their purpose, and our lawn will be just as it should be.
The FPC mowing team welcomes men and women, adults and teens, entire families: younger children can move debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, and you suit your own convenience by mowing once, twice, or thrice, as you choose. 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: Our anthem, "Come Thou Fount," was arranged by Eric Nelson (b. 1959), Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Emory University. He is also the conductor and Artistic Director of Atlanta Master Chorale. In summer 2016, to the
Eric Nelson
astonishment of all who know him, he appeared with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones at Bobby Dodd Stadium, leading the Concert Choir in the classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Most recently, in May 2017, he embarked with the Emory Concert Choir on a performance tour to Spain and Portugal where they sang in Granada, Seville, and Lisbon and at the Alhambra. Dr. Nelson's choral compositions and arrangements are sung regularly by ensembles throughout the United States. He is the editor of the Atlanta Master Chorale Choral Series, a division of Morningstar Music Publishers and E.C. Schirmer. His compositions are also published by Colla Voce and Augsburg Fortress. He holds degrees in voice and conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.
Handbell ringer needed: We urgently need one more ringer for the Sanctuary Handbell Choir, which practices Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. Please talk with Beth Flannagan, Mary Ellis Rice, Rebecca Tate, Jim White, or Bob Greene. Join us upstairs in room 212 after the fellowship supper and make music with a fun-loving group!
Organist's footnotes: As Halloween approaches, it is not uncommon to see people masquerading as someone they are not. In musical history, there are also numerous examples of pieces, written by lesser known composers, masquerading as the work of more famous composers.
The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings, and organ continuo [Prelude] is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni (1671 -1751) but actually composed by 20th-century musicologist and Albinoni biographer, Remo Giazotto (1910 -1998), purportedly based on the discovery of a manuscript fragment by Albinoni. There is a continuing scholarly debate about whether the alleged fragment was real or a musical hoax perpetrated by Giazotto, but there is no doubt about Giazotto's authorship of the remainder of the work.
Jeremiah Clarke
Jeremiah Clarke's (c. 1674 -1707) most famous work is the "Prince of Denmark March," which is usually called "Trumpet Voluntary." Due to a mix-up in a famous songbook, the piece is often misattributed to Henry Purcell (ca. 1658 -1695), as is Clarke's second-most famous work, "Trumpet Tune" [Offertory]. By all accounts, Clarke was a melancholy little man prone to depression. He fell madly in love with one of his female students, a young lady of much higher social rank than he. She politely but firmly refused his offer. Clarke was crushed and decided to kill himself. He saw his choices as either hanging himself or drowning himself. Fraught with indecision, Clarke flipped a coin. To his surprise, it stuck on its edge in the mud, rendering choice impossible. He took the coin toss as a sign that he had totally left out the best way to kill himself, shooting himself in the head in the churchyard at St. Paul's Cathedral.
The "Prelude and Fugue in C major" [Postlude] is the first piece in a collection of works for keyboard and pedal known as the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues, BWV 553-560, formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750). They are now believed to have been composed by one of Bach's pupils, possibly Johann Tobias Krebs (1690-1762) or his son Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), based on certain unusual characteristics and simplicity unusual to most of Bach's music when played on the organ.
Sunday's music participants: Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Kevin Buck
Becky Busler
Jane Crewey
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Nancy King
Debbie McMillin
Larry Mullins
Don Preston
Virginia Rutherford
Chuck Thompson
Bill Wade
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Oct. 14      Ben Frizzell
Oct. 15      Sue Faucette, Kristi Johnson
Oct. 17      Ann Abel
Oct. 18      Mariel Story
Oct. 20      Dyan Buck, Alicia Mumpower
Church Calendar
Sunday, October 14
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Open Prayer & Budget Meeting, Chapel
Tuesday, October 16
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
1:00 p.m.       Jackie Burt's Heartsburn Bible Study, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, October 17
9:30 a.m.       Women's 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
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning
6:20 p.m.       Handbell Choir, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 220
Thursday, October 18
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Our Church Officers
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
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill