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In This Issue
Subscriptions & Deadline
A Note from the Pastor
Five Cents a Meal Offering Sunday
We'll Install Our New Head Pastor Nov. 4
Wednesday Night Program Vanishes!
Fall Cleanup Day Set for Nov. 3
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
We're Collecting Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount School
FPC Arts Series: Early Music Trio Here Tonight!
FPC Members in Voices of the Mountains Concert Sunday
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
October 28
Reformation Sunday
Dedication Sunday
Hebrews 7:23-38
Mark 10:46-52
Following on the Way
Dave Welch
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Give Thanks for Those Whose Faith Is Firm
Jubilate Deo
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 118; 11:00: 106
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October 25 , 2018
A Note from the Pastor
I'll be real honest with you: I always cringe when applying 2 Corinthians 9:6 to notes, letters, or appeals for giving within the church. There are an overwhelming number of examples within the body of Christ where hawkers of the Gospel use this passage to ask for money so that they can buy their next jet. Used this way, the passage seems to transform the free gift of God's grace into a transaction between us and God. The equation goes something like this: Want a lot of stuff? Want to be wealthy, healthy, and wise? Want to "reap bountifully?" Then give a lot. "Name it and claim it." Put a down payment on the prosperity God is just waiting to bestow upon you, if you will just send in your check. Call now, God has "angels" waiting on heaven's hotline to take your pledge today!
Such thinking is a parody of what Paul means here; it is time for us to reclaim our birthright. In chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians, Paul is challenging the church to give, but this isn't a transaction between the church and God for the sake of a future blessing. Instead, Paul is asking them to examine their hearts, acknowledge the need they know exists, and to allow the Holy Spirit to direct their giving to meet that need. The blessing comes, not as a transaction, but instead as an operation of the Spirit by which the church shares in the joy and abundance of the proclamation of the Gospel, both near to them and afar, with their brothers and sisters in need.
Paul's challenge is for us. We are wrapping up our Stewardship 2019 campaign, and I thank God for each of you who give so generously to the church and its work of proclaiming the Gospel. I also know there are some who aren't quite sure if they can give, whether they ought to give, or how much is enough. I understand the dilemma; we've all been there. However, I would only ask you to listen to the witness of Scripture: "Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others" (2 Cor. 9:13). Your generous giving is a way to glorify God within the context of the work of the church so that the body of Christ becomes a blessing to our community, to the world, and to the ends of the earth.
For this reason, I thank you for what you have given, and I look forward to seeing the fruit of our collective generosity as we seek to glorify God here at First Pres Bristol and our larger community with all that we are and have. Thanks be to God!
In Christ,
Pastor Sam
Five Cents a Meal Offering Sunday
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!
We'll Install Our New Head Pastor Nov. 4
With communion and bagpipes, we will celebrate the installation of Sam Weddington as our head pastor during One Worship from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on November 4 in the sanctuary. The guest preacher will be the Reverend Eungyoung "Grace" Kim, Sam's wife. The installation service will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall, a wonderful opportunity to grow better acquainted with Sam's family. Please make plans now to participate in this long-awaited occasion!
During the service, ushers will collect a special offering for the Holston Presbytery Pastoral Care Fund. This offering will be used to help provide medical emergency funds to pastors, associate pastors, and other church professionals. Special offering envelopes will be available; make checks payable to Holston Presbytery.
Wednesday Night Program Vanishes!
We don't want to spook anyone, but our regular Wednesday night programming will vanish on October 31. It will be beyond incorporeal, formless, nonexistent. There will be no fellowship supper, no Adult Learning session, no on-site youth or children's activities. Yet from somewhere in the upper reaches of the church, stray creatures below will hear unseen hands ringing bells, followed by disembodied voices singing. Eerily from the Fellowship Hall will come distant sounds of voices and instruments and the beating of drums. Could that have anything to do with Halloween? Only members of our three choirs know.
Fall Cleanup Day Set for Nov. 3
rake and leaves
Our annual Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 3. The cleanup crew will meet in the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. then head out to work till noon. We are recruiting crew members and seeking church members who would like help with such chores as raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and changing smoke detector batteries. You will find sign-up sheets in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway. You may also call Scottie Bales in the church office at 423-764-7176 to request help or to volunteer.
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, [email protected].
Handbell ringers. We would love to have more ringers for the Sanctuary Handbell Choir! We practice on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Contact Beth Flannagan, [email protected], or Bob Greene, [email protected].
Kitchen cleanup. We still need folks to clean up after our Wednesday fellowship suppers. Please pitch in! Contact Scottie Bales, [email protected].
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, [email protected].
We're Collecting Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount School
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!
FPC Arts Series: Early Music Trio Here Tonight!
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. Pat Flannagan has created a Facebook event for this concert.
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; oboist Johann Christian Fischer; 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.
FPC Members in Voices of the Mountains Concert Sunday
Members of the FPC family will participate in a concert by the Voices of the Mountains this Sunday, October 28, 3:00 p.m., at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center. Bob Greene will sing the bass part of a duet from Giacomo Puccini's Magnificat, and Ann Holler's composition "Tulips at Night" will be performed. This work is a setting of a text by Howard Carman, a member of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church. He based his text on verses from Matthew 6 and Isaiah 40. The concert venue is located at 401 S. Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. Tickets cost $15.
Music Notes
Sunday's music: Our anthem, Jubilate Deo, was composed by Benjamin Britten (1913 -1976). Britten was the leading British composer of the last half of the 20th century and considered the finest English opera composer since Henry Purcell (1659 -1695). Britten
Benjamin Britten
studied at the Royal College of Music. From 1939 to 1942, he lived in the United States as a pacifist, but love for his homeland took him back to England. He continued to experiment with modern musical styles, forms, and sonorities, which are the characteristics of his music. Jubilate Deo, a setting of Psalm 100, was written in 1961 for St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. It is, indeed, a joyous work that displays a unique partnership between choir and organ. The melodic lines are mostly unison with ornamentation in the upper voices and are presented antiphonally between sopranos/tenors and altos/basses. An introspective middle section heightens the joy of the brilliant "Doxology" and ""Amen."
Organist's footnotes: Three transcriptions. On Sunday you will hear three well-known pieces, each transcribed from their original arrangements. "Vocalise" [Prelude] is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 -1943),
Antonina Nezhdanova
composed and published in 1915 as the last of his 14 Songs or 14 Romances, Op. 34. Written for high voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words but is sung using a single vowel of the singer's choosing. It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Nezhdanova.
Charles Gounod (1818 -1893) considered The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach to be "the law to pianoforte study ... the unquestioned textbook of musical composition." He was inspired to devise a melody and superimpose it on the "C Major Prelude" (BWV 846) from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. In 1859 Gounod fitted the words of the "Ave Maria" [Offertory] to his melody. Bill Linderman plays Bach's accompaniment on the piano while I play Gounod's melody with handbells.
"The Flight of the Bumblebee" [Postlude] is an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 -1908) for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899-1900. It is intended to musically evoke the seemingly chaotic and rapidly changing flying pattern of a bumblebee. Despite the piece's being a rather incidental part of the opera, it is today one of the more familiar classical works because of its frequent use in popular culture.
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
The more the merrier: The Sanctuary Handbell Choir welcomes all adults who'd like to help the music ring out on Sunday mornings. No experience required: it will be fun to teach you! We practice Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Please talk with Beth Flannagan, Mary Ellis Rice, Rebecca Tate, Jim White, or Bob Greene, and join us upstairs in room 212 after the fellowship supper.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Kevin Buck
Becky Busler
Parker Carroll
Jane Crewey
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Nancy King
Marty McCloud
Debbie McMillin
John Melkowski
Larry Mullins
Robin North
Osborne Family
Stuart Parker
Karen Pennington
Don Preston
Virginia Rutherford
Chuck Thompson
Bill Wade
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Oct. 28     Eddie Hill, Claire Pruner
Oct. 29     Jim Daniel, Virginia Rutherford
Oct. 31     Julie Halstead, Pat Longnecker, Flora Mae Turner
Nov. 2       Frances Rowell, Erin Yates       
Nov. 3       Charles Webb
Church Calendar
Sunday, October 28
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
Tuesday, October 30
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
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3 Court of Honor, Chapel
Wednesday, October 31
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 220
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
rake and leaves Thursday, November 1
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Saturday, November 3
9:00 a.m.       Leaf Raking Crew Meets in FPC Parking Lot
Our Church Officers
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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
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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
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Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill