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In This Issue
About Windows
Stewardship Committee Reflection
Learn More about Spring Mission Trip to Ethiopia
Sharing for a Sheep
We Need Two More Hosts for Family Promise
Food Pantry Needs Your Help
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount
Fall Break: No Wednesday Programs Oct. 11
Women's DVD Bible Study Takes a Break Next Week
Whither Weather?
Celebrate with Family Promise
Music Notes
In the Pulpit Sunday
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
FPC's Elders and Deacons
Church Calendar
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Windows is a publication of First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN. Please direct questions and suggestions to the editor, Kathy Acuff,
October 8
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 20:1-4
Matthew 21:33-46
What Lies Ahead
Dr. Dan Donaldson
Holy God, We Praise Your Name
O Lord, Our God, How Excellent
O for a Closer Walk with God
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Sanctuary Choir
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 96; 11:00: 94


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October 5, 2017
Stewardship Committee Reflection

We all appreciate good service at a restaurant, whether it's a fast food chain or a local mom and pop establishment. We take note of that waitperson who greets us with a smile and invites us to enjoy ourselves as if we were an old friend being invited into their home. Some might call that Southern hospitality. That pride shows in the faces, words, and gestures of those servers. However, we also notice when the greeting is not so warm, when the service is more like drudgery or an inconvenience to the waitperson, when we don't feel so welcomed.
How do we show our warm hospitality and pride to others as members of First Presbyterian Church? We show it when we address our fellow congregants with love and appreciation, when we greet guests into our church as we would invite them into our home, when we share the joy of FPC with our friends and neighbors by inviting them with pride to be with us in worship.
We are proud members of FPC Bristol. Thank you for being here, whether in person or in spirit. Thank you for sharing in God's work. We pray that you are also proud of our church, for our ministry, and for all that FPC Bristol represents. 

Dedication Sunday was a very busy day. There were so many announcements and celebrations that some of us may have overlooked the need to turn in a pledge card. Dedication Sunday came much earlier this year so that the Finance Committee would have adequate time to prepare next year's budget.
There are other cares and concerns being discussed among the members, not the least of which is the Pastor Nominating Committee. The rotation of supply pastors keeps the pulpit supplied, and we are enjoying a variety of preaching talent.
With all that's going on, it would be easy forget the pledge card. If you have pledged, we thank you. If not, please do so right away so that we can formulate plans for 2018. / Stewardship Committee
Learn More about Spring Mission Trip to Ethiopia
From our 2012 mission trip to Dembi Dollo.

Our next Ethiopia Mission trip has been tentatively planned for early spring of 2018. If you are interested in knowing more about this wonderful opportunity to serve and to learn, please contact Peggy Hill by Sunday, October 15. Peggy is available by phone at 423-956-0209 and by email at
From the Children's Ministry
Sharing for a Sheep

For the months of October through December, the children of First Presbyterian Church will be contributing their Sunday School offering to buy a sheep for a family in need.
In Sunday School last month, we studied about how Jesus forgave Peter for denying him before the crucifixion. When Jesus forgave Peter, he also gave him instructions: he told Peter to care for Jesus' sheep. Three times, Jesus told him to care for his sheep. Now, Jesus didn't have any sheep, but Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the people of this world are his sheep. Like Peter, we too can follow Jesus' instruction by caring for other people, his sheep. One way we can do that is by buying a sheep for a family in need. A sheep from Heifer International costs $125. Let's gather our pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars together to buy a sheep! This special offering starts this Sunday, October 8.
Kids: Please remember to bring an offering each Sunday.
Parents: Please share this information with your children and talk to them about this opportunity to learn and help. 
We Need Two More Hosts for Family Promise

Next Sunday, October 15, FPC will host two small families through Family Promise of Bristol for a week of their journey toward independence. These are very cordial, sweet folks, and you'll enjoy meeting them. They will be with us from 5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 15, until 7:00 a.m. Sunday, October 22.
These are our remaining needs for their stay:
Dinner host for Monday the 16th: Come to the church parlor by 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the family and eat dinner prepared by Lorri Looney's Bible study group. Stay until the overnight hosts arrive at 8:30 p.m.
Overnight host for Tuesday the 17th: Arrive at 8:30 p.m., hang out, sleep, and leave at 7:00 a.m. These two couples and two small children are self-sufficient; during their last visit, they didn't need us in the morning and let us sleep! We have comfy rollaway beds and snacks for you, but bring your own linens or sleeping bag.
Please feel free to invite a friend to volunteer with you, especially if you choose to stay overnight. Both Family Promise's on-call phone number and Dottie Havlik's phone number will be posted at the church, so someone will always be available to help or give advice. If you can help, please email Dottieat or call or text her at 423-956-6747. Thank you!
Food Pantry Needs Your Help

In case you missed last week's newsletter, we want you to know that the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry needs donations of food and money now. Contributions slacked off this summer, but not the Pantry's ministry to Bristol's children, seniors, women, working poor, and people with disabilities who sometimes cannot afford to buy sufficient food in the marketplace. The Pantry provides three days of food once a month for hungry people from both sides of Bristol. Each year the Pantry serves approximately 14,000 residents.
FPC has a grocery cart in the Fellowship Hallway for gifts of nonperishable food to the Pantry. You may also take such food items directly to the Pantry at 21 Washington Street (behind the train station) in Bristol, Virginia. Please coordinate your delivery time with Jim White (423-571-4449) before you do. To make a monetary donation through PayPal, follow this link.
Vanilla Wafers for Fairmount
vanilla wafers
We are continuing to collect boxes of vanilla wafers for snacks for Fairmount Elementary School students. About 80% of the children get help with lunch, but their families can't afford to buy snacks to get them through the afternoon slump. That's where we come in. We collect the snacks from our generous church family, and the Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to the school. Please bring your boxes to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our friends at Fairmount get through the long fall afternoons. Thank you!
Fall Break: No Wednesday Programs Oct. 11

Bristol Tennessee City Schools will be on Fall Break next week, and we will too. That means no Wednesday night programs or other activities on the evening of October 11. We look forward to more fellowship with you on October 18!
Women's DVD Bible Study Takes a Break Next Week
Lorri Looney's Wednesday morning Heart to Heart Bible Study will not meet during Fall Break next week, so don't come to the Coffee Klatch room at 9:30 on October 11! The group also will not meet November 1 or 22. The group started The Quest, Beth Moore's newest release, October 4. This study will continue through December 13. All women of the church, and their friends, are welcome to join!
Whither Weather?
By the time your digital newsletter lands in your digital mailbox, Bristol will have seen three weeks without rain. The folks farther south have much more than is good for them, with more on its way. Depending on the way the wind blows, we might eventually get a trace of it. Our ever-faithful mowers are much more dependable than the weather, so we have no doubt that in the run-up to the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Roger Sikorski will be out on the field making sure it's ready for the day. Drought or damp, JB Madison will roll out to the job the following week.
Feeling faithful? Join our mowing team! You can sign up at any time of year. We welcome men and women, adults and teens. Make a family outing of it: children can move debris to the curb, and a parent or an elder sibling can mow. If you're unfamiliar with Scag mowers, Team Captain Randy Cook will be happy to give you a lesson on our Tiger Cat. If you can mow even once during the growing season, please email Randy at or call his cell at 423-956-1541. Thank you! 
Celebrate with Family Promise
Mark your calendar now to gather at Central Presbyterian Church to sing and hear what is going on with Family Promise of Bristol! This Annual Celebration Worship Service is a time of thanksgiving for the work of this organization. The service will be held Sunday, October 22, at 3:30 p.m., and a reception will follow. Anyone interested in Family Promise is warmly invited.
Central Presbyterian Church is located at 301 Euclid Avenue in Bristol, VA. For more information, please email the Reverend Ann Aichinger at
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: The anthem, "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus," is a choral arrangement of Hymn #260. The arranger, Benjamin Harrison, was not our 23rd president and, in fact, nothing can be found about him. Even the publisher claims to have no information about him.
William Chatterton Dix
The author of the text, however, is a different story. William Chatterton Dix (1827-1898) was born in Bristol, England. His contributions to modern hymnody are numerous and of value. His fine Epiphany hymn, "As with gladness men of old," and his plaintive "Come unto Me, ye weary" are examples of his compositions, many of which rank high among modern hymns. The greater part of his hymns were contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861; S t. Raphael's Hymnbook, 1861; Lyra Eucharidica, 1863; Lyra Messianica, 1864; Lyra Mystica, 1865. Dix also wrote many Christmas and Easter carols, the most widely known of which is "The Manger Throne." In addition to pieces in prose and verse for various magazines, he published two devotional works, Light and The Risen Life (1883) and a book of instructions for children entitled The Pattern Life (1885).
Organist's footnotes: Each Sunday in October we are exploring new compositions from the Augsburg Organ Library's publication, Reformation, recently released for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The traditional Norwegian melody "Romedal" (Prelude) is named for a municipality in Norway. It has been associated with a text written by Peter Dass (1647-1707), Norwegian poet and priest. Robert Buckley Farlee (b. 1950) is Associate Pastor and Director of Music at Christ Church Lutheran, Minneapolis, and serves on the worship editorial staff of Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
"O Heiliger Geist" (Offertory) [O Holy Spirit] appears in the Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Köln, published in 1623. It has been wed to the Pentecost text "O Spirit of Life," harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach. Marilyn Biery (b. 1959) is an organist, conductor, hymn writer, and freelance composer. She is married to James Biery (b. 1956) who is Minister of Music and Organist at Grosse Point Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
The Swedish folk tune "Vårvindar friska" (Postlude) has been associated with the Spanish-English text "Soplo de Dios viviente (Breath of the living God)" since the publication of The New Century Hymnal, 1995. Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Organist Emeritus at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara.
In the Pulpit Sunday
Dr. Dan Donaldson is a PC(USA) pastor who retired recently after serving First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville for 19 years. Previously, he was the Director of Calvin Center, the Camp and Conference Center for the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. He also served as Associate Executive for Youth Ministry and Camping for the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Dan has been pastor of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Knoxville as well as Ruby and White Oak Presbyterian Churches in South Carolina. He and his wife, Pat Pickel Donaldson, are both graduates of King University. They have two children and one granddaughter.
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 Bussler
Wayne Creel (Sherry Ratliff's father)
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Vivian Hill
Don Moneyhun
Tony Raccioppo
Sam Samuel
Cassie & Michael Thornton
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
October 8        Patty King, Tom King, Bill Linderman, Reed Miller
October 9        Emmett Bane, Kathleen Dotterweich, Chris Winters
October 10      John Adams, Ian Addison, Laura Linke
October 11      Dot Mattison, Brandon Story
October 12      Mary Givens Crutchfield, Laura Ong, Bill Wade
October 13      Buddy Eller, Katie Sword
October 14      Ben Frizzell
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts to the Memorial Fund in memory of these individuals:
Diane Flannagan: from John and Karen Vann
Sharon Hatcher: from Jeff and Lorri Looney
FPC's Elders and Deacons
Here, by popular demand, is our roster of current Elders and Deacons. PCUSA seal small
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, October 8
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
5:30 p.m.       Finance Committee, Room 123
Monday, October 9
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Committee, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Committee, Room 123
Tuesday, October 10
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, October 11
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Committee, Room 117
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, October 12
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