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In This Issue
Subscriptions & Deadlines
We Welcome a Special Guest Preacher Sunday
Prelude to the Late Service
Want to Join FPC This Sunday?
Adult Classes on Church Life and History, Gospel of John Begin Sunday
Bible Study Brewing in High School Coffee House
Wednesday Women's Bible Study Now Meets in Room 117
Wednesday Night: Nourishing and Full of Flavor
Nominate Officers to Lead the Church
Students Slip, Slide Sunday
We Can Help Abby Welch Complete Her African Mission
Save Canceled Stamps for Sunday Schools
Make a Personal Care Kit for BFIA
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
September Parable
Ring the Bells! We Have News
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
September 16
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
New Testament Lesson
1 Peter 4:12-18
Joy and Suffering
Nehemiah Maji
The Church of Christ in Every Age
I the Lord of Sea and Sky
Go Forth and Tell
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 133; 11:00: 131
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September 13 , 2018
We Welcome a Special Guest Preacher Sunday
Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Maji
Come help us welcome a very special guest preacher this Sunday! Pastor Sam's friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Maji, was born in Nigeria in 1973, the third of five children in the Christian family of Mr. and Mrs. Maji Dangiwa. His father was a church planter with the Evangelical Church Winning All, a Reformed body in Nigeria. Nehemiah accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. Over his pastoral career, he has served in different capacities in the Evangelical Church Winning All. Currently, he is the lead pastor of ECWA English Service Kaduna. He is married to Gladys, and their union is blessed with three children, Favor, Faith and Felix.
Nehemiah served as Pastor Sam's Associate Pastor in the English Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of the Lord in Seoul, South Korea. Nehemiah went to Korea to complete a Th.M. at the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, and later completed a Ph.D. His work focused on the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon as a model for ministry in Nigeria. From this work, Nehemiah would later found the Spurgeon Hope Ministry dedicated to caring for elderly pastors as well as for the widows and orphans of pastors persecuted by extremists like Boko Haram. For more information, please be sure to see the brochures in the narthex.
Prelude to the Late Service
It's music to our ears! The late service now begins at 10:55 with a prelude as an invitation to come into the sanctuary and prepare for worship. It's an opportunity to make the transition from a world of distraction to the peace of open ears and open hearts. Open the door to sanctuary!
Want to Join FPC This Sunday?
The FPC Session will meet this Sunday with adults interested in becoming voting members of our congregation. The meeting will be held in the chapel after the 8:30 service. For more information, contact Dave Welch at
We receive members in one of three ways:
  1. by baptism and profession of faith,
  2. by reaffirmation of faith (for those who have been baptized but are not currently active in another congregation), and
  3. by transfer of church membership.
Adult Classes on Church Life and History, Gospel of John Begin Sunday
If you want to know more about the Presbyterian Church in general and FPC in particular, then our new short-term (six to eight weeks) Sunday morning adult class is for you! We're going to talk about church history, worship traditions, service and fellowship opportunities, what and why we believe, and even where you may fit in. The class begins this Sunday, September 16, in room 125 (off the Fellowship Hallway). It will be taught by Dave Welch and promises to be engaging, informative, and entertaining.
Another new class is for Adult Learners who would like to gather with other folks on Sunday morning to take a look at the Gospel of John. Matt Richardson and Andrew Beck will facilitate the discussion, for which no preparation is needed. Just come to room 123 (past the kiosk across from the main office) this Sunday and join in the reading and lively discussion.
Bible Study Brewing in High School Coffee House
High school students have a new Sunday School option, and it comes in regular or decaf. Student Ministries welcomes them to the High School Coffee House in the Youth Wing on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 10:45. There they can drink in Bible study and discuss it in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. We expect it will be good to the last drop!
Wednesday Women's Bible Study Now Meets in Room 117
The Wednesday Women's Bible Study has relocated to room 117, the first door on the left as you enter the office hallway from the covered walk. We began our study of Philippians this week with the aid of John MacArthur's Christ, the Source of Joy and Strength. All women are invited to our meetings; if you want to participate, contact Dottie Havlik at 423-956-6747 or for a copy of the book. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Each session is an informal time to discuss God's Word, pray, and enjoy one another's company. Drop in any Wednesday morning to see whether this small group fits your needs.
Wednesday Night: Nourishing and Full of Flavor
Many-layered lasagna and straightforward advice are both on the program for Wednesday, September 19. Please join us for supper at 5:30 and stay for Chuck Thompson's final session on the wisdom in the letter from James, the brother of Jesus. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. Come to the Fellowship Hall for a night of nourishment for body and soul.
Nominate Officers to Lead the Church
The Officer Nominating Committee is seeking suggestions from the congregation for members to serve as Elders, Deacons, and Trustee. We welcome your suggestions of those you see as particularly gifted for serving as officers of the church. You will find nomination forms in the narthex and Fellowship Hallway. You may turn your suggestions in to the church office or to one of the committee members: Chuck Thompson (Chair), Nancy Butterworth, Debbie McMillin, Laura Ong, and Kathryn Parker. Feel free to consult any committee member for more information. A table of all current officers of the church is at the end of this newsletter.
The Duties of Elders
The Book of Order, G-2.0301, states: "As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they 'lord it over' the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session."
The Duties of Deacons
The Book of Order, G-2.0201, states: "The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
The Duties of Trustees
The Book of Order, G-4.0101, states: "The corporation so formed, or the individual trustees, shall have the following powers: to receive, hold, encumber, manage, and transfer property, real or personal, for the congregation, provided that in buying, selling, and mortgaging real property, the trustees shall act only after the approval of the congregation, granted in a duly constituted meeting; to accept and execute deeds of title to such property; to hold and defend title to such property; to manage any permanent special funds for the furtherance of the purposes of the congregation, all subject to the authority of the session and under the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The powers and duties of the trustees shall not infringe upon the powers and duties of the session or the board of deacons."
Students Slip, Slide Sunday
Thunder and lightning may have knocked out our fun, but we are ready to slip 'n' slide this week with Florence! Student Fellowship will meet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 16, for worship, and small groups, and end with a 100-foot slip 'n' slide of mess!
We can't wait to see you for week two of The Greatest! Have you ever felt totally confused or in awe about the way God works? Maybe that feeling has left you with even more questions about who God is. But is there a way to really get to know what He's like? This week, we'll find out that God has already given us the greatest way to get to know and understand Him: Jesus. Cole McBrayer will be giving this message. Cole is a junior at Tennessee High School and the starting quarterback for the Vikings. He is passionate in his pursuit of knowing Jesus and is so excited to bring the Word and share his faith with his church family! / Katie Arnold, Director of Student Ministries
We Can Help Abby Welch Complete Her African Mission
Abby (right) and co-teacher with their sixth-grade class.
Unforeseen circumstances compel Abby Welch to seek more funding for her final three months serving with Ubuntu Football Academy in South Africa. In brief, coping with the denial of her long-term visa application has set her budget back quite a bit.
She writes: "This year has been one of remarkable growth and change in my life, as well as the lives of the boys I am teaching, Without you, none of that would be possible."
Learn more by visiting her   blog, "Further Up, Further In," or click  here to donate now.
Save Canceled Stamps for Sunday Schools
Who would believe the value of canceled stamps? In 1972 the Alliance Stamp Ministry was formed, and as of July 2018 a total of $1,000,000 has been generated for Sunday School materials in Spanish-speaking countries and the US. So thanks to all who bring their canceled stamps to the box in the Fellowship Hallway. Remember to leave a border of at least ΒΌ inch around each stamp. / Peggy Peters
Make a Personal Care Kit for BFIA
We are helping neighbors in need through Bristol Faith in Action all this month by assembling personal care or basic cleaning supply kits. Ziploc bags with a list of needed items will be on the seats in both services this Sunday and next. Pick up a bag, fill it with items from the list, and return it to the church by Thursday, September 27. The collection point for the completed kits will be under the stairs leading to the choir loft. Thank you! / Karen Vann
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs

FPC needs volunteers immediately for the following tasks. To volunteer, call the church office at 423-764-7176 or email the listed contact person.
Children's Sunday School. We need a helper for our third and fourth grade class. You can sign up for one week, one month, or a specific day. Contact Lilly Osborne,
Fusion. We need a male helper for our great group of fifth and sixth grade boys. Contact Lilly Osborne,
Kitchen Cleanup. We have folks to help give our Wednesday fellowship suppers, but we still need people to clean up afterward. We are using disposable plates and cups, so pitch in and pitch away! Contact Scottie Bales,
Student Ministries. Work with our youth in Student Ministries! Contact Katie Arnold,
  • Planning Team. Meet monthly with the Director of Student Ministries to plan, vision, and pray for student ministry. Assist with Student Ministries tasks and events.
  • Student Fellowship behind the Scenes. Set up for Sunday night student gathering and clean up afterward. Be present in the hallways and be around to assist with activities.
  • Student Fellowship Small Group Leader. Invest in the lives of a few teens to encourage authentic faith. Attend Student Fellowship on Sunday night from 5:30 to 8:00. Assist with activities and spend time with teens through dinner, games, and worship. After worship, guide discussion in your small group.
September Parable
This week could be read as the Parable of the Desired Guest and the Party Crasher. The dedicated pastor may be closely followed by Florence, fractious, messy, and all over the place. The Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Maji has fortunately arrived in Bristol before the hurricane, which we hope will lose her luggage and not arrive at all. When Pastor Sam's friend preaches this Sunday, Roger Sikorski (September 12-15) will already have rushed out ahead of the rain and wind to prepare the church lawn for the occasion. And as if it were not enough that an enormous storm that looks for all the world like a spiral galaxy plummeting to earth is on the way, next Sunday follows immediately on the autumnal equinox. We are authoritatively informed that, for celestial reasons, this year we will reach this annual milestone at 9:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 22. There is nothing so sweet as heavenly assurance, particularly when it is precise. Larry Connolly (September 19-22) will take the lawn in hand then, if it is not wringing wet.
Join the mowing team! Whatever the weather, signing up is always in season. We welcome men and women, adults and teens, and 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, mowing once or up to three times. 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.
Ring the Bells! We Have News
Beginning next week, on September 19, Handbell Choir rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. That's after the fellowship supper, during programs for children and youth, and right before Sanctuary Choir practice. We hope the new time will be more convenient for those who want to ring but can't manage Monday evenings. Don't worry if you don't know how to ring; we can teach you everything you need to know. If you think you'd enjoy making music with fun-loving people, come up to the handbell room after supper! Contact handbell guru Bob Greene at to let him know you're interested.
Music Notes
Sunday's music: Our anthem for September 16, "Go Forth and Tell," was composed by David Ogden (b. 1966) and focuses upon the mission of the church. Ogden is a professional composer and conductor based in Bristol, England. In the UK, he has
David Ogden
worked extensively with the Royal School of Church Music, and with the BBC, conducting choirs on BBC Television. He has been Religious Music Adviser for the BBC's hit series Call The Midwife since its inception and worked with the Royal Mail Choir in the BBC Two series The Choir: Sing While You Work. His compositions are published by the RSCM and White Light Publishing. In April 2008 one of his anthems was performed by a 250-strong choir in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI as part of a Papal Mass in Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium in Washington, DC, with a congregation of 40,000 people in attendance. In 2015 David was made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his services to church music both in England and internationally.
Sunday's music participants: Bob Greene, Pat Flannagan, Sanctuary Choir.
Handbell Choir: In case you missed it, rehearsals will now be held on Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. Come upstairs to room 212 after the fellowship supper and ring in some fun!
Organist's footnotes: Godwin Sadoh is a Nigerian composer, ethnomusicologist, African musicologist, organist, and choir director. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1965 and holds a B.A. degree in piano performance and composition from Obafemi Awolowo
Godwin Sadoh
University in Nigeria; an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and a D.M.A. in organ performance and composition from Louisiana State University. Sadoh has published articles on modern African art music, organ building, church music, and the organist-composers in Nigeria. He has performed throughout Nigeria and the United States as a recitalist, accompanist, and choral conductor. He has received numerous commissions and is a recipient of the 2004 ASCAPLUS Award for the performance and publications of his compositions worldwide. Sadoh has also taught at several institutions, including the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Golden West College, Thiel College, and Baton Rouge Community College. He has served many churches in the United States as organist and choir director.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Kevin Buck
Becky Busler
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Nancy King
Debbie McMillin
Don Preston
Virginia Rutherford
Chuck Thompson
Bill Wade
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Sept. 17      Nelson Lundberg, John Scott
Sept. 18      Keith Foster, Peggy Peters
Sept. 21      Anna Booher, Karen Haaser, David Worley
Sept. 22      Elizabeth Blankenship, Ann Holler, Jason Mumpower
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 to the church in memory of:
Mr. & Mrs. Sherman Foster: to the Technology Fund from Tony & Cora Lee Raccioppo
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Raccioppo:to the Technology Fund from Tony & Cora Lee Raccioppo
Church Calendar
Sunday, September 16
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
10:00 a.m.     Session Receives New Members, Chapel
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
1:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Comm., Room 117
Tuesday, September 18
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, September 19
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
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning
6:20 p.m.       Handbell Choir, Room 212
7:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 220
Thursday, September 20
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