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In This Issue
About Windows
ONE Worship, Congregational Meeting Sunday
Stewardship Dedication Sept. 24
A Pastor's Musings
Debate and Dissent Next Wednesday
Learn about 2018 Mission Trip to Ethiopia Oct. 1
Students to Worship at Roan Mountain Sunday Night
Real Men Study the Word
Join the Crew and Help a Neighbor
Reception for Shannan Next Sunday
The Wheel Turns and Summer Falls before the Blade
Music Notes
In the Pulpit Sunday
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
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September 17
15th Sunday after Pentecost
ONE Worship
Isaiah 65:17-25
Acts 3:11-26
Future Hope, Present Power
Rev. Bradley Long
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
We Are One in the Spirit
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
God of All Nations
Sanctuary Choir
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 103; 11:00: 93


on First Presbyterian Church

September 14, 2017
ONE Worship, Congregational Meeting Sunday
This Sunday, September 17, all Sunday School classes will begin at 9:30 so that we can share ONE Worship at 10:30 in the sanctuary. Our annual congregational meeting to elect church officers will follow. This meeting is your chance to nominate fellow congregants to serve three-year terms as elders, deacons, or trustees. Please make plans to attend!
Stewardship Dedication Sept. 24
Next Sunday, September 24, we will dedicate our financial pledges to the ministries of First Presbyterian Church in 2018. After prayerful consideration, please complete and sign your pledge card and bring it with you to worship next Sunday. If you are unable to attend worship then, please mail your pledge to the church, bring it in person to the church office during the week, or drop it in the weekly worship offering on another Sunday. More pledge cards are available in our bulletins and on the information tables.

Your timely response to this request will help our Finance Committee craft a budget for our 2018 ministry that is both ambitious and responsible. Our leaders are committed to a balanced budget; we cannot depend on estimates for unpledged giving. We hope for bold, generous commitments to the ministry of Jesus Christ through First Presbyterian Church.

We strive to handle all gifts, pledges, and inquiries with the utmost fidelity and discretion. If you have any questions or need more information about the church's finances or your own giving, please feel free to contact Betsy Galliher at 423-764-7176.
From Dave Welch
A Pastor's Musings
There is a saying, common in the youth ministry world, that goes, "God doesn't ask for us to be able, just available." This week, I've had the privilege to hear two different sermons from Exodus 3, God's calling to Moses. Let me remind you of a couple of points from this Exodus narrative. Moses is taking care of sheep, doing what he does, and he comes to Horeb, the mountain of God. It is interesting to note that Moses is beyond the "wilderness," which may reflect both his actual location and his self-location. In Hebrew, Horeb has several possible meanings, including desert, waste, and wilderness. To me it is a fascinating idea that Moses is out beyond where he should be, beyond the comfortable, in the wildness of the wilderness and perhaps even beyond where it is safe. Then, seeing a bush that, though burning, is not consumed, Moses turns "aside" to see what's what. Moses changes direction, changes course, moves toward the invitation, if you will, of God. Finally, after Moses turns to look, God addresses him by his name. Thus begins an incredible salvation history of covenant, redemption, restoration, and belonging, of which we at FPC are now included.
Here are some of my takeaways from this narrative. First, God always initiates or "bids" us into relationship; never forcing, never overwhelming, always inviting. Usually, at least for Moses and me, this bid comes as and is experienced as an interruption in our normal, everyday activities. Second, God's bid or invitation is always intimate and personal. Just as He did with Moses, God knows and addresses us each by name, not by "Hey, you there." Third, God intends, desires, even yearns for us to partner with Him in an incredible adventure. God heard the cries of the people, His people, and invited Moses to be used to secure their freedom. Where might we be available to serve, to join God, not in work, but in an adventure? 
Debate and Dissent Next Wednesday
Get it off your chest! That's what Martin Luther did. Join us for "Debate and Dissent after the 95 Theses" next Wednesday, September 20. Martin Dotterweich will lead the fifth of six Adult Learning programs examining the background and significance of Luther's famous posting of the 95 Theses, which led to the Reformation.
Before the evening programs, we will share a fellowship dinner of shepherd's pie, salad, and dessert at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Learning segment will follow at 6:20, and the Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00.
Learn about 2018 Mission Trip to Ethiopia Oct. 1
Want to go to Dembi Dollo? Our mission partners in Ethiopia have invited us to visit them again in 2018. Anyone interested in being part of this trip is encouraged to spend about 20 minutes in a discussion and informational session at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, in room 117. Your attendance at this meeting will not commit you to travel, but it will guarantee that you leave well-informed about our work in Dembi Dollo. We hope to see many of you there!
Students to Worship at Roan Mountain Sunday Night

This Sunday, September 17, both FPC Student Fellowship groups will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. then head to Roan Mountain for a little hike and worship on a bald as the sun sets. Dress warmly and be ready to hike. Bring a blanket to sit on, if you like. We plan to be back around 8:30 p.m. If it rains, we will stay at FPC. For more information, contact Katie Arnold, Director of Student Ministries, at
Real Men Study the Word
Bible study is a vital part of any Christian's life. As brothers in Christ, we rely on each other for fellowship. What better way is there for this togetherness than to begin the day in prayer and discussion? The Men's Bible Study meets in the parlor for about an hour at 7:00 a.m. each Thursday for a deep dive into the upcoming sermon scripture. We talk about ways to live as servant-leaders through the Word in our families, our work, and our play. Come join in fellowship and spirit to explore the Word.
Join the Crew and Help a Neighbor
We are inviting participation in a neighborhood service project with our Christian Hands Ministry outreach. The vision of this ministry is to share the love of Christ by bringing together church and community resources to improve substandard social and living conditions and encourage spiritual wellbeing for our neighbors.
A knowledgeable crew boss leads each job. Our upcoming project is a bathroom replacement, and we need your help! Here's the deal:
  • What: Two hours or two days (or more) for tearing out and replacing a bathroom (walls, ceiling, floor, and fixtures).
  • Who: Any person of any age (youth under 18 require a parent's signature).
  • Where: The house of one of our church's neighbors in great need.
  • When: Work will begin the first week in October.
  • How to volunteer: Call Peggy Hill at 423-956-0209, or email her at; call the church office at 423-764-7176; or email Diana Mattison at
FPC's neighborhood is defined by these boundaries, identified by the Evangelism & Outreach Committee in 2006:
  • North: The Tennessee/Virginia state line
  • South: Lakeview Street
  • West: The railroad tracks
  • East: Booher Road, King College Road (along the border of King University but excluding the campus), Golf Street
Through FPC's Christian Hands Ministry, we have the chance to serve our church's neighbors in need in tangible ways that allow both neighbor and congregant to witness the love of Christ as we work together for justice, redemption, reconciliation, and restoration.
Reception for Shannan Next Sunday
A reception to honor Shannan Miller will be held next Sunday, September 24, after the 8:30 service. We need volunteers to bake cookies, and we are collecting a cash gift. Scottie Bales and Anne Southerland will collect monetary donations until Wednesday, September 20. You may give your contribution to either Scottie or Anne when you see her at church, or email or to make other arrangements. Do not give your donation to the church; this is a gift directly from us, so it cannot be tax deductible. Above all, come say goodbye to Shannan, who is leaving us after 17 years as a vital presence in our early worship service.
vanilla wafers
It's time again to collect snacks for the students at Fairmount Elementary! 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. We are now collecting boxes of vanilla wafers . Please bring them to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our friends at Fairmount get through the long fall afternoons. Thank you!
The Wheel Turns and Summer Falls before the Blade
When we come to FPC for ONE Worship and the congregational meeting this Sunday, we will be greeted by the last of the summer lawns. Autumn in the United States begins September 22, at least by the astronomical calendar, so Randy Olson will be the last of the summer mowers. It will fall to Dan Gross to kick off the final weeks of the mowing season as he prepares the lawn for Stewardship Sunday next week.
It is all about stewardship. If you'd like to be a good steward of the church grounds, join our mowing team! You can sign up at any time of year. We welcome men and women, adults and teens. You can even make a family outing of it: younger 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! 
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Sanctuary Choir.

Sunday's music: This week's anthem was composed by renowned American church musician David N. Johnson (1922-1987). He studied organ and composition at Curtis Institute of Music. Between 1942 and 1946 he served in the US Army Signal Corps/Air
David N. Johnson
Corps in India, Burma, and China, receiving a Meritorious Service Award and campaign ribbons. He continued his music studies at Trinity University (Texas) and Syracuse University. Johnson was a lecturer at Syracuse University (1951). From 1960 to 1967, he was college organist and organ instructor at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. He was named music department chair at St. Olaf in 1965. In 1967, he succeeded Arthur Poister as professor of music and university organist at Syracuse University. He moved to Arizona in 1969, where he taught at Arizona State University, Tempe. Johnson published well over three hundred compositions, most of them for church use, and was the author of Instruction Book for Beginning Organists.

Organist's footnotes: I have been a fan of David N. Johnson for many years. Indeed, his Instruction Book for Beginning Organists was the very book I worked through during my first year of organ lessons. Johnson is perhaps best known for his Trumpet Tunes (he wrote dozens of them). But he also wrote many lovely, and quieter, pieces as well, two of which I'll play today.

"Be Still, My Soul, for God Is Near" (Prelude) is based on the tune ANGELUS, which was composed by Georg Joseph in 1657, later harmonized in 1847. Johnson pairs this tune to a communion text, but it is more often found in connection with an evening (vesper) hymn.

"Thee We Adore" (Offertory) is a setting of a 13th century Benedictine plainsong, ADORO DEVOTE. To maintain the asymmetrical feeling of the original, Johnson's setting changes meters constantly from 2, 3, and 4 eighth-notes per measure, with the instruction "in flexible tempo" at the beginning. Johnson's setting also changes tonal centers constantly. One later edition of this piece tries to be "helpful" to the performer by changing time signatures every few measures, but I'll stick to Johnson's original edition.
"Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound" (Postlude) is based on the German chorale LASST UNS ERFREUEN, first found in the Geistliche Kirchengesäng published in Cologne in 1623. It was originally associated with an Easter/Resurrection text. Johnson's setting is appropriately joyful, and not quiet!
In the Pulpit Sunday
The Reverend Bradley Long is a missionary with The Antioch Partners and formerly pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, VA, the sending church of Audrey and Chase Arndt. He is a graduate of King College ('07) and Princeton Theological Seminary ('10). Before he and his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, Susie, made the transition to overseas, cross-cultural ministry with TAP, he served as a hospital chaplain in addition to his pastorate. Bradley is the nephew of Sujean Bradley.
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
DeeDee Galliher
Bill Goforth
Ron Grubbs
Jo Ann Hatcher
Vivian Hill
Don Moneyhun
Tony Raccioppo
Lynn Richards
Virginia Rutherford
Sam Samuel
Cassie & Michael Thornton

To the Church Triumphant
Jimmy Lynn Price
September 10, 2017
Our love and sympathy are with Pat Flannagan in the death of his sister-in-law, Diane Shelby Hampton Flannagan, September 9, in Bristol, VA.
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
Sept. 23        Celeste Matney, Stephen Welch
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts from Louise Bowdoin in memory of these individuals:
Fred Frazier: to the Music Projects Fund
Sharon Hatcher: to the Memorial Fund
Church Calendar
Sunday, September 17
9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship, Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.     Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Committee, 
                         Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship at Roan Mountain,
                         Leave from FPC
5:30 p.m.       Finance Committee, Room 123
Monday, September 18
4:45 p.m.       Strategic Initiatives & Implementations Committee, Room 117
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
Tuesday, September 19
9:00 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, September 20
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
4:45 p.m.       Youth Handbells
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Committee, Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:20 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
Thursday, September 21
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117