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In This Issue
Subscriptions & Deadlines
Newsie Needed Now!
Women's Retreat: Save the Date!
Hear a Firsthand Report on Campus Ministry Next Wednesday
Nominate Church Leaders
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Make a Personal Care Kit for BFIA
Jobs for Life Training Course at FPC
Help Abby Welch Complete Her African Mission
Student Fellowship: It's the Greatest!
Coming Round Again
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
September 23
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 54
Mark 9: 30-37
Children on Display
(Teachings on Leadership)
Dave Welch
Sing Praise to God
I'll Praise My Maker
He, Watching Over Israel
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 135; 11:00: 105
Subscriptions & Deadlines
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Deadline for contributions is the Monday of the week of publication. Windows is a publication of First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, TN.


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September 20 , 2018
Newsie Needed Now!
Help get the word out about what's happening at FPC! We need a volunteer each Wednesday afternoon of the program year to prepare the paper version of Windows for mailing and take it to the post office in time for the 5:30 p.m. mail collection. All staff members are involved in Wednesday night program preparation and other activities then and would greatly appreciate help with this task.
Timing is important. If the newsletter is in post office hands by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, it can be delivered to readers by Saturday. After 5:30, the newsletter will not be mailed until the next day, and people will not receive it until Monday, too late to learn about what to expect on Sunday.
Preparing the paper version of Windows entails printing the newsletter PDF supplied through the office; slapping on the mailing labels, also supplied by the office; folding and sealing each copy; running the copies through the postage meter; and driving to the Post Office on Sixth Street to slide them through the slot before 5:30 p.m. The office copier does the collating and stapling, and written instructions and real people are available to get you started. This is an urgent need. To volunteer, contact Scottie Bales at or Betsy Galliher at
Women's Retreat: Save the Date!
We've reserved our space at
Blowing Rock Conference Center for our annual Women's Retreat February 22 - 24, s o you can start daydreaming now about getting away for a wonderful weekend of fellowship, worship, and exploring . Invite a friend to save the date with you! Details to come.
Hear a Firsthand Report on Campus Ministry Next Wednesday
Olivia Marenco serving as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in 2016.
Come to the Fellowship Hall for a night of nourishment for body and soul next Wednesday, September 26, when we will hear what a knowledgeable guest speaker has learned about ministry and outreach to college-aged students. Olivia Marenco, the Director of Campus Ministry at the Presbyterian House at ETSU, will lead our Adult Learning session at 6:20 p.m. Olivia is a graduate of East Tennessee State University's Bachelor of Social Work program and a lifelong member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in Greeneville. She has served as a Young Adult Volunteer for the PC(USA) in Glasgow, Scotland, and as a Youth Advisory Delegate to the General Assembly. Come early, at 5:30, to share a fellowship supper of BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, slaw, and dessert. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. Handbell ringers or fun-loving wannabes will go upstairs to practice in room 212 at 6:20.
Nominate Church Leaders
The Officer Nominating Committee is asking  the congregation to nominate FPC 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."
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 one more helper. 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 still need folks to clean up after our Wednesday fellowship suppers. We are using disposable plates and cups, so you can really pitch in! Contact Scottie Bales,
Newsletter Mailing. Come to the church to prepare the print version of Windows for mailing, then get it to the post office on time. Contact Scottie Bales,, or Betsy Galliher,
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.
Make a Personal Care Kit for BFIA
We are helping neighbors in need through Bristol Faith in Action 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, September 23. 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
Jobs for Life Training Course at FPC
First Presbyterian Church will serve as the venue for the next Jobs for Life training course in Bristol, which is scheduled to begin Monday, September 24. Jobs for Life is a national organization founded in 1996 in Raleigh, NC, and implemented in Bristol when the United Way of Bristol coordinated the first class in the spring of 2018. The effort involves a coalition of individuals from a variety of churches and social service organizations.
Classes will be held twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings, for eight weeks. Individuals who are unemployed or underemployed are eligible to apply for the course, which teaches biblically based life skills and how to navigate the journey to meaningful employment.
An estimated six students and an equal number of mentors, four teachers, and other volunteers will gather at 5:30 each evening to share a meal provided by local churches and restaurants. The classes will begin at 6:15 and conclude around 8:00.
Please pray for these visitors to our church building as Jobs for Life seeks to fulfill its mission: Restoring Dignity, Changing Lives, Transforming Communities. To learn more about Jobs for Life, visit their website at If you are interested in getting involved, contact John Vann at / John Vann
Help Abby Welch Complete Her African Mission
Abby (right) and co-teacher with their sixth-grade class.
Our own Abby Welch is seeking more funding for her final three months serving the Ubuntu Football Academy in South Africa. Coping with the financial repercussions of a denied long-term visa has set her budget back quite a bit. Still 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.
Student Fellowship: It's the Greatest!
Come to Student Fellowship from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. this Sunday! We'll be jumping into week three of The Greatest. Have you ever noticed how quickly your opinion of yourself changes? When things are going great, our value goes up. But when the opposite is true? Our value plummets. But is this really the best way to measure our worth? This week, we'll discover the greatest place we can look for our value: in the eyes of God. See you there! / Katie Arnold
Coming Round Again
After the night of the autumnal equinox comes the dawn of the pledge campaign, and both foretell thanksgiving. Investing his talent for taking care of our church, Larry Connolly (September 19-22) will prepare the lawn in time for each propitious point. The stars will continue to grind around with less fanfare the following week, but JB Madison (September 26-29) will carry on the work of stewardship here below with thought for naught but the greater good. The holidays are but a blur on the far horizon and already we give thanks for Larry and JB and all our faithful volunteers.
Join the mowing team! You can sign up for spring! 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.
Music Notes
Music Notes: Sunday's anthem is "He, Watching Over Israel," an adaptation of Psalm 121:4 that Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy used in his great oratorio Elijah, written in 1846. The choir sang a different chorus from Elijah on September 9 and will finish out September with yet another selection from the oratorio. The chorus being sung Sunday is from Part II of the larger work and depicts Elijah's exile into the desert and his frustration that the Israelites will not remain faithful to Yahweh. Elijah attempts to console the people with these words from the Psalms.
Handbell Choir: We are now getting together to practice on Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:15 p.m. Come upstairs to room 212 after the fellowship supper and ring in some fun. Hey, you'll even burn some calories!
Organist's Footnotes: César Auguste Franck (1822-1890) was a French composer, organist, and pianist who served as organist and choirmaster at Ste. Clotilde, Paris, for 32 years. While he composed in all forms, he is acknowledged as the founder of the modern French school of organ composition.
C ésar Auguste Franck
Sunday's prelude, Franck's "Pastorale, Op. 19," was published as part of his Six Pieces for Large Organ. It is dedicated to the great organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll and is a modest display of the symphonic sonorities of the organ Cavaillé-Coll installed at Ste. Clotilde. Our offertory and postlude, appropriately named "Offertory" (Offertoire) and "Postlude" (Sortie), respectively, are taken from Franck's late opus for harmonium, L'Organist (1889), which consists of 59 short pieces.
Music Participants: Bob Greene, Pat Flannagan, Sanctuary Choir.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Kevin Buck
Becky Busler
Jane Crewey
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Nancy King
Debbie McMillin
Don Preston
Virginia Rutherford
Chuck Thompson
Bill Wade
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Sept. 23      Bill Longnecker, Stephen Welch
Sept. 24      Andrew Beck, Mindy Carter
Sept. 25      Matt Richardson
Sept. 26      Henry Linderman
Sept. 27      Jessica Rogers
Sept. 28      Kelley Mayden
Sept. 29      Larry Connolly, Bill Goforth, Riley Miller, Ann Woods
Church Calendar
Sunday, September 23
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.       Stewardship Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship, Youth Wing
Monday, September 24
7:00 p.m.       Session of Elders, Room 123
Tuesday, September 25
10:00 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, September 26
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.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 220
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, September 27
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