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Church Nursery/Childcare Workers - State Street United Methodist Church, 650 Valley Drive in Bristol, VA, is seeking 2 Nursery/Preschool Workers. Qualifications include a love for God and God's children. Previous experience in child care preferred. Current positions require minimum age of 18.
A background check will be required. Compensation is $12 per hour. Hours available include: Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 5:15 - 7:45 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Please send cover letter and resume to For more information, call the church office at (276) 669-2101, Ext. 121 and speak with Cheri.
Nursery Volunteers Needed – While we are looking for additional nursery workers, we could use some church volunteers to assist with hospitality and care for children and their families who attend and/or visit State Street. If you are willing to help, please contact the church office.

Summer Series
Neighborhood Chats
through July 31

"Won't You be my Neighbor: Life Lessons from Mister Rogers"
Mr. Rogers may have been the nicest guy of all time. Everything about his real life seemed to mirror his TV character. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, his children's television program showed how to love people of all races, abilities, and backgrounds. Everyone was equal in his neighborhood. What does it mean to be a neighbor? Who is your neighbor? Come to Sunday worship and find out. State Street UMC strives to be a place where all our neighbors are welcome, no one is a stranger, and all are accepted.

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Sunday, July 17
6th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 4:1-9... Let anyone with ears to hear listen!

Sermon: Mister Rogers on Listening with More Than Your Ears.
"Love begins with listening."-Fred Rogers

  • 7/24 - Mister Rogers on Gratitude
  • 7/31 - Mister Rogers on Being a Good Neighbor (The Good Samaritan)

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Neighborhood Chats – Continues this Week on July 14!

Join in Neighborhood Chats as we explore ways we can be better neighbors as Christ has called us to be. No special book or preparation necessary. Come as you are as we support one another on the journey of being a good neighbor.

 Thursdays 11 a.m. – Noon with Pastor Steve until August 4 (Rm. #115)
9:01 and 11:00 Services Livestreaming on
on State Street’s YouTube Channel - StateStreetUMC
Or listen to an audio recording of the sermon
with Sermon By Phone by calling 276-466-1050.
Recovery at Bristol
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
***Recovery is not meeting next week, July 21***

  • Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall before worship.
  • In Person Worship at 7 p.m. (social distancing; masks not required for attendees with completed vaccinations) or join us live on YouTube.
  • Support groups meet following worship.
  • Transportation to and from Recovery available. If you need a ride, contact the Church Office at 276-669-2101 Ext. 121.
  • Childcare provided.

If you have questions about Recovery, please call (276) 669-2101 Ext.123 for Rev. Steve Patterson or Ext.129 for Amy Brown.
Back To School Clothing Drive
Updated Deadline is Sunday, July 17
to turn in your donations

30 children have been sponsored and 6 online monetary donations have come in to help shop for the students! Thank you for your generosity in helping a student in need!

  • It is not too late to donate monetarily online. You can sponsor a student by making a donation of $100. Donations can be made directly by visiting
  • You can also mail a check to: Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia, 280 Lee St, Bristol, VA 24201.

Deadline is this Sunday, July 17, to bring your donated items to the Church Office. Volunteers will be delivering all of the donations to the Community in Schools Office next Monday, July 18.

Thank you to all that participated in making this a huge success!
Attention State Street Golfers

Project Crossroads, a ministry supported by State Street United Methodist Church, is having a charity golf tournament on Friday, August 12 at Holston Hills Golf Course in Marion, VA. Tee times are 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Captain’s Choice, Best Ball. $75 per person includes lunch, cart and 18 holes of golf. Contact the church office by July 31 if you want to join the State Street team.
F.I.S.H. Club Activities

  • July 26-27- We are going out into the neighborhoods to have a popsicle party and sign up kids for F.I.S.H. We will depart from the church at 5 p.m.
  • August 2- F.I.S.H. Volunteer training at the church, at 6 p.m. with dinner provided.
  • August 9 - F.I.S.H. Club start date: This will be our annual School Supply night & we will need volunteers to help it run smooth. We will meet from 5:45-7:15 p.m. at the church.
  • August 13- NO F.I.S.H. Club.
  • August 23- Vacation Bible School Water Day at the church from 5:45-7:15 p.m. We will need volunteers for this event. 
F.I.S.H. Volunteers Needed:

Food prep and service (4-6 p.m.)
Food clean up (6-7 p.m.) 
Helpers in each group (5:45-7:15 p.m.)
Riders on the bus (early route 4:30-5:45) (late route 7:15-8:30 p.m.)  
July Oak (Older Adult Council) Luncheon
Thursday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m.

The next OAK event will be at Southern Craft near the Sessions Hotel in Bristol on Thursday, July 28. Since this is a local venue, we will gather there at 11:30 a.m. Feel free to invite friends or family to join us. Sign up by Wednesday, July 27 at noon. If there are questions call Patty Kilbreath (423) 646-5577.
Upcoming Youth Activities

  • Saturday, July 16 at 9 a.m. - A Morning Out with the Challengers. The Challengers are a group of young people who have special needs. The youth will be helping them with their baseball game. Meet at the church at 9 a.m. to head over to the baseball field. Snacks will be provided.

  • Sunday, July 17 Regular Youth day from 5-6 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 24 Youth and children will head to the movies to see, "Paws of Fury". Time will be determined soon.
  • August 5 - 6 Overnight Trip to Camp Ahistadi  We will leave from the church by 4 p.m. on August 5. If you or your student is interested in attending or if you have any questions, please notify Amy Brown at

  • August 7: No Youth
Thank You!

We want to thank the Open Door Sunday School Class for serving at Sharing Christ on Saturday, July 9th. We had 14 volunteers and fed 86 people!
Blood Pressure Screenings in July

Thursday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Narthex
Monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, August 2, 8:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

The next Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Hall on August 2 at 8:30 a.m. Brief devotion, prayers, conversation, and breakfast will be provided. The cost is $5 payable upon arrival. To register call Cheri in the Office at (276) 669-2101 Ext. 121 or Ray Smith at (276) 644-3416. You can also sign up at the Welcome Table on Sundays.
Mid-Week Prayer Service
Wednesdays At Noon - Chapel

A time for shared prayers, reflective moments, and singing. 30 minutes. ZOOM option available (contact the church office at (276) 669-2101 if interested).
Now Hiring for Spring Garden Preschool

Spring Garden Preschool is currently hiring for a Part Time Assistant position starting in August. The position will require experience working with children. Please email your resume to the director, Malinda West, at
Spring Garden Enrollment

Summer and fall registration are open to the public. Now enrolling children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. For more information call (276) 466-8505.
Sunday Worship In-Person & Online

SSUMC offers opportunities for worship on Sunday mornings with three different spaces and flavors:

+ 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel – Informal service with traditional hymns.

+ 9:01 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall – Modern service with music led by the Praise Band.

+ 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary – Traditional service with choir and organ.

Godly Play (a worship experience for ages 4 - 5th grade) is offered during 9:01 service.

As of July 12, COVID levels are listed as MEDIUM in the City of Bristol, VA and Washington County, VA and LOW in Sullivan County, TN ( Your respect and care for the health of one another is appreciated. Masks or no masks, all are welcome. No explanation or judgment necessary.
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Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. - John Wesley's Three Simple Rules
Church Office Hours

Our Church Office Administrator, Cheri Zaras, is on site Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you call and she does not answer or you need assistance at other times, please leave a voicemail and she will get back with you as soon as possible. Email is also a good way to connect. The church office email is The church office phone is (276) 669-2101 Ext. 121.