Your Weekly News & Updates
Sunday, May 22, 2022
6th Sunday of Easter
Confirmation, Part II

Scripture: Acts 16:9-15
Sermon: We Move From Limits to Possibilities

“When [Lydia] and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’” -Acts 16:15
9:01 and 11:00 Services now Livestreaming on
on State Street’s YouTube Channel - StateStreetUMC
You can also 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

***Volunteers Needed***

Recovery at Bristol is in need of additional greeters to welcome our guests each Thursday night from 6-7 p.m. If you are interested in serving, please contact Pastor Steve at or Amy Brown at

  • 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 live on Facebook.
  • Support groups meet following worship.
  • Transportation to and from Recovery is available. If you need a ride, please contact the Church Office at 276-669-2101 Ext. 121.
  • Nursery care is provided.

If you have questions about Recovery, please call (276) 669-2101 Ext.123 for Rev. Steve Patterson or Ext.129 for Amy Brown.

Congratulations to our State Street Graduates
for 2022!
High School Graduates

John S. Battle High School
Nate Faust

Tennessee High School
Timmy Rankin

Virginia High School
Shaylah Atkinson
Callee-Scout Love
Ryan Morrison

College & University Graduates

East Tennessee State University Master's Program
Jonna Pickard

Virginia Highlands
James Almaroad
Callee-Scout Love
Graduates will be honored during the 9:01 and 11:00 services this Sunday. If you know of others, please let us know as soon as possible.

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*Also this Sunday, there will be a Confirmation Celebration for Xander Mingle, Chris Mingle, Bryson Anderson and Markus Poole. Xander and Chris will both be confirmed in the 9:01 service. Xander will be baptized by sprinkling. Chris will be baptized by immersion along with Bryson Poole and Markus Anderson as part of an afternoon of fun and fellowship at Camp Ahistadi in Damascus, Virginia. All are welcome to attend. The baptisms are scheduled for around 2 p.m. 
Deadline for Completed Kits is this Sunday, May 22
Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project

Thank you to all who have donated so far, we appreciate your generosity! We have collected 27 completed kits as of today. There is a collection box in the Narthex where you can drop off your completed kits by this Sunday, May 22. If you are unable to shop, but still want to help, send (or drop off) a donation to the church, noting "mission kits" on your check. We have a team of volunteers to shop and pack as many kits as donations allow. SSUMC will deliver the completed kits to the District Office next Tuesday, May 24.

Please send monetary donations by this Sunday, May 22 or drop off at the church office during business hoursPlease also bring your completed kits to the church by this date.
* * * Please pack the below listed items in a 2-gallon zip lock bag * * *
  • 1 ruler - 12 inches
  • 1 small solar-powered calculator
  • 1 bundle of 10-12 pens (blue or black ink)
  • 1 coloring book
  • 1 bundle of 10-12 pencils
  • 1 pack of erasers
  • 1 pack of notebook paper (wide-ruled, 150-200 sheets)
  • 1 small dictionary (new or used)
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 3 spiral notebooks (wide-ruled, 70 pages)
  • 1 pair flip flops (adult size M-L)
  • 1 poncho (adult size)
Thank you for assisting with the Holston Annual Conference Hands-On Mission Project! If you have any questions, please reach out to Cheri in the Church Office at
(276) 669-2101 Ext. 121.
Craft Group Thursdays 6 - 7 p.m.
in the Library

Every Thursday our craft group meets from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Library. We are currently doing crochet but will switch to something different each month. All you need to bring is a size H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook and a skein of yarn.  All ages are welcome. Please contact Shannon Love if you are interested in attending at (423) 646-1077 or
VBS Project Workday
Thank You!

We had a great VBS project workday last Sunday, May 15. Thanks to all of our volunteers: Helene Denny, Karen Hamilton, Becky Luther, and Teressa Wallace. We can't wait for Vacation Bible School June 13-15. Don't miss it!
VBS Outreach Volunteers Needed
June 1 & 8 from 6- 7:30 p.m.

If you would like a chance to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, please join us while we walk through some of the neighborhoods near the church inviting families to join us for V.B.S. on June 1 & June 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to help, please come to the church at 6 p.m. We will travel in vans together. If you are interested in volunteering, email Amy at or Josh Bass at
Vacation Bible School
Registration Now Open!
June 13-15 from 6-8 p.m.
Register now for Vacation Bible School!
On Sundays, a table in the narthex has VBS information, enrollment forms and prayer cards. Thank you to all that donated newspaper, we are all set for now. Thank you for your generous giving! 
** Volunteers Needed June 13 & 14 **

  • 2 preschool volunteers for VBS from 6-8 p.m. 

  • 2 registration volunteers for VBS from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

If you are interested in volunteering, Reach out to Amy Brown at or Josh Bass at
Pray for VBS

Please pray for our upcoming Vacation Bible School Session that will be held on
June 13-15! Each week there will be a specific prayer for an aspect of the VBS. This week, we pray for our Staff.

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Family Fun Night at Steele Creek Park
Wednesday, June 15th from 6-8 p.m.

Join us for a family fun night at Steele Creeks Park Shelter near the splash pad .We will have a cookout & access to the splash pad & playground fun. $2 entry fee per car for the park. The event is from 6 - 8 p.m. If you have any questions, reach out to Amy Brown at or Josh Bass at
Youth Activities

  • This Sunday, May 22, our students will head to Camp Ahistadi to witness the baptisms of some of our youth. We will return by 6 p.m. 

  •  Next Sunday, May 29, we will not have any youth activities due to Memorial Day weekend. 

Congratulations to all of our 2022 Graduates!
May God bless your future endeavors.  
OAK Luncheon
Thursday, May 26

This month we are traveling to the Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview , VA on Thursday, May 26. Feel free to bring guests or prospective members. Sign-up sheets are on the clipboard on Sunday mornings or outside the Parish Nurse office (Rm #102). We will be providing transportation with the handicap bus with a 15 passenger capacity. Additional transportation will be provided if needed. We plan to leave promptly at 11 a.m. Please sign up by noon on Monday, May 23. If you have questions, call Patty Kilbreath (423) 646-5577.

OAK is a group of adults who enjoy a time of fellowship and lunch throughout the year. It is an opportunity to join in safe and accessible functions that all can participate. We are eager to find new and interesting locations as we visit some of our old favorites. Please stop by and pick up a new calendar for the rest of 2022. Bob Greeson is the Chair and Sarah Smith and Patty Kilbreath are the staff representatives for this group. Any questions? Contact us for more information by calling the Church Office (276) 669-2101.
Church Nursery Worker - State Street UMC is seeking 2 Nursery Workers. Qualifications include a love for God and God's children, experience caring for infants and preschoolers, and a minimum age of 16. Previous experience in child care preferred. Background check required. Compensation is $12 per hour. Available shifts include: Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. & Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. plus occasional Monday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For information, email Cheri at or call the Church Office at (276) 669-2101. 
Free Blood Pressure Screenings on Thursday, May 18

Get a free blood pressure screening by our Parish Nurse this Thursday, May 19th in the Narthex at 6 p.m.
Monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, June 7th at 8:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

We are excited to announce a monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast and meeting on the first Tuesday each month! The next prayer breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Hall on June 7 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.
Crossroads Medical Mission
Ribbon Cutting

Crossroads Medical Mission ribbon cutting ceremony was on Tuesday, May 17 at their expansion clinic 433 Scott Street, Bristol, VA.
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 if interested).
Virtual Shower For Our Preschool Classrooms
Deadline To Turn In Registry Items Is May 27

Thank you so much to everyone who’s purchased items from our registry! We are so blessed with such wonderful support! Our registry continues through Friday, May 27! 

Exciting updates will take place this summer in the preschool wing of SSUMC. Spring Garden Preschool received a grant which will cover the cost and labor for new floors and painting in all the classrooms and restrooms on the ground floor of the children’s wing. Church Council approved these improvements. These rooms are also used by State Street UMC children’s programming including church nursery, etc. Please help stock those rooms with new equipment and learning tools. 
You may help in one of the following ways:
  • Click the button below to purchase an item from the registry. (Please have it shipped to Spring Garden Preschool; 650 Valley Drive; Bristol, VA 24201) or
  • Purchase an Amazon Gift Card in any amount.
  • Bring items to the Church Office for the preschool or mail to address above.
  • You can also make a donation of any amount by check. Write check to SGPS line item: "Shower." Mail to the above address or bring to the Church Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Murray at (276) 791-5252 or email 
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.
Teddy Bear Picnics at Spring Garden Preschool

Our preschool classes have been enjoying the beautiful Spring weather by having teddy bear picnics with their favorite stuffed friends!

*Spring Garden Enrollment*

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

COVID levels in all surrounding counties ( currently stand at LOW RISK for community spread. Please note that there may be reasons for some to continue to wear masks for their own protection or in order to care for loved ones. There is no judgment or explanation needed. Masks, or no masks, all are welcome.

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Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. - John Wesley's Three Simple Rules