Your Weekly News & Updates
"Love Never Ends"
Worship Focus thru Feb. 27

One of the best-known, or at least best-loved passages from the Bible is I Corinthians 13, the famous “love chapter.” Using this United Methodist resource, we’ll be looking together at the whole of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians as a way of seeing the light of Christ through the lens of love.

“Love Never Ends” is both a description and a promise. You are invited to a journey guided by the Corinthian epistles to let the light shine around you, and in you, and then, from you, as we seek to continue to become disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Seeing the light of Christ leads to a desire to reflect it in our community and in our world by letting others see Christ through our loving presence.
Sunday, January 16
2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians:12:1-11
Sermon: Love Never Ends: Varieties of Gifts

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed."
I Corinthians 12:1

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Sunday Worship In-Person and Online

SSUMC offers three 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.

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State Street Online
9:01 Streamed Live
11:00 Premiere Video
Online options available on Facebook and YouTube
You can also listen to an audio recording of the sermon
with Sermon By Phone: Call 276-466-1050
Recovery at Bristol
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

  • 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 Steve Patterson or Ext.129 for Amy Brown.
Staff Searches

Two search teams are moving forward in their work to address staffing needs at State Street UMC.

  • Alex Littleton is chair of the team working to fill the Director of Children and Family Ministries position. Other team members include: Jo Hutton, Allyson Fullwider, Miranda Mingle, Lisa Faust, Amy Brown, and Pastor Laura.

  • Tom Fowlkes, Staff Parish Relations Chair, is directing the search for Financial Administrator with assistance from Gary Bagnall, Bill Shumaker, Becky Littleton, and Pastor Laura.

Please be in prayer for these teams as they go about their work.

We will have our regular youth meeting Sunday, January 16, from 5-6 p.m. to continue working through the series, “Clean Slate.” Come join us for food, fun, fellowship, and discipleship. We will meet at the church on January 23 from 3:30-5:45 p.m. (dinner provided) to finish the last session of Resurrection 2022. Keep reading for details about Resurrection. For questions, contact Amy Brown at
Resurrection 2022
January 22 - 23

Due to increasing COVID numbers, our church will be streaming the Resurrection 2022 sessions.

  • On Saturday January 22, we will meet at the church from 1 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. We will stream three sessions throughout the day and have games, team-building exercises, and small group devotion time in between. Lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided.

  • On Sunday, January 23, we will meet at the church from 3:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. to view the last session. Dinner will be provided.

If you can volunteer to help with any part of this event, please contact Amy Brown at
FISH Club News

FISH Club plans to resume Wednesday, February 2. It takes the entire State Street church family to make this meaningful ministry happen. There are plenty of opportunities for you to help, whether it's once in a while or every week or somewhere in between. Come be a part of this powerful witness to the love of Christ that never ends!

Volunteers needed:
  • Elementary & youth helpers (5:45 - 7:15 p.m.)
  • Dinner delivery (5:30 - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Bus chaperone (4:45 - 5:45 p.m. & 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.)
  • Van chaperone (5:10 - 5:50 p.m. & 7:15 - 7:55 p.m.)

If you would like to volunteer or discuss these positions further, please contact Amy Brown at
Church Nursery & Preschool Workers Needed

State Street UMC is seeking Nursery and Preschool Workers. Qualifications include a love for God and God's children, experience caring for infants and preschoolers, and a minimum age of 18. Previous experience in child care is preferred and a background check will be required. Compensation is $12 per hour. Hours include: Sun. from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wed. from 5:15 - 7:45 p.m., and Thurs. from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Please send a cover letter and resume to For more information, call the church office at 276 669-2101 and speak with Cheri Zaras.
Children's Ministry Volunteers Needed

We are looking for all kinds 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, we will find a place for you to serve. Please contact the church office for more information at 276-669-2101 Ext. 121.
Volunteer Opportunities
at Crossroads Medical Mission

Did you made a New Year's resolution to volunteer? Crossroads Medical Mission is looking for volunteers who can help at our Bristol clinic locations with registering patients into the computer as well as volunteers with nursing skills. 
Please call the Crossroads Office with questions at 276-466-1600 and fill out an application form on at
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesday Morning Bible Study is always open to new participants! We meet on Zoom every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and began a study of Ecclesiastes today, January 12. Call Ray or Sarah Smith for the Zoom link at 843-907-0706.
Blood Pressure Screenings:
January 20th from 6-7 p.m.

Free blood pressure screenings will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 from from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Narthex.

Your Parish Nurses
Mid-Week Prayer Gathering

Wednesdays at noon Pastor Laura leads a Mid-Week Prayer Gathering in the Chapel from 12 - 12:30 p.m. Prayer concerns are shared, and there are guided opportunities to be still and reflect on the power and presence of God.

The Church Council provides the following information weekly to help each person take appropriate precautions. You are encouraged to use your best judgment as we strive to foster a healthy environment for all.
Current rate of infection (7-day average per 100,000 as of January 12, 2022)
  • Bristol City, VA: 149.1 per 100,000
  • Washington County, VA: 133.2 per 100,000
  • Sullivan County, TN : 89.6 per 100,000
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Recommendations (to keep the church open):
  • Get vaccinated as recommended by health professionals.
  • Masks and social distancing best protection for unvaccinated.
  • If numbers above 10, consider masks and social distancing for all.
Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. - John Wesley's Three Simple Rules

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Holston Conference COVID Task Force Recommendations

Since we are currently in a time of severe risk for community spread, here are guidelines for what to do if you have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19:

  • If you exhibit any symptoms of COVID and/or the flu, stay home and see a doctor.

  • If you are in close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, per CDC guidelines
  • If you are vaccinated and boosted or have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine in the last 6 months or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months, get tested 5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days or until you receive a negative test result. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get tested.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted, stay home for 5 days after your last exposure to that person and continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days. If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider and follow their advice.

  • If you test positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, per CDC guidelines: 
  • Stay home for 5 days
  • If there are no symptoms or if symptoms resolve after 5 days, you can leave home but should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.
  • The Holston Conference COVIC Task Force recommends you do not return to large church gatherings for the full 10 days.

Open Enrollment at Spring Garden Preschool

Open enrollment with limited availability. Now enrolling children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Call 276-466-8505 for more information.
Church Office Hours

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.