Your Weekly News & Updates
Sunday Series
"Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons
from Little Known Bible Characters"

Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. 
Philippians 4:13 (The Message)

This week we walk with the people of Israel as they wrestle with the consequences of their own unfaithfulness. A way forward, under the power and guidance of God, is seen, but a team effort is required.

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Sunday, October 17

Scripture Reading: Judges 4:1-10

Sermon: Deborah: A Judge of Courage

If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go. - Judges 4:8

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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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Important Information about Worship from Home Options
We are working to make improvements to our online worship options. While we await the arrival and installation of some new equipment, we will be offering one service online available starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Online option 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.
Coordinator of Music and Worship Ministries Search Team

The Staff/Parish Relations Committee has appointed the Search Team for the Coordinator of Music and Worship Ministries as we prepare for the departure of Bryan Underwood. Bryan’s last Sunday will be December 26. 

Team members represent each of our worship services and music-related groups. Please be in prayer for them as they undertake this important task of discernment for State Street.

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Ray Feagins, Chair
Nancy Arnold
Phyllis Crabtree
Vicie Dotson
Andrea Ford
Donna Fowlkes
Steve Hawkins
Alex Littleton
Shirley Musick
Steve Patterson
Laura Rasor
John Sheets
The Great Pumpkin Party!
Next Sunday, October 24th, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Children, youth, and their families are invited to the West Lawn on Sunday, October 24th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for the Great Pumpkin Party. The kids will decorate pumpkins with fun patterns or by creating characters. Youth will compete in a pumpkin carving contest. In order to participate in either of these activities, please bring your own pumpkin. Youth, please bring utensils for carving. Afterwards, we will enjoy watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” A snack will be provided. Update: Please bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner if you wish.
COVID-safe Trunk-or-Treat
 Wednesday, October 27th
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Children, youth, and their families are invited to a COVID-safe Trunk-or-Treat in our parking lot. Dress up in your best Halloween costume. NO COVID mask required, but we will have some available for you. Special candy bags will be provided at the registration table, so that we can distribute candy to you in a socially-distanced manner. Decorated trunks will also be socially-distanced, and families will follow a one-way route.

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Trunk Decorators Needed! If you would like to decorate a trunk and distribute candy, please see the contact information below. Volunteers can decorate their trunks from
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on October 27th.

Candy Donations: If you would like to donate candy to the Trunk-or-Treat, we are accepting bags of pre-wrapped Halloween candy in the Narthex.

"In case of rain, we will have a candy bag Drive-thru and you can still model your costumes under the portico."

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Need more information? Contact Helene Denny by text at 276-791-9385 or by email at, or Amy Brown by email at with any questions.
Hope to see you there!
October Youth Activities
Youth Group

Join us for fun games, a devotion, and food each week on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. For more information please contact Amy Brown at

  • October 17: Youth meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. with a devotion, indoor games, and craft time. Dinner will be provided upon departure. 

  • October 31: No youth activities due to Halloween. 
Confirmation 2021 Update

Confirmation is going great! We just finished learning about the sacraments of Baptism and Communion. We have already spent time learning about worship, liturgical seasons, and paraments.

The picture displays the liturgical seasons outlined on a sugar cookie. This will be one lesson the confirmands won't soon forget! 
Proverbs 3:27 Mission Center
Donations Accepted through October

Thank you for all of the donations that you have so generously brought in! We will be collecting items for Proverbs 3:27 Mission in Bristol until the end of October.

  • Bottled water
  • New underwear & socks
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Commercial Coffee Pot with three burners

Please bring your donated items to the Church office during business hours or to the Welcome Table during worship services on Sundays.

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More about Proverbs 3:27 Mission Center

During the cold months when the temperature dips below freezing during the day, Hunt Memorial UMC opens their church doors to the homeless of Bristol, providing safety and protection from exposure to the weather as well as hot meals as needed and a sack lunch or snacks they can take with them.

Proverbs 3:27 goal is to open their doors on an ongoing daily basis. They would like to provide an address for people so they may obtain an identity or get their identification back. Proverbs 3:27 states, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”

Thank you for your support of this mission.
Thank you from Crossroads Medical Mission

Dear State Street UMC Friends,

Crossroads is very grateful for every individual and the entire congregation for your support. We never feel as if we are standing alone. Thank for showing us & our patients the face of Christ!
Crossroads Medical Mission
OAK (Older Adults) Luncheon
Thursday, October 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Come join us for a luncheon at SSUMC in our Fellowship Hall. This is a great time to invite new friends or family to enjoy our in-house hospitality. The gathering will have a fall theme, with the meal centering around a delicious chicken casserole. We will observe social distancing and wear masks (except while eating). A $5 donation is suggested. Please sign up by Oct. 26th at noon at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or outside the Parish Nurse office (Rm. 102). Call Patty Kilbreath at 423-646-5577 for more information.
Facts about the Flu

We are fast approaching flu season. It usually peaks in November to March. Year to year it varies in intensity. Generally, millions of people in the USA get sick from flu viruses that are life-threatening for some.

What is the flu? 

Influenza A & B produce upper respiratory illness responsible for seasonal epidemics each year. Although most occur during the winter months, they can also be spread at other times. Similar to COVID-19, it is spread mainly by droplets; when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk, airborne droplets land in your mouth, eyes, or nose.

How do I know if I have the flu?
Typical signs include coughing, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, chills, headache, unusual fatigue, and sometimes body aches or fever. Children may have vomiting and diarrhea. Your health-care provider can distinguish the flu from a cold. Those with or without chronic conditions can have severe complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, ear or sinus infections, and dehydration.

How long is the flu contagious?

Your symptoms may begin an average of 2 days after exposure. You can infect others up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

How can I avoid the flu?

Boost your immunity with positive heath choices – nutritious food, sound sleep, and low stress. An annual flu vaccine is your best prevention. It does not protect against all influenza viruses, but is highly effective for the overall population. It is matched with the viruses most circulating during that year.

  • Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean & disinfect surfaces & objects. 
  • Cover your nose & mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • Throw used tissues promptly in the garbage.
  • Avoid workplaces when sick. 
  • Keep hands off mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Avoid people who are sick; coughing & sneezing are clues. 
  • Take care in clinics, your kids’ schools, and other public places.

Using these precautions can reduce or prevent the flu.

Also: the vaccine can NOT give you the flu!

Your Parish Nurses
Blood Pressure Screenings
Thursday, October 28

Blood Pressure screenings will be held on Thursday, October 28th in the Fellowship Hall from 6 to 7 p.m.

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.
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.

The Church Council is providing 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 October 13):
  • Bristol City, VA: 29.8 per 100,000
  • Washington County, VA: 62.2 per 100,000
  • Sullivan County, TN : 40.5 per 100,000
 [Data from]

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
Church Office Hours

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