Your Weekly News & Updates
Sunday Worship In-Person and Online
9:01 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (901 Praise Band)

11 a.m. in the Sanctuary (Traditional)
Scripture: Mark 6:14-29
Sermon: It's Complicated

Have you ever made a bad choice that still haunts you? We all have to negotiate complicated relationships where we are balancing internal anxieties and external pressures with our understanding of what is right and good. How can our faith help us to figure out where we stand?
Godly Play

Godly Play is a worship experience for ages 4 - 5th grade and is offered during both services, except on Communion Sundays, when children stay in worship service with their families.
Worship From Home Options

9:01 a.m. Live-Streamed on Church Website and Facebook
11:00 a.m. Online Option Available on Facebook and YouTube
Sermon By Phone: Call 276-466-1050
Recovery at Bristol
Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

  • In Person (masks not required for attendees with completed vaccinations & social distancing) or Live on Facebook.
  • Small group in the Library following the service.
  • Grief Support group meets in the Parlor following the service.
  • To-go food boxes provided to all attendees.

ATTENTION: Recovery is ready to expand its food service & needs your help. If you are ready to volunteer, please talk to Pastor Steve or Amy Brown.
Family Fun Night
This Sunday, July 11 at 5 p.m.
Picnic, Ice Cream Social & Lawn Games

Everyone is welcome! Please contact Helene or Amy at 276-669-2101 (ext. 125 or 129 respectively) or text Helene at 276-791-9385 by Thursday, July 8th to pre-register or with any questions.
Christmas in July
Deadline: Sunday, July 11

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a child! We are excited to announce that we have met our goal! 25 children have been sponsored along with numerous monetary donations given. You can still donate with a monetary donation until Sunday, July 11. You can mail a check payable to Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia, 220 Lee Street, Bristol, VA 24201. The suggested amount is $75 for one child.

Please bring your clothing donations to the Church office during regular office hours & leave them in the bin outside Cheri's office with the original student sponsor sheet attached. For more detail on sponsoring a student in need, please click here.
Mid-Week Prayer Gathering

Today at noon, Pastor Laura began offering a mid-week Prayer Gathering in the Chapel. Gatherings will continue each Wednesday from 12 - 12:30pm. Prayer concerns will be shared, and there will be guided opportunities to be still and reflect on the power and presence of God.
OAK Lunch - July 22

The OAK Group will have its first lunch together since the pandemic began. We will meet in the church parking lot at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 22. The handicap bus will take folks to the Sarah & Ray Smith farm for a boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A. This will be a time of fun & fellowship with our oldies and new seniors who enjoy spending time with other active persons. Please invite others to share in this activity. Please sign up by July 19 at noon on the sheet outside the Parish Nurse office (Rm. 102) or call Patty Kilbreath at (423) 646-5577 with questions.

Highlights from
Vacation Bible School
Thank you, FISH Club and VBS Volunteers!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with FISH Club & VBS! We appreciate the time you spent with the kids in worship, fellowship and fun. We couldn’t serve the children and youth without you!

Helene and Amy
Blood Pressure Screenings in July

Stop by for a free blood pressure screening. Come by the Parish Nurse office, Rm #102, one of these Sundays.

July 11: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. and 12 - 12:30 p.m.

July 25: 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. and 12 - 12:30 p.m.
All Church Picnic

When: Sunday, August 8, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Steele Creek Park - Civitan Shelter (4 Little Lane, Bristol, TN 37620). Boxed dinner provided. Please bring a folding chair. $2 fee to enter park.

Click here to RSVP by August 1.
If you have an instrument, please bring it with you, we are hoping to have a musical jam session!
SSUMC Church Council Actions

The Church Council is pleased to announce action on two items connected with the resumption of more regular activities at State Street UMC:

Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions: Beginning July 1, 2021, all COVID-19 Restrictions are lifted. All persons are welcome and encouraged to make their own judgments relating to wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and all should feel free to take such precautionary measures as they feel appropriate for their own circumstances. If you wear a mask or don’t wear a mask, there’s no shame or judgment. Restrictions with regard to food service and meals are also lifted. Groups are asked to use their own discretion with regard to food and meals.
We do ask that you continue to make reservations for Building Use through the church office. This assists us in the coordination of set up and cleaning support. Click here for building use form.

Resumption of 8:45 Chapel Worship: Plans are underway to resume this service beginning on Sunday, August 1 at the latest.
Open Enrollment at Spring Garden Preschool

Now enrolling children ages 6 weeks through 5 years for the Summer and Fall 2021 program! 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.