Your Weekly News & Updates

Sunday Worship In-Person and Online

8:45 a.m., 9:01 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.

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.
Communion Sunday

On Communion Sundays (first Sunday of the month), children are encouraged to stay in worship with their families. Godly Play, a worship experience for ages 4 - 5th grade, is offered on the remaining Sundays. Please pick up an activity pack for your child, available in each worship space. Preschool & nursery care are available to those who need it.

Sunday, September 5

Scripture: James 2:1-17
Sermon: Faith is an Action Verb

Do no harm. Do good. Love. What visible changes is faith making in your life?
Associate Pastor Steve Patterson will be preaching at both the 9:01 and 11:00 a.m. services this Sunday. Pastor Laura will preach at the 8:45 service and then head to St. Luke UMC (Steve's other church) for their 11:00 a.m. service. We are excited for this opportunity for the 11:00 a.m. Worship Family to connect with Pastor Steve.
Worship From Home Options

Online Option Available on Facebook and YouTube
Sermon By Phone: Call 276-466-1050
Building Resiliency in Our Lives, Our Community and Our World
It is our final week! In this series, we have highlighted different ways our congregation can impact the lives of others when we meet basic human needs and build ongoing Christian relationships. The focus for this week (Sept. 5) is Building Resiliency in Recovery. It will be briefly highlighted during both the 9:01 and 11:00 service with speakers leading a lively and informative discussion during Sunday School at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, following the 9:01 service. Also available on line via ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 383 011 941
Passcode: 050631

Please join us as we increase our understanding of how by working together, being the hands and feet of Christ, we can make a difference in the lives of many, including our own. 


Information From Last Sunday’s Focus (August 29)

F.I.S.H. (Faithful In Serving Him) Club was started at State Street UMC in 2004 with a mission to help break the cycle of poverty here in our community. Over the 17-years since, we have ministered to hundreds of children and their families. By building long-term Christian relationships, we have provided hope and help for some of the most at-risk children in Bristol.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Bus Chaperones, afternoon and/or evening slots
  • Van Driver
  • Van Chaperone
  • Co-Teachers and Aides for 4th and 5th grade boys
  • Co-Teachers and Aides for a new Tween group of 6th - 7th graders
  • Aides for Youth FISH for 8th - 12th graders
  • Kitchen Helpers/Servers
  • Drinks Server
  • Vacation Bible School Helper
  • Partner with Communities in Schools to be a student mentor
Paid Positions:
  •  Bus Chaperone (Weekly)
  •  FISH Nursery Workers

Rhythm & Roots Worship Services
Sunday, September 12

State Street is getting into the spirit of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival with gospel and bluegrass worship services on Sunday, September 12. The local band “Duty Free” will provide the music during the worship services as well as a mini-concert. Two services (only) will be offered that day at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. (mini-concert at 10:45 a.m.). Both services will be in the Sanctuary where there is plenty of room for social distancing.
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 & from Recovery is now available. If you need a ride please contact the Church Office.
  • Child 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.

ATTENTION: Recovery is expanding & needs your help. If you are ready to volunteer, please talk to Pastor Steve or Amy Brown.
Communion Sundays

On Communion Sundays, we gather food items for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. Current needs include quarts of milk & fresh fruit & vegetables. etc.) As we are fed by Christ, it is a way we remember those who are hungry in our community. Please leave your donation at the Welcome Table during either service, or you can drop off donations at the church office during normal business hours.

Thank you for your generosity!

In order to ensure worship can continue uninterrupted during this latest COVID-19 surge, the Church Council is providing the following information weekly to help each person take appropriate precautions. Everyone is encouraged to use your best judgment as we work to foster a healthy environment for all.
Current rate of infection (7-day average per 100,000 as of September 1):
  • Bristol City, VA: 50.3 per 100,000
  • Washington County, VA: 51.6 per 100,000
  • Sullivan County, TN : 98.0 per 100,000
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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OAK News

A great time was had by all on August 26th at Sugar Hollow. The OAK group not only enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Oakmont at Gordon Park but also activities such as singing led by Pastor Laura and throwing bean bags at the segmented Goliath model made by the children and set-up by Helene and George Denny.

Seventeen SSUMC folks participated including ages 50 to 90-somethings. Very proud that we wore masks except for eating. Plans are being made for our September Covid19-safe activity. For more information about Older Adult Council call Patty Kilbreath at 423-646-5577.

No Youth or confirmation activities on September 5 or 12th. We will resume with both youth and confirmation on September 19th. 
School Aged Children & COVID

School aged children are again feeling the impact of COVID-19 in the classroom and in their families. Here are some pointers on explaining COVID 19 to young children:

“What happens if it enters my body?”

You might feel a little bad, like when you have a cold. You may have a fever, cough, and a feeling that it is taking a while to breathe. Just like other times after you have been sick, after a few days you will feel better and you will play again! The people who take care of you will keep you safe and protected. Adults are watching the news about the new coronavirus & learning how to take care and protect you so that you are well. If you feel sick, the adults will take care of you so you can get better soon.

If you have been with someone who got sick from coronavirus, you may have to stay a few days at home even if you are feeling fine, this way they can take better care of you if you start to feel sick and prevent the virus from continuing to travel to other children. You may not be able to go to daycare or school for a few days & you may not like that, but it is important because it is a way of being protected so that you don’t get infected. Almost everyone feels good again after a few days.

Your Parish Nurses
Free Blood Pressure Screenings
Sunday, September 5 & 19

Blood Pressure screenings will be held from 9:45 to10:15 a.m. and 12:00 to12:30 p.m. in the Parish Nurses Office (Room #102)
Available Positions at SSUMC

Nursery Worker Openings

We are seeking two Nursery/Preschool Workers. Qualifications include a love for God and God's children, experience caring for infants and preschoolers, for ages 16 and up. Previous experience in a church nursery preferred. Hours are: 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. Contact Helene Denny by email at, or call 276-669-2101, Ext. 125.
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.
Fall Open Enrollment at Spring Garden Preschool

Now enrolling children ages 6 weeks through 5 years for the 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.