Newsletter: August 11-17, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

Welcome to In-Person Worship Again….

If you are unable to join us for whatever reason, please tune in as we live-stream the service on Facebook.

The CDC has designated our local area as *ORANGE (HIGH)* for COVID-19 transmission this week, so:

> Masks are STRONGLY encouraged for gathering in person – please respect the safety concerns of others. Masks will be available if you forget to bring your own.

> Please sit with members of your household at a reasonable distance from others

> Sanitize the spaces you use

> If you are unwell, we hope you will stay home and join our fellowship virtually.

Church Office Hours:

Sundays 2-6 PM

Tuesdays 4-7 PM

Wednesdays 4-8 PM

Pastor Casey’s position as a teacher has resumed – please leave a voicemail, text, or email anytime and she will contact you on breaks or after school as needed.

In-person worship is at 11:00a.m. Sundays in the Sanctuary AND can be viewed on the church Facebook page.

If you have not connected to FUMC via Facebook, please go do that.
You can also connect to Rev. Irwin on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 14, 2022

Scripture: Luke 12:49-56

Sermon: Rev. Casey Irwin

Last Sunday at First UMC

August 7, 2022

9th Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude – Walk Hand in Hand by Johnny Cowell; Phil Haga, organist

Hymn of Praise – 529— How Firm a Foundation

Special Music – Now I Belong to Jesus by Norman J. Clayton; Soloist – Phil Haga; Accompanist – Betty Curtis

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Sermon: Livin’ on Faith – Rev. Casey Irwin

Hymn of Benediction – UMH 413— A Charge I Have to Keep
Postlude – Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated by H. A. Malan; Phil Haga, organist

From the Pastor’s Pen

August 11, 2022

Thank you to everyone who was able to “onboard” your Pastor on Sunday. For those unable to attend, each congregation receiving a new pastor has been asked to share in a meal and facilitated conversation as the pastor starts their appointment. 

For example, our group this Sunday shared responses to the several questions including:

  • What do you want to know about your pastor?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for your church?
  • What is most important from the leadership of your new pastor?

Here are the responses.

I pray we can find ways to share in this vision and ministry together. I answered some of the questions with the group, but I’ll continue to address and review questions and dreams from the whole church. Most importantly, I pray God’s best for this season at First UMC and for all of the people connected to what we do.

Pastor Casey

Ernestine Blanton

November 6, 1926 – July 17, 2022

Please be in prayer for the Blanton family. Ernestine was loved by all at First UMC and her beautiful artwork continues to reflect her beauty of spirit.

There will be a Celebration of Life service for Ernestine L. Blanton on Saturday, August 13th at 1:00pm in our sanctuary. Visitation will follow in Tankersley Hall.

Help for Haiti Updates

Haiti is still devastated from disasters and political unrest. Help for Haiti currently houses children who would otherwise live in tent city, and pays their school tuition. The expenses continue to rise, but we trust that by God’s grace this ministry is making a difference one life at a time.

At the end of June, Leferne took a trip to fix up the home for the children being cared for.

Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter expenses for the month of September 2022, 

Food, Water, Milk, Soap for laundry, transportation, barber, and other items such as cleaning supplies, toothpaste, toiletries, utility, barber, and candles $1,300.00

salary for employees $850.00

school transportation $75.00

school snacks/lunch $300.00

internet service $41.00

$6,865.00 for school tuition – The three students that had scholarship last year did not get it this year.

Technology and sport fees for 8 students for academic year 2022-2023.  

Grand total is $9,431.00 

May God bless you all! Yours, Leferne Preptit

The Love Beyond Borders campaign aims to raise funds for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The initiative has emerged from First United Methodist Church, Boise, ID and seeks to engage The United Methodist Church in supporting COVAX alongside UNICEF, the key vaccine delivery partner.

All funds raised will be sent to UNICEF for this project. More information about Love Beyond Borders is here.

A Note From Our Lay Leader

In a world with so much going on, my trigger finger is not really worthy of mention.  However, the surgeon is going to take care of it hopefully before you read this.  Easy, peasy surgery that shouldn’t keep me down at all.  But it’s amazing what havoc one trigger finger can cause when it doesn’t work with the others!  I had to wait until it was released this morning to type this article!  

Sometimes we are like a trigger finger.  We will wait until we are “released” from our job, we are “released” by our age or “released” by a bad weather report. I’m so good at excuses.  Below is a list of jobs that would help with Sunday morning worship.  Can you find one and volunteer to do it?  The more who volunteer the less each needs to do to make our time with God and each other meaningful.

Let Casey, Alan Gorrell or Sue Dietz know where you would like to join the family at First Bristol.


Serve with Sunday Worship

What is God calling you to do? What ministries bring you joy?

First UMC is adding volunteers to serve once a month on a rotation for:

  • Liturgist– read the Sunday Announcements, Responsive Reading, or other speaking opportunities
  • Sunday Greeters– Welcome people to the building, and to the worship space. Weekly or monthly rotation as needed.
  • Sunday Ushers– Assist people before and after worship with seating and questions. Gather and bring forward the offerings to God. Weekly or monthly rotation as needed.
  • Videographer– It’s easier than it sounds! If you’re not familiar with Facebook Live, Pastor Casey or another leader will have the account open for you– just click “Go Live” and rotate the tripod if we need a different camera angle
  • Attendance Cards– Set out and collect the cards or pew pads each week, and record who attends. Tracking online attendees is an added plus if you know how!
  • Administrative TasksChoose one or several areas to serve– proofread the bulletin, check the church voicemail, run DVD and newsletter copies weekly for shut ins, address church mailers.
  • Gardening and Weeding– You choose your schedule to maintain a beautiful and inviting environment at our building.

Reply here via email or check with Pastor Casey for more opportunities to use your gifts in God’s Kingdom.

Meet the Pastor!

Pastor Casey would like to get to know you and your family. We have sign-ups available– through this Google Form or in-person on Sundays– to meet for coffee, a meal, a visit at your home or at the Pastor’s Office. We hope everyone connected to the church will choose a time and get to know our new Pastor.

Send Your Pictures, News, and Announcements to Publish in the Newsletter

For each publication, information is needed by noon on Wednesday.

Calendar of Events

August 11-17, 2022


9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship –  We are following the CDC Guidelines for in person gatherings – we will publish the recommended precautions each week in this newsletter and on our facebook page.  

6:08 p.m. Bristol Hub Youth at Reynolds Memorial UMC

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings


7:00 p.m. AA Meetings


7:00 p.m. AA Meetings

August 13

1:00 p.m. Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Ernestine Blanton

August 18

12 p.m. The Salvation Army invites everyone out to join them for a small lunch and take a tour of their programs. It is located at 137 Martin Luther King, JR. BLVD, Bristol, TN with Major Brooks Gilliam starting at 12PM.

August 21

12 p.m. Worship Committee and Faith and the Arts Meeting

4:00 p.m. Trustees

August 27

10 a.m.- 3 p.m. All District Youth are invited to spend the day at Camp Ahistadi! There will be camp songs and fellowship, Creek Stomping, Survival Skills Training, and a Hike. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes, water shoes, hiking shoes (tennis shoes are fine), etc. Lunch will be provided. We will leave Reynolds at 9:00 and return at 4:00 that day

August 28

12:15 p.m.   Administrative Council Meeting

First United Methodist Church
Rev. Casey Irwin, Pastor
322 Vance Dr., Bristol, TN 37620 423-652-2811

Our Vision – Building A Community Where Anyone Can Become A Deeply Committed Christian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s