Newsletter: September 22-28, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

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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 *YELLOW (Medium)* for COVID-19 transmission this week, so:

> Masks are optional, but recommended if you are high risk for gathering in person – please respect the safety concerns of others. Masks will be available if you forget to bring your own.

> 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.

Email Prayer Chain

If you are interested in being a part of the email prayer chain, please sign up as you exit the sanctuary or email Pastor Casey. The messages will be distributed through our email lists on Realm.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 25, 2022

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Sermon: One Life by Rev. Casey Irwin

Part of our new 4-week series on Unity— ONE

Serving in September


9/25 Jennifer Daniel

Greeters and Ushers – Tom Felty (all of September)

Videographer – Blake Irwin

*Please make arrangements to trade with someone if you will be unable to serve in this way. Any emergency changes can be handled by those present at worship.

Last Sunday at First UMC

September 18, 2022

15th Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: He by Jack Richards; Phil Haga, organist

Hymn of Praise: 430 – O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee

First Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-12

Second Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Sermon: One God – Rev. Casey Irwin

Hymn of Benediction: 437 – This Is My Song

Postlude: O Jesus, I Have Promised by Arthur H. Mann; Phil Haga, organist

**UPDATED ** Missional Hub Cooperative Ministry Training

We have opportunity, through a longstanding connection with South Bristol UMC and Addilyn Memorial UMC, to move forward with intentional partnering in ministry. As we discern our shared ministry work, Rev. Susan Arnold has offered to facilitate our process of developing our Hub in 5 Sunday afternoon training sessions. 

We have changed the format to do 2 modules per week, in an effort to take up fewer of our available Sundays. The new schedule is module 2 and 3 on September 18 from 2-5 p.m., and module 4 and 5 on September 25 from 2-5 p.m.  We have several church meetings and work coming up in September and October, so please see these as an opportunity, not an obligation. We hope you will consider at least one of the dates to join us. Our hope is to learn quickly how we can build sustainable ministry in Bristol, TN in the name of Jesus.

Short Overview of Training Sessions:

  • September 4: Module 1: Pre-Training Questionnaires and Introduction to Cooperative
    Ministry Partnerships.  Biblical Foundation Partnerships.  Biblical Foundations and Group Discussion #1
  • September 18, Module 2: Historical Foundations, Module 3: Theological Foundations
  • September 25, Module 4: Interdisciplinary Foundations, Module 5: Next Steps: Moving
    Toward Cooperative Ministry Partnerships
    Post-Workshop Questionnaires, and Covenant

From the Pastor’s Pen

September 22, 2022

One of the things I love about reading the New Testament is the stories of how the early Church leaders shared their faith with other people. Sometimes they went to intentionally preach to different groups, but a lot of the most interesting moments of faith came from sharing from as they go through their everyday tasks. Faith is shared as we walk through the market, greet an old friend, travel to the next community, go to work, or sometimes just answer the door.

A meeting I was in this week referenced John Maxwell, an innovative pastor and leader who now works closely developing leaders in churches and businesses. His book, “The Principles of Leadership”, is based on the premise that leadership is influence. Most of us don’t realize how many people we influence in a day, but every connection you make can be an influence. In a similar pattern, that influence can be a way of leading people towards Jesus. It’s what we read the disciples did too! Sometimes we’re direct, sometimes we’re just kind and compassionate in our interactions. But we are in all things, influencing so many more people than we even realize. You may not feel confidence as a “leader”, but you can feel confidence in the daily witness and influence you bring to each person you connect with. Be Christ to the world through the people around you.

On a personal note, I will be undergoing a simple laparoscopic procedure on September 30  that will involve about 4-5 days of recovery. Please keep me in your prayers. As you all know, hospitals don’t always operate on the timing we choose, so I will, unfortunately, have to miss the yard sale for my recovery, as well as Sunday, October 2nd. The Rev. Valerie Ritter has graciously agreed to preach that day and lead us in World Communion Sunday.

Pastor Casey

Church Yard Sale Updates

The Yard Sale for mission funding will be held Friday, September 30 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, October 1 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

All proceeds go to support our Mission ministries, including Help for Haiti.  United Women in Faith will be coordinating the details through September to make the sale a success.

Monday, September 26

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Final setup for Church Yard Sale; everyone is invited to help! Will meet again on Tuesday, September 27, if needed.


Any additional items will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 09/28

As many churches are considering the future of the UMC and the congregations choosing to disaffiliate, our Bishop in Holston Conference is coming to each district to share about unity and our Annual Conference. This is a great opportunity for anyone with questions to join in a time of informational sharing and unifying worship together.

Bristol Faith in Action

The Food Pantry is running low on supplies to serve the needs of our local community. Please consider donating:

  • breakfast items such as cereal, oatmeal, pop tarts,breakfast bars, grits, 
  • Peanut butter 
  • Jelly
  • saltine type crackers
  • canned fruit
  • instant potatoes
  • beef stew
  • Individual items for homeless that do not require can openers.

While food is our mission, we are always asked for hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

You can bring your donations to the First for collection boxes as you enter the sanctuary or drop your donations directly at Bristol Faith in Action

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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

Sue is on vacation! Prayers for her safe travels and a restorative break 🙂

Serve with Sunday Worship

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

First UMC is adding volunteers to serve on rotations for:

  • Liturgist– read the Sunday Announcements, Responsive Reading, or other speaking opportunities
  • 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
  • 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.

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

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

Calendar of Events

September 22-28, 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

September 25

2:00-5:00 p.m.  Missional Hub Cooperative Ministry Training at Addilyn Memorial

4:00 p.m. Trustees Meeting

September 26

1:00 p.m. Bishop’s Day in Clinch Mountain District at Lebanon Memorial UMC

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Final setup for Church Yard Sale; everyone is invited to help!

September 30

8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Church Yard Sale

October 1

8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Church Yard Sale

October 2

3:00 p.m. District Charge Conference and picnic at Camp Ahistadi

October 23

12:00 p.m. Worship Committee and Faith and the Arts Meeting

3:00 p.m. Charge Conference at Reynolds Memorial UMC

November 13

12:15 p.m. Administrative Board 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

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