Newsletter: May 11-17, 2023

First United Methodist Church of Bristol, Tennessee

Your Weekly e-Newsletter and Events Schedule

Welcome to First UMC! We are so blessed by your part in our faith community.

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

Church Office Hours:

Sundays 2-6 PM

Tuesdays 5-8 PM

Wednesdays 5-8 PM

Connect to Rev. Irwin email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The CDC has designated our area as

GREEN (LOW) for COVID-19 transmission this week, so:
> Masks are optional for gathering in person – please respect the safety concerns of others. Masks will be available if you forget to bring your own.
> Sanitize the spaces you use
> If you are unwell, we hope you will stay home and join our fellowship virtually.

Email Prayer Chain

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

Worship This Week

May 14, 2023

Scriptures:  1 John 1:5-10   1 Peter 5:1-9

Sermon: Live to Serve: From Humility by Rev. Casey Irwin

Serving This Month


5/7 Sue Dietz

5/14 Dawn Shores

5/21 KB Irwin

5/28 Alan Gorrell

Serving In June


6/4 Phil Haga

6/11 Dawn Shores



*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

Lunch with us!

Sunday, June 4, join us after 11 AM worship for a potluck luncheon in the fellowship hall. If the weather cooperates, we’ll move onto the lawn and enjoy good food and time together.

Chancel Choir News

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Everyone is invited to be a part of the choir. We share simple, high quality songs so that the trained and untrained singers all have a way to share their gifts. 

Next presentation – Sunday, May 14

Rehearsals are immediately following 11 a.m. worship – April 23, 30 and May 7
Contact Phil with any questions.

Breakthrough Prayer

Holston Annual Conference has invited all churches that are remaining United Methodist to join together in praying for God’s best in our midst. Pray with all the UMC across our region as we see what God can do when we all seek together:

From the Pastor’s Pen

May 11, 2023

Mother’s Day is upon us again, which can be a joyful, sorrowful, and even painful time. Some of us know or remember our mothers fondly, others grieve the loss, and still others lacked the positive relationship with their mother. As our feelings vary, one of the ways to celebrate as a community of faith is to honor the women of faith leading and caring for us in Christ’s name. 

The tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day began as many Methodist women’s movements did, with meeting a need for their community. In the mid-1800’s, Ann Jarvis began mother’s clubs and family support systems for the widows and mothers living in poverty. Most of the families she worked with were struggling because the husbands and sons in their families had been injured or died in war. She not only set up these small groups, but she advocated that in the name of Christ we seek peace first. Ann also advocated that mothers be recognized for their work and relationships in an era where women were often overlooked and underprivileged. The culmination of this became Mother’s Day, a day to recognize and remember the women in your life who have shaped your faith, and loved you. 

As you remember, grieve, or struggle with this weekend’s holiday, let’s take time to seek the intention of the day- to give thanks to God that we have had influences in our lives that mother us, whether relative or friend.

Pastor Casey

Addilynn Memorial UMC – 3225 Avoca Rd – Bristol, TN

Whether you lead in your church, your business, or your community, everyone is invited to grow as the church together! Join us on May 20th for training provided by the Clinch Mountain District.

For the better part of a generation, the church has faced a rapidly changing world, one that has pushed the church out of the center of the culture to the margins. Then COVID-19 happened, and the disruption to church as we knew it accelerated. Join us for a workshop on learning to lead all over again in a totally disrupted environment. Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience, will serve as our guide into the uncharted territory.

$25 per person. Lunch is provided. 

Click here to register!

Altar Flower Sign Up

Share the beauty of God’s creation as a gift to God and our congregation.

Select your date, and  list your name and any details about the flowers. Examples – “in loving memory of _____”, “in celebration of _____”— or it can simply be a gift to the glory of God. 

  • Cost $50 for a professional arrangement.
  • Label your check or envelope as designated to the altar flower fund, with the date you signed up for. 
  • Deadline for sign up and payment is the Sunday before.
  • You may take the flowers after Sunday service or we will distribute them as we are able. 

Photo by Penny Hudson

Contact Sue Bryngelson or the church office with any questions.

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

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

Giving to Ministries at First UMC

What can I give towards?

  • General Fund- monthly expenses for upkeep and ministries
  • Designated Gifts- towards a specific project or ministry
  • Missions Giving- to a specific mission or a general gift to be split among our mission partners

How often should I give?

  • Everyone manages their funds differently. Some give weekly when they attend worship. Other families give monthly when their income is deposited. Still others give at varying times to match a need or a project.

Our only request is that you prayerfully consider how God has called you to support the church and ministries with your fund. We challenge you to be good and faithful stewards of what is entrusted to you.

How can I give?

  • In person
    • Offering envelope booklets are available for you to take home. Each include 53 undated envelopes for weekly giving, or spread them out over time if you give on a different schedule. Please pick up yours from the rear of the sanctuary.
    • Offering envelopes have returned to the pews as well. If you forget yours, please take one for identifying your giving.
  • Digitally
    • ACH – contact us directly for a confidential form. This type of giving will automatically withdraw the amount your choose directly from your bank account
    • With online giving you can contribute from your checking account, or give with a debit or credit card. You also have the option to make your gift recurring.
      • Website: or any of the “Give Online” buttons
      • Text: from your cell phone, text FIRSTUMCBRISTOL to 73256. This will open up a link for you to choose how you give.

Calendar of Events

May 11-17, 2023


9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship

7:00 p.m. AA Meetings


7:00 p.m. AA Meetings


7:00 p.m. AA Meetings

Sunday, May 21 

12:15 p.m.      Worship and Faith in Arts Meeting

4:00 p.m.        Trustees Meeting

Sunday, June 4

Potluck Luncheon after Worship

June 4-7

Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska

June 12-26

Pastor Casey gone

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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