First United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors Bristol, Tennessee

God loves us

no matter who we are or 

what we have done and 

God is not finished with us yet!

What is wonderful about First Methodist is that you are welcomed before you enter the door.  No matter who you are, there is a place for you here; a place to belong, a place to become and a place to make a difference.
We are a church where people matter.  Here you will find warm and supportive people who know first-hand the struggles and joys of living. 
We understand that each person is on a unique path in a journey with God.  We trust that each person is blessed as his or her own expert about that journey.  What we offer is not a new set of rules, but support, and if desired, guidance as each person grows along the way. 
We believe that Jesus’ self-giving love provides the Way, Truth, and Life for all who are called into discipleship through the church.  Both of our worship services – whether Traditional or The River – help people experience the wonderful, freeing grace of Jesus Christ and then live in his love as maturing disciples.  When you leave here on Sunday morning, we want you to know that you live and work in God’s grace.
 If you are looking for a community of Jesus that will love you and hold you dear, I invite you to join me here at First United Methodist Church.  Even before you enter the door, you are welcome.
Joe-d DowlingSoka, Pastor


Welcoming Rev. Michelle McKinnon-Young to Bristol

Michelle has 22+ years of pastoral experience in large
and small membership churches in both North Georgia
and Holston Conferences. 
Her first loves are preaching, evangelism through
one-on-one relationship building, small group
development and Bible-to-life application.
Michelle and her husband, Gary, are coming to
First UMC following her most recent appointment
to the English Speaking United Methodist Church
Prague (Czech Republic). 

Sunday, JUly 6, 2014

9:30am - The River - Tankersley Hall

11:00am - Traditional - Sanctuary

Noon - Reception - Tankersley Hall