11:15 a.m. Easter Brunch (bring your favorite breakfast/brunch foods to share)
11:45 ish Easter Egg Hunt
A Special Donation will be taken at the brunch for our Help for Haiti Mission
Sunday School classes
can decide whether to meet before, afterwards or to take a break for the week.
Carol Burgess Johnson
Our New Church Secretary
Carol comes to us with27 years of secretarial and extensive office experience from ETSU, where in 1992, she won the
ETSU Distinguished Staff Award.
Having started in an entry-level position at the university, Carol received her certification as a Professional Secretary in 1989 and retired in 2014 as an Office Manager of Continuing Medical Education.
During this time, Carol also earned her B.A in English.
Carol is the mother of 2 daughters, Traci a psychiatric nurse and Cristi, a member of the Christian Folk duo, “Alathea.” Cristi’s husband, Justin, coordinates international disaster relief for Catholic Charities. And Traci’s husband, Brian, is a masters level music major and plays the bagpipes.
After some respite with family, friends, writing, visiting the elderly, babysitting, playing with grandchildren (Emmi,10 and Samuel, 6), Carol said it was time to return to work!
An accomplished musician, Carol is the part-time Pianist at Addilynn UMC where she is also a member.
We are thrilled to welcome Carol Burgess Johnson as our new part-time secretary at First UMC as of Tuesday, March 28.
Be sure to stop by the office to meet her and introduce yourself!
Location: Virginia Avenue UMC, 1127 Virginia Avenue,
Preacher: Jeremy McMillan,
St. Luke UMC
Congratulations to Elizabeth!
“Words cannot describe how proud I am of myself today and that is a feat I don’t admit often. I received a call a little while ago letting me know I have been offered an invitation into the McNair Program.
This offers me a paid internship that gives me resources for Graduate School. Once I complete the summer internship, I am eligible to apply for a second internship during the semester working with a professor. I can then do research, publish papers, and go to conferences.
There were only ten positions, and I have been blessed to be one of those ten.”
– Elizabeth Hale
Our Stations of the Cross
are images that represent the stages of Christ’s
passion and death.
Visit each of the stations for a time of prayer and meditation
during Holy Week.
The eight stations will be displayed in the Sanctuary by the Faith and the Arts Team and created by our member artists.
Urgent Help for Haiti
Our Help for Haiti mission group has been presented with a generous opportunity to receive matching funds from a group of State Street UMC donors for any money we can raise up to $7,500.
Most significantly, however, this donation will only be made if we can shore up the financial strength of our mission by raising at least $3,000 by the end of April.
The Help for Haiti leadership team has been working to reduce our operating expenses and has made difficult cuts to bring us within an attainable goal to insure we will be able to continue to house, feed, and educate our nine children for at least another year under the leadership of the mission’s director, Leferne Preptit, a Haitian refuge and FUMC-Bristol member for over two decades.
However, we still need to bridge
our reduced funding gap and the opportunity we have this month is by far the best opportunity to do so.
successfully raising the $3,000 by the end of April, the chances of the shelter being able to continue to operate, even at a reduced level, past this summer are extremely low.
I know numerous church families and individuals are already donors; if, however, you have ever considered increasing your donation amount to more fully cover the cost of caring forthe children, or to become a first-time donor, now is the time to act.
Ideally, we would still like to garner monthly donation commitments, but donations toward our minimum goal of $3,000 would also be greatly appreciated. Donations from outside our congregation would also be more than welcome. One-time donations can be made by simply putting “Help for Haiti” in the memo line of checks put in the offering plate. Brochures for monthly donation commitments are available in the church office.
Thank you for your continued support of this integral mission and please feel free to contact Nate Hubbard with any questions by clicking on the link below.
Art piece from Haiti, contributed by Leferne Preptit