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.
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: Weaver Union Church, 132 Peoples Road, Bristol, TN
Preacher: Rev. Liz Hamilton, Addilynn Memorial UMC
Wednesday, April 12
Location: Virginia Avenue UMC, 1127 Virginia Avenue,
Preacher: Jeremy McMillan, St. Luke UMC
10:00 a.m. Joint Worship Service in Sanctuary
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.
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 mediation
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.
Help us make the
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
on April 16th a success!
Suzanne and Misty in the
Children’s Ministry Department
still need donations of plastic
eggs and candy.
Donation box in reception office.
Thanks for supporting our growing Children’s Ministry!
Leaving a Legacy Through Your Church
When it comes to favorite conversation topics, death & money
are not our top picks. That’s why it is important to talk about both of them while we can!
While many of us may want to bless the church in our death, we may lack creative ways to do so!
HELP IS ON THE WAY!
PLANNED GIVING WORKSHOP
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Mr. Paul Bowman. The United Methodist Foundation
TIME: Immediately following Traditional Worship
Lunch will be provided
(Paul will preach that day on “The Joy of Giving”)
Sponsored by your Church Finance Team
The United Methodist Foundation
10:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.
Note the extra hour to sleep in!
Richard, Rick, and Oskar Rollins
Our Oskar has been awarded the
Arrow of Light Award,
the highest award available to
He also had his
Crossing Over Ceremony,
transitioning from Cub Scouts to the Boy Scout Troop.
Congratulations to Oskar-we are so proud of you!
Sunday, April 2nd
“Feed the Hungry” Offering
Bristol Faith in Action
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and the local community, formed to serve people whose circumstances leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.
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Calendar & Events Schedule
Week of March 30-April 5
Thurs, Mar 30: 6:00pm-Yoga with Jean-Yoga Studio
Fri, Mar 31: 5:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
6:30pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
Sat, April 1: 10:00am-Church-Wide Work Day
Sun, April 2: 9:30am-Sunday School Hour
9:30am-The River service, TH
10:00am-Common Ground Service, Chapel
11:00am-Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
(childcare is provided from 9:30am to 12:00pm; children may be picked up at any time)
Mon, April 3: 1:00pm-Food Pantry Volunteers
6:00pm-Belly Dancing Class-yoga room
7:00pm-Hispanic Congregation PVUMC
Tues, April 4: 8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast-TH
Wed, April 5: 11:50am-1:00pm-Lenten Food & Fellowship
Location: Weaver Union Church,
Preaching: Rev. Liz Hamilton, Addilynn UMC