The Circuit Writer             

      A monthly  newsletter

             of Tryon United  

           Methodist Church


                Phone: 828-859-9218



      June 2022



   No, I am not sick. I am not running away from home (or moving to Greece).  I am not eloping (definitely not doing that).  None of  

   those things are the reason I am taking a mini sabbatical/extended vacation.  If I were ill, I would tell you.  If I were leaving, I would

   tell you.  If I were eloping…well, that would be a big surprise for everyone, including me.  But those aren’t the reasons for my

   upcoming break.

   By now, most of you have received a letter from me explaining that I will be taking some time off in the coming month.  Beginning         June 20th and on through July 17th I will be taking a break from my duties here at Tryon UMC.   And the primary reason for this

   break is to rest.  I need a good, long rest and that’s what this time away is for. 





I will be praying as I rest. And I will be asking for God’s peace and healing in this time of attending to some things than I’ve neglected but now need my care.  Care of body is important and so is soul care.  My hope is that when I come back to work it will be with renewed energy and the ability to do my work and ministry in the ways I want to, in the ways you should expect me to, and in the ways that would best serve God. 

A good friend and mentor asked me what my definition of rest was.  Good question, since rest and I are not well acquainted most of the time.  My answer was that my idea of rest was having complete control over what I do and when I do it--going to bed, getting up, eating, reading--or perhaps doing absolutely nothing.  That’s the first part.  The second part of that answer is that regardless of what I might find myself doing (or not doing) I would not have to think about or worry about someone else’s schedule or needs or terms.  (Except maybe for Jenna, who only requires me to walk with her and feed her.   In return, I get lots of tail wags and dog smiles and cuddles: a fair exchange, I think.)

One of the things I will ask of you while I am away, is to pray.

·         Pray for each other.

·         Pray for our church.

·         Pray for our community.

·         Pray for my family and me. 

You all have been very kind and thoughtful in so many ways.  I appreciate that and you more than I will ever be able to express.  And I thank you for this time away and look forward to seeing you in mid-July when I return. 

In the June 19th bulletin announcements there will be some information you will need to know about who is covering specific things while I am away.  If you have any questions about my sabbatical, please feel free to contact me before June 19th.  If you did not receive a copy of my letter explaining details about this sabbatical but would like to read it, let me know and I’ll send it to you. 

I hope that this summer each one of you will find some time to take long, deep breaths or long naps or do whatever it is you might do to let yourself rest and renew.  The world is really good at making us weary.  It’s not really good at giving us space or permission to care well for ourselves.  So, give yourself permission to take care of what the late poet Mary Oliver called, “your one wild and precious life.” That’s exactly what I intend to do in the days ahead. 


May God bless you and keep you. I wish you peace. 


Pastor Lynnette


                                                                                                            New and Notes                          

                                        Page Turners




On Wednesday, June 29th the Page Turners book club will meet to discuss the novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the




German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.


Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

The group meets in the church library at 2:00 and welcomes all who like to read and talk about books!

All are invited to join us in the church library a we explore theis fascinating novel. Contat Lynn Montgomery (828 -817- 4391) if you have any questions













Congratulations, Breanna!


As of Sunday, June 5, our lovely Breanna Cochran is officially a graduate of Chase High School in Forest City, NC.  A strong student and a talented musician, Breanna will begin college at UNC – Charlotte in the fall, shortly after she completes a summer music program.


Breanna is the daughter of Beth and Johnny Cochran and the granddaughter of Dr. Bob and Alice Palmer, and we are grateful to all of them for sharing her with us throughout her young life. 

During the month of June a Memories Book will be available on the table in the Gathering Area. Please take a moment to stop by and write a few words for her to take with her as she begins this next great adventure.




                                                                Ready for a Party

                                              It’s not every day that a person turns 90, and Alice Palmer’s

                                              friends in the Comfort Shawl ministry decided to su rprise her with

                                              a birthday party.  With refreshments like these,

                                              a good time was surely had by all.









Feed A Family

A Polk County Summer Food Program


Feed A Kid is a partnership program in Polk County that seeks to provide nutritional food and easy-to-make meals to children and families in need during the ten weeks of June 15th through August 18th when school is not in session. Tryon UMC is one of seven participating area churches who are cooperating with Polk County Outreach to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Polk County.   Please pray for the success of this program and for the selfless volunteers who plan, pack and deliver bags of food.






You can now sign up to help pack food into bags on any Wednesday from June 15-August 17, from 10 AM-12 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect volunteers from participating churches.  Prior to packing, volunteers will receive an orientation from the church lead person assigned for that week.


Sign-ups are being handled via a user-friendly and very safe online system.  Click the link shown below to sign-up for your Wednesday of choice.!/showSignUp/805084ea9aa2aa1fc1-polk

If you prefer, please contact Pam Monterisi who will help you get signed up for your Wednesday of choice.  (phone:  828- 817-4674 ; email:

































          Clergy Session - June 16, 2022
          Annual Conference - June 17-19, 2022

The 2022 Western North Carolina Annual Conference meeting will be held at Lake Junaluska, June 16-19.

Pam Monterisi has agreed to be our lay delegate this year.  She will be offering a report on matters that may affect us as a congregation and offering some of her observations on the conference.  We plan to hold that gathering on August 7th.  More information to come.


We thank Pam for her willingness to serve as our delegate and represent Tryon UMC.

Reminders and announcements















    Subscribe to our Newsletter

Field is required
Field is required Incorrect email
Field is required
Field is required
Field is required
Your message was sent successfully
Sorry, your message was not sent