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upcoming events  

and registration

Scroll down for a quick look at what's Happening at 1st in the coming weeks

and a look at the daily calendar.

For events needing signups, just click on the highlighted text.

Click here to read the church newsletter, The Church Bell.


Do you have a church related event you would like us to promote?

If so, click here, fill out the form and let us know about it.

Please provide us the information at least a month before the event.  

  • Lenten Table

    Noonday Worship - Sanctuary (Upper Level)

    Each Wednesday through April 5th

    March 22nd

    A Timely Table

    Rev. Carol Wilson - Holston Conference of the UMC

    March 29th

    A Forgiving Table

    Rev. Bob Hayes - Broadway UMC, retired

    April 5th

    A Wide Table

    Rev. Eric Bronkala

    Shannondale Community/Middlebrook Pike UMC  

    *A light lunch is served after each service in Wesley Hall (upper level)

  • Learning about Lent (for children)

    Session 2: March 29th & April 5th

    When the Lenten season begins, children are sure to have a few questions about it. To help answer some of them, there will be special Lenten “sessions” just for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

    What is Holy Week? Preparing for Easter.

    Wednesdays, March 29th and April 5th

    5:30 to 6:15 pm

    Dinner will be provided for the children attending. Please help us get an idea of how much food and supplies to get by signing up here.

  • Make Peace with the Past

    Introduction: March 27th 6:30 - 7:30 pm

    Classes: Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm

                     Beginning April 3rd

    If you have been struggling to deal with a death, divorce, a job loss, problems with your health, finances or other losses, there is help.

    Joy Gaertner, a certified grief recovery specialist will host an 8-week special class here at 1st UMC this spring. Registration is $25. (Scholarships available)

    Click here to sign up. 

  • CAST Single's Ministry Movie Night

    "The Shack"

    Tuesday, March 28th

    Come see the much talked about movie "The Shack."    The movie should be about two hours long.  Just plan on meeting inside the mall entrance to the theater by 6:15 pm.  The movie begins at 6:25 pm.  You'll need money for your ticket ($6) and money for concessions. 

    Please sign up here.

    For more information contact Dana Hogan at dahogan22@hotmail.com .

  • Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch

    April 9th

    Egg Hunt (During the 9:15 Sunday School Hour)

    Lunch in Asbury Hall at 11:45 am

    The Children’s Ministry Action Team (CMAT) is hosting a  Palm Sunday lunch for children and their families following  the 10:30 am services on April 9th. The main dish will be

    provided along with beverages. 

    Sign up for lunch by clicking here. 

    Earlier that morning, the children are invited to go room to room here at the church to hunt for eggs (filled with nonedible treats). Just meet in your Sunday School classrooms

    at 9:15 am and then each class will make the rounds visiting  the adult Sunday School classes.

  • Holy Week and Easter

    Children processing down the aisle waving palm branches, songs of Hosana, and an uplifting message.  Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 9th.   Throughout the week there will be services each day at Noon with guest speakers each day.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be observed and celebrations begin on Easter Sunday with a Sunrise Service. 

    (Visit our Lent and Easter page for more details)

    Palm Sunday

    8:15 am - Traditional

    10:30 am - Traditional

    10:30 am - Contemporary

    Holy Week

    April 10th - April 15th

    Noonday Worship Services each day with lunch following.

    Click here for a look at the guest speakers.

    April 13th

    Maundy Thursday Worship

    7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

    April 14th

    Good Friday Worship

    7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

    Easter Sunday, April 16th

       7:00 am - Sunrise Service on the Front Lawn

       8:15 am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

    10:30 am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

    10:30 am - Contemporary Worship in Asbury Hall

  • CAST Singles' Ministry Event:

    Maryville College Jazz Concert

    Tuesday, April 18th @ 7:00 pm

    Clayton Center for the Arts

    Come enjoy an evening of great jazz music at the Clayton Center as Maryville College presents its Spring Jazz Concert.  The event is free, but we need to get a head count before going so please sign up here by Sunday, April 16th.

  • Vacation Bible School

    June 4th - June 7th

    Volunteer to be a part of the fun!

    Click here to fill out the volunteer form.

    For more information contact Denise Johns at 982-1273 or djohns@1stchurch.org

  • Shut-in Ministry Training

    April 23rd @ 11:45 am

    Wesley Hall (upper level)

    Rev. Doug Smith and Rev. Sue Lynn Johnson will be leading a workshop on how to minister to the shut-ins in our community.  Lunch will be served at this event.   Please help us get an idea of how many people will be at this special training by signing up here. 

daily calendar

Saturday, March 25th

  9:00 am Pickleball, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

Sunday, March 26th

  7:35 am Morning Glory Chorus Rehearsal, 249

   8:15 am Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

  9:15 am Sunday School, various rooms

10:30 am Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

10:30 am Contemporary Worship, Asbury (Lower Level)

11:45 am  Outreach Team, Wesley Hall

  4:30 pm Youth Handbells, 252, 254

  5:10 pm  Celebration Singers,249

  5:15 pm  Evensong Handbells, 252

  6:00 pm Youth Fellowship

  6:30 pm  A World Worth Saving Study

Monday, March 27th

10:00 am A World Worth Saving Study

    3:30 pm Children's Choirs

                          Primary Praise (K-1)

                          Merrymakers (2nd-3rd)

                          Joy Singers (4th - 6th)

   6:30 pm  Make Peace with Your Past

                     Grief Recovery Intro Session, 254

Tuesday, March 28th

10:00 am Bible Study (VanPelt), 152

   7:00 pm Pickleball, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

Wednesday, March 29th 

10:00 am More Than Enough, Small Group Study, 205

12:00 pm Noonday Lenten Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)


Celebrate Recovery, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

  5:30 pm Light Meal

  6:30 pm Worship

  7:40 pm Small Groups


  7:30 pm Chancel Choir, 249

Thursday, March 30th

  6:00 am Men's Bible Study, 254

  5:00 pm Welcome Table, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

Saturday,  April 1st

*No Pickleball

5:30 pm  The Power of Love and Laughter, Asbury Hall (Lower Level)

                        Benefits the Dane House & True Purpose Ministries

Sunday, April 2nd

  7:35 am Morning Glory Chorus Rehearsal, 249  

   8:15 am Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

  9:15 am Sunday School, various rooms

10:30 am Traditional Worship, Sanctuary (Upper Level)

10:30 am Contemporary Worship, Asbury (Lower Level)

6:00 pm   Youth Fellowship