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children's easter fun

What is Holy Week? Preparing for Easter

Wednesday March 29th and April 5th

5:30 to 6:15 pm in room C12 (lower level)

Dinner is provided.  Please sign up to help us know how much food and supplies to get. 






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noonday worship

each wednesday

march 8th - april 5th

If you are looking for a time to pause ... reflect ... and pray we invite you to 1st UMC each Wednesday for special Noonday Lenten worship services.  The theme of the worship during this time is "tables" and there will be guest ministers each week bringing you the message. The services will last about half an hour and a light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).


March 8th

An Interrupted Table

Rev. Doug Smith - 1st UMC, retired


March 15th

A Testing Table

Rev. Bill Booth - First Baptist Maryville


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  





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Easter Sunday, come celebrate the Resurrection at the Sunrise Service on the front lawn of the church at 7:00 am then enjoy the special music and messages offered in our 8:15 & 10:30 Traditional Worship services or our 10:30 am Contemporary Worship service. 


 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven

given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). 


holy week noon services

march 21st - 25th

During Holy Week, there will be special community worship services each weekday at Noon.  These services will be brief and will include special music as well as a different speaker each day.  A light lunch follows each service. 

  • Monday, March 21st

    Tim Jones

    Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church

  • Tuesday, March 22nd

    Billy Newton

    Highland Presbyterian Church

  • Wednesday, March 23rd

    Laura Rasor and Musical Guests

    Broadway United Methodist Church

  • Thursday, March 24th

    Mickey Rainwater

    Fairview United Methodist Church

  • Friday, March 25th

    Anne McKee

    Maryville College

special services

and easter worship


  • Maundy Thursday Worship - March 24th

    7:00 pm

    *This day marks the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus.   The English word, "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment."  On the last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). 


    *information taken from www.umc.org

  • Good Friday Worship - March 25th

    7:00 pm

    The Friday before Easter marks the day the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered.  We will observe this through a service called "Facing the Shadows."

  • Easter Sunrise Service

    March 27th @ 7:00 am

    Front lawn of the church


  • Easter Sunday Worship - March 27th

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

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

    10:30 am - Contemporary (Asbury Hall, Lower Level)

    This is the day for celebrating the risen Christ!  Worship services will be filled with uplifting music and a message about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

lenten devotions

Brenda Clark, a member of 1st Church has written a devotional series she wanted to share with others.  We're making those devotions (which begin March 2nd) available in a variety of ways.   You can have them emailed to you each day, find them on Facebook and twitter or on 1stmaryville.blogspot.com .


seven last words of christ

Copyrighted image: The Wounded Word, by Jan Richardson


Starting, February 10th (Ash Wednesday) and continuing  through the season of Lent sermons will focus on the seven last statements of Jesus while he was on the cross. Each statement tells us something about Jesus and together they paint a powerfully beautiful picture of  what was on Jesus’ heart as he died. As we journey with Jesus in his dying moments, we will hear how his words from the cross continue to have meaning for us today. 


February 10th - Ash Wednesday

Father Forgive Them


February 14th - 1st Sunday of Lent

Today you will be with me in Paradise


February 21st - 2nd Sunday of Lent

Behold Your Son ... Behold Your Mother


February 28th - 3rd Sunday of Lent

My God, My God, Why Have You Foresaken Me?


March 6th - 4th Sunday of Lent

I Thirst


March 13th - 5th Sunday of Lent

It is Finished


March 20th - Palm Sunday

Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit