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easter is coming!

Sunday, April 16th is Easter Sunday, a day when we celebrate the risen Christ.

Beginning March 1st we enter the season of Lent, a time of preparation, reflection and repentance.

From special worship services to small group studies, there are many ways for

you to actively participate in the Lenten Season.  

Below you will find more details on all that is happening at 1st during Lent and what is in store on Easter. 



Lenten Studies


A World Worth Saving

Monday mornings @ 10:00 am

Beginning March 6th


Sunday evenings @ 6:30 pm

Beginning March 12th


Know the Story

Wednesday evenings at 7:40 pm

This five week study compares the Gospel texts on the events leading up to Holy Week.

(People attending Celebrate Recovery are encouraged to sign up for this Wednesday night study.)

March 22nd - Luke

March 29th - John

April 5th - Paul


More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a culture of excess

Wednesday mornings @ 10:00 am

Beginning March 1st


Click here for a closer look at Lenten studies and to sign up for them. 

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  

special worship



From Palm Sunday (April 9th) through April 15th we will mark what is known as Holy Week

with special worship services and activities.

From April 10th through April 14th, there will be special noon worship services in the Sanctuary

with guest speakers each day and lunch following.

Our Maundy Thursday worship service is set for April 13th at 7:00 pm.

Good Friday worship service is on April 14th at 7:00 pm.

  • Palm Sunday

    April 9th

    Worship at 8:15 & 10:30 am

    The Sunday before Easter is filled with excitement as we mark Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.  Songs of Hosanna and children waving palm branches help create a truly celebratory atmosphere as the period known as Holy Week begins. 

  • Holy Week Noonday Worship

    Monday, April 10th

    Rev. Betty Furches - Friendsville UMC

    Join us at Noon in the Sanctuary for this special service.   Rev. Furches' message is titled "Cleansing the Temple." A light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).

  • Holy Week Noonday Worship

    Tuesday, April 11th

    Rev. Laura Rasor - Broadway UMC

    Join us at Noon in the Sanctuary for this special service. Rev. Rasor's message is titled "Great Commandment."  A light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).

  • Holy Week Noonday Worship

    Wednesday, April 12th

    Rev. Daniel Castillo - Associate Pastor, St. John UMC

    Join us at Noon in the Sanctuary for this special service. Rev. Castillo's message is titled "Annointing at Bethany." A light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).

  • Holy Week Noonday Worship

    Thursday, April 13th

    Rev. Alta Raper - Binfield UMC

    Join us at Noon in the Sanctuary for this special service. Rev. Raper's message is titled "Passover/denial" A light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).

  • Holy Week Noonday Worship

    Friday, April 14th

    Tim Kobler - Director of the UTK Wesley Foundation

    Join us at Noon in the Sanctuary for this special service. A light lunch will be served afterward in Wesley Hall (upper level).

  • Maundy Thursday Service

    with Rev. Charles Maynard

    Thursday, April 13th

    7:00 pm in the Sanctuary (Upper Level)

    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 Service

    Friday, April 14th

    7:00 pm in the Sanctuary (Upper Level)

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

special events



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chuck knows church

When it comes to questions about church "things" like Lent, Maundy Thursday, or what happens during Holy Week, a guy named Chuck seems to have all the answers.  Take some time and browse the videos below and see what you can learn about all things church.  And if you still have questions, well, as Chuck would say, ask your pastor!