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Ministry contacts

Below you will find information about volunteer needs and contact information for ministries and missions of

1st United Methodist Church as well as organizations outside of the church that we support. 

If you aren't finding what you are looking for here, please email info@1stchurch.org .

  • Welcome Table

    This mission of 1st United Methodist Church provides meals for the community every Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Asbury Hall (lower level).   New Hope Presbyterian Church offers Welcome Table meals on Tuesday evenings. 


    More information about Welcome Table available by clicking here. 


    Volunteer needs:

    • Drivers to pick up and return people home after the meal
    • Servers
    • Dishwashers
    • People to help with set up and clean up.

    Contact: 

    Susie Curtis

    susiecurt@aol.com

    865-984-2712


  • Celebrate Recovery

    This group is an  internationally organized Christ-centered 12 Step ministry. The ministry is hospitality based and recognizes that people (and families) are dealing with many difficult issues including addiction, grief, loss, and hopelessness. 


    Celebrate Recovery understands that recovery is a journey where the desire is to move forward together and support each other along the way. 


    Each Wednesday night in Asbury Hall,  Celebrate Recovery begins with a simple meal at 5:30, followed by Worship at 6:30 and share groups at 7:40 pm.


    Childcare is provided.


    Volunteer opportunities:

    • Greeters
    • Servers in the kitchen
    • Food preparation
    • Cleanup
    • Childcare workers (mandatory training required)

    Contact:

    Leslie Ragland

    tor13@yahoo.com

    (334)201-2978


    More information about this ministry can be found at www.CRMaryvilleTN.com .

  • Family Promise

    Several times throughout the year, 1st UMC serves as a host facility for the Blount County Family Promise program.  This multi-layered program helps homeless families get back on their feet.   Each host week, volunteers are needed in a variety of ways.


    Contact:

    Mavis Ziegler

    mavisziegler@yahoo.com

  • Community Food Connection

    of Blount County

    Located at 311 Whitecrest Drive in Maryville,  the mission of this organization (supported by 1st UMC and many of its members) was initialized when the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council saw the need for a food pantry in the area. 


    The Community Food Connection began operations in May 1991, serving approximately 20 families a week. We now serve over 500 families each week, and have a shared ministry with Meals on Wheels.  The Food Connection helps Blount County residents and never charges for their service.


    Clients to come into the store and select a certain number of items from our stock. On other days,  clients are given a bag of staples and any other fresh items on hand, eggs, meat, bread etc.   Overall, the Food Connection moves in the direction of client choice. 


    100% of the work and the Food Connection relies on support from local churches, civic groups, business partners and school students from Blount County.  


    The Food Connection is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. 

    Friday is by appointment only. 

    Saturday's hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.


    Volunteer opportunities:

    • Help unload trucks and stock shelves on Tuesday  and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to Noon. 
    • Drivers who have pick up trucks are needed t to help with deliveries from Second Harvest and local grocery stores. 
    • Help with client choice and take clients through the store and help with selection. 
    • Help in the store on the days the BCFC is open to help with the flow of inventory and other tasks. 
    • Help with  food drives and other events throughout the year.

    Contact:

    Linda Kerr Wells

    lindajkerr@bellsouth.net

    865-995-2271

    Website: http://cfcblount.org/

  • Good Neighbors of Blount County

    Good Neighbors is a faith based non-profit ministry serving our community by helping our neighbors work through a temporary crisis involving a rental or utility payment situation.  Neighbors meet one on one with a coach to develop a plan to avoid disconnection of service or eviction.  Resources are shared to help neighbors find ways to stretch their budgets and also connection to appropriate agencies that may assist with their individual issues. 


    Volunteer opportunities:

    Board members

    • Coaches
    • Clerical Work
    • Receptionists
    • Follow up caller
    • Many other duties

    Contact:

    info@goodneighborsbc.org

    website: www.goodneighborsbc.org

    865-681-5420


  • Habitat for Humanity

    The people of 1st United Methodist Church have built more than 20 homes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program.  In addition, several members have spent countless hours working  on other Habitat building projects.   Currently there are no active 1st UMC sponsored Habitat projects, but we will let you know about them and how you can volunteer.


    Contact:

    Doug Jenkins

    jenks413@gmail.com

    865-384-8009



  • Latvian Mission Team

    The small Baltic nation of Latvia has now had 25-years of freedom since the Soviet occupation which forced the closure of the Methodist Churches there.  The United Methodist Church has reopened some of these churches.  1st UMC has a partnership with Kuldiga UMC in Latvia. In this partnership we support the church through prayer, encouragement, building trust and building personal relationships.  1st UMC Maryville also supports the church by providing financial assistance.


    The Latvian Mission team takes a trip to Latvia every two years with the summer of 2018 being the next opportunity for traveling with the team.  We usually conduct a Bible Study for adults and children at Kuldiga.  There is also manual labor to the facility for whatever their current needs are.  The team may also travel to Wesley Camp to support them in whatever project is current on the camp list. 


    You can support Kuldiga UMC through your prayers and by giving to the Latvian Fund.


    Contact:

    Ron & Carol Werker

    luvwerks@bellsouth.net

    865-414-8912


  • 1st Kids Ministries

    Vacation Bible School volunteers needed.

    Click here to sign up. 


    Contact:

    Denise Johns

    djohns@1stchurch.org

    865-982-1273

  • 1st Youth Ministry

    1st Youth serves youth in 7th - 12th grades.  We provide opportunities for fellowship, education, mission work, and support for students and their families. 


    Volunteer opportunities:

    • Substitute helpers with Sunday School and Sunday night activities
    • Preparing meals for the youth
    • Chaperoning  day and overnight trips

    Contact:

    Nathan Irwin

    nirwin@1stchurch.org

    865-982-1273

  • Adult Ministries

    Throughout the year there are many special events and programs aimed at the Adults in the congregation and the community.  


    Some of them include:

    • JOY Fellowship
    • CAST Singles Ministry
    • Senior Adult Trips


    While there are no specific volunteer needs for these,  ideas for programs and events are always welcome and help may be needed organizing some of these.


    Contact:

    Sarah Slack

    sslack@1stchurch.org

    865-982-1273

  • Adult Sunday School

    With more than a dozen classes to choose from, the Sunday School program at 1st UMC covers a lot of ground.  In addition to attending classes, you can also volunteer to become a Sunday School teacher, facilitator or class leader.


    Learn more about the classes offered on Sunday morning at:

    http://1stchurch.org/grow-with-1st/sunday-school


    Contact:

    Mike Maher, Sunday School Superintendent

    mdmaher9@charter.net

    865-233-0523

  • Bible Studies

    Throughout the year, there are multiple opportunities to enrich your faith journey through small group and Bible studies.   Watch the website, the Church Bell and social media channels for details as new studies are added.


    Contact:

    Rev. Sarah Slack

    sslack@1stchurch.org

    865-982-1273

  • Men's Connection

    Men's Connection is a social group that meets the 2nd Monday each month for lunch.  Currently, the group meets at Asbury Bistro at Asbury Place.  Meetings are a time to share stories or concerns with each other over lunch (Dutch Treat) and enjoy each others company.  The Men's Connection is looking to grow, so just come join the men for lunch.


    Contact:

    Ron Werker

    rwerker@bellsouth.net

    (865) 414-8912

  • Men's Thursday Morning Bible Study

    The Men's Bible Study is a group of men who meet on Thursday mornings to study and discuss select books of the Bible or Christian studies. The format frequently uses video based studies and a leader-directed discussion (not lecture based). During the "school year" we meet at the church in room 254 from 6:00am to 7:30am. 


    During the summer we meet at the Panera Bread at Louisville Crossing from 6:30am to 7:30am for a time of fellowship and prayer.


    The group has been meeting for approximately five years and generally has 12-15 men participating in the studies with room for more.


    Contact:

    Owen Ragland

    foragland@gmail.com

    865-556-6338

  • Shut-in Visitation Ministry

    Help members who are no longer able to attend church, stay connected.


    Volunteers commit to a monthly visit with a church member who is homebound or living in a nursing home.


    Contact:

    Rev. Catherine Nance

    cnance@1stchurch.org

    (865) 982-1273

  • United Methodist Women

    Become a United Methodist Woman to learn and grow spiritually. Experience a sense of belonging and purpose as members join together locally, nationally and internationally to help others. 


    Meetings are held in either members’ homes or at the church to experience the many joys of membership. We annually pledge to support the work with women, children and youth to effect change in our neighborhoods and around the world. The United Methodist Women sponsor an annual fundraiser to further enrich this ministry. 


    The women in this group are provided with an opportunity to think about new ways to do the work of education, spiritual growth, leadership development and connecting with other women. Our motto is 'Faith, Hope, Love in Action'. 


    Contact:

    Donna Doede

    doedew@bellsouth.net

    865-856-0276

  • Alternative Gift Fair

    (Each November)

    The Alternative Gift Fair has a variety of vendors who offer items from all over the world. They are made by talented folks who use the revenue from sales to purchase food and everyday items for living that we take for granted.  Other items benefit missions of 1st UMC and other organizations.  The items are of high quality, unique and often one of a kind. Use this opportunity to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family and by doing so give gifts that "give twice." The date for the fair this year is November 5th.


    Ways to help:

    The main way you can support this venture is to attend and shop with us. We can always use some breakfast items for the vendors. If you are interested in helping out or becoming a member of the group in charge, please let Jewel Rankin know.


    Contact:

    Jewel Rankin

    Jewel1940@gmail.com

     (865) 981-2770