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thursday evenings

5:00 to 6:00 pm

Menu hotline: 865-681-0804


welcome table

Each Thursday night from 5-6 dozens of faithful volunteers serve the community by offering a free meal to anyone who comes to the Welcome Table. This ministry provide thousands of meals each year.  


We invite YOU to our table. Come and enjoy a meal and fellowship. All who walk through our doors will be welcomed. There is no charge and no qualifying for this meal, just come and let us serve you.


If you need a ride, look for the van at

Broadway Towers, Maryville Towers, or Parkside

between 4:30 & 4:45 every Thursday.


are you willing to serve?

While the food at Welcome Table is only served from 5:00 to 6:00, there are dozens of people behind the scenes making it all possible.  It takes dozens of volunteers to prepare the food, serve it and to help clean up afterward.  Would you consider taking time out of your Thursdays to help us "Welcome" everyone? 


Opportunities to serve

Drivers  4:00 to 6:00 pm

Setup  1:30 pm

Cooks  3:00 to 5:00 pm

Dishwashers  5:00 to 6:30 pm

Greeters  5:00 to 6:00 pm

Servers  4:30 to 6:00 pm

Cleanup  6:00 to 7:00 pm


For more information contact Susie Curtiss (volunteer coordinator) at 984-2712

or email us at info@1stchurch.org


When this ministry first began in 2012 at 1st United Methodist Church we fed around 9-thousand people.  In 2017, that number had grown to 12-thousand.  Combined with the meals served at Welcome Table at New Providence Presbyterian Church, that number climbs to 26-thousand.


The average cost of a meal at Welcome Table is $1.85.  Donations are received from the Soup Kitchen, Ruby Tuesday, and Mother Earth Meats. There is no charge to guest for Welcome Table meals. 


Chef Amelia Geis-Scott coordinates the meals at both churches. 

If you have any questions for her or are interested in volunteering send her an email to  ameliageis@yahoo.com.