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everyone is invited to be inspired

and challenged to:

  • Know and experience God through Jesus Christ
  • Claim and live God's promises
  • Grow and serve as Christian disciples

Whether it's Covenant Bible Study, participation in United Methodist Women, or  Sunday School, there are many opportunities throughout the year to grow in Christ through small groups. 

Scroll down to learn more about your opportunities to



small group studies

Students are going back to school and that means it's time for some new small group studies.  Scroll down to see what's new for Fall 2018 and sign up.

  • Book of Job -Bible Study

    Tuesdays at 10:00 am

    Starting September 11th

    Room 152

    Job clung to God's goodness while all his worldly joys were stripped away. But, how is it possible to hold onto such joys in times of sorrow? Starting September 11th, come join the Tuesday Morning Bible Study by Lisa Harper where you will discover the redemptive side of Job's suffering and how we can use our pain to strengthen our faith. 

    The cost of the workbook is $13.

    Bonnie Van Pelt is leading the study. 

    For more information contact her at bjkv@bellsouth.net . 

    Click here to sign up for the study. 

  • Covenant Bible Studies

    The Bible is a great tool to use in our daily lives, but too often many of us only study it a few verses or possibly a few chapters at a time. The Covenant Bible Study offers a chance to study the entire Bible in a way designed to better fit in to your busy schedules.

    This in-depth study is divided into three 8-week sessions that will be begin at different times during the year with breaks in between each session.

    Session 1 - Creating

    **Currently meeting Thursdays at 10:00 am

    Session 2 - Living

    Session 3 - Trusting

  • Book Club

    Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month

    Room 205

    A fellowship of people who share a pleasure of reading meet monthly  in the church library (room 205). The reading material is suggested by the members and encompasses all genres and subjects. Discussion is led by a different group member each month and is always thoughtful and lively. Anyone and everyone is invited and welcome to join the group. 

    The remaining selections for 2018 are listed below:


    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


    Still Life by Louise Penny


    Clementine by Sonia Purnell


    Little Fires Everywhere by Celesta NG


    Being Dead Is No Excuse by Gayden Metcalfe

united methodist women

The United Methodist Women is an organization committed to cultivating the spiritual life of its members and contributing to mission projects, locally,regionally and internationally.

One continuing project for the UMW is making prayer bears.  These hand sewn teddy bears have a small wooden heart with the words "God Loves You" on it.  The prayers are given out to people in need of that reminder.  If you know of someone who needs a prayer bear, please contact a member of the United Methodist Women or Donna Doede at doedew@bellsouth.net .

The entire group of United Methodist Women meets the third Thursday of each month at the church (or someone close) for a luncheon and program.  Several special programs are also organized throughout the year. 



Linda Richards

Vice President

Marilyn Johnson


Donna Doede


Frances Hodge

Communications Coordinator

Pat Cherry

Mission Coordinator for Spiritual Growth

Mary Kay Hamlin

Mission Coordinator for Social Action

Betty Smith

Mission Coordinator for Membership, Nurture & Outreach

Beth Porter

Secretary of Program Resources

Marilyn Johnson

Related links:

Holston Conference UMW website

UMW Website

men's groups

Men's Connection

Meets the second Monday of each month at 11:30 at Asbury Place Bistro.

Another group meeting at 1st United Methodist Church is the Men's Connection. This group meets once a month for a time of food and fellowship.

For more information on Men's Connection contact Ron Werker at rwerker@bellsouth.net or


Men's Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 6:30 am

Room 254

The Men’s Bible Study group has been meeting on Thursday mornings for about four years. The group typically uses a video-based and discussion-led format to explore the Bible and grow in the understanding of faith and practice.  This study typically has 10 to 15 men who attend that are in the age range from 40 to 90; younger and older are welcome.

Knit together ministry

Second Thursday of Each month

10:00 am - noon

On the second Thursday of each month, a group meets here at the church to knit prayer shawls and other items to be given to people who are ill, have suffered a loss or are in the midst of a crisis.  The group also knits blankets for infants being baptized. 

There are two ways to be involved in this ministry.  You can knit or crochet a shawl or blanket ore give a financial donation to the group.  Each shawl costs about $15. 

For more information on being part of this ministry please contact Sally Thierbach at 865-774-4532 or email her at sthierbach@gmail.com