Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. The programming and resource options for the pres women logoorganization offer a variety of ways for women to live out their faith in an inclusive, caring community.

Purpose: Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves:

  • To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
  • To support the mission of the church worldwide
  • To work for justice and peace and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom

Click on the links to the left to learn more about Presbyterian Women.  (Access to the Yearbook requires a password.)

Service Opportunities

Annual Local Mission Trip: WOW Urban Ministry in Knoxville, TN Mission is a Christ-focused, youth-led ministry—providing faith formation, leadership development, and service opportunities in creative collaboration to build a strong, loving community. Their vision is to have generations of youth leaders discovering gifts, responding to needs, and creating a sacrificially loving community.

Volunteer Ministry Center

The youth participate in the cooking and serving of dinner at the VMC about eight times per year.

VMC Cooking Team #1— led by Tim Bible, Thad Morrish, and Joanna Pennoyer

4 Sundays per year

3:00 p.m. Meet in the Fellowship Hall/ Kitchen to prep the meal
4:45 p.m. Travel to VMC
5:00 p.m. Serve Dinner
5:35 p.m. Return back to FPC

Compassion Child

The Youth Ministry supports Yusrifan Ocu through the Compassion International. Compassion International’s mission statement is: “In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need. Donations go towards Second Harvest Food Bank located in Maryville, TN

Programmatic Opportunities

Sunday School @ 9:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. each Sunday, unless otherwise listed.

Middle School Class (6th-8th graders) taught by Carter Habeeb and Eric Lipka on the fifth floor (“Heaven”), located above the sanctuary.

High School Class (9th-12th graders) taught by Rob Jones and Brent Trentham on the fourth floor (“Promised Land”), located above the sanctuary.

Confirmation Class taught by a variety of church members. This course is taught as a membership course for youth who are either in eighth grade or older to learn more about how to articulate their faith and become members of our church body.

Worshipful Wednesday

Dinner in the Fellowship Hall @ 5:30 p.m.

Middle School Class @ 6:15 p.m. in the Middle School Room, located on the 5th Floor

High School Class @ 6:15 p.m. in the High School Room, located on the 4th Floor

Presbytery of East Tennessee Coordinate Events

Quarterly meetings with Lake Hills, Lake Forest, Second, and Graystone Presbyterian Churches.

Barnabas Program

The Barnabas Program is named after an early church leader who was known to be the “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:37). Barnabas sought out and assisted others, exhibited personal courage while risking his life and reputation, and was known for “his goodness, faith, big heartedness, courage, generosity, humbleness, self-sacrifice, open-mindedness, boldness, and that he was full of the Holy Spirit” ( This program is organized by Emily Smith,

The Barnabas Program cultivates a friendship between an adult and a youth of the church, suggesting that the Barnabas or adult to…

a) pray for the youth as they grow within the church and the world

b) serve as an anonymous encourager for a middle schooler or a high schooler

c) send small gifts or notes of encouragement around 4 times throughout the year (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and their birthday)

d) attend Youth Sunday on February 7th, 2016 for the Barnabas Reveal

e) continue to cultivate a friendship with the youth (sitting with one another a church, going out to lunch, participating in community service opportunities with one another, etc.)

The Turnip Greens

This group is open to anyone in the church who would like to sing or play an instrument during a variety of services throughout the year. Each February during Youth Sunday (worship service led completely by the youth—Sunday, February 7th, 2016), the Turnip Greens are in charge of almost all of the music. The schedule changes each year, so please contact Chris McAdoo, if you are interested in participating!

Music List

In early 2016, under the direction of our new Music Director, Mark Pace,
this section will be updated.

These are some of the programs we have done in the past.

January 5-  EPIPHANY SUNDAY: MUSICA SACRA:  Here Is the Little Door-Herbert Howells; O Magnum Mysterium-Tomas Luis Victoria

January 12- BAPTISM OF THE LORD:  CHANCEL CHOIR:  Gloria in Excelsis from Festival Eucharist-Craig Phillips; Psalm 29; Wade in the Water-Moses Hogan

January 19- Second Sunday after the Epiphany:  CHANCEL CHOIR:  Beati Quorum Via (Blessed are the Undefiled)-Charles Villiers Stanford; Wondrous Love-Shaw/Parker

January 26- Third Sunday after the Epiphany:  COVENANT CHOIRS/FIRST SINGERS/CHANCEL CHOIR WOMEN/HANDBELL ENSEMBLE:  All Things Bright and Beautiful-John Rutter; All Night, All Day-Susan Geschke (bells); Day by Day-Martin How

February 2-  CANDELMAS-Presentation of the Lord:  CHANCEL CHOIR/MUSIC SACRA:  Psalm 84-C. H. H. Parry; Nunc Dimittis from Service in A-Herbert Sumsion; Music at Communion:  Maria wallt zum Heiligtum (When Mary Went to the Temple); Ego Sum Panis Vivus (I Am the Living Bread)-G. P. Palestrina

Wednesday. February 5 at 7:30 pm-  SERVICE OF COMPLINE:  COMPLINE CHOIR:  Psalm 134-Richard Proulx; Pilgrim’s Hymn-Stephen Paulus

February 9-  Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany:  MEN ONLY:  Siyahamba-Zulu Song; Kyrie Eleison from Mass for Three Voices-William Byrd; Gloria-Old Scottish Chant; Ei Meine Perle from Wie Schon Leuchtet der Morgenstern (O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright)-Michael Praetorius; If Ye Love Me-Thomas Tallis

February 16- Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany:  TREBLE FESTIVAL CHORISTERS/CHANCEL CHOIR:  Choristers:  A Chorister’s Prayer-Bruce Neswick; For the Beauty of the Earth-Calvin Hampton; Chancel Choir:  Siyahamba-A Zulu Song; Sing a New Song-Michael Haydn

February 16-TREBLE FESTIVAL CONCERT, Mr. Bruce Neswick, guest conductor.  4:00 p.m. at Church Street United Methodist Church.  (FPC choristers participating)   REPERTOIRE:  Felix Mendelssohn-Hear My Prayer (along with SATB Youth Choir); John Rutter-All Things Bright and Beautiful  (also with SATB
Youth); Calvin Hampton-Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us; Calvin Hampton-For the Beauty of the Earth
Simon Lole-The Father’s Love; Joseph Corfe-My Voice Shalt Thou Hear; Joseph Corfe-I Will Magnify
Thee; Malcolm Archer-My Song is Love Unknown; Brian Kelly-Caribbean Psalm; Samuel Sebastian Wesley-  Who can Express; Bruce Neswick-A Chorister’s Prayer

February 23- Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany:  CHANCEL CHOIR:  The Best of Rooms-Randall Thompson; Lasst dich nur nichts nicht dauren (Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee-Johannes Brahms

March 2- TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD:  CHANCEL CHOIR/HANDBELL ENSEMBLE:  Alleluia-Alessandro Scarlatti; O Nata Lux (Born of Light)-Morten Lauridsen; Everlasting Light-Fred Gramann (bells)

March 5- ASH WEDNESDAY:  MUSICA SACRA:  Miserere (Psalm 51)-Gregorio Allegri; Remember Not, O Lord, Our Offences-Henry Purcell

March 9- FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT:  COVENANT CHOIRS/CHANCEL CHOIR:  Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us-Calvin Hampton (trebles); Jesus, So Lowly-Harold Friedell

March 16- SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT:  CHANCEL CHOIR:  Psalm 121-Plainsong Chant; God So Loved the World-Bob Chilcott

March 23-THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT:   CHANCEL CHOIR:  Call to Remembrance-Richard Farrant; There Is a Balm in Gilead-William Dawson

March 30:  FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT: CHANCEL CHOIR/HANDBELL ENSEMBLE:   Oculi Omnium-Charles Wood; Amazing Grace-Richard Proulx; Cantabile-Emily Li (bells)

Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.:  SERVICE OF COMPLINE:  COMPLINE CHOIR:  Psalm 134-Richard Proulx; In Manus Tuas, Domine (In Your Hands, O Lord)-John Sheppard; Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon)-Christopher Tye

April 6:  FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT:  CHANCEL CHOIR/COVENANT CHOIRS:  My Song Is Love Unknown-Malcom Archer; Schaffe in Mir, Gott (Create in Me, O God)-Johannes Brahms; O Sacread Feast-Healey Willan

April 13:  PALM/PASSION SUNDAY (ROSSINI FESTIVAL WEEKEND):  CHANCEL CHOIR:  Psalm 24-arr. John Brooks (Men of the Choir); Stabat Mater (with orchestra)-Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Women of the Choir)

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 17:  CHANCEL CHOIR/TREBLE FESTIVAL CHORISTERS/WOMEN’S YOUTH ENSEMBLE ALUMNAE:  The Father’s Love; Jesu, dulcis memoria-Tomas Luis Victoria; TENEBRAE SERVICE:  Solemn Reproaches-John Sanders

EASTER SUNDAY, April 20:  COVENANT CHOIRS/CHANCEL CHOIR/HANDBELL ENSEMBLE/BRASS QUINTET:  Alleluia based on Easter Hymn; Gloria in Excelsis-Craig Phillips; Let Your Alleluias Raise-Jonathan Willcocks; Rejoice, He Is Risen-Cathy Moklebust; Hallelujah from Messiah-G. F. Handel




Turnip Patch Cookbook

photo   The Turnip Patch  is a collection of treasured recipes from the congregation of First PresbyteriChurch.

Copies of The Turnip Patch may be ordered from:

First Presbyterian Church
620 State Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Ph: 865-546-2531
Fax: 865-546-2533

Copies of the cookbook are also available in the Global Mission Market

Dogwood School

Dogwood Elementary SchoolFirst Presbyterian Church assists Dogwood School in their mentor/tutoring program. Members of the congregation donate their time to work with at-risk children. Volunteers are paired up with one student, and they usually meet once a week. In the fall, school supplies are donated by the congregation and distributed to students who are in need. At Christmas, an Angel Tree is set up in the Fellowship Hall and children receive gifts that have been requested by them.