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!

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.

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PW News & Events

Presbyterian Women Retreat Montreat, NC October 5-7, 2012

Presbyterian Women Retreat
Montreat, NC
October 5-7, 2012

Presbyterian Women Retreat Montreat, NC October 10-12, 2014

Presbyterian Women Retreat
Montreat, NC
October 10-12, 2014














Saturday, August 24 (10:00 – 12:00)
Open House Coffee Fellowship
Home of Sue Wrisberg

Sunday, August 25
Gifts of Women Services (8:45 and 11:00)
Installation of PW Officers (11:00)

September 13-15
First Presbyterian Church PW Fall Retreat
Montreat, NC

Saturday, September 28 (9:30am – 2:00pm)
PWP Fall Spiritual Retreat
Shiloh Presbyterian, Knoxville

Thursday, October 17 (10:00am)
Presbyterian Women Day at Sunset Gap


Date to be announced 
“Come See Columbus Day”
Decatur, GA

April 25, location TBD
PW Annual Spring Gathering
Collection of Least Coin






UKirk at UTK (Formerly The Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville)


UKIRK logoUKirk (meaning “University Church”) is a network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

As a mission of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, UKirk at UTK is committed to being a home away from home for all students. We are a place of refuge, a safe space to ask questions, an environment where we can learn from one another and experience all the ways we can be the hands and feet of Christ in our community and around the world.

We’re undergoing big changes this year (2015) with a new campus minister, a number of new board members, and the ever-revolving door of new students. We hope you’ll stop by and give us an opportunity to extend a warm welcome.

First Presbyterian Church participates in a Sunday night dinner and Bible Study at UKirk, providing the meal and fellowship with the students. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, contact Sheri Pender at or Susan Smith at