First United Methodist Church
McKenzie, Tennessee

Letting the grace and love of God shine through us, 
   so that disciples are made and needs are met.


Greetings in the name of Christ the Lord!  You've found the online home for the First United Methodist Church of McKenzie, Tennessee.  We're glad you're taking the time to visit, and hope you'll find in this site a helpful introduction to our congregation and its ministries.  

Using the navigation above, you can obtain pertinent information about who we are, what we believe, and what we do.  You can find brief descriptions and details on our worship services and other gatherings, or gather contact info.  You can even leave prayer requests, should you desire us to pray with or for you.  So take a look around; we hope you enjoy, and check back often.

We look forward to worshiping, sharing, and growing with you!

First United Methodist Church of McKenzie welcomes you, with

                                                                               open hearts, open minds, and open doors.

Sunday school - 9:45 AM | Worship - 10:50 AM



Wednesday, Apr 16 All Day
Wednesday, Apr 16 at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Apr 16 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr 16 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"Beyond Bunnies and Jellybeans"

Resurrection of the Lord (A) | 20-Apr-14

Base Text: John 20.1-18


On April 4, our youth will be partnering with the youth of McKenzie First Cumberland Presbyterian Church for a 30-hour famine themed "Release the Feast."  Any participant age 12 and up will go 30 hours without solid food while doing service projects around the community to spread God's love.  The fast starts Friday April 4 at noon, but the experience begins at 6 PM at FUMC McKenzie with games and worship well into the night, local service projects the next day, and an end feast at 6 PM on Saturday, April 5.  Please be in prayer as we endeavor to sympathize with those plagued by hunger around the world.


Are you looking for a way to get involved in the life and ministry of our congregation? There are numerous opportunities to do so!  If you feel led to participate in welcoming ministry, serving as an usher or greeter may be right for you. If you like to cook, preparing for Meals on Wheels or FLOW might be a better fit. If you have a heart for worship or outreach, you may want to join one of those teams. Are you musically-inclined? Sunday Night Lights would welcome your contribution! Do you like taking pictures? Maybe you could work with our communications.  These barely scratch the surface of the host of ways you can be part of our efforts to live into our mission of making disciples. If these or other areas of service interest you, please don’t hesitate to contact the pastor.


Traditional worship not your thing?  Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday evening (7 PM) for Sunday Night Lights, our contemporary worship service, featuring themed messages, uplifting music, great fellowship, and a light meal.  All are welcome!


Each week in the fall through the spring, we gather for Fellowship & Learning on Wednesday, or FLOW.  We share a meal at 5:30 PM ($6 for adults; kids eat free) and classes for all ages start at 6.

Our adult class is presently in the midst of a multi-week study on Wesleyan theology and doctrine, based on This We Believe by Bishop Will Willimon.

The youth are studying various topics, such as difficult or interesting Bible passages and the book Love Wins by Rob Bell.

There's something for everyone during FLOW; we hope you'll join us!


Our local United Neighbors is asking for donations of macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, crackers, soups, and canned milk during the month of April.  If you can donate any of these or other items, please leave them in the chest outside our building's narthex.  Thank you for your generosity!


Every third Saturday at 10:30 AM, our Outreach Team travels to McKenzie Health Care and Rehabilitation Center to share a song service and Holy Communion with the residents of that nursing home.  Any who desire to take part in this important ministry are welcome!  Please see Charles Thompson or Br. Jason for more.


Do you have eyewear you aren't using? Consider giving it to Project 20/20, a United Methodist ministry which provides free vision care in underdeveloped countries. We have drop boxes outside our building's narthex and at Spivey Eye Clinic in McKenzie. Your contributions are appreciated!


This local mission program presently provides about 40 meals each Saturday to people from all over McKenzie who need them for various reasons.  There's always a need for assistance in preparation and delivery (especially the latter).  If you can help, please contact the church office at (731) 352-2456.


Thursday, April 17 at 7 PM will be the next gathering of the Bethel Wesley Fellowship!  Join us for this very special Maundy Thursday worship experience in the Board Room in the Vera Low Center.  If you can assist in any way--whether through providing food, helping with worship, or just offering presence--please contact the church office as soon as possible!


We understand prayer to play a central role in the Christian's life.  Therefore we meet every Wednesday morning at 11 AM in McCracken Chapel for a time of prayer.  These gatherings include voicing of joys and concerns, silent meditation, communal prayer, and sharing the ways we've seen God working in and through our lives.  We'd love for you to join us.


If you've spent any amount of time around United Methodists, you've likely heard the word "apportionments."  But what exactly does it mean?  Why do we pay apportionments, and where does our money go?  If you ever asked any of these questions, be sure to check out this link for a PDF describing our theological basis for apportioned giving as well as a fund-by-fund breakdown of our contributions.


Lenten World Hunger Offering

More than 14% of total U.S. households struggle to put food on the table.  More than 200,000 people die each day from hunger-related problems.  In developing countries, 1 in 3 children are malnourished.  Statistics such as these go on and on.

But you can help, by prayerfully and financially supporting the Lenten World Hunger Offering.  A special calendar, created by the Memphis Conference, offers scripture, a suggested donation, and a prayer focus for each day of Lent.  Please consider using this calendar, and bringing your contribution to worship on April 20 (Easter Sunday).

Contributions to LWHO are used for a number of ministries that feed those who are hungry all over the world.  Some of these ministries include Project Peanut Butter, Reelfoot Rural Ministries, Hunters for the Hungry, and the Mid-South Food Bank.  Click here for a complete list of beneficiaries of this offering.

Thank you for you willingness to serve, and for your help in alleviating the suffering caused by hunger.

Distrito Manantiales

The Manantiales District of The United Methodist Church will be visiting the Paris District on April 11-17.  Churches in our district are asked to extend welcome to our sister district from Mexico and offer our partnership in ministry.

Our pastor is challenging our congregation to produce at least 20 (or $240 worth of) health kits, and to purchase at least $75 worth of Bibles--all of which will be distributed in our district's Hispanic communities as the Paris and Manantiales Districts share in offering tangible signs of God's love.

Can you contribute to this cause?  If so, please drop a designated check in the offering plate, or bring it by the church office.  Thank you in advance for embodying the Gospel of Christ.

Bethel University Chamber Choir in Concert

On Thursday, April 24, we will host the Bethel University Chamber Choir as they offer a variety of sacred and secular choral pieces.  The program begins at 7 PM, and admission is free.  All are welcome!





April 6: Mandy Harvey, Drew Harvey

April 13: Ben Dillon, Allie Chappell

April 20: Audrey Mathenia, Lily Mathenia

April 27: Cody North, Ben Dillon


April 6: Ed Sexton

April 13: TBA

April 20: TBA

April 27: TBA


April 6: Diane Harvey, Kristy Jones

April 13: Glenn & Joyce Hayes

April 20: Anna Anderson, Lauren Riley

April 27: Gene & Nellie Hale


Jim & Linda Arnold, Mike Laughrey

Nursery Attendants

April 6: Jennifer Glass, Jill Holland

April 13: Stephanie Bolin, Joyce Hayes

April 20: Donna Bruce, Shelly Dillon

April 27: Elaine Brown, Gina King

Communion Servers

April 6: Tim, Debbie, & Courtney Broadbent

April 20: Sylvia Hickman, Carolyn Goodwin, Charles Thompson

Our newsletter, Koinonia, is a monthly offering intended to share pertinent information about our church's ministries and events.  Its name comes from a Greek term meaning "community," "participation," or "the share one has in anything"--highlighting the importance of being in ministry together: moving in sameness of vision and purpose, so that our mission--to make disciples of Jesus Christ--remains our primary focus.
The twelve most recent newsletters can be read below.  For older issues, please visit our
archives page.

September 11, 2013

September 25, 2013

October 9, 2013

October 23, 2013

November 6, 2013

November 20, 2013

December 4, 2013

December 18, 2013

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

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