Position Available: Director of Discipleship for Age-Level Ministries


First United Methodist Church, Union City, Tennessee is searching for  the person with a passion to serve the cause of Christ and His church by developing a broad-based ministry of discipleship and spiritual growth for children (infant to grade 5) youth (grades 5-12), and adults (age 18+). Working with other staff and lay ministry teams, this person will develop and nurture all aspects of the Christian faith and will assist persons in growing into faithful Disciples of Jesus Christ. This will be accomplished by creating an atmosphere of servant leadership and giving guidance to all programmatic, organizational, and relational aspects of discipleship for Children, Youth and Adults. For more information and/or a copy of the position description contact Rev. Dr. Douglas N Norfleet at  [email protected] or send your resume’ to: Rev. Dr. Douglas N Norfleet, 420 East Main Street, Union City, Tennessee 38261



Sunday, October 13

8:30 am Prayer for 8:45 Service                                Mercy Seat Prayer Rm

8:45 am Worship                                                        Sanctuary

9:45 am Sunday School for all ages                          Various Rooms

10:35 am Prayer for 10:50 Service                            Mercy Seat Prayer Rm.

10:50 am Worship* Sanctuary


*Broadcast on WENK 1240 AM, on 95.5 FM and 101.7 FM


3:00 pm Obion County Charge Conference                Fellowship Hall

5:00 pm Youth Fellowship                                          Gym/Fellowship Hall


Monday, October 14

7:00 pm Boy Scouts Basement                                    Chapel


Tuesday, October 15

8:00 am Prayer for the Children                                   Sanctuary

9:00 am ESL Classes                                                     Education Building

10:15 am Sing-along                                                    Magnolia Place

7:30 pm AAU Basketball King/McClain                        Gym


Wednesday, October 16

10:00 am Rhema Bible Study                                       Conference Room

12:00 pm 12 Step Program Meeting                            Church Library

1:00 pm Knit Wits                                                         Conference Room

4:00 pm United Methodist Women Group III               Conference Room

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Together Meal                   Fellowship Hall

6:10 pm Wednesday Night Together Classes               Various Rooms

7:00 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal                             Sanctuary


Thursday, October 17

7:30 pm AAU Basketball King/McClain                      Gym


Friday, October 18

6:00 am Promise Keepers                                          Conference Room

5:30 pm Grissom Basketball                                      Gym


Saturday, October 19

10:00 am 12 Step Program Meeting                         Church Library


Throughout the month of October our Mission of the Month will be CANNED CORN!

This is in preparation for our community event in November , Feeding of the 5,000. We are responsible for providing the cans of corn which will be placed in the food baskets for each family attending. (That means 1,500 cans! That’s a lot of corn!) There are several ways to participate.

1-Give Money: Make check to FUMC and designate:

“Canned Corn, Feeding of 5,000”

(A $12.00 donation will purchase 24 cans of corn.

We will place the order and the corn will be delivered directly to The Refuge Church for you!!)

2-Purchase the Corn Yourself! Place it in the collection bin designated:

“October-Feeding of the 5,000-Corn”

3-Speak with Feeding of the 5,000 Team Leader,Carol Latimer at 731-885-2455

Place your canned corn in the collection bin marked “Feeding of the 5,000” located in the Mission Niche’ outside the Margaret Carter Sunday School class.

*You can also bring non-perishable food items for local food pantries and any gently used Upper Rooms and other devotional and Sunday school material. There are separate designated collection bins for those items.


At 3:00 p.m. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, FUMC will serve as the host church for the Annual Obion County Charge Conference. Representatives from United Methodist Congregations from throughout the county will gather at FUMC for and time of reporting, celebrating, and worship regarding the accomplishments and challenges for the coming year. Our interim District Superintendent, Rev. Steve Cavitt, will preside as Dr. Cynthia Davis, is on leave and recovering due to a heart condition.


Main Street Trunk or Treat!

WHO: Open to all FUMC members and friends!

WHAT: Main Street Trunk or Treat

WHEN: October 31 / 3-5 pm

WHERE: The Commercial Bank parking lot (big thank you to Tim Shanks!)

HOW: Bring your car, truck, trailer, or SUV decorated for Halloween.

(You’ll be giving candy/treats from your vehicle to all of the children!)

  • Sunday school classes are asked to decorate a trunk and/or make a contribution toward the purchase of candy; as there will be hundreds of kids downtown for this special event!
  • This event is sponsored by our Children’s Ministry Team. If you would like to participate in any way contact Team Leader, Kellie Ashburn, or event Coordinators, Pat Capps, Sally George, or Paula Chapman.
  • This is an opportunity for FUMC to be visible in the community. Let’s turn out in a big way!


The Walk to Emmaus is a 72 hour weekend of relaxation and spiritual renewal through prayer, worship, Bible Study, and song. Dates for the next Emmaus weekends are October 3-6 for men and October 17-20 for women. For more information contact Jere Crenshaw at 731-885-1109.


New Nursery Caregivers  

We are so delighted to welcome Elizabeth Cook, Heather Ingle and Felicity Wassman into our church staff.  They have been selected to provide care and love for our babies and toddlers during Sunday Morning from 8:30 to 12:00 every Sunday Morning, and also Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm till 7:00 pm.  They will be working on rotation so that we will have 2 Nursery Caregivers in the Nursery at all times while the Nursery is open.   Please help us welcome them into our church family.  Their photos and short bios are in the Staff section of this Web Site.


New Director of Music

We  welcome  today,  the  newest  member  of  our  staff, Director of Music, Jody Blake! Please take a moment after the  service  to  introduce  yourself  to Jody  and  extend  a hearty welcome!


WNT classes for children, youth and adults will begin on September  11. We’ll gather to eat from 5:30 pm – 6:10 pm, classes will be from 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm. The final touches are being put on class options now.  For children we’ll be using  the  curriculum  “The  Buzz”.  Teachers  are:  Brandy  Tanner,  Becky Burnett, and Kim Wade


Wednesday Night Together: Living In Faith Together -October 2

Led by Riley Robertson , each table will be served and eat family style. Well then continue with scripture study , an intergenerational activity, and prayer time. Be certain to bring your Bible to WNT each week, especially on LIFT ” nights, the first Wednesday of each month!




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Welcome To The First Church Congregation

New Members 


New Members Sunday July 28

Reid and Linnie Frazier




Sunday, June 9 was a tremendous day for us as we celebrated the confirmation and reception into full membership of six of our young people. 

(From left to right/back row) Diani Frankum, Davey Frankum, Myranda Parr, Front row/left to right) Beck Tanner, Drake Chism, and Tucker Davis.


John, Katie, and Matthew Parr who come to us by way of transfer from First United Methodist , Fulton, Kentucky. Their daughter Myranda was received as part of the Confirmation Class. They also have a daughter, Madeline. John teaches chemistry and Katie teaches English, both at Union City High School.



Alex and Lindsey Hopkins. Alex comes to us from 2nd Baptist in Union City, and Lindsey from Mt. Ariat Cumberland Presbyterian. Their son Drake was received as part of the Confirmation Class. They also have a daughter Kinsley Alexa. Alex is owner of Hopkins Investments and Lindsey is a homemaker.


Bryant, Abby, Annie Beth Charlie Belle, and Julia Kate Cruce. Bryant comes to us by way of transfer from Lake Road Baptist in Union City, and Abby by way of transfer from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Union City. Bryant is a District Operations Manager with O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Abby teaches 6th grade at Union City Middle School. They have four children.


Seth and Laura Rhenberg along with their family united with the FUMC family on Sunday, June 30. Seth comes to us by way of profession of faith and baptism, Laura comes to us from 1st Presbyterian Church in Lynnville, Tn.  We are blessed that Seth, Laura, have three children, Cody, Piper, and Jacob. They join hearts and hands with us to strengthen the cause of Christ by serving a hurting world! 


On July 7 we welcomed…

Victoria, Holly, and Tori Seng all come to us by way of transfer from 2nd Baptist Church. Victoria is the Assistant Provost at UT Martin, Holly is the Membership Coordinator of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce, and Tori is a student at the University of Kentucky with plans to soon enter law school.