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Church of the Savior United Church of Christ

That They May All Be One.

934 N. Weisgarber Rd. • Knoxville, TN 37909 • 865.584.7531

Church of The Savior UCC News & Events

COS News

COS Events

Fri, 4/20

COS Current Events Salon (see below)

7 PM

Sun, 4/22

Regular Sunday Activities


Earth Week Begins (see below)


4/22 – 4/26

COS Family Promise Week (see below)


Tues, 4/24

Sierra Club

7 PM

Wed, 4/18

Noon Prayer

12-12:30 PM

Evening Centering Prayer Group

6:30 PM

Creation Care Film

7 PM

Thurs, 4/26

Interfaith Meditation Group

5:45 PM

TN Health Care

7 PM

Fri, 4/20

Community of St. Ninian’s at Shalom House

6 PM

COS Current Events Salon (see below)

7 PM

Sat, 4/28


10 AM - Noon

Appalachia Fest (see below)

6-8:30 PM

Sun, 4/29

Regular Sunday Activities


Volunteer Ministry Dinner


Mon, 4/30

Nehemiah Action Assembly

6:15 PM


Volunteer Ministry Dinner:

April 29 is the 5th Sunday of the month, so COS will be serving dinner at the Volunteer Ministry Center and your help is needed. If you can provide dinner items, please sign up on the yellow sheet located on the announcement table. For more info contact: or phone 865-255-2620.

2nd Mile Gift for April - Justice Knox:

Justice Knox is the new ecumenical D.A.R.T. justice network in Knoxville. COS is a founding congregation. John Gill and Marcia Free have been attending clergy Steering Committee meetings for a year or so. A significant number of other COS members have attended meetings. Betty Henault is now a Secretary on the Board and COS will have another Board member and alternate. Justice Knox recently voted to research the issues of mental health access and education equity in Knox County. If Justice Knox is successful in moving forward, it will serve as our one of primary forms of engaging in social justice efforts at the local level. This 2nd Mile Gift would serve as our annual "dues" donation as a member congregation of Justice Knox.

Creation Care Film Night:

Attention COS members and friends! As a part of our Earth Week celebration, the COS Conscious Consumers, an environmentally concerned group, will be showing the movie--Dr. Keeling's Curve--at Church of the Savior on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 PM. This film was written by George Shea and stars Mike Farrell. Dr. Keeling was the scientist who measured carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere in 1958 and discovered two important facts:
1. Carbon dioxide concentrations are steadily rising.
2. The measurements taken and known as "Dr. Keeling's Curve" serve as the keystone in our understanding of global warming and climate change.
Dr. Keeling's Curve serves as a warning. "What had not been clear to me until I got more involved with this play and with the research involved is how profoundly the climate is being affected, and how quickly," Farrell said, "and how disastrous it will be if serious steps aren't taken." Please come & see this important film. Popcorn will be served. Discussion to follow.

Family Promise:

Our host week for Family Promise is coming up, and there is also an opportunity to attend a volunteer training event.

  1. We are in need of volunteers for our host week at Powell Presbyterian Church. If you would like to provide food or deliver food on Sunday, April 22nd or Thursday, April 26th, please contact Stephanie Madison ( or 484-356-5506). We are also looking for two evening hosts (5-9 PM) on Thursday April 26th. If you would like to be an overnight host (9 PM - 7 AM, any night April 22nd - April 28th, please contact Stephanie as soon as possible, so she can coordinate this with Powell Presbyterian.
  2. On Sunday, April 22nd at 9:30 AM, there will be a Family Promise volunteer training event held at Powell Presbyterian Church. If you are a volunteer or would like to volunteer for Family Promise in the future, we encourage you to attend.


  • Earth Day Worship on Sunday, April 22, 11 AM;
  • COS Creation Care Film, Wednesday April 25, 7 PM;
  • AND APPALACHIA FEST, Saturday, April 28, 6 - 8:30 PM

Appalachia Fest:

A celebration of the natural beauty of the Appalachian region and her people - and this year, a naming of the environmental threats to our region - through the music, poetry, stories, and food of Appalachia.

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one! Come all! Appalachian Festival III will be held at COS Saturday, April 28. Supper 6 PM followed by music and more! This is not a hoedown. This is not a bluegrass jamboree. We're celebrating ourselves in this time and place and space. We're thinking about the heritage and the newness, the continuity and the change that makes us and our place unique. It is part of Earth Day Week, so we're celebrating the earth. We will feature Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center. The Emancipators (a band) will headline the event. Bring yourself. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring some food. We'll share.

FOLLOWED BY EARTH MONTH at COS and the COS Carbon Campaign to "invest" in the earth by taking action to reduce carbon together!

See the COS Newsletter for April for more information!

Nehemiah Action:

The 2018 Nehemiah Action is coming on Monday, April 30, at 6:15 PM. ALL COS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS are invited to join our clergy, network members, and others at this year's action where we are expecting over 1500 people to assemble from many different congregations to seek action on affordable housing in Knoxville. We have committed to bring 125 people to the action - right around our average worship number - so please join us!

COS Earth Month:

COS Earth Month begins Sunday, April 22 and continues through Sunday, May 20, Pentecost Sunday. For this month, COS is sponsoring a Carbon Conscious Campaign, the purpose of which is to promote practices for reducing our carbon footprints. Starting today, the church will provide an Earth Bank, complete with a teller station, deposit box, deposit slips, and a chart of suggestions for carbon-reducing behaviors. You will be encouraged to record your Earth Savings activities on deposit slips and drop those slips into the box. Make your deposits often, as many as you can. At Earth Month's end, the slips will be reviewed, and the person/family with the most savings will be recognized for their dedication to this good cause. See you at the Earth Bank!


Please sign-up to attend Community-building Dinners! There are charts on the back table to sign up for April and May dinners - and some are taking place this week. Please sign to attend a dinner preferably where you have never been as the purpose is to get to know each other better.

Noon Wednesday Prayer at COS:

Prayer begins at noon and lasts about 30 minutes. Each week, it will include a simple liturgy of prayer, silent centering prayer, as well as prayers for one another, the congregation, and the world for that week. All who have time are welcome to stay for conversation and a brown bag lunch afterward from 12:30-1 PM. If you wish to participate, but need child care, please contact to let him know.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Study:

The COS centering prayer group meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 PM (child care provided by request). If you've never participated in a centering, or contemplative prayer group you may not know what to expect. Some would say it is a brief but quietly powerful mid-week infusion of spirit, or a respite from whatever worries or harasses you. Most would say that in the silence, the listening, the reading of scripture, and the sharing, they experience the presence of God. On most Wednesdays, the group follows a simple agenda, like:

  • A responsive reading from a psalm;
  • A brief reading on the nature and practice of prayer;
  • 15 minutes of silent centering meditation. Each one approaches this in their own way. You may focus on a specific word or phrase, breathe deeply, visualize a place that gives you joy, or do something unique. The object is to open and center your heart and mind.
  • Lectio Divina - a member of the group reads aloud a short passage from the gospel while others listen for what they hear the Spirit saying in the passage. This is repeated 3 times, with a different focus each time.
  • A prayer for joys & concerns of those present.
  • Celtic body prayer – a quiet, powerful prayer offered through a series of simple motions.

All are welcome! You don't need to call ahead, just drop by! You may find it fills a space in your life that you didn't know needed to be filled.

Office hours at COS:
Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-4 PM

Our Administrative Assistant, Nancy Best, is in the office M-TH 9-2. (On some days, the hours from 2-4 will be covered by our pastoral staff.) The office is closed on Fridays. Please send all information for the weekly bulletin to the church office by Wednesday. Thanks!

In addition to regular office hours, meetings and visits with the Pastor and Associate Pastor can also be arranged by appointment.

Please Consider Signing Up for Altar Flowers:

You can help bring beauty to our worship experience by donating flowers for the altar in honor or in memory of someone in your life. There are lots of openings on upcoming Sundays. You may bring your own arrangement or you may drop a $25 check into the collection plate if you want the church to provide them. To donate flowers, please see the sign-up sheets in the back of the sanctuary or e-mail the . Thank-you!

Help us keep COS clean each week:

Help us keep COS clean each week. Cleaning begins at 6 PM on Friday. Please e-mail or call COS to volunteer. With a full crew (6) it takes about an hour to complete the defined tasks. For more info, please email or phone 588-7147.

Church of the Savior Information:

If you have any questions about COS, please feel free to contact the church office, our pastor, or staff using the information below. For a pastoral care concern, please call Rev. John Gill at 865-257-3223. For questions about activities for Youth and Children, contact Tonya Barnette. If you have a joy or concern or an announcement to share via e-mail, please e-mail the church office by Tuesday morning. For a bulletin announcement, e-mail the church office by noon on Wednesday. Thanks!

Sunday Worship

Choir Practice - 9:30 AM

Adult Classes - 9:30 AM

Youth Classes - 9:30 AM

11:00 AM

(Communion on 1st Sunday
of each month)




Weekly Events


  • Evening Prayer
    6:30 PM @ COS

Monthly Events

2nd Week

  • Justice Action Team Meeting
    7:00 PM @
  • COS Action Teams
    6:30 PM @
  • FISH Pantry Deliveries

3rd Week

  • Knit or Not
    6:30 PM @ Shalom House
  • COS Game Night
    7:00 PM @ COS
  • COS Monthly Communion Service
    6:00 PM @ COS
  • TN Equality Project
    7:00 PM @
  • COS Current Events Salon
    7:00 PM @ COS

4th Week

  • TN Healthcare Campaign
    7:00 PM @

5th Week

  • Serve Volunteer Ministry Dinner
    4:30 PM @ Volunteer Ministry Center

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