January 8, 2021   |   Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church Newsletter!
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Church in Worship

Join us for Worship every Saturday morning!

First Service - 9:00 AM* 
Sabbath School - 10:00 AM
Second Service - 11:15 AM*

Knoxville First's Sermon Schedule
January 9, 2021 - "The Last Great Deception" - Pastor Marcus Bates
January 16, 2021 - Pastor Matthew Durante
January 23, 2021 - Pastor Marcus Bates
*Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we've added another option for worship. Our First Service provides an opportunity for us to worship together while requiring masks to be worn. Or, you can join us for worship during our Second Service with or without mask. We hope you will join us worshiping our Savior, whichever way you feel most comfortable.
Livestreaming Schedule
10:15 AM - Adult Sabbath School
11:15 AM - Knoxville First at Worship
Midweek Service
7:00 PM - Virtual Service
Zoom*, Facebook, YouTube, & Roku
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Zoom* Zoom*
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For best results using Roku, add the Boxcast channel to your lineup.
Search within the Boxcast channel for "Knoxville First" then chose Sabbath School or Church.
*Midweek Service Zoom Meeting ID: 898-743-9349, or call in at 646-558-8656
the study guide can be found here.
To view past bulletins click here.

Church in Prayer

Let's lift up the following people in our prayers:

Kristy Siddel, Donna Norton, Dan Belic, Debbie Simmons, Wayne Knickman, Sande' Korp, Joe Ellison, Heather Brockett, Scott Hanson, and the Family & Friends of Susan Melton; all of our church members and guests who have health or personal issues; those needing spiritual victories in their lives; those affected by recent events; including healthcare workers, first responders and volunteers; our missionaries; our elected officials; those serving in law enforcement and military.

Church in Community

Compassion Coalition
Do you know of someone in the community in need of assistance with food, rent, utilities, etc? Call 865-251-1591 there are resources to help. 
If you're a church member in need of assistance please contact Carolyn Hanson.
All inquiries are held in the strictest of confidence. Request help and/or colunteer at Compassion Coalition. 

Area Literature Evangelist Leader
Aaron Harlock is our local Georgia-Cumberland Conference literature evangelist leader. If you have any questions or desire to learn more abou the conference literature work in this area, please contact Aaron at 423-907-4422 or

From The Pastor's Desk

He Must Increase!

Can you believe that we've actually made it to another new year? Wow! We are actually 21 years past teh year 2000. Looking back, I think we can all agree that 2020 was a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic, the most recent presidential election and its aftermath are just a few of the challenges that have been controversial and divisive in our society and in our church. This past year of 2020 has also witnessed the deaths of some famous people who have become household names, including Kobe Bryant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Alex Trebek. 

Read More!

Church Calendar

January 8, 2021 - Friday 
5:38 PM - Sunset

January 9, 2021 - Sabbath
9:00 AM & 11:15 AM - Worship Service - Pastor Marcus Bates
10:00 AM - Children's Sabbath School
10:15 AM - Adult Sabbath School
4:00 PM - Susan Melton Memorial Service
5:39 PM - Sunset 

January 10, 2021 - Sunday
GCC Adventurer & Pathfinder Directors' Council - Online

January 12, 2021 - Tuesday 
3:30 PM - Good Samaritan Center

January 13, 2021 - Wednesday
6:00 PM - Pathfinders - No Meeting
7:00 PM - Virtual Midweek Service
Join us on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and Roku

January 15, 2021 - Friday
GCC Pathfinder TLT Convention - Online - Begins
5:45 PM - Sunset

January 16, 2021 - Sabbath
9:00 AM & 11:15 AM - Worship Service - Pastor Matthew Durante
10:00 AM - Children's Sabbath School
10:15 AM - Adult Sabbath School
5:46 PM - Sunset 

January 17, 2021 - Sunday
2:00 PM - Frank McNeil Memorial Service
5:00 PM - Get Healthy Knoxville & Healthy Taste Cooking - Gym
GCC Pathfinder TLT Convention - Online - Ends

January 18, 2021 - Monday
Martin Luther King Day
Church Office Closed
KAS - No School

January 20, 2021 - Wednesday
6:00 PM - Pathfinders
7:00 PM - Virtual Midweek Service
Join us on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and Roku

Knoxville First SDA Church Calendar click here
Georgia-Cumberland Conference Calendar click here

Church Financial

Thank you for faithful return and giving to our Church and supporting 
the advancement of our great commission to spread the Gospel.
Tithes & Offerings
This Week
Georgia-Cumberland Ministries

Next Week
Local Church Budget

Loose Offerings
Church Family Budget
Church Giving
Combined Budget 
Received to Date $807
Needed to Date $4,437

Worthy Student
Received to Date $70
Needed to Date $1,000
Give Online
Three Options to Return Your Tithes & Offerings
Return in person - we have a beautifully carved tithe box located in the Sanctuary
Return online - through Adventist Giving click button above
Return by mail - Knoxville First SDA Church, P.O. Box 10952, Knoxville, TN 37939

Church Announcements

Come to Church and Enjoy the Fresh Air!
Have you ever heard anyone say, "Let's go inside to get some fresh air?" Well now you can! Naturally occurring ions are everywhere outdoors, and are constantly working to clean the air, created with energy from rushing water, crashing waves and even sunlight. Recently, Knoxville First SDA install Global Plasma Solutions EC-48 Bi-Polar NeedlePoint Ionization units on our church air handlers. GPS NPBI technology safely cleans indoor air via the ventilation system purifying the indoor air by reducing airborne particulates, odors, and infectious pathogens. So, come to church  and enjoy the fresh air! While this system helps reduce the spread of infectious pathogens, we also believe it's important to comply with all applicable public health laws and guidelines issues by federal, state, and local governments. To watch a short video about this system click here.
Knoxville First SDA Church Calendar
It is now possible for members to see the time and place of approved events and activities, platform rotation, and other Sabbath schedules on the website calendar. You can find the church calendar by clicking the link in the "Church Calendar" section above, or visit the church website,
Audio Visual Team - Slides
For items, you with to appear on slides during weekly services, such as: song slides, sermon information, and various scriptures for weekly Church services. 
Please send all information to
This will allow whoever is preparing slides and running the projector for Sabbath Services to have access the email and pull the information up at the church.
2021 Devotional Books - Special Offer!
Devotional books for the 2021 year are available, you can find brochures in the Literature/Coat Room. ABC special prices are good through January 31, 2021. Order must be placed through the church office to insure discount. Payment due after delivery. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. 
Memorial Service for Susan Melton
Susan Melton, former caregiver for Peter Hansen, Sr. and close friend of our Knoxville First SDA Church family, passed away this past Christmas Eve from the effects of an extended illness. Susan enjoyed attending several recent evangelistic meetings conducted by our church over the past few years. Her big smile, friendly disposition, and jovial personality will be greatly missed by those who knew her. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held Sabbath, January 9, 2021 at 4:00pm in our church sanctuary. A meal will also be provided for relatives and close friends in the KAS gym after the service. Please remember to keep the Melton Family in your prayers. 
Memorial Service for Frank McNeil
A memorial service for Frank McNeil will take place January 17, 2021 at 2:00pm. This will be available on Zoom at Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Knoxville. Zoom Meeting ID: 8422297149; password: 072174, or view on Facebook at Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Knoxville.
Women's Ministry
Hi Ladies! If anyone is interested in following a Bible reading plan that takes you through the Bible chronologically in a year for 2021, this may be a good resource for you. It offers these options: a daily reading plan, a podcast, follow along in the YouVersion Bible app, and a print option as well. If anyone wants to follow this plan, we can encourage each other and help keep each other accountable. The website is; contact Lisa Pfeister for more information. 
Cohutta Springs Youth Camp
We are looking for young people at least 18 years old to minister at camp next summer. If you are looking for a way to minister, summer camp may be the right fit. Apply at Click on "Staff Application" under the Staff heading.  
Oasis High School Retreat
February 5 & 6, 2021. Join us for this Bible conference event for Adventist students (grades 9-12), not in Adventist schools and their youth leaders. There will be main sessions, small-group breakouts and online games. The event is FREE, but we ask that you register by February 1st. Those who register and actively participate will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, or to register, click here. Have question? Cal Alyse at 706-629-7951 ext. 346.
Bookmobile Van Coming to You!

Where: Knoxville First SDA Church
             3611 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

When: Sunday January 31, 2012
            5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Call Now! 423-396-2814

Church Business

Finance Committee and Church Board will meet on Thursday, January 14, 2021 via Zoom. Finance Committee will meet at 6:00pm, followed by the Church Board at 7:00pm. If you are in need of log-in information, or help, please contact the church office. 


Church Directory
You can find our church directory via mobile app, or online.

Download the Instant Church Directory app from both Apple & Android app stores, look for the logo on the left. 

For help with access, or for help updating your directory contact information, contact the church office.


Church Contacts

Church Office - 865-524-7842
Senior Pastor -
Marcus Bates -
Associate Pastor - Matthew Durante -
Administrative Assistant - Lynn Broussard -

Knoxville First Hours
Weekdays - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Monday thru Thursday
Weekends - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Saturday

Church Mailing Address
Knoxville First SDA Church
P.O. Box 10952
Knoxville, TN 37939

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