If you’re searching for something to believe in or belong to, you’re not alone.
Our Hearts, Our Minds, and Our Doors are always open.
-The People of Gray United Methodist Church
through 5th Grade
6th grade and up
2108 Oak Street,  Gray TN  37615  (423) 477-3792
Sunday Morning Services
 Heritage Service (Chapel) 9:15 am
Lifesong–Modern service (Sanctuary) 9:15 am
Traditional Service (Sanctuary) 11:15 am  

What’s happening now

What to know for this week-


Upcoming Scripture
October 22 Matthew 22:15-22
see Children’s Ministry for details
  October 29 Matthew 22: 41-46 
5th Sunday combined worship service
featuring special guest
ETSU Bucsworth men’s choir 
fish fry following service
(hot dogs for children)
  Tuesday September 
The Gospel of Matthew 
Tuesday’s thru-November 28
10 am -11 am
(open fellowship room)
Becoming a disciple
Thursday’s thru-December 7
    6:30-7:30 pm  
behind kitchen

 Upcoming Events

Soup Stir/Trunk or Treat

Our annual Soup Stir/Trunk or Treat event will be Wednesday, October 25th

Come out and enjoy a night of making family connections with your church members!

  • Trunk or Treat will Start at 6:15
  • We will eat soup/Hot dogs at 6:45-7:15- Homemade soup provided by the Apple Butter Gang.
  • Costume contest at 7:30, ages 1 month to 99 years old
  • A prize will be given for the best decorated vehicle!

Would you like to be a part of Trunk or Treat? Bring yourself and your vehicle to the back parking lot between 5:30 and 5:45, and volunteers will direct you. Be sure to fill your trunk with goodies to hand out, and feel free to decorate your trunk and yourself.


Come out and enjoy a night of making family connections with your church members!


ETSU BucsWorth Men’s Choir at Gray UMC

Sunday, October 29th at 11:15am,
the ETSU BucsWorth Men’s Choir will be at Gray United Methodist Church! Mark your calendars, and make plans to be here for their first visit to Gray.

BucsWorth Men’s Choir was formed in 1989 at East Tennessee State University by Dr. Thomas Jenrette, now Professor Emeritus, as a primarily a cappella chamber ensemble called “Seven BucsWorth.” This referred to the number of guys in the ensemble and a play-on-words reference to the ETSU mascot, the Buccaneers. The number of Bucs changed over the years, but the ensemble soon became one of the most popular choral groups in the region. In 2013, under the direction or Dr. Alan Stevens, the ensemble was expanded to a full men’s choir and has since grown to fifty or more Bucs each semester. 


Gray United Methodist Church is a United Methodist Church.

Contact Us with any questions or comments
We are located next to the Appalachian Fairgrounds at
in Gray, Tennessee.
Magnify the Lord with me!
    Together let us lift his name up high!”
Psalm 34:3
Pastor’s Pen

The Power of Words

October 17th, 2017

          Words are powerful,

but how we use words is what gives them their power.  Do you use words to help or to hinder, to hurt or to heal?  There are smooth talkers who use words to manipulate people’s actions and behavior, and there are trash talkers who use words to insult their opponent as a way to lift themselves up at another person’s expense.

Words are dangerous, and in today’s political climate we see civility and politics growing further apart.  We should heed the warning in James 3:9-10 … “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men (women), who have been made in God’s likeness. 


Better or Different?

October 10th, 2017

         Many years ago I conversed with a pastor from another denomination who preaches in a modern style contemporary church.  He said to me, “What I love about my church is no pulpit, no robe, and no stole.  I just love being in my street clothes, standing on stage with the praise band, just wearing my jeans and t-shirt, like everyone else sitting in the audience.  If I had to put on a robe and stole, dressing up like it’s a peacock parade, I would feel like it’s all about me, and not about God.  Being on stage, dressed in jeans, with no pulpit between me and the people makes me feel it’s all about God.”

            My response was to say, “Interesting, because what I love



Tuesday, October 3, 2017


          He was 64 years old, white, wealthy, and did not have a name that included the word, Muhammed.   He had no ties with any terror or hate group, and was not a person who used religion or race as an excuse for practicing hate and violence against others.  And yet, he was the man who shot and killed 59 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, NV, as well as injuring several hundred other people.



Worship Opportunities

Sundays @ 9:15am
This service combines modern, upbeat, band-led music with dynamic visual and dramatic effects.
Sundays @ 9:15am

The Heritage Service is a causal, friendly traditional service with a country feel.  The service is held in the chapel and expresses our connection to history and heritage.

Sundays @ 11:15am

This service includes traditional creeds and prayers with lively anthems and choir specials.


Looking for somewhere to belong?

Get involved in a small group, Christian education class, or discipleship opportunity.

Weekly Meetings

Sunday Morning Groups

Sundays @ 10:15am
Childrens area
kids age 3 – 4th grade will study the same Bible story for one month in a variety of ways.  Kids rotate with their age group to a different workshop each week to experience the story in a new way.
Sundays @ 10:15am
youth Center
Junior and Senior High youth.
More info?  Click here.
Twenty Somethings
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 204
a class for those in their 20’s currently studying lessons from “a purpose driven life.”
Open Box
Good News
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 107
Mixed class of Senior adults with an emphasis on scripture as it relates to our lives.
Mary and Martha’s
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 201
Middle to older aged women with a bible study focus on prayer, encouragement and support.
Men’s Bible Class
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 204
Older men’s discussion style class using the adult bible series
Circle of Friends
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 205
Mixed class for married or single adults of all ages 
learning god’s truths through study guides and open discussion in a caring atmosphere among friends.
Open Fellowship
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 206
Mixed class of older adults open to any age.  Study god’s word using adult bible series and discussing applications for daily living.
Growing in Grace
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 207
Mixed Class of adults with families.  Finding the bible’s life applications in a discussion setting among friends.

Sunday Evening groups

Children’s Gathering
Starting Sunday September 10th
5 to 6:15 pm
Check back for more information as we finish our revamp of children’s activities!
20 minutes of play
10 minutes of snack
15 minute lesson
15 minute music
Student Ministry
5-7pm Sunday Evenings
More info?  Click here.

Mid-Week Groups and Studies

Pastor Bible Study
Tuesdays at 10am
Room 206
Starting sptember 12th, come study the book of Matthew with Pastor Dennis.
Becoming a Disiple-
A Doctrine Study
September 14th through November 30th 
Taught by Pastor Dennis, Pastor Amy, and Pastor Bryan.
Men’s Bible Study
Meets on the 1st and 3rd monday of each month starting
September 18th.
Taught by Pastor Bryan
Wednesdays @ 7pm
in the Sanctuary
The GUMC choir is a volunteer group.  no audition is needed.  if you love to sing and lift your voice in praise of god, come and join us.
Wednesdays @ 6pm
in the Handbell Hallway
The GUMC handbell group is open to musicians of all levels.  for more information contact Melissa Powers, or the church office.  423-477-3792
Grace Station
Praise Band
Thursdays @6:30  
(subject to change)
Grace station leads worship for the LifeSong worship service.  if you are interested in joining, contact Bryan Orchard or the church office.  

Monthly Meetings

4g’s (Gray Girls Growing Godly)
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Gray Girls Grow Godly is for females of ALL ages who want to learn, serve, pray, worship, nourish and commune with GOD while enjoying the fellowship and support of other females.
For more information, click Here
United Methodist women
Groups are forming now, so keep checking back for more information
“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven.” 
Matthew 5:16


Here at Gray UMC, we support many local and worldwide mission projects, and are involved in several outreach projects at any given time.  below are a few highlights.

Appalachian Fair

Offer them Water, offer them Christ
Each year thousands of people walk by our church on their way to the fair.  
for info on how we greet them.

 Gray Community Fest

This Year’s Community Fest is October 1st.  
Community Fest is a way for Gray UMC to show the love of Christ to the Community of Gray through Fun, Fellowship and Worship.
More info here

Holston home for Children

Each “5th Sunday” we collect a special offering for Holston home for Children.
We also have several special events throughout the year to support this ministry.
more info here

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

we are in partnership with the local methodist church, raising up leaders, and working closely with Hogar del Nino (orphanage) 

Czech Republic Partnership

A partnership between the United Methodist Churches of Johnson City and the Czech Republic
more info here


to Walk

Hope to Walk brings hope and a future to amputee patients in developing nations by designing low-cost prosthetics and training local providers to manufacture and deliver them.
more info here

One Acre


The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community.
more info here