Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends and Members of Church of the Savior,

After considering many different options to practice social distancing and care for one another at COS during the coronavirus outbreak, the Church Council voted to suspend worship and all face to face church meetings until May 31st.
This means that we will not have worship or other activities.  It also means that we will suspend all other COS activities and meetings at the church until May 1st. The Church Council believes that this is the best way to insure the safety of all of our members and friends, and support the community efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus until it becomes more clear what we are facing.

Please feel free to contact John Gill or Tonya Barnette via e-mail, text, or phone if you have any questions or concerns. We will respond to you as quickly as we can.

In the meantime, see below the various ways we are shifting our practices during this time.

Worship & Other Gatherings


Each Sunday morning we are offering worship via Facebook Live.  You do not need a Facebook account to see our public page at .


We have already started organizing COS gatherings on-line via Zoom, including Children’s Sunday School, the COS Book Group, Current Events group, Women’s Spirituality Group, the COS Council, and the Youth Group and Living with Loss Group. If you would like to continue gathering with your COS Discussion, Study, or Social Group on-line or via phone, you could use our Zoom account, too. For example, the Sunday Morning Adult Group could pick a time to meet and discuss, the Day Lilies could meet for lunch (each eating in their home but talking together), the COS Book Group or the Current Issues Group could do the same. If you are a leader or participant in one of these groups and would like to make that happen, please contact Ceil Sheahan, Tonya Barnette, or John Gill  and we will set it up. See contact info below. If you would like to form a new group for gathering on-line, we can do that, too.



Thank you for your ongoing support of Church of the Savior UCC. Through your contributions, we’re able to continue to support our staff, care for those in need, and share our message of God’s boundless love for all people, both to our congregation and to the wider community during these challenging times. Anything you can do to continue your support of our church is both needed and deeply appreciated.


Our eGiving service, Vanco, provides tools to make giving simple even when you’re unable to attend church. Their eGiving is safe and secure, and it allows you to designate your contribution to the church funds you’re most passionate about.

eGiving lets you set up recurring giving through... 

• Mobile app – Download the GivePlus Mobile App on the App Store or on Google Play, enter the zip code for our church (37909), and give. 

• Easily enter your donation from the web 


Please click on the links to see if any of these eGiving options will work for you or contact Tonya Barnette at 865-660-8544 so she can give you more information or help you get set up. Thank you again for supporting COS and the special community we’ve all worked so hard to nurture.

Ways to Stay in Touch



You can send e-mail to the church office or any of the church staff or other leaders.  See the addresses below or use the link to the on-line directory in your email. 
Rev. John Gill, Pastor,

Tonya Barnette, Minister for Youth & Children,

Nate Williams, Moderator,

Ceil Sheahan, Seminary Intern and Pastoral Care Assistance,

Kaylen Mallard, Deacon for Congregational Care,

Church Office, 865-584-7531,


COS has a Facebook page online at
You do not need a Facebook account to view the page. Messages, videos, and links from staff and members may be posted there from time to time, and you have the ability to comment.

Phone (Volunteer help needed)

Please use the link to the COS On-Line Directory if you would like to call another church member – or e-mail the staff to get the number. Checking in with one another is a good thing to do during this time. Also, if you are willing to volunteer to help us call our members in order to touch base or share important information, please e-mail the church office at
Supporting One Another (Volunteer Help Needed)

We want to make a special effort to provide support to those who in our community who are less able to get out or who need to self-quarantine for health reasons. If you are in this category or know someone who might be (or if you just need to talk!), please call or e-mail our church staff to let them know. Also, if you are willing to volunteer to help deliver food, prescriptions, or other needed items to the doors of people who need this kind of assistance, please email our Deacon for Congregational Care, Kaylen Mallard at