Traditional Usher Schedule

Sunday, May 16

8:45 am- David & Betty Lou Alspaugh, Erin Boyd

11- Ted Willgrubs, John Yarbrough, Princess Haas

Sunday, May 23 (Pentecost- where red please)

8:45 am- David & Betty Lou Alspaugh, Dick Davis

11- Princess Haas, John Yarbrough

Sunday, May 30

8:45 am- Gerald, BJ, and Erin Boyd

11- Martin & Jane Grossbeck, Ted Willgrubs

Sunday, June 6

8:45 am- Gerald & BJ Boyd, John Caughman

11- Martin & Jane Grossbeck, Erin Webb

Sunday, June 13

8:45 am- Bob & Maxine Schultz, Erin Boyd

11- Jay Jellison, Princess Haas (one of the pastors will help you before the service)

Sunday, June 20

8:45 am- David & Betty Lou Alspaugh, John Caughman

11- Jay Jellison, Martin & Jane Grossbeck

Sunday, June 27

8:45 am- Gerald & BJ Boyd, John Caughman

11- Jay Jellison, Martin & Jane Grossbeck

Traditional Usher/Greeter Leadership

Seth O'Kegley-Gibson

Staff Liaison

Anita Greenlee

Head Usher

Liz Henry

Head Usher

Traditional Usher Duties (for stage one of pandemic reopening protocol)

Please arrive no less than 20 minutes before the service is scheduled to begin. If bulletins aren't laid out, please use the small table and the taller table to lay out bulletins in a way that persons can grab one without touching the rest.

During phase 1 of our pandemic protocols, our role as ushers is a welcoming and friendly front to the masked up personnel in the worship services. When congregants arrive, please welcome them and point them toward the bulletins that will be laid out in the Narthex. If they are unmasked, offer them a disposable mask and politely remind them that it is required by the Holston Conference Resident Bishop, Mary Virginia Taylor, that all participants are fully masked when inside the church building. If they continue to refuse, please get Pastors Mark or Chris who will be floating outside the Nave (sanctuary). Note: the balcony is not to be used for seating during this first phase. All congregants must sit on the ground level in a pew that is not closed.

Once the worship service begins, please send one person to walk through the basement level of the building and the main hallway on the second floor to check to make sure everything is okay. If you feel like you need to walk the parking lot once during the service, that is certainly okay too. Offering plates will be in the Narthex for congregants to use for checks and cash. Please try and keep an eye on the money during and after the service. An offering captain chosen by the finance office will gather the money. 

During the service, please count the number of persons in the worship space. You can either write it on a piece of paper, or somebody with a smart phone can go to and complete the online form. Either is perfectly fine!

During this phase, the glass doors from the Nave (sanctuary) into the Narthex need to remain propped open for the entire service. However, toward the end of the service please prop the exterior doors open so congregants can leave without touching the doors. After the service begins, please remove any unused bulletins from the stands/tables and move them out of the way so as to discourage worshippers from returning their bulletins.We will not reuse bulletins between services. Congregants can take the bulletins home or recycle them in the large recycling bin near the double doors, but we are not taking them back at this time.


Before leaving, please walk through the Nave and see if anybody left anything of value. Note: this is not to clean or sanitize the space. Check for things like phones, wallets, or purses. FirstChurch maintenance and custodial staff will be sanitizing the worship spaces between services.


Someone absolutely refuses to wear a mask- what do I do?

We don't expect ushers to be the medical police. If someone is adamant that they can or will not wear a mask, please ask them to remain near the door or outside and get Pastor Mark or Pastor Chris. 

A worshipper asked if they can still attend the worship service even if they didn't use the Save-a-Seat program to reserve a seat. Are they allowed?

Yes- although health and safety are our top priorities, we are also a church filled with grace! If this situation arises, please reassure them that it is okay, but encourage them to visit our website ( and sign up for the next service they plan to attend. If they don't have a computer or smart phone, they can call the church office and our office manager, Danielle, can register them.

Our limit for the Nave (sanctuary) is 100 people. What happens if we exceed that number? Do we turn people away?

The 100 count is the number of worshippers that can safely sit on the ground level of the Nave. We want to keep the balcony as empty as possible, but in the rare instance that we have more than 100, you may seat people in the balcony. In the unlikely instance that we have more than 100 on the ground level and the balcony has filled up, please get Pastor Mark or Chris.

A worshipper has informed me that they have a medical condition that inhibits them from wearing a face covering. Can they be exempt?

While we recognize that there is a small number of medical conditions that may inhibit a person from wearing a mask, the Holston Conference protocol says that those persons should worship virtually online. Please let them know that they can watch our 10 am contemporary or 11 am traditional services by going to our website ( If they remain insistent, please ask them to remain near the door or outside and get Pastor Mark or Pastor Chris. 

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