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First Presbyterian Church
Huntsville, Tennessee

185 Woodland Place  (Directions)
P.O. Box 39
Huntsville TN 37756 
Phone (423) 663-3456

The Rev. Dr. Dennis Falasco
Interim Pastor

Office Hours:
8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday and Saturday

There are times when the pastor must be out of the office during office hours. If possible, please call ahead for an appointment.


Advent 2023


We seek to reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ through service and love.

Welcome to all who worship with us!   If you are interested in becoming a member of this congregation, pleas contacte the pastor or an elder. 

All are welcome!

The Advent Season

Advent Candles• Women's Bible Study • The Christmas Eve Pageant

Rehearsals for the Pageant: Please eencourage your children/youth to participate.. All ages are welcome to join us.  We will meet at 10:20 AM each Sunday to dress in costumes and run through parts.


hope candle

The HOPE Candle

Advent is a time to wait for freedom from captivity; a time to wait for comfort in our sorrow; a time to wait for power in our weakness a time to wait for the end of darkness.. We wait in hope for the dawning light. We wait for Jesus, the Light of the World.

Advent Events

Women's Advent Bible Study will continue each Monday through December 18. The two times offered for the study are 9-11 AM or 5-7 P; . however, no evening study will be held on December 4. The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex or please contact Lee Ann Knudsen through the church office. 

Sunday, December 24: Worship Service at 11:00 AM

Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 PM

Advent Rehearsals

Following worship:

12/3: Advent rehearsal for all groups; 20-25 minutes; also, Handbells rehearsal

2/10: Advent rehearsal for all groups, 20-25 minutes; also Children’s Group until 1:15

12/17: Advent rehearsal for all groups, 20-25 minutes; also Handbells rehearsal

12/24: Christmas Eve rehearsal for all groups, 15 minutes

We will need angels, shepherds, sheep and wisemen during worship for the rest of Advent.


Sunday, December 3 at First Presbyterian Church

Sunday School: 9:45 am

Sunday School for all ages


Service for the Lord's Day:
Download Order of Service

Worship: 11 am
(in-Sanctuary and online)

The Sunday Worship livestream starts at about 10:55 am.

In addition to this website livestream, worship services are livestreamed and archived via these commercial sites:
Facebook Live

Church YouTube Channel

Events Calendar

The Upcoming Events for Advent are HERE.

Ongoing Activities:

Sunday, December 3:

Installation of Elders:Tom Phillips, John Seale and Don Stansberry Jr. for the Class of 2026


Jim Morrow, Don Stansberry III, and Aaron Morrow for 2024 Nominating Committee.


Every Wednesday is choir rehearsal at 7 PM.

Every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM the church will be open for prayer time.

Every Saturday the youth will meet from 5 PM to 7 PM followed by the young adults (ages18-30) from 7 PM to 8 PM.


Good to Know . . .

Children's Ministry

For: grades K-5
Plans for this group include singing and perhaps participating in some of the ministries that our church shares among the membership and the com

Health Policy

Please know that session is working diligently to provide you with a safe space to worship and enjoy the service.  We encourage masks to be worn during church. We also suggest that if you are not feeling well or are uncomfortable, please stay at home and worship with us online. Contact Ruling Elder Philip Jones through the church office with any concerns you may have.


Ministry of Music

Let's Play Handbells!
Middle School -Adults

This group rehearses after worship twice a month and no musical training or experience is required for participation.

Adult Choir
Youth and Adults
No prior experience or musical training is required. Rehearsals each Wednesday at 7 pm.


Children Are Welcomed Here!

The First Pres Huntsville church family is happy to welcome every member of each family worshipping with us here in the Sanctuary. We offer nursery care for thildren 5 and younger. Children older, but not yet ready to sit with parents through the entire church service will be welcomed at the back of the Sanctuary where a supervised quiet activity table will be available. The children there will sense the pattern of worship in the Sanctuary while engaged in activties geared to their maturity level.


Saturday Gatherings

Youth Club

Jr. High and High School Age

Each Saturday, 5-7 pm at the church.

The videos from our adventures are available on the church Facebook page.

A message from Youth Director Jason Falasco:

Questions? Concerns? Please contact Youth Director Jason Falasco (e-mail)

Young Adult Fellowship

Ages 18 - 30

Each Saturday, 7-8 pm at the church.

This gathering gives our our young adults an opportunity to socialize—meet with friends, welcome new friends, and discuss issues and topics of importance to them.

 This group is just getting started; it's not too late to share in planning activities and goals for the group. Please contact Jason Falasco at through the church office if you have any questions.




The Session

Officers of the Session

Liz Fancher,
Clerk of Session 

Don Stansberry III

Lori Phillips Jones,
Recording Treasurer

Class of 2023

Mark Blakely, 
Mike Douglas,

Phillip Jones, 
Church Family

Class of 2024

Lee Ann Knudson,
Tracey Stansberry, 

Alice Golade, 

Class of 2025

Carter Owens, 
Congregational Care 
Angela Morrow, 
VeRhonda Hembree, 

Mossop Memorial  Cemetery Trustees

Mike Douglas (Class of 2023)
John Shields
Jim Morrow

Our Staff Members

When reading the biographies below you may need to use the scroll bar, found on the right side of each panel.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Falasco

Interim Pastor

"All a church does in programs and missions springs from Sunday Worship."

Rev. FalascoThe Reverend Dr. Dennis Falasco has worked in pastoral ministry for over 45 years. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, he has had pastorates in New Jersey, Tennessee, California, Arkansas, and Idaho. He has been married to Becky for 46 years. She has been an integral part of his ministry with her education in Music. As Head of Staff, Dennis’ concept of ministry is to lead churches by developing teams for evaluating a broad range of membership opportunities and lay leadership skills. His primary focus is on Worship. He claims all a church does in programs and missions springs from Sunday Worship. His duties as interim include, but are not limited to, worship planning, facilitating all session and committee meetings as well as communication for the church to the community, and helping with the transition for the next installed pastor.

Beth Furrer

Director of Music; Pianist/Accompianist

"Music is my worship that allows me to praise without words."

Beth FurrerBeth has been ivolved in church music ministry for almost four decades. After her long-time church pianist retired at her home church of Calvary Baptist in Bucyrus, Ohio, Beth took over the ministry at the age of 12. She also enjoyed accompanying the children’s and youth choirs, as well. This calling began a journey in the music ministry that has spanned several years and several denominations. 

Beth was a pianist and choir accompanist at First United Methodist Church of Oneida for almost 20 years and led the children’s and youth choirs for several years while directing the GANG (God’s Awesome New Generation) program. She also cherished the time of singing with and accompanying her mother at her church, Helenwood Baptist. 

Having the privilege of attending Wayside Christian School through seventh grade, Beth loved sacred music and being involved in choir and drama programs within the school and church. After moving to Tennessee in 1986, Beth quickly got involved in music by playing in church and accompanying her high school choir at Scott High, where she graduated in 1991. Beth began teaching piano with private lessons that same year. In 1992, Oneida Special School District hired Beth as a teaching assistant for the expanding elementary music program. While in the OSSD, she worked as a teaching assistant for Kindergarten and Kinderstart, led middle and high school choir for several years, and played accompaniment for the other directors of the program. She also taught general music in middle school and then took over the entire elementary program as a paraprofessional for the last several years before the program ended in 2010. Beth began playing for Mass on Saturdays at St. Jude Catholic Church in Helenwood, Tennessee, in 2017 and still does. Although not a Catholic, Beth loves her St. Jude family and believes no church should ever be without music during worship. Music speaks to the heart of all, no matter what denomination. 

Beth has been blessed to be a part of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville since 2018 and considers it worship with family. The music ministry of any church should create an atmosphere of worship and praise, and Beth’s prayer is that her music offerings and leadership reflect that spirit of worship and praise needed to unite our congregation in full worship to our Lord and Savior.

Beth lives in Oneida, TN, with her husband of 30 years, Rick. She has two adult children, Hannah Nelson (and husband, Ryan of Maynardville, TN, with her grandchildren, Felicity and Lincoln) and Nathaniel Furrer of Oneida. Beth continues to provide piano instruction from her home in Oneida and plans to provide music for worship as long as she can keep the promise made to her mother as a child, who wanted her to always “play for Jesus.”

Hannah Nelson

Choir Director

I am looking forward to the beautiful music that I know this church will be making in all of our groups:adult choir, youth choir, and handbells.

Hannah NelsonMy name is Hannah Nelson, and I am the Choir Director here at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, TN.

 In 2019, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Lincoln Memorial University. I have also been teaching private piano lessons since 2012 and am always looking for new opportunities to make music with others. 

 I currently live in Maynardville, TN with my husband Ryan, daughter Felicity, son Lincoln, and our dog Sam. We are all very happy to be a small part of this amazing congregation, and I am personally looking forward to the beautiful music that I know this church will be making in all of our groups: adult choir, youth choir, and handbells. God bless you all, and thank you for having me here!

Michelle Massengale

Administrative Assistant, Custodian

 I hope that when people see or think of me, they are reminded of God’s love for them.

IMichelle Massengale I'm Michelle Massengale, and I am the administrative assistant and custodian. I enjoy serving the church and congregation in these capacities.  It is a little different than my “day job.” I have been a public-school teacher for 23 years and counting.  I completed my doctorate in 2014. I am married to J.C. Massengale.  Our family consists of two sons (Zack and Zander), a daughter (Mariah), my niece, who is like my daughter (McKenzie), and our family pets.  My family and I enjoy all types of sports, from basketball to NASCAR. 

My husband and I love being outdoors. I like playing card games and board games.  Reading is a favorite pastime as well.  The songs “I Am Blessed” and “Walking on Sunshine” are two of my favorites.  At some point, I would like to be a movie critic because I love to watch movies. My all-time favorite is “Gaslight” with Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury.  

Most of all, I am thankful for the blessings God has given me.  I hope that when people see or think of me, they are reminded of God’s love for them.

Jason Falasco

Youth Director

"I'm excited to lend my efforts in building a youth program at First Presbyterian Huntsville! "

Jason FelascoJason began his Christian journey right here in Knoxville, TN in ’81 at Second Presbyterian where his dad took the position as youth minister and associate pastor. In ’87 his family moved to San Diego, CA where Jason participated in the youth program going on various mission trips to Mexico to help with their Vacation Bible School and community outreach. After graduating high school from El Dorado High School in El Dorado, AR in ’98, Jason eventually made his way to Idaho Falls, ID and helped with First Presbyterians youth program while coaching gymnastics at Idaho Falls Gymnastics Training Center. 
       In ’09 Jason decided to attend The Art Institute to pursue his passion of film and photography. Since then, he has had a wonderful career working on various film sets and photographing marketing material for several companies. 

Once again, Jason calls Tennessee home and is excited to lend his efforts in building a youth program!

1. By Mail

If you prefer, you may mail donations to the church P.O. box. The address is First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 39, Huntsville TN 37756.

2. Automatic  Deductions through First National Bank of Oneida

l If you bank with the First National Bank of Oneida, you may arrange for automatic deductions through their "Bill Pay" program.

3. Online, via the Presbyterian Foundation, using the Vanco app

Details are in the next column!

Online Giving

FPCH Donation Link 
For the convenience of those who prefer to use a secure online donation platform,  First Presbyterian Church - Huntsville, TN has now established an online giving program in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation. 

Using the information provided in on the Vanco site , you can give to the church in a secure manner and your gift will be immediately available to the church for use in its General Fund which will support all of our ongoing ministries. You will receive an automatic acknowledgement email from the Presbyterian Foundation as well as a year-end gift summary for tax reporting.

FAQs Everything you might wonder about online giving to your church.

Contacts and Visits

Resources and Information

Weekday Office Hours
Tuesdays and Saturdays: 8 am - 3 pm

There are occasions when the pastor must be out of the office during normal office hours; please call ahead for an appointment if possible.



Prayer Requests

You may phone the church office [(423) 663-3456]  and leave a message if no one is in the office to take your call, or contact by e-mail.

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First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville TN185 Woodland Place
P.O. Box 39
Huntsville TN 37756
Telephone: 423.663.3456





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