UMC Radford

  Rev. Dr. Jan C. Nicholson Angle

Welcome to Grove UMC!


Sunday Worship Service is 10:00 am.

Find us each week at for Online Worship at     Grove UMC Radford on YouTube.    
Donate here!   

May 2024

April 2024

March 2024

Ash Wednesday

The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes can be a powerful nonverbal and experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. This practice is the historic focus of Ash Wednesday observance and gave the day its name. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Passion/Palm Sunday service and burn them ahead of time to produce the ashes for this service.


February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023


Check out the 

November 12th Bulletin 

for the latest announcements, the Order of Worship, the Families First Scavenger Hunt checklist, and the History Questionnaire for the 150th Anniversary celebration.

October 2023

September 2023

150 Anniversary Celebration

Coming soon to Grove UMC

Save the Dates:

  • 12/03/2023
  • 4/7/ 2024
  • 7/14/2024

More information to come - 
If you know of any former members, 

please send information to Martee.

August 2023

Click below to read Sally Vonner's letter.


Find your Read and Study guides for each week right here on our website!

July 2023

June 2023

UWF Tea at Draper Blooms 

We met at Draper Blooms on Thurs, June 15 for a lovely tea service. There were 10 women present, including both UWF members and guests from the congregation.  We are taking a hiatus for the summer and will resume meeting in September. Missing from picture Delores Smith


Libby Watts, Ila Schepisi , Jan Nicolson-Angle, Linda Clifford, Terica Fisher

Join Grove and Pastor Jan for a 10-week Summer Sermon Series THAT WE MAY KEEP FAITH.

Help us celebrate by being a part of the planning team for this BIG Celebration! Mark your calendars for our first planning meeting on June 11th following 10:00 am Worship!

Fellowship and Coffee Before Worship

Come grab a brew in the fellowship hall and catch up with Grove family members before worship.

Supporting NRVCA Radford Food Bank is one of the many wonderful ministries of Grove UMC. Bring your nonperishable canned goods and drop them in the collection boxes in the narthex.

Grove UMC volunteers bi-monthly with the Community Table meal outreach program. Volunteers are needed every Saturday in June from 1:30 - 4:30 pm to cook, serve, and deliver meals to persons in our area. Grove’s Community Table coordinator is Susan Lesko. Martee B. coordinates the 3:30-5:30 delivery to our Grove members and we need more people to deliver! Contact Susan L. or Martee.

Volunteer at the Radford Clothing Bank in July and assist in operations or help recruit volunteers whether inside or outside of Grove. Two volunteers are needed for each shift. Sign up on the calendar in the Narthex or call Jean Carson at (540) 639-5268 or (540) 818-9495.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursdays                   4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Thursdays                     10:00 am - 12:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays

Grove United Women in Faith

The UWF are having tea!
Thursday, June 15th at 11:00 a.m.
We are having a Sandwich Tea. The cost is $18.00 per person (20% gratuity is added to all services) Please join us.
Let Linda Clifford know by June 13th if you can come.

Support Grove by Fundraising

For Spring Cleaning or any time for cleaning inside or outside, Ultimate Cloths are what you want. They’re being sold by the United Methodist Men and all proceeds will be used for a program at Grove. Contact Bob Boggess at or (540)577-7760.

If you shop at Kroger, be certain to register with them and they will send to Grove a portion of all you spend there. We currently get a check from Kroger once a quarter and these funds will help with our General Operating Budget and/or a special project.

Save the Date!

Sunday, July 30th at 10 am Worship and Picnic in the Park Bisset Park, Shelter Two

Invite your neighbors, relatives and friends! Wear your casual summer clothes, and join us for a time of informal Worship followed by food and fellowship.
Please bring a covered side dish to share.
(no refrigeration available in the park)

Help us prepare by calling the church office at (540) 639-2807 with your anticipated numbers or if you would like to volunteer.

May 2023


Proverbs 16:3


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.

Change for Children 

Each Sunday in May

Each year, UM churches give loose change to benefit children's ministries in Holston Conference and other United Methodist related ministries around the world. 

Donating our loose pocket change will enable Change for Children grants to be awarded to support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children (birth to age 12) and their families across our UM connection.

          Sunday, May 14, 2023

            Sunday, May 7, 2023

   Thursday, May 18, at 10:30am

Grove is looking for persons interested in being a part of the Mission Pie at Grove UMC. Interested in leading or being a part of a team? Keep reading!  ------>


- Clothing Bank—Helping with inviting volunteers and/or assisting in the month of July to work at Radford Clothing Bank — coordinator Jean Carson

- Food Bank— Assisting with encouraging Grove members to donate to our Food Bank collection box and, during the week, help our current coordinators to deliver collected food to Radford Food Bank in downtown Radford  — coordinators Anna and Bobby Frye

- Community Table— Grove UMC volunteers bi-monthly with Community Table meal outreach program. Volunteers work in teams to cook , handout, and deliver meals to persons in our area. — Grove’s Community Table coordinator is Susan Lesko, meal delivery to Grove UMC members Martee Buchanan

- Thanksgiving Dinner — For several years Grove UMC has hosted a community wide Thanksgiving Dinner. We are looking for a person or persons to coordinate or who are interested in being part of a team to re-vision the possibilities for this mission to our community. For more information, contact either Pastor Jan (Chair of Nominations) or Dave Winston (Ministry Board Chair)

There will be a Mission meeting in June to further discuss our plans.

April 2023

The choir is presenting a special anthem for Good Friday focusing on the crucifixion called "The Wondrous Cross Suite." It includes narration and several Passion week hymns.

March 2023

February 2023

Families First!

Families First are On the Case as they learn and grow together.

METHODISM STUDY: “What Being United Methodist Means” begins February 12th after worship. A five-week study that covers United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity. Call the church office at (540) 639-2807 or email at to sign up. Materials provided.

Families First meets on the first Sunday of each month after Worship in the Youth Room in the Lower Level.                                           

This is a group for families with young children and youth. Join us On the Case for fun, fellowship and study.

Confirmation Class will begin on Sunday, February 19th. The class will take place in the youth room in the lower level from 4:00-5:30 pm. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child (12 years and older), contact Pastor Jan at (540) 639-2807 ext. 2 or

February 22nd at Grove UMC

Wesley hosts a pancake dinner at 5:30 pm, followed by the service at 6:30 pm.


Bring your non-perishable canned goods and drop them in the collection boxes are in the narthex.


The church office will be closed Wednesday, February 8.

BOOK GROUP: Meets Monday evenings at 6:30 pm on Zoom. If you would like to join us, please contact Terica Fisher at (540) 357-1016 or


Interested? Contact Barry Anderson at (540) 639-1018 or


Please join us for the February Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16th @ 7pm.

Grove UMC is seeking hires for two paid positions.

Part-time Nursery Worker position would require the employee to be present in the nursery every Sunday and coordinate other nursery workers and volunteer schedules.

Part-time Financial Assistant position requires at least three years of experience in financial accounting.

If you or someone you know is interested in these positions, contact the church or apply to our listings on

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 

The city of Radford is working on our sewer and water lines at the entrance of the church. Access to the church is blocked as well as the water and sewer turned off in the building. The church is closed today. If you have urgent business, contact Pastor Jan can at (540) 589-9118 or Dana at (540) 505-6929 who are both working remotely today.

Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

Choir Practice


Wednesdays @ 7pm

in the 

Choir Room

August 2022

July 2022

Here are some ways:

• Contribute to Grove’s Administrative Board’s Buchanan/Tazewell Flood Fund by making a check out to “Grove UMC” earmarked “Buchanan/Tazewell” and dropping it in the offering plate or mailing it to Grove UMC 1020 Tyler Ave. Radford, VA 24141. Money will be collected through September 1st.

• Donate cleaning buckets or money to purchase cleaning bucket items (Please make check to “Grove UMC” and earmark your check “flood bucket.” The list of items may be found in this month’s Greeter and on the table in Grove’s narthex.

• Give online through the Holston Annual Conference Flood Fund at https://holston-

• Serve as a work team volunteer. Currently work teams are being accepted in Tazewell. More information coming soon. Contact the church office or Pastor Jan if interested.

Dear Grove Family,

We are offering CPR training opportunities for any one interested.  Each class will be taught at Grove, will last for 2 hours and will cover Lifesaver CPR AED training.  The cost of the class is $30/person.  Grove will cover the cost for staff members as well as paid and volunteer nursery workers.  Class size will be limited to 15 people.  Grove will sponsor as many classes as it takes to accommodate those who are interested. 

Stuart Davis will teach the classes.

      UWF will be taking a summer break!

The Grove Book Group started its newest book.  The book is Caste - The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson.

As we have just begun our discussion on Caste, we welcome anyone to join us via Zoom July 11th and every Monday night from 6:30-8 pm for what will probably be the rest of the summer.  We will not have the Book Group July 4th.

Please contact Pat Brown for more information. or in person at the Grove Organ.

        Grove Book Group meets via Zoom.

                       Coming July 10th!

                Now meeting on Saturday!

                 Lift every voice and sing!

June 2022

Community Table

Grove serves at Community Table in
June, August, October, and December.
Call the church office to see how 
you can help!

May 2022

Congratulations to Pack 46!

Congratulations to our high school graduates!

Radford High School: Sydney Schepisi and Beckett Smith

Auburn High School: Eli Burda

April 2022

March 2022

A message from the Administrative Board of Grove United Methodist Church:

It has been very distributing and shocking to see in Ukraine the destruction of cities, the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children, the inhumane treatment of fellow human beings due to the invasion by the Russian army.  We, as a Christian community, ask ‘What can we do?’ to help.  The most common answer is ‘Pray for Peace.’  While that is a standard and meaningful response, it alone does little to relieve the suffering of the people of Ukraine.  UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is currently providing tangible relief in terms of food, water, medical supplies, etc. as well as people on the ground to help both those who have fled Ukraine and become refugees and those who have remained in their homeland.  The Administrative Board of Grove United Methodist Church (GUMC) believes it is important to support in a tangible manner the relief efforts in Ukraine through UMCOR.  Our members individually have already contributed to UMCOR but we believe we need to do more.  We will pray for the people of Ukraine but the Administrative Board of Grove UMC as a community of Christ set a goal of $5,000 to donate to UMCOR for Ukraine relief.  We, the members of that Board, request that all who believe in this relief effort consider joining with us.  Grove UMC will collect donations through the Lenten season and will dedicate our entire Easter offering to UMCOR for Ukraine relief.  Should we not receive the entire goal from individuals, groups, organizations, etc., Grove UMC will provide the remainder of the $5,000.  Our hope, of course, is that we will receive more than the goal of $5,000 and the entire amount will be provided to UMCOR to aid in a small manner toward the massive amounts required for relief efforts that must continue for many years.


Pray for peace and contribute to relief.

Lenten offering to benefit the people of Ukraine

Grove UMC is committed to giving $5000.00

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

        Church office closings for         Christmas and New Year holidays


November 2021




November Food Drive

Every November, Grove conducts a food drive for the Radford Food Bank. This year our food drive will be in memory of Grove member, Katherine Martin. Our Grove family has been giving generously to the food bank throughout the entire year, and we have received word that we are the only church that has been donating. We thank you for remaining faithful.

Please contribute one or more of these items:



Community Thanksgiving is an annual tradition at Grove. This will be our 17th year offering our community a Thanksgiving meal. We will plan to serve 300 meals as we did last year. We plan to follow the same COVID protocols that we used last year.
Our meal will be drive-thru pickup. We will deliver meals to our First Responders and the Women's Resource Center. We will also deliver to any church member who is unable to come pick up a meal. Please call the church office and let Dana know that you need a meal delivered. We need your help with making desserts, and we will need volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal. Also, the cost of the meal will be more this year. Due to COVID and supply chain issues, the cost of food has increased. As in previous years, I challenge you to sponsor a meal. We estimate the price will be $6.

A $20 donation will help us feed three people on Thanksgiving Day. Make your contributions payable to Grove UMC and write Community Thanksgiving on the memo line. We appreciate your support. There will be sign-up sheets in the Narthex in the coming weeks to volunteer and to sign up to bring a homemade dessert. Your generosity never fails.

- Grove UMC Missions Team

Check out the many opportunities we have to serve others at Grove United Methodist Church:

October 2021

Holston Conference announcement

Register now for our Ultimate Storytelling Conference on November 8 & 9. This will be a hybrid event: In-person at Dublin UMC and live stream via Zoom. 

Join Bishop Richard Looney, Rev. Kim Goddard, and Rev. Charles Maynard for this two-day event to learn the in's and out's of storytelling and how it can be used in your preaching, teaching, and everyday life. 


Here are the topics our extraordinary speakers will be telling us about:

  • Why use storytelling in preaching?
  • Basics of public speaking and preaching
  • Using parables
  • Preaching the story
  • Using humor

In addition to the plenaries, there will be breakout rooms and panel discussions.

Registration is only $15 and clergy will receive 1.0 CEU credits. Certified Lay Speakers can also receive credit for attending. (Certified lay speakers wishing to re-certify with this course should also purchase and read "Dancing With Words" by Ray Buckley. This book is available through Cokesbury, Upper Room books or Amazon.)

You don't want to miss this event, so sign up now. 

Monday, November 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, November 9, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 2021

Trunk or Treat 2021!

The congregation is invited to come out on Sunday, October 31, between 3pm and 5pm to celebrate Halloween with our preschoolers and children in our community.

We would love for you to decorate your trunk for the children and dress up in a costume. This will be an outdoor event.

You are encouraged to wear gloves when handing out candy or treats to the children. We need lots of decorated vehicles for the children.

I hope you will plan to join us and make this a fun activity for the children. Be sure to pass the word along and invite your friends and neighbors.

September and October sermons will feature Grove's favorite Bible Stories!

Send your favorite bible story to Pastor Jan (       or call 540-639-2807, ext. 2 and leave a message.

August 2021


The churches in the New River Sub-District are invited to get a team together for a day of sprucing up the grounds at our Wesley Foundation RU 1022 Downey Street on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Bring your shovels, rakes, weed eaters, etc. Breakfast will be available starting at 8 am and lunch will be provided.

Please call the church office for contact information.


We are looking for members who are willing to serve as readers for Sunday worship services and virtual services. The readings will include reading the call to worship, opening prayer and scripture readings. 

Please email or call the church office if interested.

July 2021


• Mask wearing is optional for those vaccinated. Maintain appropriate distance with your neighbor. Appropriate distance is defined as the distance with which you and your neighbor are comfortable.
• Additional seating is available in the Fellowship Hall for those who wish to increase their social distancing.
• You may join in responsive readings and prayers.
• If you are masked, you may join in singing congregational hymns.
• Offering will continue to be at the exit doors following the service.


Mondays 6:30 pm via Zoom
We will be reading together


by Rick Rouse and Paul Ingram

May/June 2021

Join us for Bible Study

The Letters of Peter

    Thursdays 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Beginning July 8, 2021 

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jan 

in the Fellowship Hall


Cub Scout Pack 46 by Grove United Methodist Church

Come Worship With Us

Sunday, May 16, 2021

10:00 am

Rev. Dr. Fowler-Marchant

will be bringing the message

“In the Meantime” Acts 1:1-11


Rev. Dr. Fowler- Marchant, an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, is a sought after speaker and author of Mothers in Israel: Methodist Beginnings Through The Eyes of Women. She has served both in the UMC and Presbyterian churches. Currently she serves in England with the British Methodist Church.


There will be an introductory meeting for the study this Saturday May 8 at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

The introductory meeting is just that, an opportunity to learn a bit about the book, consider the study format, and discuss best days and times for our subsequent meetings.  

Days, times and format (virtual or in-person) of the study will be determined by the participants. 

Interested or have questions and can't make it this Saturday?  

Let me know either via email or by phone 540-589-9118.

New Book Study

Sometimes the best way to deal with stressful situations is to move your feet! This 40 day journey allows participants to experience God through a biblically inspired journey of physical activity and spiritual reflection. Curriculum starts May 2nd with the first meeting May 9th at 6:30 pm. Led by Adam McAllister.

The Christ Walk Crushed study will take place Sunday evenings 6:30 pm, hybrid. The study begins on May 9th, but be sure to begin your personal readings on May 2nd. You may pick up the book during office hours or Sunday after worship in the administration office.

Please call the office to sign up!

April 2021


Let me extend a personal invitation to join me in a brief 5-week study of the book of James.  James is one of those little books (5 short chapters) in the New Testament, that can have a major impact on our life.  

Our study together is very informal.  Each week we will read a chapter and come together to discuss.  Frankly, it is just plain fun to get together, read scripture, and share our thoughts and questions.

Here's the scoop:

- Meeting is hybrid (in person Fellowship Hall and zoom)

- Wednesdays beginning April 28 - that's this week :)

- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

- Materials needed:  A Bible, pen, and journal (need a Bible? we can make that happen!)

- Please read Chapter 1 for this time?....come anyway as we will be reading passages together

- Let me know you are going to join us by emailing me at OR by calling the church office 540-639-2807.  If you are planning on joining via zoom it will be important for you to let me know ahead of time so I can send you a link.

Focus for Each Week:
Chapter 1: Portrait of a Christian Life
Chapter 2: Honest Relationships and Practices of Faith
Chapter 3: The Language We Use
Chapter 4: Cravings 
Chapter 5: Real Security
Have a great day and hope to hear from you soon.






Ready for Grove UMC Maundy Thursday  6pm

Spring cleaning going on inside GROVE UMC as two dedicated servants work in the Library/Conference room

Gardeners in the Grove are back! On Fridays at 9:00am we share a short devotion that focuses on creation care followed by a time of working on the grounds at Grove. Work on an area of your choice as long as you wish. In the spirit of Teresa of Avila, "Our hands, God's love."

March 2021

March 14, 2021

We will not be having indoor or drive in worship this Sunday, March 14, 2021. Please join us online for worship here.

This group, along with Martee B. (not pictured) from our Grove Mission Team were good stewards who helped serve 50 meals to our Radford High School football team prior to their Saturday March 20th afternoon game. Grove UMC loving our Bobcats.

Thank you Anna - We love you!

February 2021

Join Grove for our Virtual Ash Wednesday service on February 17, 2021


Ash Wednesday Program


Ash Wednesday Service

February 14, 2021

We will worship:

 INDOORS at 10am

DRIVE-IN at 2 pm

February 7, 2021

NO 10 AM Indoor Worship
YES 2 pm Drive-In Worship (depending on weather - watch emails)

Yes Online Worship - here

January 2021

Both indoor and outdoor services for Grove have been canceled, due to impending weather for Sunday, Jan. 31.

As this inclement weather moves in stay safe, check on one another, and hold one another in prayer.

Sunday January 31st is also a 5th Sunday when we receive a special offering for Holston Home. If you wish to give to support the work of Holston Home, please make your check to "Grove UMC" and mark for "Holston Home."  You may send via methods listed above.

For further announcements, see this week's bulletin.

Remember, this is our Commitment Sunday so, if you have not had an opportunity to fill out your commitment cards, please do so.  You may:
  • drop them by the church office 1-3 Monday or 9-1 Tuesday - Friday.
  • mail to Grove UMC 1020 Tyler Ave Radford VA 24141
  • email to
  • bring them with you to worship next week and drop in the offering box

January 24, 2021


YES 2 pm OUTDOOR DRIVE-IN WORSHIP, or Online worship

We will also have an opportunity to 

Pray Together 
Sunday January 24th 
3:30 pm
We have room for up to 10 persons to gather in the sanctuary at 3:30 pm.

Rev. Dr. Jan C. Nicholson Angle welcomes worshippers to the Outdoor Worship Service - 2:00 pm every Sunday at Grove.

January 17, 2021

No 10 am Indoor Worship due to Radford's COVID numbers which are up again 73.2/100K.

WE WILL HAVE 2 pm Outdoor Worship.

Links to: 

Online worship

Bulletin/Call to Prayer information

Commitment Card 

Commitment Letter

January 10, 2021

NO 10 am Indoor Worship due to Radford's COVID numbers which are up again 74.8/100K

WE WILL HAVE 2 pm Outdoor Worship.

Online worship


  • local COVID saturation rates for Radford are at 53/100K
  • we will NOT have indoor worship

January 3, 2021

- WE WILL HAVE DRIVE IN WORSHIP AT 2 PM Sunday January 3rd.  Please join us! For Drive In Worship, as you enter the driveway you will be offered a pre-filled communion cup and wafer.  Following the sermon we will receive communion together.  Everyone is asked to take their empty cups with them and dispose at your home.

-Online worship                                                                                                                  For Virtual Worship you will want to gather your communion elements from home and have the ready as we prepare to worship together.

Communion Liturgy and Order of Worship links here.

December 2020

UPDATE: Christmas Eve Drive-in Communion Services (4pm, 5pm) are cancelled.


Dear Grove Family,

We will not be able to join together for INDOOR worship this Sunday (12/20/20). Radford's COVID saturation numbers remain elevated. As of 12/19/20, numbers are 58.4/100K, therefore NO INDOOR WORSHIP 12/20/20.

We WILL JOIN together for 2 pm OUTDOOR WORSHIP on 12/20/20.

Remember the two Christmas Eve Drive In Communion Service opportunities:             Christmas Eve 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm.


Call the church office at 540-639-2807 to make your reservation today.

Oh Come Let Us Adore HIM!

Click through the slide show to see the    <---preschool children enjoying their new books. 

Thank you Grove!

For December 13, 2020

If you have seen the news reports, you know our COVID numbers in VA are at an all time high.Our Radford COVID saturation rate as of today is 63.1/100K.  Our Grove UMC protocol for indoor worship is that we are 40/100K or below.
While we will NOT be having our 10 am indoor worship this Sunday we invite you to worship with us
- Virtually On-Line by clicking the link here
- Drive-In Worship at 2 pm on Sunday (no reservation is required and you are invited to remain in your vehicle, or if weather permits, sit outside your vehicle masked and socially distanced.
God bless each of you and know that YOU ARE MISSED!

November 2020


Scenes from Grove's Community Thanksgiving meal 2020

For those interested in the Grove Community Thanksgiving Meal - we will be taking reservations through Wednesday, November 25th. (540) 639-2807

Some beautiful pictures from the Gardeners in the Grove final fall day!

 Amazon Link                                  NPR Link

July/August 2020

Mr. Clay Carson is getting the outside of the church ready for our Drive-In Worship services, beginning July 19th.

This wasn't in the job description...

Our offices are currently closed, but the finance team continues to be hard at work. Thank you Linda and Sandra!

Some (not pictured) working, like Santa's elves, weeding and trimming behind the scenes in preparation for cooler weather.

Getting Ready!

The Radford City Public School Pre-K children and teachers are coming to Grove.

Volunteers have been working hard to spruce up the indoor and outdoor space to welcome them.

Although Grove UMC is closed for indoor worship, this small group stepped inside the fellowship hall to take a quick socially distanced and properly masked photo to say, we are all working on and looking forward to the time we will be together again.

Nancy Pridgen loving on one of our plant beds at Grove.

Brief 'parking lot meeting' hello from Pastor Angle, Pat, and Carolyn. 

Frank Herzog and Greg Stokely are dedicated grounds volunteers that keep Grove looking beautiful on the outside.

Lynn Wright helps to move hymnals to prepare for the day that we will be able to attend church in our own sanctuary.

A few pictures from our small group, 

"Gardeners in the Grove."


Pre-K loving Grove as they collect leaves to take back to their classroom where they will graph them by color. 


Thanking God for for our community connections.