Welcome to a community of two great churches in partnership together!


Dear friends,

Andrew Price Memorial UMC and hickory Bend UMC are two churches here in Donelson with the same heartbeat for loving God, loving one another and loving our community.

Through worship and on-going local mission projects we are living out a call to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We want to be relevant to your life here and now. We hope to bring transformation and hope!

Come visit us at Worship on Sundays at 9:15 at AP and 11:00 at HB. Journey with us as we make a new way forward!

Grace and peace, +Melisa

Missional Opportunities to Volunteer


Second Harvest Food Bank 
The Andrew Price Team works the fourth Thursday of each month from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the local food bank located at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 85 Fairway.   If you wish to be a part of this ministry you may contact Debbie Byrd, d.byrd@apmumc.net.
If Hickory Bend members would like to share outreach ministry information with Andrew Price,  please let Debbie Byrd know and that information will be forwarded to the AP congregation.   email:   d.byrd@apmumc.net

Your Story….


your story

















Lent is a time to look deeply at our hearts, minds, and even at our pasts…We are no longer pulled down by our pasts. We “once were lost, but now are found”…our stories now have the power to give others hope. We are not inspired by perfection–we are inspired by lost and found!




Consider our church for your wedding ceremony and reception venue


Located in the Donelson Hermitage area of Nashville

Are you interested in having your wedding at Hickory Bend United Methodist Church? We are happy to celebrate this glad occasion with you and pleased to be able to provide facilities in which you can celebrate your marriage vows.

We are happy to consider your request to be married here whether you are a member or not. Member weddings will always take precedence over non-member weddings.

We will do all we can to make this event meaningful and memorable for you and extend God’s blessings and pray that the preparation for your “big day” will bring you a deeper sense of love, joy and peace.

To schedule a wedding or a reception:

For inquiries about holding your wedding ceremony at Hickory Bend you may contact pastor Melisa Derseweh at 615.883.2321 or email pastor@hickorybendumc.com

Other Community Event inquiries are welcome

Hickory Bend United Methodist Church is the perfect location for your community or organization event. Please contact us at 615-  or email pastor@hickorybendumc.com for more information.



New Wine for New Wineskins:  Making History Together

Dear leaders in Christ’s Church:
Would you pray with me? We have an amazing opportunity in the upcoming months to develop relationships, laugh together, grow together and love more amazingly than ever before! Please pray with me for our Lord to lead us, and especially to lead us in some intentional formation we are planning in January. You are invited and I’m hoping you will prioritize attending the next of our New Wine for New Wineskins:  Making History Together.
Come for breakfast and being part of a conversation led by Morgan Stafford, our Cross-Cultural Strategist from the Bishop’s office. More details will follow, but basically this is a continuation of conversation already started about how best to partner together.  Additionally the NEEC (Nashville Evangelical Ethiopian Church) also plans to participate. Your voice is very important on this day!
If you work on Saturdays and are unable to attend, let me know if you wish to  get together with me ahead of this meeting so that your voice will still be part of the day. I want as many of you as have willing hearts to participate!
Celebrating the Lord in Advent, Christmas and beyond be part of all our Worship times, especially inviting people to Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 7:00 at Andrew Price highlighting Andrew Price and Hickory Bend leading Worship together.

Grace and peace! Melisa+

The Dragon of Monroe County

The Dragon of Monroe County

Tellico Plains is a charming village at the bottom of Tellico Mountain. And in this village there lives a dragon. I’ve seen it. It lives, breathes, grows, and waits for unsuspecting motorcyclists to pass its home on the Cherohala Skyway. The dragon’s identity depends on us. It depends on our ability to perceive its “dragoness.” We use all that we know about dragons to see this creature. Continue reading

Announcing Hickory Bend UMC’s New Facebook Page!

We are excited to announce that Hickory Bend United Methodist Church has a new Facebook page!



We invite you to “like” this page for status updates on:

– Upcoming events- Photos
– Links to music, videos, and sermons
– News

Click the image above to go to the page, or click here, and give us a like!

Sermon 9/29/13 “The time big brother got an attitude, killed a party…”

Sermon September 29-, 2013,  “The time big brother got an attitude, killed a party, and what happened next…” by Susan Gray

50Th Anniversary of Hickory Bend Worship Service Recording

Welcome to





The People Gather

Welcome and Announcements

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Prelude and Lighting of the Candles:

“You Raise Me Up”  Sung by: Katelin Egan



Call to Worship: Rev. Susan Gray

Choral Call to Worship: Gloria  Patri



*Hymn:  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’  Name”  #154

*Affirmation of Faith:  The Apostle’s  Creed #881



New Testament Lesson:  Romans  12:1-2,9-17,21  Emalie Egan

This is the Word of God for the People of God! Thanks be to God!



Special Music:  “In  the Garden”

Sung by:     Kate!in Egan and Dillon Ocana


Joys and Concerns

Silent Prayers

Pastoral Prayer:  Rev. Susan Gray

“The Lord’s Prayer”                                                 Malotte

Linda Johnson on the Viola


Praising God with our Tithes and Offerings Prayer of Dedication:  Gene Parker Anthem: “Sweet  Buelah  Land”

*Doxology  #95



First Service Hymns:

*”0 for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”  #57 verses 1 & 6

*”Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”  #381 verses 1 & 4



Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon: “The Great Commission Again for the First Time” Rev. Susan Gray




*Closing Hymn:  “The Church’s One Foundation” vs. 1 & 4




*Choral Benediction:  “Go  Forth  in Peace”

*Postlude    “My Country Tis of Thee”





A Blessing for our 50th Anniversary from

Harriet Bryan, Nashville District Superintendent:



May God continue to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know God more fully. May the eyes of your hearts be heart enlightened so that you may know the hope to which God has called you, what are the riches of God’s glorious inheritance, and what is God’s incomparably great power for us who believe.