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The Marketing Team is responsible for the “face” of 1st Washington UMC to the community through publicity.  We interact with the Chamber of Commerce, the school system, the media and the general public through signage, direct communications, social media and the church website.  Our goal is to show the community how the church lives out our mission statement of “Love God, Love Others” by being the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

Questions? Jim Dotson- click on email link above or call 636-390-3553.

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The purpose of the Connect Team is to offer small group experiences giving everyone an opportunity to grow closer to each other and to God.  Our ‘why’ is Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Together, as we share our burdens and joys or questions and faith, God shows up working in and through us. As we love God and love others, life is better together. 


Julie Dotson and her husband have attended First Washington for over 20 years.  They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.  She has served as Lay Leader for the past five years and is currently leading two small study groups. 


Julie Dotson- click on email link above or call 314-805-9544

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social connect groups

At First Washington, we realize that relationships are built not only inside the church, but outside of church as well.  We have developed a team that is all about giving those attending First Washington an opportunity to be involved outside the walls of the church, let your hair down, and to be known. The next social event will be December 7 as we travel to St Charles, Missouri and enjoy the Christmas Traditions Celebration.  The parade starts at 1:30 and we will go to Trailhead Brewery for dinner at 4:30.  Reservations for dinner are required, so please contact Deb Warren at 314-484-1199.

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Small groups and affinity groups help connect people to people and in turn, people to God. At First Washington, we will be offering many CONNECT groups starting after Labor Day.  To get connected with a group, please go to the link below and sign up.  Connect groups are where you will find some of your greatest friends and for some, a family.  GET READY, GET SET, GET CONNECTED!

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No matter where you are in your faith walk, First Washington UMC can help you CONNECT to a life that moves Jesus Christ toward the center. We are a community of imperfect people, simply trying to connect other people with the One true and perfect God. Let a CONNECT Coach help you discern the next step.


Julie Dotson | 314.805.9544 | circleemail

Doug Klabzuba | 314.604.6444 | circleemail

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Wiser Together Class- 10:45-11:45 Sunday morning led by Jim & Julie Dotson

Serving From the Heart- Finding Gifts and Talents for Service- 

A book study that examines the six elements of God's unique design, and seek to understand God's plan for the church as well as God's purpose for our lives.

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Open Door Bible Study- 10:45-11:45 Sunday morning led by Paul Annable

Currently studying- The book of Amos

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ashes to beauty

Women interested in attending "Ashes to Beauty" women's retreat hosted by the Encounter Ministries from September 20-22 please let Kayla Erisman know by 5.19.19. For more information on the retreat, please visit To contact Kayla, call or text 636 259 0754. 

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oasis women's study

Join Julie Dotson and Catherine Merseal as they lead a women's study at Julie's house.  This group meets every other Sunday evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.  They currently are studying a wonderful book called IF by Mark Batterson.  For information please email Julie at