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Prayer and FBC Food Co-Op

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In 2011, as our church began looking outward, Carol McEntyre learned of a Food Co-Op in Atlanta.  She and some members of the Missions Council made a trip to Atlanta to observe. After this visit, the Missions Council felt this Co-Op was a good opportunity for First Baptist to meet the needs...

Questions and Answers About a Silent Retreat

Posted by Tim Boone on

A silent retreat is a foreign concept to many people. For good reason. Spending extended periods of time in silence is almost impossible. One of the most common questions asked about a silent retreat is, “Why should I pay to spend a weekend in silence?” And, “What is the...

Knots of Love: Stitching Connections Across the Ocean

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Stitching Connections Across the Ocean Members of the church’s Knots of Love knitting group are extending their outreach around the globe by contributing hand-knitted cotton dishcloths to the Wheels for Kenya program sponsored by the Joni and Friends organization. Joni and Friends...

Prayer & Getting Ahead

Posted by Emily Plemmons on

Local Ministry:  Getting Ahead Ministry Contacts:  Emily & Jim Plemmons On April 10th, 2019, the sixth Getting Ahead Class graduated in the Chapel at First Baptist.  The Getting Ahead Class is for individuals who live in poverty (defined as a lack of resources), are in...

Prayer and the Missions of Marc & Kim Wyatt

Posted by Patrick Carmichael on

Marc and Kim Wyatt have been CBF Field Personnel/Missionaries since 1996. First Baptist has been supporting the Wyatt’s for almost 5 years. Marc and Kim made a promise to FBC when they became partners: To teach the refugee/international hospitality ministry so that there could be a...

My Personal Advent Journey

Posted by Brad Keaton on

When I was a child, Christmas was truly a fun and magical time. Everything thrilled me from living in a decorated house, to Christmas activities at school and church, to attending Knoxville’s Fantasy of Trees, and then of course counting down the days until the big 25th of December...

An Interview with Jo Ward and Sydnor Money

Posted by Patrick Walsh on

P: What is your earliest recollection of church life? J: I was born a preacher’s daughter, so I was taken to church from day one. My first memory of church was when I was just under four years old. I was standing on the seat beside my mother; I can still see the lights and how they were...

Old to New: Times of Transition in the Past

Posted by Linda Walsh on

Knoxville’s population increased from under 10,000 in 1880 to almost 27,000 in 1910 with the city becoming one of the South’s major wholesale and distribution centers.  First Baptist’s history during the first quarter of the 20th century is rich in detail. In 1900, First...

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