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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

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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

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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

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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...

Mentoring Changes Lives

Posted by Betsy Pickle on

It doesn’t take a major life change to make it possible for you to become a mentor, but it can happen that way. And when you do become one, your life changes for the better. For me, the precipitating event was something that many people – then, and recently even more so – have...

The Blessings of a Multi-Generational Church

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Judy Kate Manning was a little scattered and needed some time alone before everyone arrived at the church. She gathered some of the smaller gifts from the car and crossed the little bridge that connected the parking garage to a side entrance of the church. The sun warmed the cool Autumn breeze...

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