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Why I Sing: Steve and Patti Foster

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“Singing brings joy to your life,” says Steve Foster. “It gives you the opportunity to express [joy] to other folks. Not as a show, but as a message to encourage and inspire. To help draw attention to why we’re singing – because of Jesus and what he’s done in...

E-Doers: Life on Mission

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  “Living your life on mission,” is a frequently used concept in Christian communities. What does it actually mean to live a missional life? Maybe hearing “missional life” makes you think of street evangelists. Or, maybe it makes you think of people who lean over and...

Family Promise: A Look into Local Homelessness

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  Right now, according to the Community Dashboard on Homelessness, over 2675 people are homeless in Knoxville. A little less than a quarter of that number are homeless for mental or health reasons or criminal activity. If you’ve only encountered homeless people when driving down...

Local Construction

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Completed Projects Local construction never ends. The city begins one project and before it’s finished, another is started. Block-by-block and brick-by-brick Knoxville is made new, and when you get to the end, you start it all again. The renovations perpetuate themselves, and often they...

A Child Will Lead Them

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“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6. Often, children say the most enlightened and illuminating things, unmarred by societal pressures and...

KidsHope: How Mentoring Will Change Your Life

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First Baptist Knoxville has an ongoing partnership with South Knox Elementary School. We participate in activities at the school, host luncheons, and this December, we’ll offer a Christmas shop for SKES families. Our most longstanding ministry with South Knox, however, is our KidsHope...

Christmas Shop: Building Lasting Relationships

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First Baptist’s first annual Christmas Shop will take place on December 5, and will benefit 75 children from South Knox Elementary School families. This shop is the next step in our 11-year partnership with SKES. Gifts will be available for all the children in participating households...

South Knox Elementary School: Community Connections

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South Knoxville Elementary is not a normal school. Upon entering the building, you are greeted with welcoming smiles and helpful attitudes. Halls decorated with creative bulletin boards inspire children to embrace leadership and friendship. Library desks shaped like puzzle pieces encourage...

2017 Fall Interns

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Our interns for the fall started last Wednesday! We are looking forward to a semester or learning and teaching these three students from the University of Tennessee. Without further ado, meet our fall interns! Katie Green | Interning with Arthur Clayton Degree: Hispanic Studies &...

The Food Co-Op Family

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The members First Baptist’s Food Co-Op confide in each other, laugh and cry together, and support each other. They view Co-Op as a family. “Before I came here, I could hardly keep up. I don’t know how I made it,” said longtime member, Kay England. “I wouldn’t...

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