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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 Philippines Report by Lucas Hunter

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My personal assumption was that I could eat rice every day for three meals and be fine, until I was on my twentieth consecutive meal of rice and it had been only a week. Such is life in Ilijan, Batangas, Philippines, where I lived for two months as a missionary this summer. I can say where I was...

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...

Laura Beth Myers: Discerning the Call

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Laura Beth Myers is a vibrant young woman who has been an integral part of First Baptist life from the time she was a child in our children’s ministry, to her years in our youth group, to the young adult ministry. Today, First Baptist is thrilled to commission her to full-time ministry...

Using Your Brain for the Kingdom | Kennie Riffey

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Who is Kennie Riffey? If you were to pass Kennie Riffey on the street, she might not strike you as a woman who was an international project manager who has visited over 65 countries. You might not know her international travel strongly influenced her desire to do home renovations and...

From a House to a Home - Glenna Ogle Dedication

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Two days ago, Glenna Ogle’s newly rebuilt home was dedicated to her by Appalachia Service Project. A crowd of supportive family members, friends, and faithful volunteers gathered in honor of the dedication and in celebration of two hard months of work completed. She was handed the keys...

Little by Little: How God Prepares Us for His Will

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Pam Neal is the type of person who consoles the broken and soothes raging emotion where others cannot. She truly has a gift – a way with hurting people. This gift has expressed itself through her 5 years of service as a minister at First Baptist, as well as her 19 years as a chaplain with...

Canada Report

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Our youth returned from their two-week mission to Canada last Friday. They were split into two groups between Ben Winder and Arthur Clayton and partnered with two organizations: Matthew House Ottawa’s Furniture Bank and Refugee House and Église Chrétienne le Rocher’s...


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