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The Fellowship of Kindred Minds

Posted by Linda Walsh on

I fondly remember my grandmother’s delicious home-cooked meals prepared for special occasions. When our family gathered around my grandparents’ dining room table, my grandmother always requested that our blessing be to join hands and sing the first verse of one of her favorite hymns...

First Baptist Television Ministry

Posted by Marion Carter on

By Marion Carter & Steve Bowman For over 40 years our church has broadcast our 11 am Services live on TV. We would like to share information about how that broadcast is generated, what talents are needed, and where the equipment is located. This is an effort to improve understanding and...

FBC Christmas Shop

Posted by Susan Tatum on

In December of 2016, Jim Plemmons along with a couple of FBC staff members took a field trip to Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. There had been some discussion about a community outreach ministry that the church had been doing for a number of years and these FBC folks wanted to see it in...

Faith & Finances

Posted by Gina Whitmore on

A couple from our first Faith & Finances class here at First Baptist, Richard and Michele faced eviction and potential homelessness. They had accumulated debt that had gone into collection and their marriage was struggling.  This is not an uncommon problem in our community. In...

Family Promise

Posted by Jim Plemmons on

Family homelessness is a problem in Knoxville just as it is nationwide.  During the second quarter of 2019, 292 homeless families were served by agencies in town. Homeless shelters are not always safe for children.  Families are often separated there, and it is especially difficult for...

Kids Hope USA

Posted by Trecia Hardin on

You can change a life-­ one relationship at a time. In 2005, FBC became involved in a mentoring program called Kids Hope USA. For over two decades KHUSA has been on a mission to change the lives of at-risk kids of elementary age through one-on-one relationships. KHUSA is a national...

Cindy Hood & Welcome House Knoxville

Posted by Cindy Hood on

Cindy Hood, her husband Brad, and daughter Anna are members of Central Baptist Bearden.   In 2005, Cindy led her Sunday School class as they sponsored a Turkish family through Bridge Refugee Services.   At that time God set in motion a ministry calling to Internationals in the Norwood...

Prayer and FBC Food Co-Op

Posted by Food Co-Op on

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...

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