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Back to the Future

In preparation for our re-entry to the Sanctuary on Sunday, August 26, we are thankful for Sunday School Classes that will lead us to pray our way “Back to the Future” in the worship in the Sanctuary.   Thanks for noting the following schedule and for praying with us as we prepare for these dates: July 22 – Combined Adult Sunday School Class in the SANCTUARY with Bob Foy who will introduce us to the theme for the […]

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And Now….After Sunday’s vote, what happens next?

25 May 18 After Sunday’s vote, what happens next? This past Sunday, at a Called Church Conference, the members of First Baptist Church voted by an 88% margin to press ahead with the future staffing proposal recommended by the Personnel Committee, the Future Story Steering Committee and the Board of Deacons.  That being so, this blog post is a brief description of what happens next, but before we get there, please embrace the call to […]

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Staffing for Our Future — Church Conference this Sunday, 9:15 AM

The following proposal for the ministerial staffing for our church was presented to the congregation on Sunday, April 15 with a follow up Town Hall discussion on Sunday, April 22.  The proposal is scheduled to come before the church at a Called Church Conference THIS Sunday, May 20 at 9:15 AM in Webb Chapel. Thank you for planning to be in the Church Conference this Sunday, May 20 at 9:15 AM following the 8:30 AM worship […]

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Ministry Fair — “Wait! What?”

By Tony Tench Years ago when Janet and I were in college, we were worshiping at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.  We were thankful for the congregation and our Sunday School class and we were interested to serve in some way.  This was the first time either of us had been active in a church other than the one in which we grew up.  There, in Bristol, we knew everybody and what the […]

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So Moms….Mother’s Day Blog 2018

By Missy Smith My kids are perfectionists!  They want so bad to please their teachers, coaches, dance instructors and peers. They get so upset when they make a little mistake. They want to do things well and make sure that everyone is proud with their performance. They often get really upset when they don’t do something well. I know exactly where my girls get this from, as I do the same thing. One day, my oldest […]

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Teamwork Always Makes the Difference

Mutu umodzi susenza denga! “One head can’t carry the roof.” That’s the east African way of saying, “There’s no ‘i’ in ‘team.’”   The truth is teamwork always makes a difference.  We need each other. And, when we work and play together, the fellowship that results is always a winner. Last week saw the season finale tournament of the Men’s Church Basketball League. Our First Baptist Church Men’s Team finished 2nd in the league championship tournament […]

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Praying for Our Church — Puting Feet to Our Prayers

There is a Monday Night Bible Study group that has been meeting faithfully together since we dug-in to the 40 Days of Purpose study in the Spring of 2004. This group has encouraged each other in their faith journeys and they have learned much from the Holy Spirit at work in their times together. Recently, the group’s study has inspired the members to their feet in prayer. This small group has been immersed in Mark Batterson’s study, The […]

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“Ben did good, absolutely”

By Tony Tench with the help of Nell Canipe Ben Ledford has been a part of our church family since his birth in December of 1988. Ben’s mother, Jeri, has been faithfully serving the Lord from our organ console for more than 35 years.  Ben’s father, Reggie, is a foundational member of our ministry team as he leads Solo Flight, a community of singles at First Baptist Church, in Bible Study and service.  Ben graduated […]

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Prayers for Staffing Our Future Ministry

By Tony Tench April 2018 First, please plan to come for a Town Hall Conversation to address your questions on Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 PM in the Gym. Now, let me say, thank you, FBC Church Family, for your prayers as you have heard me describe a proposal for our ministerial staffing.  This proposal has been discussed and refined and prayed over by the Job Search Super Committee of the Personnel Committee, the Future Story […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Repent: Loving God’s Creation this Earth Day

By Missy Smith “MOM!!!” my three year old daughter stated in a reprimanding voice, “You CANNOT throw that paper in the trash!!!” I took a deep breath, as I turned around trying to decide just how I wanted to respond to the attitude that my three year old daughter exhibited all of a sudden. “Bella,” I said, “I can throw whatever I want into the trash! This is my house and my trashcan. When you […]

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