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Volume 71, No. 6

IN THIS ISSUE From the Pastor’s Heart Bro Dan shares about his upcoming sermon series for December.

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What will you give Christmas? Craig Mintz asks us to consider giving to Lottie Moon?

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FBC on Mission Scott Andrews shares briefly about this past year’s mission trips and upcoming ones.

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What will you give this Christmas?

From the Pastor’s Heart... Dear First Baptist Family, It is hard for me to believe that this month I will complete one year as your pastor. Time flies when you are having fun…and making friends…and serving Jesus! I began at First Baptist Church toward the end of December last year, so I am looking forward to experiencing this exciting month with you in its entirety this year. In the month of December, I am going to be preaching about “Something New.” Everyone expects to get something new this time of year: a new toy, a new outfit, a new game, some new gift that has that still-in-the-box, recentlypurchased, never-been-owned-before appeal. You are probably going to be doing some shopping this month for something new for that special someone. I want to lead you from Scripture to experience something new each Sunday this month. On December 2, I will be preaching about “A New Commitment to the Gospel.” Building on the “Generations” theme of last month, I will be challenging families to be gospel-centered. On December 9, we will consider the marching orders of the church and turn to Scripture to gain “A New Zeal for the Great Commission.” I pray that will lead us to another great offering for international missions and another great year of personal missions involvement. On December 16 and 23, I will focus on the story of Christ’s Incarnation. We will find in God’s Word “A New Hope for a Hurting World” and take “A New Look at a Familiar Scene.” I believe we will see that Christmas is so much more than shopping and rushing around. Christmas means the possibility of a relationship with God and hope for lost humanity. We will take time to linger around the manger and ponder these truths. December always brings the promise of a new year full of new opportunities, so on the final Sunday of 2012 we will look to Scripture for “A New Challenge for a New Year.” Something great, something awesome, something new is in store for First Baptist Church! I look forward to a great new year of serving Jesus together.

I love being your pastor! Dan Spencer

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Craig Mintz Associate Pastor of Young Adults & Discipleship

Ten years ago, a young Turkish man living in Northern Europe heard the Gospel because you gave to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Ali was quiet and reserved.* He was a young Turkish Muslim just hoping to make a better life in a land not his own. To get a good job, he was studying the local language in the same class where my wife, Jessica, and I were studying. He was hard to get to know, but I did my best to pierce his outer shell with hopes of sharing the Good News. Then, abruptly, Ali decided to leave in the middle of our term and return to Turkey. I knew I would probably never see him again and I knew he had never heard the Gospel. As he took a smoke break on his last day, I asked the Lord for courage as I shared the Gospel with him. He did not repent and believe on that day, but I pray when I think of him that he will before it’s too late. For countless others, it is already too late. More than 2,000 years after the Great Commission, there are still numerous people groups with millions of people who have no church or witness among them. Every dollar you give changes that statistic. Your generosity made it possible for Jessica and me to live overseas among a group of people who are largely unreached with the Gospel. Will you give sacrificially this year so that even more will have the opportunity to hear the hope you have in Jesus? *Name changed for security purposes


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Upcoming Events FBC Drama and Worship Ministries Presents SEASON OF JOY

DECEMBER 2 & 3; 6:30pm/WC We are thrilled to be presenting our 9th Annual Singing Christmas Tree. This event has become a must to begin the season of celebrating the birth of our Savior. This year will be no different. Come and join us on either Sunday night, December 2nd or Monday night, December 3rd for our presentation of SEASON OF JOY.

Sonrise Seniors

Tuesday, December 4; 9:00am/Parlor

PEP Moms

Friday, December 7; 9:15am/Parlor Join us for this time of food, fellowship and devotion. Special guest: Vicky Byram. We will also be having our annual cookie swap.


Spirited Single’s Christmas Dinner

Thursday, December 13; 6:00pm/Parlor Special Guests: Dan & Tresa Spencer. Please sign up at Welcome Center or call church office.


Youth Christmas Party

Monday, December 17; 6:30pm/Hidden Mtn Youth 1 & 2 - bring a vegetable Youth 3 - bring a dessert

UP 6th Grade Weekend

Passion 2013

Sign up in Sunday School or call the church office

January 1-4 There will be around 70,000 college students in the Georgia Dome worshiping with folks like Chris Tomlin, LeCrae, Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, Beth Moore and John Piper. Cost is $275, will increase after December 1, get your money to Amanda in the church office soon!

April 30th and May 1st

4th Grade Live Nativity

Sunday, December 9; 9:30am-10:30am on the track in the FLC

Triple L Luncheon

Tuesday, December 11; Noon/FLC Bring a covered dish. Special guest: Royce Bailey and Julie Littleton

Special Announcements Church Office Holiday Hours Christmas Closed December 24 & 25 New Years Closed January 1


We will not meet in December, next meeting will be January 13th.

Online Giving

Contributions may be made online by visiting the church website at Giving is simple, easy and secure.Â

Christmas Store Host/Hostess Training

If you would like to serve as a host or hostess during our Christmas Store and you are 16 or older, please attend our training on December 5th; 6:30pm/Parlor. We have a particular need for folks who can speak Spanish. If you have any questions please call Kristie in the church office at 429-6303.

Christmas Store Project 2012

We are now collecting new and unwrapped toys for our Store. We have a special need for toddler and youth items. Collection bins are placed throughout the church. Monetary donations are also appreciated. We also have a specific need for people who speak Spanish to serve as host/hostess during our store. We need hundreds of volunteers to help set up on Friday, December 7th and for the store on Saturday, December 8. No signups are needed to be a volunteer, just come and help when you can!

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New Members Johnnie C. Carver Jennifer Cordi Stephanie Popielarczyk Andrew Oetzel Mark Kuykendall Braxton & Gail Steele Tom Rager Mike & Jeanne Palmer Mike & Peggy Palmer Sherry Sawyer Caleb Tarwater Doug Williams Shaun, Jennifer, Macie & McKinley Adkins Paula Bruney

Recently Hospitalized Freda Patty Louise Parrott Nancy Mount Marjorie Leatherwood Virginia Brown Clyde Trentham Kaye Thomas Bill Haynes Mary Ellen Jagers Tina Tarwater Eric McCoy Faye McGinnis James “Jim” Hatcher

PRESCHOOL Lois Ownby Will & Janet Johnson PARK ROAD PROJECT Ita Blalock Wiley Newman Bob Justus Jo Blalock Ita Blalock Charles & Gail Fancher UPWARD Bobbie Lee Gary Roach’s SS Class CHRISTMAS STORE IN MEMORY Bob Justus Our Parents BUDGET Honey Curtis & Shirley King Lon Sutton Gregg & Tracy Price Beulah Sutton BUILDING John Hatcher Charlotte Thompson Marina & Jerry Whaley Chuck Sexton SS Class Charles Hodges Ita Blalock Robert & Connie Rex & Louise Delozier Mr. & Mrs. Robert Delozier Alewine Ben McFalls George Headrick Rowena McFalls Barbara Headrick & Family Ita Blalock Robert Stevens Bob Justus Lois Stevens Dale & Ruth Murrell HURRICANE SANDY LIBRARY Ed Glaspie Merrill Martin Belva Glaspie Loyd Dugger Audrey Sprout LOTTIE MOON Wyley Carroll Michael Williams Jay Pierce, Sr Carl & Lois Ownby Velda Seagle Joe & Libby Williams JB Hodge CHILDRENS MINISTRY Bobbie Lee Ita Blalock Deborah Young Bob Justus First Baptist Church Sue Manning HELPING HANDS Linda Henderson Rolen Gary Lawson Jim & Kay Tarwater Ita Blalock Joe & Libby Williams


IN HONOR BUILDING In Honor of Scott Carter and his helpers in Judgement House Rex & Louise Delozier BUDGET My big brother Joe’s Birthday Terry & Gail Gossett WORLD HUNGER Kristie Russell Larry & Charlene Castle

Sympathy to • Art Gunningham in the passing of his wife, Amanda • Micki Ownby in the passing of her mother, Julia Lowe • Liz Gibson in the passing of her step mother, Flo Schimmel • Melody Shampine in the passing of her father • Rita Laymon in the passing of her father • Laurie Palmer in the passing of her mother, Audrey Sprout • Kathy Fields in the passing of her brother • Jay Pierce in the passing of his father, Jay Pierce Sr • Family & friends in the passing of Velda Seagle • Randy Hodge in the passing of his father, JB

Thank You Notes

• The following families wish to express their deep appreciation to the church for kindness shown during their recent loss: Family of Julia Lowe Family of Mike Shultz • The following families wish to express their appreciation for support from the church: Joe Richard

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Attendance Report





503 1169 1185 500

647 1325 1415 554

583 1287 1145 335

571 1264 1191 390





8:15am Worship 9:30am SS 10:45am Worship 6:30pm Worship

Biblical Stewardship



Total Weekly Needs Tithes & Offerings Building Fund Designated Fund

92,822.23 70,218.97 1,306.00 5,727.31

11/4/2012 $

86,177.00 96,887.53 521.00 4,994.50

86,177.00 71,490.24 1,486.00 6,780.49

86,177.00 81,947.68 771.00 5,146.40

FBC on Mission

Scott Andrews Associate Pastor of Worship/Missions In our last article, we left out our team that went to the Ukraine to minister to orphans with Hope House International. Our team went the end of May and first of June. We also listed trips being planned for 2013. Below you will find a few more details. In the coming weeks, we’ll be making lists of those who would like to go on which trips…this will help us in planning and making detailed travel arrangements. Right now we just need to know your interest. Even though there is a lot going on with the Holiday Season, take time to think about how the Lord might use you on mission in 2013. Haiti: February 24 – March 9 This team will go one of these two weeks to assist in the rebuild that continues in Haiti. This is a mission trip that requires special skills. Guatemala: March The dates are not firm as of yet but we will be

Send questions or comments to done over the course of a two-week period. You

Italy: Fall 2013

don’t have to commit to both weeks.

We are planning on joining with the Tennessee Baptist Convention partnership in

Nairobi, Kenya (Orbit): May 31 – June 12

reaching this country for Christ. We have been

We will be conducting a Music Camp with the kids

asked to send a team of 6–10 in September or

of Orbit Village and then presenting the musical in

October of 2013. We will be doing door-to-door

the largest Baptist Church in Nairobi. Our Church

evangelism, English Camp, and neighborhood

has had a relationship with the Orbit Village and

outreach events.

many of our members sponsored their boys and girls. This effort will be one of the largest we have

Brazil: Late Summer/Fall 2013

ever undertaken and we are excited about what

Details are still being determined but many of

God will be doing through this mission trip.

you have expressed interest in returning to Rio and we have been asked to take on several

Crossover Houston: June 7 – 8

projects, which include medical clinics,

This mission trip is part of the evangelistic effort

evangelistic efforts and VBS.

the Southern Baptist Convention conducts prior to the Convention in the host city. Possibilities

Montana: 2013

include door-to-door witnessing, block parties and

We have plans to assist our partnership church,

church community events.

Gallatin Valley Baptist Fellowship in Manhattan, but details are yet to be worked out.

Delaware: July 7 – 12

This has become an annual outreach event for our assisting former member and now missionary John partnership church, High Tide in Bethany Beach, Tarwater. Delaware. We conduct Music Camp with the boys Cincinnati, Ohio: April 14 – 27 This is a partnership through the Tennessee Baptist Convention that we are beginning this year. This

Matt Galyon Youth Intern

Please call our missions office, 429-6303, to let us know of your interest. Teams will form fast…the sooner we know your interest the better. Again,

and girls and present the musical to the parents.

thank you First Baptist Sevierville for your heart

You do not need to know music to participate in

for missions. Pray about allowing God to use

this mission effort…just love boys and girls.

you. Being part of a short-term mission project will be one of the greatest blessings of your life.

project will require a construction team and will be

Enough is Enough

With so many people lining up to make purchases this month, what would happen if...instead of buying the newest computer or tablet we gave our money away freely to provide clean drinking water in India or help liberate girls caught in sex trafficking in Nepal? With the money we spend buying things that will be out of date in three months, we could provide a local family with more than enough food and clothing to last for months.

This time of year we seem to really like stuff. We’re constantly looking through newspaper advertisements or looking on or eBay for a better deal on the newest thing. This is, as they say, the season of giving. But what if we completely shifted that paradigm of giving? What if, instead of giving with an expectation of receiving, we gave knowing we wouldn’t get anything (in this life, at least) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on in return? earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up All around us people are hurting and in need. for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where To see the truth in that statement, simply turn neither moth nor rust destroys and where on the local news or spend 30 minutes in thieves do not break in and steal. For where Starbucks. You’ll see and hear stories of your treasure is, there your heart will be people who are in need this Christmas season. also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Dear Christian, this holiday season I humbly ask you to examine your heart and to see where your treasure is. Is it in acquiring the things of this world or is it in providing for the least of these so that you may lay up treasure for yourself in Heaven?

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Rev. Dan Spencer Senior Pastor

Roland Maddox Scott Andrews

Royce Bailey

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Jerry Hyder


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