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Volume 89, No. 6

IN THIS ISSUE Growing for God’s glory Bro Dan shares about the excitement at FBC.

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Prayer is essential

Craig Mintz encourages each of us to be partners in prayer.

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Am I Normal?

A church member poses the question.

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First Baptist Church of Sevierville’s Monthly Newsletter

Once Upon a Time

Dear Church Family, First Baptist Church continues to grow for the Glory of God. Over the past few weeks, we have increased our campus to include “The Good News Building” (formerly Good Will). This project is nearing completion. It will house several Sunday School classes, as well as the Helping Hands and Benevolence Ministries. Our ministry staff is also growing with the addition of Steve Brewer, who will officially join us on June 22. I will not go into the details of Steve’s illustrious career as a coach at Sevier County High School since they are well known and have been all over the front page of the newspaper lately. I will share Steve’s history and future with First Baptist. Steve joined FBCS in 1993. For many years, he has been a Sunday School teacher for the Adult 3 Division. Steve’s class grew large enough that it birthed another class led by Doug Williams. Over the years, Steve has also served as Church Clerk, Deacon for five terms and is currently the Chairman of Deacons. Being the great coach that he is, we are excited to see how God will use Steve in the future as our Associate Pastor of Discipleship. His past experience will definitely be of great value. Defensively, he will guard FBCS and provide a defensive line to ensure we have an effective Sunday School ministry. His pep talks will be an asset to the teachers and leadership in the young and median adult areas of Sunday School. Each semester, Steve will go on offense planning Life Change University classes. In the near future, Steve’s new team will be planning his ordination services. Details will be posted as they become available. We hope you will join us for that very special night in Steve’s life. On behalf of the entire FBCS membership and staff, we welcome you, Steve. Your reputation precedes you. We are honored that the Lord has led you to accept this position. I love being your pastor!

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Some people say that the Bible is just a collection of fairy tales. A boy slaying a giant. A man swallowed by a big fish. Noah’s boat-building experience. Even some religious people think that these events are just nice stories with a good moral. Jesus Himself, however, spoke of Jonah and the giant fish, and Noah and the flood, as actual events: “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37-39). His return will happen when we’re not expecting it. Jesus compared Jonah’s three days inside the big fish to the three days He would experience in the grave before His resurrection (Matt. 12:40). And Peter talked about Noah and the flood when he equated it to a future day when Jesus comes back (2 Peter 2:4-9). God gave us His Word; it’s a book that is filled with truth—not fairy tales. And one day, we will live happily ever after with Him when Jesus comes again and receives His children to Himself.

ans m o R -6 15:5

Upcoming Events VBS - AgencyD3 Annual Indoor Picnic Triple L Luncheon

Tuesday, June 10; Noon/FLC All food is provided, join us for hamburgers, hot dogs & all the fixings. Special guest; Ronnie Spann.

Camp Read-A-Lot

June 11 & 18 July 9, 16 & 30; 5:00pm/Library

The Plunge

June 11 & 18 July 9, 16 & 30; 6:00pm Age 4 go to preschool area Kindergarten - 6th grade go to the Crossing

Summer Bible Study – Ten Secrets For A Successful Family Brother Steve Brewer invites everyone to this powerful four-session Bible study based on Dr. Adrian Rogers’ book “Ten Secrets For A Successful Family.” The class will be held the same Wednesday nights as Camp Read-a-Lot and the Plunge on June 11 & 18 and July 9 & 16 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in E220.

June 23-27; 9:00am-12:30pm Age 4 thru completed 6th grade. Special needs class available with pre-registration through FBC church office.



Youth Panama City Retreat

July 6-11 Completed grades 7-12. Cost is $250 if paid by June 15, after that cost will be $300. Sign up in Sunday School, at Youth Night or online at

UP 6th Grade Weekend April 30th and May 1st

Sign up in Sunday School or call the church office

Music Camp - The Agape League July 21-25; 9:00am-12:00pm Grades 1-6 completed. Presentation July 27; 6:30pm

The Main Event - Men’s Conference

August 1-2/Bridgeston Arena Nashville Cost: $100/person covers event fee and 1 night hotel based on double occupancy. Registration Deadline June 1st.

Camp Smoky Summer Camp

Completed grades 1-6; June 15-19 Completed grades 7-12; July 13-18 Pick up registration forms at Welcome Center or see Tammy in the church office.

Special Announcements Ministry Opportunity

Mission Friends is looking for volunteers for the 2 year old and 5 year old classes. If interested call Tammy in the church office

Church Office Holiday Hours July 4th - Closed

Missions Leaders

Anyone interested in helping in Missions(Mission Friends, GA’s, RA’s, Acteens) come fall are invited to our luncheon in the Parlor on Sunday, July 6th at 12:30pm or immediately following the service. Please RSVP to Tammy in the church office

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New Members Stan & Kayla Pearson Helen Faye Huskey Sylvia McKinney Elline Conley Kathy McGuire Charles “Lynn” Cagle

Recently Hospitalized Barbara Allen Johnny Thompson Bob Quackenbush David Jenkins Polly Teague Carlene Maples Wayne Miller Kate Dunaway Jerry Gibson Morgan Wilson Bill Underwood John Cottongim Lucille Watson Willie Langley Fred McClure Stuart Banks Tiffany Hodge Jess Davis Robin Blizzard Verna Finwick

Rosa Lee McMahan Brian McMahan June Boling Andy & Laura Boling Ruth Murrell Dale Murrell Willie Francis Koontz & Hailey Turner Mickey & Cindy Koontz Jo Anne Gibson & Marcella Mills Jerry & Yvonne Gibson Gertrude Shepherd Steven & Leisa Carr My mother, Vivian T Ogle IN MEMORY Hazel Taylor Mrs. Jana P Edwards BUDGET Our grandparents Anonymous Honey Ms. Teresa Earnhart Gregg & Tracy Price Gary Roach Lon Sutton Marcella Thornton Beulah Sutton Roger & Perry Sailor Ed Stalsworth My mommy, Morgan Wilson Rosa Hubbard & the Cannon kids Anonymous Our mothers Dori Helms & Minnie Stinson Conley & Carolyn Murrell Ester Hooge Larry & Melinda Stinson Belinda Conner Dennis & Sandra Hodge Mary Lou Pullen Wallace Conner My mother, Mintha Cook Jim & Teresa Pullen Katherine Welch Katie Blalock George Teague Douglas Deanna Allen Barker Jack & Polly Teague Randy & Tammy Watson Susie Dyer Charlotte Patton Carrie Livermore Jerry & Margaret Patton Lettie Compton Charles & Alma Clifton Dorothy Mills Ruth Robeson Mrs. Edgar Etherton Jeff & Linda Mills Stella Keena, Katie Margaret Etherton Burnette & Nora Burnette Doris Catlett Fenton & Dianne Kenna Kevin & Linda Catlett Delpha Bruner Wilma Young Carroll Marc & Kim Robertson Bill & Clara Carroll Lela Branson Anne Stofle Danny & Cheryl Brackins John Chastain


Sympathy to • Harold Humphries in the passing of his mother • Linda Hubbard in the passing of her mother, Doris White • Sherry Blalock in the passing of her mother • Scott Finchum in the passing of his grandmother, Mary Finchum • Pat Jenkins & family in the passing of her husband, Ronnie Jenkins • Bill Underwood in the passing of his father, Mark Underwood

Gertrude Hale, Inez Connatser & Addie Broughton Kanetha Broughton Emma Jean McCarter & Ruth McFarland Bob & Diane McFarland Lillie Watson & Mae McMahan Beulah McMahan My mom, Josephine Osborne & Marjorie Mount Josephine Osborne My mother, Mable Connatser Lowe Ruby Maples Otlihie Kottl, Annie Baldwin Ben & Linde Baldwin TV MINISTRY Hailey Turner Ruth Murrell Linda Henderson Rolen Hailey Turner Mark & Cindy Blalock Mr. & Mrs. Jack Denton Hailey Turner Jim Atchley Harold Helton Bob & Becky Barnes & family Lon Sutton Beulah Sutton Sandy Webb Robert & Sandy Fox BUILDING FUND Harold Helton Ruth Murrell Hailey Turner Phil & Joan McMahan Jim Atchley Harold Helton Katherine Welch Linda Henderson Rolen Bryan Blalock Doug & Lori Blalock Mary Finchum Ronnie Jenkins Rex & Louise Delozier Billy & Lucy Maples Ruth Murrell Mr. & Mrs. Jack Denton HELPING HANDS Gary Lawson Kay & Jim Tarwater

• Linda Coldwater in the passing of her daughter, Kena Darby

Carolyn Sullivan Bob & Diane McFarland Shaconage Homeowners Assoc. Buddy & Carolyn Glenn Bruce & Gloria Parker Billy & Lucy Maples Vicky Kennedy Harold Helton Ruth Murrell David & Dorothy Johnson Don & Nancy Hopson Rudolph McKinley Henry Parton Richard Allen Richard & Carol Atchley Sharon Duncan Curtis & Shirley King MUSIC MINISTRY Ruth Murrell Katherine Welch Marie Temple’s SS Class Trula Brackins Dr. Wayne Hicks Donald & Leah Brackins PARK ROAD PROJECT Harold Helton Hailey Turner Ruth Murrell Amos Marshall Ron Jenkins Mildred O’Dell Jo Blalock LIBRARY Ruth Murrell Harold Helton Eddie & Janette Ballard My mother, Georgie Newman Pat Loepp PRAYER ROOM Teresa Roach Earnhart Bill & Barbara McClure Hailey Turner Mary & Gary Gast Lorene Brigance Carolyn Sullivan Clell & Betty King CHILDREN’S MUSIC Paul & Ruth Galyon Robert & Sandy Fox ANNIE ARMSTRONG Jim Atchley Mary Pullen Katherine Welch Hailey Turner Ralph Davis

Exa McMahan Harold Helton Ruth Murrell John Lee Teresa Roach Earnhart Harold Humphries, Sr Andrew Glenn Flora Grace McCandless Jack Glaspie Joan Bomar Faye Cheshire Jane Temple’s Birthday Lyle & Judy Pat Overbay Hailey Turner Pat Holt-Myers Ruth Murrell Jim & Kay Harnice Hubert & Aileen Caylor & Aunt Elsie Huskey Jimmy & Lynn Caylor PARKING LOT Lon Sutton Beulah Sutton CHRISTMAS STORE Ruth Murrell Joan Thurman Hailey Turner Ava & Floyd Garrett MISSIONS Harold Helton Pat Holt-Myers CARE Jim Atchley John Cottongim Mary & Gary Gast Elben White Jean White John Cottongim Larry & Kathy Ogle River Valley Friends VBS Carolyn Sullivan Mary & Gary Gast YOUTH DEPT Harold Helton Bill & Wanda Randles TN BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME Our grandmothers Gary & Tammy Spangler Beuena Ownby Kathy Swafford Phil & Karen Ownby Grace Whaley Joan Thurman Ellen Pace

Grace Justus Jay & Brooke Fradd Mary Atchley Laurinda Ogle Ben & Connie Ogle Winifred Henderson Blanche Sorrell Larry & Janice Sorrell Exa McMahan Estelle Rule Miriam & Harry McMahan My mom, Helen White Jan Mohr Alice Murphy Johnny & Mary Thompson Edna Glenn Marjorie Mount Buddy & Carolyn Glenn Ruby Whaley Jerry & Sharon Loveday Honey Gregg & Tracy Price

IN HONOR BUDGET Our granddaughter, Shayland Our grandson, Shawn Terry & Gail Gossett TV MINISTRY Gary Gast Mary Gast MUSIC Scott Andrews Rex & Louise Delozier TN BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME My mother, Lassie Maries Irwin Joyce Robertson Ruby Maples Judy Harrell Helen Ownby Phil & Karen Ownby Jean Ownby Will & Janet Johnson Stephanie, Max & Sam Knowles Steven & Susan Moore Annie R Thompson Johnny & Mary Thompson Jill Allen Buddy & Carolyn Glenn Lillian Loveday Jerry & Sharon Loveday LIBRARY Harold “Coach” Ownby Lary & Theresa McCroskey

• Elaine Pease in the passing of her husband, Al

Attendance Report

• Andy Boling & family in the passing of his mother, June Boling

• Whitney Schoenfield & family in the passing of her mother

• Albert Valentine & family in the passing of his uncle, Edward Valentine • Laura Mitchell in the passing of her father, Lynn Mitchell

Thank You Notes • The following families wish to express their deep appreciation to the church for kindness shown during their recent loss: Jeanne Sims Family of John Lee Family of James Atchley

Biblical Stewardship

• The following families wish to express their appreciation for support from the church: Faye Byers

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

Total Weekly Needs Tithes & Offerings Building Fund Designated Fund





617 1290 1143 538

681 1310 1236 550

638 1400 1236 370

701 1340 1257 422

3/23/2014 $

93,073.00 62,995.47 816.00 4,977.00

3/30/2014 $

93,073.00 72,133.46 1,051.00 13,401.25

4/6/2014 $

93,073.00 110,034.55 1,151.00 11,744.50

4/13/2014 $

93,073.00 91,895.11 806.00 6,959.56

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Prayer is essential to our 5-5-5 strategy Craig Mintz Associate Pastor of Equipping

Many of our church members will take part in mission projects this summer around our country and around the world. Each participant in a churchsponsored project is required to recruit at least five prayer partners who will commit to pray for them regularly before the trip and every day during the trip.

remains in the vine and bears much fruit. We can do nothing of eternal value if we do not abide in our relationship with Christ.

building. We eat together at 5:30 and our visitation teams go out at about 6. Let’s reach the lost together!

From now through September, our church will be sending teams to our initial 5-5-5 partners in Cleveland, Ohio and northern Thailand. Our youth will be serving again in Clarksdale, Mississippi. A team of 25 will be serving with Orbit Village Project in Kenya. A college team will be working with IMB personnel in Mexico. A team will also be doing a medical mission trip in Brazil with one of the pastors we have served with before. Dates for these trips and names of team members will be listed in the bulletin as each team prepares to go.

Would you consider joining those committed prayer partners? The eternal destiny of souls hangs on it. Along with Paul, I ask that you “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…that I may make it clear; which is how I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:3-4). While summer is a busy time for our church in going to our country and the We cannot expect God to do great things continents, don’t forget to pray for our on these projects unless we fervently pray lost neighbors here in our community. for Him to act. Our neighbors are also a mission field among us. Let’s be diligent to pray and Pray specifically for open doors for the then diligent to share. Gospel, for boldness in sharing, for lives to be changed, for safety in travel, for unity If you would like to go out on one of our for each team, and for God to be Tuesday night visitation teams, join us at glorified. Pray that each individual would 5:30pm for CARE on the 1st floor of the B be like the branch in John 15:5 that

Am I Normal Molly Spurlock

When you read this, I will be over 10,000 miles away on a mission trip in Grange, South Australia. I will be serving there for ten weeks doing children’s and youth ministry, worship, pastoral care, and community outreach. I’ll also be taking this next year of school off because I’m missing a required summer class while away.

Please know that I’m not saying that you must necessarily drop everything in order to follow God’s calling, and I’m not trying to glorify what I am doing. I simply feel that too many Christians have grown passive in their Christianity. We should be telling everyone we know about Jesus. Instead, many of us have grown comfortable in our happy Christian lives in our little Christian bubbles.

I am challenging you to be abnormal As I prepared to leave, I had moments of with me. Jesus told us to “not conform to minor panic in which I thought, “What am the pattern of this world” – the pattern I doing? Who does this? Who takes a year that says that what you want is most important, the pattern that says that it’s off of school and goes to a foreign country all by themselves for ten weeks?” crazy to be sold-out for Jesus. Basically, “Am I normal?” After much Jesus calls us to be different; He calls us prayer and soul searching, I think the to be abnormal; He calls us to be radical. answer is, unfortunately, no. I am not Being radical does not come from normal. It is not normal to drop passively going about your life. It comes everything and follow God’s calling. from being different and stepping out

on faith because you believe in God with all your heart and desire to follow His commands, whatever the cost. Matthew 5:18 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Let us go out today and be salty. Let us be abnormal.

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