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Volume 42, No. 6

IN THIS ISSUE Goodbye Note from Bro. Randy

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Letter from the Interim Search Committee Chairman

Music Camp 2010

Informative letter describing the expected qualifications of the Interim Pastor.

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July 19th - July 23rd; 9:00am - 12:00pm Grades 1-6 (completed) Presentation, July 25th; 6:30pm

Mission Trip Testimony

Youth Panama City Trip- “Unhindered”

One of our church members talks of her recent mission trip to Nicaragua and how it blessed her.

July 11th - July 16th Completed grades 7-12

First Baptist Church of Sevierville’s Monthly Newsletter

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Send questions or comments to

Dear Fellow Church Members... Dwight Stokes Interim Search Committee Chairman

The Deacon Pastor Support Committee has been asked by Deacon Chairman Larry Ogle to serve as the Interim Pastor Search Committee. Members of this committee are Clark Byram, Jack Denton, Jeff Mills, Jayson Nave, Butch Smith, and me as

You can help your church by... Jerry Hyder Assoc. Pastor of Adults Randy C. Davis

THANK YOU! “All that You commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” Joshua 1:16 A column in this mailout is totally inadequate to express how much my whole family has appreciated the way you have treated us as we have concluded our ministry with you. You have been gracious, kind, compassionate and affirming as you have commissioned us for the new work to which God has called us. Thank you for EVERYTHING! I would like to reiterate one more time so that there is never any confusion or doubt: the only reason we would leave First Baptist Church of Sevierville to take on the call as the Executive Director for the Tennessee Baptist Convention is a clear and unmistakable call from the Lord. Please know how much we love you. The greatest difficulty of the transition to the new work is telling Sevierville goodbye. Someone has well said, “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” I have often said deep love will mean deep grief when it is time to say goodbye. Choose to love deeply.

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Any pain is well worth it! The great theologian, Theador Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss, just kidding about the theologian part) once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” This is certainly a great time to go to our Lord to thank Him for what He has done, in spite of your Pastor’s shortcomings, mistakes, and inadequacies. The Lord Himself has done wonderful things. We are thankful that we could walk with you and watch the Lord do what only the Lord could do. As Jeanne and I begin to learn how to serve over 3,000 churches in the Tennessee Baptist Convention, we would really appreciate your prayers. First Family, we love you. It is with high honor that I say... It has been a joy to be your Pastor!

| First Baptist Church of Sevierville

First pray for your church: staff,

leadership, Pastor search committee following God’s guidance. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Be faithful in Bible study, worship

chairman. We are humbled to be in this position and request your prayers as we work to fulfill this important role for our church. The process of selecting an interim is in fact a crucial process for our church. The committee will work through this process as led by God in His timing. There are several important aspects of this process: (1) Ideally, the interim pastor serves from the time he is chosen until a full-time pastor is called and only for that period of time. The interim is generally not considered a candidate for the full-time

attendance, and ministry opportunities. ”Let us hold unswirvingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~Hebrews 10:23-25

pastor’s position. This is a very sound and proven

Continue to serve Christ and share the

Jessica Davis

Good News and invite people to church. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” ~Colossians 4:2-6

policy that allows the Pastor Search Committee to work in God’s timing without pressure from church members, or even family members, who could begin to lobby or exert pressure to call the interim as the full-time pastor. (2) The interim needs to be able to work with our

A Snapshot of the Nicaraguan Mission Trip

current, wonderful ministerial staff. The interim

our Savior Jesus Christ and His teachings.

should be a team player who provides a high level of support for our staff. He is to step in and

(4) The committee will work diligently and be

facilitate our current ministers as they continue to happy to receive suggestions from church memfulfill their responsibilities and callings from God bers. All suggestions will be prayerfully considered in their current positions. These positions include: as we seek God’s will. music and worship leadership, youth ministries, single adult ministries, outreach, children’s

Please note this process has worked well for our

ministries, educational ministries, senior adult

church for many decades. It is not designed to

ministries, multi-media ministries, and numerous please any one person but is designed to seek God’s leadership and guidance and to diligently, others. All of these positions are full time and more. Each pastor also serves on an ongoing,

prayerfully seek God’s will for our church family.

rotating basis to minister to the ill and bereaved, participates in our hospital ministry, and assists

A Pastor Search Committee for a full-time senior

in other ministries as needed. For a church our

pastor will be formed in the near future. Please be

size, we have a relatively small staff to handle our in prayer for that committee and pray in advance for God’s leadership, not only for the committee day-to-day demands. Thankfully, our ministers thrive in their roles. We want this to continue. For but also for the man God has in mind. That comthis reason, our church generally does not select mittee will engage in many meetings to secure one of our current ministers to serve as interim.

input from our church members, pastors, and other

However, there will be times when our current

leaders across our state and even our nation. It will

ministers or others may step in and preach prior

be a thorough and very prayer-inspired journey

to and even after an interim is secured.

that will require all of us to pray continually for God’s strength and leadership.

(3) The interim is to fully believe and support our basic and foundational doctrines of faith. He is to Our Interim Committee respectfully asks for your adhere to the highest ideals of integrity, honesty patience, thought, guidance, and most importantly and love for our church and most importantly for your prayers. Thank you very much! be erected to house the local people who desired

an example of reveling in rightly-constructed joy from

to exalt God’s Word in worship and fellowship. Since

being used by God for the sake of the Gospel. Because of

no roads existed here, board by board was the only

this Biblical perspective, the Dickeys truly did not view their

option for transport. Like clockwork, I folded the

calling as sacrificial in any sense. Loren actively demon-

Surely this is it, I thought to myself, as I rounded yet an-

leaves over and over again for some semblance of

strated John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

other arduous bend on the narrowly marked path winding

comfort on my shoulder as one of the natives helped

sharply up a steep mountainside. Well over a mile into

me position the plank, and thus began my return

Several of our team members couldn’t help but make the

the treacherous climb, I finally arrived. A few of the Nicas

trek with a single board, negotiating twists, turns

comparison of carrying the lumber (sometimes on our

were resting around a pile of freshly cut planks. Pablito, the

and ubiquitous piles of cow patties. As I descended,

backs) to Christ walking the Via Dolorosa towards Calvary

future pastor of the church, offered me a piece of cacao,

the native arboreal flora temporarily gave way to

with His cross. Not only did His journey involve torture,

cut from one of the men’s machetes. Despite the language

an open field, offering a breathtaking view of the

but a mocking audience, tormenting soldiers, a dreaded

barrier, I thankfully comprehended that I should just taste

mountainous countryside high up from my own el-

sense of imminence that an agonizing death would ensue,

it, not consume it. Feeling the loss of daylight and realizing

evated viewpoint. Then it hit me, I’m in the middle of all while being forced to carry His own cross. However,

the futility of postponing the inevitable, I grabbed a two by

a jungle in Central America, hauling a board behind a this suffering paled in comparison to the fierce injustice

four around eight feet in length.

5ft 20-year-old pastor who speaks another language, wrought upon this divinely infinite being of perfection and what an honor to be used by God! However, even

righteousness as He received the punishment in full for all

My bruised shoulders had already discovered the gracious

rightly understanding my proper role in God’s plan

the sins committed by those He saves. The implications

blessing of grabbing a handful of dead banana tree leaves

for the church could still drive me to selfishly reflect

for us are as clear as the Nicaraguan sky, an overwhelm-

at the base of the mountain. This was our third location

on merely what I received from the trip. But there

ing sense of humility and gratitude for the unfathomable

stood IMB missionaries Karen & Loren Dickey, setting hauling wood to the hilltop site where the church would

depths of His costly sovreign grace.

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Upcoming Events Camp Read-A-Lot

July 7th, 14th, 28th; August 4th 5:15pm-6:00pm/Church Library Ages 4 through 12.

Summer Bible Study - Take the Plunge

July 7th, 14th, 28th; August 4th; 6:00pm Kindergarten thru 6th grade (completed) 4 year/Preschool area K-6th/Chapel *There is also a Bible study for parents on these dates.

Building Homes On a Firm Foundation

Wednesdays; 6:15pm-7:15pm/E-220 Class schedule will follow the Plunge schedule

Senior Adult One Day Trip

July 9th; leave the church at 10:00am Cumberland County Playhouse “Hello Dolly” Lunch at Cumberland State Park $50.00 per person due at sign up, sign up at the Welcome Center or with Lisa in the church office.

Triple L Luncheon

July 13th: Noon/FLC Bring covered dish please Special Guest: Alex Houston & Elmer

Youth Panama City

July 11th-16th Completed grades 7-12 If you have any questions or would like to sign up please call Amanda at 286-6978.

2010 Music Camp Under God’s Sea in 3D

July 19th - 23rd; 9:00am-12:00pm Grades 1-6 completed Presentation will be July 25th at 6:30pm in the Worship Center.

Marvelous Mondays

Every Monday Night in August; 6:30pm 2nd - Bobby Welc 9th - Eric Stitts 16th - The Perrys 23rd - TBD 30th - FBC Sevierville & Lenoir City Joint Concert

We have the privilege of hosting 99 students this year! One of the ways we minister to them while they are here is by washing their clothes. This ministry began on June 14th and will continue every Monday and Thursday each week through the 1st week of August. Lots of volunteers are needed to help us in this area! If you are interested, sign up at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions, please call Kristie at 429-6303.


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

Sign up in Sunday School or call the church office

Hearts on Fire Ministries Presents the First Annual Singles Conference “The Bigger, Better Deal”

September 3rd - 5th, 2010 Gatlinburg Convention Center - Mills Auditorium Speakers: Dave Edwards & Angela Thomas Music by 33 Miles Information available at Welcome Center Register at or by calling Judy Steele at 776-2629.

Upcoming Mission Opportunity

Satuday, July 10th; Meet in church parking lot at 7:45am Roof work and deck repair. Please sign up at Welcome Center or call Houston at 654-4673.

Special Announcements Campus Outreach


Baby Shower for Ashley Wilson

Sunday, July 11th; Drop in between 2-4pm in the Parlor. Registered at Babies R’ Us, Wal-Mart, Target. Boy? Girl? Ashley and Jarrod have chosen to be surprised.

You’re invited to a reception Joyce and Ralph Robertson

Help them celebrate their Golden Anniversary on Sunday, July 18, 2010; 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Parlor at FBC. No gifts please, they only desire your presence to help them celebrate.

Opportunity to Serve

Preschool teachers needed, please contact Tammy at 429-6304.

Upcoming Ladies Events

Girls, Giggles, & Games - September 9th; 7:00pm Dessert Buffet, $15 per person, Registration begins August 15th. Beth Moore Simulcast - September 18th More info in August Newsletter

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New Members Amanda Johanson Jessah Hill Kelsey Waters Joe & Laura Christopher Richard, Angie, Gabby, Jacob, & Jonah Goderich Nicholas & Melissa Campbell

Recently Hospitalized Joan McMahan Vivian Warren Lucille Watson Andrea Delozier Nancy Palmer Pam Clark Norma Headrick Mary Wardlow Pete Owen Bethany McCarter Jack Huskey Sue Yoakum Bobbie Jean Cooper Randy Hodge Angie Glasgow



BUILDING FUND Julia Sluss Deborah Greer Grace Whaley Joseph McMahan Melba Delozier Eula Matthews Ruth Grubb Verda Eslinger Julia Sluss Jimmy Graves Anna Mae Cody Cecil Atchley Aileen Fowler Grace Whaley Julia Sluss George & Peggy Seaton Ben Cusick Uncle Dan’s Family, Serene Leatherwood & Louise Patterson Jim & Jean Smith Velma Moore Anna Mae Cody Rex & Louise Delozier Robert Thurman Ownby Mae Ownby Kenner Grace Whaley J.B. & Shirley Matthews Trula Brackins Donald Brackins

Jason Hicks & Dr. Wayne Hicks for Father’s Day Leah Brackins BUDGET Julia Sluss Harold & Sue Ownby Honey Gregg & Tracy Price Lon Sutton Beulah Sutton Ruth Grubb Atchley Cox-McCroskey Ben Cusick Edna Fugate Our Son’s Birthday Conley & Carolyn Murrell Elben White Jean White Christy Hickam Grace Whaley Velma Moore Richard & Carol Atchley Ruth Grubb Grace Whaley Curtis & Shirley King Lon Sutton Beulah Sutton Lucas Garrett McCarter Reaford & Doris Terry Fred Loepp II’s Birthday Pat Loepp HELPING HANDS Julia Sluss Anna Mae Cody Ms. Rowena McFalls MOTHER’S DAY OFFERING Hobert Caylor Ben Cusick Johnnie Ballard Christy Hickam Larry Hill Lyle & Judy Pat Overbay Ima Denton & Ester Marshall

Sympathy to • Jill Thompson in the passing of her grandmother, Velma Moore. • Family and friends in the passing of Anna Mae Cody • Tim Scholz in the passing of his mother, Beartrice Scholz • Ruth Christopher in the passing of her sister-in-law, Irene Wilson

Katie Walker Our Mothers, Pearl Parrott & Nancie Douglass Rush & Lousie Parrott TV MINISTRY Grace Whaley Doris Ann Thurman Clyde Ownby’s Birthday Helen Ownby Sandy Webb Robert & Sandy Fox LIBRARY Grace Whaley Ruth Grubb Julia Sluss Carlos Reeves Beatrice Scholz Anna Mae Cody Lucas Garrett McCarter First Baptist Church Harry Phillips Lynn H. & Mary Davis, Alvin & Wanda Davis, Vaughn & Janice Davis, Lorraine D. Gibbs MUSIC MINISTRY Julia Sluss Eddie & Janette Ballard Bonnie Thomas Joe & Wilma Zonvona David & Betty Holt Larry & Dorothy Lindsey Paul & Ruth Galyon Robert & Sandy Fox Clarence Duncan Karen Privett’s Care Group Lucas Garrett McCarter Matt & Melanie Ownby CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Grace Whaley Frank & Barbara Parton Lucas Garrett McCarter Gail Haggard Rex & Louise Delozier Phil & Karen Ownby NURSERY Lucas Garrett McCarter Helen Ownby PARK ROAD PROJECT Johnnie Ballard Julia Sluss Katie Walker Harry Phillips

• Edd & Bethany McCarter in the passing of their infant son, Lucas Garrett McCarter

Julia Sluss Jimmie & Marie Temple Karen Radmore Bonnie Thomas Grace Whaley Susie Chambers Maples Bryan Blalock Harry Pierce Jo Blalock PRAYER MINISTRY Clyde Ownby Rev. Garth Swafford Phil & Karen Ownby PRESCHOOL DEPT. Ben Cusick Will & Janet Johnson YOUTH MINISTRY Julia Sluss Katie McMahan Katherine Welch Gail Haggard Rex & Louise Delozier Directors & Assoc. SmartBank Sevierville Chapter #138 Oder of Eastern Star John & Billie Tumblin Brent, Rebecca, Brady & Braxton Cusick Stan & Kelly Howard Beuena Ownby Phil & Karen Ownby WMU COOKBOOKS Harry Phillips Eurithea Maples & Chad Maples VBS Lucas Garrett McCarter J.B. & Shirley Matthews

Ruff’s Graduation Curtis & Shirley King KITCHEN Our Mothers, Ruth Gossett & Virginia Morgan Terry & Gail Gossett MOTHER’S DAY OFFERING Hazel Rolen Doris Trentham Karen Hill & June Boling Andy & Laura Boling Faye Turner Mickey & Cindy Koontz Our Mothers Ruby Whaley & Lillian Loveday Jerry & Sharon Loveday Ernestine White Marvin & Carlene Maples Our Children, Heather & Jason Steve & Susan Moore Jill Allen Jospehine K. Osborne Our Mothers Kathy Flynn & Susie Ownby Mark & Carletta Ownby Velma & Mildred Williams, Joyce Morgan, Jean White Jimmie Faye Trotter Marcella Mills Jerry & Yvonne Gibson YOUTH DEPARTMENT Alex McCandless Larry & Lou LaFollette Helen Ownby Kathy Swafford Phil & Karen Ownby IN HONOR Caitlyn McCandless’s BUDGET Birthday Our 54th Wedding Larry & Lou LaFollette Anniversary BULDING FUND Dave & “Dink” Tino Rowena McFalls Jimmie Faye Trotter Eva Grim Joyce Morgan Kay Justus CHILDREN’S CHOIRS Jean White Grandchildren Our Son’s Birthday Robert & Sandy Fox Conley & Carolyn Murrell TV MINSTRY Jimmy Turner Lexie Sutton’s Birthday George & Barbara Headrick Doris Ann Thurman Our Grandson, Joseph

MUSIC MINISTRY Our Grandchildren Robert & Sandy Fox HELPING HANDS Tim Scholz Hattie Mae Cox NURSERY DEPT. Our Moms Carl & Kathy Flynn SUMMER PROGRAMS Nursery Workers Bryan & Kristi Atchley

• Phyllis Weidner in the passing of her mother • Barbara Scott and Fran Harmon in the passing of their father, Jimmy Turner

Attendance Report

• Ronnie Marshall in the passing of his brother

Thank You Notes • The following families wish to express their deep appreciation to the church for kindness shown during their recent loss: Family of Bonnie Thomas Family of Eula Matthews Family of Grace Whaley Family of Ben Cusick • The following families wish to express their appreciation for support from the church: Family of Hobert Caylor Jim & Evelyn Hass Charles & Leona Langley

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

Biblical Stewardship

Total Weekly Needs Tithes & Offerings Building Fund Designated Fund





667 1503 1274 355

612 1216 1157 301

630 1542 1344 495

741 1546 1355 495

5/23/10 $

91,151.35 77,466.71 702.00 3,945.50

5/30/10 $

91,151.35 68,974.73 1,254.00 2,230.50

6/6/10 $

91,151.35 119,204.05 778.00 4,582.30

6/13/10 $

91,151.35 84,637.99 781.00 2,204.00

(USPS 661-090) Published monthly by First Baptist Church of Sevierville. Periodical postage paid at Sevierville, TN | 317 Parkway, TN 37862 RETURN POSTAGE REQUESTED Postmaster send form 3579 to “First Word,” 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862 (865) 453-9001 | FAX (865) 428-3920 |

Randy C. Davis Senior Pastor

Roland Maddox Scott Andrews

Royce Bailey

Assoc. Pastor of Adults

317 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862

Craig Mintz

Assoc. Pastor of Singles and Adult Discipleship

Jerry Hyder


Assoc. Pastor of Youth

Exec. Associate Pastor Assoc. Pastor of Worship

Senior Staff

Scott Carter

Monday- Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Business Administrator

Pastor on Call (865) 453-9257

Assoc. Pastor of Children

Clark Byram

Office Hours

Contact Us

Office Phone

(865) 453-9001 (865) 428-3920 (fax)

Prayer Line

(865) 429-PRAY

First Word | July 2010  

First Baptist Sevierville's monthly newsletter

First Word | July 2010  

First Baptist Sevierville's monthly newsletter