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the ISSUE 06.06.2013 loving God, loving people






C VBS 2013: Colossal Coaster World June 10 – 14 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | entering K – completed Grade 6


his summer’s Vacation Bible School, Colossal Coaster World, will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God as they zip along the roller coaster of life. Through every twist, turn, and dive, kids will learn that God has not given them a spirit of fearfulness, but a spirit of power, love, and sound judgment. “Park guests” will experience a week of Bible study in Coaster Alley, combined with carnival snacks, souvenir crafts, worship rally, and rec with colossal jumps in the Adrenaline Zone. Raise your hands in the air—VBS 2013 is the ultimate ride! VBS is always free! Invite your friends and join the adventure! Register online or pick up a registration form in the Children’s Ministry Office. VBS Offering: First Kids do not hesitate to get a drink of water from a fountain on a hot summer day because they know our water is clean. It’s something that we often take for granted. This year’s offering will support a clean water project in Haiti through The Joseph School. Kids are encouraged to bring pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday, and dollars on Friday. Our VBS offering goal is $500. VBS Dress-Up Days Tuesday: Hat Heads – grab a hat, make a cap, buy a bonnet! Wednesday: Code Blue – head to toe, go colossal crazy in BLUE Thursday: Cartoon Craze – give a shirt shout-out to your favorite character Friday: Made in the Shades – a day to wear your sunglasses inside VBS Offering First Kids don’t hesitate to get a drink of water from a fountain on a hot summer day because they know our water is clean. It’s something that we often take for granted. This year’s offering will support a clean water project in Haiti through The Joseph School. Kids are encouraged to bring pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday, and dollars on Friday. Our VBS offering goal is $500. ( Shannon Meadors,

Tuesdays Men @ Prayer Thursdays TBL Fridays Celebrate Recovery June 2, 16 Clothes Closet Open June 7 Worship | 1st June 8 Mountain Movers Kid’s Fishing June 11 Moms Alive June 11 – 12 Southern Baptist Convention June 13 SAALT Council No Thursday Business Lunch June 16 Widows Luncheon Father’s Day June 18 Missions Alive June 19 Business Meeting Blood Drive

Children June 8 June 10 – 14 June 19 June 20, 27 June 22 – 26 Students

June 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 June 10 – 14 June 16 June 21 – 30

Mountain Movers Kids Fishing VBS & VBS+ First Kids Foundations begin Parents Day Out, Thrilling Thursdays CentriKid

Childcare for CWJC Youth Camp Youth to Nashville Food Project Youth Choir Mission Tour to NYC


Israel Garcia Vi Wilks


Brandon Owen Vi Wilks

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With Gratitude for the Way You Care for Each Other


embers of First Baptist Nashville know how to be church.” I heard these words recently from a member who was reporting on a spouse recovering from major surgery. The meals brought by caring friends, deeds of love and support provided by a Sunday school class, cards and letters that filled the mailbox, and countless phone calls, emails, and Facebook greetings were reminders to them that God is faithful in the midst of a crisis. The show of support was characteristic of our congregation. People appreciate this care when they are in the difficult places in life, and I am thankful for a congregation that understands the importance of this kind of ministry. With Gratitude for John Ross


or over eight years, First Baptist member and deacon John Ross has served our church above and beyond the call of duty as Church Receptionist. In this role, John’s caring phone voice and his smiling face have made significant first impressions for members and guests seeking entrance to our campus on a daily basis. Every day when asked how it was going, John’s one word reply “ecstatic” summed it up, regardless of front desk demands. John recently announced his retirement effective May 31. We are thankful that he and Nancy will continue to call First Baptist Nashville home. They were members of our congregation when John worked for and retired from Lifeway, serving in a number



of roles. Now in retirement, John gets a well-deserved break. We wish him well and thank God for his service in this place. As we continue our search for someone to fill this position, keep us in your prayers. With Gratitude for the Show of Hospitality


ast month I shared briefly that we were once again hosting The Festival of Homiletics. Registration for this year’s Festival was a record high for our location with over 1,750 in attendance. Pastors and church leaders from over five countries gathered in Nashville to find inspiration and encouragement for the ministry of preaching. The planning and faculty enlistment for this event is handled by the event organization, but the hospitality for the event fell to our leadership. We simply could not have hosted this event without the members of First Baptist Nashville. You staffed the registration tables on Monday as Festival participants arrived; filled the choir loft for Monday night’s worship service; stood in the doorways to greet our guests from early morning until late night; smiled and answered questions around the clock in our Visitors Information Booth; and provided and served Communion on Friday for the closing service. Our Kitchen and Custodial Staff worked around the clock to care for the support needs of the Festival and did so in a way that endeared them to those in attendance as well, always with a smile and a helpful demeanor. In doing all this and more, we helped make this year’s Festival a meaningful and memorable event that touched over 1,000 congregations of all denominations by blessing those who preach and teach. Church, I am thankful for you always, but never more so than in the way you “welcomed the strangers” during this event. I think you did what came natural to you, and that’s why it was such a blessing. With lots of gratitude I am glad to be your pastor.

Barbara Sanders, Children’s Choir Coordinator, Announces Retirement by Joe Fitzpatrick, worship and music pastor

t has been a distinct pleasure to experience the dedication and faithful service of Barbara Sanders in our Ministry through Music for the past seventeen years. Barbara has served as a Children’s Choir Leader and/or Children’s Choir Coordinator since 1970, representing a weekly commitment of over 43 years. She has expressed a desire to “pass the baton” to a new generation and join her husband Sam in retirement. Barbara shares that “one of the great joys of my life has been to serve this great church these years as a Preschool

Music Activity Leader, a Music Maker I Director, and on staff as Children’s Choir Coordinator.” Her retirement will become effective at the end of June. Please join us in expressing appreciation to Barbara Sanders for sharing the love of Jesus with our children and for her joyous spirit of service in ministry through music at First Baptist Nashville.



June Collection

or the collection bin in June, we are collecting school supplies for the Family Mission Trip in Elizabethton , TN, July 11 – 14. We will help cleaning, building and minister through Hale Community Ministries. Our needs are: toilet paper, cleaning supplies, items for personal hygiene such as deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste etc. Place these items in the collection bins located at the Main Entrances. ( Rus Roach,


June 19 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Room 150


irst Baptist Nashville will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, June 19, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 150. A great benefit from this blood drive is that any graduating senior in the Nashville area donating blood will be eligible to win scholarships—one for $1,000 and one for $2,000! Eligibility for the scholarships will also further depend upon each blood drive collecting its required quota of units of blood. You are encouraged to help give the gift of life, and possibly financially enrich one of our senior students! You may sign up in the Foyer following worship. Look for Ruth Kuzur. ( Call Ruth at 615.377.3254 to volunteer your help or give blood.

D A worship experience for young adults

J u n e 7 | Pat i o | 7 p . m . Coffee. Community. Candlelit worship.

Blood Drive


Food Truck Tuesdays

f you or a friend work downtown, join us this summer at First Baptist Nashville for Food Truck Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.! A food truck (or two) will join us in the summer months at the top of our drive through for a delicious bite and time to sit a bit on our patio! Help us meet some downtown friends and introduce them to First Baptist Nashville while enjoying a food truck lunch!

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Our June truck lineup is: June 4..............The Cupcake Collection ( June 11...........Just Like Nannie Fixed It ( June 18...........Delta Bound ( June 25...........Wrapper’s Delight ( Visit these food truck websites and place your order ahead of time and be sure to tell a friend! ( Lori Towns,

Celebrate July 4th with First Baptist Nashville Friends!


ake plans now to bring your family, neighbors, and friends to celebrate the 4th of July at Seventh and Broadway. All ages are invited to be part of outreach teams that will interact with people on the streets in the downtown business district and along Riverfront Park, as well as on our patio.

letters or postcards thanking our active military men and women for their service and to “mail” them in a big mailbox on the patio. Refreshments will be served! Teams will work in two shifts from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be available before or after your shift for only $2.50/person.

Street teams will give away balloons, glow sticks, ice cold water, lemonade, and Scripture material about finding true freedom in Jesus Christ. Children’s activities on the patio will include face Register to help following worship beginning Sunday, June 9, or email painting, temporary tattoos, hula hoops, more balloons, and snow Kim Williams at cones. Materials will be provided for children and adults to write


college Class



Kassie Pollard Universtiy of Richmond Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Leigha Ramos Welch College, Nashville, TN Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Cum Laude

Nathan Foust University of Tennessee at Knoxville Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

Anne Grace Robertson University of Tennessee at Knoxville Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Katy McCoy Baylor University Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising

Chaney Swiney University of Tennessee at Knoxville Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Susan McNamara University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies

Hannah Rodriguez School of the Arts Institute of Chicago Bachelor of Fine Arts

Rachel Humphrey Goins Lincoln Memorial University Masters of Education

Adriana Marquina Davidson College Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Hannah Cates Baylor University Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Lauren Lewis Belmont University Bachelor of Business Administration

Rachel Freeny Samford University Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude

Alexia Boggs Marlboro College Bachelor of Arts in Politics


Student Ministry Summer Camp June 10 – 14 | First Baptist Nashville | Cost: $100 per student


adius Camp is a youth camp with a mission focus. They call their week-long experiences “mission camps” because Radius combines elements of a Christian camp—Bible study curriculum, worship band, camp pastor—with the format of a mission trip. We’ll gather for morning and evening worship sessions, and during the day we partner each group with an existing ministry site.

( Marissa Moore,

In everything Radius does, their camps are designed to glorify God by inspiring and equipping students­—through the Gospel and the Holy Spirit—to live on the mission of Jesus Christ in their radius of influence.

Register online at or complete a registration form available in the youth area.


Coming Soon

First Kids Fishing Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm.


oin us for a fun day sponsored by Mountain Movers Men’s Ministry. On Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Old Hickory Lake, our kids, dads, and granddads will gather together for fishing, boating, tubing and lunch!

First Baptist Nashville is rolling out a new and improved website soon. This is a vital part of our ministry to the downtown Nashville area and we hope you will share with others!


Cost is $10 per family. We’ve only got room for 20 families so reserve your spot! RSVP is required to participate. There’s a provided lunch of ham or turkey sandwiches. Make us aware of allergies please! Bring a life vest, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and water shoes. ( Sharon Herrera, 615.308.1588

Widows Luncheon


First Women Craft & Crop

Sunday, June 16 | Room 150 | $5

July 12 – 13 | Fellowship Hall

oin us for a widows luncheon and invite a widowed friend. A light lunch will be served for $5! The luncheon will be very similar to the one in January. It’s not formal, just simply a time to get to know others who have shared experiences. Come experience community with the other women of First Baptist Nashville. Let us know of your participation ASAP.

alling all crafters! Join us July 12 – 13 for our summer Craft & Crop. We’re offering extended hours to give you plenty of time for your projects. Join us Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. A class in digital scrapbooking is planned. There is no cost to attend, but you are on your own for meals. Please bring a sweet or salty snack and a two-liter beverage to share.

( Helen Cannady, 615.781.8467

( RSVP to by Monday, July 8.




Mission Friends

ooking for an opportunity to serve? We are looking for teachers for Mission Friends (MF) for the 2013 – 2014 school year. There are spots available in the 3’s, 4’s, and Kindergarten classes.

MF meets on Wednesdays from 6:25 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. beginning in the fall. Preschoolers learn about missions through sensory activities, giving, prayer, helping others, and more! ( Becky Clay, 353.6647,




Haiti Mission Trip

his summer we are thrilled to take two teams to Haiti in July. Not only will our Senior Foreign Mission Trip again be to Haiti on July 17 – 23, but a second group will be traveling the week before, July 11 – 17. Ministry in Haiti will consist of working with an orphanage and construction projects. This work will continue our relationship building efforts in conjunction with the works of The Joseph School. For more info, visit

( Jim Bryson,

Visit to financially assist those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Parents Day Out


Thursdays: June 20 – July 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Babies – completed K | Cost: $10/Supply Fee; $20/day


heme days, Bible stories, art, rest, and play make for a great day for babies, preschoolers, and kindergarteners!

June 20 June 27 July 11 July 18 July 25

All About Me! Bible Story: Jesus Loves the Children Princes and Princesses Bible Story: Queen Esther Saves Her People Splish-Splash! Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm Music and Motion Bible Story: David Plays His Harp Jump, Scream, Ice Cream! Bible Story: Joshua Defeats Jericho

( Shannon Meadors,

Thursdays: June 20 – July 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Completed Grades 1 – 6 | Cost: $10/t-shirt fee; $25/day


hrilling Thursdays are outrageous day trips for kids that have completed Grades 1 – 6. Each week, we’ll meet in Room 150 and hit the road for an all-thrills field trip until 5:00 p.m. This summer’s Bible study theme will launch from Zephaniah 3:17.

As our Thursday thrill-seekers learn that God is mighty to save, they will discover how this truth impacts their life and their world.


Congrats, Bible Drillers!


e had another wonderful season in Bible Drill this year. Bible Drill is a time for our preteens (4th-6th grade) to dive into God’s Word and learn 10 key passages, 25 Bible verses, and all the books of the Bible in order—finding them in 10 seconds as they are called. We had 17 children participate in our Sunday evening class with 12 becoming State Bible Drill winners. Way to go! We are proud of each of you! Alyson Cramer Katie Cullen* Spencer Dunn* Jacob Fisher* Lara Fisher* Hannah Hitchcock Wesley Jean William McNeilly* Sara Owens* *State Bible Drill winners

Sara Pickrell Jack Schremmer* John Schremmer* Abby Tune Blair Wheeler* Sophie Wheeler* Caleb Wilkinson* Meredith Williams*

Thrilling Thursdays: BIG God


June 20

Rock & Roll Climb Nashville and Brentwood Skate Center

June 27

Mammoth Movies Mammoth Cave | road trip movies

July 11

Venture River Venture River Water Park

July 18 Register separately for Music Arts Camp

July 25

Jump and Scream for Ice Cream Bounce U | Monsters University at Hollywood 27

( Shannon Meadors,


Children’s Music Arts Camp

July 15 – 19, 2013


usic Arts Camp is a fun-filled week of hands-on music and arts activities for children who have completed grades 1 – 6. Students have the opportunity to choose a music focus and an arts focus. All campers will learn and present a musical, explore five different instumental groups, experience Bible study designed especially for the musical, and fellowship in action-packed recreation and snack. Music Focus options: Drumming, Stomp, Handbells, Orff (mallet instruments), and Guitar Arts Focus options: Drama, Puppets, Dance, Martial Arts, Storytelling, and Visual Art Who Completed 1st – 6th Grade Students W hat A week of hands-on activities including a music focus time, arts focus time, Bible Study, snacks, and recreation culminating with a presentation of a Biblically-based children’s musical W heN 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily; Extended Care is available until 5:00 p.m. at $15/day Cost $30/before July 1; $50/after July 1

Crow’s Corner Tom Crow, executive pastor

First Baptist Nashville and signs of progress!

Adult Bible Study Update



ou probably know that a newcomer to our campus makes up his/her mind about us in the first few minutes based on appeal, welcoming factors, kindness, etc. From the time they drive onto our campus, enter our doors, stop at a restroom or drinking fountain, enter a classroom or Sanctuary­—they are making up their minds about whether we really care about them. This is part of the reason we strive hard to provide a campus that’s easy to enter and navigate. Our Master Plan Implementation Committee, chaired by Hugh Sloan and Richard Roselle, is hard at work—taking field trips to see and experience several churches near and far with similar facets to us and learning at each turn. We meet regularly with ESA architects, who are hard at work developing plans the church will receive, consider, pray over, and evaluate as we move into campus design and improvement. Our Property Committee, under the leadership of Scott Hatcher, works diligently to address facility needs including: • installation of new tile roof on our sanctuary (paid for through insurance settlement of storm damage to our 42year old slate roof); • improvements to current Chapel providing multi-use opportunities for many church and community events; • improvements to current education space on the Fourth Floor of both education buildings including improvements to restroom facilities and classroom spaces; and • improvements to current restrooms near the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall needing modernization.

any of our Bible classes utilize LifeWay curriculum. A major change is about to occur as LifeWay rolls out a new Bible study series for Life curriculum which supports our church’s efforts to reach people for Christ, live in community together under the guidance of God’s Word and the impact the culture and world around our church. I am very excited about this new curriculum! It looks and sounds great! Multiple Bible versions are available in the material; there is life-stage applicability provided each week. For each quarter, two six-week lessons are provided with one week of stand-alone teaching. Classes using our current Bible Studies for Life series will experience an improved Personal Study Guide for small-group participants and teaching support for those leading discussions. The materials are clean, inviting, and easy to use. This is a great time for all of our adult classes to evaluate your curriculum choices and consider the new Bible Studies for Life series—pray through it; look it over online at— you can even use the curriculum for three weeks as a test. It may be time for a fresh approach to guiding your class members to greater maturity in Christ through these materials. Lori Towns, executive pastor’s assistant, handles curriculum requests. Feel free to inquire with her about samples at Also, visit with our Sunday School Director, Jimmy Hester. God bless you in your investment of Bible teaching and learning for life!

Mountain Movers Men’s Ministry We’re thankful for the cooperation of the Master Plan Implementation, Property, and Finance Committees who meet xciting events coming up—check out our website or the monthly to ensure communication with how pieces fit together posters around church for upcoming events. with long-range planning, Phase I campus construction, and ongoing property maintenance/improvements. Help me welcome a new leadership team for Mountain Movers. We have enlisted the following to comprise our Executive You will be receiving recommendations on these projects in Leadership Team. These men will meet often to pray, consider, upcoming Business Meetings. I believe you will be excited as we see how our campus improvements will make us even more and plan future men’s events. Feel free to contact them directly or through me to make suggestions, share ideas, and volunteer welcoming to our guests and members—all the more with to assist. Our team is: thousands more guests nearby as we welcome the opening of the Music City Center. • Jerry Burden


Already, we are implementing steps the congregation authorized in April—purchase of new chairs for adult education classroom uses; purchase and installation of new interior signage; and finalization of a new church website. We will continue to flesh out the best solution of additional parking on Seventh Avenue where the Recreation Center was located. Challenges with soil composition have caused delay of this resolution.

• Dennis Harris • Roger Jackson • Jason Jean • Barry Roberson Thanks, guys, you are the best!

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Youth Choir Mission Tour, NYC

ur Youth Choir Mission Tour, June 21 – 30, takes us to New York City where enriching opportunities for evangelism, ministry, exuberant worship, spiritual growth, educational/cultural experiences, fun, and fellowship await a group of Musicians on Mission. We pray for those supernatural, life-changing experiences as we partner in ministry together with former First Baptist Nashville member Josh Moody, who is co-pastor of Shelter Rock Church on Long Island. We’ll lead a Mission VBS with over 100 children in an underprivileged, low-income community called Spinney Hill. We will also engage in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts; minister at a homeless shelter; sing at Iglesia Bautista Canaan, a Latino Church in Queens; and lead worship in churches in Manhattan and Virginia. Pray for our Mission Team of 70 students and sponsors as we embark upon what we anticipate will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved.   Visit our website,, for daily updates on our Youth Choir Mission Tour, along with specific prayer requests. The site will also afford you the opportunity to send a word of encouragement to our team. Twitter: @FBCNashvilleYC Tumblr: @

Evangel | 06.2013  

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