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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.

Evangel | 06.2013  
Evangel | 06.2013  

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