Christmas Events

— Reindeer Games begin on Saturday, December 7, with a trip to West Town Mall in Knoxville and a very unique Scavenger Hunt. Youth, check with Michelle for more details.

— Packing Shoeboxes for Olive Tree Ministries with the UC Volleyball team Sunday morning, December 8, at 10:00 am in the CLC Kitchen

— Handbells in Morning Worship: Sunday, December 18.

— Caroling and Hot Soup (for after Caroling) in Christian Life Center on Sunday, December 22. Meet in the CLC at 5:00 pm.

–Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service is at 5:30 on Tuesday, December 24.

Food Pantry Changes

First Baptist Church’s Food Pantry has been serving the hungry, hurting people of Whitley county for over two decades. This past year over 210 families mad use of our Food Pantry including 130 children and 70 senior adults on fixed incomes. We provide 25-35 backpack bags of easy to prepare meals each week to schoolchildren who will go home to no food over the weekends. We make a difference.

There are changes afoot. Beginning in January, Food Pantry will change from 6-7 on the third Wednesday of each month to the 5-6 on the third Wednesday of each month. Norma Dunston, Food Pantry Director, is stepping down as the director. This means some changes need to be made. One possibility is to divide up the work of Food Pantry among several people. Check out the video and see if there is a way you can help with food pantry.

Grief: Luncheon for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones

On Sunday, November 17, those who have lost a spouse or loved one are invited to a luncheon at the home of Jennie Lou Barton, at 12:30 pm. This is a safe place to share struggles and be with others who are walking the same path you are walking.

This is part of the Crisis Deacon Team Ministry. A series of luncheons will be offered throughout the year for caregivers, singles, and other concerns. If you have any questions or need directions to Jennie Lou’s home, call the church office at 606-549-0280.

Church-wide Thanksgiving Meal on November 10

The annual church-wide Thanksgiving Meal will be Sunday, November 10, at 5:00 pm in the Christian Life Center. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to join you. Offer to give someone uncomfortable driving at night a ride. This is a time to show the hospitality of First Baptist Church and make the community welcome.

A Trip to Rugby for Senior Adults

Senior Adults and other interested parties are invited to a field trip to Rugby, Tennessee, a Victorian village nestled in the mountains. We’ll leave from the church at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 24. The tour costs $4.50 and you will lunch on your own at the Harrow Road Cafe. Call Garnet Chrisman to make a reservation or to reserve at spot on the church bus.