First Baptist Church Thanks University of the Cumberlands for Food Pantry Donations

     Each year the University of the Cumberlands students, faculty, and staff step up and collect non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Each year we are astounded by the amount that comes in. Particularly this year, we were deeply moved by how much the University provided. Over 30,000 pounds of canned vegetables, oatmeal, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Mac & Cheese, Spaghettios, hamburger helper meals, and so much more has filled our downstairs storage area. This will make such a difference in our community.
     In a time when life is definitely not normal, when suffering and confusion seem to take the forefront, it is indeed a joy to watch students and staff at UC set all the sorrow and fear aside and choose “to love their neighbor as themselves.” 
     Thank you and know we who distribute the food are just as blessed by seeing your love in action as those who come to our doors seeking help. You are a blessing to us all.

Prayer Ministry at FBC Williamsburg


Throughout the years I have noticed that the members of First Baptist Church do a very good job of caring for one another. I am so very proud of you. Lately our deacons have been very proactive in contacting our church family when they have a need or crisis. As a matter of fact, many times by the time I reach out, someone in our church family has already done so. This is a great thing. 

That said, in this unique time when we must distance ourselves and limit our face to face interactions, we have encountered new challenges in caring for one another. One of these challenges is knowing how to pray for one another, particularly when there are specific requests.           

The Deacon Ministry Prayer Team has made arrangements for those wishing to receive prayer concerns via text or the Remind App. I want to invite you to participate. This was organized some time ago – but it really comes in handy right now. (See instructions below.)

Here our staff and administrators of the group will post needs and prayer concerns in our church and community as we learn of them. 

Attached is a prayer listing as updated as we have it now. During this time where people may feel isolated, take time to send notes, make a telephone call, or in some way make a contact of those in need of prayer.

Check the church directory or call the church office for addresses and phone numbers. (A few extra directories are in the office if you need one.)

To add names to the prayer list, please call the church office. ~ Ande Myers

If you wish to receive the notification of prayer concerns by text, the graphic above indicates you can receive texts by taking out your cell phone and dialing 81010 and then text @fbcwpraye

Or if you’d like to use the Remind App,

1. Open the Remind app. The app’s logo is light blue with a white silhouette in it. If you don’t have the Remind app, it is available on the App Store and the Google Play store.
2. Tap + to the right of “Classes Joined.” This should bring you to the “Join Class” interface.
3. Type in the class code. Ours is: @fbcwpraye

Food Pantry Time Change

Food Pantry will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. However, the time will change from 6-7 pm to 5-6 pm. This will allow clients to receive assistance during daylight hours.

If you have any questions, please call the church office at 606-549-0280.

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.