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September 19, 2020
Inside Worship Sunday, Deacon Report, New Building Dedication, State Missions Offering, Worship Guidelines & Giving Options

TOMORROW’S WORSHIP SERVICE will be inside our sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF TOMORROW’S WORSHIP SERVICE OUR DEACON CHAIRMAN will report briefly on this past Wednesday’s monthly Deacons Meeting.

OUR NEW BUILDING will be dedicated on Sunday, October 4. After a brief worship service in our sanctuary, we will move to our parking lot for a dedication ceremony. Members and friends will then be admitted in small groups to tour the building. A boxed lunch in our Pavilion will follow. Lunch reservations are required. Contact the church office by Wednesday, Sept. 30 to make your lunch reservation.

FINAL PLANS FOR RESUMING A LIMITED SUNDAY SCHOOL are almost complete. Details will be announced soon. Social distancing guidelines will be followed as much as possible in all classes.

OUR YOUTH continue meeting outdoors on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for the time being.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY: 10 a.m. in our Pavilion. Originally named Women’s Bible Study, all are now invited to attend.

OUR ANNUAL STATE MISSIONS OFFERING is being receiving throughout the month of September. This offering goes to missions causes right here in Tennessee through the Golden Offering of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Elizabeth Richards Offering of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The ministries supported by this annual offering include Disaster Relief, Literacy Missions, Drug Awareness Council, Women’s Job Corps, Disabled Ministry, Student Summer Missions, Student Scholarships, New Church Development, etc. Our church goal is $2,000. Offering Envelopes are available at our main entrance and in our pews.

THE FAMILY OF RUTH SHIRLEY would like to thank everyone for their prayers and expression of sympathy as well as for all the food, flowers, and donations that were given in her name. Your thoughtfulness means so much to all of us! Thanks to each and every one of you! —The Shirley Family

RECORDINGS OF SUNDAY SERVICES are posted on YouTube and Facebook shortly after the conclusion of each Sunday’s worship service. Services are also broadcast on Sundays on Spectrum Cable Community TV channel 193 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Pastor’s Updates, Announcements, Prayer List, Worship Recordings, Giving Options


1. Please check each family member for signs of illness. If are noted, we ask the entire household to stay home and join us for worship at 11:30 a.m. on Facebook/Youtube or at 1:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable Community TV channel 193.
2. If possible, please be sure to bring a mask for each member of your family. We will have a limited number of masks on hand at the sanctuary entrance.
3. Please communicate these guidelines to children in an age-appropriate manner.
4. Please utilize home restroom facilities, as we hope to minimize restroom use in our building.

1. Keep your household together at all times.
2. Use provided hand sanitizer before entering.
3. Put on a mask before entering (Ages 6 and up).
4. Maintain a 6ft. distance between your household and others.
5. Keep children with you at all times as there is no childcare provided.
6. Select your seating remaining 6 ft. from those already seated.
7. Remain in your seat unless getting up is absolutely necessary.
8. Please maintain social distancing as you exit.
9. Offering plates will be placed at the sanctuary doors.

1. Use provided hand sanitizer after exiting exterior doors.
2. After exiting, speak with other worshippers only at the safe distance of 6ft.


WORSHIP GATHERINGS: Now that we are gathering inside again for a Sunday worship service, you can place your tithes and offerings in the offering plate in our sanctuary entranceway as you exit the worship service.

THE U.S. POST OFFICE. Mail your offering to:
First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 347
Gatlinburg, TN. 37738

HAND DELIVERY. Bring your offering to our church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The availability of this giving method was brought to my attention by Jim and Susan Williams who visit with us regularly. This method utilizes the BILL PAY option of your personal bank account. Simply contact your bank and tell them you want to make a regular (monthly / weekly) or one-time donation to FBC Gatlinburg. Your bank will set things up and mail a check to the church in accordance with your specified date and amount. Some of you will be able to set this up yourselves by going online to your bank account. You will need to supply the church address which appears below under U.S. POST OFFICE.

This differs from the Bank Draft method above in that you will fill out a DEBIT AUTHORIZATION form authorizing the church to transfer funds from your personal bank account to the church’s contributions account. The form is self-explanatory and should be mailed to or dropped off at our church office. Your gift can be a one-time donation, or you can set up regular weekly or monthly donations. The church’s bank (SmartBank) will transfer the funds according to your form information. By the way, some of you, even before the Coronavirus Pandemic, were asking about a way to make automatic donations. The DEBIT AUTHORIZATION form is an easy way to do that. Forms have been emailed to all the email addresses we currently have on file. You can also pick up a form at the church office or call the office to have a from emailed to you.

1. Go to
2. Click ONLINE GIVING just below the white Pastor’s Update box.
3. Click DONATE at the bottom of the next page.
4. Enter a donation amount
5. If you wish to set up a regular monthly donation, click the MAKE THIS A MONTHLY DONATION box.
NOTE: To set up a regular monthly donation, you must either set up or already have a PAYPAL account.
6. Click one of the two giving options:
a. DONATE WITH PAYPAL. Log into your personal Paypal account or click CREATE ACCOUNT.
b. DONATE WITH A DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD. Fill in requested account information.
7. Click DONATE NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your financial support which is so greatly needed during these strange days.


HALLELUJA -- WE ARE BACK IN OUR SANCTUARY. Please join us in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday morning. We still need to observe social distancing practices. Please see the Church Newsletter for social distancing details.
Gatlinburg is one of the most visited destinations in America. The Smoky Mountains are one of God's most beautiful creations.

We invite you to join us as we worship God at First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg.

Once we are able to meet again in our sanctuary we will return to our normal schedule which is:

On Sunday mornings we offer two services. Our Horizon Service is at 8:45 featuring a contemporary praise and music.  Our Heritage service is at 11:00 where we sing traditional hymns along with our choir

Both services provide an inspiring message from God's word.  In between these services, at 9:45, is our Sunday School hour, offering biblical teaching for all ages.

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