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July 10, 2020
Graduate Recognition, Deacons Meeting, Worship Guidelines & Giving Options, Offering for Local Missions

WHAT’S NEW: Graduation Recognition this Sunday; Deacons Meeting July 15.

ONGOING INFORMATION BELOW: Annual Offering for Local Missions; Tithes and Offerings Update; Change in Community Channel Broadcast Time; Offering for Deontae Redmond, son of Church Secretary Cindy Redmond; Climate Control Expense; Coronavirus Worship Guidelines; Website Reminder,

***** 2020 GRADUATES *****
will be recognized and honored in our 10:00 a.m. worship service this coming Sunday, July 12. Due to the Coronavirus, our usual Graduate Breakfast will not take place this year.

***** OUR DEACONS *****
will gather for their regular monthly meeting this Wednesday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. Social distancing will be in effect.

began last Sunday and continues through the end of July. This annual Offering is usually received in June but was delayed this year due to COVID 19. Supported ministries include the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Sevier County Food Ministry, Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, Smoky Mountain Resort Ministry, and the Sevier County Baptist Disaster Relief Program. Your gifts will also provide assistance through our church as we minister to those who come in for food and gas vouchers and other kinds of help. This year’s goal $3,500. Special offering envelopes are available throughout our church building. Please give generously as we work together to fulfill Jesus’ mandate to go into all the world by giving attention to the needs of hurting people closest to us.

***** WORSHIP UPDATE *****
Thankfully, we have seen a decrease in the number of COVID 19 cases in Sevier County over the last few days. We are continuing to meet indoors for Sunday worship while encouraging worshippers to follow the Worship Guidelines which appear below. Shortly after the conclusion of worship, services will be posted on YouTube and Facebook. We discovered this week that the airing of our Sunday services on Spectrum Cable Community TV channel 193 has changed from 1:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Services are also aired at 7:00 p.m. For the immediate future we will continue to gather at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. We are not currently having Sunday School, childcare, or Wednesday evening activities. We will be monitoring the virus situation to determine when these and other church gatherings can safely resume. I hope to see you Sunday.

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. (moved from 1:30) and 7:00 p.m.

During the COVID 19 crises we continue to fall short of meeting our weekly budget. Please remember that faithful stewardship through your church remains vital to our work.

Various Youth and their families are delivering for our Sevier Co. Food Ministry on Wednesday evenings during July. Other Youth are gathering to work on landscaping around our new building. A brief devotion and pizza in the pavilion concludes the activities.


As previously announced, Deontae Redmond, son of our Church Secretary Cindy Redmond, was seriously injured recently when his car was struck by a driver under the influence. Deontae just completed his freshman year at Carson-Newman. After surgery on both broken legs and his back Deontae was transferred this week to Patricia Neal Rehab center where he will remain for three to four weeks. If you would like to financially assist Deontae and Cindy with the many expenses being incurred, submit your gift in the offering plate or by any of the giving options listed below.


In a called Church Conference following our June 17 worship service, our church approved a motion from our Deacons that our cooling tower be repaired at a cost not to exceed 34,000.00. Work will be done by Cherokee Group, and the cost will be paid from our Emergency Fund invested with the Tn. Baptist Foundation.


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. Ushers will dismiss worshippers row by row.
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.

***** FOR THE LATEST IN CHURCH INFORMATION VISIT where you will find: *****

1. Pastor’s Update. This is the Pastor’s first line of communication for keeping members and friends informed about current and important developments.
2. A current prayer list.
3. Access to worship services including not only the most recent service but all services since we have been unable to gather for worship. Of course, services will also be accessible via Facebook and Youtube.
4. A donate button for giving tithes and offerings.
5. General church information. This includes typical church website information such as staff, church affiliations, etc.


Minister of Education Taylor Caldwell is posting an Adult Sunday School Class weekly on Facebook and Youtube; Thursdays at noon.


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.

*Go to
*Click ONLINE GIVING just below the white Pastor’s Update box.
*Click DONATE at the bottom of the next page.
*Enter a donation amount
*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.
*Click one of the two giving options:
***DONATE WITH PAYPAL. Log into your personal Paypal account or click CREATE ACCOUNT.
***DONATE WITH A DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD. Fill in requested account information.

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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